10 DAYS – PACUARE, ARENAL & PUERTO JIMENEZ

South America > Costa Rica

Founded in 1737, San Jose today is a sprawling metropolis.

 

Costa Rica’s capital and the largest city in the country, San Jose is considered to be among the most cosmopolitan cities in Latin America.

Here, you can find not only good accommodations and hotels, but many wonderful museums, bars, restaurants, shopping centers, colorful markets and night life. A bustling city nestled inside a tropical paradise, San Jose sits in the center of the country in the Central Valley and is surrounded by gorgeous untouched cloud forests. Serving as a hub to the rest of the country, San Jose is the prefect place to use as a base for your Costa Rica adventure.

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Day 1: SAN JOSE

Upon arrival to Juan Santa Maria International Airport, you are met and transferred to your well appointed hotel in San Jose.

Overnight at Grano de Oro ~ Deluxe Room (bed & breakfast)

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Day 2: PACUARE

Early morning pickup in your hotel lobby by a Pacuare Lodge representative. Your journey lasts approximately 2.5 hours to the Pacuare River launch site, including a typical Costa Rican breakfast en route. Once you get to the river, you meet your guide and everything gets packed up into dry bags. This is one of the most thrilling ways to get to a lodge, 1-2 hours of river rafting on class II-III rapids. Arrival at Pacuare Lodge is in time for lunch. You enjoy your afternoon as you wish.

Overnight at Pacuare Lodge ~ Linda Vista Suite (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 3: PACUARE

You spend 1 full day enjoying this fascinating area.

Overnight at Pacuare Lodge ~ Linda Vista Suite (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 4: PACUARE - ARENAL

After an invigorating breakfast, you gear up and get ready for the rapids at Pacuare River, one of the most pristine rivers in the world which is the scenery of class III – IV rapids that can be run year round, the surroundings on the river bank offer magnificent views and lots of adventure. Once you reach the take out point, you enjoy lunch and meet your private transfer to continue your journey to the Arenal Volcano Area, 3 hours away. You arrive late afternoon to your hotel.

Overnight at Nayara Springs ~ Spring Villa (Breakfast, Lunch)

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Day 5: ARENAL - VOLCANO HIKE & TABACON HOT SPRINGS

The Arenal Volcano has been active since 1968; it constantly ejects gases, water, fumaroles and explosions with Pyroclastic material emissions, and sometimes the eruptions are accompanied with powerful thunders. The ash is carried by the wind over long distances especially to the northwest area of the volcano. A short afternoon hike in one of the trails close to the volcano area will give us the chance to enjoy some forest and the activity around it. You then make your way to the hot springs where you can enjoy a healthy and relaxing soak; it is also possible to see the Arenal Volcano erupting from the comfortable spa. After your time at the hot springs enjoy dinner and then return to your hotel.

Overnight at Nayara Springs ~ Spring Villa (Breakfast, Dinner)

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Day 6: ARENAL - ZIP LINING

Placed in a unique transition area between the rain forest and the Monteverde Cloud Forest you will find the Arenal Reserve. Experience the most spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano & Lake from the Sky Tram and Sky Trek (Zip lines). Sky Tram is a 15 minute aerial tram tour through the rain forest to the “Miguel Angel” observatory, where you will have spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano & Lake and the Tilarán mountain range. Sky Trek is a 3,280 foot long zip line system that gives you the opportunity to enjoy the rain forest and its beautiful views in a fun, easy and safe ride.

Overnight at Nayara Springs ~ Spring Villa (Breakfast)

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Day 7: ARENAL - PUERTO JIMENEZ

Today you re transferred to La Fortuna airport to catch a domestic flight to San Jose where you connect with your domestic flight to Puerto Jimenez airport in the Osa Peninsula, just 1 hour away. You take a 45 minute transfer to Lapa Rios, with stunning views of where Golfo Dulce and the Pacific Ocean meet. You enjoy the afternoon as you wish at this marvelous luxury ecolodge.

