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Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
AUF
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailor Made Adventures
Activity:
Culture
Group size:
6–16
Min age:
16

Multi activity adventure taking in the rainforest, volcanoes and coastline of captivating Costa Rica

From rumbling volcanoes to sweeping, sandy beaches, Costa Rica’s beauty is evident in every corner. On this action-packed adventure we try grade II, III and IV whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River, have a go at zip-lining in the forest and try canyoning and rappelling through spectacular waterfalls. Our adventure ends in the lush Manuel Antonio National Park, where we can appreciate the picture-perfect coastline on another kayak excursion before snorkelling in the Pacific.

Highlights

  • Get your adrenaline pumping on this mixed activity trip - whitewater rafting, canyoning, sea kayaking and zip-lining included!
  • Experience rainforest, volcanoes and coastline of this diverse ecological paradise
  • Sea kayaking around Manuel Antonio's coastline and snorkel in the Pacific
  • Optional visit to the thermal waters of Ecotermales Hot Springs near Arenal Volcano
  • Stay in comfortable hotels and eco-lodges with the majority of activities included

Key information

  • Travel by air-conditioned minibus and raft
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • 8 nights comfortable hotels and eco-lodges
  • Countries visited: Costa Rica

What's included

  • All breakfasts 4 lunches and 1 dinner
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
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.

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

San Jose
to
San Jose Airport
  • Day 1

    Start San Jose.

    The group flight usually arrives into San Jose this morning. Free arrival transfers are avaialble for all clients. Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon/evening. This evening is the perfect opportunity to meet your guide and get to know your fellow travellers.

    Accommodation: Balmoral Hotel (or similar)

  • Day 2

    Class II and III whitewater rafting expedition on the Pacuare River to Rio Tropicales eco-lodge.

    Leaving San Jose we head towards the Pacuare River, an area blessed with abundant vegetation and scenic beauty in the middle of the rainforest. This is a great spot for adventure seekers and one of the best rivers to raft in Costa Rica! After a safety briefing and instructions, we board 6-person rafts and begin our grade II and III whitewater rafting excursion. Rafting is the only way to reach this evening's accommodation - an eco-lodge surrounded completely by nature. Please note that we need to pack overnight bags for this experience, which will follow separately on another raft. We can access our main luggage again tomorrow. 

    Our journey takes us through 13km of exhilarating rapids and clear pools of the Pacuare River, with rainforest towering over the river at either side and colourful birds flying overhead. There will be a short stop for lunch and plenty of time for a refreshing swim near a waterfall in one of the calm sections of the river. On arrival at the Rio Tropicales eco-lodge a welcome drink and snacks await us, and we'll have plenty of time to relax and soak up the tropical surroundings and vibrant sounds of the jungle. 

    Accommodation: Rio Tropicales Lodge (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Class III and IV whitewater rafting expedition back from the Pacuare River; to Arenal.

    After a healthy breakfast at our eco-lodge, we pack up and prepare to continue our expedition on the Pacuare River through lush rainforest. Today see's us raft class III and IV rapids on the lower Pacuare and gorge, which is sure to be an adrenaline boost and gives us another chance to experience the intimate nature of the rainforest. Eventually we reach our exit point from the river and will continue our journey by road from here on. Today's destination is the area surrounding Arenal Volcano. Following a massive eruption in 1968, Arenal was Costa Rica's most active volcano until recently when it entered a resting phase. As well as the volcano, this region has plenty to offer, with thermal waters, waterfalls and Lake Arenal waiting to be discovered. The drive time takes around 3 hours. 

    Accommodation: Arenal Montechiari Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Hike in Arenal N.P.; visit La Fortuna Waterfall; optional visit to Ecotermales Hot Springs.

    There is a guided hike this morning through Arenal Volcano National Park. The park has a great system of trails passing through secondary rainforest and near lava fields created by previous eruptions. The high vantage points on this walk allow great views overlooking Lake Arenal, and the birdlife is plentiful. 

    Waterfalls are abundant in the region of Arenal and this afternoon we visit La Fortuna Waterfall, a 65 metre cascade of water plunging into an emerald pool below. A short trail through the rainforest brings us to a relatively steep set of steps that we must descend to reach the waterfall and then ascend to the exit - the hike/climb takes around 20-30 minutes and is within the capabilities of anyone with reasonable fitness. Reward your efforts with a dip in one of the natural pools punctuating the foliage to cool off! Alternatively you could visit the lookout point and wait for the group.

