Costa Rica 4x4 Adventure Ride 12 days | 11 nights Minimum 2 pax

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The perfect package for adventure lovers! Drive yourself around the country, discovering amazing destinations of Costa Rica full of excitement and beautiful hotels.

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Costa Rica 4x4 Adventure Ride​ Vacation Package includes:
  • Private arrival and departure transfers with English speaking assistance.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Meals as specified during stay at Rios Tropicales Ecolodge & Hacienda Guachipelin.
  • 2 nights in Hotel Park Inn.
  • 1 night in Rios Tropicales Ecolodge.
  • 2 nights in Selva Verde Lodge.
  • 1 night in Hotel Arenal Springs.
  • 2 nights in Hotel Hacienda Guachipelín.
  • 3 nights in Bahía del Sol Beachfront Hotel and Suites.
  • Hotel taxes.
  • Activities and tours as specified in the above itinerary.
  • Car rental (4X4 Daihatsu Bego or Hyundai Tucson, manual transmission).
Not Included:
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in this Costa Rica vacation package.
  • Optional tours or ground services not specified in the above itinerary.
  • Tips to tour guides & drivers.
  • Personal and/or medical expenses.
  • Costa Rica departure tax (US$29,00 per person).
  • Air tickets to/from Costa Rica.
About Car Rental
Car rental does not include any insurance option. Mandatory basic coverage, required by law, as well as other optional types of insurance can be contracted directly with the car rental agent when car will be delivered. A hold (US$1000) will be placed on the client’s credit card for a security deposit.  No debit cards or cash are accepted for the deposit. Additional insurance or second driver option can also be included before signing the contract.
For clients traveling with children, please take note that the use of an approved child restraint or booster seat is compulsory for children under 12 years old, according to weight, height and age; furthermore, children are not allowed to sit in the front seat of the car. Seat belts are compulsory for the driver and all passengers in the car.
 
Rental Requirements
  • Minimum age for rental is 21 or 23 years old, depending on car rental company
  • Valid passport
  • Valid driver license. Driving in Costa Rica with a foreign driver license is accepted during the first 90 days of the stay.
  • Credit card (Amex, Visa, Master Card) with credit enough to cover the security deposit and the insurance coverage. Debit cards and cash are not accepted for the deposit.
 
Routes by 4WD (you can also check a Costa Rica map):
 
Route Distance *Approx.driving time
Pacuare river take-out to Sarapiquí 80 Km 1 hr 30 minutes
Sarapiquí to La Fortuna 98 Km 2 hours
La Fortuna to Rincón de la Vieja 145 Km 3 hrs
Rincón de la Vieja to Potrero Beach 69 Km 1 hrs 30 minutes
Potrero Beach to San José 274 Km 5 hrs.
*Driving times are subject to road conditions, weather and traffic.
 

Itinerary

Day 1


 Arrival

Meet and greet at Juan Santamaria International airport and private transfer to your Costa Rica hotel in San Jose, the capital city of the country.
 
Night in Hotel Park Inn, Standard room




Day 2


Pacuare River Rafting (B, L, D)

The Pacuare River has been recognized as one of the top five most beautiful raftable rivers of the world by National Geographic Magazine. It flows approximately 108 km to the Caribbean through a protected zone of incomparable beauty, extending from the town of Siquirres to the Talamanca Mountain Range. The rainforest that surround the river is home to exotic animal species such as jaguars, monkeys, ocelots, and a very large number of different types of birds. 
 
This Costa Rica adventure begins rafting down the Pacuare River through breathtaking canyons and luxuriant vegetation.
 
