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This 8-day Costa Rica trip is perfect for the active traveler hoping to experience Corcovado in the most engaging way possible. After an exhilarating 2-day whitewater rafting trip, head toward the untamed Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park - one of the only places in Costa Rica where large groups of the endangered scarlet macaw still color the sky. Off the beaten path enough to avoid the Costa Rica vacation crowds, Corcovado rewards you with spectacular scenery and unmatched opportunities to spot elusive wildlife. Use the park's trail system to stroll along the deserted beach, marked in places with cascading waterfalls, as well as to penetrate the dense interior rainforest. National Geographic calls Corcovado "the most biologically intense place on Earth" - surely a destination to put on your "don't miss" list!
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Highlights
  • Whitewater raft down the Class III rapids of the Pacuare River
  • Search for elusive wildlife such as scarlet macaws, sloths, and anteaters
  • Camp on sandy beaches along the jungle's edge
  • Explore weaving paths between sandy beaches and the forest in Corcovado
Trip Type:
  • Independent
Activity Level: Moderate
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Day 1: Arrive in San Jose

Arrive in San Jose and make your way to your hotel for the evening.

Day 2-3: Pacuare Whitewater

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
This morning you head east towards the Caribbean and the Class III-IV whitewater of the Pacuare River for two days of whitewater rapids, jungle-clad canyons, and spectacular waterfalls. One of Costa Rica's most exciting whitewater vacations, tonight stay over at a lodge at the rivers edge. Explore some of Costa Rica's remote rainforest in Braulle National Park, and, of course, plunge through the exhilarating rapids of the Pacaure River. It's back to San Jose at the end of Day 3 in time for dinner on your own and a relaxing evening before tomorrow's flight to the wild Osa Peninsula.

Day 4-6: Corcovado EcoLodge

  • Hotel
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Early this morning you board a flight to Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula to explore the last Pacific coastal rainforest in Central America. From here you transfer two hours to Carate, and then a horse carries your luggage as you walk the thirty minutes along the beach to the tent camp. Corcovado is one of the only places in Costa Rica where large groups of the endangered scarlet macaw still color the sky. Look carefully into the almond trees that line the beach, and you're sure to see a group of the brilliant birds noisily cracking nuts. Your time here is filled with exploring the rainforest, splashing in the surf, and relaxing to the sound of crashing waves and tropical birds.

Early the next morning it's off for a full day hike through Corcovado National Park.The path weaves between sandy beaches, primary and secondary forests, and a small stretch of mangrove. Corcovado National Park teems with wildlife like spider, squirrel, and capuchin monkeys, coatimundis, two and three toed sloths, tapirs, peccaries, giant anteaters and even jungle cats like the ocelot and jaguarundi. This is one of the best places in Costa Rica to spot such elusive wildlife, and learn about rainforest ecology first hand.

On your last day here, enjoy Corcovado as you wish. Optional activities include horseback riding, hiking in Corcovado, or a guided Night Walk. The magic of sleeping in safari-style tents on the edge of the jungle and sandy beach makes this an unforgettable journey.

Day 7: Return to San Jose

This morning you head back to Carate and catch a short connecting flight to Puerto Jimenez, where you connect with your flight on to San Jose. Don't forget to watch the almond trees carefully for scarlet macaws. Upon your return to San Jose, you're on your own to explore the city, take a coffee tour, or just relax in your charming hotel. Pura vida!

Day 8: Return Home

Accommodations

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Arrival Airport Transfer
  • Departure Airport Transfer
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Internal Flight: Nicuesa - San Jose
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  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Local guides full-day tours: $5-$10 per traveler per day
    Local guides 1/2-day tours: $5 per traveler per day
    River guides: $5 per traveler per day
    Support staff: $2-3 per traveler per day
    Drivers: $5 per traveler per day
    Taxi drivers do not expect tips for their normal services
    Baggage Handlers: $1 per bag
    Hotel hospitality (maid service): $1-$1 per traveler per night
    Restaurants: Most restaurants include in their bill a 10% service charge, as well as a 13% sales tax.  If the service charge has been added, no additional tip is necessary; however, the wait staff is happy if the amount is rounded up. 

    USD and major credit cards are commonly used in Costa Rica, and it is very common to see higher cost items priced in USD. It is recommended to carry cash (NEW $20 bills or smaller ONLY) for taxis and restaurants. Most hotels and restaurants will accept major credit cards, as well.

    Colones are the official Costa Rican currency. It is common to receive change in colones if you pay for something in USD cash. Smaller cost items (sodas, metered taxis, etc.) will commonly be priced in colones.

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