Woman kayaking through the mangroves in Costa Rica
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The Ultimate Adventure Through Costa Rica

11 nights
Moderate

An epic adventure from the Caribbean to the Pacific through lush coastal jungle, mangrove forest, volcanic peaks and picture perfect beaches

What's Included?

GUIDES

All itinerary activities with local, expert, English-speaking guides

MEALS

All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

EQUIPMENT & PERMITS

Everything you need for canyoning, rafting, kayaking, zip-lining and snorkelling with inclusion of permits and entry fees

TRANSFERS

To and from the airport and everything in between

ACCOMMODATION

8 nights at locally run hotels, and 3 nights at rainforest lodges

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 14 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

Woman kayaking through the mangroves in Costa Rica
Rear view of young couple walking through woods with their shoes in hand.
Vegetation with a waterfall on the mountain in the middle of the tropical jungle of Costa Rica
Girl snorkelling glides with school of fishes in blue ocean
Palm trees line the shore of the Caribbean Coastline

Rappel down the face of the epic Diamonte waterfall to discover a hidden cave and lunch spot nestled behind the cascade

Raft down scenic rapids of the Pacuare into a jungle eco-lodge. Spend a night in nature, before zip-lining through the rainforest canopy, and for the brave at heart, try the epic Tarzan Swing.

Kayak and snorkel through coastal mangrove forest and night hike through the Sarapiqui jungle to discover nocturnal wonders

Key Information

Day 1

¡Bienvenidos a Costa Rica!

Welcome to Costa Rica! Your guide and driver will be waiting outside the arrivals hall with a sign with your names on it. From there, you'll head to the small town of Turrialba on a scenic journey passing coffee fields and sugar plantations. You'll check into your hotel right in the Turrialba Valley with views of the active Turrialba Volcano. In the evening you'll meeting your fellow adventurers and guide for dinner.

Day 2

Canyoning through Costa Rican waterfalls

Canyoning

4hrs

Today, you'll head out for a canyoning adventure in the lush Costa Rican rainforest ready for rappelling a series of five waterfalls. You'll gear up and get briefed by your expert guide, ready for an exciting descent over smooth, mossy rocks and through clear pools. At each of the five waterfalls, your guides will set up the ropes for a safe and thrilling activity. You’ll take a break to enjoy stunning views of the Turrialba Valley and to enjoy a traditional lunch prepared over a crackling wood stove. Throughout the day, keep an eye out for the diverse wildlife; sloths, vibrant birds and monkeys chattering. Remember to pack quick dry clothing, as you're sure to get wet during the canyoning experience.

Day 3

Whitewater Rafting on the Pacuare River into a jungle eco-lodge

Rafting

4hrs · 13km

After a filling breakfast, you'll head to the famous Pacuare River in Costa Rica, known for its world-class whitewater rafting. Your experienced guide will give you a thorough safety briefing before you launch your raft, descending the river and navigating through 13km of thrilling Class III rapids. Along the way, you'll stop at the riverbanks to explore the lush forest and hike to secluded waterfalls. Back in the raft, you’ll continue down the river until you reach the remote eco-lodge with a stunning view of the Pacuare River. Once out of the raft, you'll find the eco-lodge equipped with a full kitchen, showers, bathrooms, and fully enclosed cabins, allowing you to relax and unwind in the heart of this tropical paradise. Welcome to the jungle!

Day 4

Zip-lining, Canopy walks and a Tarzan Swing on the Pacuare River

Zip-lining

4hrs

Wake up to the soothing sounds of the rainforest from your jungle lodge. After enjoying a breakfast of fresh fruits and local specialties, your guides will prepare you for an adrenaline-packed morning among the rainforest canopy. You'll harness up to cross the jungle on nine different zip-lines, the longest on the Pacuare. You'll begin by ascending up into the trees on a ladder before you glide from platform to platform through the dense foliage. The zip-line course is designed to offer a mix of speeds and heights, with some long, fast stretches and others taking you on a slower, more scenic route. The platforms are strategically placed to provide awesome views of the rainforest, rivers, and waterfalls. For the brave at heart, there's the incredible Tarzan Swing – a massive 90-meter long swing suspended above the ground. This jaw (and stomach) dropping experience, will have you free-falling through the canopy and swinging back and forth over the jungle, combining the thrill of a bungee jump with the gentler motion of a swing. After an adrenaline fuelled morning in the trees, you'll head down to the eco-lodge and hike out to find your transportation waiting to take you to the charming Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo.

