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Navigate the flourishing rainforests and explore the beauty of Costa Rica via rafts, bikes, on foot and on horseback—or even abseiling down waterfalls and zipping through the jungle.
Over 8-12 days, you’ll make your way through the balmy rainforests and dormant volcanoes, encounter unique creatures, and experience natural wonders with a local professional guide.
Discover diverse and breathtaking landscapes
Smoke on the water, fire in the sky
As part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, Costa Rica is home to 6 active and 61 dormant or extinct volcanoes—and the most famous one is the smoldering Arenal. Until 2010, it was the country’s most active volcano with an average of 41 eruptions per day!
Irazú volcano located in the Central Highlands has several active craters, but the most recognizable one is Diego de la Haya—a mineral-rich lake whose color often changes from emerald green to crimson red.
After a steamy jungle trek, relax your muscles in hot springs surrounded by jungle and shadowed by the beauty of the volcanoes!
Cool off under the rushing torrents of waterfalls
One of the most visually stunning natural formations in Costa Rica are the cascading waterfalls, dramatically plummeting from the rainforest canopy into refreshing pools just waiting to be jumped in.
The 230-foot/70 m cascade of La Fortuna Waterfall at the base of the dormant Chato volcano is a great place to cool off after a walk in the tropical heat. The more adventurous can spend some time canyoning and appreciate the beauty of these powerful forces of nature from a different angle.
Paddle through paradise
Embark on a whitewater adventure and discover a labyrinth of waterways taking you to mangroves, secluded lagoons and riverside waterfalls.
Tackle Pacuare River with routes ranging from tame, relaxing floats to roller-coaster drops and rumbling rapids. As you get closer to the Caribbean coast, the dense jungle and windy gorges make the routes all the more dramatic.
Take your hiking tour to new heights
To get the best look at the astonishing mix of plant, animal, and insect life, walk along treetop walkways and hanging bridges of the misty Monteverde Cloud Forest—nature’s terrarium permanently veiled in clouds.
Due to its high altitude and unique climate, this cloud forest hosts a large number of endemic species in habitats that can’t be found anywhere else on Earth.
Costa Rica comprises 5% of the world’s flora and fauna
Discover the wild species hidden under the canopies of the flourishing jungles surrounding the volcanoes.
From its lowland coastal groves to its balmy cloud forests, you’ll notice colorful birds, mammals, reptiles and insects while navigating the mangroves and untouched rainforests.
Hummingbirds are generally very hard to notice as they are not bigger than 15 centimeters and have an incredible ability to flap their wing rapidly. This is where the signature humming sound comes from.
Presently, there are 50 different species of hummingbirds in this awesome country!
Colorful toucans and macaws
Costa Rica holds over 918 species of birds, 6 of which are endemic to the region.
Toucans are recognisable by their large and often colorful beaks while the flashy parrots with rainbow-colored wings you notice are macaws—the most intelligent bird species on the planet.
The common three-toed sloth spends most of the day sleeping, so they may be hard to spot but look up and listen for the rustling in the canopy treetops where sloths spend the majority of their time.
Fun fact—the fur of a sloth is actually an entire ecosystem in and of itself. Colonies of algae, fungi and the like give them a green-ish hue and makes them unappetizing to animals higher up in the food chain.
There are four species of monkeys native to Costa Rica: the white-faced capuchin, spider monkey, the squirrel monkey, and the howler monkey.
Howlers are among the largest of the Central America’s monkeys and, as their name suggests, they like to howl, especially at dawn and dusk. Their sounds might sound terrifying for the first few times as they are widely considered to be the loudest land animals.
Red-eyed tree frog
Teacup sized Agalychnis callidryas are native to the rainforests of Costa Rica. Despite their conspicuous coloration, they are not venomous! Red-eyed tree frog’s startling neon-green bodies are just a way to create confusion and avoid predators.
Also native to Central America, these lemur-like creatures are officially part of the raccoon family. They are very good tree climbers and swimmers as their long tail serves as a balancing pole.
You’ll recognise them by their chirping sounds and long snout that helps them forage for insects and fruit. They will travel up to 2 km/ 1.2 miles per day to find food!
Embrace the wilderness
HEAR THE JUNGLE FROM YOUR CAMP
Stay at stunning camps nestled in the rainforest, and set out to discover intriguing flora and fauna.
El Nido del Tigre campsite provides spacious tents on fixed platforms that blend with the forest and border the river. The second camp, Finca Pacuarito, sits on the side of the river nestled amongst banana plantations.
Enjoy natural showers and refreshing drinks and relax on the terrace as the wind in the trees and sounds of wildlife echo in the distance.
During your free time, go for one of the optional adventures. Channel your inner Tarzan on a zipline, ride on horseback, go snorkeling in Manuel Antonio National Park or rappel down one of the cascading waterfalls.
Pay a visit to the 320-acre Sloth Sanctuary or if you’re a java junkie, see how coffee goes from seed, to bean, to cup! As one of the world’s top exporters, you won’t find a better cup of coffee anywhere else.
Livin’ la Pura Vida
Once you’ve visited Costa Rica, you will understand that the true meaning of “pura vida” is much more than a simple “take it easy” attitude.
It is the expression of eternal optimism, a way of living life to the fullest—and probably why the country is considered one of the happiest in the world.
Another reason for happiness in Costa Rica is sustainability—the key to achieving the harmony between rainforest and tourism.
Costa Rica produces almost 100% of its electrical energy from renewable sources and boasts one of the most successful reforestation programs in the world!
Explore the countless wonders of Costa Rica
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.