Arrival Transfer from the International Airport to Hotel
Meet and greet at Juan Santamaría International Airport
after taking the flights to Costa Rica
, and transfer to your hotel.
Night in Costa Rica Marriott: Deluxe Room.
About Costa Rica Marriott Hotel
Set on a splendid 30-acre coffee plantation, this luxurious property with a unique colonial architecture is only ten minutes away from the Juan Santamaria International Airport and 20 minutes from the center of San Jose
The hotel features 290 rooms and 9 Suites. All rooms are elegantly decorated and are equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, two telephones, voice mail, radio, alarm clock, high speed internet for a fee, coffee maker, mini-bar, electronic safe deposit box, iron, ironing board, bathtub shower/tub combination, bathrobe and hair dryer. Bedding with plush mattress and designer duvets, linens & pillows.
The Costa Rica Marriott hotel
offers its guests two restaurants, a Lobby Bar & Lounge, a Cafeteria and 24-hour room service. In addition, the property has two swimming pools (one for adults and one for children, perfect for your family vacations in Costa Rica
), Jacuzzi, fitness center, sauna, spa, three tennis courts, a golf training course, jogging fitness trail, mini-golf, beauty parlor, souvenir boutique, jewelry shop and parking lot. Other services available: wireless internet access in public areas, executive floor, laundry service and business center. This Costa Rica hotel
has a smoke-free policy.
Your Costa Rica adventure starts rafting down the Pacuare River through breathtaking canyons and luxuriant vegetation to reach the singular Pacuare Lodge. This protected zone of incomparable beauty covers approximately 25,000 acres extending from the town of Siquirres to the Talamanca Mountain Range. This is the perfect way to explore one of Costa Rica’s most exquisite rainforest, allowing guests time to fully enjoy a variety of excursions and the area’s breathtaking natural scenery.
Pacuare River Rafting Adventure (B, L, D)
Early morning pick-up at the lobby of your hotel to be transferred to Pacuare river put-in (approx. 2H30). A typical Costa Rican breakfast
is included in a local restaurant, in route.
The Pacuare River has its source in the Talamanca Range and flows approximately 108 km to the Caribbean coast. It is a popular location for whitewater rafting, whitewater kayaking and river boarding. The rainforests that surround the river are home to exotic animal species such as jaguars
, and a very large number of birds
, one of the better things to do in Costa Rica
. The Pacuare River has been recognized as one of one of the top ten scenic rivers in the world by National Geographic Magazine.
After arriving at the river, Pacuare Lodge’s expert guides will explain safety precautions and provide you with the necessary rafting gear before the rafting adventure begins. Once in the water, you’ll experience sheer exhilaration as you face the challenge of each huge wave, battling surging waters down miles of raging rapids.
In this first day of your Costa Rica vacations
on the river, a journey that takes just over an hour and a half (class II-III rapids), the river passes through scenic canyons where crystal clear waterfalls plummet down into the rapidly coursing river below. Tall trees and dense green vegetation come right down to the water’s edge. The thick undergrowth of this protected area provides shelter for a variety of tropical animals and birds, including some endangered species. As you round the bend, you’ll spy the indigenous-style facilities of the Pacuare Lodge. Here you’ll disembark from your raft and walk up the gently rising steps to the main lodge.
Arrival to Pacuare Lodge is estimated between 12:00 – 1:00 pm.
After lunch, you can take the Sustainability Tour
with a naturalist guide, explore the rainforest sliding along cables
from tree to tree (not include in the price of this package) or simply relax in your private bungalow.
In the evening, dine on gourmet delicacies by candlelight and then visit the upstairs lounge for a drink before leaving to a restful night’s sleep.
The Pacuare Lodge’s kitchen staff is made up of young people from nearby communities. There is no a professional chef, but talented local people that have learned the secrets for great tasty meals. They like to surprise guests with combinations of flavors, local ingredients, innovative recipes and nice dish presentations. It is not fancy, but it is delicious enough to warrant opening a bottle of good wine, which is why they keep the cellar well stocked with vintages from around the world.
