Raft Pacuare & Caribbean Classic
Central America
Countries Visted: Costa Rica
6 days / Trip Code: AVX107
$1195.00 (double / per person)



Trip Overview:
The Talamanca Mountains are host 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 that includes the Pacuare zone. The Zutkia, or shaman, plays a multifaceted role in Cabecar culture as priest, magician, metaphysician or healer. From the Pacuare Lodge it is possible to visit a shaman and isolated family groups to learn something of their folklore and way of life, as well as enjoying the alluring tropical rainforest. The tour lasts the whole day and is quite physically demanding.Guided and Meals Provided.

This Adventure Includes:
PACUARE RIVER LODGE:
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 Manzanillo - Almonds and Coral Lodge with guide.

ALMONDS & CORAL LODGE - CARIBBEAN:
Includes all your meals, tent lodge accommodations, crazy monkey canopy tour and private trails. The owners are devoted to offer one-of-a-kind accommodations awaiting your arrival and a unique sensory experience that promotes harmony between inner and outer self. Almonds and Corals also provides the perfect place to enjoy a lush tropical and privileged getaway, while combining the opportunity to experience two different cultures, the Bri- Bri’s ancient native culture, and the Afro Costa Rican culture, giving life to nearby Manzanillo picturesque fishing village.

This Adventure Does Not Include:
International Airfare.
Alcoholic Beverages, Tips
Departure Taxes $26.00
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. Depart with Minimum 2.

Additional Trip Notes:
Our Classic Pacuare and Caribbean adventure combines rafting the Pacuare and a 2 night stay at the Pacuare River Lodge. Explore and hike the trails visiting a true medicine man (shaman of the cabecar indian tribe) and his family deep in the Costa Rican rainforest. Following your visit to the Pacuare River, journey to our next Lodge on the Caribbean coast: Almonds and Corals, nestled amongst the exuberant jungle of Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica. Enjoy this unique combination with an extension to Panama's Bocas

Adventure Type:
Classic Adventure, Eco Adventure

Budget: $1001 ~ $1500

Days: 6

DAY 1:
Arrive San Jose
Transfer to Hotel Bougainvillea
Overnight - Dinner on your own

DAY 2:
Pacuare Lodge: Transfer & Raft to 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:
Pacuare River Lodge
Raft Pacuare River: transfer to Almonds & Coral Lodge Manzaniilo:
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 Almonds & Coral Eco Lodge - Manzanillo: Arrival 5:30-6:30 pm. (B, L, deli-style lunch along the river, D)
Overnight - Eco Suite (B,L,D)

DAY 5:
Almonds & Coral Lodge: Canopy Tour
Free morning to enjoy the surrounding area. Afternoon hike to experience “The Crazy Monkey Canopy Ride”. Late afternoon return to Lodge and enjoy the neighboring Playa Cahuita National Park and Beaches. Here is where the jungle meets the ocean. Overnight - Eco Suite (B,L,D)

DAY 6:
Depart Lodge to San Jose or Tour Extensions
Early morning transfer to San Jose or choose from our single and multi-day extensions to:
Tortuguero National Park
Bocas Del Toro - Panama
Arenal Volcano
(B)


Pre-Trip Travel Information:
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Cancellation Policy:
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:
$300.00

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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