Event SnapshotCost: $2,150 per person
(50% deposit required when registering. Final Payment due by 1 Apr 2015)
Physical Requirement Level: 5 of 10 - Moderate
Culture Shock Rating: 4 of 10 - Remote Locations
Length of Trip: 8 Days, 16 May - 23 May 2015
Included Activities: Canopy zipline tours, 2 days of class III - IV whitewater rafting, 120ft+ waterfall rappelling, kayaking in the Pacific Ocean, jungle ATV excursion, multiple guided jungle treks, air-canopy suspension bridge trek, eco-jungle lodges, natural hot springs, active volcano viewing, bird watching, swimming, and more.
Experience: None! No prior experience needed, all levels of fitness and outdoor experience welcome.
Required Documents: Must have a valid passport.
Visa Required: Costa Rica visa given at airport
Why Travel with TAG?
Yes, many people travel to Costa Rica each year; you have seen a hundred ads telling you to go to Costa Rica, with a dozen different travel agencies. So why should you travel with TAG?
You're in luck. We have an answer for that exact question. We are not a travel agency; we simply love adventure, so leading adventure-seeking groups is what makes us smile!
Along with doing what we love, we choose a place that feels just as strongly about adventure, exploring, and maintaining an eco-friendly environment. Sure, you could spend a week at a resort on one of the Costa Rican coastlines, but you wouldn't even begin to see what Costa Rica is really about. This is the Costa Rica vacation! You have never seen Costa Rica like this before. Get Ready for an Amazingly Unique Vacation and Adventure: Pristine, Private, Beautiful, Exotic Destination!
If physical challenge is what you want… it’s here. If rest and relaxation is what you need… it’s here, and there’s everything in between!
Welcome to Pura Vida!
- With TAG, you receive an exclusive guide to take you around the country, ensuring the entire trip is a relaxing vacation for you, eliminating any worries you may have.
- 2 day white water rafting down Braulio Carrillo National Park, with lodging at a full service all inclusive jungle resort on the river.
- 5 hour Arenal rain forest hanging bridges canopy walkways tour
- Rappelling adventure down 3 waterfalls and a canyon from 160ft to 66ft each.
- Private ATV adventure around the beach, and waterfalls near Manuel Antonio
- Costa Rica's best canopy zipline with 10 separate lines, 2 rappel lines, and treetop suspension bridges near Quepos, Costa Rica.
- Private Pacific Ocean kayaking along the beautiful Manuel Antonio coastline, allowing you to see birds, fish, and other animals from the water.
- Amazing accommodations at beautiful resorts across Costa Rica's rainforest and beaches.
- Taxes and Entrance Fees: Hotel taxes, entrance fees to National Parks, museums and places of interest are included unless otherwise specified.
- Airport transportation on the first and last day
- Many meals, indicated under each day by the letters "B, L, and D"
- Professional digital pictures taken of you and the group throughout the entire trip.
- TAG staff guiding the entire trip for safety and peace of mind; relax and enjoy the trip without worry.
- Comfortable, new, fully insured transportation with bi-lingual drivers
- International departure tax
- Pre-event meet-up lunch in Tampa, Florida
- 24/7 Emergency satellite phone and safety equipment on hand at all times.
- GPS event tracking online. Friends and family can follow your location online during the entire trip.
- TAG's quality adventure promise: relax and enjoy
Day 1 - Saturday - 16 May 2015
Bienvenidos...Welcome to Costa Rica
On Saturday, May 16 2015, arrival San José, Costa Rica at the Juan Santamaría International airport.
After disembarking the plane, follow signs to immigration to have your passport checked and stamped. Next, continue to baggage claim and customs. Once you've retrieved your luggage and cleared customs, you will meet the TAG guide near the main exit.
You'll recognize the TAG guide with the green hat and white TAG shirt standing next to the Costa Rica guide in a bright orange or yellow shirt with a sign that says "Tampa Adventure Group".
Once everyone has arrived, we will load up the bus and spend the night in the Hotel Presidente. Dinner options include the famous cafe at the hotel, or at a nearby restaurant.
