You will be met on arrival at San Jose's international airport and taken to your hotel.
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS with a scenic drive along the foothills of the Iraz and Turrialba volcans to the "put in" on the Pacuare River for our two-day whitewater rafting adventure. We will run a total of 27 kilometers of Class III-IV rapids exploring the magnificent river valley. By afternoon we arrive at our comfortable riverside camp, El Nido de Tigre (or similar) which nestles between the sounds of the rainforest and the hum of the river. This area of rainforest is maintained as much as possible in its natural state. From the center of the camp, trails radiate out to secreted areas of rainforest, take time to explore the lush environment first hand looking out for toucans overhead or simply relaxing in a hammock to the sounds of the river.
Today the Pacuare takes us through virgin rainforest, cascading waterfalls and river carved canyons. We maneuver through the exhilarating rapids and point out the intricacies of the rainforest at the river's edge. Along the way we take time out to do some hiking to spectacular waterfalls and have lunch on the shore. "Taking out" near the town of Siquirres we drive to the small town of La Fortuna, the closest town to the Arenal Volcano. There is a wide choice of restaurants to choose from in La Fortuna for dinner.
Raft approximately 17kms
In the morning we enjoy a picturesque hike through the tropical rainforest. We will be around 2 hours on the Arenal hanging bridges with wonderful panoramic views of the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. We continue with a visit to the breathtaking Rio Fortuna waterfall which falls 120ft to a large natural swimming pool. The descent is steep through the undergrowth as we become immersed in the spectacular flora and fauna. The falls spill over into smaller gentler pour overs and swim areas which are our natural playground before we begin our ascent. The afternoon may be spent exploring the town of La Fortuna or relaxing in your hotel. Thanks to the Arenal Volcano's geothermal activity, there is a number of natural hot springs throughout the area. They are designed to be very much in tune with their natural environment and offer a fantastic way to relax in the warm and soothing mineral waters while enjoying spectacular scenery in close proximity, that's why you will be transfer tonight at one of these amazing thermal waters where the entrance and a delicious dinner will be also included.
Free time to explore Manuel Antonio and the National Park. The Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is a treasure chest of natural beauty. In Manuel Antonio the rainforest dramatically meets the Pacific Ocean as it bows down to greet the white sandy beaches. It is a great place to relax or to explore the National Park. You will often be awakened by the local monkeys howler, white-faced and squirrel are the most common in the area, as well as iguanas and land crabs.
The morning is free to spend a few more hours enjoying the beach. In the afternoon, you will be transferred by road back to San Jose. The evening may be spent taking in the sights and sounds of San Jose.
This morning you will be transferred to San Jose airport after breakfast where the trip concludes.