Pacuare Lodge

Treasures of Costa Rica

Costa Rica at its best: Pacuare Lodge – Arenal – Manuel Antonio

8 Days – 7 Nights

You’ll be in the midst of three of Costa Rica’s most spectacular areas. Each boasts its own scenic beauty and diverse wildlife, which you’ll experience firsthand while rafting down one of the world’s most scenic rivers, walking amidst the treetops on hanging bridges, and strolling along a jungle-lined beach. You’ll experience the whitewater rapids and tropical nature of the Pacuare River, the lush rainforest and spectacular views of Arenal Volcano, and the beaches, wildlife, and exuberant scenery of Manuel Antonio – three tropical paradises on one unforgettable journey.

Day 1: Welcome to Costa Rica!

We will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to your hotel in San José. Overnight at Grano de Oro Hotel or similar.

Day 2: Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting.

You’ll be picked up early for the 2½-hour drive to the Pacuare River, with a stop for a traditional Costa Rican breakfast along the way. After basic safety training on the riverbank, you’ll embark on an exciting 1- to 1½-hour river rafting trip over class II-III rapids to the Pacuare Lodge: Costa Rica’s most secluded ecolodge. After a farm-to-table lunch, your guide will take you on a short hike through the rainforest to a waterfall and swimming hole. In the evening, you’ll enjoy an exquisite candlelit dinner and will be lulled to sleep by the soothing sounds of the river, crickets, and tree frogs.


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.

Package includes:

• 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)


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

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