Day 3: Personalized Tours at Pacuare Lodge.
Wake up to birdsongs and head to the main lodge for a delicious breakfast with a view of the river and rainforest. This day you can relax and enjoy the scenery or choose from an array of optional tours that include adventure activities such as rock climbing and rappelling on the Tropical Canyoning tour, or gliding through the treetops on ziplines on the Pacuare Canopy Adventure hikes through the forest (from 1 to 6 hours), an introduction to the Cabécar indigenous culture, a visit to a rural community, and the varied treatments available at the lodge’s spa(not included in the price). You’ll end this day with another sumptuous dinner by candlelight.
Day 4: Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting and transfer to Arenal
After another hearty breakfast, you’ll depart by raft for a fun-filled day of whitewater rafting (approx. 3½ hours over class III-IV rapids) on the Pacuare River’s most impressive section. You’ll float through lush canyons past pristine rainforest, crystalline waterfalls, and an array of tropical birds. A deli-style lunch will be served on the riverbank along the way, and you’ll be able to change into dry clothes at a private facility before you’re driven in a private minibus to the Arenal Volcano area (about 4 hours). Overnight at Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens or similar.
Day 5: Arenal Hanging Bridges and Jungle Relaxation
This day, you’ll experience the rainforest from varied perspectives – from the ground (like a jaguar), from the canopy (like a monkey), and from the treetops (like an eagle). You’ll hike along a three-kilometer trail that includes 15 bridges in a private reserve near Arenal Volcano where you might spot toucans, parakeets, and other birds. This afternoon is free for you to relax by your hotel’s pool and enjoy the luxuriant surroundings. Overnight at Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens or similar.
Day 6: Transfer to Manuel Antonio and Unmatched Landscapes
You’ll be driven by minivan through a series of landscapes ranging from jungle to pastoral to Manuel Antonio, one of Costa Rica’s most spectacular spots. The area’s hilly landscape offers breathtaking views of the rainforest, ocean, and offshore islands, whereas Playa Manuel Antonio – an idyllic beach lined with lush foliage and washed by clear Pacific waves – is the perfect place for fun in the sun, sea, and sand. The rainforest that rises up from the coast is home to an array of wildlife that includes monkeys, iguanas, and hundreds of colorful bird species, making Manuel Antonio a great place for nature lovers. Overnight at Parador Hotel or similar.
Day 7: Your Pick of Tours at Manuel Antonio, or Beach-side Relaxation
You can dedicate this day to relaxing on the beach or exploring the area’s natural wonders on any of the varied tours (not included in package price) available here, which include a guided hike through Manuel Antonio National Park, ocean kayaking, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, or a sailboat cruise. Overnight at Parador Hotel or similar.
Day 8: Air transfer to San José:
We provide a transfer to the local airport (Quepos) for the short flight in a small plane to Juan Santamaría International Airport, where you can connect with an international flight or head to a San José hotel.
• Airport transfers
• Breakfasts and other meals where specified
• Lodging as described above
• Ground transportation between destinations
• Pacuare rafting trip.
• Hanging bridges
• Bilingual guides
• Domestic flight Quepos-Juan Santamaría International Airport (San José)