This 9 days itinerary includes 2 nights at Pacuare Lodge, magnificent luxury Ecolodge that can be reach by a rafting ride, with cultural and nature experiences. Then, visit la Fortuna, experience the hanging bridges over the rain forest, and enjoy natural hot thermal pools. Finish by 3 days at the beach in Tamarindo, in an intimate property located steps to the beach. Perfect for those looking for adventures and time at leisure and to experience local boutique hotels stays.
Destinations and highlights: Pacuare Lodge, part of the “Unique Lodges of the World” by National Gepgraphic; Arenal volcano, and Tamarindo beach in Guanacaste.
On your arrival at the International Airport in San Jose, our driver will be waiting for you for a private transfer to your Hotel Grano de Oro 4*, a converted tropical Mansion, considered a true oasis in the heart of the city… After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to relax at your hotel or visit the city on your own.
Overnight at Hotel Grano de Oro 4*, 1 Superior double room, breakfast and taxes included.
Early departure from your hotel in San José, traveling east towards the Caribbean and crossing the amazing Braulio Carrillo National Park. On route, stop for a hearty “Tico” traditional Costa Rican breakfast before arriving at the river. After safety instructions, the first day’s rapids are ready to welcome you to the fun of the Pacuare River, rated as one of the top rivers in the world! Before you know it you’ll arrive at the unique Pacuare Jungle Lodge, where the enormous trees and wildlife live in harmony next to the lodge. As the sun dips behind the hills and the twilight fades, you will be treated to a delicious freshly prepared dinner at the lodge.
Accommodation at Pacuare Lodge 4* for 2 nights, 1 River Suite room, breakfast, lunch, dinner and taxes included.
Since time immemorial, the Cabécar Indians – Costa Rica’s largest indigenous group – have lived in harmony with the rainforest in the mountains near the Pacuare River. These indigenous people traditionally live in small family groups scattered across the jungle. Their remote location has helped them to maintain their customs, language and culture. Today you will have the opportunity to experience their way of life in relative comfort and without invading their privacy. The Lodge helped members of a clan that lives in the nearby Nairi Awari Indigenous Reserve to build a typical Cabécar rancho (thatched house), where the son of a local shaman provides visitors with an introduction to his people’s culture and customs. There are two options for visiting the Cabécar rancho. You can start with a moderate, 30-minute hike through the rainforest, which allows you to see some of the flora and fauna that these indigenous people have long relied on. Or you can take a more direct route, which entails a short walk from the Lodge. Breakfast will be served at the rancho, where you will have the opportunity to learn about this ancient culture. This is an easy hike that takes between one and one-and-a-half hours.
Overnight at Pacuare Lodge 4*, 1 River Suite room, breakfast, lunch, dinner and taxes included.
After yet another serving of Costa Rica’s tastiest coffee and a hearty breakfast, you will pack up and load the rafts in preparation for paddling down the Pacuare gorge past gushing waterfalls, serene pools and pounding rapids. Your morning will be adrenaline-packed, running Class III rapids. You will then be picked up and transferred to La Fortuna, home to the iconic Arenal Volcano.
Arrival and check-in at Hotel Arenal Kioro 4* for two nights, double Suite, breakfast and taxes included.
This morning, you will be picked at your hotel and will be transferred to view points of the Arenal Volcano to enjoy a half day in the rainforest. Transportation, entrance fee, bilingual guide (English-Spanish) & taxes included. Shared tour!
Start your day off with a relaxing ride in an open-air gondola. The breathtaking view will get wider and more breathtaking as you get higher up onto the mountain. Your knowledgeable naturalist guide will educate you about Costa Rica’s nature and wildlife, while pointing out tropical birds and wildlife species. When you reach the observation platform at the top, you’ll realize that you really are in the middle of paradise!
Later, enjoy a walk in the famous hanging bridges. There are trails and bridges that bring you as close as you could ever hope to get to see the birds, flowers, and the lush vegetation of this primary rainforest. The trails are designed for all ability levels and cover a total of 2 miles. Once you are on them you will be able to admire the great diversity of flora and fauna typically found in the tropical rain forest and also have the opportunity to see may different bird and plant species. Transfer back to your hotel and afternoon at leisure in La Fortuna to enjoy the hot springs of your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Arenal Kioro 4*, double Suite, breakfast and taxes included.
Breakfast and private transfer to the beautiful Playa Tamarindo in Guanacaste. From a quiet fishing village, Tamarindo has turned to one of the most famous beach towns in Costa Rica. Surrounded by pristine Langosta beach in the southern part and Playa Grande in the northern part (divided by an estuary), the beach is now world famous for surfing, its bustling town offers plenty of restaurants, bars and discotheques, boutiques and other services. Activities to enjoy in the area, besides surfing, are sport fishing, sailing and snorkeling tours, swimming, diving, zip line, and visit national parks such as Palo Verde or Rincon de la Vieja. Transfer time ~2h30.
Arrival and check-in at hotel Cala Luna 4* in Playa Langosta for 3 nights – 1 Deluxe room. Meals: B
Day at leisure in Tamarindo. Many optional activities are available in the area.
Overnight at hotel Cala Luna 4* – 1 Deluxe room. Meals: B
Today we take you on tour in the wetlands of Palo Verde. On a well-equipped boat you will navigate in the waters of inthe Tempisque River and observe an incredible number of tropical birds. Also enjoy unique opportunities to observe wildlife such as crocodiles, green iguanas, coatis or the always expected white throated capuchin monkeys. To complete the experience, you will be delighted by an invigorating typical Costa Rican buffet lunch. Activity duration: ~6 hours.
Overnight at hotel Cala Luna 4* – 1 Deluxe room. Meals: B,
Today we will provide a private transfer to the International Airport in Liberia (LIR) to take your flight back home. Transfer time ~1h20.
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