WHY THIS TRIP
The Costa Rican Mountain, Beach & River Adventure brings together active adventures with off-the-beaten-path exploration for one of the best adventures in Central America. You’ll be traveling by whitewater raft, sea kayak, and mountain bike through remote cloudforest, beaches, mountains, and rainforests. This adventure is designed for people who like to sweat it out during the day, reach pristine, out-of-the-way destinations, and enjoy kicking back at a beach camp to watch the sunset.
Costa Rica is famous for its bio-diverse rainforests, abundant beaches, and rushing rivers which are abundant throughout the country. But most tourists only flock to a few popular destinations, leaving many of the most stunning places undeveloped and completely uncrowded. For those who crave some thrills and aren’t afraid of a little hard work, this is exactly where you want to go to experience Costa Rica beyond the brochures.
With your adventure guide and small group of like-minded travelers, you’ll be discovering some of the most undisturbed ecosystems in Central America, visiting small mountain villages, and embarking on a different action-packed tour each day. At night you’ll be relaxing at a riverside camp, beach bungalow, or simple mountain lodge listening to the ocean or to frogs chirping in the forest. Altogether, it’s about as far from the all-inclusive golf resorts as one can get.
The adventure starts with Class III – IV whitewater rafting down the pristine Pacuare River, where you’ll be paddling to the (otherwise unreachable) a riverside camp 27 km downstream. You will be traveling through abundant cloudforest in the foothills of volcanoes, stopping to hike to waterfalls and learning about this important protected forest. Then it’s time to test your mountain biking skills, cruising down from Costa Rica’s continental divide into a small, coffee-growing community nestled amongst green hills. You continue down from the mountains on bike to the Pacific Coast where you can enjoy the lively beaches of Manuel Antonio and a bit of nightlife before returning to the backcountry.
You’ll be thankful for a day relaxing at the beach before your thee-day excursion sea kayaking along the Osa Peninsula in the Golfo Dolce and exploring its various inlets. This souther-most gulf is one of the least visited by tourists, which means you’ll get golden beaches, dense rainforests, and snorkeling opportunities almost to yourself.
LOCAL PROVIDER: COAST TO COAST ADVENTURES
Coast to Coast Adventures designs ethical and sustainable multi-activity adventures throughout Central America. The small, dedicated team of Costa Ricans holds a strong focus on creating lifetime memories for its clients while providing high-quality service and maintaining the highest possible standards of safety for its clients and in training for its guides.