Night in Pacuare Lodge, Linda Vista Suite
Your stay at Pacuare Lodge includes:
Shared ground transportation
, bilingual professional guides, all necessary equipment, breakfast in route, all meals in the lodge, hot beverages and picnic lunch along the river and the Cabecar community visit and rainforest hike. You can take a Costa Rica map
in order to know better where are you going to stay while vacationing in Costa Rica
Maximum luggage permitted
- Weight: 25 lbs/11.5 kg.
- Size: 55 cm/22 in.
- Height: 40 cm/16 in. wide
- Luggage should fit inside the dry bags used to transport all food and supplies in and out the Lodge.
Rainforest Hike and Cabecar Indian Visit (B, L, D)
You’ll wake up to bird song
and the soothing sound of the river nearby. Then head over to the main lodge for a delicious breakfast of home-made bread, tropical fruits, yogurt, eggs, pancakes, cereal and juice and coffee.
This morning, enjoy a rainforest hike and discover the Cabecar culture.
The Talamanca Mountains are home to the Cabecar Indians, the largest indigenous group in Costa Rica, and one that retains many of its traditional customs and beliefs. In contrast to many other indigenous groups, the Cabecar do not live in villages, but prefer small family units scattered throughout this isolated region.
From Pacuare Lodge, you will have the opportunity to discover and experience Cabecar’s way of life in relative comfort and without invading their privacy. In fact, Pacuare Lodge helped members of a clan that lives in the nearby Nairi Awari Indigenous Reserve to build a typical Cabecar Rancho (thatched house) not far from the lodge where the son of a local shaman (or medicine man) provides visitors with an introduction to their culture and customs.
This Rancho can be reached with a short hike from the lodge. There are two options. You can start with a moderate, 30 -minute hike through the rainforest, which allows you to see some of the flora and fauna that these indigenous people have long relied on. Or you can take a more direct route, which entails a short walk from the Lodge. Breakfast will be served at the Rancho, where you will have the opportunity to learn about this ancient culture.
With jungle hike 1h30 hours, without hike 1 hour.
Level of difficulty:
Guide and breakfast.
What to bring?
Comfortable clothes, hiking shoes, a hat, raincoat, camera, binoculars, insect repellent and sunscreen.
- As an indigenous people with little contact with the outside world, the Cabécar can sometimes be shy and reclusive; this will influence the amount of time and contact visitors will have with the Shaman.
- We urge our guests to request permission from our guide before taking photographs of any Cabécar people. The Cabécar are very jealous of their customs and way of life and do not like to be photographed, and we strongly respect this wish.
- A percentage of the tour cost goes directly to the Cabécar family and will be invested in sustainable projects with this community.
Rest of the day at leisure before dinner.
Our suggestion, a massage treatment at Pacuare Lodge’s Jawa Juü Spa (not included).
During a Pacuare massage, your soundtrack is the symphony of the rainforest
: rolling rivers, the call of birds, and the rustle of breeze in the trees. The soothing power of the rainforest are combined with local, natural products to create a blissful sensory experience
for the body and the mind.
Night in Pacuare Lodge, Linda Vista Suite
Rafting in Pacuare River – Arenal (B, L)
Breakfast at the lodge. Departure from the lodge between 9:00 and 10:00 am.
In the morning, you will depart by raft for an even more fun-filled day of white water rafting excitement (approximately 3½ hours over class III-IV rapids), including a delicious picnic lunch along the river. At the river take-out, you will have a chance to change clothes before taking the private transfer to Arenal region (approx. 4h30min).
This region offers a landscape of exceptional beauty with its forests, lakes, crop fields, hot water rivers and one of the most active volcanoes of Costa Rica: the Arenal.
Night in Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens, Nayara Suite
Private, elegant and romantic, the Nayara Suite’s unique octagonal design makes it comfortably spacious and allows natural light to filter from every angle. It features an oversized Jacuzzi on the wrap-around balcony that overlooks either the imposing Arenal Volcano or the lush rainforest, and a private garden with outdoor rain showers for two. Stylish and luxurious, this “casita” offers an unparalleled and authentic Costa Rican experience.
