Pacuare & Corcovado Classic
Central America
Countries Visted: Costa Rica
8 days / Trip Code: AVX103
$1695.00 (double / per person)

Trip Overview:
The Pacuare protected zone, located within the Talamanca Mountain Range constitutes one of the most important protected areas in the region. Its proximity to the lowlands and its high annual rainfall combine to nurture the complex life systems whose abundance makes for extraordinary scenic beauty.

This Adventure Includes:
Transportation from San José, bilingual guide, typical Costa Rican breakfast in route, Pacuare River rafting tour or ground transportation to the lodge (depending on preference), professional guides and equipment, all meals (gourmet dinners), 2 night bungalow stay, welcoming fruit punch, hot beverages, lunch along the river, use of private installations at river take-out, return transportation to San José with guide.

4 Nights at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Cabin or Mango Guest House.
3 Delicious Meals Daily; Snacks and Natural Juices. Prepared fruit, carbonated and alcoholic drinks are not included.
Unlimited Self Guided Hiking on Lodge Preserve Trails.
Unlimited Use of Kayaks, Snorkeling and Fishing equipment.
Boat Pickup and Drop off from Town of Arrival/Departure (Golfito / Puerto Jiménez)
Daily choice of many adventures from the lodge

This Adventure Does Not Include:
International Airfare and departure taxes
Tips and Alcoholic Beverages
Meals in San Jose

Service Level:
Three Star Level (The Three Star level features 3 star accomodations and comfortable transportation on the itinerary. Daily private guides and great service. Some Eco lodges that are remote may require shared facilities where noted.)

Physical Demand Rating:
3 (Somewhat Demanding)

Departure Info:
Departs Anytime. You may combine the Pacuare Lodge with any of our Corcovado Lodges to create a Corcovado Classic All Inclusive of your choice. Minimum 2.

Recommended Add-ons:
Additional Night in Playa Nicuesa $160.00

Additional Trip Description:
Choice of Daily activities - Play Nicuesa Lodge::
Each day choose from the following activities:
• Kayak Tour of Golfo Dulce.
• Rio Esquinas Mangrove Jungle River (kayak or motorboat).
• Rainforest / Waterfall Hiking tours in Piedras Blancas National Park.
• Botanical Garden Tour.
• Golfo Dulce Boat / Snorkeling Tour.
• Golfo Dulce In-Shore Fishing Tour - 2 hr

Additional Trip Notes:

Adventure Type:
Adventure Honeymoon, Classic Adventure, Eco Adventure, Family Explorer

Budget: $1501 ~ $2000

Days: 8

DAY 1:
Arrive San Jose Costa Rica
Transfer to Hotel Bougainvillea
Overnight - No Meals

DAY 2:
Air Transfer to Osa Peninsula:
After breakfast you will be picked-up and taken to the SANSA terminal nearby for flight to the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The 45-minute flight traverses towering mountain passes layered with lush tropical forests and cascading waterfalls, before descending to the frontier town of Palmar Sur. Guests will then be transported to Drake Bay by motorboat along the mangrove-lined Sierpe River to the Playa Nicuesa Lodge. The Lodge is set in a private reserve and offers accommodations constructed with the highest concern for conservation in harmony with the landscape and the environment. Playa Nicuesa Lodge provides the ideal base for your in-depth rainforest experience. Choice of many activities included in the price.
Overnight at the Playa Nicuesa Jungle Lodge or similar (B,L,D)

DAY 3:
Hiking in Corcovado National Park
After a delicious breakfast your adventure begins. Starting out from the lodge with your naturalist guide you journey into Corcovado National Park. The cool morning hours offer a good opportunity to spot wildlife and to observe some of the incredible variety of birds that abound in the park. The animal life in this section of the National Park is quite vibrant, with frequent sighting of monkeys, coatimundis, squirrels, spiders, macaws, bats, leaf cutting ants, and other animal species. The hike includes lunch, drinks and a visit to a spectacular secluded beach.
Overnight at the Playa Nicuesa Jungle Lodge or similar. (B,L,D)

DAY 4:
Caño Island Tour
Caño Island is located 12 miles west of Drake Bay, in an area considered by many to offer some of the best diving in the world. During your visit to mysterious Caño Island you will have a chance to visit actual pre-Colombian burial grounds and hike through the island's luxuriant undergrowth. For those who want to explore the coral reefs around the Island it’s a great opportunity to see a fantastic number of fish, rays and sometimes turtles. This is one of the best dive spots in Costa Rica.
Overnight at the Playa Nicuesa Jungle Lodge or similar (B,L,D)

Day 5:
Flight to San Jose and Transfer to Pacuare Lodge:
This morning you leave the lodge by boat and head back up the lush Sierpe River to the town of Palmar Sur where you will take a plane back to San José. At the airport you will be picked up and transferred towards the Caribbean side of the country. The bus trip ends in Santa Marta, where you board a four-wheel-drive vehicle for the remaining six-kilometer gravel road journey to the banks of the Pacuare River. There you will cross the river on a hanging gondola, then walk the remaining 300 yards to the Pacuare Lodge. After a delicious lunch you can relax in your bungalow or take part in our waterfall hike. In the late afternoon you can join fellow travelers in our expansive main lodge before enjoying a three-course candlelight meal.Overnight at the Pacuare Lodge. (B,L,D)

DAY 6:
Pacuare Lodge and tours
In the morning, and after a restful night’s sleep, you will head over to the main lodge for a delicious breakfast of home-made bread, tropical fruits, yogurt, eggs, pancakes, cereal and juice and coffee. The lodge employs a resident naturalist guide who will provide you with unique insights into the plant and animal world. Choose from exciting optional tours (not included in the price) that include guided hikes through an emerald rainforest, the Cabecar Indian tour - where visitors may participate in a cultural exchange with a shaman and our Adventure Canopy Tour –where visitors glide amid a tropical rainforest canopy. Overnight at the Pacuare Lodge. (B,L,D)

DAY 7:
Pacuare River Rafitng
After breakfast - In the morning you will depart by raft for a fun-filled day of white water rating excitement (approximately 3½ hours over class III-IV rapids), including a delicious picnic lunch along the river. At our river take-out you will have a chance to change at our private facilities before being transferred by private minibus back to your hotel in San José. Arrival back in San Jose between 5:30-6:30 pm. Overnight at Hotel Bougainvillea or similar. (B,& L)

DAY 8:
Transfer to San Jose:
Pick up and transfer to the Juan Santamaría International Airport for your departure home (B)
Overnight optional in San Jose or Extended choice of tours.

Pre-Trip Travel Information:
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60 or more days: $150
30-60 days: $300 Advance payment cost unless deposit is higher
29–8 days: 40% of trip cost
7–0 days No refund

Client Note:
Some cruises and operators may require an additional deposit and have different cancellation policies. We will advise this at time of reservation. We strongly recommend travel insurance.

Required Deposit Per Person:

Deposit Note:
A required deposit per person is $300.00 unless otherwise noted. The balance is due within 60 days of departure. This may vary depending on destination and requirements of our travel partners.

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