This exciting adventure begins with an early morning pick-up at the lobby of your Costa Rica hotel in San José to take you to Rios Tropicales Operations Center, in Siquirres, where a typical Costa Rican breakfast will be served. After changing into the rafting gear, you will be drived to the private rafting put-in on the banks of the Pacuare River. A guide will give the necessary instruction on paddling and how to enjoy a safety Costa Rica tour
 
From here, you and your group will launch your raft and begin to paddle 19 miles deep into the heart of one of Costa Rica’s most impressive primary rainforests. You will pass through densely vegetated rainforest gorges, admire cascading waterfalls, relax in serene pools and experience pounding rapids.
 
Halfway down the river, a stop is made for a tasty, delicious picnic lunch, served on an overturned raft. Arrival to Rios Tropicales Lodge is expected during the early afternoon. This first part of the rafting adventure will take 2 hours approx.
 
Dinner is included in the lodge.
 
Night in Rios Tropicales Lodge, Deluxe room
 
Rios Tropicales Lodge is located on a 2000-acre private reserve, at the mouth of the Pacuare Gorge, inside the Pacuare Protected Zone. This Private Reserve is next to the Cabecar Indigenous community and has more than 40 miles of hiking trails and numerous waterfalls, streams, and natural pools. There are two ways to access the Lodge, via rafting or hiking along a trail. The various accommodations are set on the mountainside at varying slope heights, affording fantastic views of the river and the dense rainforest surroundings.
 
In spite of its remote location, Rios Tropicales Lodge offers electricity and hot showers thanks to its hydro-powered generator system, a model of ecotourism and sustainable business practices. This beautiful Lodge invites to relax, explore, and enjoy Costa Rica’s natural paradise.

What is included?
Meals for two days, except dinner on day two; professional bilingual guides and rafting equipment.
Other available optional tours:
Horse riding, canopy tour through the lush forest and hikes.
What to bring?
Please be advised that space on the raft is limited. Therefore, it is important not to bring anything extra. We recommend passengers to bring one medium sized piece of luggage per couple or one backpack per person. We kindly request to reorganizing luggage the day prior to the trip by separating all items that you will be taking with you in the lodge. The additional luggage will be left at the Operations Center’s Storage room in Siquirres.
Maximum luggage permitted
Weight: 25 lbs/11.5 kg. Height: 55 cm/22 in. Wide: 40 cm/16 in. wide
Luggage should fit inside the dry bags used to transport all food and supplies in and out the Lodge.




Day 3

 

Pacuare River Rafting  - Sarapiquí (B, L)

In the morning, you will awaken to the harmonious melody of the rushing river and the sweet songs of tropical birds. After a delicious buffet breakfast, the rafts will be launched again for the final day of this river expedition. Rafting the second part of the Pacuare River is even more thrilling as you experience a mix of class III and class IV rapids like Upper and Lower Huacas, Cimarron and Dos Montañas. This morning ends with the satisfaction of having conquered one of the wildest and most scenic rivers in the world during your Costa Rica holidays.
 
The take-out is near Rios Tropicales Operations Center where lunch is included.
 
Pick up your rented car (4x4 Daihatsu Bego o Hyundai Tucson, manual transmission) at Rios Tropicales Operation Center, where you will have the time to change clothes before driving to Sarapiqui area.
 
Sarapiqui stands out for its primary forests, swamps, and plantations, in a biologically rich territory. With temperatures between 26°C and 28°C, this hot, humid land can be explored by way of the dense network of trails within the protected areas, important for the conservation of birds, butterflies, felines, insects and plants.
 
Night in Selva Verde Lodge, River Standand room
 


Day 4


Sarapiquí (B, L)

After breakfast, drive to Hacienda Pozo Azul where you will enjoy an exciting horse ride. Lunch included in Pozo Azul’s restaurant.
 
For many years, the Quintana family has been raising horses, participating actively in horse events throughout the country. During this ride, you will take the most of their knowledge on one of their well-trained horse. The trails and back roads of the Hacienda are the perfect scenery combining pasture, jungle and rivers for a safe ride, taking into account your previous experience.
Duration: 2 hours
It includes: safety briefing, cold fresh and a bilingual guide.
Minimum age:  6 years old.
Recommendations:  Long pants, tennis shoes or boots, sun lotion, insect repellent, raincoat and camera!
 
