Costa Rica: Central
9 days, 6 races, and countless adventures
MAP & ITINERARY
WHAT TO EXPECT
TRIP DATES & PRICES
Live La Pura Vida
Come as you are — solo, with a partner, or a friend. Our all-inclusive running adventures will let you touch, taste, and behold the natural wonder of Costa Rica.
Daily trail runs through sunny fields and down into the rainforest challenge your inner explorer to dig deep and use all the senses to take it in.
With no planning on your end, the morning trail runs roll into afternoons of high adventure and laid-back cultural excursions. Discover what we have in store for you in Costa Rica.
See Arenal Volcano
Zip-line through the jungle
Spot wildlife on your daily run
"This is an adventure...like no other race you've experienced before."
- 2020 Global Adventurer
Meet Your Host Country: Costa Rica
Known for its beaches, mountain ranges, volcanoes and varied wildlife, Costa Rica's rich biodiversity makes it a popular destination for eco-tourists.
We'll run to the coast as we visit the soaring Arenal Volcano, swim in the waters of La Fortuna waterfall, and soak up sun on Jaco Beach.
Costa Rican Colón
85° / 76° in
Jungles and Beaches!
Coffee, chocolate, and the Blue Morpho Butterfly
A commonly exclaimed phrase throughout the country, "Pura Vida" is the national motto of Costa Rica. Although it can mean many things, the phrase roughly translates to "pure life" or "good life". It can symbolize a relaxed outlook on life - no matter what the day brings!
Coffee and Chocolate
Every country has its export, but none so beloved as coffee and chocolate!
Costa Rica takes great pride in it's coffee plantations, which fuel people internationally through chains like Starbucks. We can't forget the chocolate, though. Locally made and always delicious; you can't visit without a taste.
Biodiversity At It's Finest
Costa Rica is a hotspot for biodiversity, boasting 11,000 kinds of trees and flowering plants and 200 species of reptile.
Sheltered under the rainforest canopies, we'll find brightly colored tree frogs, toucans, sloths, monkeys, and the famous Blue Morpho butterfly.
The Global Adventures Experience
The Best Dang Team On The Planet
Tireless travel directors, local guides, trail runners, photography gurus, and staff medics...we're all here to make your experience one for the ages.
Adventures Built for YOU.
Group travel can be daunting, so we're proud to offer community-first adventures with smaller group sizes and inclusive leadership.
Whether you're flying solo or bringing your BFFs, there's a place here for everyone.
All of The Fun, None of The Work
We've done the hard parts for you. Once you book your trip, our expert team handles all the details. From mapping out scenic runs to finding the comfiest beds and local grub.
Plus, we take care of that boring stuff like local transportation and even laundry.
All that's left is to book your flight and call in sick from work ;)
Costa Rica Itinerary
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Please note that this is a typical itinerary. Actual activities and stays are subject to change based on weather, logistics, and unforeseen opportunities. We will always search for comparable alternatives when a change is made.
What to Expect from Your Global Adventure
What to Expect From Us
After registration, you'll receive a welcome email with information to get ready for your Global Adventure! After this initial email, you can expect to hear from us regularly starting about 3 months before with further trip details, a packing list, and more.
Keep an eye on your mailbox - we'll also send you special trip swag ahead of your trip!
Your Pre-Trip Homework
boOK YOUR FLIGHT
Flights or other transportation to our host country are not included in the trip cost. You'll want to book these well in advance to get the best prices. For this trip, please fly into San Jose Airport (SJO).
A full COVID-19 vaccination and booster is required and we recommend having travel insurance to keep you protected while you're out enjoying each day. Companies like Safety Wing offer flexible coverage for your trip.
COMPLETE YOUR TRAVELER PROFILE
Once registered, you'll have a traveler profile with us. Leading up to the trip, we will ask you to complete this profile with information about your flights, dietary needs, etc. This information is private to our event directors and is used to coordinate nitty-gritty trip logistics.
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MORNING Run (~7:00 am)
Ok, we know you're on vacation, but starting the day early means we get to show you so much more. You didn't think we'd be sleeping on this trip...right?
