Costa Rica Adventure
Days: 5 
From: $1250
Style:  Outdoor Adventure
The Costa Rica Adventure trip is perfect for those looking for an action packed trip jammed full of all the best adventures! We've taken what you thought you knew about Costa Rica, turned it upside down and shook out the hidden gems. Join us as we venture away from the crowds and live alongside locals, camp behind waterfalls in hidden caves and journey through the high elevation rainforest with a local family.   

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  • Discover a new home camping in a cave tucked behind a hidden waterfall  

  • Embark on a journey through the jungle and navigate class III-V white water rapids


  • Meander through the rainforest in search of sloths, monkeys & other wildlife

  • Live with a local family on their self-sustained eco-lodge and organic farm 

  • Take the plunge and rappel over a 90 ft cascading waterfalls

  • Hike to a remote village that is only accessible by foot 9 months out of the year


Day 1: Welcome to Costa Rica!

Hola amigos and welcome to Costa Rica! Arrive to Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose where our private transportation and Beyond the Map guides will be waiting for you with snacks in hand. Our journey immediately begins as we point our compass south towards the highest point in the country and over the Cerro de la Muerte, or "The Mountain of Death." Along the way, we will stop at a local soda (equivalent to a diner) for lunch or a snack. Tonight we stay at an eco-lodge and organic farm tucked away in the jungle. Spend the afternoon becoming acquainted with the local trails, soaking in the pool or relaxing in one of the many hammocks. Our first group dinner will be followed with a brief orientation to the adventures ahead! Relax, you've made it! Accommodations: Eco-Lodge

Day 2: Jungle Rapids

Rain and water are the fuel for life in Costa Rica. Around each corner, waterfalls seep from the Earth and rivers carve their way through the jungle, shaping the valleys and coastal plains of Costa Rica. Today you will hop aboard a raft (or inflatable kayak for the adventurous bunch) and navigate down class III-IV white water rapids. Twist and turn along this remote stretch of river while gaining a true understanding of their importance to the local communities and also their raw power and ever-changing features. Along the way, stop for a lunch with a view and enjoy a refreshing dip beneath a nearby waterfall. Finish the day with a sunset meal at our eco-lodge overlooking the river and nearby banana plantations. Accommodations: Eco-lodge

Day 3: Waterfall Wonderland

Okay, so we don't typically say this far our favorite day of the trip! Today we embark on an adventure of a lifetime! After a short drive, we will arrive at a trailhead that will be the starting point for a 2-3 hour hike that will lead us to our own hidden oasis for the evening. With our overnight bag in hand, we will set out on this nearly vertical climb through the jungle, but not to worry, we have had everyone from the most fit athletes to the older, adventurous souls on this journey! Along the way, search for playful monkeys in the canopy and explore undiscovered taste buds when we stop to try exotic fruits and herbs at the high-altitude garden midway. The final stretch of the trail will guide us to a view that will have you questioning if you are in Costa Rica or the film set for the latest Indiana Jones or Hollywood adventure flick! Continue on behind a series of towering waterfalls and into the cave that we will be calling home for the night. The cave is outfitted with sleeping pads, a kitchen designed for royalty and fully functioning bathrooms. This evening we will watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean from atop a 120 ft waterfall...uh yeah, we know! Finish the evening dining by candlelight, enjoying a campfire overlooking the jungle and falling asleep to the soothing sounds of the waterfall steps away from our sleeping quarters. Accommodations: Cave "glamping"

Day 4: Highland Homestay

This morning we will take a short hike to a series of smaller waterfalls. Take the plunge from the top of a 30 ft waterfall or simply swim beneath the falls. On the way back, we will skip the trail and instead pull on a harness, rope up and step backwards to rappel off the 100 ft waterfall that we slept behind the night before. Before touching the ground, free hang for a few moments to take in the overwhelming beauty of the surrounding area and this seldem seen view. After lunch, we'll pack our belongings and begin the hike back to civilization. We will spend the remainder of the day at a farm perched in the paramo highlands learning the lifestyle of the local family on this farm and relaxing in this unique highland homestay. Reminisce on the adventures from the days gone by, tonight is our final night in Costa Rica. Accommodations: Eco-lodge homestay

Day 5: The End of the Journey

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end...or do they! Although we head home today, the unforgettable experiences and new friendships will forever be a part of your life! We will head back to the airport where we began. Along the way, we will stop for lunch and a few obligatory souvenirs for friends and family back home. Accommodations: Your own bed!

All inclusive convenience meets Beyond the Map adventure! We've thought of it all so you don't have to once you leave home!      

Local, private transportation. No random drivers, no cattle-herding tour buses!

Rustic & modern options available, depending on your style and budget. 
Breakfast, lunch  & dinner each day. Hangry-free guaranteed!

All activities outlined in the itinerary are included in your cost before you ever leave! 

From start to finish, we're with you! Unlike many companies, our expert guides are there 24/7 to provide unique information, answer questions and even deliver the occasional joke! 

Why Travel With Us
Support locals and small businesses 
Skip the tourist trails and get off-the beaten path
Have a small group? Customize the trip for your specific interests 

Anna Susol

Those experiences, friendships and memories are irreplaceable. The BTM and international guides are there not just for information, but are real people who care and become your friends.

Emily Lowry

Beyond the Map is one of the best travel experiences I have ever had, if not THE BEST EXPERIENCE I have ever had! I loved every minute of it. The local partners and BTM leaders made us feel safe, encouraged us to explore and step outside our comfort zones and facilitated a friendly environment for everyone to get to know each other. The coordination of the trip (food, travel, lodging, adventures) was flawless! I would recommend BTM for any trip you and your friends want to go on, or to any organization interested in planning a trip... especially if you are interested in "getting out there" and not just stopping at the common tourist spots everyone goes to. BTM plans a truly unique experience. I will forever remember and cherish my time in Costa Rica and the friendships I made while there. Thank you Beyond the Map, I'll definitely be back!!

Kylie WIlkinson

This Beyond the Map Costa Rica trip has been one for the books! It allowed me to learn so much about myself and getting out of my comfort zone. I got to experience everything with a wonderful group of students who ended up being a support system the whole trip as I was to them! Every moment of this trip has been imprinted in my mind and I wish I could still be there!

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