Free Transportation with Rafting
•Difficulty: Class III - IV
The Pacuare River is world famous for its sheer beauty. A true river gorge, it is flanked by steep, green cliffs. Wildlife is abundant, with sloths, toucans, parrots, coatis, morpho butterflies and colorful frogs being common sights.
The white water on the river is equally exciting. It is not an overly
challenging river, but it has a lot of rapids, giving you a fun filled
adventure. The 18 mile run includes a total of 52 rapids. Few rivers
in the world offer so many.
Between 8:15am-9:00am you will have breakfast at the Exploration Center in Siquirres and then we head for the river. Upon arrival at the river we will gear you up with a life jacket, helmet and paddle and then brief you with a full safety orientation talk. Finally, it is time to take off down the rapids!
The first 4 miles consist of fun, class II-III rapids which is a perfect time to test your new river skills and gain confidence in your team. Here you find pockets of secondary growth forest that are extremely beautiful. After about 40 minutes we will enter the famous Pacuare River Gorge, which is 5 miles of some of the best white water Costa Rica has to offer. The rapids here are "Terciopelo snake", "Double drop", "Upper and Lower Huacas", "Pin ball" to name a few. You will also see the Huacas waterfall, a 150 foot dramatic drop into the river.
After the gorge the river opens up into a 5 mile stretch on the Valle del Pacuare, where the river has a different character. It is wide open, which gives you the opportunity to rest a bit and take the opportunity to do some wildlife spotting. The main rapids here are "Cimarrones", "The Play Hole", "El Indio" and "Magnetic Rock". Here we will stop and have delicious lunch (vegetarian options are available) at a riverside beach.
You finish in Siquirres, at the Exploration Center, where you can take a shower, change and enjoy the gardens and terrace while having a beer or two and reflecting with your new friends about the great adventure you just shared. You will then be transported to La Costa de Papito.
This is one of Costa Rica's top rivers. It has the hardest commercial runs in the country, as well as the biggest white water. With over 65kms (40 miles) of rapids, it has two different sections to choose from: Pascua and Florida.
The Reventazón is your best choice for late dry season months (March and April). It maintains very good water levels, as other rivers start getting really low.
|Rapids like "Dirty Mind", "The Abyss", "Indigestion" and "Horrendito" are among the fifteen class IV rapids you will run. Big mountain landscapes including superb views of the nearby Turrialba Volcano.|
A great big water run, with moderate difficulty. The lush surroundings,
abundant bird life and a good amount of fun rapids makes this
a great introduction to river running. This run is clearly divided
in two halves. The first hour is very exciting, with big waves
and long rapids.
We stop for a first class buffet lunch and picnic at the prettiest beach on the river. The second half is more relaxed as the river enters the lower Caribbean region and the surroundings take on a jungle character and the wildlife is more plentiful. At the end we take you to our Exploration Center, where you can change, shower and relax. You will then be transported to La Costa de Papito.
This will carry us directly to the heart of the forest where we will begin a guided walk by one of our nature guides, becoming aquainted with the flora and the fauna of the primary forest in the way the community utilizes these plants. After the hike we arrive at another platform to continue our adventure. Our Canopy is done by 9 aerial platforms and 14 on land amounting 2560 meters of cable. From the moment we climb to the 8th platform, we will not return to touch the ground until the final run at which time we will cross over with a birds eye view of the jungle. Our nature guide continues explaining on each platform the curiosities which are found in the environment. On the highest platform we will take a break, where you will be served fruits and drinks. At the end of the aerial run, we have the possibility to make a descent from the last platform, rappelling, by a Tarzan swing or by a cable to the ground. After this we begin the return, heading for the two most spectacular cables.
DESCRIPTION: This tour begins with a drive to the southern end of the road into the most remote location in the area; this trip consists of a loop, paddling in and hiking out. After a safety briefing we will embark in a magical kayaking journey paralleling a coast full of cliffs, caves, and the most amazing rainforest.
We will take a nice break at the beach to relax, swim and enjoy some nicely presented fresh fruit and snacks before hiking back to manzanillo town; you will now learn some insights on the eco system of this wildlife refuge.
7:30 AM - Drive to Manzanillo with interesting information in route.
8:30 AM - Arrival at Manzanillo, safety briefing and proceed to kayak.
10:00 AM - End of kayaking segment, fruit and snacks on the beach.
10:30 AM - Start hiking
11:30 AM - Finish activities, take a small break and drive back.
12:30 PM - Arrive at La Costa de Papito.
WHAT TO BRING? Swim suit on, sunscreen, hut, long sleeve shirt/rash guard to cover your back, camera (ideally water proof), water bottle, change of clothes, towel, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, binoculars, raincoat and a bit of cash.
RATE: $59.00 per person
INCLUDES: Transport, service of professional guide, gear, all entrance fees, fruits, snacks and bottled water.
MINIMUM: 2 people
DESCRIPTION: Cahuita National Park has the largest system of Coral Reefs in Costa Rica, including 6 species of coral, a wide range of colorful tropical fishes and the occasional encounter of a harmless reef shark or sting ray. This beach has a horse shoe shape, with the entrance of the park at one end and beautiful Punta Cahuita at the other end. We start with a scenic 20 minute boat ride to have two snorkeling sessions. Then we get droped off at the Punta to enjoy a delicious fruit and snacks break at the beach followed by a 1 hour guided hike in this wonderful coastal forest: monkeys, sloths, birds, poison dart frogs, iguanas and other interesting encounters are common.
7:30 AM - PickUp at La Costa de Papito.
7:30 AM - Drive to Cahuita with interesting information in route.
8:00 AM - Arrival at the park entrance and safety briefing.
8:30 AM - Snorkeling in two locations.
9:30 AM - Fruit and snacks break at Punta Cahuita and proceed to hike.
11:00 AM – Hike back to the van, take a small break and drive back.
12:00 Noon – Arrive at La Costa de Papito.
WHAT TO BRING: Swim suit on, sunscreen, hat, long sleeve shirt/rash guard to cover your back, camera (ideally water proof), water bottle, change of clothes, towel, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, binoculars, raincoat and a bit of cash.
RATE: $59.00 per person
INCLUDES: Transportation, service of professional guide, gear, all entrance fees, fruits, snacks and bottled water.
MINIMUM: 2 people