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Costa Rica Family Adventure

$1,999

This Costa Rica week of adventures has everything from whitewater rafting, adorable sloths, zip-lining, and beach time. In addition to adventure you will be visiting local indigenous communities, and getting to know the people and their culture.

Trip Length: 8 Days
Destination: Turrialba, Pacuare River, Puerto Viejo, & Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica
Lodging: simple jungle lodge and mid-range hotels
Activities: Whitewater rafting, hiking, wildlife viewing, zip lining, rappelling, snorkeling, cultural interaction

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WHY THIS TRIP
Pack in a full week of adventure with your family! This trip has everything from whitewater rafting, adorable sloths, zip-lining, and beach time. The unique part of this trip is that you will be visiting local indigenous communities, and getting to know the people and their culture. For your whole trip, you will be with an experienced bilingual Costa Rican guide, who will be with you for all of your adventures.

TRIP DESCRIPTION
With Costa Rica Rios on a Costa Rica Family Adventure trip, you will explore the country by getting off the beaten path. Raft Class III and IV rapids on the Pacuare River, get up close and personal with sloths, fly through the trees on a canopy tour, play in the mellow Caribbean surf, and snorkel through colorful coral reefs. This multisport itinerary is the best way for you and your family to explore all the best that Costa Rica has to offer.

LOCAL PROVIDER: COSTA RICA RIOS
Costa Rica Rios provides high-quality service and creates adventures that heighten a guest’s sense of adventure and awe of nature. In operation since 1995, Costa Rica Rios maintains the highest standards of safety, professional equipment, personalized customer service and trip activity quality. The nature-based company donates to the local orphanage, and supports local businesses whenever possible. Of great importance to the company is that its practices leave intact the beauty of Costa Rica while ensuring the biodiversity of Costa Rica remains for future generations.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive in San Jose & Transfer to Turrialba

Your guide will be waiting outside the arrivals terminal with a sign with your names on it. After leaving the airport, we begin the journey to our headquarters in Turrialba, about a two hour drive through orchards, small towns and beautiful coffee fields. We will have you staying in a lovely boutique hotel with a swimming pool, nestled amongst sugar plantations and surrounded by exotic tropical birds. (Dinner)

Overnight in Villa Florencia, Turrialba

DAY 2: Whitewater Rafting, Part I & Zip-Line Canopy Tour

After enjoying a great breakfast, you are outfitted for the awesome overnight rafting trip on the world famous Lower Pacuare River. Enjoy 8 miles of challenging whitewater, and participate in river side stops to hike up to secluded pools below tributary waterfalls. The rafting is a fun class II/III section of whitewater on a beautiful pristine river. Throughout the river trip there will be many opportunities for swimming or relaxing next to the river. After some great hikes and wonderful rapids, you will arrive at the remote eco-lodge.  The Pacuare Eco Lodge is equipped with a full kitchen, showers, bathrooms, fully enclosed cabinas, and the best vantage point of the beautiful river and jungle. After settling in at the camp, you will experience an adrenaline packed afternoon in a rain forest canopy tour. Your group will harness up to experience the excitement of crossing the jungle canopy on zip lines before taking on the adrenaline inducing, and for some terrifying Tarzan Swing! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Overnight Pacuare Eco Lodge

DAY 3: Hike to the Indigenous Villages

Hike to indigenous villages and hidden waterfalls. Spend the day hiking through primary and secondary rainforest and visiting indigenous people in their jungle homes. On the way back down to the lodge you can stop off for a refreshing swim in a hidden waterfall, the true gems of the forest. The rest of the afternoon is available to relax in hammocks, spot birds and wildlife, or swim in waterfalls. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Overnight Pacuare Eco Lodge

DAY 4: Whitewater Rafting, Part II

Those who enjoy the early morning will especially like a morning hike through the dense rain forest surrounding the lodge. After a hearty breakfast surrounded by tropical birds it’s time to get serious about whitewater fun. Our rafting trip continues down the most challenging section of the Pacuare as class IV drops seem to be around every corner. The spectacular river canyon and virgin rainforest create vertical walls of green, broken by waterfalls and hanging vines. This stretch of the Lower Pacuare River has been voted one of the top 10 commercially rafted rivers in the world by National Geographic and will have you floating past primary rainforest, stunning waterfalls, steep canyons and fun class III and IV rapids. You will enjoy a sumptuous river picnic along the way before reaching the “take out” point in the Caribbean lowlands. From the river you will enjoy a private shuttle to Cahuita. Spend the night at the Sloth Sanctuary surrounded by the sounds of monkeys and wake up to the beautiful faces of the sloths. (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner)

Overnight Sloth Sanctuary

DAY 5: Sloth Sanctuary & Snorkeling

In the morning take a relaxing, informative boat ride in a very large, stable canoe through exuberant riverine vegetation. See numerous river birds along the way and perhaps the resident nutrias (Costa Rican River Otters). The next part of the tour is the “standard” Buttercup Tour where you meet up with one of the sloth experts. Enjoy a delightful introduction to the wonderful world of the sloth. Learn in-depth about these enigmatic animals through a short video and a talk about the history and importance of the sloth! Next go for a private, behind-the-scenes visit to the Slothpital / clinic. A personal guide takes you to meet the very special, permanent resident sloths and hear their stories. Visit the tiniest residents; the ‘incubator babies’ – in the private nursery for special photos. Experience the really sweet, warm and fuzzy feeling you get from these precious babies! Enjoy a visit to a sloth sanctuary to see the rehabilitation program at work and to learn about these unique creatures. You will get to pet the sloths, cuddle a baby one and maybe help feed them, as well as learn about their habitat and environment. The sanctuary strives to promote and foster initiatives that heighten people’s awareness of sloths and to provide educational information on the importance of the species and their Costa Rican environment.

