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COSTA RICA

Costa Rica Multisport

Highlights

Hike, Kayak, Raft, Zipline

Arenal and Monteverde

Amazing Wildlife & Birdlife

Natural Hot Springs

Pacific Beaches & Islands

Summary

An adventure travel classic, a Costa Rica  multisport crafted just for you!  So many different ecosystems, so many different ways to have fun.  Hike in Arenal Volcano National Park; Tackle Class III rapids while rafting on the Sarapiqui River;  Kayak to an offshore Pacific island; Soak in natural hot springs; Search for critters on a night jungle safari in Monteverde Cloud Forest;  Get your ‘chef on’ during a fun cooking class; Finish with play and relaxation at the beach of Playa Samara – one of the world’s Blue Zones.  All this while experiencing famous Tico hospitality!

Map of Costa Rica

At-a-Glance

Days: 8

Group Dates:
Mar 23-29, 2021
Jun 20-27, 2021
Dec 09-16, 2021

Private Dates arranged for groups of 6-10

Land Cost: $1,495 (airfare extra)

Single Supplement: $300

Group Size: 6-10

Minimum Age: 14

Level: Moderate

Overview

Day 1: Arrive, Transfer Arenal

Day 2: Rafting & Hot Springs

Day 3: Hike Arenal Volcano

Day 4: Monteverde Cloud Forest

Day 5: Hanging Bridges. Samara

Day 6: Kayak & Snorkel

Day 7: Beaches and free time

Day 8: Transfer to airport

Day 1 - Arrival and Transfer to Arenal Volcano

One of our friendly drivers will pick you up at the airport to take you about 2 1/2 hours through rolling hills and enchanting valleys tucked away in lush rainforest. You are bound to see some wildlife as you make your way to the base of the Arenal Volcano.  Hotel check in, welcome dinner and be sure to rest up for your exciting week in Costa Rica!   


Day 2 – Rafting the Sarapiqui River. Ecotermales Hot Springs.

Paddle… check!  Life jacket… check!  Adrenaline… oh, heck yeah, check!  Rafting a Costa Rican river is one of the best ways to combine nature and adventure!  Today, we raft the Sarapiqui River, powering through the rapids while at the same time keeping an eye out for monkeys, iguanas, birds and other amazing Costa Rican wildlife along the banks of the river. Upon returning to Arenal area we will go straight to Ecotermales Hot Springs to relax and soak in natural hot-spring pools. Dinner on your own this evening.


Day 3: Arenal Volcano Hike and Cooking Class

Take a guided hike through lava fields of Arenal Volcano National Park. We hike in the area called 1968 Park which gets its name from Arenal’s 1968 eruption. Hike through forest and boulder-strewn landscape to great panoramic views of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. Lots of cool birds and other flora and fauna too.  Have an afternoon rest at the hotel pool.  This evening enjoy a hands-on Costa Rica cooking class where we will all then dine on our lovely feast we created.


Day 4: Monteverde Cloud Forest and Night Safari

After breakfast, take a Jeep-Boat-Jeep transfer to get to Montverde. Taking a boat across Lake Arenal saves an additional 2-3 hours of bumpy driving. The Monteverde Cloud forest is home to an amazing variety of plants and animals. We will learn about coffee and chocolate and then take an interesting night jungle safari to search for tree frogs and all sorts of interesting critters.


Day 5: Hanging Bridges. Zipline. Playa Samara

Visit Selvatura Park and take a guided stroll on the spectacular hanging bridges that cut through the forest as you birdwatch and look for other fauna. Those adrenaline-seekers in our group can instead do the zipline course with 15 heart-pumping cables, ending with the Tarzan Swing’.  Rest, journal, or practice your Spanish as we transfer 3 hours to Playa Samara and the warmth and sun of the Pacific coast.


Day 6: Kayak & Snorkeling Day

The waters off Playa Samara offer some of the best kayaking and snorkeling in Costa Rica. Starting right form Samara beach, kayak across the bay to a deserted white sand beach on Isla Chora. Here, you can snorkel the underwater world, splash in clear waters or simply soak up the sun. Dinner on your own.


Day 7: Free Day and Fun Options

You deserve a rest day! Soak up sun on the beach, relax by the pool. For those who think resting is overrated, there are optional activities on offer such as birding by kayak or dolphin-watching. Tonight will be our farewell dinner.