    There is a lot of geothermal activity in the area and you'll have the chance to visit one of the excellent hot springs in the late afternoon, as part of an optional excursion. 

    Accommodation: Arenal Montechiari Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Morning canyoning adventure; afternoon rainforest zip-lining.

    We start today with a canyoning adventure in a spectacular rainforest slot canyon around 30 minutes drive from La Fortuna. If you haven't tried canyoning before, you're in for a real adventure! Find yourself rappelling down waterfalls from 18 to 50 metres in height, and hiking along rainforest trails from waterfall to waterfall as we pass through the canyon. There are four rappels (3 waterfalls and 1 rock wall) to complete, a monkey drop (zip line and rappel) and a rock climb as part of today's adventure. All necessary equipment is included and full training and safety instructions will be given - just come prepared to get wet with a stomach for heights! 

    In the afternoon, once we've dried off and changed clothes, we'll board the Sky Tram for a gondola ride to an observation platform across the highest point of Arenal Reserve where you can enjoy views of the volcano, lake and surrounding forests. From the observation platform our Sky Trek zip-lining adventure begins, crossing canyons and flying inbetween the tree tops as we cover around 3 miles of cables to reach the bottom. There are 10 different zip lines ranging in height from 30 metres to 200 metres. Full training and a safety briefing will be given, and all equipment is provided. There is also a free locker available to store your belongings whilst on the tour. 

    In the late afternoon we return to our accommodation to relax after an exciting day! 

    Accommodation: Arenal Montechiari Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    To Manuel Antonio.

    Today we set off to Manuel Antonio, located around four and half hours drive away on the Pacific Coast. We should arrive with plenty of time to explore the area, discover the beach and find a good spot for sunset by the sea!  

    Accommodation: Playa Espadilla Hotel or Karahe Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Nature walk in Manuel Antonio N.P.; kayaking and snorkelling by the Pacific Coast.

    Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica's smallest national parks. This morning we take a guided nature walk in the park to reach one of the higher elevations for incredible coastal views of dramatic rocky headlands, and we'll find a beautiful spot where the forest meets the sea. With the help of our guide we'll hopefully see monkeys (White-faced, Squirrel and Howler), iguana, sloths and agouti. Most of the walking trails lead to beautiful beaches within the borders of the national park. 

    In the afternoon we put our paddling skills to use once more, this time to try sea kayaking along the Pacific Coast, passing islands, cliffs and rock formations. There are a number of nesting grounds for birds and marine wildlife here as well as plentiful vegetation, so seeing the area by kayak is an excellent way to approach quietly. We also have the chance to visit Bisanz beach, where we can don a mask and snorkel to discover the underwater world (parrotfish, angelfish and starfish might be seen). Please note that water visibility varies depending on the season and the snorkeling activity is weather permitting. 

    Accommodation: Playa Espadilla Hotel or Karahe Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Free day to choose from optional activities such as horse-riding, catamaran or mangrove boat tour.

    Manuel Antonio is a great area for some free time and so today has been left free for you to choose what to do. Visit the beach or join one of the half day optional activities available, such as horse-riding, catamaran or mangrove boat tour. 

    Accommodation: Playa Espadilla Hotel or Karahe Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Return to San Jose; end

    A four hour journey takes us back to San Jose, where those on group flights will be transferred to the airport in time for their return flight. Land only clients end in San Jose and are advised not to book a flight leaving San Jose before 4pm today, as arrival at the airport will be timed to co-incide with the group flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Post-trip Extensions

Tamarindo Beach Extension Costa Rica

Extend your stay in Costa Rica with a few nights of rest and relaxation at Tamarindo on the Pacific Coast. Once a sleepy fishing village, Tamarindo was discovered by surfers in the late 1980's and has steadily grown its reputation as one of Costa Rica's best beach destinations. Located in Guanacaste Province, known for its good weather and predictable sunshine, Tamarindo has a great mix of facilities and retains an authentic laid-back atmosphere. The town has accommodation catering to all budgets, from high-end boutique hotels to smaller, comfortable and characterful properties. Its big draw is the long expanse of beach, with a curved bay backed by palm trees, cafes and restaurants. The waves are strong and loved by surfers, with swimmers mostly staying to the shallow surf breaking on the shore. Facing west, the sunsets in Tamarindo are dramatic and not to be missed! There are plenty of excursions that can be organised locally if you want to discover the surrounding area. Or simply sit back and soak up the laid-back beach life, which is a real contrast from the other areas you will have visited in Costa Rica.  

