Iconic Costa Rica

Ziplining, Canyoning, and Rafting the Pacuare River

Trip Details


Days 1-2: Arenal

Arrive in San Jose, meet your local driver, and head straight for the flanks of Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica’s youngest and most active volcano. Upon arrival, head straight for the Arenal Hanging Bridges, acquainting yourselves with the rainforest, and possibilities for spotting wildlife, from monkeys to birds to leafcutter ants! On your full day, enjoy thrills and beauty with a Sky Walk over hanging bridges, a Sky Trek, zip lining through the rainforest, and the Sky Tram, taking you up 3,200 feet over the forest to spectacular views at the top. Arenal offers an array of accommodations to suit your tastes – small inns, activity-rich resorts, and hot springs lodges, with varying locations and volcano views. 

Day 3: Arenal and San Jose

Spend the day in Arenal or make your way to San Jose – your call! Your accommodations are within easy distance from Poas Volcano National Park, and we highly recommend a visit to hike around the craters, through the forest, or to Botos Lake. Spend the night in a villa at Xandari Resort and Spa, set on a 40-acre plantation at 3,900 feet. Enjoy the grounds and exquisite dining.  

Days 4-6: Drake Bay, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Rise and shine and board a flight to Palmar Sur, where you’ll board a boat to follow the Sierpe River to your next destination, Drake Bay. Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge sits on the shores of the Pacific with the beach out the front door and Corcovado National Park in back. This remote destination offers a plethora of opportunities and activities, from early morning birdwatching walks to a boat cruise to Cano Island Biological Reserve for the area’s best snorkeling, and hiking through the jungles of Corcovado National Park. Casa Corcovado sits on a 170-acre private reserve, and provides private bungalow accommodations, family-style dining, a spring-fed swimming pool, and loads of activities, from horseback riding to sport fishing to kayaking.

Days 7-8: San Jose and the Pacuare River

Return to San Jose on a boat going upstream to the airport and a quick flight. If you didn’t make your way to Poas Volcano National Park during your last stay, then you’ll have another opportunity today. Your full day will be – full! Wake, sip your coffee, then head for Costa Rica’s famed Pacuare River, known for offering one of the best river trips in Latin America! You’ll be outfitted and given a safety talk, then will join expert guides and fellow passengers for a very exciting river trip through the jungle.  

Day 9: Fly Home from San Jose

Today, you bid farewell to the volcanoes, wildlife, ocean, rainforests, and extraordinary people of Costa Rica. Hang on to your “Pura Vida” for as long as possible!  

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