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Costa Rica Rainforest to Sea Multi-Adventure Tour

Whitewater Thrills & Luxury Nature Lodges


Raft one of the top ten whitewater rivers in the world: the renowned Río Pacuare! Enjoy a stay in the rainforest at the National Geographic award-winning Rios Lodge. Then sea kayak off Costa Rica's Pacific coast in the beautiful Nicoya Gulf, and stay at a luxury glamping resort on a private island. Raft, hike, birdwatch, kayak, SUP, snorkel, and swim to your heart's content on this 7-day adventure. Afternoons are for hammock lounging and wildlife viewing. Each evening, enjoy cocktails over looking the river and savor delicious cuisine while relaxing amid nature's lush splendor.

7 Days

From: $4,145

Raft one of the top ten whitewater rivers in the world: the renowned Río Pacuare! Enjoy a stay in the rainforest at the National Geographic award-winning Rios Lodge. Then sea kayak off Costa Rica's Pacific coast in the beautiful Nicoya Gulf, and stay at a luxury glamping resort on a private island. Raft, hike, birdwatch, kayak, SUP, snorkel, and swim to your heart's content on this 7-day adventure. Afternoons are for hammock lounging and wildlife viewing. Each evening, enjoy cocktails over looking the river and savor delicious cuisine while relaxing amid nature's lush splendor.

Highlights


  • Enjoy whitewater thrills on the mighty Río Pacuare and zipline through the rainforest

  • Kayak through a tropical paradise along the Nicoya Peninsula coast, past tiny islands, to the Curú Biological Reserve

  • Stay at a luxury glamping resort on a private island and award-winning eco-lodge

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Costa Rica Rainforest to Sea Multi-Adventure

Start: San José, Costa Rica  End: San José, Costa Rica

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive San José, Costa Rica

    Day 1

    Arrive at the airport in San José, Costa Rica. Meet your guide and transfer to your comfortable hotel in town. End the day with a delicious welcome dinner.

    Accommodation: Studio Hotel Boutique

    Meals: Dinner

  • Raft the Pacuare River

    Day 2

    Get an early start and travel across the Continental Divide to the Pacuare River in the Caribbean lowlands. After a hearty breakfast, begin today's journey rafting three miles of Class II and III rapids down the beautiful Pacuare River. Cascading waterfalls, lush rainforest, exotic animals, and exciting rapids make this a memorable tropical adventure. Keep an eye out for sloths, river otters, monkeys, and an incredible variety of birds, such as toucans, egrets, herons, kingfishers, sun bitterns, and trogons. Paddle downstream to the riverside ecolodge on the 2,400-acre Rios Tropicales rainforest reserve. In the evening, exceptional cuisine accompanies the vibrant sounds of the jungle and river.

    Accommodation: Rios Lodge

    Activity: 1.5 hours/3 miles rafting

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Pick Your Adventure at Ríos Lodge

    Day 3

    Enjoy a full day of relaxation or activities at the Rios Lodge. Rise early for an optional guided birdwatching hike to see toucans and many other species, before returning for breakfast and gearing up for a day of adventure. Walk into the Pacuare Nature Reserve and then set out on a horseback ride or swing through the canopy forest on a zip-line to get an up-close perspective of the ecosystem.

    Accommodation: Rios Lodge

    Activity: Full day of optional horseback-riding, zip-lining, hiking, or bird-watching

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Pacuare River to San José

    Day 4

    Continue on your whitewater rafting adventure through Class III and IV rapids down the lush, magical gorge of the Río Pacuare. Paddle through "Bobo," "Huacas Arriba," "Huacas Abajo," and "Dos Montañas" as you journey downstream and find yourself surrounded by exotic wildlife, jungle and waterfalls tumbling into the river. In the afternoon, reach the town of Siquirres to enjoy a hot shower and lunch before transferring back to San José in time for dinner.

    Accommodation: Studio Hotel Boutique

    Activity: 3 hours/12 miles rafting

    Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey to Isla Chiquita; Kayak around the Island

    Day 5

    It's an early morning departure today to head west towards the Pacific Coast. From the Port of Puntarenas, take a private boat to the luxury glamping lodge on Isla Jesusita. After lunch at the lodge, take a leisurely one-hour paddle kayaking on calm, clear blue water around the Smalgulf Islands. Time permitting, join an optional hike of the island's trails to see beautiful views of the Nicoya Gulf and coastal wildlife. In the evening, set out under the light of the stars for a bioluminescence tour by motorboat. This natural phenomenon is produced by high concentrations of light-emitting plankton.

    Accommodation: Isla Chiquita Glamping Hotel

    Activity: 1 hour kayaking, optional hiking, and bioluminescence night tour by motorboat

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer; 40-minute private boat ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Paddle to Curú Biological Reserve

    Day 6

    Head south, kayaking through a tropical paradise along the Nicoya Peninsula coast, past tiny islands, to the Curú Biological Reserve. This private biological reserve is teeming with wildlife like monkeys, coatis, agoutis, white-tailed deer, birds, and other exotic species. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the spectacular white sand beach with time to hike the reserve's trails before taking a motorboat back to the lodge.

