An adventure high on the wish list of active adventurers keen to take on the challenge of traversing Costa Rica under their own steam. Our crossing takes us on bike, foot, raft and kayak across this spectacular natural wilderness through farmlands, foothills and mountainous regions reaching the peaks of Cero Lira and Cero Las Vueltas (3,100m). The trails are often slippery and poorly defined, with several river crossings. We encounter indigenous settlements deep in the cloud forest and hope to glimpse rare wildlife and bird life in this pristine tropical rain forest.
The views and terrain vary greatly as we traverse the mountainous backbone of Costa Rica, which culminates in a trek to "The Hidden Valleys" above the Pacuare River. The Pacuare is one of the world's classic whitewater experiences, where we undertake an exhilarating rafting trip with class 2-5 rapids through a series of spectacular canyons. In between the powerful rapids there is time to absorb your superb surroundings and the tropical rain forest. We leave the rapids and gorges behind as we ease our way by sea kayak along a much slower moving section of the river, through banana plantations to our final goal, the Caribbean coast.
Day 1: Arrive San Jose.
Day 2: Transfer to Dominical.
Day 3: Commence cycling and hiking to our camp.
Day 4: Hike and bike to Roble.
Days 5-9: Complete cycling, trek gradually ascending remote trails to the peaks of Cero Lira and Cero Las Vueltas.
Day 10: Biking through sugar cane plantations and river crossings.
Day 11: Rafting remote and rarely run section of Pacuare River.
Days 12-13: Hidden Valleys self supported trek to Pacuare river.
Day 14: Rest day.
Days 15-16: Rafting on the Pacuare River and kayaking to the Caribbean Sea.
Day 17: Transfer to San Jose.
Day 18: In San Jose, trip concludes.
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Central America and Caribbean Costa Rica Outdoor: Land Rambler Multi-activity Cultural Journey