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Kayaking the Central Pacific coast in Costa Rica

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This is an adventure-packed Costa Rica tour with whitewater rafting, horseback riding, jungle hikes, and optional tree climbs into the rainforest canopy. After spending a few days at our unique rainforest lodge, it's off to a Caribbean beach retreat surrounded by thick tropical forest. This is a great way to see what the best of Costa Rica travel has to offer. You may opt for an extra night that includes a stay in a lodge along the river. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in San Jose
Days 2-3 : Rainforest Adventure
Day 4 : Off to the Beach
Days 5-6 : Caribbean Free Days
Day 7 : Pacuare River Rafting
Day 8 : Return Home

Highlights

  • Climb a kapok tree and enter the rainforest canopy
  • Raft the Class III rapids of the Pacuare River
  • Snorkel the largest coral reef system in Costa Rica
  • Hike through the rainforest bordering the beach of Cahuita National Park

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Easy Active

Trip Snapshots

Kayaking the Central Pacific coast in Costa Rica Costa Rica's caribbean coast Rafting the Pacaure River in Costa Rica Waterfall rappel in the Costa Rica jungle Friendly Sloth Puerto Viejo, the lively Caribbean town Standing beneath the waterfall Job well done on the Pacuare River!

Day 1 Arrive in San Jose

Overnight.

Day 2-3 Rainforest Adventure

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The morning of day two, head east towards the Caribbean to Selva Bananito Reserve for a few days of jungle discovery and adventure. Included in your stay is an introductory tree-climbing adventure, observation platform tour with rappel, or a horseback ride through the farm. While exploring one of Costa Rica’s most pristine rainforests, you have the chance to climb a giant kapok tree and enter the fascinating world of the rainforest canopy. There’s also a horseback ride through the adjacent family farm to learn about organic tropical farming techniques. For the adventurous spend a day hiking deep into the jungle to a 70-foot waterfall and then take a dip in its cool waters. You can also add the option to rappell down the falls - Let us know if you want to add this to your adventure. For those who prefer a more relaxed day, Selva Bananito offers plenty of smaller excursions too. At the end of each day, locally grown food is served by candlelight before you retire to the tranquil retreat of your jungle cabana.

Day 4 Off to the Beach

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a morning of rainforest adventures, it's off to the white sand beach of Playa Cocles for some fun in the sun!

Day 5-6 Caribbean Free Days

Surrounded by thick jungle, you might be lucky to wake in the morning to the loud roar of howler monkeys. Look carefully into the canopy surrounding the lodge and you might be treated to the sight of these loud tropical creatures. Tomorrow morning you are off to Cahuita National Park for a snorkel tour. With the largest coral reef system in Costa Rica, you have the chance to see a large array of colorful tropical fish, sting rays, and possibly a reef shark or two. Conclude the tour with an hour long hike through the rainforest that borders the beach. This snorkeling tour is weather dependent. Keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, sloths, iguanas and the famed poisonous dart frog. The rest of the time is free for you to arrange activities locally. Go snorkeling, sea kayaking, take a rainforest walk, or just hang around the beach and swim in the surf. Your hotel can arrange everything from a trip to a nearby indigenous village to boogie board rentals. You might also choose to just walk along the miles of near-deserted beach.

Day Excursions at the beach

Day 7 Pacuare River Rafting

This morning you are picked up and head to the Class III-IV whitewater of the Pacuare River. One of Costa Rica’s most exciting whitewater trips, the Pacuare plunges through spectacular mountain gorges and passes through virgin rainforest filled with howler monkeys, toucans, sloths, ocelots, and more. For younger travelers or those looking for a slower pace, you can opt to raft a tamer river. After lunch make your way back to San Jose to complete your Costa Rica travels. Spend the evening enjoying one of San Jose's finer restaurants or just relax in your colonial style hotel.

Day 8 Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast

Puerto Viejo - Hotels

San Jose - Hotels

Selva Bananito

Per person starting at
$1,295

Notes

$400 - $645 single supplement


Peak season dates include an extra night in Selva Bananito Lodge and at Caribbean hotel. Contact us for details.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
    • 2 Nights Hotel
    • 5 Nights Lodge
  • 3 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service

Excluded

  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $100 Meals not Included
  • $29 Airport Departure Tax
  • $150 Optional Excursions
    • Waterfall rappelling tour is an additional $70 Please let us know if you would like to arrange it.
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Kate was great to work with in the planning stage. She was prompt, helpful, and efficient. Our tour guide, Edwin, was knowledgeable and passionate. We were very happy to have traveled with Adventure Life, it made the trip easy and a true pleasure. We could concentrate on enjoying the experience rather than the details of travel.
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