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Costa Rica: Escape to Paradise

MT Sobek (Mountain Travel Sobek)
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
6 days
From: $ 2,195 $ 366 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore the wonders of Manual Antonio National Park—one of the most beautiful parks in the world!
  • Sail by catamaran along the stunning Pacific coastline and snorkel amidst spectacular coral reefs
  • Enjoy whitewater thrills on the mighty Río Pacuare and zip line through the rainforest at the amazing Ríos Tropicales Lodge

Short Description

Discover the beautiful beaches, pristine lagoons, and powerful rapids of Costa Rica on our special 6-day Adventure Week! From the incredible tropical ecosystem of Manuel Antonio National Park to the rainforest-lined Río Pacuare, you’ll be treated to an array of spectacular wildlife including sloths, squirrel monkeys, river otters, anteaters, and many other endangered animals that find sanctuary in Costa Rica’s protected areas. Add the thrills of zip-lining, sailing, hiking, and adrenaline-pumping whitewater rafting, and you’ll be ready to curl up at night in one of our tropical retreats in the heart of paradise.  This one-week trip of a lifetime is a perfect break for adventure seekers of all ages!

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City San José
End City San José

Trip Includes

  • Expert leadership
  • Accommodations as noted in itinerary (or similar)
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Additional guides and porters where necessary
  • Tips for lodge, hotel, or camp staff
  • Entrance fees and permits, unless noted separately in costs
  • Basic medical and evacuation insurance

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Itinerary

Day 1: San Jose to Manuel Antonio

Accommodation: Si Como No

Fly to San José and take a 25-minute transfer flight to Quepos, just a short drive from your picture-perfect resort hotel in Manuel Antonio on the Pacific Coast. Here you’ll be treated to the wonders of Manuel Antonio National Park, with its beautiful white-sand beaches surrounded by emerald waters and jungle. Unwind in your tropical haven!

Day 2: Explore Manuel Antonio National Park

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Si Como No

Enjoy a fresh morning sea breeze as you wander through scenic Manuel Antonio National Park. Located in the humid tropical zone, the park protects several habitats, including primary and secondary forest, mangrove swamps, lagoons, and beach vegetation, as well as an abundant diversity of wildlife including 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds. Get your binoculars ready for sloths, squirrel monkeys, iguanas, marine mammals, and millions of colorful little crabs.

Later, sail via catamaran along the stunning coast to one of the 12 quiet isles, home to nesting marine birds. Look out for dolphins or even migrating whales! Swim and snorkel along the bay, and discover a fascinating underwater playground of tropical fish, exotic marine life, and coral reefs.

Day 3: Paddle the Río Pacuare to Ríos Tropicales Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Rios Tropicales Lodge

After breakfast, fly back to San José and drive to the rainforest-lined Río Pacuare (a wonderful but endangered river, threatened by a proposed hydroelectric plant). Once at the river, enjoy an eight-mile paddle downstream to our riverside accommodation—a rustic, thatched-roof jungle lodge. This is a good opportunity to become familiar with the steep, technical drops that are typical of the Pacuare. Along its course lie several densely vegetated gorges sheltering many animals, including sloths, river otters, anteaters, and an incredible variety of birds such as toucans, egrets, herons, kingfishers, sunbirds, and trogons.

Day 4: A day in paradise!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Rios Tropicales Lodge

Enjoy an amazing day in the heart of paradise at the Ríos Tropicales Lodge. First, you can opt for an early morning bird-watching hike with your guides to see toucans and many other species. Upon your return, breakfast will be served and then, after a little rest, a full day of adventures awaits. You can choose to enjoy a zip-line tour through the forest of our private reserve, or visit the lodge’s conservation project “Plant for the Planet,” where you will plant a native tree and receive a certificate that indicates your participation in the program (which is part of the United Nations Environmental Program “Billion Tree Campaign”). Or you can choose to hike to "Wake Up" Waterfalls and take the exhilarating new canyoneering tour, which includes rappelling down the face of the waterfall!

