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Costa Rica: Hike, Raft & Canyon

Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Hike, Raft & Canyon

Start: San Jose
End: San Jose

Discover why Costa Rica is made for adventure seekers

LocationCosta Rica
Duration11 days
Start / EndSan Jose / San Jose
Tour operatorIntrepid Travel

Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Hike, Raft & Canyon

11 days·Intrepid Travel
Start: San Jose
End: San Jose


Jump onto this active journey through the incredible wilderness of Costa Rica. Even though it’s surrounded by countries of amazing natural landscapes, Costa Rica is still a standout. From vibrant San Jose, head to the pristine San Gerardo de Dota Valley, home to endless cloud forests and a haven for unique birdlife. Pull on your boots and stretch your legs for an unforgettable 4-day hike to the...

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Day 1San Jose
Hola! Welcome to Costa Rica! An assortment of galleries, theatres and lively central plazas set among San Jose’s glitzy modern shopping malls make this one of Central America’s most surprising capitals. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
Day 2San Gerardo de Dota
Before 9 am, transfer to your lodge near San Gerardo do Dota (approx 2.5 hours). You will make short stop on the way to purchase last-minute suppliers and some snacks for the hikes ahead. There will also be a lunch stop before reaching the accommodation for an afternoon check-in. Huddled up against the Talamanca Mountain is San Gerardo de Dota, a haven for birdwatchers, hikers, and fishing enthusiasts. Perhaps join your leader for a short afternoon stroll or enjoy free time before regrouping for dinner (optional) and a briefing about the hike. In the evening take the time to pack a smaller, lighter bag with only the essentials you require. Your main luggage will be transported to Uvita with access to it on the evening on Day 7.
Day 3Hiking Savegre River
Leave your main luggage at reception, ready for a 6-7 am departure. Set off on a four-day trek to the Pacific Coast. Guided mainly by the shores of the Savegre River, trek through cloud forests and lowland rainforests, looking out for Quetzals on the way (Approximately 14 kms or 6 hours trekking) to a big wooden house, your accommodation for this evening. You will pass through cattle farms and forest with multiple descends and ascends (Elevation change: 2000 MASL and ends 1600 MASL). This is an area few people know about so make the most of the beautifully remote area and the chance to swim in nearby waterfalls. This is the perfect chance to experience authentic Costa Rican rural life, as well be surrounded by the country's rich natural environment. Enjoy your afternoon rest before dinner at 7 pm. 
Day 4Hiking Savegre River
Day two is the most challenging day, where you will hike a total of 16km, taking approximately 7-8 hours (Elevation change: start 1600 MASL and ends 700 MASL). Starting at 6 am, you will ascend for the first couple of hours through fields and by open road until you will reach 2200 metres and be treated to spectacular views. For the second part, you will mainly descend through the forest. This part of the trail can be very challenging if there is rain as the track can become very muddy and slippery. Once you reach the cabin, apply insect repellent to enjoy the afternoon, before dinner at 7 pm. This evening you will hopefully get to try some heart of palm for dinner, a local specialty.
Day 5Hiking Savegre River
On day three you will cover approximately 14km, trekking for approximately 6 hours (Elevation change: starting at 700 MASL ending at 840 MASL). Intitally the trek will be relatively flat along open trails before an extended lunch stop with a chance see the Savegre River from a different angle; go for a swim in the cleanest river in Costa Rica and one of the cleanest rivers in the world! Tackle a 4km climb before arriving to the cabin. If you still have energy, perhaps take the trail nearby to the cabin to search for an array of different frog species, returning in time for a 7 pm dinner. 
Day 6Hiking Savegre River
On the second last day, trek 16 km (approximately 7 hours) to Albergue Los Campesinos (Elevation change: start at 840 MASL to 200 MASL). Starting early (approximately 6:30 am) with a steep climb, expect varied undulation today. Aim to reach the cabin by lunch time and be rewarded by getting the chance to swim in one of the nearby waterfalls or enjoying the hanging bridge in the afternoon. Dinner is at 7 pm. 
Day 7Canyoneering, Rappelling & Rafting Quepos / Uvita
This is a day to really get the heart pumping. Your local expert guides will keep you safe and ensure that you have a wonderful time. After breakfast, at 8 am walk to the start point of the Canyoneering trip. Gear up and get ready for a day full of adventure. Take a short hike to your first rappel, which will be down a dry rock face into a canyon, followed by a rappel down a free fall from the cable to a tranquil pond. From here, continue to a further three rappelling opportunities taking a total of approximately 2 hours. Lunch will be served back at the cabin around 11 am. Gather all your items and board 4x4 vehicles, travelling about 45 minutes. At 1 pm hop in a raft to ride down the Rio Naranjo for 2 hours. The river drops down from the mountains and flows through tight rocky canyons that boast world class rapids (Depending on the water level, they are classed as 3 or 4). Finally, drive 1.5 hours to Uvita where you will be reunited with your main luggage and have a free evening.
Day 8Corcovado
At 9 am, travel 2 hours by private vehicle, before boarding a shared boat at 11:30 am to Drake Bay (45 minutes). For 30 years this paradise was conserved by a Costa Rican family before being handed over to the Costa Rican government. Getting to wildlife-rich reserve is part of the adventure. Enjoy the beach on arrival and spend the night at a lodge in the middle of the amazing Corcovado National Park.
Day 9Corcovado
Enjoy the second largest National Park in Costa Rica. It is one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth, with 13 different ecosystems in its boundaries – highland cloud forests, lagoons, mangrove swamps and marine habitats just a few.
Day 10Carara National Park / San Jose
Take the boat at 7:30 am and hit the road towards San Jose (approximately 5 hours total), with a visit to the stunning Carara National Park on the way. The protected area is 4700 hectares including regenerating tropical rainforest-lowland and tropical dry forest. Check-in to your hotel in San Jose and decide a time to regroup for your farewell dinner (optional).  
Day 11San Jose
This trip comes to an end after breakfast today. Please note you are required to comply with any internal check out rules and times set by the hotel.

