Rivers & Rainforests – Birds & Beasts

from $3,195.00

(Based on Double Occupancy)

An Exciting Guided Adventure with an Insider’s Look at the Wonders of Costa Rica

Jan 27 – Feb 7, 2019

+ optional 4 day Caribbean & Rio Pacuare extension Feb 8 – 11  $800

11 Days / 12 Nights or 15 Day / 16 Nights

Explore 4 Easy Rivers

Vist 4 National Parks

Revel in 3 Waterfalls

See 100’s of Birds

Search for 4 Species of Monkeys

Taste the Best Chocolate Tour

Learn About Organic Pineapples

Fly  Through the Canopy on a Zip Line

Meet an Indigneous Culture

Ride Horses, Go Fishing, Hiking and More


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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
  • Activity Level Easy to Moderate
  • Group Size Small Group
    6 to 14
  1. Day 0 Arrival at San Jose

    We prefer that all travelers arrive 2 days before trip departure to ensure that you arrive on time.  Please note that we cannot delay our Day 1 departure for guests who have not arrived.  Tonight’s hotel is included in the trip price.  No meals included.

  2. Day 1 Beautiful Transfer to Caribbean Lowlands
    Morning transfer to the Caribbean lowland region of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui through lush mountain countryside, coffee plantations, with stops at waterfalls along the way.    (B,L,D)
  3. Day 2 Rainforest Immersion
    Guided hike through the rainforest by expert guide in the OTS / La Selva Biological Preserve.   Lunch in an unusual regional restaurant.   Afternoon:  we will inflate and paddle our SOAR canoes down the very mellow Rio Puerto Viejo  (Class I) on a wildlife paddle.  (B,L,D)
  4. Day 3 Waterfall & Chocolate Experience
    Morning hike to the  private Poza Azul waterfall with rainforest exploration and swimming.    Afternoon we will tour a long established cacao plantation with new young owners who have created a fun and unique Chocolate Experience.   (B,L,D)
  5. Day 4 Tenorio and Indigenous Communtiy
    This morning we transfer to the Tenorio region. Along the way we will stop to see some indigenous Maleku tribal art.  Afternoon arrival at a mountainside family ranch that has been converted into a lovely authentic llodging.  This is where we will find the meaning of Pura Vida.  From simple yet comfortable rooms, to family style dinners of locally grown food,cooked on a
    wood stove or grill the hospitality is pure Tico and that translates into Pura Vida. (B,L,D)
  6. Day 5 Rio Tenorio Wildlife Safari
    The Rio Tenorio (class I-II) is known for excellent bird and mammal sightings.  Again paddling SOAR canoes, we will be guided by a local guide who has grown up along the river.  Afternoon free at the lodge for relaxing, swimming in the creek, lounging in the creekside wood-fired hot pool, riding horses,hiking, bird watching, fishing.  (B,L,D)
  7. Day 6 Rio Celeste Falls
    Rio Celeste hike and swim. Pura Vida. (B,L,D)
  8. Day 7 Scarlet Macaw Search
    Morning transfer to Central Pacific coast. Canopy Tour / Zip Line.  Scarlet macaw search. (B,L,D)
  9. Day 8 Savegre River
    Rio Savegre River (class II-III )-optional. (B,L,D)
  10. Day 9 Hidden Waterfalls and Pools

    This new addition to our itinerary is exciting for us, as we recently discovered a beautiful hidden waterfall that few locals know about.  This non-touristy area close to the National Park will hold quite a few surprises for us.


  11. Day 10 Manuel Antonio National Park

    Manuel Antonio National Park wildlife and beach. Farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

  12. Day 11 Crocs!!

    Tarcoles, souvenir shopping. Return to San Jose area hotel. (B,L)

  13. Day 12 Travel Day

    Depart San Jose for Home (B)

  14. Day 12 optional Drive to Caribbean Coast

    We’ll get an early morning start so that we can arrive early enough during the day to enjoy the Caribbean vibe of Puerto Viego de Talamanca, the coastal resort village.  (B,L,D)

  15. DAy 13 optional Rio Yokine Paddle & BriBri village

    Today we got towards the border with Panama, and take a traditional motor launch upstream on the shallow Rio Yorkine to a BriBri indigenous village where we visit some homes and learn about their culture.  After a traditional lunch, we will climb into SOAR canoes and paddle down the Yorkine.  With Panama on our right bank and Costa Rica on our left, we will watch for toucans darting across the river.  (B,L,D)

  16. Day 14 optional Rio Pacuare Day 1

    A few hour drive back in the direction of San Jose, and we meet up with our raft guides who will expertly guide our paddle rafts down the  Rio Pacuare.  We spend the night in a beautiful tent camp on the hillside above the Pacaure, having had an exhilirating day running some  fun big rapids, and enjoying a filling dinner.  Fall asleep to the drone of the river!  (B,L,D)

  17. Day 15 optional Rio Pacuare Day 2

    Awaken to the sounds of birds early in the morning.  After breakfast we climb back in our rafts for a few fun hours of rapids until we reach the take out.   Ride back to our airport hotel.  (B,L)

  18. Day 16 optional Travel Home

    Fly Home.  (B)