Overnight at Lapa Rios ~ Bungalow (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 8: PUERTO JIMENEZ

You enjoy 2 full days with plenty of activities and tours available.

On-site: yoga, early birds walk, wild waterfalls hike, local medicine tour, marine beach walk, rainforest ridge walk, the Osa trail, Matapalo beaches & forest, sunset birds walk, night walks, plant a tree reforestation, twigs, pigs and garbage (interpreting sustainable practices).

Off-site (may incur additional cost): Golfo Dulce dolphin tour, surf lessons, sea & mangrove kayaking, horseback riding, waterfall rappelling, canopy zip line, Corcovado National Park by land or plane.

Overnight at Lapa Rios ~ Bungalow (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 9: PUERTO JIMENEZ

You enjoy 2 full days with plenty of activities and tours available.

On-site: yoga, early birds walk, wild waterfalls hike, local medicine tour, marine beach walk, rainforest ridge walk, the Osa trail, Matapalo beaches & forest, sunset birds walk, night walks, plant a tree reforestation, twigs, pigs and garbage (interpreting sustainable practices).

Off-site (may incur additional cost): Golfo Dulce dolphin tour, surf lessons, sea & mangrove kayaking, horseback riding, waterfall rappelling, canopy zip line, Corcovado National Park by land or plane.

Overnight at Lapa Rios ~ Bungalow (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 10: SAN JOSE

Transfer and domestic flight back to San Jose for departures.

(Breakfast)

Accommodations

PACUARE

Activities at Pacuare Lodge:

  • Pacuare Canopy Adventure
  • Canyoning El Tesorito Creek
  • Cabecar Indigenous Hike
  • Ancient Trail & Hidden Waterfall Hike
  • Bajo del Tigre & Nairi Awari Reserve Hike
  • Rural Experience
  • Kayaking down the river
  • ”The Nest” canopy private lunch or dinner
    (Additional Cost)
  • Massages at the Spa
    (Additional Cost)

SPRING VILLA

PUERTO JIMÉNEZ

Puerto Jiménez might be the best town from which to access Corcovado National Park. Located on the eastern coast of the Osa Peninsula, on the Dulce Gulf, this small town has plenty of hotels and activities to offer as well as being favorably located. Puerto Jiménez has its own airport conveniently located in the middle of lush green vegetation to the north of town. A short drive south from Puerto Jiménez along the pictorial coastal route, lays a great isolated haven called Cape Matapalo (Cabo Matapalo). This unexplored village has great waves for surfing and the ubiquitous feeling of seclusion, common to the Osa. Matapalo´s pristine beaches on the southern tip of the peninsula give it charming appeal and easy access to Corcovado National Park.

PACUARE RIVER

In the Caribbean region of Costa Rica there is a protected zone of incomparable beauty that begins near the town of Siquirres and covers approximately 25,000 acres as it descends down the Talamanca Mountain Range. Located within this zone, the Pacuare River forms the northern border of Central America’s most important network of national parks and reserves and offers some of the finest white water in Latin America. Officially designated a “Wild and Scenic River,” the water flows deep inside remarkable primordial rainforest, coursing through a wilderness of dense vegetation that covers the sides of steep gorges rising above the riverbanks. The rainforest’s thick undergrowth provides shelter to jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, sloths, and numerous other species of mammals and birds.

ARENAL

Optional Activities in Arenal:

  • biking
  • white water rafting
  • horseback riding
  • kayaking
  • wildlife / safari boat cruise
  • cave hikes
  • canyoning
  • community visits to Indian Reserve
  • Meals per itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverage during meals
  • Tipping
  • Personal expenses (like laundry and internet connection at hotels)

Pricing starts at:

$6,675

Pricing
FOR 2 PEOPLE

$6,900

 

Pricing
FOR 4 PEOPLE

$6,675

 

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