Beyond Limits

Enjoy landscapes and adventures immersed in nature with destinations that are emerging right now in Costa Rica, perfect for lovers of off-road trips. You will also have your dose of adrenaline with wild water rafting on the Pacuare, the canyons and hidden routes in La Fortuna, the cloud forests of Monteverde and the spectacular beaches of Manuel Antonio.

11 Days / 10 Nights

Price from US $1495.00 pp

Beyond Limits

Enjoy landscapes and adventures immersed in nature with destinations that are emerging right now in Costa Rica, perfect for lovers of off-road trips. You will also have your dose of adrenaline with wild water rafting on the Pacuare, the canyons and hidden routes in La Fortuna, the cloud forests of Monteverde and the spectacular beaches of Manuel Antonio.

11 Days / 10 Nights

Price from US $1495.00 pp

San José-Pacuare-Arenal-Monteverde-Manuel Antonio

US $1495.00 pp
Looking for a great experience that combines the amazing rain forests of Costa Rica with the beautiful beaches of the pacific coast? This package is perfect for you! You will also have your dose of adrenaline with wild water rafting on the Pacuare, the canyons and hidden routes in La Fortuna and the cloud forests of Monteverde. We have planned this trip with a 4x4 rental car, so we propose the off-road vehicle and the routes, and you will set the pace! End this beautiful trip at the exciting world and wildlife of the Manuel Antonio beaches and National Park. You can be in close contact with many animals, such as different species of monkeys, sloths, iguanas and many more!
Day 01
Arrival to San José

Welcome to Costa Rica! Once you have passed immigration and customs and stepped out of the airport doors, you will have one of our representatives waiting for you outside with a sign with your name on it. He will drive you to your hotel in San José.

Private Transfer from International Airport to San José

Option A: Presidente Hotel (1 Night)
Room Type: Standard Room
Meals Plan: Breakfast

Option B: Grano de Oro Hotel (1 Night)
Room Type: Deluxe Patio Room
Meals Plan: Breakfast

Day 02 Transfer to Pacuare River, where your rafting adventure will start.

The Río Pacuare, flows approximately 108 kilometres (67 mi) to the Caribbean. It is a popular location for white water rafting and whitewater kayaking. The rainforests that surround the river are home to exotic animal species such as jaguars, monkeys, ocelots, and a very large number of birds. Rated one of the top rivers in the world, you’ll experience the intimate nature of the rainforest as you raft right through it. The warm water, cascading waterfalls, and opulently lush rainforest with its brilliantly colored plants, animals, and birds indulge your senses on every level. Add in two sections of the exciting Class III-IV white water rapids and you have a tropical adventure packed with rich experiences that last long after you’ve returned home.

The Rios Tropicales Lodge, complete with hydro-powered electricity, is a model of ecotourism and comfortable accommodations. From the ecolodge’s remote, riverside location, you can enjoy ziplining through the canopy (additional cost), rainforest hikes with naturalist guides, self-guided walks to waterfalls and pools, relaxing in a hammock overlooking the beautiful Pacuare River, and birdwatching. Dine in the open air with wine and exceptional meals, more stars than you can imagine, and the vibrant sounds of the jungle.

Pacuare Lodge –

Every aspect of the lodge exists in symbiotic harmony with the natural surroundings. From the gracefully towering main house, built in the style and craftsmanship of Caribbean-inspired architecture, to the 20 exquisite, stand-alone suites and villas; the secluded and peaceful riverfront spa; and the remarkable infinity swimming pool emerging from the rainforest to hover over the river’s edge. Each naturally elegant structure is crafted from sustainably sourced woods and other eco-friendly materials.  Guests are encouraged to spend time at the main lodge, relaxing and mingling with other travelers. Hot, locally sourced gourmet coffee is always available at no additional charge, as are freshly baked pastries for teatime. Indulge in a refreshing craft beer from our on-site brewery or sample a tantalizing vintage from the personal cellar featuring over 80 different international wines.

