Costa Rica Packages: Ultimate Caribbean DiscoveryReynaldo2022-10-05T23:43:00+00:00
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS: TORTUGUERO AND PACUARE LODGE
Experience the very best of Costa Rica’s wild Caribbean side
Discover a renewed sense of awe and adventure as you embark into the mystery and magic of the Costa Rica Caribbean lowlands. Both of these enchanting storybook destinations are mainly accessible by boat, yet each is astoundingly unique. Spend the first leg of your journey exploring the Caribbean jungle draped rivers and canals of Tortuguero, where abundant wildlife , and exquisite Afro-Caribbean hospitality, culture, and cuisine await. Next, experience the utter power and beauty of rafting the Pacuare River as it winds through sentinel canyons and virgin rainforest. Your destination – the exquisite Pacuare Lodge, where untainted nature reveals a new form of luxury and rejuvenation inspired by the wisdom and lore of the native Cabécar.
Optional Three-Day Costa Rica Caribbean Coast Beach Retreat Once a quaint fishing village, today, the beachfront town is the heart and soul of Costa Rica’s Afro-Caribbean culture, charm, and world-class Costa Rica beaches. Explore its vibrant community brimming with local and international restaurants, bars, and boutique shopping. And make sure to sample the spicy and savory Creole cuisine that’s legendary in the region.
DAY 1 Welcome To Beautiful Costa Rica!
Welcome to the land of Pure Life (Pura Vida). Meet and greet at the San José International Airport and transfer to the landmark Grano de Oro Hotel (or similar), renowned for its historical charm and sophistication.
DAY 2 A Full-Jungle Immersion
Rise early for a memorable drive through the mountains and lush Costa Rica rainforest of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Look out for waterfalls and scenic overlooks as you descend into the fertile Caribbean side of Costa Rica in Limon Province. The road ends at La Pavona dock, the gateway into a vast network of river canals and the charming town of Tortuguero. Your one -hour boat ride will reveal a fascinating ecosystem of marine and birdlife. Enjoy the soft tunes of Reggae and savory scents of Afro-Caribbean cuisine during an afternoon Tortuguero Village & Casa Cecropia tour. Overnight at the exquisite Tortuga Lodge & Gardens. (Optional: take a domestic flight directly to Tortuguero at an extra cost.)
DAY 3 Exploring The Tortuguero Canals
Rise to the unique song of the jungle and a breakfast of tropical fruit and Caribbean classics. Later, choose one of the lodge’s signature activities such as the Natural History Boat Tour a guided boat tour that will take you deep into the wilderness over the glassy canals and tributaries of Tortuguero, where orchids and bromeliads share the treetops with sloth, monkeys, and over 300 types of birds. In the surrounding river habitat live countless species, including manatee, caiman, turtles, tapir, reptiles, and even jaguar. Enjoy the afternoon exploring the Cerro Tortuguero Tour or the evening Twilight Tour. Overnight at the exquisite Tortuga Lodge & Gardens.
DAY 4 Tortuguero To Pacuare Lodge
After a hearty breakfast, take a final boat ride through the quiet canals to the docks, where a comfortable 4WD SUV will be waiting to transfer you to Pacuare Lodge. The scenic drive through the Talamanca mountains offers a glimpse into the mystical world of the Cabécar people who’ve inhabited the vast forests for generations. Upon arrival, take time to enjoy the exorbitant luxury of your suite, explore the manicured grounds, or take a dip in the Costa Rica rainforest infinity pool overlooking the river. A romantic candlelight dinner awaits you as the sun sets into the emerald treetops. Overnight at the Pacuare Lodge.
DAY 5 Adventure In The Rainforest
After a delectable home-grown breakfast overlooking the Pacuare river, you’ll discover a world of adventure and intrigue through Pacuare’s collection of nine onsite experiences and Costa Rica tours. If you’re drawn to thrills, don’t miss rock climbing and rappelling or gliding through the treetops on a breathtaking canopy zip line tour. Are you an adventurer at heart? Hike through the forest to a remote waterfall and a Cabécar village to witness firsthand what it is to live in symbiosis with nature (1-to-5-hour options). Or explore Pacuare’s organic gardens and visit a local community to see sustainability in practice, the list goes on. Complete the day’s magic with a rejuvenating spa treatment.
DAY 6 Rainforest Revelation And Rejuvenation
Awaken to birdsong and the sounds of the river. Today you will live another unforgettable day to its fullest. Embark on your next choice of signature experiences such as a Waterfall Hike, swim beneath the forest canopy in the dreamy infinity pool or indulge in a blissful massage at the Jawa Juü Spa. The spa’s expert therapists use the finest Costa Rica rainforest-sourced clays and infused oils inspired by the Cabécar’s healing arts. At Pacuare, every detail counts, and each meal is a feast to remember with locally grown produce, home-brewed craft beer, and an extensive international collection of wines and tropical beverages.
DAY 7 A Whitewater Wonderland
Relish in a delicious final breakfast at the lodge before setting out on a thrilling morning of whitewater rafting over Class III-IV rapids (approximately 3.5 hours). The spectacular Pacuare is deemed one of the world’s top ten most beautiful rivers. Float through steep canyons and pristine rainforest while wildlife in Costa Rica monkeys, iguanas, and tropical birds watch from the treetops. You’ll also pass sleepy townships where children play in the river’s shallows before enjoying a fresh deli-style lunch and fruit on the riverbank. At takeout, you can change into dry clothes for the scenic drive back to San José. Overnight at the Grano de Oro Hotel.
DAY 8 Farewell To Cost Rica
Pick up and transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport with plenty of time for your check-in and departure.
• Airport pick-up and transfers. • Ground transportation and boat ride from San José and to Tortuga Lodge on the Tortuguero Canal • Suite accommodations • Three exquisite daily meals per day • 2 daily on-site shared activities • Professional bilingual guide • Tortuguero National Park entrance fee • Ground transportation and Costa Rica river rafting transfer to from Pacuare Lodge as detailed above • 1-night accommodation at Grano de Oro Hotel • 3-night accommodations in a Mr. Mishak Suite at Tortuga Lodge • 3-night accommodations in a Garden View Suite at Pacuare Lodge • Three exquisite daily meals per day • Pacuare collection of eight onsite experiences, including the Night Hike, Canopy Tour, Tropical Canyoning Tour, Birdwatching, Cabecar Indigenous Hike, Sustainability Tour, Rural Experience, and The Loop • Professional bilingual guide and equipment