Global Adventures: Costa Rica
Central Region

  • Location:  Central Region, CR
  • Dates: August 21-29, 2021
  • Terrain: Trails, Beaches, Some Mud
  • Difficulty:  Moderate

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Limited to 100 people. Deposit is 100% Risk-free.


What to expect on the trip?

Every day we will take you on a trail run through the varied terrain of Costa Rica. All runs will be around 5-10k in length and have some elevation gain. We use the term “trail run” loosely here, as lots of the time you will be hiking because it’s uphill, or because you just want to slow down and take in the scenery.

After our runs each day, we will eat lunch together, followed by either free time in the afternoon or another adventure such as whitewater rafting or a zip line tour. We’ll end the day with dinner and more relaxing.

Each trip will be limited to 100 adventurers

Trip Dates

August 21st-29th, 2021

Trip Meeting Time: Arrive at the San Jose Airport by 4:00 pm on Saturday. From the airport you can take either take the airport shuttle or a taxi to our accommodations for the first night.

Trip Departure Time: We will depart from Punta Leona on Sunday morning after breakfast. We will be in San Jose by noon. You can depart from the airport after 2pm on Sunday. If you make travel plans to depart on Saturday we can help provide transportation back to San Jose earlier.

What's included?

This is an all-inclusive adventure! That means that ALL the details of planning your trip are taken care of for you by Vacation Races including:

  • Hotels
  • transportation within Costa Rica
  • Park fees
  • Most meals
  • Fees for other activities included in the itinerary

Also, SWAG!

Vacation Races always treats you right, but Global Adventures takes it up a notch.

Apart from the awesome medal you'll get at the end of the week, you'll also get some great high quality gear and souvenirs that you'll cherish for years to come.

What's not included?

The main thing not included is your airfare to and from San Jose, Costa Rica. All of your meals will be covered except for two dinners and one lunch, where you’ll get to explore the culinary options of Costa Rica on your own. Apart from that, the only thing you would be expected to cover is any souvenirs or additional food or drink.


Day 1

Arrive in San Jose, CR

You’ll arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica by Saturday afternoon and either take a taxi or airport shuttle to our hotel for the first night.

We’ll check you in and get everyone oriented for what to expect throughout the week, as well as it's your first chance to meet your fellow adventurers! Dinner is included the first night.

Day 2

Sueno Azul Waterfall Run

Terrain: Trail
Distance: ~5k
Elevation gain: ~465 ft
Course Layout: Point-to-point

We’ll wake up early and head straight to our first run of the week, which is a great introduction to Costa Rica. We’ll get you right into the jungle trails and have you finishing at a beautiful waterfall where you can take a dip in several different pools.

We’ll eat a catered lunch at the waterfall before heading to our hotel to check in. In the evening you'll be treated to a cultural presentation in Pozo Azul where we will also enjoy a delicious Costa Rican meal.

Day 3

Sarapiqui Countryside Run & Rafting

Terrain: Trail
Distance: ~9.5k
Elevation gain: ~511 ft
Course Layout: Point-to-point

Today is a day of contrasts.

After breakfast, we’ll head to our run for the day which will take you through 3 distinct areas.

First we’ll run through the countryside houses around Chilamate, after which we’ll get more remote as we get off the beaten path running through fields greener than you can imagine.

The run then heads back into the rainforest canopy before finishing at the Sarapiqui River where we’ll relax and have a catered lunch. 

After lunch it’s river rafting time! Seeing the jungle from the water adds an entirely different element to your experience. For those who don’t want to go rafting, we’ll have some expert bird watching guides that can take you out to point out some of the local birds in the area.

We’ll end the day with dinner back at the restaurant at our hotel. 

Day 4

Laguna Hule Run & La Fortuna Waterfall Swim

Terrain: Trail
Distance: ~8k
Elevation Gain: ~1,184 ft
Course Layout: Figure 8 loop

While every day in Costa Rica is a chance to see incredible wildlife, today is possibly the best!

Our run will take you around dormant volcano craters that have filled up with water and are now lagoons. When we scouted this trail we saw so much wildlife- Howler Monkeys, White Faced Capuchins, Coatis, Toucans, etc.

After our run we’ll finish our drive for the day to the area of La Fortuna where we will eat lunch and then take you to the magnificent La Fortuna Waterfall, which is what all other jungle waterfalls aspire to be.

For Dinner, you are free to explore La Fortuna tonight with your new best friends from the trip.

We will be staying at our wonderful resort for 2 nights (don’t miss the butterfly garden).

