Wild Costa Rica
13 Days

ITINERARY

13 Days: San Jose, Pacuare River, Puerto Viejo De Limon, Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano & Pacific Beach

Tour Overview:
Experience an incredible journey on the Pacuare River. Relax in Puerto Viejo de Limon on the South Caribbean coast. Visit Cahuita National Park with its large coral reef and great hiking trails. In Tortuguero National Park, learn about the protection of the sea turtles. While in the Arenal Volcano area, you will visit the famous Tabacon Hot Springs, hike to the Rio Celeste’s waterfall, and take the Sky Tram and Sky Trek, an aerial tram ride up the mountain and Zip lining through the rainforest canopy. Your Costa Rica adventure ends with relaxing days on the Pacific Ocean beaches.

Day 1 – Arrive San Jose

Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica. You are welcomed and transferred to the hotel where you will be staying the first night in Costa Rica.


Day 2 – San Jose – Pacuare River

Early in the morning, you will be driven to the Pacuare River for a day of adventure and adrenaline. A professional guide and the right equipment will be waiting upon your arrival to the river; after some safety instructions, you will start on this incredible rafting journey. In the water, you will experience the exhilaration of riding the waves on this wild and scenic river, which passes through scenic canyons where crystal-clear waterfalls plummet down into the rapidly coursing river below. Tall trees and dense green vegetation come right down to the water’s edge. The thick undergrowth of this protected area provides shelter for a variety tropical animals and birds, including some endangered species. When you arrive at the selected Lodge, you will find a unique jungle oasis nestled in a most remarkable setting. After a hearty lunch, you will have the rest of the afternoon at leisure. (BLD)


Day 3 – Pacuare River – Puerto Viejo De Limon

In the morning, you will awaken to a harmonious melody created by the sound of the river rushing by and the sweet songs of the tropical birds from the thick of the forest. After a delicious buffet breakfast, you will launch the rafts again for the second day of the river expedition. Rafting becomes even more thrilling as you begin to use the skills and experience gained the day before. You may stop to explore side streams that lead to striking waterfalls and pools with a natural waterslide that tempts you to jump. Lunch will be served along the river, and when reaching the take out, you can change into dry clothes and head to Puerto Viejo de Limon and stay two nights at the selected hotel. The South Caribbean coast is a truly wonderful place and very particular, of the rest of the country. It has become a place of leisure for those looking to relax on your vacation and enjoy the sun, the beach and the sea breeze. But also offers to each visitor a cultural mix that is noticed in their small and rustic hotels and its varied and exquisite traditional Afro-Caribbean food. (BL)


Day 4 – Puerto Viejo De Limon

Today you will visit the Cahuita National Park that features the largest coral reefs in Southern Central America as well as great hiking trails with lots of wildlife. The excursion combines a boat ride, snorkeling and hiking. Once arrive to Punta Cahuita you can put on snorkel gear to explore first-hand the “under water tropical forest” with many varieties of corals and colorful fishes. You will then land for a guided rainforest hike, with comprehensive information on this particular area. Monkeys, sloth, several reptiles, frogs and beautiful insects are common sights. (BL)


Day 5 – Puerto Viejo De Limon – Tortuguero

Today you will continue to the northern Costa Rican Caribbean, passing across the town of Guapiles to continue to the local pier, where we will take a relaxing trip of more than an hour by boat through access channels to Tortuguero, surrounded by lush rainforest that will enable you to enjoy a rich diversity of flora and fauna. During the trip, you will observe various types of birds, reptiles, monkeys, among other animals. Upon arriving at the selected Lodge, you will receive a brief of the activities to follow and recommendations to be taken into consideration when staying in the area. In the afternoon, we will visit the picturesque village of Tortuguero where you will learn about the lifestyle of local residents who use bicycles as a means of transport within the small town and who have made tourism its main source of income. (BLD)


Day 6 – Tortuguero

Today, we will visit Tortuguero National Park that will dazzle you with its enormous biodiversity. From the boat, you can feel a pure contact with nature in a paradise that offers visitors 2000 species of plants and 400 species of trees, just as you can observe some of the 405 bird species. Among mammals is white-faced monkeys and howler monkeys, three-toed sloths, plus some endangered species such as the jaguar, ocelot and the tapir, which is the largest in the rain forests of Latin America. There is also presence of crocodiles, different species of turtles and freshwater fish. Tortuguero will definitely offer a unique and unforgettable experience. (BLD)