Hotel: Hotel Presidente
Number of Nights: 1
Meals Included: None
Day 2 - Sunday - 17 May 2015
Rafting Pacuare River - Part I
The Pacuare River is rated one of the top rivers in the world for a host of reasons. You get to explore the intimate nature of the rainforest from the river perspective. The warm water, cascading waterfalls, and opulently lush rainforest with its brilliantly colored plants, animals, and birds make this trip exquisite for your senses. Add in the exciting Class III-IV whitewater rapids and you have a tropical adventure packed with rich experiences that last long after you've returned home.
You'll depart San José early in the morning, heading toward the Caribbean and crossing the Braulio Carrillo National Park. You will arrive at Rios Tropicales Operations Center in El Cairo de Siquirres in time to enjoy breakfast, enjoy the gardens, and change into your river outfit. Once ready, you will be taken to the private put-in at San Martin. Professional guides will load your gear into dry bags, prepare the equipment, and give you complete safety and paddle instruction. The first day's Class III rapids welcome you to the Pacuare gorge as you raft deep in the heart of primary and secondary rainforest. Please take into consideration that you are subject to weather conditions so either a picnic style lunch will be served on the riverbank or once arrived at the Lodge.
Before you know it, you'll arrive at Ríos Tropicales Lodge, where you can spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring the lodge premises. Provided that weather conditions are favorable, there is a possibility to experience a small 3 cable
canopy zipline as an added bonus during your stay at the lodge. Nestled in the jungle on a 1,000-acre private reserve, the lodge offers you “Cabecar Indian" style bungalows facing the river. Private single and double rooms are spacious with clean linen, bathrooms, and hot showers. Electricity is generated by a self-sufficient hydro-plant. Happy Hour will put you in the mood for a tropical evening, followed by a candlelight wine dinner served by your guides.
Hotel: Ríos Tropicales Lodge
Number of Nights: 2
Meals: B, L, and D
Day 3 - Monday - 18 May 2015
Rafting Pacuare River - Part II
After breakfast and loading the rafts, you'll prepare to paddle down the Pacuare gorge past waterfalls, serene pools and pounding rapids. A snack stop by the riverside lets you explore waterfalls and natural waterslides. This will be an adrenaline-packed afternoon running rapids like Upper and Lower Huacas, Cimarron, Dos Montañas, and many more. Hot lunch will be served at Ríos Tropicales Operations Center. Showers, changing rooms, cold and hot drinks, and snacks will also be available. After the river trip, continue for the approximately 2 ½ hour drive to the famous Arenal volcano.
Arenal Volcano, with its almost perfectly shaped cone, soars 1,633 meters (5.500 ft) above sea level. This volcano presents five craters altogether, and one of those craters is about 150 m ( 500 ft) deep. From time to time, deep earth echoes are heard and clouds of vapor or smoke billows out of the top. The frequency of activity varies greatly from day-to-day. This area also shows the largest freshwater lake in the country. Arenal Lake is a man-made water reservoir favorite among water sports lovers and fishermen.
Hotel: Volcano Lodge & Springs
Number of Nights: 2
Meals: B, L, and snacks
Day 4 - Tuesday - 19 May 2014
Arenal Hanging Bridges Canopy Walkway
This amazing project consists of eight fixed bridges, ranging in length between 8 and 22 meters, and six hanging bridges, built with the latest techniques and designed with an eye for both beauty and safety. The hanging bridges are between 48 and 98 meters long. All the bridges are made of galvanized steel and high-strength aluminum. The safety mesh and the suspension cables are all galvanized steel. The entire project was designed to blend with the natural environment, leaving the forest virtually intact. The trails, covering a distance of about 3.1 km, are right inside the forest.
As you walk, you can appreciate a great diversity of flowers and wildlife that are typical of the rain forest as well as some imposing views of the Volcano (weather permitting).