Option A: Ríos Tropicales (2 Nights)
Room Type: Pacuare Deluxe Room
Meals Plan: Meals

Option B: Pacuare Lodge (2 Nights)
Room Type: River Suite
Meals Plan: Meals

Day 03 Free day at the lodge

Pacuare Lodge: The lodge employs resident naturalist guides who can provide information about the plants and animals that inhabit the surrounding forest. You can take it easy, or begin enjoying some of the lodge’s seven outdoor experiences included in the Adventure Package which can take you deeper into the forest, or to the closest communities. Nature lovers may want to start before breakfast with a daybreak birdwatching tour. Other options are to visit the nearby Cabécar Indian palapa, for an introduction to the local indigenous culture, or hike to the closest farming community to experience a bit of rural Costa Rican life. Outdoor adventure options include the Canopy Adventure Tour, which takes you gliding between treetop platforms on cables, or Tropical Canyoning, which combines hiking, rock climbing and rappelling. Hikers have several options to choose from: the Cabécar Indian Hike, a more demanding hike to an isolated indigenous home deep in the forest; or the Ancient Trail and Hidden Waterfall Hike, which heads higher into the mountains to a secret waterfall and takes most of the day. If you’d prefer to relax, visit our Jawa Juu Spa (not included). We harness the rainforest’s natural energy to create a healing environment unlike any other.

Rios Tropicales Lodge

  • Full breakfast at the ecolodge
  • Choose from a number of activities or just relax in a hammock
  • Lunch at the lodge or picnic-style if you’re hiking or touring
  • Another delicious dinner
Day 04 Departure by rafting and self drive to Arenal volcano / La Fortuna

After another great breakfast, you’ll depart between 9:00-10:00 am by raft for an exhilarating day of whitewater rafting past gorgeous tropical scenery (approximately 3½ hours over class III-IV rapids). This stretch of the Pacuare River flows through canyons and past waterfalls and virgin rainforest. You’re likely to catch glimpses of varied birds and other wildlife during the quiet stretches. A yummy lunch will be served and you’ll have a chance to change into dry clothes at private facilities by the river take-out.

You receive your rental car and continue to the Arenal volcano. 

The Northern Plains of Costa Rica showcases some very scenic countryside towns. Small agriculture communities and cattle ranches cover rolling hills and deep valleys. The plains, rainforests and rivers make the north central a must-see in any Costa Rica program.  The main attraction is the iconic Arenal Volcano. The Arenal Volcano area is Costa Rica’s premier region of exploration and excitement: Arenal is synonymous to adventure and Eco-discovery, where you can embark in a wide variety of activities. Enjoy the thrill of whitewater rafting or canyoning, or combine adventure with ecological discovery in a canopy tour. Hike the volcano or explore the rainforest strolling through hanging bridges.

Option A: Arenal Volcano Inn (2 Nights)
Room Type: Deluxe Room
Meals Plan: Buffet Breakfast

Option B: Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens (2 Nights)
Room Type: Casita Deluxe
Meals Plan: Breakfast

Day 05
The Ultimate Waterfall Rappel

Live an exciting 4×4 ride on a mountain road to a typical rancho style house. We put your gear on, give you a short safety and rappelling explanation and then follows a short trek on a beautiful rainforest trail to the first waterfall rappel where you will descend into to canyon! After rappelling down the first waterfall you will climb up the side of the canyon wall. Then zip line across the canyon and rappel down to the canyon floor again. Later we continue on short trails from waterfall to waterfall through the canyon.

Included: 4 rappels (3 waterfalls and one rock wall), Monkey Drop (zip line and rappel), Rock Climb, Hiking on beautiful trails in the canyon between rappel, Professionally trained bi lingual guides, Waterproof Jackets, Delicious Costa Rican Lunch (Vegetarian option available), High quality gear used in canyoneering and rock climbing, Photographer (Photos for purchase after tour) and transportation.

Day 06 Self-drive to Monteverde

A startling haven for all that is living and natural, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve promises a journey that will make you one with nature–at a whole new level. Located in the Cordillera de Tilarán, Monteverde is one of the top ecotourism destinations the world over, being one of the most spectacular wildlife sanctuary and nature reserve in the world. It is actually home to some of the most endangered species in the planet. Its elevation is from 600 meters to 1800 meters above sea level in some isolated areas. It currently houses about 2,000 plant & tree species, 400 bird species, 100 species of mammals and around 1,200 amphibians and reptiles as well as hundreds of unique fern and orchid species. Birds are one of the main attractions in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve as a lot of them would migrate there and a variety of species are for everyone to see alive and freely hovering.