Day 7 – Tortuguero – Arenal Volcano

By midmorning, we will board again from the selected lodge through the local pier, enjoying again the biodiversity present along the canals. Then, we will continue by road to the town of Guapiles where you can enjoy a delicious lunch and then continue to the northern plains of Costa Rica. This route offers beautiful scenery accompanied by picturesque rural towns until reach La Fortuna de San Carlos. At this point, if weather conditions are favorable you will admire the mighty Arenal Volcano will welcome you with its impressive perfect conic shape. This volcano has been active since 1969 and it has become one of the world’s most active volcanoes and one of Costa Rica’s main highlights. Check In at the Arenal volcano selected hotel, where you will find a unique blend between the hospitality of the local culture and the warm tropical climate, making your escape an unparalleled experience for the next three nights.
During the evening, you will visit the world famous Tabacón Hot Springs. These natural hot springs features a hot river that flows through a series of pools. From cascading falls to tropical gardens, the hot springs are the result of rainwater heated by magma in the Earth’s interior. Once heated, the waters rise to surface, taking with them minerals found in the earth’s rocky crust; this way, waters become very benefic to your body because of its temperature that helps to relax muscles, clean pores and rejuvenate the skin. Tabacón has a unique location full of natural jewels that definitely you cannot miss staying at Arenal Volcano area. (BLD)


Day 8 – Arenal Volcano

During the morning you will Visit to the Sky Adventures Park, where you will find the Sky Tram & Sky Trek. This tour combines the ascent to the top of the mountain by an aerial tram, enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the Arenal Lake, while the descent is through the famous canopy tour (Zip Lines), which goes from one mountain to another, making you feel the adventure and fun. (B)


Day 9 – Arenal Volcano

Today, you will take a hike to the Rio Celeste’s waterfall. Undoubtedly, as the name says, Celeste River is a natural wonder and unique in Costa Rica. Located at the Tenorio Volcano National Park, Rio Celeste gets its color from different volcanic minerals. Local legend says that when God finished painting the heaven, he washed the brush in the Rio Celeste saving the privilege of watching the enchanting river just for a few adventurers. Surely, this will be one of the most unforgettable highlights of your trip to of Costa Rica. (B)


Day 10 – Arenal Volcano – Pacific Beach

Today you will continue your journey to the beautiful and paradisiacal beaches of the Costa Rican Pacific, which are known throughout the world especially for their impressive combination of tropical forests and multicolored beaches. You will have the option to stay either in the Guanacaste area or in the Manuel Antonio area. (B)


Day 11-12 – Pacific Beach

These days are at leisure to rest, enjoy the sun and the beach and also eventually explore on your own some of the optional excursions (extra cost) offered in the area. Some of these activities are: Hiking in National Parks, Canopy, boat tours and many other activities. (B)


Day 13 – Pacific Beach – International Airport

After enjoying some unforgettable days in Costa Rica, for this day is scheduled to return to the International Airport. (B)

