Self-drive Adventure in Costa Rica

Meet and greet at Juan Santamaria International airport and private transfer to your hotel in San Jose.

Overnight: Hotel Park Inn

The Pacuare River has been recognized as one of the top five most beautiful raftable rivers of the world by National Geographic Magazine. It flows approximately 108 km to the Caribbean through a protected zone of incomparable beauty, extending from the town of Siquirres to the Talamanca Mountain Range. The rainforest that surround the river is home to exotic animal species such as jaguars, monkeys, ocelots, and a very large number of different types of birds.

This adventure begins rafting down the Pacuare River through breathtaking canyons and luxuriant vegetation.

This exciting adventure begins with an early morning pick-up at the lobby of your hotel in San José to take you to Rios Tropicales Operations Center, in Siquirres, where a typical Costa Rican breakfast will be served. After changing into the rafting gear, you will be drived to the private rafting put-in on the banks of the Pacuare River. A guide will give the necessary instruction on padding and how to enjoy a safety adventure.

From here, you and your group will launch your raft and begin to paddle 19 miles deep into the heart of one of Costa Rica’s most impressive primary rainforests. You will pass through densely vegetated rainforest gorges, admire cascading waterfalls, relax in serene pools and experience pounding rapids.

Halfway down the river, a stop is made for a tasty, delicious pic nic lunch, served on an overturned raft. Arrival to Rios Tropicales Lodge is expected during the early afternoon. This first part of the rafting adventure will take 2 hours approx.

Dinner is included in the lodge.

In the morning, you will awaken to the harmonious melody of the rushing river and the sweet songs of tropical birds. After a delicious buffet breakfast, the rafts will be launched again for the final day of this river expedition. Rafting the second part of the Pacuare River is even more thrilling as you experience a mix of class III and class IV rapids like Upper and Lower Huacas, Cimarron and Dos Montañas. This morning ends with the satisfaction of having conquered one of the wildest and most scenic rivers in the world.

The take-out is near Rios Tropicales Operations Center where lunch is included.

Pick up your rented car (Hyundai Tucson 2WD or similar, manual transmission) at Rios Tropicales Operation Center, where you will have the time to change clothes before driving to Sarapiqui area.

After breakfast, drive to Hacienda Pozo Azul where you will enjoy an exciting horse ride. Lunch included in Pozo Azul’s restaurant.

After breakfast, drive to Arenal area in San Carlos.

After breakfast, drive to the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges for a Natural History Walk.

After this educational hike, drive to Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

Canyon Canopy Tour

This tour starts with a short walk from the hotel’s Adventure Center to the first canopy platform where this exciting experience into a canyon and over a turbulent river takes place. Several activities are included: rappelling, rock climbing, zip line, Tarzan swings, via ferrata and hanging bridges, all set in the majestic canyon made by the erosion of the Río Blanco during millions of years.

Tubing in Río Negro

Another fun and exciting adventure tour in Rincón de la Vieja is the Rio Negro Tubing. We will head out from Hacienda Guachipelín by horseback and after riding 45 minutes through the forest, we arrive at changing rooms where we will get ready for the river tubing adventure. We will have a short briefing about safety on the river. Then it is just a short walk to the foot of the Victoria Waterfall, where the tubing adventure begins. You will have the time of your life bouncing down Rio Negro’s crystal clear and fun rapids in your individual rafting “tube”. Guides will be riding down with you to ensure your safety.

Breakfast. Drive to the North Pacific Coast to enjoy a three-day stay relaxing in beautiful Potrero Beach.

Day at leisure to enjoy the beach and the falicities of the hotel.

Day at leisure to enjoy the beach and the falicities of the hotel.

After breakfast, drive back to San Jose. Drop off car at the hotel in San Jose.

Overnight: Hotel Park Inn

Breakfast. Departure private transfer to Juan Santamaria International airport.

Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to flight departure.



    Important facts

    Costa Rica

    Start destination:
    San José

    Final Destination:
    San José


    Number of participants:


     Private arrival and departure transfers with English speaking assistance
     Daily breakfast
     Meals as specified during stay at Rios Tropicales Ecolodge & Hacienda Guachipelin.
     2 nights in Hotel Park Inn
     1 night in Rios Tropicales Ecolodge
     2 nights in Selva Verde Lodge
     1 night in Hotel Arenal Springs
     2 nights in Hotel Hacienda Guachipelín
     3 nights in Bahía del Sol Beachfront Hotel and Suites
     Hotel taxes
     Activities and tours as specified in the above itinerary
     Car rental (Hyundai Tucson 2WD or similar, manual transmission) from day 3 to 11.

    Not included:

     Meals and beverages not mentioned in the program
     Optional tours or ground services not specified in the above itinerary
     Tips to tour guides & drivers
     Personal and/or medical expenses
     Insurance option for car rental
     Costa Rica departure tax (US$29,00 per person)
     Air tickets to/from Costa Rica