Volcano Jungle Beach of Costa Rica
Experience the best of Costa Rica with this 8-Day/7-Night Volcano-Jungle-Beach vacation in Costa Rica! Spend time in the three most sought-after areas of this diverse country! Get your adrenaline pumping at the Arenal Volcano with rafting and canyoning. Then, see the Monteverde cloud forest and finish off your vacation with a fun visit to the beach at Playa Samara having plenty of time to try ocean activities like stand up paddling and snorkeling!
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Costa Rica Weekend Warrior in Arenal
San Jose - Arenal Volcano
Starting at $599
Do the best adventures in Costa Rica every waking moment of these 4 days and 3 nights in Costa Rica on the Weekend Warrior Escape! Explore the wilderness of Arenal Costa Rica on this unforgettable all-inclusive Costa Rica vacation package! Spend your days white water rafting, rappelling down tropical waterfalls, hiking, kayaking and soaking in relaxing hot springs heated by the volcano! The perfect vacation for couples, groups of friends - and even adventurous families!
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Costa Rica Pure Adrenaline Tour
Arenal - Monteverde - Playa Samara
Starting at $975
Get your adrenaline pumping in tropical paradise! Costa Rica is a natural playground because of its rushing rivers, vast coastlines, lush rainforest, tropical waterfalls and fascinating volcanoes. Rappel down waterfalls and mountain bike through rough & tough terrain at the Arenal Volcano. Head to the Monteverde Cloud Forest by boat to experience a zipline adventure of a lifetime! Finish off this exciting vacation with a few days at the beach with opportunities to try stand up paddling or ocean kayaking!
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Jason Rocks Gravity Falls
by Jason Salas, Adventure Specialist
My first tour and the best one we have is definitely Gravity Falls! The first time I went was in August and I got picked up at headquarters and the guides made the ride fun. I remember my guides were Joshua and Edward and they were the coolest guys. They made me feel 100% safe the whole time. I was also with a father and son from the US on my tour and they had the best time. It was fun to watch them.
The rappelling made me feel like I was a jungle explorer discovering the canyon for the first time. The scenery was amazing and the weather was perfect. I loved the typical Costa Rican lunch after. It was really satisfying! What was amazing is how FAST the time went. I really enjoyed it 100%.
The cool thing about this tour is that I know when I tell clients about it, I am completely confident that they will love it. It is the most adventure you can have!
Jason Salas is a member of the Desafio Sales team. you can meet this handsome, young man with an awesome smile when you visit our La Fortuna office.
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By: Greg Reeser
My favorite tour is the Desafio Gravity Falls Extreme Combo because it includes three of the most fun activities there are to do in Costa Rica (canyoneering, mountain biking, and rafting).
What better way to start this combo tour off than with Gravity Falls? This gorgeous canyon in the middle of the rainforest reminds me of movie scenes from the past (take your pick of Jurassic Park, Romancing the Stone, or the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark) and besides it’s incredible beauty, the fact that you won’t see any other humans (except the others doing the tour with you, of course) make it a really special place. To get down into the canyon you need to do a 140 foot rappel next to a roaring waterfall, probably not your cup of tea if you have a fear of heights, but if you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping experience in the jungle, this is it. Then it’s time for a series of six jumps into the crystal-clear, bubbling waters of the Rio La Danta as you make your way down the canyon. Some of the guides like to do a mid-air flip when they jump and if you like, they’ll show you how to do it, too (don’t worry, the life jacket you’ll be wearing will help mitigate the sting if you end up landing on your belly). Half way down the canyon you’ll do an aided climb of about 30 meters up the canyon wall before rappelling back down to the riverbed. This is followed by a Tarzan swing and a few technical jumps before you reach the final, biggest, jump of 25 feet. If you’ve already got some cliff jumping experience this will be one of the highlights of the tour and if you’re more of a newbie, it’s better to jump as soon as you get to cliff’s edge (the longer you stand and look at the distance the more likely you will chicken out). Now it’s time to leave the canyon but before you get on the bikes you’ll have the chance to fuel up with some delicious tropical fruits.
