Trip Overview

Join AdventureWomen in 2020 on a multisport women’s adventure to explore Costa Rica’s rainforests, wildlife, ecosystems, and coastlines. Go rafting, horse riding, hiking, and try a zipline. Experience waterfalls, jungles teeming with wildlife, volcanoes and hot springs. These are what makes this unique country so special!

Costa Rica is like Central America’s middle sister – she’s confident, fun and is a sporting bon vivant with all the ingredients for exotic adventure. A mere 117 miles wide east to west, this tiny country still has 800 miles of beaches and 12 different climate zones! Costa Rica is a gorgeous riot of rivers and waterfalls, lush rain forests, cloud forests, steamy hot springs, volcanoes, and agrarian landscapes hosting plantations of bananas and coffee.Costa Rican plants and wildlife are richly diverse; watch for the huge array of palms, ferns, orchids, and wild ginger with possible sightings of kinkajou, sloths, toucans, or quetzals. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the pawprints of jungle cats along the way. Throughout your travels, you’ll stay in plush bungalows and lodges, and eat local cuisine that is both fresh and delicious!

Launching your adventure In Costa Rica’s capital of San José, you gather to meet the women who’ll be venturing through the country with you. Over a gourmet welcome dinner, you’ll bond with the women in your group with whom you share genuine excitement about the outdoor activities and discoveries that lie ahead! If you’re a “fruitarian,” shop San José’s Feria Verde, the local farmer’s market, for the freshest fruits around. And if you’ve decided to brush up on your Spanish, chat with the many women there selling handicrafts, medicinal herbs, and oils.

Water plays a vital role in your Costa Rica experience. Using sea kayaks, navigate Tortuguero National Park, the “Venice” of the rainforest, to explore its canals and blue lagoons in search of southern river otters, caiman, and other coastal creatures. With the Sea Turtle Conservancy, you may observe sea turtles laying eggs at night! We’ll go whitewater rafting on the Sarapiqui River’s gentle Class II-III rapids, ride horseback (or hike) to a 200 foot high waterfall and swim in its emerald pools and later, go tubing through a canyon. Relax as steamy water tumbles down onto your shoulders in Kioro Hot Springs then catch uninterrupted views of the majestic Arenal Volcano rising high above the rainforest.

In Guanacaste, walk the dry tropical rain forest and white sand beaches while you stay at Rio Perdido, a private reserve with sun-filled treehouse bungalows, a thermal river, hanging bridges, and the heart-pumping Canyon Adventure – zip lining through the rainforest! At the Anita Rainforest Ranch, learn about cacao, how to make chocolate, and of course, enjoy a tasting before taking a cooking class using locally grown, organic produce. Return to the hotel for a farewell dinner to celebrate your biggest thrills, compare notes on big discoveries, and talk about all the ways that this adventure in Costa Rica was enriched by traveling with women as inquisitive and adventurous as you.

Main Attractions

  • Active adventure fun: whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hiking, swimming, tubing, and zipline rides
  • Enjoy a chocolate making and Costa Rican cooking class
  • Learn about Costa Rica’s many ecosystems and wildlife habitats
  • Kayak through Tortuguero National Park
  • Relax in hot springs as you bond with your fellow Adventure Women

What You'll See and Do

  • Birding
  • Boat Cruising
  • Canopy Ziplining
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hot Springs
  • National Parks
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wildlife Viewing

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in San Jose
Upon arrival at the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica, your guide will be waiting outside the Customs exit doors to meet you and transfer you to the hotel.

Enjoy a lively welcome dinner as you get to know your fellow travelers this evening. Share stories and learn about why each woman on your trip is excited to explore Costa Rica!
Welcome Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Costa Rica

 

 

Day 2

San Jose
Rise and shine early today and depart the hotel at 7:00am for a visit to the Feria Verde, an organic Farmers’ Market, which has much more than fruits and vegetables. There are local artisans with hand-made clothes, artisanal jewels, medicinal herbs, hand-made aromatherapy oils, musicians, and plenty of places to eat. The majority of vendors are women, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to talk with them and find out about their businesses and crafts. Enjoy breakfast at the market.

In the afternoon, take a walking tour of the city of San José, visiting the Central Market, the National Theater and either the Gold or the Jade museum.

There’s free time in the afternoon to do some exploring on your own. This is a perfect time for souvenir shopping, to enjoy the sights and sounds of San José or simply to do some people-watching.

Enjoy a cooking class with a master chef this evening.

