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With its cascading waterfalls, river rapids, active volcanoes, whitesand beaches, and lush rainforests, Costa Rica was seemingly crafted to be one big playground for a myriad of activities. Witness the visual, auditory, and olfactory splendor of this Caribbean country in the most exciting ways by going on an 8-day multisport adventure—flying from tree to tree on a zipline, horseback riding to the towering La Fortuna waterfall, or rafting on the wild Pacuare River. Although relatively small—it’s the size of West Virginia—Costa Rica is home to over half a million species of wildlife, meaning that toucans, monkeys, and sloths aren’t a rare sight. This Caribbean country has a lot more to offer than its pristine wilderness, as we haven’t even mentioned its mouth-drooling cuisine, its pura vida motto, or rich musical scene. So if you’ve been meaning to gather your whole family for an active vacation, consider this your sign!

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Adventure highlights

  • Costa Rica is home to nearly 6% of the world’s biodiversity

  • Out of breath just listing all the activities: zip-lining, rafting, scuba diving, kayaking, hiking, swimming…

  • Taste delicious Caribbean dishes every day, all day

Itinerary

Go on an unforgettable family adventure and see the highlights of Costa Rica on this 8-day tour. You will get to hike around the glorious Arenal Volcano, zipline through the rainforest, take a whitewater rafting trip on the Pacuare River, soak in the hot springs, and relax on the white sand beaches of the Caribbean. Children, parents, and grandparents are welcome!

  • Once you land in San Jose, your guide will meet you at the airport and drive you to your overnight accommodation in San José. Relax and prepare for the next week of adventure!
    Accommodation: Hotel in San Jose

    San Jose, Costa Rica
  • After breakfast, go to La Fortuna, the closest town to the Arenal volcano. Spend the afternoon hiking around the Arenal Volcano with a naturalist guide and admiring the area’s diverse flora and fauna.: monkeys, toucans, wild turkeys, slots, birds, lizards, iguanas, snakes, and insects. Due to the vicinity to the volcano, vegetation and soil here are significantly different. At the observation deck, you’ll get a wonderful view of Arenal dyed orange and red by the setting sun. Finally, enjoy a relaxing bath at a hot spring and dinner.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel

    Hiking and Multisport Tour of Costa Rica
  • Today you get to choose your itinerary! Either go horseback riding through gorgeous pastures, forests and hills to reach a 65-meter (200ft) waterfall, where you can go for a swim, or drive to the waterfall entrance to go on a scenic hike and jump into the refreshing natural pools before ziplining through the forest canopy in the the Arenal River Canyon. Talk to your guide about your skill levels and preferred options.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel

    La Fortuna waterfall
  • Leave Fortuna and head for the Pacuare River, where 2 days of thrilling whitewater rafting adventure await. You’ll run a total of 22 miles (35 km) of class III-IV rapids in a nearly untouched jungle valley. Overnight is in El Nido del Tigre, your guides’ private and comfortable camp, nestled between the rainforest and the river. From camp, take a slow hike to a secluded rainforest, waterfalls, and swimming holes. Explore the lush environment, possibly seeing toucans and oropendolas, sloths, rainforest turtles, or relax in a hammock to the sounds of the river.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Rafting: 6 miles / 10 km
    Rafting class: II-III
    Accommodation: El Nido del Tigre

    rafting-pacuare-calm-waters
  • The Pacuare River will carry you through river-carved canyons and cascading waterfalls. Maneuver through the rapids and in gentler sections, enjoy the rainforest at the river’s edge. Along the way, hike to the waterfalls, jump in to swim in the calmer parts of the river and have lunch on the shore. From the take-out at Finca Pacuarito, drive to one of the small beach towns on the Caribbean coast.
    Meals: Breakfast and lunch
    Rafting: 16 miles / 25 km
    Rafting class: III-IV
    Accommodation: Hotel

    Guided family multisport adventure in Costa Rica
  • Today is your free day to enjoy the crystalline waters of the Caribbean coast. You can head to Cahuita, a national park featuring Costa Rica’s monkey species, the country’s best coral reef, and other beauties like toucans or macaws. You can also go snorkeling or kayaking uninhabited estuaries. Another option is Puerto Viejo, a Reggae capital with cuisines from all over the world. Other optional activities include scuba diving, chocolate tours, jaguar rescue center and other animal preserves, or the Kekoldi Indian Reserve & Waterfalls.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel

    Tamarindo beach in Costa Rica
  • Enjoy your final morning on the beach. After lunch, head back to San José, passing through Braulio Carrillo National Park, offering spectacular views of the mountains and rainforests.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel

