Day 1

Overview & Highlights

Explore the Pacuare River, on a rafting trip cruising scenic canyons where clear waterfalls plummet down into the rapidly coursing river. End up descending a waterfall or hiking an archaeological site in Turrialba Valley.

Highlights

• An exciting rafting trip on the wild and scenic Pacuare River.

• The exotic beauty of the rainforest from the tree tops on a zip line tour.

• Descend a waterfall canyon or hike the trails of an archeological site.

• A variety of plants, birds, and wildlife species due to differences in altitude and ecosystems.

• Try the “Turrialba” cheese produced on the high slopes of the volcano, coffee, peach palm, and macadamia nuts.

• Meet the local Afro-Caribbean and indigenous populations of the areas.

What is included?

Arrival and departure airport transfers, shared and private transportation on comfortable air-conditioned microbuses between destinations, accommodations at suggested lodges/hotels, daily breakfasts, meals at the river lodge, day tours as described in the itinerary, local taxes.

Excludes

International airfare to Costa Rica (we can recommend the best routes), personal expenses (passport, medical, souvenirs, etc.), hotel extras (laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments), optional tours, additional transfers, entrance fees to locations not mentioned on the program, gratuities (drivers, guides, hospitality staff), insurance (travel, baggage loss, medical).

Travel dates

Any time of the year (subject to weather conditions and river levels)


Welcome & transfer in SJO Airport to your hotel

Welcome & transfer in SJO Airport to your hotel

On arrival at the San Jose International Airport (SJO), you will be meet & greet by our bilingual representative who will help you with your luggage and transfer you to the hotel.

Hotel Grano De Oro

Hotel Grano De Oro (2 nights)

In Costa Rica, the term “Grano de Oro” is used to refer to the coffee bean, their “Grain of Gold”. The founders of this boutique hotel fell in love with the idea that such a small fruit could be so valuable. The Hotel Grano de Oro opened its doors in December of 1991, with 21 guest rooms, a gift shop and a modest café. Quickly gaining recognition from local and international agencies for its unique personality and great service, the hotel became a landmark within the city.

A charming turn of the century guest room with a lush tropical, private patio – perfect for enjoying a cocktail or glass of wine at the end of the day. These rooms offer one queen bed with fine luxury linens as well as all the amenities needed to make your stay comfortable.

Day 2

San Jose walking tour

San Jose walking tour

Today you will enjoy a Walking & Sightseeing Tour of the city with your guide. San José is full of interesting stories and rich history, you just need a good storyteller to unveil its charms for you.

On this tour, we will walk through the major historical landmarks such as the National Theater (1897) Correos de Costa Rica building (1917) experience the daily bustle of the Central Market, and the modern cool spots as well share how locals enjoy their city.



Entrance fee to attractions to be paid on site.

Day 3

Pacuare Lodge

Pacuare Lodge (2 nights)

Located on an 840-acres private reserve in the heart of the Talamanca Mountains, every aspect of the lodge exists in symbiotic harmony with the natural surroundings. From the gracefully towering main house, built in the style and craftsmanship of Caribbean-inspired architecture, to the 20 exquisite, stand-alone suites and villas; the secluded and peaceful riverfront spa; and the remarkable infinity swimming pool emerging from the rainforest to hover over the river’s edge.

Each naturally elegant structure is crafted from sustainably sourced woods and other eco-friendly materials. The eclectic and graceful designs capture both the breathtaking scenery as well as the cool breezes rolling off the river below and the rainforest canopy above.

Although breezes from the river and surrounding jungle keep each living area surprisingly fresh, we equiped every room with highly efficient eco-fans. Each guestroom also comes with a pair of rubber boots for every member of your party. Feel safe and protected from the occasional mud when you set off to explore the lodge’s exquisite gardens.

All of our buildings are within walking distance of each other—be it your villa, the spa, or the main lodge. Nonetheless, we also provide our guests with the use of complementary electric vehicles (golf carts) for getting around the property. The cars are comfortable, easy to drive, and covered to protect our guests from the elements.

230 square meters / 2,500 square feet

Perched on a ridge amidst exuberant tropical greenery, the Linda Vista Suites offer unforgettable views of the Pacuare River and surrounding rainforest. Bright and spacious (230-square-meter) suites, with a simple, natural design and exquisite décor that perfectly complement the verdure and profusion of the surrounding jungle. Each suite was built with special attention to the topography so that guests enjoy gorgeous views of the river and forest from every area – the bedroom, living room, bathroom, deck and pool.

Conservation fee

Day 5

Private transfer from put out Pacuare River to Casa Turire Hotel

Private transfer from put out Pacuare River to Casa Turire Hotel

After arriving on your rafts and getting changed at the facilities of Pacuare Lodge, your private driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel for a relaxing afternoon and evening.

