Day 1. San José
Arrival, reception and transfer to a quality Hotel Ramada Plaza Herradura in a superior room
Day 2. San José - Monteverde Cloud Forest - Canopy Tour
After an early breakfast, we depart for Monteverde, Costa Rica's premier cloud forest. Home of the exotic and resplendent quetzal, the cloud forest is also the habitat of many rarely-seen endangered species, such as the jaguar. Several national parks and private parks make up the forest around Monteverde, which stretches from the lush ferns and mosses that cover the ground, up to the darkest canopy formed by the tallest trees. Check in on arrival at Hotel El Establo. Early afternoon pick up for the Canopy Tour. This Original Canopy Tour offers the adventurer the opportunity to ascend into the forest canopy and view jungle life from a unique perspective. On this tour you traverse from tree to tree and platform to platform using pulleys on horizontal cables, sailing through the treetops and over the trails far below. Expert guides will assist you in this exciting journey through the different layers of the virgin rainforest. After the tour ends relax at the hotel facilities or go walking in the nearby surroundings. Overnight at Hotel El Establo.
Day 3. Monteverde - Arenal Volcano
After breakfast, transfer for the Arenal Lake Crossing to the Arenal area. Take a walk in the area or relax with the volcano view, as here we will encounter Arenal Lake and Costa Rica's quintessential volcano, Arenal. Its perfect cone emerges from Alajuela's gentle green hills, and from time to time loud explosions can be heard, accompanied by mushroom clouds of gray, brown and orange smoke. We will end the day at Tabacón Resort, soaking in the crystal clear thermal waters emanating from the nearby Arenal Volcano with dinner and entrance fee to the hot springs included. Overnight at the comfortable cabins of Hotel Arenal Paraíso near the base of Arenal.
Day 4. Arenal Biking Tour - Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí
After breakfast, we will hike through the rainforest near the base of Arenal, stopping to observe the red-hot rocks and steam that periodically spew from the crater. We will then begin a bike trip on a paved road that winds from tropical rainforest through the gently rolling hills of San Carlos. After the tour ends you will have time to change and have lunch at the hotel. Relax and enjoy the beauty of nature before our journey continues through the lush lowlands of the northeastern region of Sarapiquí. Virgin tropical rainforest and rich, second-growth habitats are found in this region, which borders Braulio Carrillo National Park. Over 500 species of birds, 100 species of mammals, thousands of insects, and 2,000 species of plants, including 800 species of trees have been identified in this biologically rich area. The forests in Sarapiquí provide refuge for such species as the tapir, jaguar, sloth, white-nosed coati as well as the white-faced capuchin and howler monkeys. Overnight stay at Selva Verde.
Day 5. Kayaking the Sarapiquí River
After an early breakfast, we will prepare for a kayak trip down the free-flowing, crystal clear waters of the Sarapiquí River. This activity offers us possibilities for spotting parrots, jacamars, hummingbirds, mot-mots and other exotic lowland tropical birds. Our kayaking trip will take place on highly stable, two-person, inflatable kayaks. Their strict engineering specifications ensure you the best-quality inflatable kayaks produced for use in fast-flowing waters. For your added safety, you will be provided with approved life vests and a safety helmet. Prior to beginning the river excursion, you will receive instructions from our experienced guides on how to manoeuvre your inflatable kayak, so even beginners can enjoy this marvellous adventure.
Afternoon free time to horseback ride to a nearby waterfall, enjoy the river, the pool and perhaps a spa treatment. Overnight stay at Selva Verde.
Day 6. Tortuguero National Park (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
This morning you will be transferred to Restaurante La Ponderosa. After breakfast you will be picked up for the Tortuguero trip. After a bus drive, you will board a boat for a two-hour ride to the jungle adventure of Tortuguero Canals. An environment, with fresh air, exotic birds, sloths, monkeys, iguanas, turtles and incredibly coloured butterflies in one of the most unspoiled jungles.You will meander through canals, rivers and lagoons of incomparable beauty today and tomorrow. Tortuguero National Park is located on Costa Rica's northern Caribbean coast, with the larger Tortuguero region a navigable network of lakes and channels crossing the national park. The region is the most important western Caribbean nesting site for the green turtle (July - September), and in addition you will be able to observe a wide diversity of flora and fauna along the canals. We will arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. Later in the afternoon, you will visit "downtown" Tortuguero and the Conservation of the Turtle Research Centre. Overnight at Mawamba Lodge.
Day 7. Tortuguero Canals - Horquetas de Sarapiquí
After a hearty breakfast, you will take a guided boat trip through the smaller canals in Tortuguero in order to explore plant and wildlife more difficult to find on the main waterways. After returning to the lodge you will get ready to start your way back by boat to the dock and to Guápiles, your stop over for the rafting tour the next day. Overnight at Suerre Guapiles Hotel.
Day 8 Rafting the Pacuare River (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
This morning we will make the short transfer to the small town of Tres Equis, where after breakfast at Rancho Roberts we will initiate our two-day Pacuare white-water rafting trip down one of the most exotic and scenic rivers in the world.
This journey through unspoiled jungle wilderness offers an adventurous ride filled with stunning natural beauty and exciting rapids.
Regarded as some of the finest white water in Latin America, this wild, untamed river may be the ultimate wilderness experience in the tropics. Today's rafting journey will take you down remote rapids, where you will work as a team, skillfully running your small raft past steep canyons where cascading waterfalls plummet hundreds of feet into the river below. A stately jungle rises thousands of feet above the riverbanks, and rare birds and animals hide in the forest cover. Day 1 of rafting is filled with excitement as you squeeze through narrow openings between huge boulders and run long stretches of powerful rapids. Your rafting adventure ends at a private jungle oasis, the Pacuare Lodge, nestled in the middle of an enchanting and captivating rainforest. You arrive at the Lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon you can enjoy the Canopy Adventure tour, take a walk into the property, or relax in the area. Here, you are completely surrounded by nature at its purest and most primitive state. The two-story Pacuare Lodge has comfortable, rustic dining facilities on the first floor and lots of relaxing hammocks in an open-air lounge on the second floor. Modern wooden bungalows with thatched palm roofs have been carefully designed to blend into the forest.
Day 9 Pacuare River - San José
The best part of the river is today! After a hearty breakfast, you will experience the excitement of the bigger and more challenging rapids to come. At a designated point along the way, you will stop to visit pristine waterfalls and natural waterslides. Lunch will be served along the river. River take-out is in mid-afternoon, where you will have a transfer back to San José and to a recommended Hotel Ramada Plaza Herradura in a superior room.
Day 10. San José
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.