After lunch you will board a boat and head out on the Caribbean Sea for a snorkeling trip. You will stop at two places on the reef to see different types of fish and if you are lucky you may even see a sea turtle or a ray. From the boat you will be dropped off at the far end of the national park and will hike back along the trails with your guide, keeping a good look out for monkeys, sloths and other exotic creatures. Late in the day travel a short distance south to your hotel near Puerto Viejo. Cariblue Hotel, located in the caribbean of Costa Rica, offers you luxurious hardwood bungalows nestled in exotic tropical gardens between the pristine white sand beach of Playa Cocles and lush natural jungle. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Overnight Cariblue Lodge

DAY 6: Beach Time

This day is yours entirely to enjoy. Spend the day doing another adventure activity (you can book one though the hotel), chilling at the pool, or lazing on the beach. There are excellent opportunities for surfing or horse riding tours. You choose how busy you would like to be. (Breakfast)

Overnight Cariblue Hotel

DAY 7: Bribri Indigenous Tour

The Bribri Indigenous Tour is an excellent way to spend the day experiencing the richness of the pre-Columbian culture of Costa Rica. You will have a cultural, anthropological and natural immersion in the Watsi Bribri Community in the foothills of the Talamanca Mountains. After a morning pick up at your hotel the tour begins with a hike in the rainforest which will lead you to a waterfall. You will see the tropical flora and have the opportunity to see red frogs and maybe other inhabitants while you relax and enjoy a refreshing swim in the natural pool. Then, you will visit a medicinal plants garden to learn about the indigenous natural treatments and healing powers of the plants, trees, roots, leaves, barks, etc. You will be hosted by the medicine man or medicine lady. Last but not least, you will meet a traditional Bribri family of five generations to learn about their way of life, their heritage and resources for farming, cooking, healing, building and hunting, using organic materials found in the surrounding forest. After crossing a hanging bridge and walking through a cacao plantation, you will reach the house of the family. You will engage in the ancestral organic chocolate process using pre-Colombian tools and passed down from generation to generation. You will also be able to taste about 5 different chocolate flavors. Later you will have the chance to participate in a hunting demonstration with typical bow and arrows with a Bribri local. A typical Bribri lunch served in a banana leaf and shared with the family will complete this indigenous experience. Later in the day head back to your hotel, walk along the beach, do some last minute souvenir shopping or relax by the pool. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Overnight Cariblue Hotel

DAY 8: Depart San Jose

Enjoy your last morning in the hot tropical sun before taking your private transfer to the San Jose airport to join your international flight home. (Breakfast)

Costa Rica Rios does its very best to adhere to the specific itinerary listed above, but activities and locations may be subject to change due to a number of reasons beyond our control (i.e. weather, water levels and safety conditions).

Getting To and From the Trip: 

You will need to arrive in San Jose on Day 1 of this trip. You can arrive at any time, and you will be picked up by your guide and transferred to your hotel in Turrialba to start your trip.

Your flight will need to depart San Jose on Day 8 of this trip. Your flight can depart at any time. You will be dropped off at the airport by your guide in time for your flight.

International flights can be booked on your own, or you can arrange them through our travel partner Exito Travel (detour@exitotravel.com).

It is possible to extend your stay in Costa Rica, and we can help you arrange this. You may consider going to Arenal, Monteverde, Tortuguero National Park, the Osa Peninsula, or just spending more time at the beach relaxing.

Trip Start: Your Costa Rica Rios guide will greet you at the Juan Santamaria International airport in San Jose (SJO) upon your arrival.

Trip End: On the final day of your trip, you will be transported to the Juan Santamaria International airport in San Jose for your flights home.


This trip is a complete package for an 8 day adventure in Costa Rica. If you would like to extend your stay and visit other parts of Costa Rica, we can help you arrange this. You may consider going to Arenal, Monteverde, Tortuguero National Park, the Osa Peninsula, or just spending more time at the beach relaxing.

2017 PRICES: 

Price Per Person

$1,999.00

Price based on a group of 2-3 people. For other group sizes, please inquire for pricing.

