Highlights
  • Small group soft adventure trip limited to no more than 6 travelers, perfect for solo travelers and couples.
  • Raft Central America's premier whitewater river, the Pacuare River!
  • Great rainforest hikes, wonderful scenery, classic wildlife, and hot springs!
  • Beach time for R&R or surfing
  • Starts in San Jose, ends at Liberia International Airport, so no back tracking to San Jose to maximize your time in country.

Costa Rica is easily among the world's top 10 countries for outdoor adventure. Here you find an impressive combination of pristine & accessible beaches, protected rainforest, rugged mountains and clean tropical rivers. It's close proximity to the Unite States, the vast array of activities you can find here, plus the well-known quality of Costa Rica's guides and it's commitment to the environment and safety make this one of Latin America's best travel destinations. On this particular tour, we have packed a number of the best natural areas, activities, and guides into one relatively short trip. Our scheduled groups are limited to just 6 people and there's a departure every month.

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I recently traveled to Kenya for 2 weeks and then to Tanzania to climb Mt Kilimanjaro (booked through AWR). Not only were they helpful in all of my trip planning before leaving, but even when I was already traveling they helped with some last minute changes that needed to be made. I was in rural parts of Kenya with limited internet access, and yet AWR managed to help me make last minute changes and everything went smoothly.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica

Accommodation: Aurola Holiday Inn (Standard room)

Visiting: San Jose, Costa Rica

Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica where you are met at the international airport and transferred to your San Jose hotel. You are welcome to arrive anytime today.

The Aurola is conveniently nestled in the midst of the liveliest Costa Rican city with wonderful views of the beautiful Central Valley. Discover a hotel where technology and hospitality come together in perfect harmony, where you can stay connected with fast wireless access and disconnect with a "Tico" ambiance and modern luxuries. Whether visiting for a leisure getaway or a business connection, the Aurola hotel offers a peaceful, productive atmosphere where you can get the most out of your San Jose experience.

Day 2: Pacuare River Rafting

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Rios Tropicales Eco-Lodge (Standard room)

Visiting: Pacuare River

After an early morning pickup from your San Jose hotel, you will drive by private, comfortable bus to the rafting operations center for a delicious, typical Costa Rican breakfast. After breakfast and changing into rafting gear, we will drive to our private rafting put-in on the banks of the Pacuare River.

Your lodge is located deep in the rainforest with beautiful tropical gardens framing native wood lodge rooms, open air gathering pavilions with thatched roofs and comfortable hammocks swinging in a gentle breeze, ample viewing decks for watching the toucans fly overhead and the river dance along its rapids. It is the first eco-lodge built on the Pacuare River banks and the only one powered with hydro-generated electricity for a clean sustainable energy source.

Located on a 2000 acre private reserve at the mouth of the Pacuare Gorge and within the Pacuare Protected Zone. The private reserve borders the indigenous Indian Reserve and contains more than 40 miles of hiking trails and numerous waterfalls, streams, and natural pools.

Day 3: Pacuare River Rafting / Transfer to Arenal Volcano

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Arenal Observatory Lodge (Standard)

Visiting: Pacuare River

After breakfast morning Canopy Tour. Enjoy an incredible zip-line course through the canopy, high above the nearby Lodge complex. Multiple tree platforms and zip lines make this a thrilling, must-do experience. All participants wear helmets, harnesses, and control gloves

After the zip line, enjoy fun, fast Class IV rafting on lower Pacuare. A snack stop by the riverside lets you explore more waterfalls and natural water slides. An adrenaline-packed afternoon running rapids like Upper and Lower Huacas, Cimarron, Dos Montañas and many more, will have you smiling!!

At the river take out, a van will wait to take you on your onward journey to Arenal Volcano. The approximate time of transfer depends on the whereabouts of river take out, plus any stops on the way. In north central Costa Rica, near the town of La Fortuna, rise the majestic Arenal volcano. The area offers natural beauty, amazing wildlife and plenty of outdoor activities for visitors including canyoning, horseback riding, rafting, mountain biking, zip line tours, canopy bridge walks and a gondola tramway above the forest. At the end of the day end, one can relax in an area resort that offers soothing thermal waters heated by the volcano.

The Arenal Observatory Lodge offers guests spacious rooms with large picture windows that enable them to admire the impressive and unequaled vision of an active steaming volcano rising out of the wilderness forest looming large in front. The forests surrounding the Observatory are now protected in Arenal Volcano National Park and teem with tropical wildlife. The Observatory offers guests a restaurant, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, excellent birding on its own grounds, and daily guided hikes into the forests of the national park and onto a lava flow from 1992.

