Costa Rica Rafting Holiday

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Costa Rica Rafting Holiday

River rafting in Costa Rica presents opportunities to challenge world-class rapids, in over 14 major river systems. Difficulties vary from calm stroll of Class I rivers to the extreme thrill of Class V rivers.  White water rafting down the Pacuare River provides an adventurous ride, filled with stunning natural beauty. 

Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula on the Pacific coast is known for its thick forests and deserted beaches. It is home to endangered species, including jaguars, tapirs, scarlet macaws, poison dart frogs and crocodiles. 

Manuel Antonio, north along the same coast is considered the most beautiful coastline in Costa Rica! Rafting in Manuel Antonio offer two river options; Savegre River, features a mix of both calm and exciting stretches. Naranjo River, features a more exhilarating stretch. Both rivers are suitable for families wanting calm or an exciting rafting adventure. 

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 11-DAY WHITEWATER RAFTING ADVENTURE…
And, experience remote jungles on Osa Peninsula & beaches of Manuel Antonio.
 

What We Love
  • This is an active tour and may include land and water activities.
  • The Pacuare is Costa Rica's premier white water rafting river.
  • Some activities on this tour may be on shared basis.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available.
  • Depart whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Review

The Pacuare is Costa Rica's premier white water rafting river close to San Jose. Although famous as one of the worlds top 10 rivers for its challenging rapids, it also has stunning scenery as it runs through densely vegetated primary rain forest, lowland tropical forest and towering waterfalls. Multiple day trips are available to combine the exhilarating rafting adventures with exploration of waterfalls, hiking trails and natural springs along the way. 
 
The Southern Pacific zone is rich in flora and fauna, and its environment serves as a refuge to animals in danger of extinction such as the tapir, panther, and scarlet macaw. The forests are tall and dense. In the Corcovado area,500 species of trees, 140 of mammals, 367 of birds, 40 of fresh water fish, 117 of amphibians and reptiles have been identified, and it is estimated that some 6,000 species of insects are to be found.  
 
No other destination in Costa Rica has received more international attention than Manuel Antonio. The Central Pacific region of Costa Rica possesses the beaches closest to the capital city. Among the most popular are Herradura, Jaco, Dominical and the ones at Manuel Antonio National Park. They enjoy the characteristics of a very hot and humid climate, with a season of brilliant sunshine from December through the end of April and warm waters all year long.
Getting There

There are no direct flights from the UK to Costa Rica. You need to change in either Europe or the US. Your best option is to fly via the US or Madrid, where you can connect with flights to San José. Continental has flights from the UK via Newark and Houston, while American Airlines flies via JFK, Dallas or Miami, and United via New York or Houston: of the three, Continental generally has the lowest fares (from £545 in high season) and offers an excellent service, with swift connections. Iberia’s flights via Madrid are one of the quicker routings, and avoid the US, but start at around £650. Indirect flights can still take as little as thirteen hours, including changes.
 

 
Costa Rica Rafting Holiday Costa Rica

Costa Rica Rafting Holiday 

Pacuare, Corcovado, Manuel Antonio
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 01 – Arrive
San Jose, Costa Rica Meet and greet on arrival and take a private transfer to your hotel for your one-night stay.  Stay at our recommended The Hotel Grano de Oro, located in San Jose on a quiet street near many restaurants, theatres and shops and is an easy walk to the bustling city centre.
Overnight: Grano de Oro Hotel.    

Day 02 – River Rafting
Pacuare River Coach transfer to Pacuare River. After arrival at the checkout point join your lodge guides for a rafting excursion this morning. Considered by many experienced white-water rafters to be the most scenic class III-IV rapids in the world, the Pacuare River provides an adventurous ride filled with stunning natural beauty along the entire length of its turning, twisting rapids. The tour includes transportation, bilingual guide, professional guides and equipment.     
Overnight: Pacuare Lodge (B, L, D)  

Day 03 – Transfer
San Jose In the morning we take a rafting excursion on the Pacuare River. The Pacuare River runs from the country’s highest mountain range to the coastal lowlands of the Atlantic through one of Costa Rica’s most important protected areas. This afternoon, return to San Jose for the night.
Overnight: Grano de Oro Hotel (B, L)  

