Costa Rica multi activity holiday

“Open your eyes and quicken your pulse on an action-packed journey through the natural wonders of Costa Rica.”

Highlights

San Jose | San Gerardo de Dota | Savegre River Trek trek through cloud forests to Pacific coast | Canyoneering, Rappelling & Rafting around Rio Naranjo | Drake Bay | Punta Río Claro National Wild Life | Corcovado National Park | Carara National Park

Description of Costa Rica multi activity holiday

Get active amid the incredible wilderness of Costa Rica, from the bird-thronged cloud forests of the San Gerardo de Dota Valley to one of the world's biodiversity hotspots in the Corcovado National Park. At the heart of the trip is a four-day hike along one of the world's most pristine rivers to the Pacific Coast. river hike – with some amazing adrenaline activities thrown in.

Leave the glitz and bustle of the capital San Jose behind as you begin your wilderness journey at San Gerardo de Dota, a beacon for birdwatching, hiking and fishing. Gather yourself then for your epic trek along the Savegre River to Drakes Bay on the Pacific. Trekking through cloud forests and lowland rainforests, look out for Quetzals, enjoy river swims and admire remote waterfalls, then tuck into local dishes like palm hearts over relaxed dinners.

Finish your trek with a day of adrenaline excitement along the Rio Naranjo as it drops from the mountains through tight rocky canyons boasting world class rapids to conquer.

Your final few days are a more relaxed wildlife bonanza in some of South America's finest national parks, where you'll get to experience over a dozen different ecosystems, from highland cloud forests to lagoons and mangrove swamps.

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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your holiday not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are travelling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are travelling through. All solo travellers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travellers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Costa Rica multi activity holiday

Environment

Travel is an opportunity to experience different cultures, meet new people, taste weird and wonderful foods and – for many – to get close to wildlife you may have only seen in books or David Attenborough documentaries. We actively discourage travellers from participating in any activities that exploit wild or domestic/working animals. This trip spends a lot of time outdoors including in Costa Rica’s beautiful national parks. Our leaders are trained to show passengers the safe and appropriate way to interact with animals without touching or interfering with them.

We educate our passengers on environmental issues on all of our trips. We have an initial group meeting, during which we encourage everyone to refill bottles and recycle if possible. All our tour leaders are there to set an example on how to become more responsible travellers.

Fortunately tap water in Costa Rica is largely drinkable, allowing our passengers to refill their water bottles rather than continuously buying plastic single use ones. Our leaders will tell travellers where it is safe to drink water straight from the tap. We encourage our travellers to minimise their use of water and ensure our passengers preserve and do not contaminate the local water supply.

Our greatest contribution to minimising our transportation's impact on the environment is to travel by foot on the Savegre River trek, avoiding the use of any energy or fuel.

As a company we are strongly committed to carbon offsetting. The main sources of carbon emission from our trips (transport, accommodation and waste) are assessed and offset into renewable energy projects. We’ve offset over 250,000 tonnes of carbon emissions from our trips and offices worldwide, including over 40,000 tonnes of carbon in 2016. Part of the cost of your trip is dedicated to carbon offsetting.

Community

An important part of travel is mixing with the locals and experiencing “real life” in your chosen destination. On this trip, we visit small cafes and restaurants and buy locally created crafts and produce. This gives locals the opportunity to earn money directly and our travellers the chance to interact with locals in return.

During the 5-day Savegre River trek, our groups stay in cabins run and inhabited by local families. This is a perfect opportunity to support rural communities and interact in an authentic and respectful way. We do pay a lot of attention to travelling in such a way that it doesn’t cause disruption to local life too. We also encourage travellers to avoid giving gifts or succumbing to begging, as this can result in dependency.

We employ local leaders. We also design and operate our trips to feature local suppliers or suppliers who directly benefit the local community and economy. We offer local people good working conditions, a fair wage and empower them through training opportunities. All of our tour leaders also go through an initial training program, which includes a module on responsible travel.

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