Day 1 – Depart for Libera, Costa Rica
Transfer to your beach resort for 3 nights/4 days
Day 4 – transfer to your hotel at the Arenal Volcano – 2 nights/3 days
Day 6 – Set off for your Pacuare River adventure designed by Rios Tropicales:
Class III Rafting to the Rios Tropicales Lodge:
You will arrive at the adventure operations center for a hearty “Tico” traditional Costa Rican breakfast, and with time to change into clothing for rafting, and shop for any last minute needs in the outfitter’s store. You’ll then depart for the rafting put-in on the Pacuare River in San Martin.
There your professional river guides will load your gear into dry bags, prepare all the rafting equipment, give you complete safety and paddle instruction. The first day’s Class III rapids welcome you to the Pacuare gorge’s charm as you raft deep in the heart of primary rainforest. While your guides prepare a hearty picnic lunch on the riverbank, you’ll enjoy a walk through the jungle to an enchanting waterfall and pool to swim. Before you know it, you’ll arrive at the unique Rios Tropicales Lodge where you can spend the afternoon relaxing, hiking or soaking in our waterfalls and pools.
Nestled in the jungle on our 2,000-acre Private Reserve, the Lodge offers you all the comforts you need in “Cabecar Indian” style bungalows. The rooms are spacious and completely provided with fresh linens and comfortable pillows and beds. Don’t worry about bathrooms – the Lodge enjoys modern, clean bathrooms and hot water showers, thanks to our self-sufficient mini-hydro-plant that generates all our electricity. You’ll get the chance to settle into your rooms, then come on down to enjoy the surroundings. As the sun dips behind the hills and the twilight fades, you will be treated to a delicious freshly prepared dinner with candlelight and wine. Ahh, this is adventure vacationing at it’s best!
Day 7 – Layover day at Rios Tropicales Lodge:
Rainforest canopy tours, hikes, relaxing and more! Don’t worry about wake-up time. The beauty of the light through the forest, the sound of toucans and the smell of coffee will get you going.
This day is designed to enjoy the Lodge and its natural surroundings.
Today, enjoy a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of the rainforest canopy on the zip line.
Our four distinctive platforms blend in seamlessly with the natural surroundings, giving you an amazing perspective of life in the roof of the jungle. In addition to the canopy tour, you can choose from a variety of hikes – a 4-5 hour hike high into the Pacuare Reserve; a 2-3 hour hike to nearby waterfalls and pools, or short walks near the Lodge. The spacious property offers limitless places to get away from it all and just relax and enjoy nature. Just a short walk from the dining area, is a sheltered hammock area that makes for the perfect spot to catch up on your reading or simply relax and take in the stunning beauty of this amazing retreat. The noises of the hustle and bustle of city life will be a distant memory, replaced with the soothing sounds of the tropical rainforest that surrounds you.
Day 8 – (Last Day)- Whitewater Action!
Class IV Rafting on Lower Pacuare After yet another serving of Costa Rica’s tastiest coffee and a hearty breakfast, you’ll pack up and load the rafts in preparation for paddling down the Pacuare gorge past gushing waterfalls, serene pools and pounding rapids. A snack stop by the riverside lets you explore more waterfalls and natural waterslides. An adrenaline-packed afternoon running rapids like Upper and Lower Huacas, Cimarron, Dos Montanas and many more, will have you cheering ecstatically.
You will have transportation waiting for you at the take-out in the town of Siquirres, where you’ll have a hearty hot lunch waiting for you upon arrival. Showers, changing rooms, cold and hot drinks, snacks, a bar, and souvenirs are all available. On the return drive to San Jose you’ll enjoy remarkable views of Braulio Carrillo National Park and Irazu Volcano.
You’ll check into your hotel near the SJO Airport for one night before your return flight to the U.S.
Day 9 – Return to the U.S.