Arenal Sky Tram & Sky Trek, Volcano hike and Tabacón Hot Springs (B, D)
Breakfast included in the hotel.
In the morning, enjoy a private tour to Sky Tram (aerial tram) & Sky Trek (canopy tour).
Sky Tram is a tour for all ages and even for people with some disability, thanks to the space of the gondolas that fit a wheelchair inside. The tour starts in the reception and reaches a wide observation deck at the highest point of the Arenal Reserve, with an excellent view of the rain forest, the Arenal volcano and the lake. The ride in Sky Tram takes around 20 minutes with the possibility of short stops that will be supplemented with information of a naturalist guide. Once the observation deck is reached, you can enjoy a 30-minute walk in one of the trails. Take the Sky Trek canopy tour to go back to the starting point. The canopy tour includes 8 cross-sectional cables with a total length of 1.7 miles and a maximum height of 660 feet and provides an impressive panoramic view of the Arenal volcano and lake.
What to bring:
Light, comfortable clothing, tennis shoes, binoculars, camera, sunscreen lotion and insect repellent.
- For security reasons, children under 8 years old cannot take the tour.
- Sky Trek is a complementary tour of Sky Tram and it cannot be sold separately.
- People over 100 kilograms weight (217 pounds) must be evaluated by the staff (according to his/her height and physical condition) to determine if they are able to take the tour.
- Helmet, gloves and harnesses are provided.
In the afternoon, private guided visit
to Arenal Volcano National Park and Tabacón Hot Springs (entrance and dinner included).
Few sites in Costa Rica
inspire more respect and admiration than Arenal Volcano. At 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. This tour will allow you to enjoy the most extraordinary views of Arenal Volcano during a gentle hike along the lower slopes of the colossus. The walk begins in one of the trails close to the volcano and continues through the forest until reaching the area destroyed in its first eruption, back in 1968. This tour takes approximately 2 ½ hours.
After the hike, a relaxing soak into the natural mineral waters of the Tabacon Hot Springs will finish a perfect day. Thanks to geothermal activity beneath Arenal, the area surrounding the volcano is home to a number of natural hot springs. Geologically, Tabacon Resort's thermal natural springs are 97% rain-based and 3% magma-based. Rainwater enters the earth through fissures on the surface and is then heated by magma found in the earth's core. Once heated, the waters rise to surface, taking with them minerals found in the earth's rocky stratus and it flows by gravity throughout the property, forming in-river pools, waterfalls and cascades, filling in the pools throughout the resort.
Entrance fee, dinner, guide and transfers.
What to bring:
Camera, binoculars, light sweater, long pants, raincoat, hiking shoes, sun lotion, insect repellent and swimsuit.
Night in Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens, Nayara Suite
Arenal – Papagayo Peninsula (B)
After a delicious breakfast, private transfer to the Four Seasons Papagayo Peninsula Hotel (3 hours approximately).
Guanacaste Costa Rica
province 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 a little bit hotter than the average Costa Rica weather. Guanacaste province 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 radiant sun, which shines long hours, combined with the hot temperatures, invites you to enjoy the warm waters and the great Pacific Ocean and the nearby attractions and national parks.
Days at leisure to relax and enjoy the facilities of the hotel during the final stage of your Costa Rica vacations
Night in Hotel Four Seasons Resort, Terraza Room
Surrounded by the native tropical landscape, enjoy the sights and sounds of Costa Rica’s exotic wildlife from this well-appointed ground level room. The private outdoor terrace presents an idyllic setting to rejuvenate in the comforts of nature while enjoying a backdrop of partial ocean or bay views.
Days at Leisure to Relax and Enjoy the Facilities at Four Season Luxury Resort
Breakfast in the hotel.
Night in Hotel Four Seasons Resort: Terraza Room.
Papagayo Peninsula – San José
Private transfer to Liberia Costa Rica
airport to take a local flight
back to San José Costa Rica
. At arrival, private transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport.
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