Academy of Adventure

Academy of Adventure

This guided excursion teaches you all about adventure in this tropical paradise. Whitewater raft the Rio Toro, rappel down rainforest waterfalls, hike majestic canyons, and zipline through the native canopy. This Costa Rica adventure is the one you have been waiting for.


Adventure InnSaturday:  Welcome to Costa Rica!  Upon arrival to San Jose International Airport, you will be greeted by a Pacific Trade Winds S.A. representative.  Transportation will then be provided to the 3 Star Adventure Inn, located in Ciudad Cariari. During your stay, you will enjoy a Standard room, equipped with 2 Double, Orthopedic beds, Air-conditioning, Cable television, Hair dryer, Coffee Maker, In-room safety deposit box, Telephone, Writing table and chairs, in-room Internet connection.

Included Meals: 0 on Day 1 / Hotel upgrades are available upon request.


RaftingSunday: The adventure begins with a Group/Team meeting over breakfast. This is when you will get to know your fellow adventurers and guides. After breakfast you will load up for the adventure transfer to La Fortuna.

Along the way to La Fortuna, you will stop at the Rio Toro where you will be guided through Class III & IV rapids on one of Costa Rica’s best Whitewater Rafting rivers, the Rio Toro.  Río Toro is the most-exciting river in all of Costa Rica with over 45, heart-pounding, non-stop rapids! This all day tour is sure to satisfy your craving for adventure, as well as provide some great stories for your friends at home!

After this thrilling adventure and lunch, you will resume to Hotel La Fortuna, located in downtown La Fortuna.  During your stay, you will enjoy a comfortably equipped room with a Queen size bed and a Single bed, A/C, Cable TV and Arenal Volcano view.  This hotel is the newest addition to the heart of La Fortuna with all new amenities and is located in the shadow of the imposing Arenal Volcano.

Included Meals: 3


CanyoneeringMonday: Prepare yourself for an action packed adventure like no other!  In the morning, professional bilingual guides will lead you through a series of 4 Rappels down Rainforest Waterfalls on your Lost Canyon Adventure.  The coolest new sport: rappelling and hiking down eight tropical waterfalls in a beautiful, isolated and magical rainforest canyon.

(Check with us about adding a night at the hot springs to wind down after your adventures)

Included Meals: 3


Canopy ZiplineTuesday: After breakfast we will start the drive through the cloud forest and down to the Pacific coast. Along the way we will take a break for a Canopy Zipline Adventure (only in Costa Rica)!

Be sure to eat a light breakfast!  Today you will go on a high speed, high flying canopy zipline adventure.  On this gravity defying adventure, you will soar through the canopy of the rain forest on zipline cables, suspended by wheel and harness.

After this fun filled adventure we will resume the drive to the South Pacific coastal town of Dominical where we will stay at Villas Rio Mar. During your stay, you will enjoy a Standard Bungalow.  All Bungalows are equipped with 1 King sized bed or 2 Double beds, Ceiling Fan, Refrigerator, Telephone and Hammock with Private Terrace.

Included Meals: 3


Surf SchoolWednesday: Alright, let’s face it.  We all have dreamed about surfing.  Now here is your opportunity to learn how.  The guys down at the Surf Shop are going to supply you with a board and teach you how to use it.  After a couple of hours of Surf School, you will be able to practice on your own with an additional 2 hour board rental provided. (We can also offer a rainforest tree climb or river tubing for those that want an alternative experience)

Aftre your morning tour, you will have the opportunity to have some fun in the sun at the beach on your own.

Included Meals: 3


Baru CavesThursday: You will go on an adventure like no other, deep into the mountainous jungles of the South Pacific coast.  Your adventure will begin with a strenuous hike up the mountain side with a bilingual naturalist guide.  Your guide will stop you along the way to point out different edible plants and plants with medicinal purposes.  After a couple hours of hiking you will have reached the majestic Baru Waterfalls.  The falls are a very special place and actually fall in front of a cave.

This is where it gets exciting!  You will actually spend the night in the cave!  The family that runs this unique tour has equipped the cave with modern conveniences such as beds, fully functioning kitchen, modern toilets and showers.  After settling into camp, you will have the opportunity to rappel down the waterfalls several times, utilizing the latest safety equipment and techniques that your guides will instruct you on.

Included Meals: 3


Diamante WaterfallsFriday: After a hearty breakfast you will break camp for the Diamante Waterfalls.  This is another strenuous hike – but well worth it.  The hike will take you into Primary Cloud Forest and to the falls.  While you are here, you will have the opportunity to jump off cliffs into the refreshing pool below.  After a couple hours you will make the descent back down to ground level.

Once back from the tour, we will drive back to the Adventure Inn where you will again enjoy a standard room with the aforementioned amenities.

After a little time to clean up, we will go to a local restaurant for dinner and drinks to reflect on our amazing journey.

Included Meals: 3


San Jose International AirportSaturday:  Transportation will be provided to San Jose International Airport scheduled to arrive 3 hours prior to your departure.
Pura Vida!!!
Included Meals: 1


The Academy of Adventure Includes:Costa Rica Vacations

  • All Domestic Transportation as outlined in itinerary.
  • Certified Bilingual Naturalist Adventure Guides and Driver escorting your group throughout vacation.
  • Whitewater Rafting Class III and IV Rapids on the Rio Toro.
  • Canyoneering and Rappelling down Rainforest Waterfalls.
  • Canopy Zipline Adventure.
  • Choice of one of the following: Surf School, Rainforest Tree Climb or Whitewater Tubing.
  • Hike up a mountain through the rainforest to the Baru Caves where you will stay overnight sleeping in a cave with a waterfall pouring over the front! This amazing adventure also includes rappelling, hiking and cliff jumping into pools!
  • 2 Nights Adventure Inn – Cariari
  • 2 Nights Hotel La Fortuna – La Fortuna
  • 2 Nights Villas Rio Mar – Dominical Beach
  • 1 Night in Baru Cave (as mentioned above)
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners

The Academy of Adventure is a Group/Team vacation which has a set departure schedule as follows:

**Please call for availability: 1-866-853-9426.

2013 and 2014 Rates*** This vacation can start on ANY DATE with a minimum of 4 people and maximum of 20. If your desired dates are full or if you have a larger group contact us about the possibility of starting another tour.

$1,499 per person based on double occupancy

$1,399 per person based on triple occupancy

$1,849 per person based on single occupancy (check with us about sharing a room with another adventurer)

All rates include Sales and Turismo taxes

Special Terms and Conditions

This group vacation requires a minimum of 4 participants to run. In the unlikely event that we do not have enough participants to run the tour, you will be notified 30 days prior to the trip of alternative options such as our Funky Monkey Adrenaline Junky vacation which does not require a minimum number of participants.

Please be sure to review our travel terms and policies and as always trip insurance is highly recommended.

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