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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2024
First-Class Deluxe
Dates Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jan 12 - Jan 24 CAD 4,500 CAD 6,520 CAD 4,770 CAD 6,475
Jan 19 - Jan 31 CAD 4,500 CAD 6,520 CAD 4,770 CAD 6,475
Jan 26 - Feb 07 CAD 4,500 CAD 6,520 CAD 4,770 CAD 6,475
Feb 02 - Feb 14 CAD 4,500 CAD 6,520 CAD 4,770 CAD 6,475
Feb 09 - Feb 21 CAD 4,500 CAD 6,520 CAD 4,770 CAD 6,475
Feb 16 - Feb 28 CAD 4,500 CAD 6,520 CAD 4,770 CAD 6,475
Feb 23 - Mar 06 CAD 4,500 CAD 6,520 CAD 4,770 CAD 6,475
Mar 01 - Mar 13 CAD 4,500 CAD 6,520 CAD 4,770 CAD 6,475
Mar 08 - Mar 20 CAD 4,500 CAD 6,520 CAD 4,770 CAD 6,475
Mar 15 - Mar 27 CAD 4,500 CAD 6,520 CAD 4,770 CAD 6,475
Mar 22 - Apr 03 CAD 4,500 CAD 6,520 CAD 4,770 CAD 6,475
Apr 05 - Apr 17 CAD 4,500 CAD 6,520 CAD 4,770 CAD 6,475
Apr 12 -Apr 24 CAD 4,500 CAD 6,520 CAD 4,770 CAD 6,475
Apr 19 - May 01 CAD 4,500 CAD 6,520 CAD 4,770 CAD 6,475
Apr 26 - May 08 CAD 4,500 CAD 6,520 CAD 4,770 CAD 6,475
May 03 - May 15 CAD 4,395 CAD 5,750 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
May 10 - May 22 CAD 4,395 CAD 5,750 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
May 17 - May 29 CAD 4,395 CAD 5,750 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
May 24 - June 05 CAD 4,395 CAD 5,750 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
May 31 - June 12 CAD 4,395 CAD 5,750 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
June 07 - June 19 CAD 4,395 CAD 5,750 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
June 14 - June 26 CAD 4,395 CAD 5,750 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
June 21 - July 03 CAD 4,395 CAD 5,750 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
June 28 - July 10 CAD 4,395 CAD 5,750 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
July 05 - July 17 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,825 CAD 6,595
July 12 - July 24 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,825 CAD 6,595
July 19 - July 31 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,825 CAD 6,595
July 26 - Aug 07 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,825 CAD 6,595
Aug 02 - Aug 14 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,825 CAD 6,595
Aug 09 - Aug 21 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,825 CAD 6,595
Aug 16 - Aug 28 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,825 CAD 6,595
Aug 23 - Sep 04 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,825 CAD 6,595
Aug 30 - Sep 11 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,825 CAD 6,595
Sep 06 - Sep 18 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
Sep 13 - Sep 25 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
Sep 20 - Oct 01 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
Sep 27 - Oct 09 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
Oct 04 - Oct 16 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
Oct 11 - Oct 23 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
Oct 18 - Oct 30 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
Oct 25 - Nov 06 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
Nov 01 - Nov 13 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
Nov 08 - Nov 20 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
Nov 15 - Nov 27 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
Nov 22 - Dec 04 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
Nov 29 - Dec 11 CAD 4,455 CAD 5,845 CAD 4,740 CAD 6,445
* Minimum 2 passengers
* It is possible to depart on this program on any day. Please check for private tour rates.
* Single travelling alone price is available upon request
* Rates not valid for travel during Holly weeks of Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving and Easter.
Accommodations:
FIRST CLASS
Destination Property Room type
San José Sleep Inn Standard
Pacuare River Tropical Rivers Lodge Standard
Puerto Viejo Limón Cariblue Standard
Tortuguero Laguna Lodge Standard
Arenal Volcano Magic Mountain Standard
Pacific Beach (Guanacaste) Hotel Nammbu Deluxe
DELUXE
Destination Property Room type
San José Crowne Plaza Corobicí Standard
Pacuare River Tropical Rivers Lodge Standard
Puerto Viejo Limón Namuwoki Deluxe
Tortuguero Pachira Lodge Standard
Arenal Volcano Volcano Lodge Springs Superior
Pacific Beach (Guanacaste) Hotel Nammbu Deluxe

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions & Highlights

  • Regular transportation from Juan Santamaria Int’l Airport (SJO) to San Jose.
  • 12 nights accommodation at the selected hotel
  • Pacuare White Water Rafting River Class III & IV
  • Regular full day Cahuita National Park (Snorkeling & Walk)
  • Regular transfer from Puerto Viejo de Limón to Guapiles connecting point
  • Tour to the secondary Tortuguero canals and visit to the Tortuguero Village.
  • Regular transfer from Guapiles connecting point to Arenal Volcano
  • Visit to Tabacon Hot Springs.
  • Regular half day Sky Adventures Park
  • Regular full day Río Celeste & Tenorio Volcano National Park hike tour.
  • Regular transfer from Arenal Volcano to Beach Destination
  • Regular transfer from Beach Deestination to selected Int’l Airport (LIR or SJO*)
  • 09 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 4 dinners

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