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Global Adventures

Costa Rica: Central

9 days, 6 races, countless adventures

COVID-19 Vaccine Required

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Live La Pura Vida!

This all-inclusive running adventure will show you the wild beauty of the Costa Rican jungle!

Every day we will take you on a trail run to explore the natural landscape. These races are designed to challenge you, with the reward of stunning views along the way (Don't worry, we often slow down to take it all in). At the end, you'll earn a medal to celebrate!

The runs are topped off with daily meals and afternoon activities to explore the best of this exciting country.


  • White water rafting
  • Jungle Ziplining
  • La Fortuna Waterfall

What's included

  • Hotel stays
  • Guided activities
  • Daily 7-12K races to see breathtaking sights
  • Expert tour guides & sports medic
  • Coordination of Covid testing in our host country
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 6 dinners (including beer and wine!)

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.

Your only tasks?

Choose a trip

Booking is easy with just a refundable $500  deposit!

Book your flight

Check the Nitty Gritty for arrival/departure details.

Get covered!

A COVID-19 vaccination is required and we recommend having travel insurance.

  • start your adventure

$3,850/ per person

only a $500 deposit due at sign-up!

Book with a refundable deposit

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This is an adventure of a lifetime, and probably like no other race you've experienced before. Each location is diverse and provides a new experience every day...and I made new friendships that will last a lifetime! I can't wait for my next Vacation Races Global Adventures trip!

Teresa Jackson, 2020 Global Adventurer

Costa Rica: Central Itinerary

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Adventure Overview

  • Day 1: Welcome
  • Day 2: Puerto Viejo
  • Day 3: Sarapiqui
  • Day 4: Laguna Hule
  • Day 5: Arenal Volcano
  • Day 6: Piedra de Fuego 
  • Day 7: Guacalillo Cliffs
  • Day 8: Free Beach Day
  • Day 9: Departure 

Day 1: Welcome to San Jose

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, plus it's your first chance to meet your fellow adventurers! Dinner and drinks are included the first night.

  • Welcome dinner & check-in
  • Hotel Irazu
  • San Jose, Costa Rica

Arrival Details

Check-in: Starts at 3pm

Airport: Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO)

** For smooth planning, please check the Nitty-Gritty section below for arrival and departure travel details! **

Day 2: Puerto Viejo

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 our jungle retreat stay with fruit and swimming before lunch.

In the evening you'll have a choice of local tours and then a delicious Costa Rican meal.

Race Details

Distance: 6.4K point-to-point

Elevation Gain: 350 FT

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Day 3: Sarapiqui & Whitewater Rafting

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. 

Race Details

Distance: 8.7K point-to-point

Elevation Gain: 600 FT

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Day 4: Laguna Hule 

This is a highlight of the trip! 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.

Race Details

Distance: 8K loop

Elevation Gain: 1,184 FT

Difficulty: Hard (we'll be huffing and puffing along with you!)

Day 5: Arenal & Jungle Zip-line

The run will take you through fields looking up at the impressive Arenal Volcano - an active landmark that gives this area stunning biodiversity. 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 or relax in the hot springs at our resort.

Race Details

Distance: 7.6K out-and-back

Elevation Gain: 511 FT

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Day 6: Piedra de Fuego & Crocodile Tour

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.

Lunch will be at the finish line and then it's off on a crocodile tour via boat to cool down and see some incredible wildlife. 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 & free time on your own.

Race Details

Distance: 9.6K loop

Elevation Gain: 1,148 FT

Difficulty: Hard

Day 7: Guacalillo Cliffs & Canoeing

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.)

Race Details

Distance: 8.5K point-to-point

Elevation Gain: 282 FT

Difficulty: Moderate

Day 8: Free Beach Day

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 event director will take you surfing (we’re not sure if this rumor is true, only the ocean knows for sure).

Dinner & free time on your own

For those leaving today, we'll have shuttles to San Jose Airport (SJO) throughout the day.

Day 9: Departure

All good things must come to an end - until the next adventure, that is! All will depart from our hotel to the airport via shuttle, bus, or a taxi to the airport. 

  • San Jose Airport (SJO)
  • Punta Leona, Costa Rica

*Although we try to stick to the schedule above, our itinerary is subject to change based on weather and logistics. We will always try to replace activities with a comparable alternative and will inform participants ahead of time.

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Scenes from the Adventure

Get a sneak peak at some of the scenic views and runner smiles from our recent trips!

The Nitty-gritty

Now that you're as excited as we are, let's get down to the gritty details of your adventure.


Trip Pricing

$3,850 (double occupancy room)
$4,650 (single occupancy room)



(refundable until 26 weeks before your trip)

Trips are refundable minus a fee until less than 12 weeks before your start date. For more info, check the full registration policy.


Arrival Tips: Hotel shuttles run all day, however check-in isn't until 4pm. Relax by the pool until our event opening dinner!

Departure Tips: We will return to San Jose by 12:00pm on Sunday. However, you may choose to depart any time starting Saturday at 10:00am. 

Airport Shuttles: Don't fret - we'll coordinate airport shuttles for arrival and departure days. Just send your flight details to our event director ahead of time via the registration portal.

Packing & Prep

Coverage: Every country may have different requirements for entry that are subject to change. Stay up to date to make sure you have everything you need to travel. You may also consider purchasing travel insurance for this epic trip!

And remember - for group safety, all adventurers must have their COVID-19 vaccination. 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!

Training: Adventurers of all 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. Our races are 7-12K (~4-8 miles) in length.