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Costa Rica: Gay Eco-Adventure

Hike, sail, and zipline on our gay Costa Rica adventure in Central America.

On this gay Costa Rica adventure you’ll discover the meaning of the country’s official tag line, ‘pura vida’ (the pure/simple life). The tour kicks off in burgeoning San José before swerving into the humid rainforest. It’s here we’ll hike around active volcanos and zipline across tropical canyons. On guided tours, naturalists will point out the country’s unique flora as well as all things fanged, feathered, or furry. We’ll visit organic farms, learn to make authentic ceviche and empanadas, and meditate during (optional) rainforest yoga sessions. The tour comes to an end on the Pacific Coast where we’ll board a catamaran to take us on a full-day cruise and snorkeling tour. 


Quick Facts


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hike through lava fields and rainforests in Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Zipline above “dwarf forests” in Rio Perdido’s unique nature sanctuary, home to capuchin & spider monkeys, armadillos, toucans, parrots, and so much more
  • Sail and snorkel Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, watching for turtles, rays, dolphins, sharks and schools of fish
  • Experience San José at leisure before indulging in our welcome dinner
  • Visit an organic farm and learn how Costa Rica is putting sustainability front and center 
  • Enjoy rainforest yoga classes
  • Use the tour’s ample downtime to hike through tropical jungles, learn to surf, relax on the beach, or enjoy a massage

DATES AND PRICES

2025
April 5-12, 2025 (From $6,395 USD)
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  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $6,395.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement: $1,930.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: $750 Deposit - Balance Due 60 Days Before Departure
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Alf Barba
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ITINERARY

Day 1 San José

Hola! Welcome to San José. With over half the country’s population living within its parameters, San José is a bustling city with lively markets, intriguing museums, and a dynamic atmosphere. Feel free to visit the capital’s many sites like the National Theater, National Museum, and Gold Museum until our Welcome Meeting at 6:00pm. After everyone has gotten acquainted, we’ll head to a nearby restaurant for our official Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 Arenal Volcano

After an early breakfast we’ll take a private transfer towards La Fortuna—a small town situated just minutes from Costa Rica’s famed Arenal Volcano. The region has become synonymous with panoramic views, a 70-metre-high waterfall, lush rainforest, rare plants, monkeys, water-based activities on the lake, and well-kept thermal springs heated by the volcano. Upon arrival, we’ll visit an organic farm to learn about sustainable production techniques in harmony with nature. After touring the gardens and feeding the various livestock, we’ll enjoy a traditional lunch cooked over a fire. We’ll even have Costa Rican-style filtered coffee. This afternoon is yours to enjoy our jungle retreat’s many amenities, not least of which including a natural hot spring. This evening enjoy an optional dinner, or break away for some rest and relaxation.

Day 3 Arenal Volcano

If you’re feeling ambitious, wake early for jungle yoga. Otherwise, our day will begin with breakfast before we set off to explore the region’s natural landscape on a guided hiking tour of the 1968 Trail, formed by lava during the Arenal Volcano eruption in, you guessed it, 1968. We’ll pass Los Patos Lagoon, enjoy panoramic views of the volcano and lake, and pass through misty cloud forests. All the while, our guide will point out endemic flora, unique fauna, and the area’s rich birdlife including several species of hummingbird. This afternoon you’ll have some free time to fit in a few optional activities in this adrenaline-soaked adventure town, or enjoy the amenities at our hotel. This evening we’ll gather for an included dinner at our hotel.

Day 4 Bagaces

This morning we bid adios to the volcano and head to Bagaces for adventure and wellness. Upon arrival at our sustainable (and all inclusive) forest bungalows, we’ll drop our bags before enjoying a Costa Rican zip-lining experience. This 15-platform course will see us gliding across the Rio Blanco canyon while enjoying a bird’s-eye view of the dwarf forest below. After the experience, you’re welcome to enjoy the hotel’s numerous thermal pools, swim-up bar, or yoga classes. There are also plenty of trails to hike or bike, and you can join the group for an included lunch and dinner.

Day 5 Bagaces

After breakfast, we’ll enjoy a gorgeous, guided hike along the Medicinal Spring Trail. This hike is 2.5km/1.55mi out and back. It’s relatively flat and takes us beyond the Yurro Waterfall, through the Miravalle dry forest, and then to a denser and taller forest where the spring and streams are located. Locals in the region believe the water here has healing properties and tastes a bit like Alka-Seltzer—primarily due to high concentrations of diluted magnesium. The rest of the day is yours to continue enjoying this tropical oasis and optional activities such as white water tubing, mountain biking or yoga. After working up your appetite join the group for the included lunch and dinner.