    Hanging bridge in Costa Rica
  • After your final breakfast in Costa Rica, your guide will come pick you up at your hotel for your homebound flight. If you’d like to stay longer and explore the wonders of Costa Rica, just ask your guides for some recommendations!
    Meals: Breakfast

    San Jose, capital of Costa Rica
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Coast to Coast Adventures
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With 25 years of experience, Coast to Coast Adventures designs and leads multi-activity vacations for just about anyone who wants to experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica. They take great pride in their attention to detail as well as the quality and safety of their varying adventures. For life-changing, inspirational journeys, the combination of the countless wonders of Costa Rica and the professionalism of Coast to Coast Adventures is the ultimate winning combination.
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Awesome experience in CR thanks to Coast to Coast!
Patrick M (source: Tripadvisor)

Randall helped us plan an amazing trip with a ton of fun, engaging activities. Carlos made sure we made it from one destination to the next, always sharing great insights and helping us to learn more about his country. We can’t say enough about how great Coast to Coast was, I’d recommend them to anyone looking for a fun, active trip to CR!

We had such an amazing time in Costa Rica!
Alexandra V (source: Tripadvisor)

I hadn’t been abroad in decades and had so many questions and really no idea how to plan a trip. Randall at Coast to Coast was phenomenal! He set up a wonderful trip for us that was a perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. He responded to my millions of questions quickly, reminded us of things we had to do before travel, and helped us every step of the way. Definitely will be using Coast to Coast again!!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • Experienced bilingual hiking guides with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 8 days of private hiking and rafting
      • Transportation during the tour
      • Accommodation (6 nights in hotels, 1 night in camp)
      • Airport transfers
      • Meals listed in the itinerary (7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners) — gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and vegetarian diets can be accommodated at no additional cost, but make sure to notify your guides in advance
      • Group equipment (rafts, camping gear, etc.)

    Meals: Eating is one of the wonderful experiences when traveling in Costa Rica. Included meals are a combination of restaurants, local food and delicious meals prepared by the tour guides. Rough costs for meals not included in the adventure are $10 to $12 for lunch and $12 to $20 for dinner.

    All Coast to Coast Adventures’ guides have First AID, CPR and Swiftwater Rescue and Head Guides have Wilderness First Responder.

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Costa Rica
      • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
      • Personal equipment
      • Departure tax ($29)
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • This family multisport trip in Costa Rica is designed with children, parents, and grandparents in mind. You don’t need any special skills or training to participate in this tour. Anyone can try hiking, ziplining, horseback riding, snorkeling, or rafting. Just note that you need to be over the age of 14 for rafting on the Pacuare River.

    If you’re looking for a daily adventure, check out this guided tour in Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park—or maybe you’ll like the three-day hiking tour in Corcovado NP a bit more!

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Daypack for daily tours (around a 25-30L bag)
      • Daypack rain cover
      • Duffel bag
      • Sunglasses & keeper straps
      • Headlamp
      • Chargers & batteries
      • Additional small flashlight
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Copy of your passport
      • Toiletries (SPF lip balm, insect repellent, hand sanitizer)
      • Waterproof sunscreen, SPF 30+
      • Gallon & quart size ziploc bags
      • Towel
      • Dry bag — optional
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)
      • Binoculars — optional

    Here’s a list of clothing we suggest you bring:

      • Shirts (polypro outerwear)
      • Short-sleeved and light-colored long-sleeved shirts for sun protection)
      • Lightweight rain jacket
      • Medium-weight wool or fleece sweater
      • Lightweight thermal underwear top (polypro or wool)
      • Lightweight comfortable pants
      • Shorts (quick-drying)
      • Lightweight rain pants
      • Sun / rain hat with brim
      • Bandana
      • Lightweight hiking shoes or boots
      • Sandals with snug straps (Teva type)
      • Lightweight fast-drying hiking socks
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Spare clothes for layering

    Due to the terrain, it’s recommended to bring good quality mountain gear. Your guides will contact you about any additional equipment at the time of contracting the trip.

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this private family adventure in Costa Rica, the maximum client-to-guide ratio is 12:1. The cost does not decrease as the group grows.
      • It takes a minimum of 2 people for this private tour to operate! Parents, grandparents, adventurous kids over the age of 14, everyone’s welcome!

    Multisport tours in Costa Rica can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors older than 14 may be permitted to join the tour, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has travelers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Costa Rica, most people fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport in San José. Your guide will then pick you up at the airport at a prearranged time and take you on your tour. On the final day of your adventure, your guide will also transport you back to the airport.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Costa Rica, please refer to Costa Rica’s entry requirements.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the set dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Secure your early bird spot with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without the risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Once the dates are set, you can confirm your booking by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 30-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 30 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
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