Duration: 4.5 – 5 hours including round trip transfer time
What to bring: close-toed shoes or hiking boots, light “fast dry” clothes, hat or cap, insect repellent, sunscreen lotion, rain gear, water bottle, camera and binoculars recommended (bring zip lock bag to protect optical equipment in case of rain)
Includes: transportation, bilingual guide, and entrance fee
Pure Trek Waterfall Rappel
Transportation from your hotel in La Fortuna area to the main offices, where you will embark on a 30 minute 4x4 drive that will bring you to the ranch house in the mountains. A safety talk will be conducted, then you will put your gear on, and then embark on a short trek to the top of the first waterfall, where you start the descent. There are 4 rappels, 3 waterfalls, and 1 canyon wall, ranging in height from 50 meters (160ft) to 20 meters (66ft). There are trails that lead you from waterfall to waterfall through the canyon. A short trek out of the canyon will lead you back to the vehicles and back to the base offices just outside La Fortuna for a “Tipico” lunch in view of the famous Arenal Volcano.
Lunch will be prior to the tour on the noon departure
Duration: 4.5 - 5 hours including transfer time.
Departure: 12:00 noon
What to bring: close-toed shoes or sturdy water shoes, light “fast dry” clothes, swim suit and towel, sunscreen lotion, insect repellent, cap, change of clothes (recommended), water proof camera or “go pro camera” recommended (dry bags are supplied)
Includes: transportation, lunch, bilingual guide (trained with the American Canyoneering Association as well as Wilderness First Aid and CPR), photographer, and gear
Day 5 - Wednesday - 20 May 2015
Scenic drive to Manuel Antonio Park
Today, you meet your bi-lingual Spanish speaking driver and depart by minivan for the approximate 5 hour drive to Manuel Antonio.
White-sand beaches, cliffs, promontories, ravines, rivers, rainforests, varied wildlife, beautiful seascapes, and a hot, steamy climate all describe Manuel Antonio.
Located on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast 4.3 miles (7 kms) south of Quepos Harbor, Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica's most popular beach destinations and is sometimes compared to Key West.
Overnight at: Si Como No Hotel & Resort
Number of Nights: 3 - 1st night
Day 6 - Thursday - 21 May 2015
Jungle ATV Adventure
Get ready for faced paced adventure as you ride through plantations, jungles, and rainforests while making stops at local sites, which include two waterfalls. Nestled within over 1,000 acres and bounded by 5 kilometers of riverfront and primary rainforest.
Duration: 5 – 5.5 hours including round trip transfer time
What to bring: Comfortable outdoor clothes, good hiking shoes or closed-toed sandals (No Flip Flops), Insect repellent, camera, and sunscreen
Includes: transportation in the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area, a meal, tropical fruits, and water.
Notes: The High Ropes Course and/or the Superman cable can be included for an additional fee.
Canopy Zip Line
Race above the canopy on this 10 line and 15 platform tour. Compliant with the highest international standards of safety, this dual to line system ensures your security without compromising ride enjoyment. The tour also includes 2 rappel lines and a treetop suspension bridge. Nestled within over 1,000 acres and bounded by 5 kilometers of riverfront and primary rainforest, MidWorld takes all the adventure the area has to offer and places it in one setting located only twenty minutes from Quepos. Begin your adventure by crossing the hanging suspension bridge, located by the Rio Cañas, and then stop off at the Rancho for some fresh fruit and refreshments.
Duration: 4 – 4.5 hours including transfer time. Tour leaves daily at 8am and 10am.
What to bring: Comfortable outdoor clothes, good hiking shoes or closed sandals (No Flip Flops), Insect repellent, camera, and sunscreen
Includes: Includes transportation in the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area, a meal, tropical fruits, and water.
Overnight at: Si Como No Hotel & Resort
Nights: 3 - 2nd night
Meals: B, L
Day 7 - Friday - 22 June 2014
Ocean Kayak the Manuel Antonio Coastline
This excursion is for those seeking a true adventurous experience while taking in the ocean and views of the coast. After breakfast, you will transfer to the Quepos dock from the hotel. After a safety and orientation talk with your guide, launch from the beach and kayak for approximately 2 ½ hours (round trip). During the journey, paddle past islands and inlets where numerous marine aviary species and their nesting grounds reside. There will be time for you to swim and explore the coastline.
