Pacuare and Arenal Classic
Central America
Countries Visted: Costa Rica
8 days / Trip Code: AVX104
$1895.00 (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.
The Pacuare & Arenal Classic Adventure combines the beautiful area of the Pacuare River and the Arenal Volcano. The only way in and out to the wonderful Pacuare Lodge is by rafting! The Arenal Volcano and lake offer many daily adventures to choose from. Explore, Hike and enjoy the wonders of this area. Try the extremo zip lines in Monteverde and witness the fast moving clouds across the continental divide as you zip almost a mile. An Adventure you will never forget. Combine this classic with a few days at one of our select beach lodges.

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.

2 Nights at Arenal Observatory Lodge- Smithsonian Room.
Breakfast buffet, Box Lunch and Buffet Dinner
Unlimited Self Guided Hiking on Lodge Preserve Trails.
Boat Pickup from Monteverde to Arenal Volcano Transfer to Lodge
Daily choice of many adventures from the lodge. Optional

2 nights - Monteverde
Breakfast and Dinner
Boat Transfer to Monteverde and to lodge
Zipline - Sky Trek or Extremo Monteverde Canopy Adventure.

This Adventure Does Not Include:
International Airfare.
Tips and meals where not indicated.

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:
2 (Easy)

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

Recommended Add-ons:
2 Nights - Manuel Antonio Beach $395.00
2 nights - Manuel Antonio Beach - Hotel Mariposa
Private Transfers to Manuel Antonio
Return flight to San Jose via Nature Air
Tamarindo Beach $395.00
2 Nights - Tamarindo Diria Lodge - Std Room
Private Transfer to Tamarindo Beach
Return flight to San Jose via Nature Air

Additional Trip Notes:
The lodge at Arenal Observatory is by far the best view.
Upgrade to Arenal Nayara Lodge is available.
Other beach lodges are available. Please inquire.

Adventure Type:
Classic Adventure, Eco Adventure, Family Explorer

Budget: $1501 ~ $2000

Days: 8

DAY 1:
Arrive San Jose
Transfer to Hotel - Best Western Irazu
Overnight - Dinner on your own

DAY 2:
Transfer and Raft to Pacuare Lodge
6:00 -7:00 am: Early morning pick-up in your hotel lobby. Transportation service (approximately 2½ hours) to our Pacuare River put-in including a typical Costa Rican breakfast in route. Exciting 1-1½ hour river rafting tour to the Pacuare Lodge (class II-III rapids) where you will enjoy a two night stay at Costa Rica’s premier eco-lodge. After lunch participate an optional canopy tour (not included in package price) or waterfall hike, or simply relax in your private bungalow or suite. Dine on gourmet delicacies by candlelight and then visit our upstairs lounge for a cocktail or refreshment before retiring to a restful night’s sleep. (B, L, D)

DAY 3:
Pacuare Lodge
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.
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 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. (B, L, D)

DAY 4:
Raft Pacuare - Arenal Volcano
Departure between 9:00-10:00 am. In the morning you will depart by raft for an even more 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 to Arenal Observatory Lodge - Arrival 5:30-6:30 pm. (B, L, deli-style lunch along the river, D)
Overnight Arenal Observatory Lodge - Casona Room

DAY 5:
Arenal Volcano - Zip or Canyon Rapelling
Early morning departure to activity of your choice: Pure Trek Canyoning or Zip Lining.

The Observatory lodge is located just 1.8 kilometers from the active crater of Arenal Volcano, and is separated from it by a deep river valley. The location was specifically chosen in the 1970's by scientists from the Smithsonian Institute, who needed a close but safe vantage point from which to study the volcano. Arenal Observatory Lodge sits on 870 acres of land adjacent to the Arenal Volcano National Park. The site contains 270 acres of primary rain forest with well-marked trails, 400 acres of reforestation projects (parts with non-native pine & eucalyptus), and 200 acres of working farm lands.
Overnight Arenal Observatory Lodge - Casona Room (B,L,D)

DAY 6:
Monteverde Cloudforest
Early Morning boat transfer to Monteverde Cloudforest Arrive at Belmar Family Lodge

Afternoon Hike in the Monteverde Cloudforest - The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a private non-profit reserve administered by the Tropical Science Center, and contains 6 distinct ecological zones. Called a cloud forest rather than a rain forest: because of it's altitude, the clouds go through the forest. The canopy is extremely rich with birds, insects, butterflies, and thousands of plants. Great bird watching, Resplendent Quetzal is usually seen in the March-April nesting season. Overnight Belmar Lodge (B,D)

DAY 7:
Hike or Zip lining Monteverde
Early am wake up. Enjoy hiking the Santa Elena Cloudforest and visit the Selvatura Bridges.
Extremo Monteverde - optional zip lining tour - for some unique zip lining such as the new Superman Zip Line and Jungle Swing. Afternoon private transfer to San Jose - Arrival at 7:30p
Overnight Irazu Hotel or similar. Dinner on your own. (B)

DAY 8:
Depart San Jose
Free morning -private Transfer to San Jose International Airport
for return flight home. Optional add-on tours

Pre-Trip Travel Information:
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Cancellation Policy:

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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.

Trip PDFs:
Monteverde Trail Map

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