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Pura Vida in Costa Rica!

Trip Length 9 days

From $3,395

  • Raft the Río Pacuare, considered by many to be one of the top 10 most beautiful whitewater rivers in the world
  • Zip Line from tree to tree in a Rain Forest Private Reserve
  • Kayak in Tortuguero National Park, exploring secluded channels that larger boats can't visit, hike near Arenal Volcano, paddle the mystical waters of Lake Arenal
  • Get up close to a variety of wildlife: monkeys, iguanas, sloths, toucans, caimans, and more
  • Relax and enjoy a seamless, flexible, non-stop water park adventure—a great value and perfect for families

Looking for a larger-than-life multisport adventure in the jewel of Central America? Come to Costa Rica with MTS, the forerunners of adventure travel in the region! We’ll silently sneak up close to wildlife as we paddle the jungle waterways of Tortuguero National Park, home to howler monkeys, basilisk lizards, sea turtles, and tropical birds. We’ll take a rollicking, fun-filled ride down the Río Pacuare (ranked among the world’s top ten rivers for rafting), and spend two magical nights deep in the rainforest at the Rios Tropicales eco-lodge (think Robinson Crusoe!).

Back on kayaks, we’ll explore breathtaking Lake Arenal, in the shadow of famous Arenal Volcano. Then, we’ll kick back and soothe our muscles at a mountain hot springs.  This non-stop water park adventure is a great value, ideal for families—and the perfect ticket for the kid in all of us!

Day 1: Arrive in San José, Costa Rica.

Arrive in San José, Costa Rica's capital city. Your trip leader (or a Mountain Travel Sobek representative) will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport, where he or she will answer questions, brief you on the immediate arrangements, and escort you to your hotel.

  • Accommodation:Hotel Bounganvillea

Day 2: Tortuguero National Park

Take a scenic drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park to the put-in on the Río Suerte for a unique kayaking trip into Tortuguero National Park, which is only accessible by water or by air. We'll arrive at our lodge, located on the beach in Tortuguero National Park, by midafternoon. A walk on the beach or on nature trails, a swim in the pool, and cocktails on the sunset deck await us. You can also walk with a guide to the Caribbean Conservation Center, which was established to protect the local sea turtles.

 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Mawamba Lodge

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park

After breakfast we take a motorboat loaded with our kayaks and head to a secondary channel in the national park. We'll board the kayaks and paddle through a narrow waterway to look for wildlife. After lunch back at Mawamba, we can paddle to some more areas only accessible by kayak, or simply relax at the pool.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Mawamba Lodge

Day 4: Pacuare River

In the early morning, before breakfast, we'll enjoy sea turtle viewing. After breakfast, we take a boat to Matina (1½-hour ride), then drive about two hours to our put-in on the beautiful but endangered Pacuare River (it’s threatened by a proposed hydroelectric plant). Once at the river we paddle downstream about eight miles to our rustic, thatched-roof riverside jungle lodge. This is a good opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the steep, technical drops typical of the Pacuare. Along its course lie several densely vegetated gorges sheltering numerous mammal species, including sloths, river otters, and anteaters, as well as an incredible variety of birds—toucans, egrets, herons, kingfishers, sunbirds, and trogons.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Rios Tropicales Lodge

Day 5: A full day in Paradise

Enjoy a full day at Rios Tropicales Lodge! Take an optional early morning bird-watching hike with your guides to see toucans, macaws, and a myriad of other spectacular tropical species. Upon return, breakfast will be served and then after a little rest, a full day of adventure awaits! Enjoy a zip line tour through the forest of our private reserve or visit the lodge conservation project, “Plant for the Planet,” where you will plant a native tree and receive a certificate that indicates that you participated in the program, which is part of the United Nations Environmental Program “Billion Tree Campaign.” Or you may choose to hike to "Wake Up" Waterfalls, and a experience the new canyoneering tour where you can rappel down the face of the waterfall.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Rios Tropicales Lodge

Day 6: Our Pacuare adventure continues!