Day 5

Kayak and hike at Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge

Woman kayaking through the mangroves in Costa Rica

Kayaking

2hrs

Hiking

2-3hrs · 0m up · 0m down

Enjoy a lazy breakfast before heading off to the picturesque Punta Uva beach known for its soft, golden sand, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and lush, palm-fringed coastline. Your kayaking begins here and you'll paddle towards and up a local river mouth, keeping your eyes peeled for a variety of fascinating wildlife. As you paddle through the calm waters, be on the lookout for sloths lazily hanging from the trees along the riverbanks or howler monkeys hanging in the lush, tropical foliage. After a top for lunch, you'll set off on an afternoon hike in the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge where you'll experience the stunning coastline and incredible wildlife. The park is home to diverse flora and fauna, including over 400 species of birds, 135 species of mammals, and numerous reptiles and amphibians. Keep an eye out for colourful toucans, agile spider monkeys, and the elusive jaguar as you trek through the dense jungle. The refuge also protects important nesting sites for endangered sea turtles, such as the leatherback and green turtle. As you hike along the coast, enjoy breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and the lush, green hills that rise up behind the beach. Take a dip in one of the many natural pools along the way to cool off in paradise.

Day 6

Snorkel and hike through the coastal forest of Cahuita

Girl snorkelling glides with school of fishes in blue ocean

Snorkelling

1hr

Hiking

2hrs

Driving

3-4hrs

Begin your day with a scenic boat ride through Cahuita National Park, a protected marine and land reserve with the largest system of Coral Reefs in Costa Rica. Once in the park, you’ll snorkel for an hour or so observing coral formations, and a wide range of colourful tropical fish. You might even encounter a harmless reef shark or stingray. Later you'll be dropped off at Punta for where you'll have some fruit and snacks on the beach before setting off on a guided hike through the stunning coastal forest of Cahuita National Park. Keep an eye out for sloths, howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and various reptiles along the trails. Continue your adventure with a scenic 3-4 hour drive to Sarapiquí, where you'll check into a Rainforest Eco-Retreat. This family-run lodge, located in a private rainforest preserve along the Sarapiquí River, is renowned for its biodiversity, including over 400 species of birds. Here, you can enjoy activities such as river rafting, bird watching, and hiking.

Day 7

Make chocolate and night hike through the jungle

Hiking

2hrs · 0m up · 0m down

Today you'll discover the process of chocolate making at a local chocolate fruit plantation surrounding your lodge. You'll learn about the traditional methods of cacao cultivation and processing. The chocolate tour is run by neighbours of the eco-retreat, Geiner and Fofo, both excellent naturalist guides, who offer a very interactive and entertaining tour, learning about and processing chocolate from the fruit in the trees, through all of the stages, right to the chocolate bars. Lots of tasting is welcome and everyone is encouraged to get their hands dirty in the chocolate-making process. As the sun sets, you'll prepare to hike into the nocturnal world of the Costa Rican jungle- joined by a local guide and equipped with flashlights to navigate the winding jungle paths. You'll keep on the lookout for glowing insects, croaking tree frogs, and if you're lucky, elusive nocturnal mammals like kinkajous and pumas. Your experienced guide will share insights into the behaviours and habitats of these nighttime dwellers.

Day 8

Wildliffe hike through Tirimbina rainforest reserve

Hiking

3hrs · 0m up · 0m down

Driving

1.5-2hrs

This morning you’ll head to Tirimbina Rainforest, a private biological reserve located in Sarapiquí, known as one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in the country. You’ll hike through pristine tropical rainforest, observing a wide variety of exotic plants and wildlife. The reserve is home to over 5,000 species of plants, 400 species of birds and 100 species of mammals. The guided hikes are led by knowledgeable local biologists who provide information about the rainforest ecosystem and the ongoing research and conservation efforts at Tirimbina. As the hike ends, you'll drive for 1.5 hours to La Fortuna and check into your hotel, where you can enjoy a dip in the pool overlooking the Arenal volcano, taking the evening to relax and recharge.

