Pacuare Lodge 3 Days / 2 Nights Adventure
The Pacuare Lodge Three-Day Adventure combines the excitement of rafting down Costa Rica’s spectacular Pacuare River with two nights at one of the world’s most exquisite rainforest lodges, allowing you to experience varied outdoor activities and enjoy the lodge’s breathtaking scenery, world-class dining and friendly atmosphere.
Day 1: 6:00 -7:00 am: You’ll be picked up early at one of our scheduled locations by a Pacuare Lodge representative for the approximately 2½-hour drive through the city and countryside to our Pacuare River put-in, stopping en route for a typical Costa Rican breakfast. After an orientation by your river guide, you’ll begin an exciting 1-1½ hour river-rafting trip (class II-III rapids) past impressive tropical landscapes to the Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica’s premier eco-lodge, which will be your home for the next two nights. You’ll arrive at the lodge around 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, in time for a delicious lunch. After lunch, you can hike through the lodge’s protected forest with your guide to an idyllic waterfall, take the Canopy Adventure or one of the other optional tours (not included in package price), get a massage or other treatment at the Jawa Juü Spa, or simply relax in your private bungalow or suite and enjoy the and tropical nature and tranquility of this remote and beautiful place. After savoring an exquisite candlelight dinner, you may want to pop upstairs to our lounge for a drink before retiring for a restful night’s sleep. (B, L, D)
Day 2: You’ll awake to birdsong and the soothing sound of the river. Head over to the main lodge for a hearty breakfast of homemade bread, tropical fruits, yogurt, eggs, pancakes, gallo pinto , Turrialba cheese , homemade granola, juice, coffee and tea complemented by a rainforest view. The lodge employs resident naturalist guides who can provide information about the plants and animals that inhabit the surrounding forest. This day is open for enjoying one or more of the lodge’s optional tours (not included in package price). Nature lovers may want to start before breakfast with a daybreak birdwatching tour. Other options are to visit the nearby Cabecar Indian Rancho, 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. If you prefer the water, you can paddle down a stretch of the Pacuare River in an inflatable duckie. Hikers have several options to choose from: the Bajo del Tigre & Nairi Awari Reserve Hike, which combines visits to the two nearest communities with rainforest hiking; the Cabecar Indian Tour, 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 waterfall, taking most of the day. (B, L, D)
Day 3: After another great breakfast, you’ll depart between 9:00-10:00 am by raft for a day of white water rafting that is more exhilarating than the first day (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 deli-style lunch will be served on the riverbank en route, and you’ll have a chance to change into dry clothes at our private facilities by the river take-out before the drive back to your hotel in our minibus. You can expect to arrive back in San Jose between 6-6:30 pm. (B, picnic lunch)
The Pacuare Lodge Adventure is sold as a package tour that includes:
• Pick-up in San José and transfer to the Pacuare Lodge with bilingual guide (choose arrival via exciting white-water rafting trip or 4x4 vehicle).
• Costa Rican breakfast in route
• Welcome fruit cocktail served on your arrival.
• 2 nights stay in one of our fabulous Suites.
• 2 a la carte breakfast, two 3-course lunches plus a deli style lunch along the river & two 3-course dinners served at Nairi Awari Restaurant or at our Tabacón Patio.
• Afternoon coffee with delicious homemade pastry.
• 1 hour guided hike through the rainforest.
• Rafting out of the lodge (ground transfer also available) and transfer back to San José with guide.
In addition, your adventure package includes: professional guides and equipment, hot beverages, and use of private installations at river take-out.
Not included in the price: Alcoholic beverages and mixed drinks, optional tours, spa treatments and incidentals.
*Pick-ups, transfers & drop-offs may also be arranged to or from almost anywhere in the country for an additional fee.
Please note: Pacuare Lodge has four scheduled pick up locations (Crowne Plaza Corobicí, Park Inn by Radisson San José, Grano de Oro Hotel and Pacuare Lodge offices located in Barrio Escalante).
Drop off locations: Radisson San José Hotel, Park Inn by Radisson, Grano de Oro Hotel and Crowne Plaza Corobicí. If you are staying elsewhere, you can take a taxi to one of these locations. Let us know if you want us to assist you with this. We also provide transportation from areas outside of San José for an additional fee.