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WEEK OF RIVERS 

Wake: At Home
Activity: Flight
Sleep: Villa Florencia
Meals: Dinner

Day 1

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..

Wake: Villa Florencia
Activity: Kayak Pejiballe
Sleep: Villa Florencia
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 2

Kayak Pejiballe

After breakfast, we outfit you with your paddling gear from our wide selection. We start out at the Rio Pejibaye, a calm jungle river with clear water and spectacular scenery. This river is an excellent introduction to Costa Rican whitewater with two distinct sections. The Lower Pejibaye is class II/III with fun surf waves and deep pools for practice. The Upper Pejibaye or Taos section is class III/IV with creek like features and steeper rapids. Both are equally scenic and allow plenty of time to get warmed up for the upcoming week.

Wake: Villa Florencia
Activity: Kayak Sarapiqui
Sleep: Ara Ambigua
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3

Kayak Sarapiqui

We will hit the road just after breakfast and travel to the Sarapiquí River, located on the north side of the Caribbean lowlands. The Sarapiquí is often referred to as the “Jewel of Costa Rica” with clear water, deep pools and excellent whitewater. There are 3 distinct sections on this river that we paddle, generally the more difficult whitewater is located upstream while the lower sections provide fantastic opportunities to practice and improve in the warm tropical water and sunshine. Paddlers sometimes have a difficult time with this section of river because they are so distracted by the beautiful scenery. Tonight we will lodge near the town of Puerto Viejo, Sarapiquí, close to the river, enjoying a jungle setting and the use of a swimming pool.

Wake: Ara Ambigua
Activity: Kayak Sarapiqu
Sleep: Villa Florencia
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4

Kayak Sarapiqui

The second day on the Sarapiqui, we put in upstream at La Virgen or San Miguel section. These sections have much to offer paddlers of all ability levels. There are some exciting class III+ rapids and class IV rapids on the San Miguel section, and some fun play waves to practice your moves. Make sure you have had your morning coffee before getting on the river. This section will very much depend on water levels!!!

Wake: Villa Florencia
Activity: Kayak Upper Upper Pacuare
Sleep: Villa Florencia
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5

Kayak Upper Upper Pacuare

Today we travel to the remote and absolutely beautiful mountains of the Pacuare headwaters. This rarely paddled section of river starts with class II and III rapids and progresses in difficulty as we continue downstream. Not a problem for class III paddlers as there is a small road following the river during the first several kilometers – a quick shuttle gives plenty of opportunities for surfing the friendly waves again and again. Experienced paddlers will love the steep rapids and super-fun play spots of the Upper-Upper Pacuare. Class II paddlers might head back to the Pejibaye River today to practice their skills and have a few lessons from our expert guides.

Wake: Villa Florencia
Activity: Kayak Lower Pacuare
Sleep: Pacuare Eco Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6

Kayak Lower Pacuare To The Jungle Lodge

This 24 kilometer (17 miles) class III/IV section is your paddling gem for the next two days. This is the most popular run on the Pacuare, often said to be one of the top five river sections in the world. We will put-in a bit higher than other groups and enjoy an additional 4 kilometers of whitewater and rapids as we paddle to the riverside Jungle Lodge. To spend a night along the shores of the Pacuare River is an experience every person should enjoy at least once in their lives. We light the camp with candles and prepare delicious tropical cuisine in our kitchen with all amenities. The camp is complete with flush toilets, showers, raised platform cabins with real beds and fully landscaped grounds. The whitewater on the first day is class II and III; fun surf waves and rolling rapids abound.

Wake: Pacuare Eco Lodge
Activity: Kayak Lower Pacuare
Sleep: Villa Florencia
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7

Kayak Lower Pacuare

After a delicious breakfast we launch and begin preparing for the action downstream. There are about 3 kilometers of warm-up rapids before we enter Huacas canyon and the first of several class IV rapids. The river then opens up as we play and paddle mostly class III whitewater until Cimarrones, a steep and technical class IV drop. There are still 5 more kilometers of whitewater action before we arrive in the Caribbean flatland town of Siquirres where we take out. Class II/III paddlers will experience all these thrilling class III and IV rapids in a guided raft or shredder. We then return to Turrialba for an evening goodbye fiesta at our headquarters.

Wake: Villa Florencia
Activity: Flights Home


** 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, road and safety conditions).

Day 8

Saying Goodbye

We share our experiences of the week over yet another great breakfast. We say our good-byes at the airport and we start making plans for your return to Costa Rica!

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