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Rafting @ Pacuare River
|Departure Dates 2012|
|Departure dates upon request.|
|Until Oct 31, 2012|
|Starting at $1,695|
Day 1: ARRIVE - You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in San José. The evening is free to enjoy the nightlife of the City.
Day 2: OROSI VALLEY (Mountain Biking 3 - 4 hours) - Your adventure trip begins with a drive to the Orosi Valley where we mount our bikes. We will pass through coffee-lined valleys and cloud forest side-by-side. With misty vistas and lush green plants lining the steep hillsides, there is time for breaks to enjoy the views on our way up to a mountain top lodge near Turrialba which has spectacular panoramic views over the valley. (B,L).
Day 3: PACUARE RIVER (Rafting 2+ hours, 10km) - We leave the Lodge for the short drive to our rafting “put-in” on the Pacuare River. We will run a total of 27 kilometers of Class III-IV rapids while exploring the magnificent valley and some of the most dramatic scenery only accessible by river. As we pass along the river we border land inhabited by indigenous people who have occupied the area for centuries. You will see a few of the river crossings they use for access and sometimes get a glimpse of them fishing in the river, or the children playing. In the afternoon we arrive at our comfortable riverside camp – “El Nido del Tigre” which nestles between the rainforest and the river. There is plenty of time to settle into the camp and make it your home, exploring the lush environment first hand, looking out for toucans overhead, observing the local iguanas or simply relaxing in a hammock to the rush of the river as it passes on its journey to the Caribbean. (B,L,D).
Day 4: PACUARE RIVER (Hiking) - The day is free to enjoy this unique environment and take some hikes through the rainforest to a waterfall and swimming hole or float down a ‘friendly’ rapid with just a life jacket for support. Your guide will discuss the possibilities with you and will make a plan for the day. (B,L,D).
Day 5: PACUARE RIVER (Rafting) - Now the river has become an ‘old friend’, we set out to raft through the virgin rainforest as the river carves its way along the valley creating some spectacular canyons. The rapids today are really exhilarating and so it is an active day with a few rests along the way. We take some time to explore side hikes to waterfalls and swimming holes and have lunch on the shore. We take out at Finca Pacuarito in the heart of a banana plantation and your home for the night. Once showered and rested take some time to explore either walking or by mountain bike. (B,L,D).
Day 6: ARENAL (Zip Line Canopy) - We leave Pacuarito after breakfast for our drive to La Fortuna, the closest town to the Arenal Volcano. We are heading for an Ecological Tropical Park near to the Volcano for our adventure high in the tree canopy. Traversing on cables, spanning lengths of 200 meters up to the longest of 800 meters; each cable offers a different sensation and experience crossing canyons, observing waterfalls, over the tops of trees or leaving from a spectacular observation tower 18 meters high. The Fortuna and Pino Blanco waterfalls, along with the majestic Arenal Volcano accompany us on this trek. Breakfast is included. (B). There is a wide choice of restaurants in the town of La Fortuna for lunch and dinner.
Day 7: ARENAL VOLCANO (Hiking and Hot Springs) - There are a variety of hiking and/or biking trails to choose from to fully appreciate the majesty of the Arenal Volcano. Through private trails into the primary forest and through open pasture land, this is a unique experience as we are surrounded by a great variety of flora and fauna of breathtaking beauty. The exact route will depend upon the group but it will be a full day of hiking or biking and this will depend upon the weather and the group. We end the day with a soak at the Hot Springs and if the night is clear, we get the chance to see the red glow of the volcano’s molten lava. (B, L).
Day 8: ARENAL VOLCANO (Return to San Jose) - We return to San Jose via the village of Sarchi which is famous for its Ox Cart Factories and numerous souvenir shops. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to take in the sights and sounds of San Jose. Overnight is in a hotel in San Jose. We will stop for lunch along the way and there is a wide choice of restaurants to choose from for dinner in San Jose. (B).
Day 9: SAN JOSE (Departure) - You will be picked up at your hotel in time for your departure from the airport. (B).
DO YOU FIT THE CLIENT PROFILE FOR THIS TRIP?Adventure trails is designed for people of all abilities. We ask that you have a healthy spirit of adventure and good all-round fitness. It is not necessary to have a high level of biking expertise although it is helpful to be familiar with gear changing. There are no specific requirements for whitewater rafting buy you will fully participate in paddling so need to have goog stamina.
Trip Includes: As specified in the above itinerary, lodging, transportation within Costa Rica, airport/hotel transfers on scheduled arrival/departure dates, meals [B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner], national park entrance fees, guide services, ground operator support within Costa Rica and taxes.
Not Included: International airfare, airport departure taxes, meals not specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages, personal equipment, extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service), gratuities, or costs associated with changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control.