Day 04 – Transfer
Corcovado National Park Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Palmar Sur. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer by land and boat to your lodge. Aguila de Osa Inn is located in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, situated on a high bluff overlooking the Agujas River with panoramic views of Drake Bay. Reaching out into the Pacific Ocean along the southwest coast, the Osa was once described by National Geographic as one of the most biologically intense places on earth. Encompassing Corcovado National Park and Cano Island, two of Costa Rica's most prized protected areas. The Osa Peninsula is a priceless natural treasure with an abundance of tropical plants, mammals, insects and over 350 species of birds.
Overnight: Aguila de Osa Inn or Casa Corcovado Lodge (B, L, D)    

Day 05 & 06 – Boat Excursion
Corcovado National Park Full day excursion in Corcovado National Park. This morning you will travel by boat to Corcovado National Park and take a guided rain forest & beach hike and wildlife viewing. Covering one-third of the Osa Peninsula on the Pacific coast near the Panamanian border, Corcovado is one of the country's wildest and most remote parks. Its thick forests, deserted beaches and swamps are home to most of the country's endangered species, including jaguars, tapirs, scarlet macaws, four kinds of monkeys, poison dart frogs and crocodiles.

Next day, take a boat excursion to Cano Island. Here the sun-kissed pacific surf splashes across your toes, mysteries of an ancient civilization romance your imagination, and fish of every form and colour dazzle your soul. This is Cano Island. Located just 12 miles west of Drake Bay, Cano Island Biological Reserve is a rainforest, archaeological, and marine sanctuary. Believed to be the burial ground of the Diquis Indian's ruling elite, the island features pre-Columbian stone spheres whose purpose is still shrouded in mystery. The island inexplicably receives more lightning strikes than nearly any other place on earth. Snorkel and have lunch on this pristine uninhabited island (scuba diving option available.)
Overnight: Aguila de Osa Inn or Casa Corcovado Lodge (B, L, D)    

Day 7, 8 & 9 – Transfer
Manuel Antonio National Park Return boat/land transfer to the local airstrip for your flight to Quepos. Meet and greet and private transfer to you hotel in Manuel Antonio.

Manuel Antonio is considered the most beautiful coastline in Costa Rica! The perfect backdrop for The Blue Lagoon or Night of the Iguana, Mother Nature sculpted the perfect set of beaches with rainforest terraces overlooking the tropical Pacific. From your hotel, you can visit nearby beaches, the national park, mangroves, nature refuge; butterfly gardens, or enjoy a variety of water sports.

Morning Mono Titi Canopy Tour. Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica's most famous National Parks. Expect to see various species of monkeys, plus white nosed coatimundis, sloths, agoutis, butterflies, iguanas and various birds. Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

Free day to enjoy the beaches or add an optional excursion. The hotel offers a full array of activities, including ocean kayaking, horseback riding, tours to nearby butterfly and private nature refuge, world class sport fishing, and whitewater rafting tours.
Overnight: Si Como No Hotel (B)    

Day 10 – Transfer
San Jose Morning at leisure. Return transfer to Quepos airport for your flight to San Jose. You are met and transferred to your hotel for check-in and overnight.
Overnight: Grano de Oro Hotel (B)  

Day 11 – Depart
San Jose Transfer to the San Jose airport to board your homebound flight (B)
 

 

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


When to go December through April: This is the tourist high season in Costa Rica when the weather is at its most pleasant. It is also the dry season, and one can mostly depend on clear, sunny days. There is a brief dry spell from February to April but it's worthwhile to visit in April-May.

May through October: The rainy season takes a while to get started in May, often diminishing for a couple of weeks in June or July. The brunt of the rain however falls on the Caribbean coast, giving the Pacific a much more arid climate. The only really rainy months in Guanacaste on the Pacific coast are October and November, and on the Atlantic coast, the only predictably dry months are September and October.

October to December: This is also a good time to visit Costa Rica when things are much quieter and when the weather is still good.

Visas British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Costa Rica. You can stay as a visitor for up to 3 months, although the exact period is at the discretion of the immigration officer on arrival. The immigration authorities are strict about foreigners who have overstayed.

Passport validity: Your passport should have at least one day’s validity from the date you are leaving Costa Rica. If you hold a passport other than a British Citizen passport, different regulations may apply.

Visa information source: www.gov.uk