2018 PRICES: 


INCLUDED: 

  • All accommodations
  • Meals as inidcated
  • All activities with a bilingual adventure & naturalist guide
  • All activity equipment
  • Expertise and services of professional guides, available 24 hours per day
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • All transportation during the trip
  • All park entrance fees, taxes and permits (except Costa Rica departure tax)

NOT INCLUDED: 

  • International flights to San Jose (can be booked on your own or with your travel partner Exito)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Guide and staff tips
  • Personal travel or medical insurance coverage
  • Meals not indicated
  • Additional tours or activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Costa Rica departure tax ($29.00 per person, subject to change)

We recommend you buy travel insurance to cover you for trip cancellation, curtailment, and other expenses you may incur, or make sure your personal insurance policy is up to date.


ADDITIONAL EXPENSES TO CONSIDER:

  • International flights to San Jose (can be booked on your own or with your travel partner Exito)
  • Guide and staff tips
  • Personal travel or medical insurance coverage
  • Costa Rica departure tax ($29.00 per person, subject to change)


 

 

 

Plan Your Trip

This trip can start on any day (pending availability) with a minimum of 3 people.  This trip is operated as a private trip only.

This trip can start on any day (pending availability) with a minimum of 2 people.

Trip Start: Your Costa Rica Rios guide will greet you at the Juan Santamaria International airport in San Jose (SJO) upon your arrival.

Trip End: On the final day of your trip, you will be transported to the Juan Santamaria International airport in San Jose for your flights home.

How Do I Get To and From the Trip: 

You will need to arrive in San Jose on Day 1 of this trip. You can arrive at any time, and you will be picked up by your guide and transferred to your hotel in Turrialba to start your trip.

Your flight will need to depart San Jose on Day 8 of this trip. Your flight can depart at any time. You will be dropped off at the airport by your guide in time for your flight.

International flights can be booked on your own, or you can arrange them through our travel partner Exito Travel (detour@exitotravel.com).

It is possible to extend your stay in Costa Rica, and we can help you arrange this. You may consider going to Arenal, Monteverde, Tortuguero National Park, the Osa Peninsula, or just spending more time at the beach relaxing.

All private transportation by van for you and your group is included.

Not necessary, but if you decide to extend your stay in Costa Rica, we can help you with all necessary hotels and transportation.

If you want to spend a few more days or another week in Costa Rica, here are our suggestions. We can help you arrange trips to any of these destinations.

ARENAL

Description: Arenal is Costa Rica’s most active volcano and is perfectly conical. Currently it is in a resting phase, so you won’t see any eruptions, but there is still volcanic activity.  There are occasional releases of steam and gas from the volcano. Arenal volcano is surrounded by primary rainforest, and it’s located in the northern and central part of Costa Rica.

Things to do: There is tons to see and do in the area, including visiting La Fortuna waterfall, hiking, horseback riding, biking, kayaking in Arenal Lake, canopy tours, waterfall rappelling, soaking in hot springs, and wildlife viewing.

Best time to go: All year round. You’ll have the best luck with weather during the dry season (December to April).  But in the rainy season (May to November), there is still much to see and do. Although you may not be able to do a canopy tour or swim in the waterfalls if it has been raining a lot and the water is high. Arenal is located in the rainforest, so it can rain even during the dry season.

How long to stay: 2 to 4 days

Where to stay: The town of La Fortuna and the surrounding area has many hotels and lodges. It’s also the starting point for many day tours in the area.

How to get there: You can get to this area by rental car, shared shuttle transportation with other travelers, private transportation, or public transportation. It is about 3 hours from San Jose, 3 hours from the Liberia Airport, and 3 hours from Monteverde.

MONTEVERDE

Description: The Monteverde area is in the mountains, and is surrounded by cool, misty cloud forest.  The area has a mix of agricultural communities and nature reserves. It is located in the northwest part of Costa Rica.

Things to do: It’s a great place to see tons of diverse wildlife, such as howler and capuchin moneys, large cats, sloths, tapirs, butterflies, and all sorts of amphibians.  It has exceptional birdwatching opportunities, and you might even spot the rare resplendent quetzal. Hiking in the reserves, you can also climb for some great views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Best time to go: All year round. You’ll have the best luck with weather during the dry season (December to April).  But in the rainy season (May to November), there is still much to see and do. Monteverde is located in the cloud forest in the mountains, so it can rain even during the dry season.

How long to stay: 2 to 4 days

Where to stay: The town of Santa Elena is a quaint town, full of hotels, shops, art galleries, restaurants and coffee shops.

How to get there: You can get to this area by rental car, shared shuttle transportation with other travelers, private transportation, or public transportation. It is about 3 hours from San Jose, 3 hours from the Liberia Airport, and 3 hours from Monteverde.

TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

Description: Tortuguero National Park is on the north end of the Caribbean coast. The park is located on an alluvial plain, and is a maze of deltas and mangroves. The park protects the nesting beaches of the green turtle.

Things to do: The park is one of the primary nesting places for green sea turtles.  You can also see hundreds of species of birds, amphibians, and mammals, including jaguars, tapirs, ocelots, cougars, and manatees.

When to go: August is one of the peak months to see green sea turtles nesting on the beach, with nesting activity from July through September. As many as 30,000 turtles nest on the beaches in Tortuguero. In December and January, the tiny sea turtles are hatching and making their way to the open ocean.