Option A: Poco a Poca Hotel & Spa (2 Nights)
Room Type: Standard Bromelias Room
Meals Plan: Breakfast

Option B: Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
Room Type: Forest View Downstairs Room
Meals Plan: A la Carte Breakfast

Day 07 Canopy + Hanging Bridges

Today you will enjoy a combo tour at the Selvatura Park in Monteverde. You will participate in an adventurous canopy tour (zip lining) where you will be flying through 12 cables and 18 platforms with an optional Tarzan Swing at the end of the adventure. Selvatura Park is one of the longest canopy tours in Costa Rica. It is also the only canopy tour located inside the Monteverde Cloud Forest. The canopy takes usually around 2,5 and 3 hours and can be done by adventurers starting at the age of 4. It is a safe adventure for everyone although restrictions may apply. After the canopy tour you will walk on eight different bridges which are called the Selvatura Tree Top Walkways. The lengths vary between 150 feet (50 meters) and 510 feet (170 meters) and some are up to 180 feet (60 meters) high. The walkways consist of a 1.9 mile (approximately 3 kilometer) trail that leads you through the Monteverde Cloud Forest.  The duration of the hike usually takes between 1.5 and 2 hours.

Included: Bilingual Guide, equipment and transportation

Day 0 Self-drive to Quepos/Manuel Antonio

A place of swaying palms and playful monkeys, sparkling blue water and a riot of tropical birds, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio is the country’s smallest and most popular national park. It’s a truly lovely place; the clearly marked trail system winds through rainforest-backed white-sand beaches and rocky headlands, the wildlife (iguanas, sloths, monkeys) is plentiful, and the views across the bay to the pristine outer islands are gorgeous. Manuel Antonio National Park combines the rainforest with breathtaking white-sand beaches, among the most beautiful in Costa Rica. The Manuel Antonio Region has received plenty of coverage in travel magazines, earning it the distinction of one of the 10 most beautiful places in the world! Manuel Antonio’s humid tropical forest remains green year-round. The town itself is spread out across a hilly and curving road. Along this main road, near the top of the hill, are the area’s most luxurious hotels and fine-dining restaurants, surrounded by rain forest with amazing views of the beaches and offshore islands. From Manuel Antonio you can experience whitewater rafting, guided rainforest waterfall walks, horseback riding, snorkeling and sports fishing.

***Note that Manuel Antonio National Park is closed on Tuesdays

Option A: Playa Espadilla Hotel (2 Nights)
Room Type: Standard Room
Meals Plan: Breakfast

Option B: Si Como No Hotel (2 Nights)
Room Type: Superior Room
Meals Plan: Breakfast

Day 09 Ocean Kayaking & Snorkeling

This Manuel Antonio tour is the perfect choice for those interested in getting wet and seeing nature! You will paddle a kayak for approximately 2 ½ hours (roundtrip), during your nautical journey you will navigate past islands where you can observe uncountable marine birds and their nesting grounds. Half way through your trip, you will stop at a beautiful hidden bay – Biesanz Bay – to rest and enjoy a refreshing snack. During the 30-minute stop, you can snorkel on this secluded coastline or just have a rest. Water visibility depends on the season. You are most likely to spot parrotfish, starfish, angelfish and if you are lucky a sea turtle or too! This challenging Manuel Antonio tours allows you to discover stunning examples of nature, above and below the ocean’s surface; from pelicans to flying fish, you can see it all! Upon returning to the pier, you’ll head back to base camp to enjoy a little conversation over a delicious homemade meal.

Included: Transportation, equipment, bilingual guides, beverages and lunch or dinner.

Day 10 Self-drive to San José. Drop off car at your hotel.

Option A: Holiday Inn Express San jose Forum (1 Night)
Room Type: Standard Room
Meals Plan: Buffet Breakfast

Option B: Grano de Oro Hotel (1 Night)
Room Type: Deluxe Patio Room
Meals Plan: Breakfast

Day 11
Departure from San José to the International Airport

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer from your hotel to San José Airport today. Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

  • INCLUDED
     

    ·       All services indicated in the itinerary above.

    ·       Personalized information, complete voucher list.

    ·       Local Travel Program Support, 24-hour emergency service.

    ·       Airport transfers upon arrival and departure.

    ·       10 nights of accommodation in hotels specified in the proposal.

    ·       Breakfast at all hotels and taxes included.

     

    ·       Pacuare Package includes:

    ·      Meals and Taxes Included

    ·      Transportation from San Jose/to Guápiles, lodging, food, professional bilingual guide and rafting equipment.