We have hand-picked a selection of properties in Tamarindo and selected transport options to suit all budgets and group sizes - all that's left for you to decide is how long you want to go for, and we'll do the rest! 

ACCOMMODATION:

Please note that rates shown below are per room (not per person) and all hotels include breakfast 

Capitan Suizo Hotel: This beachfront boutique hotel is set in a privileged location to the south of the bay, with rooms surrounded by tropical gardens. Thoughtfully designed accommodation with excellent dining options, wonderful service and a friendly team waiting to welcome you. Just away from the main town, it has a lovely pool area and private loungers on the beach. Prices from £245 per room per night for a Superior Room.   

Cala Luna Boutique Hotel: This luxurious hotel is nestled in native trees and lush vegetation, just a short walk from the beach of Playa Langosta which is around the headland from Tamarindo's main beach. Consistently rated as one of the Top 10 hotels in Costa Rica by Trip Advisor! Elegant accommodation and surroundings with every need catered for, this is pure R&R. Prices from £225 per room per night for a Deluxe Room. 

Tamarindo Diria Hotel: Located right in the middle of the beach, this is one of Tamarindo's original hotels and has the most spectacular palm tree-lined view from its pool/dining areas. It is split into different areas, with the majority of rooms located away from the beachfront. Prices from £145 per room per night for a Standard Room / Tropicana Poolview.  

Wyndham Esplendor Hotel: One of the best infinity pools we've seen with extensive views across Tamarindo bay, thanks to it's hillside location above Tamarindo. Elegant rooms and facilities, but a fair walk from the beach and Tamarindo town - there is a free shuttle transfer provided at set times. Prices from £140 per room per night for an Ocean View Room.  

Arco Iris Hotel: A great option for value, with comfortable rooms surrounded by lush tropical gardens. A tranquil location set back from the street, around 500 metres to the beach. Prices from £100 per room per night for a Bungalow Room. 

Pasatiempo Hotel: A small, intimate property with real character and comfortable rooms. We think Pasatiempo is a hidden gem and it is our preferred choice if you are looking for great value and don't mind being located a short 5 minute walk to the beach. There are some great restaurants and shops nearby. Prices from £90 per room per night for a Standard Room or £95 per room per night for a Deluxe Room.  

How to reach Tamarindo?

There are three options to reach Tamarindo from San Jose, depending on your budget and how much time you have:

Shuttle bus: This is the most economical way to reach Tamarindo, particularly for solo travellers. The shuttle bus system is easy, safe and reliable and will drop you directly at your hotel. Shuttles usually pick up from hotels in San Jose at 7:15am or 2:30pm. From Tamarindo the departure times back to San Jose are usually 8am or 2pm. The journey takes approximately 4-5 hours. You can also leave or return by shuttle directly from the airport - please specify at the time of booking and double check timings with your sales consultant as schedules may change depending on the season. Prices from £45 per person, each way. 

Private transfer: If you would prefer to travel in your own vehicle (seating up to 6 people), or need transfers timed perfectly with your international flights, we recommend a private transfer for the journey. You can either take this as a return or for just one leg of the journey. By private transfer the journey takes approximately 4 hours. Prices from £280 for a private transfer seating up to 6 people, each way. 

Flight: Perfect if you are short of time, you can take an internal flight from San Jose to Tamarindo Airstrip. During high season (Dec-Apr) there are usually 4 flights during the day in each direction. Outside of high season there are usually 2 flights in each direction. Flights usually take under 1 hour. With this service we will also arrange a vehicle transfer between your Tamarindo hotel and the airstrip. Luggage weight and size restrictions apply (30lbs, 114cm). Prices from £170 per person, one way.

There is also the option to arrange your return flights from Liberia airport, around 1 hour 30 minutes from Tamarindo, with a private transfer to Tamarindo. Please speak to your Sales Consultant to discuss this option. 