Hotel Casa Turire

Hotel Casa Turire (2 nights)

Casa Turire invites guests to enjoy the glamour and elegance of our colonial deco boutique hotel.

We offer visitors the charm of our exotic tropical landscape, the personal attention of our devoted bilingual staff and the special touches found in luxury hotels in Costa Rica.

Our hotel located only a few minutes outside of the rural town of Turrialba just minutes from the majestic Turrialba volcano as well as lush rainforest and pristine rivers found only in this unique area of Costa Rica.

We offer a wide variety of experiences here at Casa Turire, from relaxing around the pool area, hiking our trails, horseback riding or birdwatching in our gardens; guests can get the most out of their stay with all that we have to offer!

Guests can visit our farm, which includes our own herb & vegetable garden. We work to ensure that all our ingredients are used in our restaurant, bar & spa allowing our guests to take full advantage of the natural nutrients that can be found here.

Nestled in a small corner of the hotel our spa offer a variety of treatments as well as making use of the various herbs found in our garden down on the farm.

The Suite is designed to reflect a luxury two floor apartment with a breathtaking panoramic view of the property entrance beautifully lined with our royal palm trees. The Master Suite offers a wonderful environment to recharge and restore after exploring the Turrialba Volcano or whitewater rafting on the Pacuare river!

The first floor offers an elegant sitting area and private bath. The majestic balcony is an ideal location to have breakfast overlooking the foothills & take in all the sounds of the birds and wildlife found here. The second floor is the essence of romance, with an en suite Jacuzzi near the luxurious king bed the rooms provides comfort and elegance as well as the perfect romantic getaway!

Day 6

Guayabo National Monument

Guayabo National Monument

Costa Rica may not be famous for its archaeological history like Guatemala’s Tikal or the Incan ruins of Peru, but veiled in the shadow of the Turrialba Volcano - like a mythical “lost city” from a storybook - lies a mysterious ancient city that was home to over 10,000 people who seemed to have mysteriously vanished just before the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century.

This region, known as Guayabo National Monument, is Costa Rica’s most important archaeological site and its only named National Monument. Protect archaeological structures such as causeways, mounds, bridges, aqueducts catchment tanks and others. It also protects high evergreen forest patches typical of montane rain forest. In the tour a guide will walk you through the entire park while explaining the findings of the excavations and the history of the people that were living there.

What to bring?

Shorts or pants, tennis or hiking shoes, rain jacket, a hat or a visor, sunglasses, a bottle of water, insect repellent and sun block and extra clothes to change into after the tour.

Day 7

Private transfer Turrialba to San José (sightseeing at Cartago city)

Private transfer Turrialba to San José (sightseeing at Cartago city)

Pick up at your hotel by your private driver for the transfer back to the San José area, on the way stop for sightseeing in the former capital of Costa Rica, Cartago.

Now, this provincial capital remains an important religious center. On August 2nd thousands of pilgrims walk here to celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of the Angels.

Hyatt Place San José

Hyatt Place San José (1 night)

Conveniently located in the tranquil neighborhood of Curridabat, Hyatt Place San Jose/Pinares in downtown San Jose, Costa Rica is the perfect location for both business and leisure travelers, within close proximity to many local attractions.

With 120 roomy rooms divided up into separate living and sleeping areas, including the comfy Cozy Corner with sofa-sleeper, you’ll soon find that your space is the perfect spot to recharge, kick back and relax, watch TV on your 42” flat screen, or get some work done at your in-room desk.

Wake up to breakfast served every day. We are currently featuring a selection of pre-packaged breakfast items, such as hot breakfast sandwiches, fresh fruit, yogurt, and more.

The Market offers a selection of perfectly packaged grab-and-go items from snacks to salads, while our bakery case offers an array of tempting pastries and sweets. The Bar offers thoughtfully sourced, regionally inspired food, premium alcoholic beverages and specialty coffee drinks.

Rooms should always feel, well, roomy and we made no exception here with separate sleeping and living areas, including one king OR two queen Hyatt Grand Bed and our Cozy Corner with sofa, perfect to sit back and relax.

With 120 roomy rooms divided up into separate living and sleeping areas, including the comfy Cozy Corner with sofa-sleeper, you’ll soon find that your space is the perfect spot to recharge, kick back and relax, watch TV on your 42” flat screen, or get some work done at your in-room desk.

At Momentum Pinares shopping plaza (where the hotel is located), you can find several dining options at the restaurants.

Day 8

Hotel to SJO Airport (transfer out)

Hotel to SJO Airport (transfer out)

Pick up at the hotel by your private driver for the transfer back to SJO International Airport for your check-in process with your airline.

*Check-in: 2 hours before your flight departure time.