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Trip title

Costa Rica: Hike, Raft & Canyon

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Validity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019


Jump onto this active journey through the incredible wilderness of Costa Rica. Even though it’s surrounded by countries of amazing natural landscapes, Costa Rica is still a standout. From vibrant San Jose, head to the pristine San Gerardo de Dota Valley, home to endless cloud forests and a haven for unique birdlife. Pull on your boots and stretch your legs for an unforgettable 4-day hike to the Pa... Read more




Active Adventures


Private vehicle,4x4,Shared boat

Physical Rating


Physical preparation

You’re in for an active trip! Whilst previous experience isn’t essential for getting involved, a good level of fitness will really help you get the most out of this tour. There are certain activities it’s not possible to skip. If you can imagine yourself hiking for two days on the trot or canoeing for a couple of days and setting up camp on the shore; this is the adventure for you. If you’re alr... Read more

Joining point

Autentico Hotel

Joining point description

This streamlined modern hotel is a 15-minute walk from Contraloria train station. Unfussy rooms with warm decor offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers, as well as safes and ceiling fans. Breakfast and parking are complimentary. Other amenities include a landscaped garden with an outdoor pool and seating, and an understated restaurant and bar that hosts regular themed buffets.

Joining point instructions

Intrepid offers a pre-arranged arrival transfer service from San Jose International Airport [SJO] at an additional fee. If you have pre-booked this service, please ensure you provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel so the transfer can be organised. If you plan to arrive earlier, this transfer can only be offered in conjunction with pre-tour accommodation ... Read more

Finish point

Autentico Hotel

Finish point description

This streamlined modern hotel is a 15-minute walk from Contraloria train station. Unfussy rooms with warm decor offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers, as well as safes and ceiling fans. Breakfast and parking are complimentary. Other amenities include a landscaped garden with an outdoor pool and seating, and an understated restaurant and bar that hosts regular themed buffets.

Finish point instructions

Intrepid offers a pre-arranged departure transfer service to San Jose International Airport [SJO] at an additional fee. If you require this service, please advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your trip departure. If you have pre-booked this service, your transfer driver will collect you from your hotel 3.5 hours before your flight time. If your transfer has not arrived w... Read more

Important information

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. There are no activities planned for the final day so you may depart at any time. 2. To have a private room on this trip, a single supplement is bookable (subject to availability) with exception of Days 3-6 (Savegre River Trek) where you would be in shared accommodation. 3. Please be careful when booking flights to/from San Jose; mak... Read more

Group leader

All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leade... Read more


Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and upd... Read more


It is recommended that you download WhatsApp prior to departure; please validate your phone number before leaving home as you will not be able to do this once you arrive, unless you have international roaming enabled. WhatsApp is usually the preferred method for your leader to be in contact with you and the rest of the group while on tour. It is also good for sharing information and photos with th... Read more


PASSPORT: Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months' validity remaining. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or frie... Read more

Why we love it

Get into the hidden heart of rural Costa Rica, heading out a 4-day hike through some of the most world’s most spectacular wilderness

Is this trip right for you

This is an active trip packed with activities such as hiking, white-water rafting, and canyoning. To fully enjoy it, you'll need to be in a good state of health and fitness. To participate in the water-based experiences, you'll need to be a confident swimmer.


All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/o... Read more

Food and dietary requirements

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in this region. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat ... Read more

Money matters

When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little more than you think you’ll need. Also make sure you’ve read your trip details thoroughly so you know what’s included in ... Read more

What to take

Most travellers prefer to take a small to medium wheeled suitcase, which is a great size for the packing capacity in our private vehicles. Whatever you take, be mindful that you will need to be able to carry your own luggage, handle it at airports, take in/out of accommodation and perhaps even walk short distances. Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible. You'll also need ... Read more

Climate and seasonal

WEATHER CONTINGENCIES: Please note that Hurricane season is June to November, when landslides, mudslides, flooding and disruptions to essential services can occur. Intrepid monitors these situations as they may arise, so that itineraries or activities can be amended as necessary.

A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol... Read more


After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. Below link will take you to the feedback site:

Emergency contact

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential nega... Read more

Responsible travel

Travelling responsibly is all about making good choices. It's about ensuring you have an incredible trip while also having a positive impact on the local environment, community and economy you're travelling in. How can you be a Responsible Traveller? See our tips below: - Choose to travel with a responsible travel company like us! We've already offset the main carbon emissions of your trip, so yo... Read more

The Intrepid Foundation

The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation set up to enable our travellers to help make a difference by supporting local communities, projects and non-government organisations in the places we travel. The smallest contribution can make an enormous difference and all donations to The Intrepid Foundation are matched dollar for dollar (yes, we’ll double your donation!). We support a range... Read more

Accommodation notes

The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances. Throughout the trip we request that our lodgings prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving... Read more

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more

Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit... Read more

Itinerary disclaimer

ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weat... Read more


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