This morning we'll continue our whitewater rafting adventure, entering the lush, magical gorge of the Pacuare. The rapids here become more powerful and technical in nature, and we’ll power through “Bobo,” “Huacas Arriba,” “Huacas Abajo,” “Cimarrones,” and “Dos Montañas” rapids. Gorgeous waterfalls tumble into the river, and we might even be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of some of the exotic birds and animals inhabiting the surrounding jungle. We take out near the town of Siquirres and drive 2½ hours to the beautiful Arenal volcano area. Late in the afternoon, Eco Termales hot springs awaits, where we'll relax and enjoy the hot, mineral pools with temperatures that go from 90-150°F. Dinner tonight will be served at the hot springs' restaurant.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Mountain Paradise Lodge

Day 7: Arenal and the surrounding areas

After breakfast, we’ll hike the surroundings of the Arenal Volcano, enjoying the beauty of primary and secondary forests, where you will be able to see a wide variety of wildlife including howler monkeys, sloths, and toucans. This hike lasts about 3 hours. Afterward we’ll drive to a local restaurant for lunch, followed by a free afternoon to enjoy and relax at the hotel.

 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Mountain Paradise Lodge

Day 8: Arenal

After breakfast you will embark in first class touring kayaks and enjoy a day paddling the calm waters of Lake Arenal, while the beauty and energy of this amazing volcano penetrates your soul. After lunch in town, we’ll say goodbye to this powerfully moving mountain and drive back to San Jose. In the evening we'll enjoy a farewell dinner with the group.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Bounganvillea

Day 9: Depart

Transfer to the airport and depart on homeward-bound flights, or join one of our great extensions in Corcovado National Park or Manuel Antonio National Park. Ask our Regional Specialist for details!

  • Breakfast

Dec 23 - 31, 2016 Christmas Holiday!

Dec 26, 2016 - Jan 03, 2017 New Year's Holiday!

Jan 14 - 22, 2017

Feb 18 - 26, 2017

Mar 18 - 26, 2017

Apr 08 - 16, 2017

Jun 10 - 18, 2017

Jul 15 - 23, 2017

Aug 19 - 27, 2017

Dec 23 - 31, 2017

Dec 26, 2017 - Jan 03, 2018

pricing

2016 Prices
$3,395 per person (4-14 members)
$750 single supplement

2017 Prices
$3,695 per person (4-14 members)
$750 single supplement

Minimum age: 11 years old

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Hotel Bounganvillea — Heredia, Costa Rica


Mawamba Lodge — Tortuguero

Nestled in the lush rainforest, this is the ideal hideaway for nature lovers and the perfect place to discover the wonders of the Tortuguero National Park. The lodge features lush gardens and rustic accommodations, along with regular visits from brightly colored exotic birds.

Mountain Paradise Lodge — La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park

The Mountain Paradise Lodge sits at the base of Volcan Arenal, and features spectacular views. If you’re lucky, you may even get a glimpse of lava in the evening! This hotel’s lovely setting, pool, and jacuzzi allow guests to truly enjoy the relaxed pace of the Arenal region.

Rios Tropicales Lodge

Let the sound of the Pacuare River lull you to sleep at this sustainable eco-lodge. This evening’s lodge offers a haven for relaxation and immersion in tropical sights and sounds. The lodge features open air gathering pavilions with thatched roofs and comfortable hammocks swinging in a gentle breeze. Guests enjoy ample viewing decks for watching the toucans fly overhead and the roaring river below.

"The Pura Vida trip was an outstanding family vacation. With teenage children, we wanted to do something that would satisfy all of us. There was enough fun activities to keep us active and enough down time for us to relax. We were pushed outside our comfort zone, but the outstanding staff was there to encourage us and cheer us on." Bari Epstein

"Pura Vida in Costa Rica is a vacation is for those who like the water—we were white water rafting, kayaking, rappelling down a waterfall, and even soaking in hot springs. Great food and lodging, interesting birds and animals to see, and excellent guides made this our best adventure vacation yet." Glenn Larsen

"I have taken several trips with MTS and each has delivered and excellent adventure, challenging within the ratings listed and also educational." Harlan Hall

"This was a trip of a lifetime. I loved every second of it." Elizabeth Barker

"Mountain Travel Sobeck always delivers a wonderful traveling experience. This trip was exciting and there was a variety of activities—something for everyone." Sandra Dunn  

"Costa Rica was a fantastic trip with multi-sport activities. It surpassed my expectations. The trip leaders and assistant guides were excellent with great patience to make sure everyone is interested and comfortable in all activities." Dinh Chu            

