La Fortuna Hot Sprin
Costa Rica
Playa Guiones Beach
La Fortuna Waterfall


Spot sloths in a cloud forest, sip volcanic coffee and chill out in Pacific surf towns.

Starts at

San Jose

Ends at



8 days

Group Size

Maximum 17

Physical Rating

moderate Information


discovery Information

About your trip

Explore a Costa Rican cloud forest, surf the best Pacific waves and sleep near the Arenal volcano. This eight-day adventure spans western Costa Rica from the capital, San José, to Tamarindo. It’s perfect for wildlife watchers and adrenaline seekers – you’ll spot sloths, hummingbirds and frogs, and white-water rafting through the jungle. There’s also a visit to a volcanic coffee plantation, a cooking lesson, and plenty of wind-down time to spend just splashing about in a swimming pool (or beneath a waterfall). All of our trips are flightless in destination, with 100% of all carbon emissions offset. It's just part of how we see the world while being good to it.

Trip Highlights

  • Go white-water rafting on the Tenorio River
  • Sip volcanic coffee at the Doka Collective
  • Spot sloths on a rainforest walk in Arenal
  • Cool off beneath a jungle waterfall
  • Kick back on the beach in Tamarindo

Your Itinerary

After touching down in San José, you’ll be met at the airport (SJO) and whisked, via a private transfer, to your swanky downtown hotel. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend however you like: relax in your room, or freshen up and head out to explore the city. Come evening, return to your hotel where a welcome dinner awaits – along with a chance to meet, and get to know, the other folks on this trip.


Hotel Presidente

Activities Included
  • Welcome dinner
  • Private airport transfer

Today it’s off to La Fortuna, a small town at the base of the Arenal volcano. Before you get there, make a pit stop for lunch at the Doka coffee collective. After lunch, you’ll check into your hotel where you’re free to relax and spend most of the afternoon exploring the lush landscaped grounds, or slip into one of the pools and gawk at the volcanic views. The relaxation ramps up later on, too, with a visit to the thermal hot springs of Ecotermales Fortuna – where you’ll also tuck into a top-notch buffet dinner.


Volcano Lodge and Springs

Activities Included
  • Visit the Doka coffee collective
  • Relax at Ecotermales Fortuna hot springs

You’ll want to pack your swimmers for today’s activities. Deep in the lush rainforest of Arenal Volcano National Park, the Fortuna waterfall is a 70m-high torrent that plunges into a jade-coloured pool, surrounded by mossy boulders. To get there, however, you’ll need to descend the 520 steps cut into the mountainside – saving enough energy to hike back up afterwards! After a rest and a well-earned lunch, you’ll set off on a gentler walk – to spot sloths moving lazily through the trees.


Volcano Lodge and Springs

Activities Included
  • La Fortuna waterfall hike
  • Sloth spotting walking tour

After breakfast, you’ll hop on a taxi boat across Lake Arenal, where transport awaits to whisk you off on a scenic mountain drive to Monteverde and your hotel, on the edge of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Once there, the afternoon is yours – spend it relaxing or strolling through 22 acres (9ha) of grounds. Come nightfall, you’ll head out once more into the chirruping cloud forest to spot native wildlife – from howler monkeys to pumas.


Monteverde Country Lodge

Activities Included
  • Ground transfer to Monteverde
  • Nocturnal wildlife hike

After a lazy, laid-back morning, it’s time to don your apron for an authentic Costa Rican cooking class with Doña Mireya Salazar. You’ll learn how to prepare traditional Costa Rican breakfast, lunch and snacks (or a dessert, if you’ve got a sweet tooth), before tucking into the fruits of your labours. You’ll have the rest of the day to spend chilling out at the hotel.


Monteverde Country Lodge

Activities Included
  • Costa Rican cooking class

Today we’ll be making our way down from the Cloud Forest to the North Pacific coast via the zig-zagging Tenorio River – with its feisty rapids. You’ll need to hold on tight as you hurtle downstream in a dinghy, steered by an expert guide. Once you’ve sufficiently dried off, it’s on to this trip’s final destination: the laid-back surf town of Tamarindo. Spend the rest of the day splashing in the refreshing Pacific waves.


Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort

Activities Included
  • White water rafting on the Tenorio River

You’ll wake to the sound of waves crashing on the Pacific shoreline. Start the day with a bike ride through the jungle or an optional morning yoga class. Then you can ramp things up in the afternoon with a guided surf lesson, if you like. It'll be fun to spend the day outdoors, even if you just feel like lounging on the beach. The day ends with a farewell dinner – an opportunity to toast new friends and an unforgettable adventure.


Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort

Activities Included
  • Farewell dinner
Optional Activities
  • Surf lesson
  • Mountain biking
  • Fishing
  • ATV tour

It’s time to wave goodbye to Costa Rica today – after checking out of your hotel, you’ll be whisked via private transfer to Liberia International Airport (LIR) to catch your flight back home.

Activities Included
  • Private airport transfer

What's Included

  • Two nights eco-lodge accommodation
  • Two nights mountain retreat accommodation
  • Three nights premium hotel accommodation
  • Shared ground transport
  • Return airport transfers
  • Seven breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners
  • Local Insider
  • Arenal waterfall hike
  • Arenal sloth safari
  • Costa Rican cooking class
  • White-water rafting
  • Nocturnal wildlife hike

What's Not Included

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to and from the destination


Hotel Presidente, San José

In the midst of bustling downtown San José, Hotel Presidente stands out – it’s covered in a vibrant multi-colored mural, and the interior mixes local history with modern touches. Breakfast is served buffet-style, while dinner (and drinks) are on the roof.

Volcano Lodge and Springs

The mighty Arenal volcano is your neighbor at this laid-back jungle resort. Amenities are plentiful. There are several pools and jacuzzis (one featuring a swim-up bar) fed by natural hot springs; a Costa Rican restaurant; and sprawling tropical botanic gardens to explore.

Monteverde Country Lodge

On the fringes of Monterverde’s cloud forests, this eco-conscious lodge has heaps of rustic, woodsy charm. Lush, landscaped gardens are encircled by a stone wall, while rooms come finished with wood-panelled ceilings, tiled floors, and balconies with garden or forest views.

Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort

Surf’s up at this super-glam resort, overlooking the surf at Tamarindo beach. Expect barefoot luxury with king-size bedrooms opening up to landscaped gardens, four outdoor pools, six restaurants and cafes, and outdoor massages on secluded cabanas.

COVID Safety

Your safety and wellbeing are our top priority, so we’ve put the following measures in place on all our TRIPS:

  • Our average group size is 10 people (max 18), which gives you all the security of being in a group whilst avoiding a crowd.
  • Where possible, we use small/ boutique accommodation – this means fewer guests and reduced exposure to other travellers.
  • We require all accommodation providers to share protocols around the extra health and hygiene measures they are taking.
  • Included activities are exclusive to our group wherever possible, to minimise contact with others.
  • Covid-19 negative test results or vaccine certificates may be required. Please check the entry requirements for the destination you are travelling to. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.
  • We recommend you confirm all guidance on official government sites and check that you are able to travel with your travel insurance issuer. Your travel insurance may be invalidated if you travel against government advice. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.

Important Info

  • You must be aged 25 years or over to join this trip.
  • Please be sure to check whether or not you need a visa to enter the country you're travelling to. Please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions for further information.
  • If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or accessibility requirements, please notify our Customer Support team as soon as possible.
  • We won't charge you extra if you travel alone – you'll be allocated a twin room with another traveller of the same gender.
  • To upgrade to a private room, share a room with a friend, or book pre- and post-trip accommodation and/or airport transfers, please contact our Customer Support team.
  • Please be aware that travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers.
  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. While unlikely, these changes can happen due to circumstances beyond our control. We will always do our best to ensure minimal impact on your experience.
  • Please be aware images on this page are for illustrative purposes and may not reflect your itinerary exactly.
  • The river rafting grade is season dependent, but it should be between III and IV. No previous experience is required.

Additional Info

Cancellation Policy

The world of travel is changing – and that's why we’re offering flexible booking conditions, to take the stress out of booking in times of uncertainty.

You can get a full refund should you need to postpone or cancel your trip up to 56 days prior to departure. 

Read our Booking Guarantee to find out more about how our Support Team can help you. 

 For full details and cancellation charges, see our Booking Terms & Conditions.

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