Day 1

Overview & Highlights

Located in the Caribbean region of the country, a protected zone of incomparable beauty that covers approximately 25,000 acres as it descends down the Talamanca Mountain Range. Within this zone, the Pacuare River forms the northern border of Central America’s most important network of national parks and reserves and offers some of the finest white-water rafting in Latin America.

Lapa Rios Reserve on the Osa Peninsula preserves more than 1,000 acres of primary and secondary private rainforest and assists in the development of the local community.

Highlights

• Splash in on white water rafts along the Pacuare River Protected Zone to arrive to your jungle lodge.

• Learn about the Cabecar culture, Costa Rica´s largest tribe on the mountains near the Pacuare River.

• Discover Central America’s last remaining tropical lowland rainforests at the Osa Peninsula with local naturalist guides.

• Learn how sustainable tourism can be profitable and therefore a successful vehicle for ensuring wilderness preservation.

Duration

10 days / 9 nights (with the option to combine with other destinations or extension to Isla Palenque Lodge in Panama)

What is included?

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

Dates

December to April & May to August.


“A forest left standing is more valuable than one cut down”
Karen Lewis
Founder of Lapa Rios Reserve & Lodge
1993


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 City Walking & Sightseeing Tour

San Jose City Walking & Sightseeing Tour

Today you will enjoy a Walking & Sightseeing Tour of the city with your private 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) and 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 fees to attractions are to be paid on-site. The walk includes some coffee tasting as well as other typical snack tastings at the Central Market.

Lunch takes place at a local restaurant suggested by your guide (at extra cost).

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.

91 sq meters / 980 sq ft

Retreat into tranquil luxury and design. Your spacious River View Suite includes a private terrace that opens on to stunning views of the Pacuare River and the surrounding jungle. Your suite features a king-size canopy bed with crisp 300-thread Egyptian cotton linens and superior Beautyrest mattress®, exquisite décor, natural design with hardwood flooring, open terrace with hammock and a waterfront deck. A fully tiled ensuite bathroom offers a nearly 180-degree view of the rainforest and the Pacuare River. Nearby, a open-air heated shower lets you experience the seclusion and beauty of the rainforest.

Day 4

Experiences at Pacuare Lodge

Pacuare Lodge offers experiences to make your Costa Rica vacation dreams come true. The lodge’s idyllic location, nestled between the Pacuare River and pristine rainforest, facilitates an array of outdoor options.

-Ziplining over the canopy treetops
-Canyoning (combines climbing, rappelling, and other exciting activities in a lush jungle gorge)
-Birdwatching
-Emerald and Waterfall hike
-Sustainable tour
-Cabecar Indigenous hike
-Rural visit to Bajos del Tigre

Jawa Juü Spa, we use the soothing power of the rainforest, rhythmic massages, and spa treatments with local, natural products to create a blissful sensory experience for the body and the mind.




Day 5

Hotel Grano De Oro

Hotel Grano De Oro (1 night)

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 6

Hotel to SJO Airport Domestic Terminal

Hotel to SJO Airport Domestic Terminal

You will be picked up at the hotel for the private transfer to the Domestic Terminal at SJO Airport on time for your check-in process with the domestic airline.

*Check-in: 1 hour before your flight departure time.

Domestic flight San José to Puerto Jiménez

Domestic flight San José to Puerto Jiménez

Take a scenic domestic flight along the mountain ranges towards the central coast, followed by a descent towards the Sierpe Mangroves and the Golfo Dulce. Upon arrival in Puerto Jimenez you will be welcome by your hotel representative at the local airstrip.

Lapa Rios Eco Lodge

Lapa Rios Eco Lodge (3 nights)

Long before the pillars of sustainable tourism had been established, Lapa Rios was envisioned as a project whose objective it would be to protect its endangered surroundings. Today, the 17-bungalow lodge preserves more than 1,000 acres of primary and secondary rainforest, and assists in the development of the local community. Since its opening in 1993, Lapa Rios has won numerous awards and has been featured in the press worldwide.

In this incredible environment, guests can look forward to once-in-a-lifetime rainforest adventures, wildlife encounters and ocean activities.

Each private standalone suite is surrounded by the rainforest canopy and its abundance of wildlife grants uninterrupted views of the brilliant blue Golfo Dulce. Awake to a symphony of birdsongs, monkeys chattering in the treetops, and the occasional splash of a breaching whale or dolphin on the horizon. Even the bathrooms, with spacious solar heated rain showers and organic amenities, offer views of the rainforest and ocean.

Day 7

Experiences at Lapa Rios

Enjoy some of the activities included in your stay such as:

-Early Birds Tour
-Sunset Birds Tour
-Wild Waterfalls
-Local Medicine Tour
-Rainforest Ridge Hike
-Osa Trail
-Matapalo Beach Tour
-Night Walk
-Plant a Tree
-Twigs, Pigs andGarbage (sustainability tour)
-Self-Guided Trail
-Visit the CarboneraSchool (except school breaks days)
-Lunch with a Guide

Day 9

Domestic flight Puerto Jiménez to San José

Domestic flight Puerto Jiménez to San José

Take a scenic domestic flight over the Golfo Dulce, Sierpe Mangroves, the Central Pacific Coast and the mountain ranges towards the capital city upon arrival at SJO Juan Santamaria Domestic terminal.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton (1 night)

Wherever your travels take you, count on Hampton to deliver value, consistency, and caring service. Once you've arrived at our hotel, you'll find a lot of great amenities waiting for you in your room.

We offer free high-speed internet access in every guest room. Prop your laptop on our handy lap desk and type away while you watch TV. Or simply listen to your favorite kind of music by pressing one of the preset buttons on your room's alarm clock. When you're ready for some rest, hunker down for the night in our comfiest amenity yet, our Clean and Fresh Hampton Bed™.

Near the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton™ hotel in San José - Airport there is a broad variety of restaurants serving all sorts of cuisines.

Have a relaxing stay in this queen room that features 2 clean and fresh Hampton beds®. The room includes a comfortable easy chair with ottoman, a 32-inch TV and a spacious work desk with free WiFi to let you catch up on work while traveling.

Day 10

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.

Adios Costa Rica!