Duration: 2.5 – 3.5 hours including round trip transfer time
What to bring: sunscreen lotion, sunglasses, hat or cap, light “quick-dry” clothing, water bottle, water shoes or ankle strap sandals recommended, water proof camera optional
Includes: bilingual guide, water, juice, and lunch
Notes: Kayaks are available in 1 passenger and 2 passenger format.
Overnight at: Si Como No Hotel & Resort
Nights: 3 - 3rd night
Meals: B, L
Day 8 - Saturday - 23 June 2015
Departing Costa Rica
Wake up for breakfast, then your bags will be loaded into the shuttle and we will return to the airport. Remember to book your return flight for a 2:00 PM or later take off so you have plenty of time to get to the airport and get through customs because you are flying internationally. Safe travels.
Hotel Presidente - Day 1 - San Jose
The full service Hotel Presidente offers 70 rooms in the heart of downtown San Jose. Guestrooms have city or mountain views. Beds have down comforters and premium bedding. The Hotel Presidente is only a few blocks from the most important cultural and historical landmarks in Downtown San Jose: the Costa Rica National Theatre, the Gold-, Jade - and National Museums, the Asamblea Legislativa (Costa Rican Congress), the Plaza de La Cultura and Plaza de la Democracia, and the National Cathedral.
Your room is 215 to 375 square feet of living space with two full size beds, making them ideal for both business and leisure travelers. Bathroom features shower, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryer. In addition to complimentary wireless high speed free Internet access, phone voice mail, and in-room safes (accommodate laptops), 32-inch LCD televisions have cable channels and on demand services. Rooms are air-conditioned and also include desks, mini-bar, blackout drapes/curtains, and electronic/magnetic keys. Breakfast buffet included.
Ríos Tropicales - Day 2 - Pacuare Reserve
Located on a 1500 acre private reserve at the mouth of the Pacuare Gorge, inside the Pacuare Protected Zone. The private reserve borders the indigenous Cabecar Indian Reserve and contains more than 40 miles of hiking trails and numerous waterfalls, streams, and pools. There are two ways to access the lodge, by rafting in on the Pacuare River, or hiking in along a trail. The various accommodations are set on the mountainside at varying slope heights, offering views of the river and the rainforest surroundings.
This rainforest Lodge offers elegantly simple and well-appointed rooms set in small clusters overlooking the Pacuare River. Each has a private bathroom with stone-lined showers, hot water, and electrical outlets. Additional lodging options include expanded family rooms with bunk beds, twin beds, and double beds and private baths. There is a series of bunkhouses set back up the hillside, perfect for school and youth groups, with group bathroom facilities. All lodging options have hot showers, electricity, and decks for viewing the jungle and/or river. Large tables for board or card games, reading areas with rocking chairs, and lazy, colorful hammocks are intentionally placed in the open air dining and gathering areas. Prime views of the river, the rainforest, and even the overhead ziplines dominate these locations.
This rainforest Lodge offers airy, simple, and well-appointed rooms set in small clusters overlooking the Pacuare River. With either a queen size beds or a double bed and a single, each has a private bathroom with stone-lined showers, hot water, and electrical outlets.
Volcano Lodge & Springs - Day 3-5 - Arenal
A beautiful hotel that is conveniently located near many of the areas attractions and 10 minutes from the town of La Fortuna. The hotel features 65 rooms of basic and simple design with a terrace that faces the volcano. There are two swimming pools and two hot tubs. Also, the hotel features a natural thermal water pool heated by volcanic hot springs. The temperature at this pool is close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore, they offer a cold water Jacuzzi to compensate body temperature. Guests enjoy the extensive gardens and trails for short walks and bird viewing opportunities. The restaurant offers a variety of local and international dishes and a full breakfast buffet is included daily. This is a non-smoking facility. Warm Climate.
All rooms are in this category. They have two full size beds or 1 king, TV/cable, telephone, air-conditioned, coffee maker, hot water shower, hair dryer, safety deposit box, and a terrace facing the volcano. Some rooms have wireless Internet service.
