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7-Day Costa Rica Adventure With the Pacuare River

7-Day Costa Rica Adventure With the Pacuare River

7 days

7-Day Costa Rica Adventure With the Pacuare River
from $1495 USD

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This fun and affordable trip features two of Costa Rica's top adventure and scenic highlights: the Pacuare River & Arenal Volcano.

The Pacuare River is widely regarded as one of the premier rafting experiences in Latin America. On the river, we explore the intimate nature of the rainforest from the unique perspective of a raft. The warm water, cascading waterfalls, and lush rainforest with its brilliantly colored plants, animals, and birds make the rafting a treat for your senses. Add in the exciting Class III-IV whitewater rapids and this tropical adventure will be packed with experiences that will last long after you've returned home. After your jungle river adventure, you'll move onwards to Costa Rica's most iconic adventure destination, Arenal Volcano. While no longer active, it remains a majestic sight and it's a hub for some of the world's best adrenaline outdoor pursuits.

This multi-sport itinerary is ideal for the active traveler who is in reasonably good physical condition. Although none of the activities require an intense effort or are extremely strenuous, it is important the you do not have any severe physical restrictions.

For families, bear in mind that the normal minimum age on this tour is 14-years of age (though 12 and 13 year-olds may be accepted depending on height and weight).


*** Some previous rafting experience is recommended.

*** Rates listed are valid throughout the year except over Christmas, New Year & Easter weeks (contact us for the higher priced holiday pricing).


Day 1: Arrive San Jose

Welcome to beautiful Costa Rica! Arrive at the San Jose International Airport anytime today. Meet & greet at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. Overnight at the modest yet comfortable and centrally-located Hotel Presidente or similar.

Meals included: n/a
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Presidente or similar

Day 2: Pacuare River rafting

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 included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Rios Tropicales Lodge

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

Today you will enjoy a Canopy zip-line tour and choose from a variety of great hikes - a 4-5 hour hike high into the Pacuare Reserve; a 2-3 hour hike to nearby waterfalls and pools; or shorter walks near the lodge. Overnight at Rios Tropicales Lodge in a Standard Room.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Rios Tropicales Lodge

Day 4: Finish rafting and head to Arenal Volcano

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, you are met by your private driver and transferred overland to Arenal. Overnight at Arenal's Lomas del Volcan or Arenal Manoa.

*** Note: upgrades to Arenal Nayara for example are possible. Just let us know your interest and we'll provide a quote on request.  We can book any hotel in Arenal if you have a preference - we'd be glad to give you ideas based on your needs and budget.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Luxury Accommodations: Arenal Manoa

Day 5: Sky Trek zip line & afternoon at leisure

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 free, optional guided hikes, nature walks, paddle boarding, kayaking, and the like are easy to arrange.

Meals included: Breakfast
Luxury Accommodations: Arenal Manoa

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

Morning at leisure. One option is an early morning canyoning tour through Pure Trek - an ideal experience for travelers seeking more adventure in their stay! 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'll 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° 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Luxury Accommodations: Arenal Manoa

Day 7: Depart Costa Rica or extend to the beach

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 around 2 pm otherwise you might want to consider an overnight in San Jose, 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, Tamarindo, Jaco or Herradura. We can arrange any extension, let us know if you are interested.

Meals included: Breakfast


7-Day Costa Rica Adventure With the Pacuare River
from $1495 USD
*** Contact Us for other itinerary and lodging options! ***

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Meet & greet service upon arrival
  • Local bilingual English-Spanish speaking guides during all excursions and tours
  • Sales Taxes & service charges for restaurant meals included on the trip
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • International Airport departure tax of $29 per person, payable in San Jose upon exit
  • Holiday season supplements (Christmas/New Years/Easter time frames)

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