Costa Rica Rafting Adventure | Adventure Unbound

Costa Rica is the perfect playground for outdoor adventurists, and this tour is ideal for travelers with a taste of adventure and an appetite for adrenaline. Join us as you explore Latin America by raft, hike, zipline, paddle board, and rappel down a cascading waterfall. On this active adventure, take on the rapids of the Rio Cucaracho, discover the calls of the rainforest and the exotic fauna silvestre and navigate the deep canyon walls of the Arenal Volcano. As you venture into Costa Rica’s rich ecosystems, immerse yourself in the country’s intoxicating Pura Vida culture, delicious cuisine and fabulous accommodations. 

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Day 1

Arrive Liberia Airport, Rincon de la Vieja area 
Your tour begins with a land transfer of approximately 1 hour to your hotel located on the North side of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.  This boutique hotel features four natural mineral hot springs pools, a fresh water pool with waterslide, botanical and butterfly gardens, and a natural mud bath and sauna, all of this set in a rainforest environment. 

ACCOMMODATION : Cabana at Hotel Blue River Resort and Hot Springs

Day 2

White Water Rafting Rio Cucaracho - Class III-IV

Set on the slopes of the amazing Rincon de la Vieja, enjoy Costa Rica’s new world class rafting adventure. Flow through primary forest on a 12-mile stretch of river packed with more than 70 Class III-IV rapids, surrounded by lush and untouched jungle filled with wildlife. You will have a chance to encounter howler and spider monkeys, hawks, egrets and many more exotic species of rainforest wildlife.

ACCOMMODATION : Cabana at Hotel Blue River Resort and Hot Springs
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Explore Rincon de la Vieja, Sensoria Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary, and Arenal  

Drive approximately 20 minutes to Sensoria Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as the “land of senses”.  Hike through a series of trails and encounter along the way blue water springs, warm thermal springs waterfalls, and rainforest -- including an observation platform where you can see the canopy of Rincon de la Vieja National Park.  The visit to this place is limited to a maximum of 30 people per day. There is only one hike per day, scheduled at 9:30 a.m. All this is done to keep impact on nature as minimal as possible.   
After lunch and changing clothes you will continue on an approximately 4 hour drive to Arenal Volcano area.   Arrive to Lomas Del Volcan, your home for the next 3 nights. This is a warm mountain hotel that maintains its rustic style with wood cabins, each one with 2 decks that invites you to enjoy nature, one with a view to the Arenal Volcano and the other with a view to the tropical forest. Located on top of a hill inside of a cattle farm property of 150 hectares, away from the everyday noises and immerse in a silence that is only broken by the birds. This makes it a special place for nature and eco-tourism lovers. 
Note: Hike at Sensoria may be shared with other customers.

Driving Time: Sensoria to Arenal area is approximately 4 hours

ACCOMMODATION : Bungalow at Hotel Lomas Del Volcan
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

 Arenal Area, Canyoning Tour 

Start your morning off with a thrilling canyoning experience. Take an exciting 4x4 ride on a mountain road to a ranch house, where you will receive a safety and rappelling explanation, and then trek on a beautiful rainforest trail to the first waterfall rappel where you will descend into to canyon. The 5 rappels on this excursion range in heights of 25ft to 165 ft., and the Monkey Drop Zip Line is approx. 82 ft long.    
After rappelling down the first waterfall you will climb up the side of the canyon wall, 20 ft. to a short trail, then zip line across the canyon and rappel down from the cable 82 ft. to the canyon floor again.  From there, you will continue on short trails from waterfall to waterfall through the canyon until you meet up with the 4x4 vehicles and then back to the base offices where you will have lunch.   
After your meal, you’ll explore a series of suspended bridges, platforms and paths integrated within the rainforest canopy, giving you a close-up view of the unique ecosystem interactions that happen higher up in the forest.  
Note: Canyoning tour may be shared with other guests 

ACCOMMODATION : Bungalow at Hotel Lomas Del Volcan
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Arenal Area, Stand Up Pedal Boarding at Arenal Lake 
Try the newest and coolest stand up pedal boarding, right on tranquil Lake Arenal with beautiful views of the colossal Arenal Volcano. This activity will take you gliding across the calm and peaceful waters of Lake Arenal that sits at the foot of the breathtaking Arenal Volcano. The board is powered by the strongest part of your body, your legs, and allows you to grasp the firm handlebars for balance, making this activity easy and fun for people of all ages. 
As you glide across the water with precision and ease, you can use the intuitive steering system to go where you want to go and use the pedals to glide. 
Later today depart to Dona Mara's home. She will host you for a local Costa Rican lunch, and you’ll learn how to make authentic tortillas to accompany a delicious local meal served at the family table. Dona Mara is very involved in the community, is well known for her excellent culinary skills, and loves to teach her guests local traditions and customary Costa Rican dances.  
Note: Stand up pedal boarding may be shared with other guests

