• 9 days/8 nights
  • Next Departure: Mar 20, 2017
  • From $3,698 / person
  • ($1,280 single supplement)

Costa Rica Adventure Vacation

Cradled between two continents and two seas, Costa Rica is a land filled with more species of wildlife and flora than any other place on the planet. This wild and primeval land awaits with an abundance of adventure and activity, ranging from kayaking and canyoning to basking in the luxury of an eco-lodge with a drink in hand. There is no shortage of things to see and do in a country that is 1/4 designated national parks and wildlife ranges.

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Snorkeling / Swimming

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

About
This Tour

Cradled between two continents and two seas lies a land as wild and primeval as any on earth: Costa Rica. Protected on this tiny isthmus are more species of wildlife and flora than any other place on the planet.

  • Kayak the canals of Tortuguero National Park to a soundtrack of exotic birdsong, watching for manatees, caimans, crocodiles, and turtles
  • Paddle the exhilarating class III-IV rapids of the Pacuare River, ranked one of the Top 10 Rivers to Raft in the World by National Geographic
  • Rappel down thundering waterfalls and sail through the treetops on an adrenaline-inducing canyoning and zip line adventure
  • Marvel at the colorful corals, sea fans, and countless species of tropical reef fish on a snorkeling tour of Cahuita national Park
  • Saddle up for a bike ride along the beach in Puerta Viejo
  • Relax at the end of the day with a cold drink and a delectable local meal in the comfort of your eco-lodge

Really enjoyed the distinctive change in climate/ecosystems of the two primary locations.

Russell P Minneapolis, MN

Following the last Austin Adventures vacation, we knew our experience could not be matched; yet amazingly, this trip surpassed all!

Amy V Saverna Park, MD

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

9 days/8 nights

San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)

Day 1: San Jose
Costa Rica Adventure Tour
Meals Included:  No meals

Arrive at the José International Airport and transfer to your hotel for the evening • Once you arrive, there will be a brief orientation before you are free to explore San José and enjoy a delectable local meal on your own

About the Bougainvillea Hotel
Set among 10 acres of lush gardens, the unique and comfortable Hotel Bougainvillea is a place where guests can truly experience the world famous beauty of Costa Rica.

Original pieces of Costa Rican art complement the stunning landscaped tropical gardens dominated by tall trees, plentiful flowers, ponds and mountain views.

Day 2: Tortuguero
Driving Jeeps in Costa Rica
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Evergreen Lodge

This morning we'll make our way to Tortuguero • After a private transfer through the Costa Rican countryside to San José to La Pavona Dock (3h) we will continue by boat to Tortuguero and our accommodations for the next two nights • After lunch at the lodge, kayak the canals of Tortuguero National Park to a soundtrack of exotic birdsong, watching for manatees, caimans, crocodiles, and turtles • Visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy Center, home to the largest green turtle rookery in the western hemisphere • Return to the lodge where a buffet dinner will be waiting in the lodge's restaurant

 

About Evergreen Lodge

Evergreen is located in the northeastern corner of Tortuguero, 5 minutes by boat from the main entrance to Tortuguero National Park, and accessible only by air and water. Evergreen Lodge is the ideal location from which to explore this unique and magical area, surrounded by towering trees and exuberant vegetation and are adorned with tropical designs.

Day 3: Tortuguero
costa rica tour packages
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Evergreen Lodge

Opt to start the day bright and early with a birding walk • If you're more inclined to sleep in, meet your traveling companions for breakfast at the lodge • Today is all about Tortuguero National Park, beginning with a private boat tour • Break for lunch at Miss Junnie's restaurant and take in the authentic Caribbean atmosphere and entrées while watching a variety of birds in the adjacent gardens • Wander the streets of the village, taking in the brightly painted buildings and grab a cup of freshly made juice while checking out the shops • The rest of the day will be taken up by a boat tour through the canals of Tortuguero National park before returning to our lodgings for another delectable dinner

Day 4: Rio Tropicales
costa rica tours
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Enjoy a quick breakfast at the Lodge before beginning our transfer to Rios Tropicales • Our afternoon will be spent paddling the exhilarating class III-IV rapids of the Pacuare River, ranked one of the Top 10 Rivers to Raft in the World by National Geographic • Check into the Rios Tropicales Lodge, our accommodation for the next two nights, and meet for dinner in the restaurant

 

About Rio Tropicales

At our ecolodge, you can relax, explore and enjoy all that Costa Rica offers on our 2,000-acre private reserve at the mouth of the Pacuare Gorge. We have more than 40 miles of hiking trails and numerous waterfalls, streams and pools. Our open-air dining pavilion and lounge let you watch the local wildlife and listen to the sounds only found in a tropical paradise.