Day 9

Hike forest trails to secluded waterfalls

Hiking

4-5hrs · 9.5km · 300m up · 300m down

Driving

5hrs

After a leisurely breakfast, you'll head out on hiking through the scenic trails of Toro Del region to discover some of Costa Rica's most secluded waterfalls. Trekking through the forest, the first stop will be El Tepezquintle Waterfall, a hidden gem with turquoise waters. Next, you'll visit Las Gemelas, two stunning twin waterfalls that flow side by side. As you continue your hike, you'll come across La Celestial and La Turquesa, and finally reaching La Pintada, renowned for the unique colours and patterns in the surrounding rocks. The highlight is the spectacular Catarata Del Toro, a 270-foot cascade that thunders into an extinct volcanic crater. After you finish hiking, you'll head off on the scenic 4-hour drive south towards the Pacific coast and the beach town of Dominical - known for its laid-back atmosphere and excellent surfing conditions. Once you've checked into the hotel you can head out into the town to and enjoy a relaxed dinner with your fellow travellers.

Day 10

Lunch in an open air cave nestled behind twin waterfalls

Hiking

2-3hrs · 800m up

Canyoning

1 hr

Today, you'll explore the Diamante Waterfalls, a series of ten waterfalls hidden deep in the jungles of Costa Rica. To reach the falls, you'll set off on a 2.5-hour hike up a steep, rocky path through lush primary rainforest and cloud forest.Hike to the highest point of Diamante at 600ft and experience breathtaking views of the valley. Along the way, your knowledgeable guides will point out medicinal plants and diverse wildlife like monkeys, toucans, and hummingbirds. Once at the falls you'll find an amazing open-air cave nestled between twin cascades. This jungle hideaway has a fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms, and benches behind the cascading water. Here you'll have lunch - a delicious vegetarian meal prepared by your guides using fresh produce from an organic garden on the property. After lunch, you'll get into safety equipment and rappel down the 90-foot Diamante Waterfall. Don't worry if you've never rappelled before - your guides will provide training on proper form and safe techniques before you descend. Once you reach the bottom, they'll be a short hike leading to a spectacular viewpoint where you can dip in the large natural swimming hole or try some cliff jumping.

Day 11

Paddle through the mangrove ecosystem of Dominical

Stand Up Paddleboarding

2hr

This morning, you have free time to relax around your hotel, explore the local town of Dominical, or head to the beach, which is well known for its excellent surfing. You decide how busy you want to be. In the late afternoon, meet your guide and head out to explore the mangroves of Dominical on stand up paddle boards. Once on the water, your guide will lead you through the calm waters of the estuaries, surrounded by the lush greenery of the mangroves and pointing out various wildlife, such as colourful birds, playful monkeys and sloths.

Day 12

Adiós Costa Rica

Enjoy your last morning in the hot tropical sun before heading to San Jose in time to catch your international flight home.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

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Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel · Twin share

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Dinner

Day 3

Rainforest Lodge · Twin share

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Lunch

Dinner

Day 4 – Day 5

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6 – Day 7

Rainforest Lodge · Twin share

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Lunch

Dinner

Day 8 – Day 9

Hotel · Twin share

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Lunch

Dinner

Day 10

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 11

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 12

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Typical Costa Rican dish of Casados a mixture of refried beans, vegetables and rice with tortilla

