Costa Rica Rios
Welcome to the Best Adventure Trip
Day 1 ~ Arrival 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. Dinner included.
Day 2 ~ Kayaking
Learn the Basics of River Kayaking
After a filling breakfast, and local Turrialba coffee, you are outfitted with river gear and prepare for your firstday on the water. Using a unique practice site on a local river, you will become familiar with the kayak and raft equipment, basic strokes and maneuvers. After some paddling instruction we proceed down the Rio Pejibaye. The Pejibaye is a gentle class II/III river, perfect for learning. Most of the group is outfitted with inflatable kayaks. More proficient kayakers may choose to use hard-shell kayaks, while others may help paddle an inflatable raft. You will practice moving-water maneuvering skills while keeping your eyes open for glimpses of Costa Rica’s many beautiful birds and butterflies.
Day 3 ~ Overnight Tropical Rafting
Paddling Down a Tropical River
After enjoying another great breakfast, you are outfitted for the awesome three day and two night rafting trip on the world famous Lower Pacuare River. Today, enjoy 8 miles of challenging whitewater, and participate in river side stops to hike up to secluded pools be low tributary waterfalls . Throughout the river trip there will be many opportunities for swimming or relaxing next to the river.
The Pacuare Eco Lodge
After some great hikes and wonderful rapids, the group arrives at the remote eco-lodge. The Pacuare Eco Lodge is equipped with a full kitchen, showers, bathrooms, fully enclosed cabinas, and the best vantage point of the beautiful river and jungle. After settling in at the camp, you are free to practice in a kayak, swim, explore the jungle or just sit back in a hammock and relax. Tonight’s dinner is prepared by your river guides, and consists of Costa Rican rice & beans, tropical fruit, vegetables and jungle chicken.
Day 4 ~ Zip Lines and Canopy Tour Tarzan Would be Jealous
This morning we rise from our jungle lodging and enjoy a wonderful start to the day along the Pacuare River, observing and listening to the many species of birds. After breakfast, your guides prepare you to experience an adrenaline packed day in a rain forest canopy tour. The group will harness up to experience the excitement of crossing the jungle canopy on zip lines, rappels down trees, and walking above the jungle floor on a suspension bridge. The afternoon is available to rest and relax in hammocks, spot birds and wildlife, swim in waterfalls or hike in the rainforest near the Pacuare Eco Lodge.
Day 5 ~ Challenging Rapids & The Beach Jungle Wake-up Call
Those who enjoy the early morning will especially like a morning hike through the dense rain forest surrounding the lodge. After a hearty breakfast surrounded by tropical birds it’s time to get serious about whitewater fun. Our 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.
Experience Reggae Night
Our afternoon takeout allows time for a quick shower and change into dry clothes before we continue our journey to the Caribbean Coast. You will enjoy a relaxing evening stroll along the beach, a spot of souvenir shopping, a delicious dinner and perhaps a beachside Caribbean dance club before calling it a night.
Day 6 ~ Surf, Sun and Beach
The white sand beach and clear blue ocean give us many choices today. Take an early morning walk along the beach and through the tropical jungle to spot howler monkeys, sloths and birds. After breakfast, you can receive surfing instruction from one of our guides using our soft top long boards and boogie boards. We take a break and enjoy a delicious lunch in a small local restaurant before going to the Cahuita National Park. After lunch we head out on a boat for a snorkeling tour. Tropical fish and coastal reefs await any snorkelers in the group or you can hike along the beach spotting wildlife in the jungle setting. Later we pack up and begin our journey through the flat Caribbean terrain, and up through the eastern slops of the central mountains to Turrialba where we will spend the night back at the base hotel.
Day 7 ~ Mountain Biking The Crater Summit
For today’s mountain biking adventure you select your bike in our bodega (the warehouse) and your guides will adjust the K2 ZED 4.0 bikes to provide optimum comfort and performance for your journey down Volcan Irazú and through the cloud forest. The summit of Irazú is at 11,259 feet and offers spectacular views of the region and the volcano crater. Prepare for an unforgettable mountain bike experience as you descend 9,200 feet to the town of Turrialba. Your route takes you through the National Park’s lush cloud forest to the shoulder of the Turrialba Volcano and passes through small villages and hillsides laden with ferns and bromeliads. We take lunch in a valley between the Irazú and Turrialba Volcanoes with a grand view of surrounding volcanos. After a nice rest, we continue down into the valley and cruise back to the hotel in time for a shower and filling dinner.
This is a full day canyoneering tour in a private reserve right in the heart of the rainforest. You will have a local naturalist guide 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 waterfall 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.
Day 8 ~ Departure Saying Goodbye
We enjoy a great breakfast sharing our experiences. We say our good-byes at the airport and we start making plans for your return to Costa Rica!
** Costa Rica Rios does its very best to adhere to the specific itinerary listed above, but activities and locations may be subject to change due to a number of reasons beyond our control (i.e. weather, water levels and safety conditions).
