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Combining travel and fitness, explore the rural landscapes of Costa Rica. Run the trails at Poas volcano and beaches of Manuel Antonio.
Challenge yourself on this 8-day trail running adventure. Run up mountain sides, through breathtaking forests, and along awe-inspiring beaches, always accompanied by your local adventure guide. Indulge in healthy, locally-sourced Costa Rican cuisine and learn about the “Tico” culture and the true meaning of “Pura Vida". Pass by the geothermal wonders of Poas volcano and see bubbling pools of green sulfur. Explore the metropolitan city of San Jose, taking in the vibrant colors and Spanish colonial architecture. Surround yourself with tropical forests, wonderful views of the volcano, and local wildlife such as toucans, monkeys, and mammals. Swim in the La Fortuna River, known for its fresh blue waters, abundant foliage, and the La Fortuna Waterfall. Ultimately, enjoy this adventure aimed at mixing fitness and travel!
San José: Arrival and Welcome
A representatives will welcome you at the International Juan Santamaria Airport, then you will be transferred to your hotel. Tonight, you will meet your fellow travelers and your guide for the next 8 days. You will receive a detailed explanation of the upcoming training schedule (and weekend race if itinerary applies). Afterwards, have a glass of wine and dinner, while you share your expectations of the week to come with your travel companions.
Overnight at Crown Plaza
Poas Volcano National Park
Have breakfast and a warm cup of Costa Rican coffee before starting your 8 mile training session. You will head to nearby mountains where you will have the best views of the surrounding metropolitan area. You will be traveling and training for two hours approximately, preparing for the action-packed week in Costa Rica.
Running distance: 8 miles(routes based on fitness level)
Terrain: Off-Road Gravel 70% Pavement 30%
Overnight at Arenal Paraiso
Meals: Breakfast & lunch
Early in the morning you will start with a run through the Sabana Metropolitan Park, only 15 minutes away from your hotel in San Jose, where runners gather each morning. You will train for an hour and thirty minutes approximately. Back at the hotel, enjoy a traditional Costa Rican breakfast before heading toward the Arenal Volcano area (4-hour drive approximate). Upon arrival to the hotel, you will do a twilight run through the surrounding rural landscape and finish at the hotel.
Running distance: 6 miles(routes based on fitness level)
Terrain: Off-Road Gravel 50% Pavement 40%
Overnight at Arenal Paraiso Hotel
Meals: Breakfast & lunch
Early in the morning you will start your running activity from the hotel all the way to Rio Chiquito (12 miles or more depending on your physical condition). The road is surrounded by tropical forest, wonderful views of the volcano, and you might even spot local wildlife such as toucans, monkeys, and mammals. Afterwards, you will enjoy some time at La Fortuna Waterfall, where you can swim in the fresh-water of La Fortuna River for about one hour.
Running distance: 12 miles
Terrain: Gravel 100% off road
Altitude: (2000 ft.)
Overnight at Arenal Manoa Hotel
Meals: Breakfast & lunch
Manuel Antonio Beach
After breakfast, you will travel from Arenal Volcano area to Manuel Antonio beach (4-hour drive approximate). This afternoon, a short run awaits for you!
Overnight at Costa Verde Hotel
Today is reserved for your own leisure. Manuel Antonio beach is waiting for you. The hotel offers several in-house facilities such as the SPA, a beautiful pool, and several restaurants. Manuel Antonio itself has a wide range of optional activities that can be purchased directly with your guide
Overnight at Costa Verde Hotel
Enjoy one final swim in the ocean or a run on the beach before going back to your hotel in San Jose (3-hour drive approximate). Tonight, you and your fellow travel companions get together at dinner to review the mileage and have a group discussion on the accomplishments of the week. Share photos and memories of your adventures in Costa Rica.
Overnight at Hilton Garden Inn
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight back home.
Note: You will check-in 3 hours before your scheduled flight home according to the regulations imposed by the airport.
We are a company that was born from the ideas of 2 people who worked as tour guides for more than 25 years. Everyone at the company is committed to providing outstanding service and be able to show our guests the best product our country has to offer.
This was our guide's first tour -- and he was a last minute replacement. Despite these challenging circumstances, his enthusiasm and knowledge gave us a taste of the real San Jose in a few short hours.
A nice tour of San Jose. It was nice to have a small group tour of the city and the museums. We had plenty of time to see all of the museums. I was a little concerned initially that we might be rushed through huge museums Fortunately, the museums are not huge and could easily be seen in an afternoon. The guide provided local insight and was able to answer questions. Her English was excellent. We also got a nice lunch that was what a Tico might eat at an off the beaten path coffee house. All in all, a nice tour and a nice half day.
We booked the San Jose Evening Tour with Dinner in Escazú for our group of six. Jurgen and Marion from San Jose Urban Adventures did a marvellous job with showing us their city. Both were raised in San Jose and had such pride in their city and culture and were very professional. They both spoke exceptional english and the evening was so informative. Walking the city to visit each site was such a personal way to explore. We loved visiting the Central Market. They spoke of the vendors, the products provided, and their memories of going there as children. Their collective knowledge of the history of the city was outstanding. We finished with dinner and were sad to say goodbye to our guides. The only thing that was not quite up to expectations was the dinner. We had hoped to taste some traditional Costa Rican food but the menu selections did not provide that. It also did say that there would be a wine pairing, however, Sangria was suggested and others had beer. The Sangria was excellent, however, we did miss the wine pairing. This last issue was definitely not the fault of Jurgen or Marion and did not diminish our overall satisfaction with the entire tour.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best way to get to the trip start location?
A guide from Costa Rica Green Adventures will be at the airport to greet you.
What are the accommodations like?
3-4 star hotels.
Can solo travelers get their own room? Is there an optional or forced supplement, and how much is it?
Yes. A 50% over the regular rate. Always with a minimum of 2 guests
If included, what is the food like?
Daily breakfast buffet is included. Throughout the week another 5 additional meals are included.
How much extra money should people budget?
Guests should budget USD $250 for additional meals, tours, gratuities and souvenirs.
What should people bring? Please provide a packing list.
Lightweight, loose-fitting clothing
Comfortable, casual clothing
Sturdy pair of walking shoes
Running gear and outfit
Proper tennis shoes
Dry-fit clothing, cap
Should I purchase travel insurance? If so, do you have a recommended provider?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for all trips. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, and/or theft or accidental damage while traveling. For travel insurance suggestions, please email us.
Can I cancel the trip?
You may cancel reservations up to 72 hours after the booking is made. After that time period, all modifications/cancellations will be granted solely at the discretion of Costa Rica Green Adventures. Cancellation processing fees may apply.
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