Day 5: Raft Río Pacuare’s whitewater rapids

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel Bougainvillea

Today, the whitewater rafting adventure continues as you enter the lush, magical gorge of the Río Pacuare. The rapids become more powerful and technical in nature here, and you’ll power through “Bobo,” “Huacas Arriba,” “Huacas Abajo,” “Cimarrones,” and “Dos Montañas” rapids. Gorgeous waterfalls tumble into the river, and you might be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of some of the exotic birds and animals inhabiting the surrounding jungle. Say goodbye to the river near the town of Siquirres,  and return to San Jose.

Day 6: Depart from San José

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for homeward-bound flights.

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My trip with MTS was absolutely fabulous and I highly recommend this company!

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I booked a trip to Tanzania as a last hurrah before getting pregnant and it was totally the trip of a lifetime I was hoping for.

We spent a few days on safari in the Tarangire, a few days in the Serengeti, and then headed off to Zanzibar for a few days of relaxing beach time - the perfect mix of activity and rest. The sights and accommodations were unbelievable and I honestly felt like royalty the whole time! Each time we arrived a new lodge/ “camp” (more like “glamping”) the staff came out to meet us with hot towels and beverages, sometimes even singing a welcome song. In talking to other guests it became clear that our itinerary included only the top lodges, with the friendliest staff, nicest lodging, best food, and most secluded locations. One day we awoke to find a lion paw print literally six inches from our tent, and another night we were woken up by the sounds of a pack of hyena taking down an injured water buffalo that had been hanging around camp. The guides were all super knowledgeable and fun, not to mention skilled at finding all the wildlife we were interested in. There was one day that our guide spotted a cheetah from literally miles away. He tried to point it out to us, but I couldn’t make it out through the binoculars and totally thought he was full of it. Then we started driving in that direction, and lo and behold, 15 minutes later there we were, right next a gorgeous cheetah
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Plan on traveling with MTS again!

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In the Spring of 2015, I was fortunate enough to go on the Hikers Patagonia trip through Mountain Travel Sobek. I honestly didn't know anything about this region, which is why I felt like I was in really good hands traveling with MTS. Traveling to an unknown region can be stressful (as I have experienced before), but MTS made it fun and easy! They took care of all of the paperwork in advance and even prep you on all of the gear/clothing you will need on your trip. All of the food, lodging and hiking is planned for your day, so the only think you have to do is enjoy your trip! Not only were the hikes beautiful, but the guides were extremely nice and very knowledgable. I must say, after taking this trip, I've learned that there is nothing better than going on a stunning hike and ending the day with some good food, good wine and good company. I definitely plan on traveling with MTS again!
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Returned earlier this week from a trip to the Dalmatian Coast, Croatia with Mountain Travel Sobek. The unique and special attention to detail provided by our guide, Irena, on this trip was unparalleled. We were asked a few questions about food preferences and activities before the trip and it was clear throughout that every single meal and activity was planned in order to make the trip wonderful. It was one of the best trips we have ever taken as a family thanks to that thoughtful preparation. The hotels were chosen specifically for a variety of atmospheres and comfort. We travelled to several islands and locations on the mainland. Each location was very different from the last, providing both a sense of adventure and variety. The food... where to begin, it was amazing; we had several lunches at long tables under olive trees, one at an artists home, a friend of the guide, one at an island ranch, and another at an old converted home. We tried the local liquors and ate local truffles, peppers, olives, etc, from the garden. There were no other tourists at any of the locations, the meals had been set up and specifically ordered prior, by Irena - several times we were the only ones there. On several evenings, we took a boat taxi to another island for fresh seafood at a restaurant on the beach, lit by paper lanterns. We saw one of the kitchen staff go down to the dock to pull mussels and oysters out of a net tied to the dock. I can't describe the beauty of those nights. In addition, we sea-kayaked on a couple of days to pre-arranged spots where Irena prepared a picnic lunch using fresh vegetables, breads, meats, and cheeses. We kayaked past beautiful coastal villages to deserted beaches. The water I can only describe as paradise, not to cold, not too warm, clean, clear, unbelievably inviting - as were the rocky and white pebble beaches. Irena was intelligent and extremely knowledgeable about the region, it's history and politics. Another guide, Anna, joined us for the first few days and we were sorry to see her go - she was also extremely good company, smart, worldly, and knowledgeable. Travelling with Irena and Anna was as relaxed as travelling with old friends. They took care of the details seamlessly and also knew when to give us some space to enjoy our family trip. They were friendly with our teenage boys and talked to them like adults. This tour provided the perfect balance of culture, food, and activity. There is so much more I could say, this was truly a wonderful time that none of us will ever forget. Thank you MTSobek.
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I had an amazing trip with MTSobek! I went hiking through the historic villages of Portugal with some of the most knowledgeable and entertaining guides, Artur & Carla. Our group received the utmost attention from our guides as we trekked through a variety of landscapes. The local Portuguese would stop and tell our group some interesting information of the area. The cuisine was exquisite as well as some of the lodging provided. It was a very memorable trip and I would encourage anyone to make their plans to visit Portugal.
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I like MT Sobek a little bit more than A&K

