Costa Rica Coast to Coast

Traverse Costa Rica from east to west on this multi-activity adventure holiday incorporating rafting, kayaking, biking and trekking

Costa Rica Coast to Coast

Bike, trek, kayak and raft your way across Costa Rica on this 10-day traverse, taking you from the Caribbean Coast in the east to the Pacific Ocean coastline in the west. This is a demanding challenge involving approx. 20km of rafting/kayaking, 210km of biking, and 34km of trekking over the course of six days, through challenging terrain including rainforest, mangrove swamps and volcanic foothills!

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive San Jose

    Your Costa Rican guide will meet you at Juan Santamaria International Airport and transfer you to your hotel in San Jose downtown, the Radisson San Jose (or similar). Evening at leisure.

  2. Day 2: San Jose to Finca Parcuarito / Preparation Day

    You will be met at the Radisson by your guide and driver after breakfast and begin your journey north to Finca Pacuarito, where you set up camp near the Caribbean Coast to prepare for the start of tomorrow’s expedition.

  3. Day 3: Kayak & Bike Caribbean to Finca Pacuarito (10km kayak + 35km cycling)

    After a 6am breakfast you depart for Caño Blanco, approx. 1 hours’ drive from the camp at Finca Pacuarito. In Caño Blanco, you transfer a short distance by motor boat to the coast and the mouth of the Pacuare River, where the kayaks will be waiting. After dipping your toes in the Caribbean, the challenge proper commences!

  4. Day 4: Trek Finca Pacuarito Camp to Barbilla Park Station (18km trekking)

    Wake at 7am for breakfast, pack up camp, and then begin your first trekking day, setting off on foot into the forested hills behind Finca Pacuarito. As you climb, you can expect incredible views over the rainforest and to the Turrialba volcano.

  5. Day 5: Trek Barbilla to El Nido del Tigre camp (14km trekking)

    An early start, as you continue your hike through the rainforest en route to El Nido del Tigre campsite, approx. 14km from the Barbilla Park Station. This area of rainforest is maintained as much as possible in its natural state, requiring you to navigate your way through dense vegetation.

  6. Day 6: Trek & Bike El Nido del Tigre via Turrialba Volcano to Orosi Valley (7km trek + 70km bike)

    5am wake up in order to breakfast and leave El Nido del Tigre Camp early this morning. You trek for 7km to reach the biking start point, then begin a 70km bike ride through coffee and sugarcane plantations with fantastic vistas of the Turrialba Volcano.

  7. Day 7: Bike & Trek Orosi Valley to Santa Maria de Dota (15 km bike + 4.5km trek + 25.5km bike)

    Today will involve some tough uphill biking and trekking followed by a thrilling downhill ride into Santa Maria.

  8. Day 8: Bike and Raft anta Maria to the Pacific Coast (50km bike + 10km raft + 15km bike)

    Today’s biking route follows a predominantly flat trail through palm oil plantations and agricultural land to reach the village of Rio Naranjo.

  9. Day 9: Relax!

    Today is a free day during which you can visit the many attractions of Manuel Antonio, get a surf lesson, or simply relax with a cocktail on the beach. Please note that lunch and supper are to your own account today.

  10. Day 10: Fly home or extend

    You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport in San Jose in time for your international flight home.

Price guide

Price based on a group size of 4-6. Please refer to full itinerary (via "download itinerary") or contact us for larger group size rates.

10 days from £3990pp


10 days from £3990pp

Wonderful wildlife in Costa Rica

The holiday was wonderful. We cannot praise the organisation and smooth-running of the itinerary enough.

Felicity and Isabel

Wedding in the Serengeti

All the planning and conversations we had prior to our trip proved to be invaluable.

Justin and Tracy