Wildlife, rivers, rainforest
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|Trip Length||7 days/6 nights|
|Arrive/Depart||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Price||From $3,295 to $3,695|
|If you have questions about this journey or would like to receive a detailed trip brochure, call 800-445-2995 or click here.|
Day 1 (San Jose to Tiskita Lodge) Head directly off the beaten path this morning on a charter flight to a private airstrip just minutes away from your lodge on the Osa Peninsula. After you settle into your ocean-view bungalow, you’ll learn about the history of this unique lodge and the surrounding environment. Our local guide will lead us through the coastal rainforest for a wonderful in-person introduction to Costa Rican wildlife.
Days 2 and 3 (Tiskita Lodge) Venture out over the next two days to look for wildlife and learn about unique rainforest animals. The indigenous people in this area live very close to nature, and we’ll make time to visit a nearby Guayami family to learn about their way of life. In addition to the planned activities, you have access to horses, bicycles, and snorkeling equipment to enjoy at your leisure. Help yourself to fruit from one of the largest and most varied tropical fruit orchards in the world!
Day 4 (Tiskita to San Jose to Pacuare Lodge) Fly back to San Jose this morning and head to the river put-in. It will be a short day on the river, through some mellow Class II/III rapids perfect for practicing team paddling skills. (There is an option of 4-wheel-drive ground transportation in and out of the lodge, for extra cost.) Arrive at the lodge mid-afternoon, with time to settle into your bungalow, with private “alfresco” showers, terraces, hardwood floors, and jungle view. Regroup for an introduction to the lodge, then relax and enjoy a delightful, delicious candlelight dinner.
Day 5 (Pacuare Lodge) You can pick a morning and an afternoon activity from the list of lodge offerings: hiking, canopy zipping, canyoning, and horseback riding. If you wish, the lodge will arrange a jungle massage treatment for some lovely unwinding (additional cost). Share your stories over candlelight dinner tonight.
Day 6 (Whitewater rafting and return to San Jose) After a daybreak excursion into the rainforest, you set out on a rambunctious river ride through spectacular primordial rainforest scenery. Considered one of the Top 10 whitewater rivers in the world by National Geographic, the Pacuare descends through dense vegetation that supports jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, sloths, and many other species. There’s time to pull over along the way to explore waterfalls and pools. You’ll have much to celebrate and share at tonight’s farewell dinner!
Day 7 (Departures home) Catch your flight back home—unless you’d like to extend your stay with more adventures!