Costa Rica Traverse

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4 Based on 2 Reviews
  • duration 12 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-16250
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Ends San Jose, Costa Rica
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Trek and bike in the Costa Rica highlands
  • Visit remote Indigenous communities
  • Experience exotic wildlife and the Cloud Forest
  • Raft the exhilarating Pacuare River through spectacular canyons
  • Undertake a sea kayak adventure to the tidal mouth of the Caribbean Coast
  • Explore the vibrant city of San Jose
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The "Costa Rica Traverse" tour starts and ends in San Jose. The "Costa Rica Traverse" tour is a trekking and hiking trip that takes 12 days taking you through San Jose, Pacuare River, Esquipulas and Manuel Antonio in Guatemala and Costa Rica. This is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, meals and others.

A crossing of Costa Rica from the Pacific coast to the Caribbean Sea under your own steam. An adventure high on the wish list of active adventurers keen to take on the challenge of traversing Costa Rica under their own steam. Our crossing takes us on bike, foot, raft and kayak across this spectacular natural wilderness through farmlands, foothills and mountainous regions reaching the peaks of the Central Highlands. The trails are often slippery and with several river crossings. We encounter indigenous settlements deep in the cloud forest and hope to glimpse rare wildlife and birdlife in this pristine tropical rainforest. The views and terrain vary greatly as we traverse the mountainous backbone of Costa Rica. Our journey will take us into the depths of the Pacuare River on one of the world's classic whitewater experiences, where we undertake an exhilarating rafting trip with class 2-4 rapids through a series of spectacular canyons. In between the powerful rapids there is time to absorb your superb surroundings and the tropical rainforest. We leave the rapids and gorges behind as we ease our way by sea kayak along a much slower moving section of the river, through banana plantations to our final goal, the Caribbean coast.
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  • Day 1 : Arrive in San Jose
  • Day 2 : San Jose - Pacific Coast
  • Day 3 : Cycling from the Pacific Coast to Esquipulas
  • Day 4 : Trekking from Esquipulas to Naranjillo
  • Day 5 : Trekking and cycling from Naranjillo to Santa Maria
  • Day 6 : Cycling across the Continental Divide
  • Day 7 : Cycle and trekking to the Reventazon Valley and on to Pejibaye
  • Day 8 : Cycling to the Pacuare River and whitewater rafting
  • Day 9 : El Nido del Tigre on the Pacuare
  • Day 10 : Rafting on the Pacuare River
  • Day 11 : Cycling & Sea kayak to the Caribbean Sea and transfer to San Jose
  • Day 12 : In San Jose, trip concludes
  • Good quality hotel accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Airport transfers (days 1 and 12 only)
  • Private transport
  • Support vehicle on majority of bike sections (except for 1.5 hrs between Santa Maria and the Orosi Valley)
  • Experienced guides
  • All group camping equipment
  • Summer sleeping bag & sleeping mat
  • Rafting gear and instruction
  • Kayaking gear and instruction
  • Mountain Bikes (bicycle helmets are not included)
  • International flights
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Bicycle helmet
  • Christmas, New Year and Easter supplement (please ask our staff for details of this small peak season surcharge)
  • Meals not indicated
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
4 - Very Good
Based on 2 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Dec 10 2019
4 - Very Good
Very Good
A thoroughly enjoyable trip that I couldn't recommend more highly. Tito and Vito looked after us really well throughout the trip. Tito's energetic and knowledgeable guiding really added to the trip and Vito's cooking was... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Dec 04 2019
4 - Very Good
Very Good
Well-organised, great food, a wide variety of interesting accommodation, good exercise, and a brilliant knowledgeable guide with a great sense of humour!
REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
  • Personal Itinerary can be tweaked and customized.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Costa Rica Traverse tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 30 June 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 30 June 2024, a deposit of 309 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Costa Rica Traverse tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


For this Costa Rica Traverse tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Smaller group sizes have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19 and to ensure that the tour complies with local authorities’ guidelines.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Guides are trained in our COVID-19 response plan that has been developed in line with state government medical provisions.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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