We recommend visiting Tamarindo for at least 3 nights. Please speak to your Sales Consultant for more details, to check hotel availability or to make a reservation. You may need additional hotel nights in San Jose depending on the end date of your trip and your flight schedule. Also please note that some hotels in Tamarindo are not available in September. 

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, 4 lunches and 1 dinner included.

Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet style, with toast, cereal, eggs, fruits and tea/coffee all available. For lunch and dinner, the tour leader will recommend various options in convenient locations, usually booking restaurants and eating with the group. Vegetarians are generally well catered for in Costa Rica but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests.

Costa Rican specialities include 'Gallo Pinto', a black bean and rice dish considered to be a staple part of the local diet. Soups and stews are also common, and fresh fruit is abundant and will no doubt be one of the highlights of your time in the tropics.

Weather

Costa Rica is located 10º north of the equator and has a tropical climate. The average temperature range is 10ºC - 13ºC in the highlands, and from 22ºC - 26ºC in the lowlands. There is a rainy season from May to November when there are daily downpours, though these are usually quite short and there is still plenty of bright sunshine, so midsummer is not necessarily a bad time to go. December to April is the driest time of the year but you should still expect some rain.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 3 (Moderate).

If you're reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and would like to try multiple activities during your holiday this is the trip for you. The included activities are whitewater rafting (grades II, III and IV), walking, zip-lining, sea kayaking, canyoning and snorkeling. Previous experience of any of the activities is not necessary - it is more important that you have a good level of fitness and physical condition, along with a sense of adventure. Whilst this is an adult trip, it is useful to note that the minimum age for whitewater rafting is 14 during the rainy season (June-Nov) and 12 during the dry season (Dec-May).

The driving distances are not very long and most of the roads that we travel on are of good quality. There are several included walks on the itinerary which occasionally involve walking on rough paths, but these are suitable for most levels of fitness. During times of heavy rain, trails can be muddy and slippery and extra care should be taken. Many of the areas visited on the trip are hot and humid and there is the chance of heavy rain year-round - this is why Costa Rica is so green!

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotels & Lodges

8 nights comfortable hotels and lodges, all with en suite facilities.

From a rustic wooden lodge set in tropical gardens to a hotel overlooking the Pacific ocean, most of the properties that we use are small, family run establishments offering a warm welcome and relaxing surroundings.

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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

Experts

Contact a member of staff who has done this trip

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed August 2019
    Rachel Tomalin

    Active Costa Rica

    The most amazing 10 days. On the go doing different activities everyday - challenging yourself but succeeding because of tight group bond formed very quickly, fabulous tour guide and friendly and supportive activity guides. I did things I never thought I’d do- like rappelling down a waterfall.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Abseiling down a waterfall in La Fortuna. I wasn’t sure I could do it but with great support from everyone, managed all five descents and even wanted to do it again at the end.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Jorge was exceptional- he united the group from the start- as a single traveller you always worry that you will fit in with the group - no need to worry as we were united from the start. He was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about Costs Rica, always took care of any needs and with the driver Pauli really made the trip great.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Have lots of energy - plenty of clothes changes as you get wet....often. Waterproofs for rain fall. Be prepared to have the time of your life.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There are lots of people taking amazing photos to buy at very reasonable costs so you can enjoy the activity and have photos as memories.
  • Reviewed August 2019
    Julie Chartron

    Active Costa Rica 2019

    Fantastic trip, exciting activities,, lovely accommodation and an outstanding guide in Jorge Diaz.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Difficult to pin down but white water refuting was brilliant, the eco lodge was lovely too. Wildlife is stunning and it was lovely to see hummingbirds and such beautiful butterflies

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was really really good. Patient, very knowledgeable indeed, very passionate about his country and extremely well organised.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go with the flow. You will be very well looked after and comfortable. It’s quite a tiring trip but tiring in a good way. I was worried at the start about whether I’d keep up (I’m in my fifties and not hugely fit) but you really don’t need any experience to do the activities and everything feels exceptionally well planned and safe.
  • Reviewed February 2019
    Phil Goacher

    Not just for youngsters.

