Uncover the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica on our 8-night Caribbean Safari Vacation Package. Raft the Pacuare River whitewater rapids to a secluded eco-lodge. Then, head to the Southern Coast to explore the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. End your adventure discovering the jungle canals of Tortuguero National Park.
Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica
Upon your morning or midday arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica transfer to Hotel Grano de Oro for overnight. Found on a quiet street in the middle of bustling San Jose, Hotel Grano de Oro is an oasis set amid the city. Once a private home, this converted mansion offers all the same warmth and ambiance with period photographs and colorful tropical flora. Hotel Grano de Oro also features one of the city's best restaurants.
Pacuare River 2 Night Trip: Class III-IV Rapids
You'll depart San José early in the morning, stopping for breakfast. At the river, guides will prepare equipment and give you safety and paddle instructions before you're off down the Pacuare gorge. Enjoy lunch on the riverbank, and your guides will show you to a stunning jungle waterfall and pool where you can swim. Before you know it, you'll arrive at the Ríos Tropicales Lodge where you can spend the afternoon relaxing, hiking or soaking in the waterfalls and pools. Enjoy happy hour and dinner before falling asleep to the sounds of the river.
Pacuare River Rafting
Enjoy rainforest canopy tours, hikes, relaxation and more. This day is designed to enjoy the lodge and its natural surroundings. Enjoy a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of the zip line course (at an additional cost). Four distinctive platforms blend in seamlessly with the natural surroundings. Overnight Rios Tropicales Lodge.
Pacuare River; Transfer to the Southern Caribbean Coast
After breakfast, you'll prepare to paddle down the Pacuare gorge. A snack stop by the riverside lets you explore more waterfalls and natural waterslides. An adrenaline-packed afternoon running rapids will have you cheering. Hot lunch will be served at the Ríos Tropicales Operations Center. This afternoon, transfer approximately 3 hours to Hotel Aguas Clars, a hip newly renovated boutique hotel surrounded by lush gardens bordering unspoiled Caribbean beaches just outside the eclectic village of Puerto Viejo. Each house is a piece incorporating Caribbean culture and local handicrafts. Solar panels and recycled materials never looked so luxurious.
Southern Caribbean Free Day
Today, consider a guided tour of the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. This trail through the jungle is teeming with monkeys, parrots, sloth, and snakes. Right in the middle of the rainforest, there is a bungalow with a massage table and Jacuzzi available to all guests. Inside the reception, there is a souvenir shop where you will find local handicrafts in wood and clay and handmade jewelry, among many other original souvenirs. Other optional activities include kayaking, mountain biking, horseback riding, snorkeling and diving, and tours into Cahuita and Puerto Vargas National Park as well as the Indian ranch of Volio. Overnight Hotel Aguas Claras
Southern Caribbean Free Day
No plans today. Alternate between the hotel pool, restaurant, and picturesque beaches of the Caribbean where the clear warm water welcomes snorkelers, surfers, and swimmers. Overnight Hotel Aguas Claras.
Transfer to Tortuguero National Park
This morning transfer approximately 2 hours to the private dock for a 1-2 hour boat ride to Tortuguero on the Northern Caribbean Coast. Along the way, observe the birds and animals along the backwater creeks of Tortuguero National Park before arriving at Tortuga Lodge for overnight. This ideal hideaway for nature lovers is nestled in the forest and the perfect place to discover the wonders of the Tortuguero.
Tortuguero National Park
After breakfast at the lodge, a guide will bring you a shared boat tour through the jungle canals of Tortuguero National Park pointing out the flora and fauna of the park along the way. Return for lunch. In the afternoon, your guide will take you on a tour of Tortuguero Village. You'll also have the option of visiting the town of San Francisco de la Barra de Tortuguero.
Depart San Jose, Costa Rica
This morning enjoy breakfast at the lodge and then transfer to the local airstrip for a flight back to San Jose to connect to your international flight home.
Pricing is valid through the date listed for each itinerary (all pricing is subject to change until booked and confirmed). Holiday season supplements apply for Christmas, New Years, Presidents Day, and Easter travel dates. Green season specials and/or lower rates may apply for May to November travel dates.
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