Day 1: SAN JOSE
Arrival in San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport, pick up at airport and transfer to Hotel Best Western Irazu, located just fifteen minutes from Costa Rica’s international airport and ten minutes from downtown San Jose. The Best Western Irazu is characterized by its Costa Rican Atmosphere: comfortable, lively and entertaining. All 327 air conditioned rooms include a full bathroom with tub, hair drier, U.S. cable television, telephone and safe deposit box ($3 per night). You can choose from two double beds, one double and one single, one queen size or one king size bed. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, lighted tennis court, sauna, one of Costa Rica’s largest casinos, souvernir shop and nearby shopping center.
Day 2: RIVER PACUARE (Class III-IV)
Shortly after 7:00 a.m. your guide will pick you up at your hotel and after a scenic drive, you’ll arrive at the Rios Tropicales Operations Center where a traditional buffet breakfast will be served. Arriving at your put-in point you’ll load your gear into dry bags, hike down to the river, prepare the equipment raft, undergo a precise safety and paddle talk, and get wet. First day on the river is approximately 4 miles (1 1/2 hours) and provides an amazing welcome to the spectacular gorge of the River Pacuare with amazing rapids, waterfalls thundering into the river and a show of butterflies and birds. At a stop about halfway down you’ll enjoy a hearty riverside picnic lunch with time for a waterfall and swim. Arrive at Rios Tropicales Lodge offering all the sleeping comforts you’ll need with very rustic, clean, and comfortable rooms with clean sheets and pillows. Afternoon can be spent hiking, relaxing under a waterfall or just wondering about. The energy in camp is generated by small hydro wheel and even tough there is light in the rooms, it is recommended that you bring a flashlight along. A cocktail hour and then a delicious dinner will be the end of this perfect first day (B L D)
Day 3: RIVER PACUARE
Today is designed to remain at camp and enjoy its beautiful surroundings, play and swim in the river, or choose from a number of hikes available. If good long rain forest hiking is what you seek, expert trail guides can plan a 5 hour hike into Garcias Indian Village. The trails are strenuous, the experience amazing and the Indians hospitable. (B L D)
Day 4: PACUARE / CARIBBEAN
After early morning coffee and breakfast, you’ll break camp and head down river. Morning is a wonderful time for bird watching around camp, especially toucans.You’ll never forget rapids like: Upper and Lower Huacas, Cimarron, Dos Montañas, Terciopelo, Double Drop…one after the next until take out. Depending on the weather, the river level, and the group’s interest, you’ll take time to explore side creeks, catch some “rays” and enjoy world class whitewater.
You will make it to the take-out by by mid-afternoon to de-rig the rafts, and head to a private take-out where showers and cold drinks are available. There, your rental car will be delivered for drive to Puerto Viejo (Caribbean) and Azania Bungalows.
Hidden in the southern Atlantic coast, Azania Bungalows offers the tranquility of the Caribbean Sea just outside the town of Puerto Viejo. They are just steps away from the white sand beach of Playa Cocles. Also there are other beautiful beaches such as Punta Uvita to explore that will leave you breathless. Some beaches have restaurants, kayak rentals, and horse back riding available. (B) (L)
Days 5, 6: CARIBBEAN / PUERTO VIEJO
Days to enjoy the beach and area around Puerto Viejo. (B)
Day 7: SAN JOSÉ
Leave Azania at leisure for drive back to San Jose and overnite at Hotel Best Western Irazu (B)
Day 8: RETURN HOME
Drive to the airport to drop off rental car and connect with your return flight home and the end to an unforgettable vacation!!! (B)
COST: USD $1190.00 per person based on double occupancy
(“Green” Season April 15 – Nov 30, 2020)
Please inquire about pricing during Special Seasons
(Dec. 22 – January 3), (March 24 – April 1, 2021)
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
A) Airport departure tax ($29.00 U.S.)
B) Personal expenses like liquor, laundry, phone calls, etc
C) Tips for your drivers and/or guides
D) International airfare.