Rainforest & Restful Retreats in Costa Rica

8 days
from
£1,499
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Suitable for:
Age 30s and 40s
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
EUC
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Mixed-Activity
Group size:
6–16

Costa Rica, the crown jewel of Central America, has it all. Biodiversity. Pristine jungles. Superb beaches. There’s a flurry of adventure planned on this week-long jaunt. You’ll tube the Rio Celeste. Swing through the jungle Tarzan-style. Search out exotic wildlife. Soak in thermal baths. Learn to ride a wave in one of the world’s surfing meccas. What’s not to love? And it’s all possible with just five days annual leave.

Highlights

  • Go tubing on the Rio Celeste, Costa Rica’s famously bright turquoise river
  • Try something for the first time, whether that’s tubing, ziplining or surfing
  • Have a go at surfing on the renowned Tamarindo Beach
  • Kick back on the sun-soaked Pacific Coast, then watch a blockbuster sunset

Key information

  • 7 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels 
  • Free arrival and departure transfers for everyone 
  • Countries visited: Costa Rica

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 1 dinner 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout 
  • Tubing adventure on Rio Celeste, hike to Rio Celeste Waterfall and hot springs at Rincon de la Vieja
  • Zip-line canopy tour, Catamaran tour to see dolphins and a surf or SUP lesson

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations 
  • Tips for leaders and staff
  • International flights 
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3837
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Sustainable Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

Learn more about what sustainable travel means to Exodus Edits here…

Itinerary

San Jose
to
Liberia
  • Day 1

    Explore San Jose in your own time

    On arrival at San Jose airport, you’ll be met and taken to your hotel, Studio Hotel in Santa Ana. The rest of the day is yours to shake off the flight and venture out to San Jose (or Chepe, as the locals call it) at your own pace. 

    Accommodation: Studio Hotel or similar 

  • Day 2

    Experience the vitality of the Rio Celeste on a river tubing adventure

    You’ll travel 125 miles this morning, headed to the Celeste River in the Tenorio Volcano National Park. Its rainforest and the magnificently blue river are highlights of Costa Rica’s natural phenomena.

    Now the adventure begins. Brace yourself: you’ll be river tubing, hurtling downstream through Grade I and II rapids, flanked on each side by tropical rainforest. All to a soundtrack of monkey calls and birdsong. It’s exhilarating stuff and the perfect intro to this untamed wilderness.

    Tonight, you’ll stay at Rio Celeste Hideaway, a small eco-friendly resort on the slopes of Tenorio Volcano. 

    Accommodation: Rio Celeste Hideaway or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Marvel at the incredible Rio Celeste Waterfall

    After breakfast, you’ll venture further into the ecosystem on a four-hour hike in Tenorio Volcano National Park. You’ll spot exotic plants and wildlife before you reach the magnificent Rio Celeste waterfall and the place where the river acquires its vivid turquoise colour.

    Later, when the sun goes down, you’ll follow a forest trail by torchlight to witness some nocturnal species emerging. 

    Accommodation: Rio Celeste Hideaway or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Rincon de la Vieja

    After breakfast, you’ll head to Rincon de la Vieja, home to two volcanoes and 32 rivers. Alive with geothermal energy, Rincon de la Vieja effervesces with fumaroles, warm springs and mud pots.

    You’ll check into Hacienda Guachipelin. The hotel has direct access to a crystal clear river that feeds ten riverbank pools with thermal, mineral-rich water. Soak in the pools, then apply a volcanic mud masque and let it dry before leaping into the cool stream. And repeat. And repeat. And repeat… 

    Accommodation: Hacienda Guachipelin or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Swing through the tree canopy on a white-knuckle adventure, then hike to the Cauldrons

    Carb-load at breakfast. You’ll need the energy for a zip line tour, where you’ll fly through the trees on zip lines, rappelling, climbing and swinging. You’ll cross hanging bridges over a narrow river canyon. Proper exhilarating stuff.

    Feet back on solid ground, you’ll hike to the aptly named Cauldrons, where steam and sulphur belch from the fumaroles.

    Accommodation: Hacienda Guachipelin or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Join pods of dolphins on the Pacific Ocean

    After breakfast, you’ll head south-west to the paradisiacal coast today. You’re bound for Tamarindo on the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica’s renowned surf spot.

    The afternoon is yours to explore your new digs – the beachfront Tamarindo Diria hotel. Take a swim in one of the pools or take a stroll on the beach. Late afternoon, you’ll board a catamaran to explore some of the bays. With a suitably tropical drink in hand, scan the sea for dolphin pods and sea turtles. Perhaps even the odd whale if you’re particularly lucky. You’ll drop anchor for a snorkel or explore a deserted beach while the crew prepare a BBQ feast. 

    Accommodation: Tamarindo Diria Hotel or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Join the surfers on the waves

    Today you’ll take to the sapphire waters on either a surfing or SUP lesson. The barrel curls will beckon experienced surfers, but the instructors are there to guide beginners in riding their very first wave. Fancy another watersport instead? A Stand Up Paddleboarding lesson is an alternative choice - a growing phenomenon that’s easy to get the hang of.

    The rest of the day is yours to enjoy this beachfront utopia before your thoughts turn to packing up ready for your departure tomorrow. Don’t miss the final sunset – they’re truly out of this world in these parts. 

    Accommodation: Tamarindo Diria Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Head to Liberia Airport for your flight home

    After a final breakfast, transfers will be arranged to take you to Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia for the flight home. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Costa Rica

Holders of British, US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and most EU passports can enter Costa Rica for a stay of 90 days without a visa. Proof of onward travel may be required when entering Costa Rica - we suggest you take a print out of your flight details in case officials ask to see them. All passengers flying via the USA will have to clear immigration during transit. Prior to travel you must apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (USD14) under the Visa Waiver Programme. Please see here for more information. The same applies to travel via Canada which also requires an Electronic Travel Authority. If you are not a UK citizen please check with your local U.S. Embassy. 

Vaccinations

Costa Rica

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements, however, if you have travelled to a country at risk of Yellow Fever prior to arriving in Costa Rica you will be required to have a valid Yellow Fever Certificate with you. Recommended vaccinations are: Hepatitis A.

The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

  • All breakfasts and one dinner included
  • Vegetarians are well-catered for, but let us know of any special dietary requirements before departure

Is this trip for you?

  • The nature walks occasionally involve walking on rough paths. During times of heavy rain, trails can be muddy and slippery and extra care should be taken
  • The trip may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility. However, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your requirements
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3837
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

Studio Hotel

An elegant hotel in Santa Ana, about seven miles from the centre of San Jose. If you’re fatigued from your flight, there’s a rooftop pool for a few restorative laps before turning in.

Rio Celeste Hideaway

Surrounded by rainforest, this eco-principled hotel is a collection of bungalows. There’s a freeform pool for relaxing after jungle adventures.

Hacienda Guachipelin

Comfortable rooms with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Perfectly positioned for adventures in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

Tamarindo Diria Hotel

A beachfront resort with lagoon-style pools and tropical gardens. Rooms are typically Costa Rican in style, with all the amenities you’d expect from a resort hotel.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3837
Trip Notes

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