Discover the beautiful beaches, stunning rainforest, and powerful rapids of Costa Rica on this adrenaline-fueled, 6-day adventure. From the incredible tropical ecosystem of Manuel Antonio National Park to the rainforest-lined Río Pacuare, see an array of spectacular wildlife including sloths, squirrel monkeys, river otters, and anteaters - as well as many other endangered animals that find sanctuary in Costa Rica's protected areas. Add the thrills of ziplining, sailing, hiking, and rafting whitewater rapids, and you've got the perfect break for adventure seekers of all ages.
Fly to San José and take a short flight transfer to Quepos, just a short drive from your resort hotel on the Pacific Coast. Take in the wonders of Manuel Antonio National Park, with its beautiful white-sand beaches surrounded by emerald waters and jungle. Unwind in your tropical haven.
Enjoy a fresh morning sea breeze as you wander through scenic Manuel Antonio National Park, with its mangrove swamps, lagoons, beach vegetation, 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds. Get your binoculars ready for sloths, squirrel monkeys, iguanas, and millions of colorful little crabs. Later, sail via catamaran along the stunning coast to one of the 12 quiet isles, home to nesting marine birds. Swim and snorkel along the bay, and discover a fascinating underwater playground of tropical fish and exotic marine life.
After breakfast, fly back to San José and drive to the rainforest-lined Río Pacuare, Costa Rica's most remarkable river corridor. Paddle downstream to your riverside accommodation - a rustic, thatched-roof jungle lodge perched on the river's edge. This is a good opportunity to become familiar with the steep, technical drops that are typical of the Pacuare. Along its course lie several densely vegetated gorges sheltering sloths, river otters, anteaters, and an incredible variety of birds, such as toucans, egrets, herons, kingfishers, sunbirds, and trogons.
Enjoy a full day at Ríos Tropicales Lodge. Take an optional early-morning guided bird-watching hike to see toucans and many other species, before returning for breakfast and gearing up for a day of adventures. Swing through the forest on a zip line to get an up-close perspective of the ecosystem of the canopy. Trek deep into the Pacuare Nature Reserve, or hike to nearby "Wake Up" Waterfalls and take a thrilling canyoning tour, which includes rappelling down the face of the waterfall.
Continue your whitewater rafting adventure in the lush, magical gorge of the Río Pacuare, where the rapids become more powerful and technical in nature. Power through "Bobo," "Huacas Arriba," "Huacas Abajo," and "Dos Montañas" rapids. Gorgeous waterfalls tumble into the river, and you might be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of some of the exotic birds and animals inhabiting the surrounding jungle. Take out near the town of Siquirres, and transfer back to San José.
Transfer to the airport for homeward-bound flights.
MT Sobek has been leading adventures in Costa Rica since 1980, working with the best local guiding teams.
This 6-day adventure option is perfect for those seeking classic multisport thrills, from ziplining to rafting, in a shorter timeframe.
Our Costa Rica trips are popular guest favorites and especially recommended for adventure-loving families.
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.
Ziplining, rappelling, hiking, sailing, snorkeling, and rafting on whitewater rapids.
A variety of comfortable hotels and lodges that make the most of their rainforest location with beautiful views and lush settings.
Daytime temperatures in 70's and 80's Fahrenheit. Evening lows in 60's. Humid. Expect rain any time of year. December-April are the driest.
Arrive to San Jose International airport by 12:00 PM. An MTS representative will greet you and help you check-in for your domestic flight to Quepos/Manuel Antonio.
You can depart from San Jose International airport any time on the last day of your trip. An airport transfer is included in time for your outbound flight.
Yes! Great for beginners. No previous experience required. We supply any technical equipment. Our guides have extensive safety certifications and will train you on what you need to know.
We use paddleboats with 4-6 participants. You will learn to paddle as a team. Day 3 has class II-III rapids. Day 5 is more technical with class III-IV rapids.
This adventure is designed for MT Sobek travelers, including people not bringing children. We have not tailored this trip for children under age 11. We recommend that you consider our Costa Rica Family Adventure, which is designed for families with children as young as 9.
No, insects are generally not a problem. If you are extra sensitive, bring insect repellant. You may see a few mosquitoes around dawn and dusk especially at Tortuguero.
We offer this trip on a private basis with seasonal departure dates that offer great flexibility (pending availability). Click below to request dates and an MT Sobek Regional Specialist will be in touch to help organize your private adventure.
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"Costa Rica was a fantastic trip with multisport activities. The trip leaders and assistant guides were excellent."
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