     

    ·     07 days car rental (Suzuki Vitara 4×4 Auto)

    Free mileage.

    1st additional driver free of charges.

    Free GPS System

    A rechargeable SIM card, to use on your own mobile phone, for local calls

    Coverages included: CDW-TP-TPL: collision damage waiver-theft protection-third party liability

    ·      Excursions included (shared, not private):

    ·      The Ultimate Waterfall Rappel. Included: 4 rappels (3 waterfalls and one rock wall), Monkey Drop (zip line and rappel), Rock Climb, Hiking on beautiful trails in the canyon between rappel, Professionally trained bi lingual guides, Waterproof Jackets, Delicious Costa Rican Lunch (Vegetarian option available), High quality gear used in canyoneering and rock climbing, Photographer (Photos for purchase after tour) and transportation.

    ·      Canopy + Hanging Bridges.  Included: Bilingual Guide, equipment and transportation

    ·      Ocean Kayaking & Snorkeling. Included: Transportation, equipment, bilingual guides, beverages and lunch or dinner.

     

  • NOT INCLUDED
    • Other meals than indicated as included.
    • National Park Entrance fees.
    • Other excursions tours and activities indicated as optional or not included.
    • Airport taxes (US$ 29.00 per person not included).
    • International flights.
    • Personal expenses. Tips and extras at hotels.
    • Travel insurance.

The most important things to bring are your travel documents: a valid passport, flight and hotel information, health insurance card and driver’s license and a valid credit card. We advise you to make three copies of these documents. Put one copy in your carry-on bag, one copy in your suitcase and leave one copy at home.

Basic Tropical forests, colorful wildlife and spectacular beaches are part of daily life in Costa Rica. The climate varies depending on where you are, so pack accordingly.

  1. Prepare for hot, humid summers. Shorts, T-shirts, sundresses, skirts and tank tops in lightweight fabrics should keep you cool. Take a sweater for evenings at a higher elevation.
  2. Bring plenty of sunblock. Also include insect repellent, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and a swimsuit.
  3. Take rubber-soled sandals or hiking boots for journeys into the rain forests. Flip-flops and sandals are great for resorts and hanging out by the beach.
  4. Pack separate clothes for evenings. Simple dresses are great for women, while men will do well in long shorts and a button-down shirt.
  5. Prepare for cool winters, particularly in the northern regions and at higher elevations. Long pants and long-sleeved shirts are a must, while a fleece jacket or a sweater is advisable.
  6. Take an umbrella if you plan to travel between May and November – Costa Rica’s wettest period.
  7. A rain slicker will come in handy while hiking.
  8. Bring an electric converter and adapter.

 DAY RAFTING TRIPS

Rubber-soled shoes that can get wet (Tevas, tennis shoes, booties or similar).

Swimsuit / swim trunks.

T-shirt and shorts of a quick-drying material. Long sleeve t-shirts are very useful if you get cold easily on the water or want more sun protection.

Water-resistant sunscreen lotion (SPF 15 or higher).

Sun hat or bandana.

Bug Repellent.

Croakies or straps to secure glasses.

Change of clothes, including shoes, for after your tour.

Towel for changing/showers after the trip.

Any prescription medications necessary during your tour.

 

Things to Add to Your Coronavirus Packing List

  1. Hand sanitizer: The CDC recommends hand sanitizers with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol to kill coronavirus.
  2. Alcohol/ Disinfecting Wipes. To quickly and easily disinfect surfaces like doorknobs and light switches you encounter in your travels, you’ll also want some disinfecting wipes like Clorox or Lysol brand to take with you.
  3. Masks/Face coverings. Masks are a necessity in our daily life now, but are even more important for travelers. Pack plenty of masks because you might not have access to the same laundry options as back home. And if you are headed on a trip to a destination with a different climate, pack a wide variety of different kinds of masks. You might find one works better for different activities, humidity levels, or temperatures.

From US $1495.00 p.p.

Interested in this package? If you inquire, we will send you a detailed proposal with a 100% accurate price. The rate listed here is per person, based on our low season rates, with double occupation, transportation, tours, meals, taxes, and service fees included as described, unless otherwise indicated. Not included in the price are travel insurance, personal expenses and international airfare. Remember that all our packages are customizable at no extra cost.

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