The food on this trip will be a local Costa Rican cuisine, using wholesome, fresh ingredients that emphasise natural taste and simplicity. A cornerstone of Costa Rican meals is rice, often accompanied by beans and you'll find in many meals. The national dish, gallo pinto, typically enjoyed at breakfast is a flavourful mix of rice and black beans accompanied by eggs, tortillas, and sour cream. Another typical dish is casado, a platter of rice, beans, plantains, salad, and a choice of meat, and served with picadillo, a finely chopped vegetable medley. Seafood is abundant along the coastal regions, with dishes like ceviche—fresh fish marinated in citrus juices, mixed with onions, coriander and peppers. You’ll also try traditional snacks and street foods; empanadas, stuffed with cheese, meat, or beans or patacones, twice-fried green plantains served with a tangy dipping sauce. For something sweet, you can try the tres leches cake, a moist sponge cake soaked in three types of milk, or cajeta de coco, a coconut fudge. You’ll find lots of fresh fruits, juices and smoothies readily available using mango, papaya, pineapple, and bananas. Of course, the Costa Rican coffee, renowned worldwide, is a must-try. The country's unique climate and rich volcanic soil provides perfect conditions for growing high-quality coffee beans. Costa Rica is also known for its exceptional chocolate and the cacao bean has been cultivated in the country for centuries. Local chocolatiers produce a range of exquisite chocolates, from dark and rich to creamy and sweet, often with unique local flavours like tropical fruit or spices. Enjoy!

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Image from Hotelmix website
Turrialba

You’ll spend your first 2 nights at Turrialtico Lodge, perched on a hilltop with breathtaking views of the Turrialba Valley and Volcano. This rustic lodge combines the charm of traditional Costa Rican architecture with modern comforts. You’ll stay in twin-share rooms with wooden furnishings, local artwork, private bathrooms and wifi. Each room has a balcony or terrace with views of the Turrialba valley or Talamanca mountain range. The lodge’s restaurant serves delicious local food with ingredients sourced from nearby farms, tasty meats of the region, and the freshest vegetables, yucca and delicious plantains. You can relax in the tropical gardens and explore the surrounding nature trails.

Pacuare

You'll spend a night at the Pacuare Outdoor Centre Eco Lodge, a secluded adventure lodge in the heart of the rainforest, overlooking the Pacuare River and surrounded by pristine jungle. You'll raft into the lodge and stay in rustic twin-share cabins that blend seamlessly with the surrounding nature. Each cabin has cosy bedding, a private bathroom, and a veranda where you can relax and take in the views while listening to the sounds of the river and jungle. The centre is dedicated to sustainable tourism and you'll have the opportunity to learn more about the conservation in the area. Meals are served in the communal dining area, with hearty, home-cooked dishes made with fresh local ingredients.

Puerto Viejo

You'll spend 2 nights in Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean Coast at Caribbean Flow (or similar). Puerto Viejo is renowned for its stunning Caribbean beaches, rich Afro-Caribbean culture, and lush rainforests teeming with wildlife. Your stay will place you within 90 metres from Chiquita Beach and a 20 minute walk from the town's eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, and local artisan shops. You'll stay in comfortable twin rooms with air-conditioning, wifi, and private bathrooms and wake up to the sound of the ocean.

Sarapiqui

Spend two nights at a Chilamate rainforest Lodge (or similar) located in a private jungle preserve along the Sarapiqui River. This area, in the heart of the San Juan la Selva Section of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, is one of the most biodiverse regions in Costa Rica. You'll stay in twin-share bedrooms designed with locally sourced materials, and comfortable bedding, private bathrooms, and wifi. The lodge is surrounded by extensive trails teeming with wildlife- an excellent opportunity to explore the rainforest, including a night hike through the jungle.

Arenal

Spend a night at the family-run Hotel Sueños Dorados in La Fortuna, with views of the magnificent Arenal Volcano. Accommodations are simple but comfortable, and the twin-shared rooms have air-conditioning, private bathrooms, and cosy beds. Each room has a terrace with stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. You can relax in the pool surrounded by lush greenery or enjoy a meal at the hotel's restaurant which serves delicious Costa Rican specialties.

Uvita

3 nights at El Tecal

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge. Please see Optional Extras for the price and request this at the time of booking, as this is subject to availability.

This trip has been rated as Moderate

No previous experience is needed for any of the activities, just a good level of fitness and a sense of adventure. Although the itinerary is quite busy to make the most of each day, activities will be conducted at a leisurely pace and are not particularly challenging. A brief introductory training and safety briefing will be provided for the canyoning, rappelling, rafting, kayaking and stand up paddleboard so this is suitable for first-timers. Hiking will mainly be on easy terrain on jungle trails and you should be comfortable walking for up to 2-5 hours often in hot and humid weather. The trek on Days 9 and 10 require a good level of fitness and will be the most challenging days of the trip. There'll be some steady climbs which will make it quite challenging in parts but the views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile, as will swimming and cliff jumping into rock pools to cool off. For the water based activities on this trip you must be comfortable in the water and able to swim.

