Costa Rica Off the Beaten Track

10 Days - 9 Nights
Two of Costa Rica’s most exotic, untouched destinations come together when we combine the Osa Peninsula with the Pacuare River. There is no better hiking in the country, and the whitewater rafting is among the best in the world. Add to that two of the country’s most impressive and environmentally conscious hotels, expert chefs, and tropical tranquility and you have the makings of a one-of-a-kind trip.

Pacuare Lodge & Lapa Rios

10 Days - 9 Nights

Pacuare Lodge & Lapa Rios Rainforest Ecolodge are listed by National Geographic Society as two of the 25 Unique Lodges of the World

We’ll take you to two of Costa Rica’s most pristine spots – the Osa Peninsula and the Pacuare River – where you’ll enjoy abundant wildlife, gorgeous tropical scenery, and an array of outdoor activities. The adventure is complemented by exquisite accommodations, excellent food, and plenty of privacy at two of the country’s most environmentally and socially responsible hotels.

Day 1: Welcome to Costa Rica!

Our guide will meet you at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría Airport and take you to a boutique hotel in San José, where you can rest for the coming adventure. Overnight at Grano de Oro or similar.

Day 2: Flying into paradise

We’ll take you to the airport early this morning for a spectacular flight over mountains and the sea to Puerto Jimenez, on the Osa Peninsula, in Costa Rica’s southwest corner. From there, it’s a short drive to the award-winning ecolodge of Lapa Rios. This carefully built lodge sits on a forested ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The lodge’s 930-acre nature reserve is home to more than 300 birds species, and you might spot toucans, scarlet macaws, squirrel monkeys and other wildlife from your room, the pool area, or the restaurant. Lapa Rios offers constant exposure to nature, with knowledgeable guides to teach you about the surrounding biodiversity.

Day 3: Explore the rainforest, relax

The rainforest sings to you. At Lapa Rios, you will be in close contact with nature from the moment you awaken to the songs and squawks of birds until the moment you doze off to the soft chirping of tree frogs. The airy bungalows are cooled by ocean breezes, which often carry the aroma of jungle blossoms. The restaurant serves a tasty selection of tropical fruit drinks, and massages are given in a room with a rainforest view. It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind, but Lapa Rios also offers more than a dozen options for exploring the surrounding jungle and sea. Choose from various hikes in the hotel’s nature reserve or optional tours (not included in the price) including tours of the nearby Golfo Dulce, or horseback riding on a pristine beach, among other tours.

Days 4 and 5: At your leisure

Lapa Rios has more than enough options to keep you busy. We highly recommend taking an early morning bird watching tour, and you may want to hike deeper into the forest to a small waterfall. Other options include learning about local medicinal plants, eating lunch in the rainforest, checking out the tidal pools on nearby Matapalo Point, or exploring the forest at night.

Day 6: Awesome views and off-road adventure

After an early morning flight back to San José, our driver will meet you at the airport and take you toward Costa Rica’s Caribbean slope – passing through the cities of San José and Cartago and verdant farmland – to the jaw-dropping Pacuare River. Views of the mountains covered by dense jungle couldn’t be more dramatic! The adventure continues as you leave the four-wheel-drive vehicle and cross the river on a hanging gondola that carries you above the river via a 100-meter cable running from riverbank to riverbank. After approximately 2.5 hours on the road, you’ll reach the award winning secluded Pacuare Lodge, where you’ll settle into your spacious suite and enjoy a sumptuous lunch by the river. In the evening, it's candlelight, tree-frog serenades, and delectable dining at the Nairi Awari Restaurant.

Day 7: Indigenous culture, rainforest adventure, and relaxation

Awaken to a symphony of birdsong and enjoy breakfast from the privacy of your bungalow before embarking on this day’s adventures. You can take it easy, or begin enjoying some of the lodge’s optional tours 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. Outdoor adventure options include the Canopy Adventure Tour, which takes you gliding between treetop platforms on cables, or Canyoning- El Tesorito Creek , which combines hiking, rock climbing and rappelling. Hikers have several options to choose from: the Rural Experience , which visits the nearest community; the Cabécar 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, and takes most of the day. You’ll be back at the lodge in time for lunch, after which you can relax or get a massage before another delicious candlelight dinner.

Day 8: Choose your own adventure

This day offers another opportunity to enjoy an outdoor adventure or experience the local culture . It also gives you more time to soak up the peacefulness and natural beauty of a magical place. The lodge employs resident naturalist guides who will provide you with unique insights into the plant and animal world.

Day 9: Whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River

Departure between 9:00-10:00 am. In the morning you will depart by raft for an even more fun-filled day of whitewater rafting excitement. This journey will take you through class III–IV rapids, narrow canyons, and lush valleys. You’ll raft past waterfalls, virgin rainforest, and an array of wildlife. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch on the riverbank before descending the last stretch of the Pacuare’s remarkable scenery.

At our river take-out you will have a chance to change at our private facilities before being transferred by private minibus back to your hotel. Arrival back in San José between 5:30-6:30 pm. Hotel: Grano de Oro or similar.

Day 10: Time to head home

Pick up and transfer to the Juan Santamaría International Airport for your departure home (B)


Package includes:

• Transfer from Juan Santamaría Airport to Grano de Oro
• 2 nights at Grano de Oro in superior room with breakfast
• Transfer from your hotel to the domestic airport


Lapa Rios includes:

• 4 Nights / 5 Days in Private Deluxe Bungalow
• 3 a la carte, multi-course meals per day
• Non alcoholic & non mixed drinks
• One round trip Puerto Jimenez-Lapa Rios-Puerto Jimenez transfer
• Selection of on-site guided tours such as: Early and Sunset Birds Tour, Wild Waterfall, Local Medicine Tour, Rainforest Ridge Walk, Osa Trail, Matapalo Tour and Night Walk
• Visit to the Carbonera School


Pacuare Lodge includes:

• 3 Nights / 4 Days in a Garden Suite
• Round trip San José – Pacuare – San José transfer
• Pacuare River River whitewater rafting trip
• 3 daily multi-course meals per day
• Non alcoholic & non mixed drinks
• Waterfall Hike
• Pacuare Canopy Adventure


2020 Rates:

Rates per person in Double Occupancy
Starting from $4,426

Rates subject to change based on travel dates, occupancy, and availability. Minimum nights may apply during the holiday season.


The Pacuare Lodge Rates Includes:


 Pacuare River rafting tour or ground transportation to the lodge (depending on preference) 
• Suite accommodation 
• 3 exquisite daily meals 
• Transportation from San José
• 9 onsite experiences (Night Hike, Canopy Tour, Tropical Canyoning Tour, Bird-Watching, Cabecar Indigenous Hike, Ancient Trail & Hidden Waterfall Hike, Sustainability Tour, Rural Experience, The Loop)
• Professional & bilingual guide and equipment