NOTE: There is a limit on luggage of 25 pounds per person when traveling on local boats while visiting the Tortuguero National Park. Please take only what you will need for the next two days. Bring light clothes, bathing suit, hat, insect repellent, sunblock. It will be hot and humid weather! Your driver will take the rest of your luggage and you will get it back on the way to Arenal on Day 5.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Costa Rica

Day 3

San Jose to Tortuguero National Park
Set out very early for our destination, Tortuguero National Park, the “Venice” of the rainforest. Drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park, seeing the vegetation change from rainforest to cloud forest and back to rainforest again. Reaching the riverside village of Caño Blanco, board your boat to Tortuguero for a 90-minute ride on the Parismina river and on some man-made canals.

Breakfast will be in a local restaurant during the drive today.

One of the few Costa Rican National Parks where walking isn’t necessarily the best way to see things, you get to tour the lagoons and jungle waterways of Tortuguero National Park this afternoon by sea kayak. The extensive network of freshwater creeks and lagoons behind the beaches of Tortuguero are home to seven species of river turtles, spectacled caiman, southern river otters, a number of crustaceans, and more than 50 species of freshwater fish. You might also see spider, howler, and capuchin monkeys and dozens of species of birds. If you are really lucky, you might spot an endangered West Indian manatee.

Relax at your lodge this evening and enjoy dinner as a group.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Aninga Lodge

Day 4

Tortuguero
Explore the Park’s winding jungle waterways by boat, looking for monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, and more.

After lunch at the lodge, spend the afternoon visiting Tortuguero Village and the Sea Turtle
Conservancy. Tortuguero beach is the most important nesting site of the endangered green
turtle in the Western Hemishpere. Giant leatherback, hawksbill, and loggerhead turtles also nest here.

The turtle nesting season is between June and September in Tortuguero. There will be night hikes to the beach after dinner tonight in search of this wonderful sight. Please note that dates and times are on a lottery system, so there is no guarantee in which group each person will be.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight Aninga Lodge

Day 5

Tortuguero to Arenal
Leave Tortuguero by boat on your way to Arenal, stopping in Caño Blanco, where your driver will be waiting (with the rest of your luggage) to take you to the Arenal Volcano area.

Before arriving in Arenal, stop at the Sarapiqui River for an exciting guided whitewater rafting trip! This Class II – III rafting adventure takes you through more than 20 rapids in about three hours. You will be briefed on safety, and wear a helmet and life jacket.

Originating from clear mountain streams, the Sarapiqui River runs from the Central Mountain Range just north of San Jose to the San Marcos River which runs along the shared border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The river is considered a national monument because of the vital service it provided in transporting arms, goods, and soldiers in the 1856 war against the filibusters.

Finishing your adrenaline-packed raft trip, continue to the spectacular Volcán Arenal area and Hotel Arenal Kioro, with its hot springs and uninterrupted views of the volcano. Once at Kioro Hot Springs, the rest of the afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the famous hot spring pools at the Hotel Arenal Kioro.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight Hotel Arenal Kioro

Day 6

Arenal to Guanacaste
Stop to swim in the emerald pools beneath La Fortuna waterfall. You can choose to horseback ride or hike to the falls. La Fortuna waterfall emerges from dense jungle greenery before plummeting some 200 feet into a pool below. Bring your bathing suit!

Head to the Guanacaste region in the Northwestern province in Costa Rica. Arriving late afternoon at Rio Perdido, there is time to enjoy a massage or spa treatment and spend some time relaxing and soaking in the surroundings.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Rio Perdido

Day 7

Guanacaste
Begin a full day of adventure at Rio Perdido by floating down the river in a modified inner tube, through a gorgeous narrow canyon with the rainforest canopy above. Some parts of the river are very calm and slow, others are faster and very exciting! Sometimes you will need to carry your tube for a little while in order to get over rocks to the other side. Make sure to wear water shoes, sneakers, or Teva sandals. No flip-flops! Life vests and helmets are provided.

In the afternoon there will be a zip-lining/canyoning tour. While Costa Rica has dozens of “canopy tours,” with hundreds of zip-lines, Rio Perdido has truly innovated with their Canyon Adventure. Under the guidance of renowned adventure designers, they have created a sequence that will please and surprise. Inspiring Rio Blanco canyon is the
main stage for the awesome cable-based zip-line experience. Good walking shoes are a must! The adventure includes 15 platforms, six of which are rock-based and nine of which are suspended on the canyon walls, as well as zip lines of varying lengths from 260 to over 800 feet.

Share stories of today’s adventures this evening with your group over dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight at Rio Perdido

Day 8

Guanacaste
Begin the day at Anita Rainforest Ranch where you will meet the owners, Pablo and Ana, and spend time with Ana as she gives you a private tour of the property. Learn how they grow and harvest their crops, especially cacao, and how it is transformed from dry beans to paste and on to artisan chocolate. Of course, you get to try some too!