How long to stay: 3 to 5 days

Where to stay: There are a few lodges located in the national park where you can stay.  These lodges include roundtrip transportation from San Jose, meals, and tours in their packages. 

How to get there: It is not possible to drive all the way to Tortuguero, as the park is a maze of waterways.  Most lodges and places to stay in the national park will include roundtrip transportation from San Jose to the lodge on the first day of your stay there, and back again on the day you check out.  You’ll drive from San Jose to the town of Siquirres, and then take a boat through the channels.

NICOYA PENNINSULA & GUANACASTE

Description: The Nicoya Penninsula has some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica, and an extra long dry season. The Guanacaste region is the northern Pacific side of Costa Rica. The environment here is completely different than anywhere else in the country. Here is hot and dry most of the year. The region consists of vast lowland plains, with a few huge volcanoes rising up above the plains. 

Things to do: Relax! The Nicoya Penninsula is known for it’s beaches, and is a great area to relax and soak up the sun.  There are also some great surfing spots for every skill level. In Guanacaste, there are huge volcanoes that offer amazing hot springs, zip lining, mountain biking, and other adventures. 

When to go: This area is hot and dry most of the year. It gets a bit of rain during the rainy season, but not much.

How long to stay: It depends on what you want to do, but 4 to 6 days would be plenty. 

Where to stay: Inland, up north in Guanacaste, there are some lodges around Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. On the Nicoya Penninsula, there are lots of little towns on the coast where you can stay.  Our favorite towns are Tamarindo, Nosara, and Santa Theresa. 

How to get there: You can get to this area by rental car, shared shuttle transportation with other travelers, private transportation, or public transportation. It is about 4 or 5 hours from San Jose, 1 hour from the Liberia Airport, and 3 or 4 hours from Arenal or Monteverde.

MANUEL ANTONIO

Description: Manuel Antonio is one of only two locations in Costa Rica where you can see all four types of monkey; spider, howler, white faced and the endangered squirrel monkey, many of which can be visible from your hotel window. The area is also a prime destination for spotting sloths, both in and outside of the national park.

Things to do: Spend some time in the Manuel Antonio National Park.  Be sure to get there very early in the morning, and take a guided hiking tour of the park to check out all the amazing wildlife.  The beaches in the national park are some of the most beautiful in Costa Rica.  We also recommend taking a tour by kayak through the mangroves to spot some of the wildlife in this unique ecosystem. You can enjoy the wide variety of activities such as swimming, hiking, surfing, or simply relaxing while watching a vibrant sunset.

When to go: All year round. You’ll have the best luck with weather during the dry season (December to April).  But in the rainy season (May to November), there is still much to see and do.

How long to stay: 2 or 3 days

Where to stay: There are a number of hotels, bed & breakfasts, and hostels for every budget between the town of Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park.  There is a public bus that frequently goes up and down this road, so it is easy to get around. There are very few hotels that are located right on the beach (most are up on the bluffs), but it’s easy to get to the beach no matter where you are staying.

How to get there: You can get to this area by rental car, shared shuttle transportation with other travelers, private transportation, or public transportation. It is about 3 hours from San Jose, 4 hours from the Liberia Airport, and 3 or 4 hours from Arenal or Monteverde.

OSA PENINSULA & CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK

Description: The Osa Peninsula is the most biologically diverse and wild area in Costa Rica. It is very remote and little visited. It is the largest area of Pacific coastline primary forest, and it’s home to a huge number of animals, including the illusive jaguar, monkeys, scarlet macaws (the largest concentration in Central America), and sea turtles. The Osa Peninsula has pristine beaches, dense rainforest, mangroves, swamps, and mountains.

Things to do: The main activity in Corcovado is wildlife viewing.  Make sure you get into the National Park for hiking as well, as there is a great network of trails.  We also recommend snorkeling at Isla de Caño.

When to go: The best time to go is during the dry season (December to April).  It is possible to go during the rainy season, but the Osa Penninsula gets a lot of rain. If you don’t mind the rain, you’ll have the benefits of lower rates at the lodges, more availability, and you may get to see more variety of wildlife since there will be fewer people around.

How long to stay: You’ll want to stay in the Osa Penninsula at least 4 days, while 5 or 6 days would be preferable.

Where to stay: There are quite a few lodges in the area. Some are located right next to the National Park, others are a little further away, and most are right on the coast.  These lodges include roundtrip transportation from San Jose (short flights), meals, and tours in their packages.

How to get there: The most efficient way to get there is by a short flight from San Jose to either Drake Bay or Puerto Jimenez.  Most lodges will include these flights in their packages.  Once you arrive in one of these towns, you will be driven to the lodge.  While it’s technically possible to drive all the way from the northern part of the country down to the Osa Peninsula, it would take a full day, and the road maintenance is variable, especially in the rainy season when the roads can get washed out. 