Day 5

Arenal Volcano Run & Canopy Zip line

Terrain: Trail
Distance: ~7.2k
Elevation Gain: ~696 ft
Course Layout: Loop

Have you ever run on an active volcano before? Because today will be your chance to do it!

Our trail name today is called the 1968 trail, because that was the year that the Arenal Volcano roared to life and began erupting again (the last eruption was in 2010, so we should be ok on our run).

The run will take you through black lava fields which contrast spectacularly with the lime green vegetation. Keep an eye out for leaf cutter ants on the trail as you run and you’ll probably spot a long line of these little bodybuilders carrying leaves back to their nest, just like you’ve seen on National Geographic.

After our run and lunch in La Fortuna, you’ll have the option of doing a canopy zipline tour (with a 1 mile long section!), or just hang out in town or go to the hot springs near our hotel.

Dinner tonight is at a fabulous restaurant in La Fortuna.

Day 6

Madre Verde Run & Jaco Beach

Terrain: Trail
Distance: ~7.7k
Elevation Gain: 914 ft
Course Layout: Loop

Today we make our way from the inland rainforest to the arid Pacific coast and beaches. Our run will take you through most of the trail of the preserve, all singletrack inside the forest and then go out and finish running through coffee plantations with breathtaking views of the whole area. It can be a bit steep in some points, but worth the challenge and effort.

Lunch will be catered after the run after which we’ll finish our drive down to Punta Leona, the beach side resort where we will be for the next two nights (make sure to look up in the canopy of our resort for the Scarlet Macaws!).

Dinner will be on your own as you explore the laid-back beach town of Jaco.

Day 7

Guacalillo Cliffs Run & Playa Blanca (White Beach)

Terrain: Trail
Distance: ~8.5k
Elevation Gain: ~282 ft
Course Layout: Point-to-point

Our final run of the trip! We'll wake up early because our run will take you through very different terrain than you have seen so far on our trip. We will finish our run along two sets of cliffs overlooking the ocean as we take in everything that Costa Rica has offered us over the past week.

After the run, we’ll have some snacks before we head out to have some fun with our last activity, outrigger canoeing! This adventure includes lunch on a private island. 

We’ll head back to the hotel where you’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy the beach and ocean; go snorkeling in the turquoise water or just hang out on the beach and relax.

Tonight we'll have our closing ceremonies for the trip where we look back on the memories we’ve made with new and old friends alike. (Also, optional karaoke.) 

Day 8

Morning Beach Time 

We’ll spend a lazy morning at the end of our trip eating breakfast, lounging around the pool, and soaking in the warm sun on the beach. You can go exploring in Jaco and get some last minute Costa Rica snacks or ice cream at Pops. There is even a rumor that the race director will take you surfing. (We’re not sure if this rumor is true, only the ocean knows for sure).

We’ll spend a lazy morning at the end of our trip eating breakfast, lounging around the pool, and soaking in the warm sun on the beach before heading back to San Jose around mid-day. Once we arrive back in San Jose in the afternoon, we’ll check into our hotel and you’ll be free to go explore San Jose for dinner.

Day 9

Return to San Jose

All good things must come to an end, until the next adventure that is! We will depart from our hotel and head towards San Jose.

You're welcome to make an additional reservation at a hotel in San Jose, or make travel arrangements to depart this day.

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Registration is Open

34% full

Limited to 100 people. Deposit is 100% Risk-free.

Pricing and Deposit

$2,950 includes everything mentioned in the itinerary. Deposit of $500 is due at registration, after which the remaining $2,450 balance will be billed to you 6 months prior to the trip departure. Once the event is 6 months out, all remaining balance is due.

Based on Double Occupancy

This pricing is based on double occupancy of all hotel rooms. If you register with a partner, you will be able to stay with them. If you register as solo adventurer, we will pair you with someone else of the same gender in a hotel room.

Single Occupancy Pricing

If you prefer to have your hotel room to yourself, the cost will be $750 extra ($3,700 total) to cover the additional hotel expense.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

The deposit of $500 is refundable up to 6 months prior to the event. Within 6 months of the event, the deposit is non-refundable unless we are able to transfer your registration to another participant.

The remaining balance of $2,450 is due 6 months prior to the event. If you choose to cancel within 6 months of the event, there are 2 options available to you.

Option 1: Transfer your registration to another participant if you are able to find someone willing to take your place.
Option 2: Receive a refund. If you choose to receive a refund within 6 months of the event there will be a hotel fee of $750 applied, which covers the cost of the hotel where we must guarantee rooms. 

I’ve run two of their races and they were both great experiences. Well organized and breathtakingly beautiful settings.

Kyle W.
Vacation Racer


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