There are few places as peaceful as the Costa Rican countryside and one of the most enjoyable aspects of the ride from Gravity Falls to the river is listening to the sounds of the birds as you ride. And who knows, you may pass a friendly campesino along the way (wave at her/him, I guarantee they’ll wave back).
Growing up in the Western United States, I’ve always associated a clear mountain river with ice cold, hand-numbing water, but (even though the Rio Balsa has some of the clearest, purest water you’ll see—and it comes straight from the mountains!) surprise surprise, it’s 70 degrees Fahrenheit, which means no need for wetsuits and no chattering teeth. One of the best aspects of the upper section of the Rio Balsa is that it is very continuous (i.e. the rapids are close together) so the action never stops. The lower section of the river is flatter and the rapids are further apart but it also gives you more of a chance to spot wildlife as you go (I’ll never forget the time I saw a Sunbittern, one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful birds nesting in a tree on the bank of the Rio Balsa).
Three tours in one day is pretty tough to beat, and if those three tours are canyoneering, mountain biking, and rafting in the Costa Rican rainforest, it’s a no-brainer. The Gravity Falls Extreme Combo is the best tour in Costa Rica, maybe even one of the best in the world.
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Doing what you love in Costa Rica - Getting to know Nature Guide Milton Muñoz
by Christine Krishnan
Every day I try to learn something new about someone on our Team Desafio. Chats around the coffee maker or lunch time reveal fascinating tidbits about the lives of the people in our company who are more like family to us.
I love to hear news about Hector's new baby, Karina's engagement, Socorro's niece, Danny's biking adventures in Cartago, Tauherth's discovery of a new guide book with excellent details on Costa Rican history that he looks forward to sharing with clients. There's always something to catch up on.
Today I got to know Milton Muñoz a little better. Milton hails from the the small border town of Golfito in the Osa Peninsula -- considered the last frontier of Costa Rica. He now lives nearly 500 kilometers from home on the completely other side of Costa Rica in La Fortuna, San Carlos near the Arenal Volcano.
We are traveling to some rugged parts of Guanacaste to mark some running routes for a group of ultra-marathon runners who want us to show them the best places to run in Costa Rica. Milton is a professional nature guide who happens to be an avid runner with a bunch of adventure race medals and trophies under his belt.
I start with a pretty banal question as I turn on the radio and start driving: "So, Milton, want kind of music do you like?" Turns out we have something in common. Ska music. Mexican Ska music. El Gran Silencio is his choice, especially for when he goes running. Mine is Kung Fu Monkeys. I make a note to self to download more ska music -- like local Costa Rican ska band Percance because I had forgotten how much I like ska.
I then ask Milton to tell me about how he became a nature and adventure guide, how he found his way all the way to rural San Carlos and what it's like being a top athlete in our little farming and touristic community.
"Well, one day, a friend invited me to go rafting on the Pacuare River and I heard the bus guide tell us about Costa Rica, the volcanoes, the history, nature," Milton recalled in nearly-perfectly-spoken English. "It was then I realized I wanted to be a nature and adventure guide, so I moved closer to San Jose, studied hard, got some good training and now five years later, here I am doing what I love to do."
I glanced over and noticed the big smile on Milton's face. I could tell he is doing what he loves because the rest of the drive I had with him revolved around stories of the trips he has done with Desafio showing clients around Costa Rica -- taking our clients hiking, biking, kayaking and more.
By the time we arrived to the hilly, mountainous area of Tierras Morenas in Guanacaste to scout the running route, I certainly felt I learned something new about Milton. I already knew he was a great runner, but it was fulfilling for me to see him in his element, doing something he loves to do, and even humming his favorite ska music along the way.
Learn more about our Costa Rica Running Vacations and other Costa Rica Health and Wellness itineraries and events.
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