Celebrating 50 years of Adventure Travel

Overview

Join us for ten spectacular days in Costa Rica on this adventure trip designed just for women. Take advantage of the amazing jungle setting with hiking, soaking in hot springs, and outdoor yoga. Challenge yourself with surfing lessons and whitewater rafting. You'll even get to visit an active volcano and learn about toucan rescue. A naturalist guide will be on hand to introduce you to Costa Rica's rainforest - home to an amazing variety of tropical plants and jungle wildlife. This memorable trip is an amazing adventure full of fun and camaraderie.

  • Tackle Class III-IV rapids on a whitewater rafting trip down the Río Pacuare

  • Surf at remote Pavones Beach and do yoga on an open-air jungle platform

  • Spot tropical wildlife species in their natural setting, including monkeys, sloths, and toucans

  • Arrive: San José, Costa Rica
  • Depart: San José, Costa Rica
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Group Size: 4-12 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 16 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in San José

    Meet your MT Sobek representative outside of Juan Santamaria International Airport, and transfer to your hotel in Heredia. In the evening, meet with the group for an orientation briefing. Dinner is on your own tonight at the hotel.

  • Day02

    Whitewater Rafting on the Río Pacuare

    Start your trip with a whitewater adventure on the Río Pacuare, paddling your way through Class III-IV rapids. Afterwards, check into an eco-lodge located in the river basin, with time in the afternoon to relax and enjoy a rainforest hike or swim in the river falls. In the evening, gather with the group for a welcome dinner at the lodge.

    • Accommodation: Rios Tropicales Lodge
    • Activity: 1.5 hours/3 miles rafting Class III-IV rapids
    • Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Explore the Rainforest by Foot

    Set off on a guided hike along the rainforest surrounding the Río Pacuare. Learn how to identify a variety of plants, flowers, and trees, along with birds and other wildlife, from your bilingual guide. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. You can relax and take in the river views from the lodge, or explore the surrounding trails. The trails allow you to access natural water slides, waterfalls, and pristine pools in the rainforest. (Bring binoculars and a camera!) You can also take an optional zip-line canopy tour.

  • Day04

    Paddle the Pacuare & Tour a Cacao Plantation

    After breakfast, take on another exhilarating day of whitewater rafting on the Río Pacuare with Class III-IV rapids. After changing into some dry clothes, transfer to your hotel in the Arenal Volcano area, one of the most iconic destinations in Costa Rica. Along the way, stop to visit a cacao plantation at Sarapiqui for a guided tour, where you'll learn all about the chocolate-making process and the history of cacao in Central America.

    • Accommodation: Arenal Observatory Lodge
    • Activity: 3 hours/12 miles rafting Class III-IV rapids
    • Transportation: 4-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Explore Arenal Volcano National Park

    Visit the art galleries of the Corazones Valientes Painters Association, a group of women who paint and create ceramic murals. Share a home-cooked lunch with these amazing women, then create your own piece of art with their help. Afterwards, explore deeper into Arenal Volcano National Park on a private guided nature hike along hardened lava flows. In the evening, visit a family-run hot springs resort and soak in the volcanically heated pools that range from 77F to 122F.

  • Day06

    Transfer to Tiskita Jungle Lodge

    Enjoy breakfast and transfer to San José airport and take a short flight to the southern city of Golfito. On arrival, transfer to the remote Tiskita Jungle Lodge, located on a private, 800-acre biological reserve. The lodge lets you make the most of any downtime you have with hiking trails, birdwatching, and hikes in the rainforest.

    • Accommodation: Tiskita Jungle Lodge
    • Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer & 40-minute flight transfer & 1.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day07

    Jungle Yoga & Surf Lessons on Pavones Beach

    Take a yoga class surrounded by beautiful jungle flowers, banana trees, and wildlife on the open-air yoga deck of Casa Marea Alta. Afterwards, get out on the water and ride the waves with surfing lessons at the remote Pavones Beach.