In a short cooking class, you’ll enjoy delicious food – heart of palm ceviche, taro chips, beef in red wine and rosemary sauce, and fresh produce from their organic gardens finished off with homemade ginger spiced lemon and natural fruit juices.

Continuing to the small town of Colonia Libertad, meet Aracely, a neighbor in the village, where she will share a wonderful and special dessert treat in her home.

Have a farewell dinner with your new AdventureWomen friends. Reminisce over all of the
memories you have made and celebrate the end of an amazing journey through this truly spectacular country.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight at Rio Perdido

Day 9

Guanacaste and Depart
Enjoy one last morning in Guanacaste before heading home.

Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the airport for your flights home.
Breakfast

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Traveling to Costa Rica



Arrival and Departure Information

Arrive: Arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) on June 27, 2020 by 4:00pm.

Depart: Depart Liberia Airport (LIR) on July 5, 2020 after noon.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Active. Our Active adventures at AdventureWomen get you on your feet! You should be in good physical condition for these trips and comfortable walking on uneven surfaces, such as cobblestone streets, biking well-maintained paths and natural trails, or kayaking in calm waters. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more here.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Costa Rica, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Costa Rica.

Money

The currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colon. Credit cards are accepted in major stores and larger hotels, and ATMs will be available in bigger cities. We recommend bringing US dollars and exchanging them for local currency.

Suggested Gratuities:

  • Guide: $15 per day
  • Driver: $8-10 per day

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (photo page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer) on or before March 29, 2020. A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • All hotel accommodations throughout the trip
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking naturalist guide throughout the trip
  • Entrance fees
  • Drinking water
  • Gratuities for maids, porters, and local guides
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Costa Rica
  • Optional activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Fees for passports, visas, or immunization
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for head guide and driver

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Hotel Costa Rica
This hotel combines the essence of Costa Rican friendly and caring hospitality with a vast array of facilities and services. The hotel’s central location offers unmatched access to local attractions, shopping, dining, and nightlife.

Aninga Lodge
Set on the edge of the main canal and surrounded by lush rainforest and howler monkeys, Aninga has 33 bungalows all with comfortable beds and ceiling fans. The bungalows, restaurant, and walking trails are all set on stilts about five feet from the ground to bring you into the canopy of trees and to protect the wildlife’s natural habitat. Enjoy the pool and spa!

Hotel Arenal Kioro
Sandwiched between two streams – La Palma and Kioro – Hotel Arenal Kioro provides a breathtaking natural view of Arenal Volcano. The hotel’s setting is a perfect representation of what makes Costa Rica so special, with two nature paths alive with myriad species of plants, as well as private thermal springs surrounded by flourishing gardens.

Rio Perdido
Rio Perdido, meaning “Lost River,” is truly a hidden gem, situated in a protected dwarf forest that even many Costa Ricans have never seen. The property pays respect to its amazing environment, using wells and natural springs for water and taking 100% of its electrical energy from the Miravalles Geothermal Power Plant, among many other sustainable practices. The hotel’s bungalows – suspended above the ground by columns and accessed by elevated pathways connecting to hiking trails – each offer a unique experience.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

As you get ready to pack for your adventure, have a look at The AdventureWomen Store at www.theadventurewomenstore.com - we have picked out our favorite travel clothes and outdoor gear to help make packing easy for you. You can also see our recommendations for this trip on the AdventureWomen Pinterest page.

Packing Considerations: There is a limit on luggage of 25 pounds per person when traveling on local boats while visiting the Tortuguero National Park. You will want a small spare bag to pack just the essentials for those few days.

You should expect pleasantly warm and sunny to hot and humid weather. Choose casual, comfortable, and breathable clothing. Lightweight pants and shorts are fine for daytime wear, but you may prefer to wear long pants and long sleeves for protection from sun and insects.

Clothing and Gear

  • Duffel bag
  • Daypack and rain cover
  • Light-weight hiking boots or walking shoes (make sure they are broken in!)
  • 1 pair sandals/water shoes for rafting (must stay on your feet - no flip flops!)
  • Comfortable shoes for evenings
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • 4-5 short sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1-2 long sleeve shirts for sun/insect protection
  • 2 pairs of quick dry shorts for water sports
  • 2 pairs of shorts (not too short)
  • 1-2 pairs of pants (light-weight recommended)
  • 1-2 casual outfits for evenings
  • Light fleece jacket
  • 1-2 bathing suits
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Hat for sun protection
  • Sleepwear

AdventureWomen Essentials

  • Travel documents (passport, airline tickets, money)
  • 2-3 spare passport photos (in case of lost passport)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries or cell phone
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Power adapters/power bank
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen water bottle
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Prescription medicine you usually take
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686