  • Raft the Río Pacuare, considered by many to be one of the top 10 most beautiful whitewater rivers in the world
  • Zip Line from tree to tree in a Rain Forest Private Reserve
  • Kayak in Tortuguero National Park, exploring secluded channels that larger boats can't visit, hike near Arenal Volcano, paddle the mystical waters of Lake Arenal
  • Get up close to a variety of wildlife: monkeys, iguanas, sloths, toucans, caimans, and more
  • Relax and enjoy a seamless, flexible, non-stop water park adventure—a great value and perfect for families

Looking for a larger-than-life multisport adventure in the jewel of Central America? Come to Costa Rica with MTS, the forerunners of adventure travel in the region! We’ll silently sneak up close to wildlife as we paddle the jungle waterways of Tortuguero National Park, home to howler monkeys, basilisk lizards, sea turtles, and tropical birds. We’ll take a rollicking, fun-filled ride down the Río Pacuare (ranked among the world’s top ten rivers for rafting), and spend two magical nights deep in the rainforest at the Rios Tropicales eco-lodge (think Robinson Crusoe!).

Back on kayaks, we’ll explore breathtaking Lake Arenal, in the shadow of famous Arenal Volcano. Then, we’ll kick back and soothe our muscles at a mountain hot springs.  This non-stop water park adventure is a great value, ideal for families—and the perfect ticket for the kid in all of us!

review

"The Pura Vida trip was an outstanding family vacation. With teenage children, we wanted to do something that would satisfy all of us. There was enough fun activities to keep us active and enough down time for us to relax. We were pushed outside our comfort zone, but the outstanding staff was there to encourage us and cheer us on." Bari Epstein

"Pura Vida in Costa Rica is a vacation is for those who like the water—we were white water rafting, kayaking, rappelling down a waterfall, and even soaking in hot springs. Great food and lodging, interesting birds and animals to see, and excellent guides made this our best adventure vacation yet." Glenn Larsen

"I have taken several trips with MTS and each has delivered and excellent adventure, challenging within the ratings listed and also educational." Harlan Hall

"This was a trip of a lifetime. I loved every second of it." Elizabeth Barker

"Mountain Travel Sobeck always delivers a wonderful traveling experience. This trip was exciting and there was a variety of activities—something for everyone." Sandra Dunn  

"Costa Rica was a fantastic trip with multi-sport activities. It surpassed my expectations. The trip leaders and assistant guides were excellent with great patience to make sure everyone is interested and comfortable in all activities." Dinh Chu            

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in San José, Costa Rica.

Arrive in San José, Costa Rica's capital city. Your trip leader (or a Mountain Travel Sobek representative) will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport, where he or she will answer questions, brief you on the immediate arrangements, and escort you to your hotel.

  • Accommodation:Hotel Bounganvillea

Day 2: Tortuguero National Park

Take a scenic drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park to the put-in on the Río Suerte for a unique kayaking trip into Tortuguero National Park, which is only accessible by water or by air. We'll arrive at our lodge, located on the beach in Tortuguero National Park, by midafternoon. A walk on the beach or on nature trails, a swim in the pool, and cocktails on the sunset deck await us. You can also walk with a guide to the Caribbean Conservation Center, which was established to protect the local sea turtles.

 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Mawamba Lodge

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park

After breakfast we take a motorboat loaded with our kayaks and head to a secondary channel in the national park. We'll board the kayaks and paddle through a narrow waterway to look for wildlife. After lunch back at Mawamba, we can paddle to some more areas only accessible by kayak, or simply relax at the pool.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Mawamba Lodge

Day 4: Pacuare River

In the early morning, before breakfast, we'll enjoy sea turtle viewing. After breakfast, we take a boat to Matina (1½-hour ride), then drive about two hours to our put-in on the beautiful but endangered Pacuare River (it’s threatened by a proposed hydroelectric plant). Once at the river we paddle downstream about eight miles to our rustic, thatched-roof riverside jungle lodge. This is a good opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the steep, technical drops typical of the Pacuare. Along its course lie several densely vegetated gorges sheltering numerous mammal species, including sloths, river otters, and anteaters, as well as an incredible variety of birds—toucans, egrets, herons, kingfishers, sunbirds, and trogons.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Rios Tropicales Lodge