Day 6 Tamarindo

Our day begins after breakfast with a scenic, 2-hour drive to Tamarindo Beach, a unique corner of Costa Rica known for spectacular sunsets and a vibrant surf town. In the early afternoon, we’ll sail Playa Tamarindo on a catamaran. We’ll silently glide along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast while passing some of Guanacaste’s exotic bays, white-sand beaches, and tropical jungles. Keep your eyes peeled for pods of dolphins, sea turtles, flying fish, or even breaching whales. Mid-tour we’ll stop in a tranquil bay, drop anchor, and splash around the deep blue Pacific. Feel free to snorkel the surrounding coral here or enjoy the deserted beach while our crew prepares a BBQ meal. Then, enjoy a tropical sunset cocktail as we sail back to Tamarindo.

Day 7 Tamarindo

Today is completely free, allowing you ample opportunity to explore the Pacific coast. Your Local Guide & Host will offer a plethora of activities to participate in as a group, or on your own. Try surfing, kayak a nearby river, or just embrace ‘pura vida’ on the pristine beaches. Tonight we’ll reconvene for our official Farewell Dinner.

Day 8 Departure

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at your leisure. Your trip includes a complimentary departure transfer which will be confirmed by your group leader.


GUIDES AND HOSTS

Alf
HOST

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • 1 Local Guide and 1 Out Adventures Host from beginning to end of tour
  • Arrival & departure transfers to/from Out Adventures’ joining/finishing point hotel
  • Breakfast daily, 3 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • Guided nature hikes in Arenal Volcano and Bagaces
  • Catamaran sailing tour in Tamarindo
  • All activities (& required equipment) and entry fees and mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transportation as part of the organized itinerary in private air-conditioned vehicles with bottled water
  • Gratuities for city/activity guides, drivers, and included meals
  • A $50 USD Rainbow Railroad donation to help resettle LGBTQ+ refugees. Read more here.

WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED?

  • International airfare
  • Optional activities, meals, and drinks (including alcohol and water at included meals) not outlined in itinerary 
  • Gratuities for your Host & Group Leader ($80 – $120 USD)
  • Entry visa & Covid-19 testing fees
  • Travel insurance (medical & repatriation coverage is mandatory for all travellers. Click here for more details and a quote). Note, any insurance policy you purchase should include coverage for zip-lining. Some policies, such as those offered by Travelex may require an adventure upgrade.
  • COVID-19 rapid tests, or any expenses related to a guest contracting COVID-19. Click here for more details.

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EXAMPLES OF ACCOMMODATIONS

San José
Gran Hotel Costa Rica Curio
Exterior
San José
Gran Hotel Costa Rica Curio
Lobby
San José
Gran Hotel Costa Rica Curio
Standard King Room
San José
Gran Hotel Costa Rica Curio
Standard Double Room
Arenal
Arenal Springs Resort
Aerial view
Arenal
Arenal Springs Resort
Hot springs and pool
Arenal
Arenal Springs Resort
Gym
Arenal
Arenal Springs Resort
Junior Suite
Arenal
Arenal Springs Resort
Bathroom
Bagaces
Rio Perdido
Exterior
Bagaces
Rio Perdido
Dining
Bagaces
Rio Perdido
East Bungalow
Bagaces
Rio Perdido
East Bungalow
Tamarindo
Tamarindo Diria
Pool
Tamarindo
Tamarindo Diria
Dining
Tamarindo
Tamarindo Diria
Ocean View Room
Tamarindo
Tamarindo Diria
Ocean View Room



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Christopher R

Everything was excellent and ran smoothly
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The experience, the accommodations, the people, and the food – Everything was excellent and ran smoothly

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Doug M

Some of the most vivid sensual experiences of my life
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Some of the most vivid sensual experiences of my life. Soaking near waterfalls in absolute peace at the Rio Perdido River, a catamaran excursion in Tamarindo that brought tears to my eyes, the guides for organic farming, plant life in Rio Perdido, and facing mortality on the zipline and being saved by open-hearted young Costa Rican men!

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Steve S

It was exceptional!
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Fantastic accommodations, excellent guide and host, phenomenal group of men, enchanting destination. This was my 8th trip with Out Adventures, and once again, it was exceptional!

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4-Star+ Hotels: Very comfortable and well-decorated rooms along with quality amenities such as a stylish restaurant and/or bar, a fitness centre. Customer service is very good, and there is usually a concierge.

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