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7 Days of Lodge-based Multi-Sport
per person based on double occupancy
Available Upon Request
Deposit: $1000 Meeting Place: San Jose, Costa Rica Gateway City: San Jose River Rating: II-IV Age Range: 6-80
Experience the “magic of nature” and enjoy Costa Rica’s most treasured biodiversity surrounding Manuel Antonio National Park. This trip has been designed to allow participants to choose a variety of professionally guide adventures each day, returning each night to your comfortable tropical lodgings.
Zip line canopy tours, surfing lessons, sea kayaking, horseback rides, canyoneering, snorkeling, birding, sunset cruises and national park hikes are just a few of the incredible experiences available. Combine this with river rafting the Savegre River and a 2-night jungle lodge stay and you’ll quickly realize why Costa Rica is the destination for adventurers and nature seekers alike.
Itinerary at a Glance
- Surf, sea kayak and snorkel
- Zip lines, waterfalls and canopy tours
- 2 days river rafting a jungle river
- 2 nights safari style jungle lodging
- 3 nights at coastal retreat
- Sunset and dolphin cruises
- Birding and hiking in national parks
- Horseback riding
- Options for salt water or fly fishing
What to Expect on the Costa Rica Multi-Sport
We pride ourselves in running a relaxed and flexible schedule. Every trip is different depending upon the group and to some extent, the season. Following is a sample of what your trip might be like:
Today you will arrive into San José and after clearing customs transfer to your hotel. Overnight San José.
Days Two to Four
You can choose between a 30-minute domestic flight or vehicle transfer to Quepos. Upon arrival, we will embark on our first of many adventures. This program has been designed to allow you total flexibility to tailor your own adventure. Over the next days, you will have a choice of the following activity options:
Canopy Tour: roll through Costa Rica’s lush tropical jungle canopy on a series of cabled tree platforms. Get a bird’s-eye view of the monkeys, tropical birds, and a wide variety of other flora and fauna. Ziplines, rappels, and a Tarzan swing are all a part of this incredible adventure.
Naturalist Hikes: you’ll see a variety of the neo-tropical birds that live in and migrate through the Central Pacific Coast and Wet Forest. Led by your certified guide, this tour is an excellent opportunity to spot Blue-crowned Motmots, Spot-crowned Euphonias, Chestnut-backed Ant birds, Black-hooded Ant shrikes, Golden-hooded Tanagers, and dozens of other species.
Island and Estuary Boat Trip: discover the complex estuary system of Damas Island. From your covered boat, you’ll wind you way through coastal mangroves for up-close looks at the abundant wildlife, including a variety of sea birds and tropical birds, reptiles, and monkeys
Ocean Kayaking: take on the challenge of open water ocean kayaking. Led by your guide, you’ll see the spectacular side of Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coastline, including Manuel Antonio National Park and the adjacent coastal areas. There’s opportunities to snorkel and equipment is provided
Surfing Instruction: whether you’re a beginner, expert, or something in between, you’ll love taking on Costa Rica’s world-class waves. The beach break at Manuel Antonio is excellent for learning yet there’s plenty of carving to be done out there for advanced surfers.
Catamaran Dolphin Discovery and Snorkelling: cruise the coastline for the perfect spots for swimming, snorkelling, filming, and even research the mind-boggling array of marine creatures teeming in the world below, especially our friendly dolphins.
Night Canopy Tour: this adventure begins when the sun dips into the Pacific Ocean and the sounds of the rainforest come alive. Your senses will be engaged as you fly through the air with a veil of black that surrounds you. With safety as our number one priority, experienced guides will show you an incredible variety of nocturnal wildlife, while echoes of magical chirps only heard at night come alive. Bright round eyes might stare back at you; belonging to a raccoon, olingo, kinkajous, four eyed opossum, sloth or anteater.
Canyoneering: head to the outskirts of Quepos passing palm plantations and teak farms before boarding 4×4’s in order access the jungle. Ten minutes into our hike we will hear the sound of running water as we reach the base of a 90-foot waterfall. Have no fear, there’s no free climbing here as we will have 2 ropes attached to us and get an orientation to safe climbing practices. Equipped with helmet, harness and gloves, we will carefully ascend the waterfall. Once at the top, after soaking up a few views, we will rappel the falls down into the pool. Keeners can even do it twice if they like.
Deep-Sea Sportfishing: Quepos is one of the Costa Rica’s top sportfishing destinations. Marlin Magazine recently named Quepos one of the best locations in the world for “all around action”. Our package does not include this option but it is a good one for those wanting to fish. Half-days start at $500 per boat; Full-day: starting from $900 per boat; max 4 persons
After another delicious tropical breakfast, we will drive east to El Llano, a small town in the mountains where our whitewater adventure begins. After a safety talk, we will start running continuous class 3 and 4 rapids on the Rio Division, the main tributary to the Rio Savegre. The Savegre is one of the most pristine rivers in the country and it’s surrounded by impressive views of primary rainforest. The trip will continue through one of the most remote canyons on the Savegre where we’ll pass through rapids like “Cinderella” and “Malibu”. We arrive at the “Rafiki Safari Lodge” – a beautiful wilderness facility – where we will spend two peaceful nights. We will sleep in luxury safari tents with private baths; have fire-heated hot water showers, and a swimming pool with a waterslide.
