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This Costa Rica adventure is iconic for many reasons! Not only will you partake in some of Costa Rica’s classic activities – ziplining, river rafting, snorkeling, hiking, and wildlife viewing – you’ll also surround yourself with some of the country’s classic landscapes – jungle, ocean, volcano, beach, and rainforest. From the flanks of Arenal Volcano to the Pacific shores of the Osa Peninsula, and the whitewater of the Pacuare River to the city of San Jose, this journey offers up the essence of Costa Rica from start to finish!
The iconic Arenal Volcano stands imposing and symmetrical, surrounded by rainforest. You’ll explore the area by day with hanging bridges, ziplining, and a tram ride to a vantage point where you can take in the big picture. In the evening, enjoy local restaurants and soaking in one of the local aguas termales – hot springs. Day and night – keep an eye out for wildlife! Fly and boat to your next destination in Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula – one of the lesser-visited areas of the country. Drake Bay features the Pacific Ocean, white-sand beaches, an island accessed by boat for snorkeling, and the thick, wildlife-rich jungle that is Corcovado National Park. Two overnights in San Jose offer the opportunity to visit nearby Poas Volcano National Park and spend a full day rafting the classic, famed Pacuare River on a fully guided river trip.
Costa Rica is captivating for so many reasons – many of which, you’ll experience first-hand!