Day 8: Transfer back to airport

Transfer 3 hours to airport. Breakfast included.

Note on Itinerary:

Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Additional Information: 

Please be sure to scroll through website tabs for information on:

  • Pricing,
  • What’s Included,
  • General Information,
  • FAQ’s
  • How to Reserve.

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$1,495 land price.

International airfare is NOT included. (Rates quoted are per person, based on sharing double hotel).

Single Supplement: $300

Single Supplement is for those specifically requesting their own room throughout, based on availability. Meaningful Trips will pair same-gender participants as roommates. If a roommate can not be found, you will be requested to pay 50% of the Single Supplement Fee.

SAVE Big!  Travel for Free!

Gather your friends, when 3 or more persons join our set tours together, each person saves $100.  Groups of 6-10 can pick a private departure of this tour, and each person saves $100.  Organize a full group of 10, and with 9 full-paying passengers, you, the organizer, get to go for FREE! (Land Price only, Airfare is not included, based on availability)

 

Payment Schedule and Cancellation Policy:

Payment

Deposit of $500 due at time of reservation. Final balance due 90 days prior to trip departure.

Cancellation
Any deposits made in 2020 for tours in 2021 can be cancelled for any reason and receive a full refund. As of Jan 01, 2021, if you cancel prior to departure (we need written notice), cancellation fees are:

91 or more days… $0
61 to 90 days… $500
31 to 60 days… 50% of Trip Cost
0 to 30 days… 100% of Trip Cost

Included:

  • 7 nights in hotels
  • Kayak, raft and Snorkel gear
  • English-speaking naturalist guides
  • Park entrance fees
  • Natural Hot springs
  • Cooking Class
  • Meals as per itinerary

NOT included:

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Guide and camp staff gratuity

In Costa Rica, we use modern, comfortable hotels with wifi, buffet breakfast, all amenities, and friendly Tico staff.   Here are several of the hotels we use:

Hotel swimming pool with lush trees and volcano in background

Volcano Lodge and Springs, La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano

multi-story hotel

Ficus Lodge, Monteverde

hotel with swimming pool

Hotel Gaida, Samara

 

Visa and passport

Must have a US Passport valid for 6 months from the tour end date. Visa is not required for USA citizens.

 

Safety

Costa Rica is one of the safest Central American countries.  As with all trips, do not leave cameras or valuables lying around, be mindful at ATM’s, and don’t travel alone at night.

 

Trip Insurance

Meaningful Trips highly recommends the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance that covers trip cancellation, delays, medical matters, and emergency evacuation. See our Link for Travel Insurance

 

Flights to Costa Rica

Our starting and ending airport is Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) in Alajuela, 12 miles outside San Jose.  Please do not purchase any airfare until you have received word form Meaningful Trips that your trip is confirmed with the necessary minimum number of passengers.  A transfer is arranged for the 2 1/2 hour drive to Arenal area hotel.

 

Weather

The best times to visit Costa Rica are the dry season from December to April, and in also in July, August and November.  June, September and October are the wettest months.  Weather varies by region.  On the  Caribbean coast and Northern Plains, expect high humidity and temperatures ranging between the 70s and high 80’s year-round.  The Pacific coast and beaches have lower humidity and warmer temperatures, reaching into the 90’s.

 

Lodging

This trip includes 7 nights in a comfortable hotels with all amenities.  Typical hotels include:

 

Activity Level:  Moderate

This is an active trip offering a mix of activities including hiking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, snorkeling and zip line (optional). The duration of activities ranges from 3 – 4 hours.  All activities are suitable for  active novices. For whitewater rafting, participants should be able to swim and be comfortable in the water. Minimum age: 14.

 

Food in Costa Rica

The food on this trip is fresh and amazing!  Hotels offer bountiful buffet breakfasts.  Some ubiquitous dishes are: Gallo Pinto (rice and beans), Sopa Negra (black bean soup), Ceviche, Plantains, and tons of fresh fruit. A typical lunch or dinner dish is Casado, which is a dish of rice, beans, salad, and plantains served with a protein such as beef, chicken or fish. Vegetarians will enjoy all of Costa Rica’s variety. 