After a good night’s rest, we have a choice of activities to choose from such as horseback riding, kayaking and hiking:
Horses: have been a large part of the culture of the Saverge Valley. Many people still ride as a main form of transportation today. Being on a horse allows you to get a better sense of environment around you and gives you a chance to explore places that are not feasible with any other vehicle. Our rides can take you into the heart of our tropical forest, through rural villages or up the valley to access steeper parts of the Savegre Valley.
Hiking: the stream ecosystem of Quebrada Arroyo is fed by underground springs and cascades into the Savegre Valley through a series of gorgeous waterfalls. The “aqua hike” is both a cultural and fun day trip to visit this incredible ecosystem culminating with an impressive 120 foot waterfall offering a great swimming hole, and local fire cooked lunch. The trip ends with a 4×4 drive back down to the Saverge
Kayaking: this trip takes you from the flat water section of the Savegre River 3 kilometers down to where the river meets the Pacific Ocean. You then continue through the mangrove forest that connect the Savegre and the Portalon River. Finally, after entering into the estuary of the Portalon River, you gently make your way up river to our take out in the Refuge Area of Portalon.
Today is our second rafting day running La Boca del Diablo, an exciting class 3 rapid to wake us up. We will continue our descent on the Rio Savegre, running class 2 and 3 rapids all the way down to the takeout. This is where our transport will be waiting to meet us and drive us 1 hour to Quepos for transfers (or flights) back to San Jose and connections home.
This diverse multi-sport program is based on 4 star accommodations for 3 nights in Quepos and a 2 night stay at a spectacular and unique jungle lodge. The lodges we selected are the perfect base from which to explore the area around Manuel Antonio and Quepos on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
Si Como No is a uniquely special Resort Spa and Wildlife Refuge that sits a top one of the most idyllic hillsides in Manuel Antonio. The resort’s lush jungle terraces and brilliantly vivid gardens overlook the sparkling ocean just above world-renown national park.
Guests may choose to upgrade to Arenas del Mar Resort and Spa. It is an extraordinary beachfront hotel that was designed and built with an ambitious combination of deluxe accommodations coupled with the highest level of certified sustainability. Guest rooms offer spectacular ocean views and there is upscale dining in two hotel restaurants with a focus on fresh local products. Sustainability is a key component as the hotel has been achieved certification through the government’s Sustainable Tourism Program.
The Rafiki Safari Lodge is a unique tent camp in the rainforest just outside of Manuel Antonio National Park. The lodge is nestled on 750 acres of pristine jungle along the Rio Savegre, 30 km south of Quepos. The safari tents are set atop hardwood decks, each with rocking chairs so you can sit back and admire the view in privacy. Imported from South Africa, the tents’ design lets you experience nature up close while keeping insects at bay. Each unit features it’s own modern, complete bathroom. The lodge provides the perfect atmosphere and the property is a true nature retreat.
About the Region
Quepos and Manuel Antonio
The sleepy, provincial town of Quepos never had ambitions of being anything more than a community of fisherman, merchants and plantation workers. But, when tourists clad from head to toe in designer khaki started inquiring about squirrel monkey colonies in nearby Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, people caught on. As the closest town to the national park, Quepos suddenly found itself with an opportunity to cash in on something even more lucrative then fish and palm oil: tourism. Located only 7km from the national park, Quepos serves as a convenient base for exploring the park as it has all the goods and services common to a small town. Manuel Antonio is famous for its pristine beaches that are fronted by tropical rain forest.
Wildlife and Flora
Nowhere else in the world are so many types of habitats squeezed into such a tiny area. The range of habitats in Costa Rica, a consequence of its unique geography, creates an incredibly rich diversity of flora and fauna – in fact no other country on the planet has such variety.
Measured in terms of number of species per 10,000 sq km Costa Rica tops the list of countries at 615 species, compared to a wildlife-rich country such as Rwanda that has 596, or to the comparatively impoverished USA with its 104 species. This simple fact alone (not to mention the ease of travel and friendly residents!) makes Costa Rica the premier destination for nature lovers from all over the world.
Along with its diverse geography, the large number of species in Costa Rica is also due to the relatively recent appearance of the country. Roughly three million years ago Costa Rica rose from the ocean and formed a land bridge between North and South America, and as species from these two vast biological provinces started to mingle and mix, the number of species was essentially ‘doubled.’