Beaches & Rainforest
- Pacuare River
- La Amistad Biosphere
- Caribbean Beach
- San Jose
Enjoy this active and varied Costa Rica vacation that is suitable for almost any age of traveler. Plunge down the whitewater of the Pacaure River, experience the jungle adventures of Selva Bananito, and end with a couple relaxing days on a Caribbean beach.
- Day 1 Arrive 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
- Additional Tour Options
- $100 - Triple room discount
- $125 - Quadruple room discount
- $1895 - Want to spend an extra day along the river? Click here...
- HikingIncludes guided hiking excursions. Hikes may vary from easy and optional three hour hikes to more difficult multi-day treks.
- Nature ViewingIncludes intentional opportunity to observe flora or fauna with an experienced guide.
- PaddlingIncludes paddling activity such as sea kayaking or rafting.
- SnorkelingIncludes opportunity for snorkeling or possibly SCUBA.
- Zip LineExplore the forest canopy by zip line or rappel down cliffs or waterfalls.
The morning of day two, head east towards the Caribbean to Selva Bananito Reserve for a few days of jungle discovery and adventure. While exploring one of Costa Rica’s most pristine rainforests, you’ll have the chance to climb a giant kapok tree and enter the fascinating world of the rainforest canopy. There’s also horseback riding through the adjacent family farm to learn about organic tropical farming techniques. For the adventurous you can spend a day hiking deep into the jungle to a 70 foot waterfall and then take a dip in it’s cool waters. 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.
After a morning of rainforest adventures, it's off to the white sand beach of Playa Cocles for some fun in the sun!
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 site of these loud tropical creatures. Tomorrow morning you are off to Cahuita National Park for a snorkel tour or sea kayaking tour. With the largest coral reef system in Costa Rica, you will 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. 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.
This morning you will be 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.