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Spend 9 days exploring all that Costa Rica has to offer, like whitewater rafting, rainforest exploration, horseback riding, and beach activities in the sun-kissed Caribbean. Witness waterfalls and tremendous biodiversity as you go on nature walks through the tropical jungle. Then enjoy some free time at the rainforest-bordered beach, where you can explore the jungle more or snorkel in Costa Rica's largest coral reef. Your journey concludes with two exhilarating days navigating the rapids of the Pacuare River.
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Highlights
  • Climb a giant kapok tree to explore the rain forest canopy
  • Relax on the white sand beaches of the Caribbean coast
  • Snorkel and kayak in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean
  • Raft the thrilling whitewater of the Pacuare River
Trip Type:
  • Independent
Activity Level: Easy Active
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Day 1: Arrive San Jose

Arrive San Jose and 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’ll 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 you will 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.

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 site of these loud tropical creatures. One of your free days 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.

For the rest of the free days 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 7-8: Pacuare River Rafting

  • Hotels
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Your adventure begins with an early traditional Costa Rican breakfast, followed by a briefing on safety measures. Then we slash right into our incredible rafting journey. As famous for its spirited waters as it is for its beauty, the Pacuare River doesn't disappoint as we plunge through mountain gorges, run long stretches of powerful rapids and weave our way through a rainforest alive with the sounds of howler monkeys, toucans, sloths and ocelots. Today's rafting trip takes a couple of hours and ends at your riverside lodge. Choose from a variety of activities to fill your afternoon. Take a guided hike to a waterfall in the forest, play dominoes or cards, or just relax. Happy Hour and dinner begins as twilight descends, and the guests can gather to relax and share their experiences. Rest well tonight - in the morning we tackle the river once again!

On day 8 we continue our rafting adventure - putting yesterday's skills and experience to use. We'll tame that river yet! After a buffet breakfast, we'll launch the rafts again for the second day of our river expedition. You may stop to explore side streams that lead to striking waterfalls and pools with a natural waterslide that tempts you to jump right in. A delicious lunch of sandwiches, fruits and juice will be served along the edge of the river. While the guides prepare the food, rafters have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the spectacular surroundings. After lunch you're picked up and transferred 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 9: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to airport for your international flight home.

Accommodations

Selva Bananito

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Selva Bananito
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During peak season dates, rates include an extra night at Selva Bananito Lodge
Included
  • 8 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Gear Rental: Snorkeling Gear (snorkel, mask, fins)
  • Arrival Airport Transfer
  • Departure Airport Transfer
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • 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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