Day 5: A full day in Paradise

Enjoy a full day at Rios Tropicales Lodge! Take an optional early morning bird-watching hike with your guides to see toucans, macaws, and a myriad of other spectacular tropical species. Upon return, breakfast will be served and then after a little rest, a full day of adventure awaits! Enjoy a zip line tour through the forest of our private reserve or visit the lodge conservation project, “Plant for the Planet,” where you will plant a native tree and receive a certificate that indicates that you participated in the program, which is part of the United Nations Environmental Program “Billion Tree Campaign.” Or you may choose to hike to "Wake Up" Waterfalls, and a experience the new canyoneering tour where you can rappel down the face of the waterfall.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Rios Tropicales Lodge

Day 6: Our Pacuare adventure continues!

This morning we'll continue our whitewater rafting adventure, entering the lush, magical gorge of the Pacuare. The rapids here become more powerful and technical in nature, and we’ll power through “Bobo,” “Huacas Arriba,” “Huacas Abajo,” “Cimarrones,” and “Dos Montañas” rapids. Gorgeous waterfalls tumble into the river, and we might even be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of some of the exotic birds and animals inhabiting the surrounding jungle. We take out near the town of Siquirres and drive 2½ hours to the beautiful Arenal volcano area. Late in the afternoon, Eco Termales hot springs awaits, where we'll relax and enjoy the hot, mineral pools with temperatures that go from 90-150°F. Dinner tonight will be served at the hot springs' restaurant.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Mountain Paradise Lodge

Day 7: Arenal and the surrounding areas

After breakfast, we’ll hike the surroundings of the Arenal Volcano, enjoying the beauty of primary and secondary forests, where you will be able to see a wide variety of wildlife including howler monkeys, sloths, and toucans. This hike lasts about 3 hours. Afterward we’ll drive to a local restaurant for lunch, followed by a free afternoon to enjoy and relax at the hotel.

 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Mountain Paradise Lodge

Day 8: Arenal

After breakfast you will embark in first class touring kayaks and enjoy a day paddling the calm waters of Lake Arenal, while the beauty and energy of this amazing volcano penetrates your soul. After lunch in town, we’ll say goodbye to this powerfully moving mountain and drive back to San Jose. In the evening we'll enjoy a farewell dinner with the group.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Bounganvillea

Day 9: Depart

Transfer to the airport and depart on homeward-bound flights, or join one of our great extensions in Corcovado National Park or Manuel Antonio National Park. Ask our Regional Specialist for details!

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Hotel Bounganvillea — Heredia, Costa Rica


Mawamba Lodge — Tortuguero

Nestled in the lush rainforest, this is the ideal hideaway for nature lovers and the perfect place to discover the wonders of the Tortuguero National Park. The lodge features lush gardens and rustic accommodations, along with regular visits from brightly colored exotic birds.

Mountain Paradise Lodge — La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park

The Mountain Paradise Lodge sits at the base of Volcan Arenal, and features spectacular views. If you’re lucky, you may even get a glimpse of lava in the evening! This hotel’s lovely setting, pool, and jacuzzi allow guests to truly enjoy the relaxed pace of the Arenal region.

Rios Tropicales Lodge

Let the sound of the Pacuare River lull you to sleep at this sustainable eco-lodge. This evening’s lodge offers a haven for relaxation and immersion in tropical sights and sounds. The lodge features open air gathering pavilions with thatched roofs and comfortable hammocks swinging in a gentle breeze. Guests enjoy ample viewing decks for watching the toucans fly overhead and the roaring river below.

Dates and Pricing

Dec 23 - 31, 2016 Christmas Holiday!

Dec 26, 2016 - Jan 03, 2017 New Year's Holiday!

Jan 14 - 22, 2017

Feb 18 - 26, 2017

Mar 18 - 26, 2017

Apr 08 - 16, 2017

Jun 10 - 18, 2017

Jul 15 - 23, 2017

Aug 19 - 27, 2017

Dec 23 - 31, 2017

Dec 26, 2017 - Jan 03, 2018

pricing

2016 Prices
$3,395 per person (4-14 members)
$750 single supplement

2017 Prices
$3,695 per person (4-14 members)
$750 single supplement

Minimum age: 11 years old

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