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 (a concept pioneered in Costa Rica)! 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. After adventuring, a soak in the hot springs will feel wonderful. Conclude your ecotourism experience in wildlife rich Manuel Antonio and unwind on a beautiful tropical beach.
Upon arrival in San Jose you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Early morning pick-up in your hotel lobby for the transfer to the Pacuare River put-in including a typical Costa Rican breakfast en route. Exciting river rafting to the Pacuare Lodge (Class III-IV rapids) where you will enjoy a two-night stay at Costa Rica’s premier eco-lodge. Arrive at the Pacuare Lodge mid-afternoon.
This afternoon you can relax or take a rainforest hike or swim.
The lodge employs a resident naturalist guide who will provide you with unique insights into the plant and animal world. Choose from exciting optional tours that include guided hikes through an emerald rainforest, the Cabecar Indian tour - where visitors may participate in a cultural exchange with a shaman and an Adventure Canopy Tour – where visitors glide amid a tropical rainforest canopy.
After a buffet breakfast depart the lodge between 9:00-10:00 am. You will depart by raft for an even more fun-filled day of white water rating excitement (approximately 3½ hours over class III-IV rapids), including a delicious picnic lunch beside the river. At the river take-out you will have a chance to change at our private facilities. You will be met at the Pacuare River take-out point and transfer to Arenal. Two nights at an Arenal hotel.
Arenal Volcano Hike
Departing with your guide, you will hike through trails in the Arenal Volcano National Park.
Arenal Hanging Bridges
Visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a complex of suspended bridges and trails through a beautiful rain forest. These allow for observation of flora and fauna from the ground level to the top of the trees. This is one of the best methods of learning about the complexity and beauty of the rain forest. Walk the trails where you will see graceful palms and many varieties of heliconias, flowering ginger, and possibly howling monkeys, colorful forest birds and butterflies. It takes about 45 minutes driving from the Arenal Observatory Lodge and 30 minutes from La Fortuna. Half day tour.
Ecotermales Fortuna Hot Springs
Located east of Arenal Volcano, the Ecotermales Fortuna Hot Springs is a small family-owned spa with four hot spring pools to relax in amidst the calm and beauty of the tropical rain forest. Filled with clean hot spring mineral water heated by the volcano, you'll receive a natural massage from the small cascade of hot water at the pool’s end. This facility only allows 100 guests at one time to avoid being crowded. On the grounds is a quaint country restaurant where you can order a delicious, typical “home cooked” Costa Rican dinner (Not included). It takes about 30 minutes driving from the Arenal Observatory Lodge and 45 minutes from La Fortuna.
You will be picked up at your Arenal hotel and transferred to Manuel Antonio. Approximate driving time - 5 hours. Three nights at a Manuel Antonio hotel/resort.
Manuel Antonio Guided Park Tour
You will be picked up at your hotel and transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park. This national park is one of the most famous in the country due to its wide variety of flora and fauna specimens. The park itself boasts 3 different trails that vary in grade from flat to very steep. On this Manuel Antonio tour you will be accompanied by a nature guide who is knowledgeable about everything you will see. The trail you will take is flat and picturesque and loops through the park making your course approximately 2 miles long. Throughout the hike your guide will stop and explain the different nature specimens that can be observed, you can take photographs or just admire the view.
Duration: 2½ hours.
Free day at leisure. Optional guided excursions can be arranged.
You will be picked up at your hotel and transfer to the San Jose Int'l Airport.
|Price from||$2,150.00 per person, based on double occupancy|