Raft, hike and kayak your way through Costa Rica on this adventure-filled, 10-day itinerary from San José. Go wildlife spotting in the spectacular forests of Corcovado National Park, snorkel in the coral reefs surrounding Caño Island, explore the Osa Peninsula’s warm waters by kayak and white water raft down the mighty Pacuare River to a jungle-based lodge.
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Arrive into Juan Santamaría International Airport where you’ll be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel for the night. Your driver will give you an introductory briefing and provide you with the travel vouchers for the coming days. If time allows, spend the afternoon exploring the cultural sites and museums of San José, the lively capital of Costa Rica.
San José to Corcovado
You’ll be picked up from your hotel this morning and transferred to the domestic terminal of the San José Airport for your flight to Drake Bay. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by one of our representatives and enjoy a short drive to the beach where you’ll board a boat for the one hour trip to the Sirena Ranger Station in Corcovado National Park.
The Sirena Ranger Station serves as the headquarters of the national park, with academic research facilities and conservation work being conducted here, together with overnight lodging for guests. Its remote location makes it an excellent base for wildlife viewing, with a range of trails to explore and day excursions available.
Corcovado National Park
Today you’ll be joined by one of Corcovado National Park’s local guides for a private tour from the Sirena Ranger Station. Keep an eye out for squirrel monkeys, scarlet macaws and the elusive Baird’s tapir as you trek through the lowland forests and witness Corcovado’s incredible birdlife in the mangrove swamps. Bring your bathers to take a dip in the Osa Peninsula’s warm waters at the end of the day!
Sirena Ranger Station to Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp
This morning you’ll travel by boat from the Sirena Ranger Station to Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp which boasts a picturesque setting on the edge of Drake Bay. Backed by lush jungle and facing the Pacific Ocean, it’s the perfect place to be immersed in the natural beauty of the Osa Peninsula. Relax on the front porch of your elevated safari tent and fall asleep listening to the sounds of the wild.
Wake for an early breakfast before heading out on a boat excursion to the biological reserve of Caño Island. Its surrounding waters support an abundance of marine life, including flying fish, dolphins and even whales. Take advantage of the impressive snorkeling in these warm waters and spot frigate birds nesting on the island’s forested shores.
Spend a day exploring the Osa Peninsula by ocean kayak, slowly paddling south from Drake Bay to the Rio Claro. Alternatively, you can just relax at the lodge, go swimming or head north into the town of Drake Bay. You are free to spend the day at your leisure, with a range of additional activities and excursions that can be booked at Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp.
Drake Bay – San José - Rios Tropicales Lodge
It’s time to return to San José, with one of our representatives transferring you to the Drake Bay Airstrip for your 40-minute flight. On arrival, you’ll be driven approximately two hours to Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast and the Pacuare River Pu-in at Siquirres, Limón.
Refresh and refuel with a delicious lunch at the River Operations Center before embarking on a white water rafting adventure down the Pacuare River. Keep an eye out for squirrel monkeys, sloths and a myriad of bird species as you paddle down the densely forested gorges on what is one of the most exhilarating and beautiful rivers in the country.
In the middle of the river basin, you’ll arrive at your accommodation for the night, Rios Tropicales Lodge where you’ll have time to shower and relax before dinner.
Rios Tropicales Lodge
Spend the day exploring the Pacuare Protected Zone from Rios Tropicales Lodge, the first eco-lodge to be built on the banks of the Pacuare River. It’s powered by hydro-generated electricity and borders the indigenous Cabecar Indian Reserve, with extensive hiking trails, waterfalls and swimming holes to discover. You may opt for a waterfall canyoning adventure or zip-lining excursion, or join one of the local Cabecar Indians on a guided hike. Or just kick back and relax at the river lodge while soaking up its magnificent setting.
Rios Tropicales Lodge - San José
This morning you will leave Rios Tropicales Lodge as you board your river raft and continue along the Pacuare River. After arriving back at the River Operations Center, you’ll have time to change into dry clothes and enjoy a delicious lunch before returning to San José.
Spend your final night in Costa Rica at the beautiful Bougainvillea Hotel which lies in the outskirts of San José. This family-owned inn is surrounded by extensive gardens which provide a home to around 60 species of birds and they support a non-profit organization which assists children affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa.
Departure from San José International Airport
It’s time to say goodbye to Costa Rica as you are transferred to the San José International Airport for your flight home.
Dates & Rates
• Transportation and guide services
• All meals as outlined in the itinerary
• Equipment needed for all included activities
• Local fees and taxes
• Full service of our Adventure Consultants
• Airfare to and from Costa Rica
• Travel insurance
• Meals or lodging not specified on the itinerary
• Alcoholic beverages
• Items of a personal nature (hotel extras, souvenirs)
FAQ & More
Spanish is the official language in Costa Rica. Because Tourism is one of the principal industries in the country, today many ticos speak English as well. If you feel like using your Spanish while traveling, go ahead! Ticos love to practice Spanish with visitors. It doesn't matter if it is poor or very good, just give it a try and add more words to your Spanish vocabulary.
The Costa Rica National currency is the colon. Credit cards (VISA - MASTER CARD) are widely accepted. US dollars are accepted in almost every part of the country. It is always good to take at least $300 per person, in case of any emergency, as well as for souvenirs and tipping.
Costa Rica is a tropical country situated between 8 and 11 degrees above the equator. It has only two seasons: dry and green. The dry season runs between late December and April and the green or rainy season lasts the rest of the year May through November, and still offers sunny mornings. The Caribbean coast stays green all year round due to the humidity. Average temperature ranges in San Jose are from 57 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit in December to 63 to 81 ° F in May. The coasts are much hotter, with the Caribbean averaging 70° F at night and over 86° F during the day. The Pacific side is a few degrees warmer still, but due to a lower humidity it tends to be more comfortable.
U.S. Citizens traveling to Central America are required to carry a valid U.S. passport. Your passport must also be valid for six months after your return date from Central America to the U.S. If you are not a U.S. Citizen, contact the embassy, consulate or national airline of the country you are traveling to for entry requirements.
Wherever you go in Costa Rica, the abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables and grains will make of your meal a "must to eat it all experience". Many people think the cooking is like the way Mexican people cook, the answer is No. The ingredients we use are similar but the difference is that in a Costa Rican meal, rather than a spicy/ hot flavor, the food has the freshness of all of the ingredients in each bite. The Typical Costa Rican breakfast is called "Gallo Pinto". A mixture of rice and beans, cilantro and spices will be always on any menu in the country. Beef, chicken and seafood are also part of the Tico's diet.
• 13% tax and 10% gratuity are already added to restaurant bills.
• $1 per bag at check-in and check-out and for bellboys.
• $5.00 - $15.00 per person, per day for guides.
• $3.00 - $5.00 for drivers, transfer guides and river guides per person, per day
• $1.00 - $2.00 per night for housekeeping personal.
For example, for a 4-day trip with a private driver and guide for two people, an average tip would be $80 for the guide, and $40 for the driver.
A $29.00 departure tax has to be paid when leaving the country. Before your check- in process, go to the bank counter inside the airport and pay the fee; the amount could be paid by cash / credit card. Complete the form on the back of the document and present it at the airline counter.
When you book your reservation you will receive a full packing list with your reservation materials.