11 Days – Pacuare, Arenal & Puerto Jiminez

Visitors to the Republic of Costa Rica will find that despite its small size, the country has an incredible number of attractions and activities to offer. Five per cent of the world’s biodiversity can be found within Costa Rica’s borders and great efforts have been made to preserve this rich resource; protected national parks make up almost 25% of the land – more than any other country in the world. From fishing and surfing to white water rafting and exploring volcanic regions, Costa Rica is the perfect playground for nature lovers and adventures seekers alike.

~ Pacuare River & Talamanca Mountain Range
~ Canyoning El Tesorito Creek
~ Waterfall Hikes
~ River Kayaking
~ Arenal Volcano Hike
~ Tabacon Hot Springs
~ Zip Lining
~ Horse Back Riding
~ Cave Hikes
~ Safari Boat Cruise

11 Days – Pacuare, Arenal & Puerto Jiminez Itinerary


Day 01: 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)

Day 02: 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)

Day 03 & 04: Pacuare
You spend 2 full days enjoying this fascinating area.

Overnight at Pacuare Lodge ~ Linda Vista Suite
(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

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)

Day 05: 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)

Day 06: 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)

Day 07: 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)

Optional Activities in Arenal:
*white water rafting
*horseback riding
*wildlife / safari boat cruise
*cave hikes
*community visits to Indian Reserve

Day 08: 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)

Day 09 & 10: 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)

Day 11: San Jose
Transfer and domestic flight back to San Jose for departures.


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