Countries Visited: Costa Rica

Destinations Visited: 

Turrialba, Pacuare River, Puerto Viejo, & Cahuita

Green Certifications: 1% for the Planet

Trip Sustainability: 

Sustainable Tourism
Costa Rica Rios aims to respect and support the environment in every way possible. As a nature based adventure company, it is important that we not only leave the beauty of Costa Rica as we found it, but also improve on the existing environmental practices to ensure the biodiversity of Costa Rica remains for future generations.
Our company participates in sustainable practices and our staff has been working hard to minimize negative impacts on the environment but we always appreciate your support, participation and suggestions in our journey towards a sustainable tourism industry in Turrialba, Costa Rica.

What is Sustainable Tourism?
Enjoying tourism activities and experiences without creating damage to the natural environment and local community. Sustainable travelers promote environmental conscious activities to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the same tourism opportunities.

Costa Rica Rios Sustainability Mission Statement
Costa Rica Rios will strive to be a successful example of sustainable tourism in Costa Rica. Operations and activities at our lodging facilities and tour destinations will ensure every effort is taken to minimize the negative impacts made to the natural and surrounding environment. We aim to continually educate our employees and guests in sustainable and environmental awareness in order to promote these practices in their own lives and communities.

Current Efforts toward Sustainable Tourism

  • Costa Rica Rios is a member of 1% For The Planet, an organization that donates 1% of our annual turnover to various environmental causes
  • Costa Rica Rios is currently in the process of achieving certification in a number of sustainable tourism organizations including Rainforest Alliance, and Certification in Sustainable Tourism Program, which is a model of natural, cultural and social resource management
  • Costa Rica Rios uses bio-fuel for company vehicles so as to reduce our carbon footprint
  • Costa Rica Rios has a recycling program as well as a compost program where we collect and donate all organic waste to an organic cocoa bean farm
  • Costa Rica Rios supports a local company that produces biodegradable water bottles, which we give to all guests
  • Costa Rica Rios employs locals and supports small artesanal groups by selling their wares to our clients
  • Costa Rica Rios believes in a No Trace Policy and strives for energy efficiency in all ways possible

How You Can Contribute During Your Stay

  • If you view any acts of polluting near the premises or on tour, please advise a guide or manager
  • Do not remove any plants or animals from the lodge, camp, or natural lands visited. In addition, please do not feed wild animals
  • Refrain from buying souvenirs that are harmful to the environment and its inhabitants. These items include: shells, coral, turtle shells, and animal skins
  • Please observe our quiet hours (9:00pm – 8:00am) and limit loud noises at the camp and lodge during the day to mitigate disturbances to the local animals
  •  In an effort to conserve water and energy, please consider the following:
    • Turn off lights and equipment when not in use.
    • Take short showers and turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth.
  • Forgo daily washing of linens and sheets. Please refer to the sign in the bathroom if you do not want your linens or towels washed everyday.
  • Recycle whenever possible. Bins are located in the dining room area at the B&B as well as at the jungle lodge
  • We guarantee that our staff strives to adhere to the initiatives and practices listed in our sustainability manual. If you find any discrepancies between written policies and daily operations, please fill out a comment card at the end of your stay and hand it to one of our staff members. If you provide contact information, we will follow up as the problem is resolved.

Before You Leave

  • Prior to your departure, please fill out the trip review and let us know your opinions on our journey to a sustainable future.

Activities: Beach, Cultural Tour, Day Hike, Family Adventure, Jungle Lodge, Rafting, Snorkel, Wildlife Viewing and Safaris

Activity Description: 

Trip Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous

Fitness Level: 

No experience with any activities is required. Your guide will teach you everything you need to know about whitewater rafting, zip-lining, and snorkeling.

Minimum Age: 8

Maximum Age: 90

Minimum Group Size: 3

Maximum Group Size: 16

Typical Group Size: 4

Months Offered: All Year, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Best Time to Go: 

Costa Rica has two distinct seasons:  the dry season and the rainy season.  Both times of the year are good times to go to Costa Rica, especially if you don’t mind a bit of rain! 

Dry Season: December – April
This is the most popular time to travel in Costa Rica.  It’s warm and sunny, and it’s the perfect time to take a break from the long northern winter.  However, you are going to find more people and fewer hotel availabilities during these months (and the weeks around Christmas, New Years, and Easter tend to have completely full hotels).  Even if you are traveling during the Dry Season, there is always the possibility of rain, especially on the Caribbean Coast and the Osa Peninsula, so you’ll want to pack a rain jacket no matter what. 

Rainy Season: May – November
The rain during the rainy season can vary from a brief downpour in the afternoon, to solid rain for a few days in a row.  It’s hard to tell what you’re going to get!  But if you don’t mind the possibility of rain, fewer people travel in Costa Rica during these months, so you will find lower rates for most tours and hotels.  If you go during the rainy season, your best bet for sunshine is in the Guanacaste area in northwestern part of Costa Rica.  It’s hot and dry there most of the year.  

Food and Special Diets: 

Fresh and delicious. Our meals are prepared fresh daily, by our own personal chef, with locally grown fruits and vegetables and fresh meats, fish and cheese. A typical Costa Rican diet consists of rice, black beans, cheese, chicken, beef, fish, salads, vegetables, and of course fresh tropical fruit. We attempt to have a delicious regional or international dish for every meal, plus great desserts. If your diet requires a special food selection, please notify us at time of registration.