  • Day08

    Take in the Rainforest & Spot Exotic Wildlife

    Explore the pristine tropical rainforest on a guided hike around Tiskita. Your guide will help you spot wildlife, including endangered species like the Central American Squirrel Monkey and the Granular Poison-dart Frog, as well as up to 275 species of birds. Not far from the main lodge, visit Tiskita´s Organic Fruit Orchard and taste tropical fruit such as starfruit, anona, South American sapote, cacao (chocolate), and mangosteen. Then, participate in a Conservation Talk Walk led by one of Tiskita´s owners.

    • Accommodation: Tiskita Jungle Lodge
    • Activity: 3-4 hours/4-5 miles hiking
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day09

    Learn about Toucan & Sloth Rescue

    Travel back to San José and visit the Toucan Rescue Ranch, where you'll enjoy a private lunch and spend some time with the staff. Learn about their daily activities and watch how baby sloths are fed and taken care off. Then, take a guided tour of the ranch with one of their local guides. Afterwards, transfer to your hotel in Alajuela, and gather in the evening for a farewell dinner with the group.

    • Accommodation: Xandari Resort
    • Transportation: 45-minute private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day10

    Depart from San José

    Transfer to San José International Airport for your international flight.

    • Meals: Breakfast
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    Why take this trip with us?

    Reason #01

    MT Sobek has crafted a collection of 7 unique women's hiking adventures that inspire confidence and camaraderie.

    Reason #02

    We have been leading adventures in Costa Rica since 1980 working with the best local guiding teams for a completely immersive experience.

    Reason #03

    Active adventurers can enjoy a blend of rafting, hiking, zip-lining, yoga and surfing, and a wildlife journey into the heart of the rainforest.

    Meet Our Guides

    Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

    What To Expect

    • Activities

      Whitewater rafting, hiking in the rainforest, yoga, surfing, and tours of ecologically minded ventures.

    • Lodging

      A variety of comfortable hotels and eco-lodges that take advantage of their settings in nature with gardens, trails, and scenic views.

    • Climate

      Tropical, equatorial climate year-round. In San Jose, temperatures from 65°-75°F due to high elevation. In other areas, expect 78°-85°F. Ocean temperatures are 82°-84°F.

    FAQ

    • What makes this trip unique for women?

      Trips are designed to inspire confidence through goal-oriented activities and by learning new outdoor skills. But mostly we just like to bring groups of cool women together to have fun - that's all!

    • Will our guides be women?

      Some will, but we do not require that the guides on our women's only trip be women. We only require that they be outstanding guides - the best in the business!

    • Can I join a women's only trip if I am not a woman?

      We've promised to deliver women only trips for travelers who identify as women. We are happy to schedule private departures of this itinerary or can recommend similar experiences in our portfolio of adventures that are open to all of our travelers.

    • When and where should I arrive?

      Arrive to San Jose International Airport any time on the first day. An MT Sobek representative will greet you and provide a hotel transfer. Many flights arrive late so dinner is not included.

    • Can I do the trip if I've never done these activities before?

      Yes! Great for beginners. No previous experience required. We supply the technical equipment. Our guides have extensive safety certifications and will train you on what you need to know.

    • What is the rafting like?

      We use paddleboats with 4-6 participants. You will learn to paddle as a team. Day 2 has class II-III rapids. Day 4 is more technical with class III-IV rapids.

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      2019
      $4,395.00 Price per person

      Additional Cost

      • $150.00 Internal Airfare
      • $950.00 Single Supplement

      Price Includes

      • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
      • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
      • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
      • Potable water and snacks throughout
      • 1 glass of wine or beer at lunch
      • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
      • All necessary rafting and surfing gear
      • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
      • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

      Price Does Not Include

      • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
      • 1 dinner on Day 5
      • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
      • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
      • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
      • Optional travel protection

      Testimonials

      • "Great experience every time with some of the most knowledgeable guides in their fields. We always come home with wonderful memories of the people we meet and things we see."

        Bob J.

        MT Sobek Guest

      • "I have traveled extensively around the world. The experience with MT Sobek was by far the best I have ever had. Thank you for such excellence."

        Marianne W.

        MT Sobek Guest

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