 

Additional Trip Information

Prior to reserving your tour, please carefully review our ‘Pricing’, ‘How to Reserve’ and ‘FAQ’ sections for helpful information on topics such as cancellation penalties, inclusions, food, water, and more.

 

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the Meaningful Trips Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully. Additional pre-departure information including a Packing List, Medical Form, and Liability Release Form is emailed upon sign-up.

 

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Some answers to common questions. Upon Sign-up, travelers receive a Packing List, Pre-Departure Info and Important Forms

Do I Need a Passport for Costa Rica?

Yes, a passport is needed and must be valid for 6 months after your trip date.

Do I Need a Visa for Costa Rica?

No. As a tourist with a US Passport. No visa required.

Are any vaccinations required for Costa Rica?

No.

We highly recommend that all persons who travel internationally should be current on these three routine immunizations: Annual Influenza (flu) shot; Tetanus Booster (Tdap) (good for 10 years); and Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR). Additionally, Hepatitis A is highly recommended for all international travelers. Meaningful Trips are not medical experts. Always consult your own doctor and always refer to the CDC website for updated vaccination and country-specific information.

Is Costa Rica Safe?

Costa Rica is one of the safest Central American countries.  As with all trips, it is always prudent to check with US Dept of State for country-specific safety information. And, follow these basic safety precautions: make copies of important documents, be wary of public Wi-Fi, use caution when using ATM, use hotel safes when available, do not walk alone at night, and be aware of your surroundings.

Do I need Travel Insurance?

Meaningful Trips always highly recommends the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance that covers trip cancellation, delays, medical matters, and emergency evacuation.

When is the best time to go to Costa Rica?

The best times to visit Costa Rica are the dry season from December to April, and in also in July, August, and November.  June, September, and October are the wettest months.  Weather varies by region.  On the Caribbean coast and Northern Plains, expect high humidity and temperatures ranging between the 70s and high 80’s year-round.  The Pacific coast and beaches have lower humidity and warmer temperatures, reaching into the 90’s.

How active is this Costa Rica Multisport?

This trip is rated Moderate. Minimum age is 14 years. This is an active trip, all persons with a spirit of adventure are welcome. Swimming ability and being comfortable in the water is a huge help. Each day may feature a different activity, typically 3 – 4 hours. Hiking, kayaking, white-water rafting, snorkeling, hanging bridges and zipline (optional). There will be 2 days that will include 4 hours of driving.

What are hotels like in Costa Rica?

In Costa Rica, we use modern, comfortable hotels with wifi, buffet breakfast, all amenities, and friendly Tico staff.

What is the food like in Costa Rica?

The food on this trip is fresh and amazing!  Hotels offer bountiful buffet breakfasts.  Some ubiquitous dishes are: Gallo Pinto (rice and beans), Sopa Negra (black bean soup), Ceviche, Plantains, and tons of fresh fruit. A typical lunch or dinner dish is Casado, which is a dish of rice, beans, salad, and plantains served with a protein such as beef, chicken or fish. Vegetarians will enjoy all of Costa Rica’s variety. 

Is the water safe to drink in Costa Rica?

Except for remote regions on the Caribbean coast, hotel water, tap water, and juices are safe for drinking.

What is a Tico?

Ticos are native Costa Ricans, and they are renown for being friendly and welcoming.

STEP 1 – Click ‘Book Now’ and Complete Reservation Form to Hold Your Space(s)

STEP 2 – Mail $500 Deposit via Check.

Reservation is guaranteed upon receipt of a $500 deposit per person. Deposits are held in Trust Account. Deposits are fully refundable for any reason if you cancel before Dec 31, 2020.  After Jan 01, 2021, regular cancellation policy applies.  Final Payment is due 90-days prior to departure and payable by Check, Zelle, Stripe, ApplePay, Visa, Mastercard.

Mail Check Deposit to:

Meaningful Trips
1416 NW 46th St
Suite 105-343
Seattle, WA 98107

 

Upon reserving a trip and submitting a deposit, each traveler will receive:

  • A Confirmation email
  • Invoice
  • Pre-departure Information
  • Trip Application with Liability Release and Assumption of Risk
  • Travel Insurance Information
  • Packing List
  • Medical Form

Terms & Conditions and Liability Release
At the time of Deposit, participants must read and agree to Meaningful Trips Terms and Conditions and Liability Release Form. Please read this information carefully.

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