What if i need to skip an activity?

If you've never tried canyoning, rapelling, rafting, kayaking or paddleboarding, it will be a great time to give these a go as tuition will be tailored to first-timers. However, we appreciate that these are not for everyone so if you prefer to opt-out from any of the activities, it's absolutely fine to just let your guide know – you can just enjoy some extra leisure time in the jungle or on the tropical beaches.

What will I need to carry?

Your larger bag suitable for all your belongings will be transported for you, and then a small rucksack to carry personal items during each day of activity is needed.

Costa Rica's weather varies significantly across its different regions due to its diverse geography. Despite this variability, temperatures and humidity are fairly constant year-round due to the country’s location in the tropics, north of the equator, as well as the trade winds that bring moisture from the Pacific Ocean. Coastal areas tend to be warmer, averaging between 77-93°F (25-34°C), while higher elevations, like the central highlands, have cooler temperatures ranging from 63-79°F (17-26°C). The humidity remains consistently high throughout the year, typically ranging from 60-80%. Costa Rica has two main seasons: the dry season from December to April, and the rainy season from May to November.  During the dry season, you'll find the highest temperatures and lowest rainfall, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities. The Pacific slope and beach areas enjoy the best weather during this period, with sunny skies and minimal precipitation. From May to November, you'll encounter more frequent rain showers and higher humidity. The rainy season brings lush green landscapes and fewer tourists, which can be a great time for wildlife viewing and exploring the rainforests. The rains typically increase from May onwards, with the heaviest rainfall occurring in September and October. However, the Caribbean coast experiences more consistent rainfall throughout the year, and has brief dry spells in March-April and September-October. Due to Costa Rica's microclimates, weather forecasts are often inaccurate. The best approach is to be flexible and enjoy each day as it comes.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Juan Santamaría Airport, San Jose (SJO)

Anytime before 3pm on Day 1

Ends

Juan Santamaría Airport, San Jose (SJO)

1pm on Day 12

Transfers

Your host will meet you on arrival at Juan Santamaría Airport, San Jose at anytime before 3pm on Day 1. The transfer time is approx 1 hour and if travellers are on flights arriving at similar times, then there may be a short wait in order to group the transfers together. Your host will inform you of the exact pick-up timings prior to your trip.

On Day 12, your host will transfer you back to Juan Santamaría Airport, San Jose by 1pm in time for your flight home. We recommend booking a return flight that departs after 4pm to give enough time for security checks. Alternatively, you can ask your host to drop you off in San Jose city centre later in the afternoon if you are staying on in Costa Rica.

Airport transfers are included if you arrive on Day 1 and depart on Day 12 – if you are arriving earlier or departing later, your host can arrange private airport transfers for an additional fee. See Optional Extras for prices.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Juan Santamaría Airport, San Jose from major airports across the UK, Europe and the US.

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What's included?

  • All equipment for rafting, kayaking and paddle-boarding
  • All your canyoning and rappelling gear
  • Snorkelling equipment

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Soft overnight duffel bag, rucksack or suitcase
  • Daypack (20-30 litres)
  • Waterproof liner for daypack
  • Dry bag for all water-based activities

CLOTHES

  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight waterproof trousers
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • Quick dry clothing (for water based activities)
  • Short sleeved and light-coloured long sleeved tops, for sun protection
  • Light fleece jumper for early season departures (Dec-Feb)
  • Underwear and socks
  • Swimwear for multiple days
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Hiking boots (worn-in)
  • An additional pair of trainers that can get wet (for use when rafting, kayaking, canyoning)
  • Sandals

SLEEPING

  • Travel pillow or pillowcase (optional)
  • Eye-mask
  • Sleepwear

OTHER

  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Headtorch or torch
  • Personal snorkelling gear (optional)
  • Reusable water bottle x1 litre (or x2)
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Pre / post night accommodation in San Jose (Holiday Inn Express)

Payable Before Departure

Pre / post night accommodation in San Jose (Holiday Inn Express)

