Day Drake Bay Lodge Itinerary & 2 Day Whitewater River Trip Extension (additional nights may be arranged at Drake Bay Lodge)
Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica, and taxi (on your own) to your hotel. Hotel lodging in San Jose.
Taxi (on your own) to the International Airport for a morning flight to Drake Bay Wilderness Lodge on the Osa Peninsula. You will board a 40 min. charter flight to the Drake Bay Airport and then a boat ride across the bay will take you to the Resort. You arrive by lunch and the afternoon is open for relaxing on the beach, canoeing or kayaking on the river,or hiking in the rainforest. Lodging at Drake Bay Resort.
Awake to the incredible sounds of the rainforest, enjoy a tasty breakfast and you are off on the adventure of your choice. Each day the resort staff will advise you on what different half-day and full-day tours are available based on tour minimums, weather and sea conditions. Late afternoons are reserved for relaxing in a hammock, a walk to the beach or having a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres at the open-air bar while chatting with new friends with whom you shared the day’s adventures. Dinners are served family style in the dining room, and afterward you can enjoy an evening stroll beneath a canopy of brilliant stars and flickering lightening bugs. Lodging at Drake Bay Resort.
Morning flight to San Jose, taxi (on your own) to your hotel and have the afternoon for shopping and visiting the city. Hotel lodging in San Jose.
Taxi (on your own) to airport for return flight home OR stay and go White Water Rafting! (Please see description below.)
2 Day Whitewater River Trip Extension
This exciting whitewater river trip may be arranged at either the beginning or end of your tour to Drake Bay. The Pacuare River is the quintessential tropical river! It is a trip of pure magic, unsurpassed beauty, wildlife and exhilarating rapids. Located on Costa Rica’s Atlantic slope, the Pacuare River borders the Talamanca mountain range, home to native the Cabecar Indians and an incredible variety of wildlife.
You will be picked up at your hotel in San Jose and stop en route for a delicious breakfast. Once at the river, your guides will load your gear into dry bags, and after a complete safety and paddling orientation you will shove off on the Pacuare and raft deep in the heart of the rainforest. While your guides prepare lunch on the riverbank, you will be led through the jungle to an enchanting waterfall and pool to swim. Before you know it, you will arrive at a wonderful Eco-lodge on a 1,000-acre private reserve where you can spend the afternoon relaxing, hiking or soaking in the waterfall and pools or enjoy a canopy tour. The lodge has all the comforts – private single and double bungalows with clean linen, modern bathrooms and showers. Happy hour will put you in the mood for a tropical evening with a luscious candlelight dinner and wine served by your guides. Lodging in private bungalows.
After a hearty breakfast, you will prepare to paddle down the Pacuare gorge past gushing waterfalls, serene pools and adrenaline-packed Class-III & IV rapids that will have you cheering ecstatically. Lunch will be served where you finish your river trip and there are showers available. On the return drive to San Jose you will enjoy remarkable views of Braulio Carrillo National Park and Irazú Volcano. Hotel lodging in San Jose.
Taxi (on your own) to airport for return flight home.