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7-Day Costa Rica Adventure With the Pacuare River

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Day 1 : Arrive San Jose

Visiting: San Jose, Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica! Arrive at the San Jose Airport. Meet & greet at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. Overnight at the simple but comfortable and centrally-located Hotel Presidente or similar.

  • Meals: None
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Presidente or similar

Day 2 : Pacuare River rafting

Visiting: Pacuare River

Early morning pick-up and overland transfer to the Turrialba area. Breakfast will be enjoyed en-route. Continue on to the Pacuare put-in and begin your rafting adventure! Enjoy white water rafting (Section I - Class II-III) until we reach the lodge (on the river). Overnight at Rios Tropicales Lodge in a Standard Room.

Rios Tropicales Lodge is located on the river and in the heart of the 1,500 acre Pacuare Reserve - a remote area which has become a unique eco-adventure playground. The lodge offers you all the comforts you need in "Cabecar Indian" style built by native indians. Spacious bungalows with comfortable beds and pillows - completely furnished with fresh linens- and private bathrooms that have hot water and electricity produced by a mini hydro-plant. Rios Tropicales Lodge was built as a sustainable eco-lodge - including the building materials, waste management system, recycling practices, and the clean, renewable energy that powers the entire facility. Your stay at Rios Tropicale Lodge includes a canopy tour with six platforms, jungle trails with creek crossings, waterfalls, natural slides, intimate pools, primary forest, and bird-watching. This lodge's unique natural setting will definitely invite you to relax and inspire you to explore.

** Note: Upgrades to the luxury Pacuare Lodge are possible, just let us know your interest and we can quote accordingly.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Rios Tropicales Lodge

Day 3 : Full day exploring the Pacuare River jungle and river

Visiting: Pacuare River

Today, enjoy a Canopy zip-line tour or be led by a guide on a shorter walk near the lodge to good swimming holes and jump-off spots. Relaxing in your hammock, surrounded by the jungle, is always a welcome treat too. Note: if you choose to have a free day today, with hammock and swim time, let us know and we can discuss adding Puretrek canyoning in Arenal instead on the afternoon of Day 5. That is the ultimate canyoning trip in Costa Rica. Tonight, overnight at Rios Tropicales Lodge in a Standard Room.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Rios Tropicales Lodge

Day 4 : Finish rafting and head to Arenal Volcano

Visiting: Pacuare & Arenal

Continue rafting the Pacuare, today enjoying the premier whitewater experience in Costa Rica (Section II - Class III-IV). Reaching the take-out after your thrilling river trip, enjoy a prepared lunch (included). After something to eat, you are met by your driver and transferred overland to Arenal Volcano (approximately 2-3 hours drive). Balance of the evening is free at leisure. Overnight at Hotel Arenal Manoa or similar attractive mid-range property.

*** Note: Hotel upgrades to Hotel Arenal Kioro Suite, Arenal Nayara, etc. are possible, just let us know your interest and we'll provide a custom quote on request.

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Arenal Manoa

Day 5 : Sky Trek zip line & afternoon at leisure

Visiting: Arenal Volcano

Today visit Arenal Reserve and do the SkyTram & Skytrek, arguably Costa Rica's best zipline experience. It's a thrilling experience and a "must-do" for any major outdoors enthusiast. Afternoon is free to enjoy as you wish. While relaxing by the hotel pool is always nice, optional guided hikes, nature walks, paddle boarding, kayaking, and the like are easy to arrange.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Arenal Manoa

Day 6 : Morning at leisure with afternoon hike & hot springs

Visiting: Arenal Volcano

Morning at leisure. One option is an early morning canyoning tour through Pure Trek - an ideal experience for travelers seeking more adventure.

This afternoon you will be transferred to the west side of Arenal Volcano, where you'll spend time exploring the Silencio Trail. Your expert bilingual naturalist guide will point-out wildlife and indigenous rainforest plants, informing you about their medicinal properties. Common sightings wildlife include monkeys, wild boars, two types of toucans, white-nosed coatis, Oropendulas, golden eyelash vipers, boa constrictors, and great curassows. Before dark, you will continue to the observation point, which offers a sweeping vista of the mountain. Relax, enjoy a drink and listen to the incredible sounds of the forest. Your guide will explain the history of this magnificent volcano as you listen to rainforest frogs, toucans, and insects and watch thousands of lightning bugs. End the day at Ecotermales Fortuna which consists of a series of hot-springs pools. There are five pools of thermal hot water between 37 and 42 degrees C. (98 - 107 F) plus one pool of cool water. The first pool has water that propitiates the natural massage and if you go behind it, the water steam turns it into a natural sauna. There is also a small waterfall and a natural Jacuzzi. This unique oasis is surrounded by lush gardens and forest. There are two bar areas, a restaurant, and dressing rooms with private lockers. You'll enjoy a hearty typical dinner and then be transferred back to your hotel. Overnight in Arenal. Note: we may substitute EcoTermales with world-famous Tabacon Hot Springs (with dinner) depending on availability.

  • Meals: BD
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Arenal Manoa

Day 7 : Depart Costa Rica or extend to the beach

Visiting: Departure

After breakfast you are met by your driver for a private transfer back to San Jose with a direct drop off at the airport in time for your flight home. Please plan a flight departure no earlier than roughly around 2 pm, otherwise you would want to consider an overnight in San Jose tonight, with a departure anytime the next day.

Alternatively, extend your stay with a transfer to any of the wonderful Pacific beach areas, such as Manuel Antonio, Samara, or Tamarindo. We can arrange any extension - let us know if you are interested.

  • Meals: B

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