They say that fortune favors the bold, and nowhere is this more true than in Latin America's adventure capital: La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Channel your inner explorer with one of three packages—Extreme Adventure, Wildlife Lovers, or Jungle & Beach—from Costa Rica Descents, boasting a perfect five-star rating and more than 300 reviews on TripAdvisor. From the airport, it's off to Arenal's Montaña de Fuego Hotel & Spa. After a welcome cocktail reception, you're free to explore this 35-hectare private reserve at the foot of Arenal Volcano. Each Deluxe Bungalow was designed with the natural environment in mind, incorporating warm wood tones with spectacular views of the volcano from your private terrace. Extreme Adventure: This package includes an all-day rafting trip on the Sarapiquí and Balsa rivers, featuring Class II, III, and IV rapids. In addition to lunch, this day also includes a canyoneering trip in which guests hike and down-climb through a secluded rain forest, and rappel down a waterfall. The next extreme adventure: a trek up the Arenal Volcano, which includes lunch and a dip in nearby hot springs. Finally, the package includes an exhilarating canopy zipline tour. Wildlife Lovers: This package begins with a mellow river safari down the Peñas Blancas River, where you'll spot tropical birds, monkeys, poison dart frogs, caimans, and other exotic wildlife. The next day, you'll take a guided hike to Baldi Hot Springs, which is followed by dinner for two. Finally, get ready to paddle down Class II rapids, then tour an organic farm tour. Jungle & Beach: You'll spend the first three days in La Fortuna rafting the Sarapiquí and Balsa rivers, hiking and down-climbing through a secluded rain forest, and rappelling down a waterfall. Then it's off to Manuel Antonio National Park for a two-night stay at Hotel Inn on the Park. A full-day nature tour, complete with a bilingual, government-licensed naturalist, takes guests through the entire park. You'll spot monkeys, coatis, sloths, exotic birds, and lizards along the way, and at the end you'll get a chance to bask on the beautiful white-sand beaches that punctuate the park.
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Departure Time: 3:00 pm
Tour Duration: Approximately 3 hours
What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, light jacket, camera, bathing suit (springs)
Includes: Transport, entrance fees, naturalist guide and snack after tour
Price: $49.00 per person
El Trapiche Coffee Plantation; this 2 hour long tour offers a variety of information about the plantation and the family that runs it. Visitors will be put on an ox cart while learning about the coffee making process, the sugarcane farm, the old fashioned way of cultivating bananas, avocados and macademia nuts. Also, guests will witness the making of the famous guaro liquor, a typical Costa Rican alcohol made from sugarcanes as well as taste "picadillo de arracache?, a traditional vegetable hash along with some coffee or fresh lemonade.The price is $30 per person with transportation.
Started in the 1950s by Quakers originally from Alabama, who escaped the United States in order to live out their pacifist lifestyle (since Costa Rica had recently abolished its army). This tour encompasses the interesting history of the Costa Rican Quakers as well as cheese tasting and refreshing ice cream samples. The duration of this tour is 1.5 hours and the price is $12 per person without transportation.
Cost: Standard room rates; 1 adult $35, 2 adults $60, 3 adults $75, 4 adults $80, 5 adults $85
Tour Departure Time: 9:00 a.m.
Trip Duration: about 7 hours
Class III & IV
Tour Departure Time: 8:00 a.m.
Trip Duration: about 6 hours
Class II & III
Tour Departure Time: 8:30 a.m.
Trip Duration: about 7 hours
Tour Departure Time: 10:00 a.m.
Trip Duration: about 4.5 hours