Drinking Water: 

You will be provided with filtered and purified water. Please bring a refillable water bottle.

Equipment Provided: 

•   Experienced guides and staff always available
•   All adventure activities with quality equipment
•   All ground transportation (private)

Boat Specifications:

Special Equipment You Should Bring: 

  • Water sandals with heel strap for whitewater rafting and exploring along the river – they should also cover the toes and have a good non-slip sole, similar sneakers
  • Swimsuit

For a complete list, see the Suggested Packing List under the More Info Tab above.

 

HOTEL / LODGE AMENITIES:  Breakfast, Restaurant

BOAT AMENITIES: You do not stay on a boat on this trip

CAMP AMENITIES: You will not be camping on this trip

ROOM AMENITIES: Twin Beds, Double Beds, Hot Water, Private Bathroom, Shared Bathroom, Shower, Soap and Shampoo, Towels

ROOMING OPTIONS: Double, Triple, Quadruple

DESCRIPTION:

Turrialba Bed & Breakfast

Tucked in the mountain valley town of Turrialba, the Bed and Breakfast offers guests comfortable and clean rooms with many lounge areas to rest and relax. Located one block from the central park with access to shops and entertainment, this B&B has an unobstructed view of the Turrialba Volcano, allowing our clients to enjoy the unspoiled culture of our home, an authentically Costa Rican town.

The Bed and Breakfast has many amenities to make your stay here as comfortable as if you were at home. Come in from a day adventures to enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared meal by our personal chef. After, use the WiFi Internet to stay in touch with family and friends, enjoy the air-conditioned rooms, a Jacuzzi to relax in, and a few games on the handcrafted billiards table.

Turrialba bed and breakfast

Turrialba B&B Room

The Pacuare River Lodge

Reached by the Pacuare River amid exotic primary rainforest, indigenous reserves, and isolated valleys, is a one-of-a-kind camp. Created along a hillside overlooking the Pacuare River, the 12 cabinas spaced at a comfortable distance from each other allow breathtaking panoramic views. Nestled into the jungle right on the river’s edge, this jungle lodge is a highlight of our trips. With unobstructed views of the river from every cabin, guests can enjoy the exceptional bird watching, take hikes to various waterfalls or simply take in the peace and tranquility of the environment from our teak Adirondack chairs and comfortable hammocks. The principle lodge is a refreshing open air design allowing a 360 degree view of the surrounding tropical environment. Spend the evening socializing around the bar while your guides cook a delicious dinner in the full kitchen with solar lighting. Then head off to your private screened in cabin with fresh bed linens and towels and fall asleep listening to the river flow by. The Lodge also has full showers and bathrooms for your comfort.

Pacuare River Lodge

Pacuare River Lodge

Sloth Sanctuary

An overnight at the Buttercup Inn of the Sloth Sanctuary is a great way to see the nocturnal sloths. The Inn is simple but comfortable with spacious rooms and private bathrooms.

Cariblue Beach & Jungle Resort

This comfortable lodge is right on Playa Cocles, one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica, outside of Puerto Viejo. It’s a perfect base to explore the Caribbean coast. There is wildlife right outside your window, with over 120 species of birds, monkeys, sloths, frogs, and more in the lodge gardens.

 

 

Local Tour Operator:

Costa Rica Rios provides high-quality service and creates adventures that heighten a guest’s sense of adventure and awe of nature. In operation since 1995, Costa Rica Rios maintains the highest standards of safety, professional equipment, personalized customer service and trip activity quality. The nature-based company donates to the local orphanage, and supports local businesses whenever possible. Of great importance to the company is that its practices leave intact the beauty of Costa Rica while ensuring the biodiversity of Costa Rica remains for future generations.

Guides:

Deivis MontenegroDeivis Montenegro
Hailing from the countryside around Turrialba, Deivis brings a wealth of knowledge of all things Costa Rican to Costa Rica Rios. Combine that with his exceptional kayaking and guiding skills and he is a true asset to our Week of Rivers and Week of Adventures tours. Deivis also enjoys mountain biking, and paddling in his spare time and is a top competitor in national triathlons and other races. Deivis has twice represented Costa Rica in the World Rafting Championships, the most recent held near Turrialba in October, 2012. Deivis is also a good dancer and enjoys sharing his moves on our “salsa and merengue nights.”

Arnaldo Cespedes "Pelon"Arnaldo Céspedes “Pelon” is one of Costa Rica’s top kayakers. Recently competing in the World Freestyle Championships in NC, he brings a fun and exciting dimension to our Week of Rivers tours. Having started kayaking as a young boy he has grown into a confident and mature kayak guide and is always willing to offer tips to our clients, helping them enjoy our rivers even more.