Si Como No Resort - Days 5-8 - Manuel Antonio
Located in Manuel Antonio, this hotel has 52 spacious rooms. The eco-friendly hotel has energy efficient lights and air conditioning, bar, a movie theatre, solar-heated Jacuzzi, and a seafood restaurant. There are sun decks and shaded areas with a view to the jungle and ocean. There’s an adult pool for those over 18 and a family pool with a waterslide for guests of all ages. Both pools have swim up bars, Jacuzzis, towel service, and pool side dining and service from Boca Bar Mogotes in the hotel. You may visit the Tico Rico Bar and Grill for casual dining, and for upscale dinning in a casual setting, the Claro Que Si Restaurant offers seafood specialties. Wi-Fi is available in public areas of the hotel. There is complimentary shuttle service to the beach and National Park. Hot climate.
Includes jungle view, bath with shower and amenities, stocked mini-bar, 2 queen size beds, A/C, ceiling fans, telephone, and security box.
$2,150 per person
50% deposit due upon registration (non-refundable after 1 March 2015)
Important: Cost does not include airfare to or from Costa Rica, alcoholic beverages, some meals, emergencies, excess baggage, tourist visa costs, and personal purchases.
$1075 due at registration (non-refundable after 1 March 2015)
Final payment of $1075 due by 1 April 2015
Payment and Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received at any time after making your trip reservation are subject to a non-refundable $250-per-person service charge. When a trip cancellation is received less than 91 days from departure, your deposit is always 100% non-refundable.
If the event is canceled, your deposit will be returned to you within 15 working business days.
Methods of Payment
Pay securely by phone by calling 1-855-8000-TAG, and we will process your debit or credit card with you over the phone.
Register for the event and follow the instructions online to make your payment.
Check or Money Order:
Pay by check or money order by sending a check or money order made out to Tampa Adventure Group. Mail to:
Tampa Adventure Group
4644 West Gandy Blvd. Suite 4, Box 149
Tampa, Florida 33611.
What to Pack
Note: The weather in Costa Rica is warm and humid. Please pack for Florida-like weather in May with night time temps in the 70's, and warm humid daytime temps in the 80's. Though it is a week-long trip, please limit your luggage to two bags at the most. Like any other transportation service, our shuttles only have a set amount of storage for bags.
The following items are required for your trip. They are a must for your safety and comfort. When packing think about what will keep you cool in tropical humid environments. Try to avoid cotton or jeans for hikes or during the different adventures. It gets wet and just makes you cold. You can find non-cotton moisture-wicking clothes at most sports stores.
- Water shoes (e.g. tevas,crocs, 5 fingers, keens) Please bring something other than just flip flops or sandals.
- Flip flops
- Sneakers that can get wet
- 1 x long lightweight pants (to help prevent bug bites at night)
- 4 x lightweight long-sleeve shirts
- 6 x thin moisture-wicking socks
- 8 x t-shirts (things get wet in the tropics and are difficult to dry at times – moisture wicking material is the best)
- 4 x shorts (quick drying material is best)
- 3 x bathing suits / swim suits
- 1 or 2 dress shirts or blouses
- 1 x dress pants like khakis
- 1 or 2 bandannas
- PJ's or gym shorts/shirts
- Croakies or a strap to keep glasses secure on your head (required for rafting and ziplines)
- Baseball hat or wide brim hat
- Headlamp or flashlight (make sure you have new batteries)
- Sports water bottle or Nalgine bottle
- Backpack or small day-pack to carry gear around
- Camera with batteries and cards
- Sun block
- Bug spray
- Rain jacket (lightweight)
- 3 x Poncho (they tear and don't last long)
- 1 x dry bag
- Waterproof camera, charger, memory cards
- Phone and phone charger (service not guaranteed)
- Ipod/MP3 music for chilling out
- medications, bring enough to last your entire trip.
- 2 x prescription glasses or contacts with cases and solution
- toiletries as needed
- shaving toiletries
- toothbrush with cover, and toothpaste
- travel size shampoo and conditioner
- brush or comb
- women sanitary items
Other Items Items
- Ear plugs, the jungle gets loud at night
- Books for laying in hammocks
- Cash for tips and drinks
- Mesh bag for wet clothes (do not bag up wet clothes or they will spoil)
- drivers license
- money, credit/debit card
- insurance card and contact information.