    Such a great trip. Perfectly organised, great hotels, good food, superb guide, brilliant experiences and excellent fellow companions. Thank you Exodus for the adventure!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It's difficult to choose the highlight of the trip. The white water rafting was great, the canyoning was exhilarating, the zip lining was scary but safe. Kayaking was enjoyable and the snorkelling brilliant. Not to mention seeing many birds and animals native to Costa Rica.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jorge Diaz was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. He enjoyed a good laugh and joined in all the meals, activities and generally couldn't have done more for us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As a reasonably fit 60 year old, I was concerned that I would be 30 years older than everyone else but this was not the case. I coped easily with everything and would recommend this trip to everyone with a sense of adventure. You will need a good head for heights and be willing to get wet - every day!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    One change to the itinerary, I would suggest, would be to not do the lake kayaking but to go straight from Arenal area to Manuel Antonio and have the afternoon free to swim in the Pacific, rather than the long trip late in the day. Kayaking on the Pacific was much better than the lake and was the next day after the lake. This would free up a day to do a mangrove forest tour on the last day, this was optional for our trip and was a real highlight.
  • Reviewed April 2018
    Olivia Dudleston

    Lots of variety!

    A thoroughly enjoyable and exciting way to see the country - walking, cycling, boat trip, ziplining, white water rafting, and plenty of jungle and wildlife. All with a manageable amount of travelling to see very different parts of the country.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Ziplining over the Costa Rican rainforest canopy, feeling liberated and taking in the incredible views

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader Adriana was really lovely, had great English, and as a Biologist by trade had an incredible eye for pointing out all sorts of flora & fauna as we were partaking in our various activities. We saw monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, coatis, as well as endless beautiful birds. Our driver Olivier was also fantastic, taking great care of the minibus every day.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack a variety of lightweight clothes for different activities and quite varying climates throughout different parts of the country. Wet shoes or velcro sandals are useful for white water rafting, otherwise you will be wearing your trainers and hoping they dry out for the next day! If you wear glasses then best to take a strap to hold them on during rafting. Take a water bottle with you as a water dispenser is available on the minibus so you can refill as and when you like.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    During the dry season, the river levels are quite low and the rapids are very tame! If you're looking for true grade 2/3 rapids then best to go when the river is a bit higher
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Tony Daly

    Watching a classy act

    The trip was good with Exodus staff doing a great job. Even our non-English speaking driver, Roberto, always managed a warm "hello". Makes a lot of yards in starting each day and making it into a great day. Costa Rica is geared mainly for the American market - everything in dollars. Sadly all things American includes plastic cheese and processed meat - makes for a lousy omelette! Food was disappointing, largely because I expected some elements of 'spice and fire'. Food was plain on the Caribbean (how does that happen?). Sauces really shouldn't be offered in plastic bottles of 57 - no names! And beer at London prices???? Prevented the group from bonding at the bar on the first night. Some, like me, used the convenience store to stock up and no garden, meant a bedroom snifter before dinner - pity.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Zip Lining and Rapid descent. The guy pulling the brake on time, when I plunged (by arrangement) 150 feet - it gets higher in telling - from a cloud forest tree to Mother Earth. Then, being told to climb back up there!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Splendid! As someone who has written and led tours, I can't speak more highly of him. Great driver too!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Buy some Colonas (local currency) or you will be given change for dollars in local money at variable rates. Take Vitamin B6 for 2 weeks before trip, plus during visit (check with your (GP) - mossies will positively spit you out!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Hotel in San Jose was utility. Better location might have been on city edge, as we had no time to look around, so why choose there?. Better a more peaceful setting. Also, insist on those bar prices being regulated for your clients, if no-one else. As I said, it directly influenced some (not just me) to avoid the bar and so delay the highly important getting to know our fellow travellers. I used to select trade shows my company attended and it was small things like this and silly lunch prices, that influenced the decision makers. Earls Court wouldn't listen, nor Olympia - said it was out of their control - REALLY? We just didn't buy stand space.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Melissa Dymond

    Costa Rica Mixed Activity

    Excellent trip. Very busy itinerary with a variety of activities. Eduardo was a great leader and was very knowledgeable about the areas we visited and the country as a whole. His love of his country is very evident!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Loved challenging myself to some new activities: whitewater rafting, kayaking, zip lining!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you have a long sleeved shirt or rash guard! The sun is lovely but intense! :) Bring your sun cream!
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Sarah Counter