    Accommodation: Isla Chiquita Glamping Hotel

    Activity: 2.5-3 hours kayaking plus 15-min motorboat assist, 1-2 hours hiking

    Transportation: 15- and 30-minute motorboat transfers

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart San José, Costa Rica

    Day 7

    After breakfast, transfer by private boat to the Port of Puntarenas. Then transfer by private van to the San José airport for departures on homeward-bound flights.

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer; 40-minute private boat ride

    Meals: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices


  • 2022
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2022

Scheduled Dates


The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

  • Dec 24 - 30, 2022
    $4,495 price per person dbl occ
    +$800 single supplement+$-75 triple room discount
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Go Private

Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Call or email us to get the ball rolling.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Private Trip Pricing:


2022 Pricing

4 to 5 guests from $4,295 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $4,195 per person double occupancy

Additional Costs:


Triple Room Discount: $-75

Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Make Your Own Dates in These Months


Go Custom

Create Your Very Own Adventure


Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert


800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Jorge Calderón

Jorge Calderón

Jorge Calderon is a whitewater rafting and adventure guide who has led trips in Costa Rica for over two decades. In fact, he was part of the Costa Rican whitewater rafting team that placed in the World Championships in 1997! Not limiting himself to warm climates, Jorge has also guided sea kayaking trips in Iceland and Greenland. Well-liked for his dry sense of humor, Jorge exudes a love for the outdoors and is always eager to share the natural beauty of his country.

Otto Mora

Otto Mora

Otto Mora Picado was born in the adventure capital of Costa Rica, Turrialba. He began his guiding career at age 19 on the Sarapiqui and Pacuare Rivers, and was a member of Costa Rica's mens rafting team in the 2011 World Championship. Otto has a passion for extreme sports, nature, and cycling. He has learned a lot from his 15 years of guiding trips around Costa Rica and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge about the rainforest with you.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 2. No previous experience is necessary for the activities. During rafting, guests actively partake in paddling with the command of your expert guide.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

1.5 hours/3 miles rafting

Day 3

Full day of optional horseback-riding, zip-lining, hiking, or bird-watching

Day 4

3 hours/12 miles rafting

Day 5

1 hour kayaking, optional hiking, and bioluminescence night tour by motorboat

Day 6

2.5-3 hours kayaking plus 15-min motorboat assist, 1-2 hours hiking

Accommodations


A variety of hotels from comfortable ecolodges to luxury glamping tents that make the most of their rainforest location with beautiful views and lush settings.

Rios Lodge
Rios Lodge

Let the sound of the Pacuare River lull you to sleep at this sustainable eco-lodge, a haven for relaxation and immersion in tropical sights and sounds. The lodge features open-air pavilions with thatched roofs and comfortable hammocks swinging in a gentle breeze. Enjoy the ample viewing decks, where the toucans fly overhead and the river roars below.

Isla Chiquita Glamping Hotel
Isla Chiquita Glamping Hotel

Nestled away on the remote island of Isla Jesusita, relax in spacious glamping tents overlooking the picturesque Gulf of Nicoya or tropical forest. Each tent offers modern amenities for convenience but captures the island's rustic charm. Between adventures, wander the seaside gardens or rejuvenate at the wellness spa.

Studio Hotel Boutique
Studio Hotel Boutique

This 5-star boutique hotel is conveniently located only a few minutes away from the airport, while still peacefully surrounded with views of the Santa Ana Mountains. Decorated with hundreds of pieces of local art, you will encounter your first taste of Costa Rica by just walking through the hotel doors. Each room is equipped with all the necessary comforts, such as Wi-Fi, coffee makers and hair dryers. Relax after your long flight or various activities at the Sky Bar pool with a cocktail as the sun sets over the mountains.

Weather


Daytime temperatures in 70's-80's F. Evening lows in 60's. Humid. Expect rain any time of year. December-April are the driest.

 
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FAQs


Can I do the trip if I've never kayaked or rafted before?

Yes! Great for beginners. No previous experience required. We supply any technical equipment. Our guides have extensive safety certifications and will train you on what you need to know.

Are insects a problem?

No, insects are generally not a problem. If you are extra sensitive, bring insect repellant.

What is the rafting and kayaking like?

There will be two days of rafting on the trip through class III to IV rapids in paddleboats.

There will be two days of kayaking on the trip across calm sea water in two-person kayaks. One day will involve kayaking for a few hours at night.

Your guide will provide paddling and safety instructions.

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Guest Reviews


"MT Sobek took care of everything for our extended family vacation. Not a hiccup in the planning, the itinerary, the lodging or the guide. Everything in life should be so easy."

Kathy J.
MT Sobek Guest

"Exceptional trips! Go with MT Sobek!"

Mitch S.
MT Sobek Guest