Rest of the day at leisure to continue exploring the region in this Costa Rica tour adventure.
 
Night in Selva Verde Lodge, River Standand room
 


Day 5


Sarapiquí to Arenal -  Breakfast Included

After breakfast, drive by your own in order to get to your next destination: the Arenal La Fortuna area in San Carlos.
 
San Carlos offers a landscape of exceptional beauty with its forests, lakes, fields of crops, hot springs, and the most active volcano of Costa Rica. Few sites inspire more respect and admiration than Arenal Volcano.  Measuring 5437 feet, its tall and conical shape stands imposing over the pastured green hillsides that surround its base. Although currently in a resting phase, Arenal remains Costa Rica’s most active volcano for the past 43 years. Its history is charged with eruptions – both major and minor – that have intimately affected the region and the people who live here.
 
Check-in and then relax in the thermal waters of your hotel in Costa Rica.
 
Night at Arenal Springs Resort & Spa, Junior Suite
 


Day 6

 

Arenal Hanging Bridges – Rincón de la Vieja (B, D)

After breakfast, drive to the Místico Arenal Hanging Bridges for a Natural History Walk.
 
Located within the corridor followed by birds migrating between North and South America, the trails and bridges of this project will bring the visitor as close as any person could ever imagine observing the birds, the flowers and the lush vegetation of the primary rainforest.  It is a 250-hectares primary-forest property, made of paths and bridges built to maintain the utmost harmony between man-made structures and nature. The property has impressive views to Arenal Volcano and to the lake that feeds the largest hydroelectric plant in Costa Rica
This walk is a fun and educative option to learn more about the forest and the local environment and enjoy the close contact with nature. While walking along the trails, the fascinating world of the tropical forest will open to you. Along these three kilometers of trails, visitors will be immersed in the diverse fauna and flora of this rainforest admiring the colorful birds and tropical plant species. More than 50 species of birds can be count in this site, one of the most productive bird watching walks of the region. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
What to bring? Comfortable clothing, long pants, hiking shoes, sweater, raincoat (especially during green season), camera, binoculars, sunscreen and insect repellent.
 
After this educational hike, drive to Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.
 
Diner is included in the restaurant of the Hacienda.
 
Night at Hacienda Guachipelin, Standard Room HH


Day 7

 

Rincón de la Vieja (B, D)

After breakfast, enjoy a day full of activities:
 
Canyon Canopy Tour
This tour starts with a short walk from the hotel’s Adventure Center to the first canopy platform where this exciting experience into a canyon and over a turbulent river takes place. Several activities are included: rappelling, rock climbing, zip line, Tarzan swings, via ferrata and hanging bridges, all set in the majestic canyon made by the erosion of the Río Blanco during millions of years.
Duration: 2 hours approx.
¿What to bring? Comfortable clothes, closed shoes, sunscreen and insect repellent.
Minimum age:  8 years old and at least 130 cm tall (4 feet, 3 inches). 
 
Tubing in Río Negro
Another fun and exciting adventure tour in Rincón de la Vieja is the Rio Negro Tubing. We will head out from Hacienda Guachipelín by horseback and after riding 45 minutes through the forest, we arrive at changing rooms where we will get ready for the river tubing adventure. We will have a short briefing about safety on the river. Then it is just a short walk to the foot of the Victoria Waterfall, where the tubing adventure begins. You will have the time of your life bouncing down Rio Negro’s crystal clear and fun rapids in your individual rafting “tube”. Guides will be riding down with you to ensure your safety.
 
Diner is included in the restaurant of the Hacienda.
 
Night at Hacienda Guachipelin, Standard Room HH
 


Day 8


Beach Stay in the North Pacific Gold Coast, Guanacaste (B)

Breakfast. Drive to the North Pacific Coast to enjoy a three-day stay relaxing in beautiful Potrero Beach.
 