Per Night

Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Private Room Upgrade

Private arrival transfer San Jose Airport to San Jose Central (1-3 people)

Payable Before Departure

Private arrival transfer San Jose Airport to San Jose Central (1-3 people)

Private departure transfer Dominical to San Jose Airport (1-3 people)

Payable Before Departure

Private departure transfer Dominical to San Jose Airport (1-3 people)

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 169kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

As well as the general risks of adventure travel (e.g. transport, accommodation and medical standards being different from home as well as the risks involved in the adventurous activities themselves), we have identified the following trip-specific risks you should also be aware of. Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the details of the itinerary to make sure you are happy with the level of risk involved in the trip and if you have any questions get in touch!

INTERNAL: ALTITUDE BAND 1 High Altitude Factors to Consider

This trip visits locations at or above 2500m. At this altitude some people may experience symptoms associated with Altitude Sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Previous experience at high altitude is not necessarily an indicator of future performance. Your guide(s) are trained to mitigate the risks associated with altitude, by carefully managing the rate of ascent and the intensity of the activity, and to provide the appropriate support response should someone feel ill during the trip. Should you experience health issues during your trip you should inform your guide immediately so the proper care can be provided. Owing to the nature of this trip, it is essential that your personal travel insurance policy provides cover up to the maximum altitude visited on this trip as well as emergency medical evacuation by helicopter.

INTERNAL: ALTITUDE BAND 2 High Altitude Factors To Consider

This trip visits locations at or above 4500m. At this altitude some people may experience symptoms associated with Altitude Sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). The likelihood of more severe conditions, such as HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) and HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema), increases at higher altitudes. Previous experience at high altitude is not necessarily an indicator of future performance. Your guide(s) are trained to mitigate the risks associated with altitude, by carefully managing the rate of ascent and the intensity of the activity, and to provide the appropriate support response should someone feel ill during the trip. Should you experience health issues during your trip you should inform your guide immediately so the proper care can be provided. Owing to the nature of this trip, it is essential that your personal travel insurance policy provides cover up to the maximum altitude visited on this trip as well as emergency medical evacuation by helicopter.

INTERNAL: WILDLIFE Wildlife Factors To Consider

This trip visits locations where wild animals are present in a natural environment, where protections and controls on their movement may be limited or non-existent. Some wild animals may be predatory in nature, poisonous, venomous or otherwise can be considered dangerous in a close encounter. Wild animals by their nature are unpredictable and visitors into their habit should follow the safety instructions given by their local guide(s) and/or any signage present. It is a privilege to see wild animals in a natural environment and an experience that should be respectfully conducted at all times.

INTERNAL: HOT CLIMATE Climate Factors To Consider

This trip visits locations where daytime temperatures can be extremely high during the times of year when this trip operates. High humidity and limited access to shade can also be factors, and warm temperatures can continue into the nighttime, which additionally influence the body’s ability to cool down. Personal care should be taken to keep cool as best possible in the conditions, such as wearing appropriate clothing and proper hydration. Very high temperatures can impair an individual’s physical abilities to perform an activity that they may otherwise be able to do competently at cooler temperatures. People may experience symptoms associated with dehydration and Heat Stroke. Your guide(s) are trained to mitigate the risks associated with high temperatures, by carefully managing the intensity of the activity, and to provide the appropriate support response should someone feel ill during the trip. Should you experience health issues during your trip you should inform your guide immediately so the proper care can be provided.

INTERNAL: COLD CLIMATE Climate Factors To Consider

This trip visits locations where daytime temperatures can be extremely cold and consistently below freezing (0C/32F) during the times of year when this trip operates. Temperatures at night will likely be even colder. Personal care should be taken to keep warm as best possible in the conditions, such as wearing appropriate clothing and proper hydration and nutrition. Very cold temperatures can impair an individual’s physical abilities to perform an activity that they may otherwise be able to do competently at warmer temperatures. In severe cold conditions people may experience symptoms associated with Exposure, Frostbite and Hypothermia. Your guide(s) are trained to mitigate the risks associated with cold temperatures, by carefully managing the intensity of the activity, and to provide the appropriate support response should someone feel ill during the trip. Should you experience health issues during your trip you should inform your guide immediately so the proper care can be provided.