Daniel Bustos "Pelos"Daniel Bustos “Pelos”
Daniel is a great lover of extreme sports. He was born and raised in a small town near Turrialba, Costa Rica. He comes from a large family that is dedicated mostly to agricultural activities. From an early age Daniel has been linked to rafting and kayaking especially since his older brother took him to rafting on different rivers around Costa Rica. Another sport he loves and practices is Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). He has a very good record of fights won, in different events and soon Daniel hopes to acquire the professional level.  He is also working on opening his own MMA academy. He is always cheerful and never without a smile. He’s waiting for you in Turrialba to share with you, the magic of a great Costa Rica vacation.

Stef McArdleStef McArdle
Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Stef got into the whitewater scene as a canoe tripping guide in Northern Quebec and fell in love with it. She then got hooked on kayaking and rafting in 2007, and has been working on the Ottawa river each summer since then, guiding, instructing both canoeing and kayaking and sharing her passion with others. She has split her winters between Canada and sunnier destinations such as Mexico, Chile, and Ecuador to paddle and explore (and continue to work on her Spanish!) and loves the adventure and people she meets. Stef is a competitive athlete when she finds the time, most recently coming home a Pan American Rafting Champion, as well as competing in both Canada and Finland’s National Ringette Leagues.

Walter Centeno "Pate"Walter Centeno “Paté”
“Pate” was born on the outskirts of Turrialba where he grew up studying and picking coffee before he became guide in 2001.  He currently combines his work with his university studies in business administration.  A lover of adventure sports, Paté competes in kayak slalom competitions and rafting, and has represented Costa Rica in  two world championships in both kayaking and rafting.  He enjoy meeting people from other places and sharing fun adventurous experiences.  Walter is always happy and his infectious attitude is hard not to catch.

Marjorie SolanoMarjorie Solano
Marjorie was born in Turrialba and studied English at school.  She has worked in tourism for many years and recently returned to her hometown after spending several years working in the north west province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. In her spare time she loves spending time with her husband and son. She has a big extended family and they love to get together to drink a cup of coffee and share stories and experiences. She is a lover of nature and helps her community and her son’s school in a project called Bandera Azul, (Blue Flag) –  an ecological program that allows citizens to work together to keep their communities clean and green through education and different projects such as recycling.  She also enjoys typical dancing, so keep an eye out for her and you may be lucky enough to see her in action.

MauricioMauricio
All our Bed and Breakfast dinners are cooked by our fabulous cook, Mauricio. Mauricio loves to provide hearty, healthy meals, using the best of local ingredients and a variety of Costa Rican and international flavours. You will be spoilt by the high quality of meals and friendly atmosphere at the dinner table each night. Mauricio loves meeting new people and is always happy to share his recipes and kitchen time with our guests and is an asset to our team.  When he is not cooking, he is a clown at kids birthday parties!

TMI (Too Much Information)

Packing for your trip is fairly easy since Costa Rica enjoys a very consistent tropical climate. The average daytime temperature in Turrialba is 82° and along the coast the temperature varies from 80 to the 90’s. During the dry season (December through April), sunny blue skies and warm days are common. Throughout the rainy or green season (May through November), the typical pattern is sunny and hot in the morning and a shower in the late afternoon.

Official Documents
Valid Passport – must not expire within 6 months from your departure date from Costa Rica
Airline Tickets

Cash
ATM machines in Turrialba accept Mastercard and Visa check/debit and credit cards.

Luggage
One suitcase or duffel bag suitable to hold all your gear.
2 small daypacks for hikes and excursions (one for the jungle excursion and one for the beach)

Footwear
One pair of comfortable shoes or sandals for relaxing in the evenings
Lightweight trail shoes for hikes and day excursions
Water sandals with heel strap for rafting, kayaking and canyoning – they should also cover the toes and have a good non-slip sole, like sneakers, for if you choose to do the canyoning

Cycling Clothing
Padded cycling shorts
Cycling jacket or windbreaker
Cycling Gloves

Clothing
Hiking shorts – quick drying
Mid-weight fleece shirt
T-shirts-quick drying
Long-sleeve shirt for evenings or additional sun/insect coverage
Lightweight pants–quick drying
Underwear
Socks
Swimsuit
Beach Towel

Outerwear
Lightweight rain jacket or cycling jacket

Headwear
Sun hat, visor or bandana

City Clothes
Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for evenings and your flight back home

Accessories
Personal first-aid kit with small sewing kit
Toiletry kit
Sunscreen and lip protection
Sunglasses with neck strap
Insect repellent containing at least 30% Deet
Headlamp or small flashlight

Optional Accessories
Camera
Binoculars
Reading and writing materials
Any items to donate to the local orphanage (Spanish-language books, clothes, shoes, soccer balls or games)

Additional Ideas and Suggestions
If you enjoy using your own equipment we invite you to bring it with you. Additionally, if you enjoy cycling with clipless pedals and shoes feel free to bring them with you and we’ll swap them the night before our ride.

Tipping is completely optional, but here are some guidelines. Tip your bilingual guide $10 to $15 per traveler per day. Tip your driver and other member of your support team $3 to $5 per traveler per day.

In restaurants, a 10% gratuity and a 13% sales tax are added to the bill. You may give an additional tip if you feel the service was outstanding, but waiters’ tips are usually included in the 10% service tax.

