Open-Air Pursuits Amid Costa Rica's Canyons, Rainforests, and Rivers
Active adventure tours combine outdoor thrills with the comforts of home, like bungee jumping from a cliff while strapped to your couch. Get the best of both worlds with today's two-person Getaway from Desafio Adventure Company in Costa Rica, including four days of activities and three nights at a local hotel.
On the first day, tour guides greet travelers Juan Santamaria International Airport in San José or Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia and whisk them through rolling hills toward the still-smoking Arenal Volcano. In each superior guest room at Volcano Lodge and Gardens, a private terrace overlooks the fiery peak of Arenal, though visitors can also soak in the view while strolling along the resort’s manicured trails or dining at one of two on-site restaurants. Rooms are allocated by availability, and though most Groupon purchasers will stay at Volcano Lodge and Gardens, some travelers will stay at one of six other hotels: Arenal Volcano Inn, Los Lagos Hotel & Spa, Hotel Kokoro Arenal, Hotel Arenal Paraiso, Hotel La Pradera, or Hotel Fortuna.
The second day begins with a canyoneering tour into the mountains surrounding the volcano. Here, adventurers learn how to rappel down rocky terrain amid six tropical waterfalls—some measuring up to 200 feet—before hiking to the canyon's summit for a scenic picnic. The day concludes with a trip to a natural hot spring to steep weary muscles or bags of chamomile tea in bubbling pools. Come morning, travelers take to rolling rapids for a whitewater-rafting tour. Guides lead excursions through roaring rapids or gentle waters, depending on paddlers' experience level. Monkeys, sloths, and tropical birds look on from the riverbank. Eco-tourists also have the option of a laid-back safari float tour for a more relaxing journey.
The Costa Rican adventure concludes on the fourth day with an adrenaline-pumping zipline tour through dense rainforest canopy. Adventurers sail through treetops along 11 cables and across 12 platforms overlooking Arenal Volcano and the nearby lake. Afterward, a casual lunch provides the chance to pick nesting toucans out of tousled hair before Desafio Adventure Company chauffeurs visitors back to the airport just in time for their flights home.