The province of Guanacaste encompasses dry, wet and very humid forests, including the protected areas of the few remnants of the tropical dry forests which once extended from Mexico along all the Pacific coast, and which today has practically disappeared from the Mesoamerican scenery. 
The region of the Northern Pacific is a land of beautiful landscapes made up of bays, gulfs, hills splattered with forests and cliffs, panoramic routes, volcanoes, wild rivers, beautiful beaches of gray, fine dark, white and golden sands bathed by a blue sea of clear waters, with mainly gentle waves and rich in fishes and seashore birds. 
The climate is very hot and dry during the summer, which usually lasts from December to April, and hot and humid during the rest of the year.  The average annual temperature is 27,5ºC.  Guanacaste is blessed with a landscape of plains and dry coasts from January to April which become very lush during the rainy season. 
 
In this idyllic region, the positive energy of the sun and the hot weather invites to enjoy the warm waters and the great Pacific Ocean.
 
 Night at Bahía del Sol Beachfront Hotel and Suites, Standard room.
 




Day 9

 

Beach Stay in the North Pacific Gold Coast, Guanacaste (B)

Breakfast. Drive to the North Pacific Coast to enjoy a three-day stay relaxing in beautiful Potrero Beach.
 
The province of Guanacaste encompasses dry, wet and very humid forests, including the protected areas of the few remnants of the tropical dry forests which once extended from Mexico along all the Pacific coast, and which today has practically disappeared from the Mesoamerican scenery. 
The region of the Northern Pacific is a land of beautiful landscapes made up of bays, gulfs, hills splattered with forests and cliffs, panoramic routes, volcanoes, wild rivers, beautiful beaches of gray, fine dark, white and golden sands bathed by a blue sea of clear waters, with mainly gentle waves and rich in fishes and seashore birds. 
The climate is very hot and dry during the summer, which usually lasts from December to April, and hot and humid during the rest of the year.  The average annual temperature is 27,5ºC.  Guanacaste is blessed with a landscape of plains and dry coasts from January to April which become very lush during the rainy season. 
 
In this idyllic region, the positive energy of the sun and the hot weather invites to enjoy the warm waters and the great Pacific Ocean.
 
 Night at Bahía del Sol Beachfront Hotel and Suites, Standard room.




Day 10

 


Beach Stay in the North Pacific Gold Coast, Guanacaste (B)

Breakfast. Drive to the North Pacific Coast to enjoy a three-day stay relaxing in beautiful Potrero Beach.
 
The province of Guanacaste encompasses dry, wet and very humid forests, including the protected areas of the few remnants of the tropical dry forests which once extended from Mexico along all the Pacific coast, and which today has practically disappeared from the Mesoamerican scenery. 
The region of the Northern Pacific is a land of beautiful landscapes made up of bays, gulfs, hills splattered with forests and cliffs, panoramic routes, volcanoes, wild rivers, beautiful beaches of gray, fine dark, white and golden sands bathed by a blue sea of clear waters, with mainly gentle waves and rich in fishes and seashore birds. 
The climate is very hot and dry during the summer, which usually lasts from December to April, and hot and humid during the rest of the year.  The average annual temperature is 27,5ºC.  Guanacaste is blessed with a landscape of plains and dry coasts from January to April which become very lush during the rainy season. 
 
In this idyllic region, the positive energy of the sun and the hot weather invites to enjoy the warm waters and the great Pacific Ocean.
 
 Night at Bahía del Sol Beachfront Hotel and Suites, Standard room.




Day 11

 

 

Potrero Beach – San José (B)

After breakfast, drive back to San Jose. Drop off car at the hotel in San Jose Costa Rica.
  
Night in Hotel Park Inn, Standard room
 


Day 12


Private Departure Transfer to Juan Santamaria International Airport - Breakfast Included

Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to flight departure. 

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