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About the Challenge

The perfect cone of the Arenal Volcano is one of the must-see sights of Costa Rica. Thought extinct until 1968, it was until recently the most active volcano in Costa Rica. It has been less active since 2010, but it is still fairly common to see glowing lava trails on its slopes at night. We base ourselves in the small town of La Fortuna, dominated by the volcano, and take advantage of the many activities in the area.

After a hike on the crater’s slopes, you can choose how to fill your time – and there are plenty of options! From horse-riding and kayaking to wildlife-spotting boat trips and relaxing hot springs, there is plenty for everyone to do here.

We then move on to Monteverde, the country’s most famous cloudforest reserve and one of the best places to get up close to the treetop canopy – here again you are free to choose your own activities. 


Min 4 pax to run - £75 supplement for 2-3 pax


  • (main group departs San Jose)

    We transfer to La Fortuna and, after checking into our hotel, head out for a hike on the slopes of Volcan Arenal. It’s a relatively easy walk, providing us with a great orientation to the area, which is so dominated by the volcano. There’s a good chance of seeing wildlife such as monkeys and toucans, and it’s a fascinating start to our adventure. We’re then free to relax or explore the small town. Night hotel.

    Breakfast provided. Provide own Lunch and Dinner. Hotel accommodation.

  • After breakfast you are free to choose from the many activities available in the area. You can opt for horse-riding, mountain biking, kayaking on Lake Arenal, or spend your time doing something more relaxing, such as a visit to the natural hot springs. There’s also a full-day trip to a wildlife refuge near the Nicaraguan border, where a boat takes you through wetland and lush rainforest in search of monkeys, tropical birds, caimans, sloths and other wildlife. You will have the opportunity during your main trip to look through the options and pre-book if required; all activities are to be paid for locally. Night hotel.

    Breakfast provided. Provide own Lunch and Dinner. Hotel accommodation.

  • One of the most well-known cloudforest reserves in Costa Rica, Monteverde is one of the best places to view the forest canopy – a completely different view to experiencing it from the forest floor! After arrival we have the afternoon to take part in an activity of our choice. Monteverde pioneered the forest canopy experiences found throughout Costa Rica, and there are plenty of options from adventurous zip-wires and Tarzan swings to sky tram gondolas and fixed hanging bridges. Other activities include horse-riding, a twilight wildlife-spotting hike, butterfly gardens and plenty more!

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided. Lodge accommodation

  • Our morning is free to spend in the activity of your choice; we then meet for the drive back to San Jose. Night hotel.

    Breakfast provided. Provide own lunch and dinner. Hotel accommodation.

  • Transfer to the airport in time for our international flight, arriving back next day.


    Important Information

    Extension requires a minimum of 4 people to operate. To operate this for 2 or 3 people a supplement of £75 pp will be payable.


    Price includes:

    Transportation between destinations and airport transfer

    Comfortable, well-located 3-4* hotel / lodge accommodation on twinshare B&B basis

    Meals as indicated in itinerary

    Hike on Arenal Volcano with local guide(s) and park fees


    It does not include meals as specified, tips for guides at your discretion, personal spending or any excursions, activities or services not mentioned above.


    NB: It is advisable to book early to guarantee availability and avoid any disappointment.

Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    This challenge requires a minimum of participants

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

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Detailed Information

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too - and we want you to have the time of your life!

    Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience, fitness and ability as well as all ages and backgrounds. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. If you have concerns about your fitness or if you have reduced mobility please do contact us for a confidential chat about whether this challenge is appropriate for you.

    For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners may find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

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