Day 4: Guided Cerro Chato Hike

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Accommodation: Arenal Observatory Lodge (Standard)

Visiting: Arenal Volcano

Located just off the southeast flank of Arenal Volcano, the smaller Volcan Cerro Chato is actually it's older brother living in the shadow of its more prominent sibling. A truncated volcanic cone rising to 1,140 meters, Cerro Chato Volcano has had no volcanic activity for the past 3,500 years, about the time when Arenal Volcano was just being born. Cerro Chato volcano is not as high or as active as Arenal volcano, but it's a challenging 5 hour hike and a wonderful destination. En-route to the top, you'll pass through dense rainforest which offers some of the area's best wildlife viewing. At the top, marvel at the crystalline waters in the crater lagoon or jump in for a cool swim.

In the afternoon, explore the numerous rainforest trails right outside your lodge's door at your own pace. Overnight in Arenal.

Day 5: Transfer to Rincon de la Vieja

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Blue River Lodge (Standard room)

Visiting: Arenal Volcano / Rincon de la Vieja

Today we'll drive approximately 4 hours (plus some time for any stops on the way) to the northwestern corner of the country. Rincon de la Vieja is a region of national parks and volcanoes on the north east section of Costa Rica. The national park has one of 5 active volcanoes of Costa Rica and is known for its stunning diversity of flora and fauna. Boasting fantastic scenery, beautiful waterfalls, soothing hot springs, boiling mud pots and a fresh river waters.

Blue River Resort and Hot Springs features new, spacious 720 square foot cabins. The hotels hot springs have spectacular natural mineral green hot spring pools a large fresh water pool and bullet slide, a spa, botanical gardens, butterfly farm, iguanas and frog pond and much more. Tours offered include visits to gorgeous blue volcanic rivers and waterfalls by horseback, nature walks, rappelling waterfalls and much more.

Day 6: Penjamo River Hike

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Blue River Lodge (Standard room)

Visiting: Rincon de la Vieja

After breakfast, we'll embark on a Penjamo River hike this morning. Here we begin our hike through a breathtaking private park through the rainforest. While hiking, you will have a chance to see colorful highland birds which are difficult to see elsewhere. We will be visiting the astonishing blue river Penjamos, along with it's many cascading waterfalls and natural waterslides. You will also see first-hand where minerals leach through the river bottom and into the water, causing the water color to turn blue. There will be plenty opportunities to soak and swim in the relaxing pools.

Day 7: Transfer from Blue River to Playa Panama

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Casa Conde del Mar (Standard Double Suite)

Visiting: Rincon de la Vieja / Playa Panama

Today, transfer from Blue River Lodge to Playa Panama. Overnight the next 2 nights at Casa Conde del Mar, a pleasant 4-star hotel on the beach.

The hotel offers 20 Double Suites, 2 Mini Suites and 4 Junior Suites. There are also two restaurants: the Mare Calmo, specializing in Italian food and El Galeón, offering a variety of dishes and the El Bucanero bar. Hotel Casa Conde del Mar offers comfort and relaxation in a welcoming environment located in an area with one of the most pristine beaches in Costa Rica, Playa Panama, only 20 minutes from the Liberia International Airport in Guanacaste.

Day 8: Free day on the beach

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Casa Conde del Mar (Standard Double Suite)

Visiting: Playa Panama

Enjoy a free day on the beach!

Day 9: Transfer to Liberia International Airport / Depart

Meals: Breakfast

Visiting: Playa Panama / Liberia

About 3 to 3.5 hours before your flight, you will be picked up and transferred to the Liberia International Airport for your departure.

 

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,495

Price Per Day:

$ 166 per day
 
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • All accommodations (based on double occupancy)
  • All internal transportation including airport transfers
  • All activities as indicated with local English-speaking specialist guides
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary including breakfast daily
  • All national park and entrance fees
  • All taxes
  • Services and support of the local office
Trip Excludes
  • Flights
  • Airport departure tax ($29/person)
  • Optional travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service, etc.)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Solo trip supplement, if applicable (only in cases if only one traveler is on a departure)
  • Single supplement, if applicable (US$495)
  • Blackout periods (contact us for the pricing): Christmas-New Years (Dec 20-Jan 10) / Easter week
Meals Included:

8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 1 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 6
Start City
San Jose
End City
Liberia
Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be advised in writing. Cancellation of a booking or failure to join a tour will result in a retention of funds by Adventures Within Reach as follows.

Most Destinations:

61+ days prior to departure: Full deposit retained by AWR (no refund)

60-31 days prior to departure: 50% of total price retained by AWR

30 days - Departure Day / no show: 100% of total price retained by AWR (no refund)

Full Payment Due: 60 days prior to trip

Age Notes

Min. Age: 12

Trip ID#: CosSmaAdv

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