Why Join Costa Rica Rios?
1. Superior Local Knowledge
We live, explore, have fun and operate in Costa Rica 365 days a year. This ensures a worry free vacation with maximum time enjoying your trip.
2. The Best Adventure Trip in Costa Rica
This trip is the most adventurous way to experience the beauty and nature of tropical Costa Rica. We created this adventure so every day is action packed with new activities and experiences.
3. The Best Resources and Guides
You will use only the best equipment available, and your guides are professionals, who live and work full time to share Costa Rica’s nature and adventures with you.
No experience with any activities is required to join, but experience with mountain biking over uneven terrain and regular exercise prior to the trip will greatly increase the amount of fun you will have.
The Details Price
$2,299 per person – Double Occupancy, All Inclusive
($350 for Single Supplement)
High Season Christmas, New Year and Easter Weeks
$2499 per person Double Occupancy, All Inclusive ($400 for High Season – Single Supplement)
If you are traveling alone we will arrange shared accommodations with an appropriate roommate. If you prefer single accommodations during the 7 nights, you have the option of paying the single supplement fee to guarantee a single room during the week.
Included in the Trip Price
All inclusive with Costa Rica Rios means from the moment you step out of the San Jose airport and meet your guides, all of your worldly needs are met, so you can focus on having fun in paradise. Bed and breakfast lodging, freshly prepared meals, private transportation, quality equipment, and professional staff will exceed your expectations
- Experienced guides and staff always available
- All adventure activities and equipment
- All trip accommodations (7 nights)
- All meals (20 meals)
- Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
- All ground transportation
- Entrance fees and permits
Week of Adventures Itinerary
Day 1 ~ Airport Pickup
Day 2 ~ Beginner Kayaking
Day 3 ~ Whitewater Rafting, Pacuare Camp
Day 4 ~ Canopy, Zip Lines, Rappel, Pacuare Camp
Day 5 ~ Whitewater Rafting & Beach
Day 6 ~ Surfing & Snorkeling
Day 7 ~ Mountain Biking or Canyoning
Day 8 ~ Airport Drop-off
What is not included?
International airfare to San Jose – Costa Rica, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance, optional guide gratuities, airport departure tax ($29 USD payable in cash or credit), and items of personal needs (snacks, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
How to sign up
Call us: within the US or Canada 1-888-434-0776 or outside the U.S. ++1-920-434-7485, or from the UK 0800 612-8717 and reserve your space with your credit card. We require a 50% deposit, and a 50% balance payment when you arrive in Costa Rica. Please call us toll free for more specific information you need or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit our website for video highlights, photo slideshows and more information at: www.CostaRicaRios.com.
Upon registering for a Week of Adventures, we will
mail you a Welcome Packet, filled with information
to help prepare you for your travels to Costa Rica.
Below is a brief over-view of the items you will need
in Costa Rica.
It is essential to pack appropriate gear and
accessories. Please follow the guidelines below.
Packing light and efficient is also necessary for this
Packing for your Week of Adventures trip is fairly
easy since Costa Rica enjoys a very consistent
tropical climate. The average daytime temperature
in Turrialba is 82° and along the coast the
temperature varies from 80 to the 90’s. During the
dry season (December through April), sunny blue
skies and warm days are common. Throughout the
rainy or green season (May through November), the
typical pattern is sunny and hot in the morning and
a shower in the late afternoon.
Essential Gear List
Official DocumentsValid Passport – must not expire within 6 months
from your departure date from Costa Rica.
Cash ATM machines in Turrialba accept Mastercard and
Visa check/debit and credit cards.
Luggage One suitcase or duffel bag suitable to hold all your
2 small day-packs for hikes and excursions (one for
the jungle excursion and one for the beach). Bring
a couple of plastic bags for wet clothes.
Footwear One pair of comfortable shoes or sandals for
relaxing in the evenings
Lightweight trail shoes for hikes and day excursions
Water sandals with heel strap for rafting, kayaking
and canyoning – they should also cover the toes and
a good non-slip sole for if you choose to do the
canyoning (more like sneakers).
Padded cycling shorts
Cycling jacket or windbreaker
Hiking shorts – quick drying
Mid-weight fleece shirt
T-shirts – quick drying
Long-sleeve shirt for evenings or additional sun/
Lightweight pants – quick drying
Lightweight rain jacket or cycling jacket
Sun hat, visor or bandana
Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for
evenings and your flight back home
Personal first-aid kit with small sewing kit
Sunscreen and lip protection
Sunglasses with neck strap
Insect repellent containing at least 30% Deet
Headlamp or small flashlight
Reading and writing materials
Any items to donate to the local orphanage
(Spanish language books, clothes, shoes, soccer
balls or games).
Additional Ideas and Suggestions:
If you enjoy using your own equipment we invite
you to bring it with you. Additionally, if you enjoy
cycling with clipless pedals and shoes feel free to
bring them with you and we’ll swap them the night
before our ride.