On most trips, we'll have breakfast at the hotel before departing for a 7-12K trail run. Pack your day bag (included as trip swag!) with a fresh set of clothes and an activity for the journey.
After the race we'll regroup to shower (when available) and refuel with lunch.
AFTERNOON activity (~11:00 AM)
After our run, each day brings something new! We'll have lunch and then head out for a range of activities depending on your Global Adventure.
Active Adrenaline - These trips keep your heart racing with more active fun like rafting, zip-lining, and more.
Culture Kick - These trips focus on giving you a backstage pass to each country's culture. We'll tour historical sights, learn traditional skills, and taste the local fare.
Expect to have a few hours of free time each afternoon to explore the towns we visit and take in the grandeur of the landscape. Our goal is to have enough adventure to fill your days without feeling rushed from location to location.
Check out your Costa Rica Global Adventure itinerary for more details.
Evening wind down (6-8:00 PM)
It's time to wind down and enjoy the night! We'll have dinner together as a group at a local restaurant or at the hotel. Dinners typically include set menu options and wine or beer.
For two of the evenings you will be free to explore and find dinner on your own (not included in trip cost). Ask our local team for recommendations...or grab some food at the hotel, turn your phone on silent, and enjoy hotel amenities to re-coop from an active day. The night is yours!
We got you! Expect a team text before bed with details on tomorrow's race, weather conditions, and packing suggestions.
Our trail runs will take you into the countryside, where you'll feel like part of the iconic landscapes that drew us here. We'll have crew on course to mind you, markings to guide you, and finish line food to revive you.
You can take these runs at your own pace - or go for gold! At the end of the week everyone earns a Global Adventures finisher medal, plus special awards for our fastest racers.
run difficulty & training
A typical Global Adventures trip includes 6 trail runs ranging from 7-12K in length. Most of these runs will have a decent amount of elevation gain and temperatures can get hot. It is not uncommon for us to walk the uphill portions and run when the terrain is flat or downhill. If you want to train, we recommend working up to back-to-back trail runs with varied elevation gain.
We ask runners to maintain at least a 25-minute trail pace on these runs.
Costa Rica trail Runs
Exact trail runs may change based on permitting and weather!
Puerto Viejo (6.4K)
Elevation Gain: 350 ft.
Easy to moderate
Sarapiqui Countryside (8.7K)
Elevation Gain: 600 ft.
Easy to moderate
Laguna de Hule (8K)
Elevation Gain: 1,053 ft.
Arenal 1968 (7.6K)
Elevation Gain: 814 ft.
Piedra de Fuego (9.6K)
Elevation Gain: 1,148 ft.
Guacalillo Cliffs (8.5K)
Elevation Gain: 282 ft.
Included in all Global Adventures
Read the Registration Policies
Prepare for your trip: The Nitty -gritty
Now that you're as excited as we are, let's get down to the gritty details of your adventure.
$3,850 (double occupancy room)
$4,650 (single occupancy room)
$500 (refundable until 26 weeks before your trip)
Trips are refundable minus a fee until less than 12 weeks before the event. Please read the Registration Policy for more info.
Arrival (first day):
Packing & Prep
Coverage: You may want to consider travel insurance for such an epic adventure! Companies like Safety Wing offer flexible coverage for your trip.
COVID-19 Notice - for group safety, all adventurers must have their COVID-19 vaccination and . This will be required for check-in.
Packing List: These are fast-paced adventures. We'll send you a packing list before the trip to help you feel ready to tackle...well, just about anything!
Adventurers of various skill levels can enjoy our running adventures. If you want to train, we recommend working up to back-to-back trail runs with varied elevation gain.
Frequently Asked Questions
Registration & Trip Planning
This is an international running adventure. A valid passport is required for participation. Though every country is different, a good rule to follow is that your passport should not expire within 6 months of your planned travel.
We do not anticipate that you will need a visa. However, visa requirements vary by country and by nationality. If you are unsure, please reach out to us and we will help you determine whether you will need to apply for a visa at all, in advance, or on arrival.
We do not currently offer any discounts for Global Adventures trips.