INTERNAL: HOT & COLD CLIMATE Climate Factors To Consider

This trip visits locations where daytime temperatures can range from extremely hot to extremely cold during the times of year when this trip operates. In very hot locations, high humidity and limited access to shade can also be factors, and warm temperatures can continue into the nighttime, which additionally influence the body’s ability to cool down. In cold locations, where daytime temperatures are consistently below freezing (0C/32F), at night it will likely be even colder. Personal care should be taken to keep cool/warm as best possible in the conditions, such as wearing appropriate clothing and proper hydration and nutrition. Very hot or cold temperatures can impair an individual’s physical abilities to perform an activity that they may otherwise be able to do competently at more moderate temperatures. In hot conditions, people may experience symptoms associated with Dehydration and Heat Stroke, and in severe cold conditions people may experience symptoms associated with Exposure, Frostbite and Hypothermia. Your guide(s) are trained to mitigate the risks associated with extremely hot and cold temperatures, by carefully managing the intensity of the activity, and to provide the appropriate support response should someone feel ill during the trip. Should you experience health issues during your trip you should inform your guide immediately so the proper care can be provided.

REMOTE BAND 1 Remote Environment Factors To Consider

This trip visits locations which can be considered to be remote, where the travel time to the nearest medical facility is likely to be above 12 hours, even with outside assistance. Outside communications in some locations may be limited. An evacuation may require a change of route from the originally planned one and the use of a support vehicle, either privately owned or public transport by land, air or water, to reach a point of medical care. Additional consideration should be given by and to those with pre-existing medical conditions with specific care needs and should be raised with your host before the trip. Those with pre-existing medical conditions should also seek guidance from a health professional prior to travelling. Should you experience health issues during your trip you should inform your guide immediately so the proper care can be provided. All travellers should have suitable and adequate travel insurance in place to provide cover for potential additional costs.

REMOTE BAND 2 Remote Environment Factors To Consider

This trip visits locations which can be considered to be remote, where the travel time to the nearest medical facility is likely to be above 24 hours, even with outside assistance. Outside communications in some locations may be limited. An evacuation may require a change of route from the originally planned one and the use of a support vehicle, either privately owned or public transport by land, air or water, to reach a point of medical care. Additional consideration should be given by and to those with pre-existing medical conditions with specific care needs and should be raised with your host before the trip. Those with pre-existing medical conditions should also seek guidance from a health professional prior to travelling. Should you experience health issues during your trip you should inform your guide immediately so the proper care can be provided. All travellers should have suitable and adequate travel insurance in place to provide cover for potential additional costs.

We recommend checking out the country specific information and also talking to a travel nurse.

In Costa Rica, tap water quality varies depending on the region. In many tourist areas and larger cities like San José, the tap water is generally safe to drink; however in more remote areas it's advisable to stick to filtered water as a precaution. There will be drinking water available at each night's accommodation, and your host will carry refill water where possible as well. Remember to bring a reusable water bottle (1-2L) to carry with you during activities. This will help reduce waste from single-use plastic bottles and ensure you have access to clean drinking water.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. We recommend budgeting approx 8-10 USD per person per day for the trip leader, and 6-8 USD for support staff.

Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

This trip visits locations where daytime temperatures can be extremely high during the times of year when this trip operates. High humidity and limited access to shade can also be factors, and warm temperatures can continue into the nighttime, which additionally influence the body’s ability to cool down. Personal care should be taken to keep cool as best possible in the conditions, such as wearing appropriate clothing and proper hydration. Very high temperatures can impair an individual’s physical abilities to perform an activity that they may otherwise be able to do competently at cooler temperatures. People may experience symptoms associated with dehydration and Heat Stroke. Your guide(s) are trained to mitigate the risks associated with high temperatures, by carefully managing the intensity of the activity, and to provide the appropriate support response should someone feel ill during the trip. Should you experience health issues during your trip you should inform your guide immediately so the proper care can be provided.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

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All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Our team of Adventure Hunters create exclusive adventures with highly vetted, specialist hosts. We only work with independent, local in-destination experts who know the very best places to explore and how to stay safe. Read more information about the local teams we partner with.

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