Day 5: Rio Tropicales
Monkeys in Costa Rica
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Today boasts another beautiful morning of bird watching while sipping a cup of coffee • The pace quickly picks up from there, as our day is filled with sailing through the treetops on an  adrenaline-inducing  canyoning and zip line adventure • We'll break for lunch at the Rios Tropicales Lodge before beginning our afternoon hike that will have us rappelling down thundering waterfalls • After our adventure filled day, return to Rio Tropicales for a relaxing dinner

Day 6: Puerto Viejo
Costa rica vacation
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Shawandha Lodge

Today takes us on another invigorating white water rafting excursion, the best way to experience Costa Rica • Wind down from an exciting morning on our transfer to the Caribbean coast • Check in to our accommodations for the evening and then enjoy dinner at a local restaurant

 

About Shawandha Lodge

Hotel Shawandha Lodge offers peaceful and relaxing eco-friendly accommodations in the heart of the South Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. The lodge sits on a 5 acres tract of secondary forest – preserving it’s own eco system of wildlife.

Day 7: Cahuita National Park
Costa Rica Tours
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Shawandha Lodge

Explore Cahuita National Park and all it has to offer • Marvel at the colorful corals, sea fans, and countless species of tropical reef fish on a snorkeling tour and hike through Cahuita National Park • Kick back and relax for an afternoon on your own or saddle up for a bike ride along the beach

Day 8: San Jose
San Jose
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Depart Puerto Viejo and head back toward San José • En route, stop for a tour of Limón City • Although the city's name translates to lemon, it will definitely not leave a sour taste • This historic city will expose you to the remarkable story of peaceful Limón • Continue to extraordinary Xandari Resort, located in the foothills of Poas Volcano and surrounded by forest reserve, waterfalls and miles of trails • Tonight, say goodbye to your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner at the resort

 

About Xandari Resort and Spa
Xandari Resort & Spa offers the quintessential Costa Rica experience. The property’s forest reserve, with five waterfalls and miles of trails for bird-watching, provides the nature guests expect from a visit to Costa Rica.

Day 9: San Jose
Meals Included:  B

A shuttle will take you from the hotel to back to San José International Airport for your flight home

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 9 days/8 nights
  • Next Departure: Mar 20, 2017
  • From $3,698 / person
  • ($1,280 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Mar 20, 2017 - Mar 28, 2017
  • Mar 26, 2017 - Apr 3, 2017
  • Apr 8, 2017 - Apr 16, 2017
  • Dec 17, 2017 - Dec 25, 2017
  • Dec 21, 2017 - Dec 29, 2017

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

Arrival and Departure
  • Your trip begins with your arrival in San José at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport. After passing through Immigration, take the right hand side exit door and look for the Sun Tours representative who will direct you to customs. When you leave the building after clearing customs, look for a Sun Tours representative, who will be holding a sign that says “Costa Rica Sun Tours” with your name on it. Your guide will take you to the Hotel Bougainvillea.

  • After breakfast on Day 9, we take you to the airport in San Jose, 3 hours prior to your flight’s departure.

Activities

Hiking: Easy to moderately strenuous hikes ranging from 1 to 5 miles (1 to 4 hours) on birding excursions, village/city tours, national park treks and more.

River rafting: Class III and IV rapids on the Pacuare River. You will raft into the Rios Tropicales Lodge on Day 4 (1.5 hour trip) and raft out on Day 6 (3 hour trip).

Kayaking: Calm waters through Tortuguero canals, no experience necessary.

Canyoning: No experience necessary, guides inspect all equipment and provide detailed instruction.

Zip Line: No experience necessary, gear and instruction provided.

Snorkeling: No experience necessary, gear and instruction provided.

Biking: Optional easy beach bike ride on the afternoon of Day 7.

Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. Meals are included as indicated in the daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All breakfasts. Lunches and dinners as listed by day. Snacks along the route.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified, bilingual professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt & luggage tags.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local guide and expert gratuities.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • Airport departure taxes.
  • Extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service, etc.)
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

Great trip I learned a lot about the culture and pulse of Costa Rica. I was as fascinated about this aspect of the trip as much as the activities.

Ken L, Ringwood, NJ

Well Run and well Planned Trip... Guide was super!

Laura T, Chocowinity, NC

"It was the trip of a lifetime" "Fabulous adventure"

Ann P, Newtown, PA

One word "amazing"! From the time we met for the first time until our last dinner.

Jennifer B, El Paso, TX

We all enjoyed the trip immensely. Everything perfectly arranged and timed.

Lorraine S, Saratoga, NY
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go”¦
  • 1. The pristine wilderness: The Osa Peninsula has the largest proportion of national parks in Costa Rica.
  • 2. The surf: Pavones features one of the longest surf breaks in the world.
  • 3. The consistency: In Costa Rica, the sun rises and sets at the same time every day!
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With lodgings like the Savegre Lodge, explore by day and relax at night over Costa Rica's delectable, fresh cuisine.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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