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Well, since I just left my review for A&K I figured it would only be fair to do so also for MT Sobek. While A&K may dominate the very top tier of Luxury adventure travel, MT Sobek is also right up there at the top. I've travelled with them twice now and have found their guides, accommodations, general knowledge of each place to be top notch. I like MT Sobek a little bit more than A&K because MTS does seem to appeal to a slightly younger more adventurous clientele - where as A&K might be great for a honeymoon or with your parents, MTS feels better if you're NOT your parents.
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I have done many trips with Mountain Travel Sobek in the past, most of the trips were with my dad, and a few of them with my girlfriend. The service of this company is outstanding, and the experience of each trip, is unforgettable!!!. The company itself, is truly superb!!!!.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Air Travel

Airfare is not included in the land cost of our trips. For air reservations, we recommend you contact the airlines directly, either by phone or the Internet. In addition, many travelers elect to use their “frequent flyer” miles when traveling with us. But please check with our staff before purchasing or obtaining your tickets. We need to verify your arrival and departure schedule and ensure we have enough participants to operate the trip.

Group Size:

Private - your group only

Accomodations

Hotel Bougainvillea — Heredia, Costa Rica

Hotel Bougainvillea is an oasis located just 10 minutes outside of downtown San José. Surrounded by 10 acres of lush, tropical gardens—recognized as some of Costa Rica's finest—guests are able to wander the grounds and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Rooms are bright and clean, and offer either views of the Central Valley and surrounding mountains or the beautiful gardens. There's a lovely pool and a restaurant that serves international cuisine with a focus on regional Costa Rican dishes.

 

Rios Tropicales Lodge

Let the sound of the Pacuare River lull you to sleep at this sustainable eco-lodge. This evening's lodge offers a haven for relaxation and immersion in tropical sights and sounds. The lodge features open air gathering pavilions with thatched roofs and comfortable hammocks swinging in a gentle breeze. Guests enjoy the ample viewing decks, where the toucans fly overhead and the river roars below.

 

Si Como No — Manuel Antonio, Quepos

Located along Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast, Si Como No is a uniquely special Manuel Antonio Resort Spa and Wildlife Refuge that sits a top one of the most idyllic hillsides in Manuel Antonio.

The resort’s lush jungle terraces and brilliantly vivid gardens overlook the sparkling ocean just above world-renown Manuel Antonio National Park.

Cancellation Policy:

If written cancellation is received cancellation fee will be:

  • 90 days or more prior to departure $800 or 25% of Land/Cruise Cost, whichever is greater
  • 89 to 60 days prior to departure 50% of Land/Cruise Cost
  • 59 days or fewer prior to departure 100% of Land/Cruise Cost

Trip ID#:

CosEscMou

Trip Excludes

  • International airfare
  • meals not noted on itinerary
  • insurance other than basic medical and evacuation insurance
  • Optional tipping to leader, guides and local staff
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport taxes (international—varies by location)
  • Cost of medical immunizations
  • Items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

Meals Included:

5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 2 Dinners

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