    Costa Rica mixed activity

    Stunning scenery, extraordinary and wonderful wildlife, excellent and knowledgable guide in a wonderfully diverse and enchanting country.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Exhilarating white water rafting, contrasting with the stillness of the cloud forrest broken only by the sound of bird calls. Coming face to face with white faced monkeys in Dan Antonio was fun too!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Andreas was a knowledgable group leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take closed wet shoes for the whitewater rafting, and plastic bags for damp clothing as items don't dry easily in the rain forest despite the high temperatures!
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Djamila Stachowski

    Costa Rica with lots of activity

    I loved the trip, and would highly recommend it for everyone who loves being active, being outdoors, doing different activities during your holiday, and who does not mind being rained on (lots!). The group was fantastic, the tour leader fabulous, nature and wildlife are just amazing! We saw so many birds, reptiles, bugs and butterflies (mostly due to the unbelievably good eyes of our tour guide Ozzy), the nature is breathtaking and we actually didn't mind taking lots and lots of pictures of trees and leaves and other greenery. The activities were well balanced, and you could fill every hour of spare time with additional adventures, which all most of our group did.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved the wild water rafting (grade C), the guides were great fun, and as the first activity it is the perfect ice breaker for the group. I could not fault any of the other activities, all were great fun and a memorable experience. We were all in awe when we saw a Quetzal, apparently a very rare and hard to spot bird. Seeing the sloth with a baby was fantastic, picture perfect. The catamaran and snorkelling tour was a grand finale to the trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ozzy was the perfect guide. Very knowledgable, his eagle-eyes spotted every animal no matter how well it tried to hide. He feels very passionate about his country and shows this with every story or tale.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Inform yourself of any other activities you may want to do in your spare time. Every hotel or lodge we stayed in has a number of options, there is no reason to sit around unless you actually want to do that ;-) Be prepared for rain, take a good quality rain poncho.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The number of options and activities for this trip is great. I would suggest to use the longer trip and add all those activities to it, so customers can choose between the more relaxed and the active trip. I would have liked to travel to the Carribbean cost and see the turtles, but I did not choose the longer trip because the activities was what I definitely wanted.
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Richard Lowry

    Costa Rica Mixed Activity

    A fun filled trip. An amazing country, influenced slightly by USA but it has not lost any of its charm. If you are looking for wildlife then this trip is for you.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Spotting so much wildlife including Sloths, howlers, humped back whales, iguanas, birds etc Canyoning optional activity, zip lining, thermal hot springs, swimming in the Pacific, white water rafting Grade 3

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ozzie was amazing- he went out of his way to organise all optional activities, even some not on the list Super restaurant recommendations A great ability to spot wildlife and an excellent knowledge

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Several people extend the trip so they can visit other national parks e.g. to see the turtles Take a good quality poncho

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip would be even better if 2 weeks long- there is another Costa Rica trip that caters for 2 weeks and looks wonderful for wildlife but doesn't include the many activities this trip does.
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Deirdre Oconnor

    Very Active Costa Rica!

    This was a great trip, with a brilliant guide and a wonderful group of people. It was a really good way to see and experience the adventures that Costa Rica has to offer. As well as the activities which were included in the price there was also time to do optional extras. It was a really active and enjoyable trip. The food was good and the accommodation very comfortable.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Swimming in the warm Pacific after a long ( but interesting) bus trip, and a nature walk in Manuel Antonio NP. With the help of Ozzie, we spotted sloths, lizards, squirrel monkeys and hummingbirds and avoided having our stuff stolen by the white headed monkeys. A really magical day! Also feeling the fear of the biking and zip lining, doing it anyway and having great fun.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ozzie took great pride in showing us his country. His love of the environment was very clear and he was able to spot and show us animals, birds and reptiles. He also took great care that everything was organised really well. A really professional and experienced Guide- he was great. Also a special mention for our driver Gerardo who kept us safe and comfortable all week.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for wet weather ( condensation as Ozzie called it) , and the fact that its hard to get things dry. A good raincoat or poncho was invaluable. You also need warm weather stuff, but remember someone has to haul your bag up on top of the bus!! Investigate additional activities - each hotel had brochures as well as the additional activities identified by Exodus. Some of us did a kayak safari float, a night nature walk, surfing etc.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Costa Rica was recommended to me by other Exodus travellers and I would do the same. Tourism is well organised and that means it feels safe to travel there. It is also a really great place to explore diverse environments from rain forests, rivers, oceans and beaches. Go for it!

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