We typically have 3-star lodging booked for you. Rooms will be comfortable, clean, and safe, but no frills; a place that you would feel ok relaxing in!
On some adventures, we have alternative lodging like glamping tents. Check your itinerary and the photo gallery for pictures and additional information.
From solo travelers to groups, teens to the silver-haired, seasoned thrill-seekers to those ready to step out of their comfort zone for the first time - these trips offer an experience for everyone. Our past adventurers come from all walks of life but all share a love of life and a willingness to challenge themselves.
Seriously. Don't be afraid to come alone. You are sure to leave with new friends, new confidence, and approximately 800 photos of moments that took your breath away!
Our days start between 6:30-7:00 am for breakfast before we head out run the trails. Expect to have a few hours of free time each afternoon to explore the towns we visit and take in the grandeur of the landscape. Our goal is to have enough adventure to fill your days without feeling rushed from location to location.
In addition, all Global Adventures will have 2 free evenings- you'll be able to walk around town and maybe stop by that cute pub you passed earlier in the day for dinner!
If you have a particularly specific or complex dietary requirement, please reach out to us. While we cannot guarantee full accommodations, we'll always try our best!
There are no age restrictions for these trips. As long as you are comfortable with the runs and activities, we'll be glad to have you whether you're 12 or 112 years old! Some of our Global Adventures trips do involve alcohol-oriented events like whiskey tastings, so please keep this in mind.
While much of these trips is spent in the great outdoors, there's still a level of risk with any travel. Here's what we can do to limit that risk:
First, all adventurers must be vaccinated to participate. We'll ask for proof at check-in, so make sure to pack a copy your vaccination certificate or have an image of it ready on your phone. Each country has their own requirements, so it's best to be prepared.
Second, we have a staff medic on each trip. Please let us know right away if you have any symptoms or just need a test for travel purposes. They will be able to help you locate and schedule Covid testing as needed. We will also have rapid tests and masks on hand.
Lastly, staying healthy is a group effort. We ask all our adventurers to respect each others boundaries and preferences. If you remain unsure of the risks, we encourage you to wait to take a Global Adventures trip until you feel confident joining us!
The Races & Activities
Global Adventures are meant to challenge you. That being said, we welcome runners of various levels and will support you towards the finish line.
Each day we’ll be running/hiking between 7-12K (approx. 3-6 miles). Most of these runs will have a decent amount of elevation gain. It is not uncommon for us to walk the uphill portions and run when the terrain is flat or downhill.
We plan for runners to maintain at least a 25-minute trail pace on these runs. If you believe this pace becomes too difficult for a runner, we may ask them to sit out a run or offer a shorter course for them.
This is your vacation- you should do what you want!
If you want to take a break for a day or two, then by all means do it. Our goal is to make sure you have the best possible experience on the trails, whatever that means for you.
There are no aid stations in these trail runs.
Most adventurers choose to wear a hydration backpack or carry a water bottle in hand (along with a few gels or other snacks as needed).
You are required to bring your own hydration system. Our team loves the hydration options developed by Nathan Sports. Give them a look!
If you are lucky, you’ll get to see some local wildlife (Moose, goats, whale, oh my!) We will be visiting wild places and encounters with animals are always a possibility. However, we will be on well traveled trails which tends to keep the animals away.
All Global Adventured trips partner with expert guides from the area to provide tips on staying safe on the trails. Mosquitos will vary greatly with the climate and even changes year-to-year. We recommend packing mosquito repellent.
If you want to bring a partner to the event that doesn’t want to participate in the runs, that’s totally fine. They'll still get to join in the daily activities and explore the destination - just not on the trails.
Just sign up for the event as a regular participant, but let us know in the registration notes that your partner is not running.
Each Global Adventure is different - expect a range of activities like historical tours, boat cruises, hands-on workshops, and more!
For activities specific to this trip, check out the itinerary. You'll also receive a detailed daily itinerary a few weeks before your arrival date.
Not passport ready? Join the email list.
We'll send you updates about registration opening, price jumps, and more to keep you on track!
Still got questions? Our team loves to talk to new adventurers! Schedule a chat with us.