Smoking is not allowed in rooms or enclosed public areas.

Safety:

Medical Attention:

Staff/ Crew on Trip: You will have one bilingual adventure & naturalist guide with your family the whole trip

DETOUR'S POLICIES

DETOUR’S DISCLAIMER
Detour acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, activities, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Detour, LLC and their respective employees, agents, representatives, and assigns accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may be caused by the negligence, defect, default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws, or other such causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they are provided. Detour, LLC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours /trips arranged by Detour, LLC. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.

Cancellations: If you cancel the trip at any point after confirmation, you will forfeit a $100 per person handling fee to Detour. This is separate and in addition to the fees, deposits, and payments potentially owed to the tour operator (see information below).

Trip Changes:  If you decide to make any changes to your trip (changes to your itinerary, travel dates, tours, or accommodations) after it is booked, you will incur a $50 change fee per person, per change.  Unavoidable changes (such as those imposed by an international flight schedule change) will not incur this fee.  Adding on services before or after your confirmed tour will not incur this fee.

Rate Changes to Domestic Flights, Park Entrance Fees, Government Taxes and Fuel Surcharges:  The rates for all these items are subject to change at any point and these fees or fee changes can be imposed on any trip, even after a trip has been confirmed and paid for in full.  These rate changes are beyond the control of Detour or our local operating partners.  Oftentimes, these changes are imposed by government decree and take effect immediately.  While this is a rare occurence and the rate changes themselves are typically quite small, these changes are unpredictable and sometimes unavoidable.  Travelers are responsible for any additional costs or fees due to these rate changes, even after the trip is paid in full.

Passports and Traveler Details:  Passengers are responsible for sending up-to-date and correct information that is requested in the “Trip Reservation Form.”  If any of those details change, it is the passenger’s responsibility to notify Detour of the change before the trip departure.  If you need to renew your passport prior to your trip, you must notify Detour that you will be renewing your passport and you will have to email a scanned copy of both your old and new passports to Detour.  Additionally, you will have to bring both passports with you on your trip. Please make sure that you request to receive your old passport at the start of the renewal process.

Airport Transfers:  Airport transfer rates are based on group size with the assumption that all travelers will be taking the same transfer.  If some travelers in your personal group arrive or depart on different days or at different times, additional airport transfers will have to be booked and the passenger is responsible for this additional cost.

DETOUR’S DISCLAIMER

Detour acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, activities, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Detour, LLC and their respective employees, agents, representatives, and assigns accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may be caused by the negligence, defect, default of any company or person in performing these services.  Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws, or other such causes.  All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they are provided. Detour, LLC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours /trips arranged by Detour, LLC. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.

DETOUR’S CANCELLATION POLICY
If you cancel the trip at any point after confirmation, you will owe a $100 per person handling fee to Detour.  This is separate and in addition to the fees, deposits, and payments potentially owed to the tour operator (see information below).

COSTA RICA RIOS CANCELLATION POLICY
For our group trips:  Guests who have made a deposit and need to postpone their trip due to an illness, emergency, or personal reason, and maintain their deposit with Costa Rica Rios, may rebook their trip with a change fee of up to $350 (depending amount of prior notice). For guests who have paid for their trip and need to cancel, Costa Rica Rios will charge the following penalties from the total trip price:

46+ days prior to trip start day – 20%
31-45 days prior to trip start day – 40%
1-30 days prior to trip start day – 50%
Any balance will be refunded to the credit card originally used to pay the deposit/trip price.

For our custom tours:  Guests who need to cancel or postpone their trip due to any reason will be subject to the following penalties from the total trip price:

46+ days prior to trip start day – 25%
31-45 days prior to trip start day – 50%
1-30 days prior to trip start day – Non-refundable
Any balance will be refunded to the credit card originally used to pay the deposit/trip price.

All Chirripo National Park and Lodge bookings are non-refundable.

Costa Rica Rios does its best to stay with the booked itinerary, however if your trip needs to be amended due to adverse weather or other natural phenomenons, we reserve the right to make any necessary changes.  Costa Rica Rios is not responsible for any additional costs that you may incur, due to cancelled or missed flights.

Most hotels have wifi

Tipping is completely optional, but here are some guidelines. Tip your bilingual guide $10 to $15 per traveler per day. Tip your driver and other member of your support team $3 to $5 per traveler per day.

In restaurants, a 10% gratuity and a 13% sales tax are added to the bill. You may give an additional tip if you feel the service was outstanding, but waiters’ tips are usually included in the 10% service tax.

Laundry: Most hotels have laundry services

Food and Special Diets: 

Fresh and delicious. Our meals are prepared fresh daily, by our own personal chef, with locally grown fruits and vegetables and fresh meats, fish and cheese. A typical Costa Rican diet consists of rice, black beans, cheese, chicken, beef, fish, salads, vegetables, and of course fresh tropical fruit. We attempt to have a delicious regional or international dish for every meal, plus great desserts. If your diet requires a special food selection, please notify us at time of registration.

Drinking Water: 

You will be provided with filtered and purified water. Please bring a refillable water bottle.

 

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