Global Adventures: Costa Rica
Guanacaste Region

  • Location: Guanacaste Region, CR
  • Dates: Sep. 4–12, 2021
  • Terrain: Trails, Beaches, Some Mud
  • Difficulty:  Moderate

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38% full

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'll eat lunch together, followed by either free time in the afternoon or another adventure (e.g., whitewater rafting, zip line tour, etc.). We’ll end the day with dinner and more relaxing.

Each trip is limited to 100 adventurers

Trip Dates

September 4th-12th, 2021

Trip Meeting Time: Arrive at the San Jose Airport by 4:00 pm on Saturday September 4th. 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’ll provide transportation back to the Liberia airport on Sunday. You can depart from the airport after 2pm. If you need to depart on Saturday we can help provide transportation 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 Costa Rica. All of your meals will be covered except 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're expected to cover is any souvenirs or additional food or drink.


Day 1

Arrive in Costa Rica

You’ll arrive in the historic city of Liberia, Costa Rica and take a shuttle to the hotel.

We’ll have dinner, orientation, and registration that first night, and you’ll get to meet your fellow travelers.

Day 2

Liberia to Monteverde

Terrain: Trail
Distance: 9.6k
Elevation gain: 790 ft
Course Layout: Loop

On our way from the flat open lowlands of Liberia to the forested highlands of Monteverde, we’ll stop at Rio Perdido (lost river) for our run. 

This is a small protected area with very cool running and biking trails. The trails pass through both open land and forest. 

After lunch, we’ll continue our drive to Monteverde. This drive is a newly paved road which will make the drive easy going! It’s very scenic, as it follows the contour of the mountain and provides gorgeous views of the Pacific ocean. Steep in some areas, we’re climbing 4,000 ft.

Once we arrive, we’ll get checked in to the hotel and enjoy dinner together.

Day 3


Terrain: Trail
Distance: 10k
Elevation gain: 2,241 ft
Course Layout: Figure eight loop

Zip lining in Costa Rica

This morning we’re going on a challenging run in the hills of Monteverde. Expect steep but stunning mountains.

The birthplace of canopy tours, we can’t leave Monteverde without zip lining through the cloud forest. You’ll get a rare glimpse of a delicate and rare ecosystem as you glide above the canopy of the Cloud Forest. 

That evening we’ll have a delicious dinner at the hotel. 

Day 4

Monteverde to Rincon de la Vieja

Terrain: Trail
Distance: 7.7k
Elevation Gain: 668 ft
Course Layout: Point-to-point

After breakfast, we’ll drive back through Liberia to Rincon de la Vieja National Park, where we run!

This national park is a humid forest containing three different microclimates. You’ll see an active volcano, thermals, boiling mud pits, and hot springs. Expect some stream crossing.

After our run, it's a short drive to our hotel offers great views of the volcano. 

Day 5

Rincon de la Vieja

Terrain: Trail
Distance: 11k
Elevation Gain: 928 ft
Course Layout: Loop

This morning we’ll run along the trails of the Hacienda Guachipelin

Originally a cattle ranch dating back over 100 years, the government tasked the family owners to create a park and geothermal energy plant. Today it’s an excellent example of sustainable development. There are really lovely trails in the area. There are two rivers that cut through the park, so no matter where you run you’ll see multiple waterfalls.

The trail finishes back at the hotel where we’ll have a quick lunch before we tube down the Colorado river. We’ll finish the day with a relaxing soak at the local hot springs.

Day 6


Terrain: Trail
Distance: 9.8k
Elevation Gain: 561 ft
Course Layout: Point-to-point

Today we’ll depart the hotel and head west to the beach. We’ll stop along the way for a refreshing morning run that will finish at the hotel near the beach.

In the afternoon we'll go on a sea kayaking adventure and relax on the beach. 

Day 7


Terrain: Trail
Distance: 8k
Elevation Gain: 814 ft
Course Layout: Loop

Today is our last run. We'll go to Las Catalinas, for some of the most epic jungle-beach trails you will ever run. These famous and well-maintained trails host a lot of triathlons and Xterra events.

You’ll have the afternoon off to explore the area, and that night we’ll have a celebratory dinner together.

Day 8

Shuttle to Liberia

All good things must come to an end. Today we’ll provide transportation back to the airport.

Looking forward to my adventure

Looking forward to my adventure with you guys next year 😁🎉

Helayne Heidenreich Lehman


Registration is Open

38% full

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

Pricing and Deposit

Your registration fee includes everything mentioned in the itinerary.

Aug 21–Nov 1 - $3250 /person  (double occupancy)
Nov 2–Mar 4 - $3350 /person  (double occupancy)
Mar 5–Sep 4 - $3650 /person  (double occupancy)

A risk-free deposit of $500 is due at registration.

The remaining 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 $4000 /person to cover the additional hotel expense.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

A 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 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. 

Already have my 2019 and 2020 races picked out! :-)

Rachelle Y.
Vacation Racer


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