- emergency contact information of family and friends
Photos of the Event
Frequently Asked Questions
What flights should we book from the U.S. to Costa Rica?
Fly into Costa Rica on the afternoon of 16 May 2015, but your flight home must take off after 2:00 PM so you have plenty of time to get through customs. Again, please book your return flight home to depart after 2:00 PM on 26 Sep 2015.
Choose a flight that lands at San Jose International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica. Round trip Flights from Tampa, Florida to San Jose, Costa Rica will cost around $400 in May 2015.
Note: As of Sep 26th, there is a flight from Tampa to San Jose on Spirit airlines for $298 round trip, stopping in Ft Lauderdale.
What are meals like?
Delicious local meals will be either included or available for purchase, each being healthy, fresh Latino-style cuisine. Emphasis is on local cuisine and fresh fish, tropical fruits, and vegetables. Many meals will be grown from local tropical fruit trees bearing mangos, pineapples, starfruit, oranges, lemons, papayas, water apples, bananas, and, of course, coconuts. The fresh-squeezed juices and salsas are limitless! Some places even bake their own breads and desserts! Although the water may be naturally flowing, we suggest drinking from bottled water during the entire trip. We will dine together at a family-style table in open air style rooms or balconies.
Special Diets/Allergies: Please let us know as soon as possible any food allergies/restrictions you may have, if you are a vegetarian, and/or if you do not eat fish.
Should I bring cash?
Yes, please bring some cash with you so you can purchase drinks at the bar, or tip any of the guides a few bucks for a job well done. The guides work hard to make sure we have a great time, they appreciate any thanks you provide for them and their families.
What type of wildlife will I see?
Costa Rica is home to a variety of mammals, reptiles, and marine life. Among the mammals, you will likely see are three types of monkeys – capuchin/whiteface, congo/howler, colorado/spider, and you will likely see anteaters, sloths, pizote/coati mundi, agouti/paca, white lipped peccaries, and armadillos. Reptiles and amphibians include caimans, crocodiles, iguanas, geckos, boa constrictors, turtles, fer-de-lances, red-eye tree frogs, poison dart frogs, and marine toads. Marine life includes dolphins, whales, whale sharks, sea rays, turtles, and many varieties of tropical fish. There are over 250 species of birds in the area, including scarlet macaws, toucans, parrots, currasows, trogons, and herons, to name a few.
Is there a bar on the properties?
Yes, each lodge or resort hotel has a bar located on the property. It’s a great time to catch up on the day’s activities with other TAG members!
Will it rain when I am in Costa Rica?
Yes, it will… and that’s what makes this such a special and lush place to visit. (Hiking under the rainforest canopy when it’s raining is a magical experience not to be missed!) But, rarely do we ever lose a day to the rain. Typically, in May, the rains are less frequent and start later in the evening. This time of year is better for snorkeling and stargazing and for those who enjoy the full sun when out and about on their tours. Typically, the wildlife viewing is better this time of year. Besides, rainy late afternoons give one a great excuse to relax and lay in a hammock with a book and a cool drink!
Will my cell phone work; will I have internet access?
Overall, we recommend trying to stay unconnected, but you may have spotty coverage across the country. To avoid costly bills, make sure you disable all roaming before you leave the U.S. Be assured that although we are in a remote location, should an emergency occur, you have the peace of mind to know that you may be reached or make a call.
If your cell phone has international service, then you should be able to use this to send and receive calls and access the Internet/e-mail through the local providers. Some of the lodges will have WiFi access, if accessing the phone/Internet is important to you, please bring your own cell/smart phone. Please be aware that because of our remote locations during the trip and the unreliability of the local service provider, we cannot guarantee service at all times and locations.
What if there is an emergency?
Please be assured that if someone needs to reach you during your stay, they can get a message to you by contacting TAG's global satellite phone. You can also use TAG's satellite phone to place very important or emergency calls. The lodges also have a local phones phone that can be used.
What's not included in the cost?
Costs of obtaining passports, visas, or tourist cards; excess baggage fees; personal expenses such as room service, beverages, and laundry; personal communications charges; international airfare; sightseeing or meals not specified in the itinerary; personal insurance coverage (strongly recommended), gratuities.
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