Costa Rica Explorer

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  • Duration: 9 days
  • Price: from $2,120 per Person

This amazing tour package combines three natural highlights of Costa Rica: the Pacuare River, the Arenal Volcano and the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio. Your eco-adventure begins with a river rafting trip down Costa Rica´s wildest and most scenic river. Get a different perspective of the rainforest as you literally fly through the canopy on a thrilling canopy adventure zip line tour! Your certified naturalist guide will lead you as you venture into the highlands, to Arenal Volcano, whose steep conical slopes rise majestically out of the vast surrounding rainforest. Conclude your ecotourism experience in wildlife rich Manuel Antonio and unwind on a beautiful tropical beach.

Day 1

Day 1: WELCOME TO COSTA RICA!

Upon your arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica and after clearing customs and immigration, exit the airport terminal to your right where you will meet your tour representative who will be holding a sign with your name on it. You will then be taken by private transport to your hotel in San Jose.

Hotel: Park Inn San Jose or similar

Day 2

DAY 2: PACUARE RIVER RAFTING CLASS IV (B,L,D)

Early morning pick-up at your hotel in San José for a journey into the Caribbean lowlands. There will be a stop for breakfast en route at a typical Costa Rican restaurant. After an orientation and safety talk by the bilingual river guide, you will raft the exhilarating Pacuare River, one of the planet´s top white water rivers. Raft through this pristine rainforest environment, with heart pumping class III and IV rapids, and scenic canyons with crystal clear waterfalls. Arrive mid-afternoon at the riverside Pacuare Lodge with time to relax and enjoy a rainforest hike or swim in the refreshing falls.

Hotel: Pacuare Lodge or Pacuare River Camp

Day 3

DAY 3: PACUARE LODGE (B,L,D)

Get a different perspective of the rainforest as you literally fly through the tree top canopy. You will face the exotic beauty of the rainforest head on, feeling the adrenaline of dramatic views, rappelling down towering trees and zipping along cables from tree to tree as you descend the jungle toward the lodge for a final thrilling rappel that leaves you just steps away from the main lodge! Safely anchored with a safety harness, you may experience unique sensations that no other tour of this type offers.

Hotel: Pacuare Lodge or Pacuare River Camp

Day 4

Day 4: PACUARE RIVER RAFTING AND TRANSFER TO ARENAL (B,L)

After a delicious buffet breakfast, prepare to paddle down the Pacuare gorge for approximately 3.5 hours. The second section of the river is truly the most spectacular. At the take out you can change clothes and have lunch. Your local driver will meet you for a 4 hour transfer to Arenal Volcano.

Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge and Spa or Arenal Nayara

Day 5

Day 5: OBSERVATORY LODGE TRAILS AND HANGING BRIDGES – HOT SPRINGS (B)

Arenal Observatory Lodge is the only lodge nestled within the tropical rainforest of the national park. In the morning, with your private guide and driver you will explore the trails in search of wildlife. This region hosts an amazing 400 bird species, including a huge diversity of hummingbirds.  There are also opportunities to encounter spider monkeys, howler monkeys, coati and peccaries.

After lunch, you will visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a complex of suspension bridges and trails through beautiful rainforests, with views of the volcano.

Then relax and enjoy the hot springs at Ecotermales. The family-run hot springs feature four volcanically heated pools ranging from 91 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge and Spa or Arenal Nayara

Day 6

Day 6: TRANSFER ARENAL – MANUEL ANTONIO (B)

Today your driver will take you from Arenal to the beaches of Manuel Antonio. Manuel Antonio is a community of beach homes, hotels and restaurants, surrounded by lush rainforests on a mountain top overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Manuel Antonio National Park. The rainforest is home to a variety of wildlife that is easily seen including sloths, monkeys and birds. The region offers numerous activities such as boating, river rafting, snorkeling, diving, canopy tours and more.

Hotel: Si Como No or Arenas del Mar

Day 7

Day 7: MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK TOUR (B)

Your adventure today includes a half day tour of the Manuel Antonio National Park. The Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the country´s smallest but most famous parks because of its unique mix of beaches and tropical rainforest trails.

Hotel: Si Como No or Arenas del Mar

Day 8

Day 8: FREE DAY IN MANUEL ANTONIO (B)

While in Manuel Antonio take advantage of the activities offered in the area (at your own expense) such as ocean & river kayaking, world class sport fishing, horseback riding, canopy tours, sunset sailing, Isla Damas Estuary Tour, Rain Maker Reserve, white water rafting or simply relaxing on the beautiful beaches or at your hotel.

Hotel: Si Como No or Arenas del Mar

Day 9

Day 9: TRANSFER MANUEL ANTONIO-SAN JOSE (B)

This day you will be picked up at your hotel for a transfer to the International Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose. Check in must be at least 3 hours prior to the departure time. Driving time from Manuel Antonio to the International Juan Santamaria airport is approximately 2.5hours, plus any stops along the way.

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