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Pura Vida: a Jungle Safari of Costa RicaExplore the cloud forests and surf towns of this Central American paradise.
Starts AtSan Jose
Ends AtTamarindo
Duration9 days
Group SizeMaximum 17
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
Starts AtSan Jose
Ends AtTamarindo
Duration9 days
Group SizeMaximum 17
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
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COVID-19 Safety MeasuresBookings made by 30 October 2021 for travel before 28 February 2022 are covered by our Ultimate Covid Booking Booking Guarantee: if Covid-19 regulations change your plans, we'll rebook you for free. Find out more. Covid-19 safety measures are in place on all our trips. Read more details.

About Your Trip

Explore a Costa Rican cloud forest, surf the best Pacific waves and sleep at the base of the Arenal volcano. This nine-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 go ziplining or white-water rafting through the jungle. There’s also coffee tasting on a volcanic farm, a bespoke cooking lesson, and many a cocktail to enjoy as you wind down each day. The beauty of this trip is its flexibility – you choose your adventure, whether that’s sunrise yoga or mountain biking.

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Trip Highlights

  • 1
    Explore an alternative side to San José with our Local Insider
  • 2
    Go white-water rafting down jungle rapids in La Fortuna
  • 3
    Marvel at the Arenal volcano from a luxury lodge
  • 4
    Spot sloths on a night-time cloud forest tour in Monteverde
  • 5
    Hike through the tropical forest for a secret waterfall swim
  • 6
    Kick back on the beach in Tamarindo
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Your Itinerary

What's Included

  • Eight nights twin-share accommodation
  • Private and local transport
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Eight breakfasts, five lunches, four dinners
  • Local Insider
  • San José walking tour
  • Coffee tasting at Doka
  • Dinner cooking workshop
  • Arenal wildlife safari
  • Guided waterfall hike
  • White-water rafting
  • Eco Termales entry
  • Nocturnal wildlife hike

Accommodation

Hotel Presidente, San José, San JoseIn 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.
Arenal Observatory Lodge, La FortunaFrom your balcony at Arenal Observatory Lodge, you’ll have killer views of the volcano, national park and even Lake Arenal. Kick back in one of the 48 spacious rooms, which open out onto the 870-acre (352ha) property, filled with hiking trails, waterfalls and a bird sanctuary.
Hotel Fondavela, Monteverde, MonteverdeHotel Fondavela is a mountainside retreat near the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve stretching on for acres. The wide wooden ceilings and expansive windows in the rooms bring the outdoors to you, while the heated pool and hot tub are perfect for soaking tired limbs.
Cala Luna Boutique Hotel, TamarindoSurf’s up at Cala Luna, a boutique resort overlooking the surf at Playa Langosta in Tamarindo Bay. Expect barefoot luxury with king-size bedrooms opening up to lush gardens, organic gourmet food and an on-site yoga shala and spa.

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.
  • Our private vehicles have daily assigned seating, and every day they undergo deep cleaning of all surfaces.
  • 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

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