Arriving in Paradise
Your Costa Rica Rios guide will greet you at the Juan Santamaria International airport in San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) upon your arrival. After leaving the airport, we begin the journey to Villa Florencia and our headquarters in Turrialba, about a two hour drive through orchards, small towns and beautiful coffee fields.
Welcome to Your Home Away From Home
Upon arrival in Turrialba you will settle into your home away from home: comfortable accommodations with tropical courtyard, volcano views, swimming pool and jacuzzi and relaxing hammock area. This evening you will enjoy a delicious and authentic Costa Rican meal prepared by the local chefs. This will be a great opportunity to practice your high school Spanish, as you enjoy your head guide’s company at dinner. The remainder of the evening is spent relaxing and getting ready for the week ahead. Overnight Villa Florencia. Dinner included.
This is a fun day canyoneering tour in a private reserve right in the heart of the rainforest. You will have one of our local adventure guides lead you along the trails before getting to the canyons. From there it is a fun rock-scrambling, waterfall-rappelling day in a “leave no trace” environment. At each of the five waterfalls the guides will prepare the ropes as there are no permanent fixtures. You will enjoy a delicious typical lunch, cooked up by an older lady over a wood stove, with spectacular views down to the Turrialba valley. You will also have the chance to see all sorts of wildlife. It’s a short scenic drive to the reserve past sugar and coffee plantations. You will get wet so make sure you have a plenty of quick dry clothing with you. Overnight Villa Florencia. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Whitewater Rafting & Zipline Tour
Welcome to the jungle! After enjoying a great breakfast, you are outfitted for the awesome two days and one night rafting trip on the world famous Lower Pacuare River. Then its time to enjoy 8 miles of exciting whitewater, and participate in river side stops to hike up to secluded waterfalls. The rafting is a fun class III section of whitewater on a beautiful pristine river. Later, experience the thrill of flying through the jungle canopy with this incredible zipline course. You will soar through the jungle and alongside the beautiful Pacuare River. Finish with the adrenaline inducing, and for some terrifying Tarzan swing! Overnight Pacuare Eco Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
After a hearty breakfast surrounded by tropical birds it’s time to get serious about whitewater fun. Your rafting trip continues down the most challenging section of the Pacuare as class IV drops seem to be around every corner. The spectacular river canyon and virgin rainforest create vertical walls of green, broken by waterfalls and hanging vines. This stretch of the Lower Pacuare River has been voted one of the top 5 commercially rafted rivers in the world by National Geographic and will have you floating past primary rainforest, stunning waterfalls, steep canyons and fun class III and IV rapids. You will enjoy a sumptuous river picnic along the way before reaching the “take out” point in the Caribbean lowlands. Overnight Villa Florencia. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Enjoy your last morning in the hot tropical sun before taking your private shuttle to San Jose in time to join your international flight home.
Siquirres and then back to San Jose.
Accommodations and Meals
3 nights at Villa Florencia
1 night at Pacuare Eco Lodge
All meals included.
All transfers by private shuttle.
Activities and Adventures
Jungle Lodge Stay
Zipline & Tarzan Swing