ACCOMMODATION : Bungalow at Hotel Lomas Del Volcan
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Arenal to Turrialba 
Today, depart for the approximately 5-hour drive to Turrialba, a region known for its incredible nature-based activities and one of Costa Rica’s most active volcanoes. Arrive at your hotel, a colonial style boutique hotel, located in a farm surrounded by abundant gardens, and bordered by La Angostura Lake. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the gardens and trails of the property or horseback ride through the farm. Canoes and kayaks are also available to explore the lake.  
Driving Time: Arenal to Turrialba is approximately 5 hours

ACCOMMODATION : Hotel Casa Turire (Deluxe Room)

Day 7

Pacuare White Water Rafting - Class III-IV 
After breakfast at the hotel, departure for the approximately 1 hour drive to the River Operations Center before heading out for a tropical white water rafting experience and two nights at a remote ecolodge, nestled in the rainforest on the banks of the Pacuare River.  
The Pacuare is rated one of the top rivers in the world. You’ll experience the intimate nature of the rainforest as you raft right through it. The warm water, cascading waterfalls, and opulently lush rainforest with its brilliantly colored plants, animals, and birds indulge your senses on every level.

Note: Transportation to the River put in may be shared with other guests

ACCOMMODATION : Rios Tropicales Lodge (Deluxe Room)
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Pacuare River 
Full day to explore the area surrounding the Ecolodge. The Lodge, complete with hydropowered electricity, is a model of ecotourism and deluxe accommodations. From the ecolodge’s remote, riverside location, you can enjoy zip lining through the canopy rainforest hikes with naturalist guides, self-guided walks to waterfalls and pools, relaxing in a hammock overlooking the beautiful Pacuare River, and bird watching. 

ACCOMMODATION : Rios Tropicales Lodge (Deluxe Room)
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Pacuare River, San Jose 

Raft down the class IV Lower Pacuare section, until you arrive back at the River Operations Center where you will enjoy lunch before heading back to San Jose (approximately 2 ½ hour drive). 

ACCOMMODATION : Hotel Grano de Oro
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Soak up the last memories of your adventure as your guide takes you to Juan Santamaria Airport, arriving three hours before your international flight back home.   


Dates & Rates

Supplementary Information

Year round departures offered for 2 or more people 


•    Private transportation and guide for the first 6 days of the trip (Rincon de La Vieja and Arenal) 
•    All meals as outlined in the itinerary
•    Equipment needed for all included activities
•    Local fees and taxes
•    Full service of our Adventure Consultants

Not Included: 
•    Airfare to and from Costa Rica
•    Departure Tax ($29)
•    Meals not specified on the itinerary
•    Alcoholic beverages
•    Gratuities
•    Items of a personal nature

FAQ & More

What language do they speak in Costa Rica?

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.

How much and what type of currency should I bring?

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.

What type of weather can I expect?

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.

Do I need a passport to travel to Costa Rica?

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.

What type of food will I eat?

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.

What type of tipping is recommended?

•    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.

What is the departure tax?

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. You can also request the operator in Costa Rica to do this beforehand for you, you just need to provide copy of the passports and pay $2 extra per person.

How do I know when my pick up times will be?

Estimated pick up times are indicated in your itinerary. Please note that sometimes, the final confirmation for the pickup time might not match the one you have in your itinerary, as in certain occasions is necessary to change it due to bad traffic, or other type of situation that might affect that specific logistic. The pickup times have been scheduled based on avoiding rush hours, with extra cushion for any delay along the road, stops for lunch etc. If you decide to make any changes to the pickup times scheduled, it would be under your responsibility.

Are there luggage requirements for domestic flights and small boats?

There is a 40 lb. per person baggage weight limit for transportation on domestic airline flights and small boat trips within your itinerary, though you are allowed one small carry-on and a small personal purse, or camera bag. The airline and boat operators enforce these limitations on your checked baggage for safety reasons. If you have extra luggage, you can leave it behind with the operator, and on the way back from that portion of the trip you will get it back. Please let us know before hand so we can coordinate are traveling to for entry requirements.

What should I pack

When you book your reservation you will receive a full packing list with your reservation materials? 

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