Costa Rica: Raft, Zip, SUP, Surf, Bike
Experience one of the most epic adventure weeks in all of America’s. Located 2 and a half hours from San Jose surrounded by beautiful rivers, lush rainforest, and two active volcanoes in the town of Turrialba. Still a secret to heavy touristy crowds and home to Costa Rica’s best-kept secrets in natural wonders, culture, and adventure. This tucked-away little mountain town has many comparing the vibe to a Central American version of Bend, Durango, Boulder, or Moab in their early days. The raging rivers are what put Turrialba in the conversation of professional paddlers and just in recent years the show of the Turrialba volcano with it’s eruptions. Combine that with the countless waterfalls and world-class mountain bike trails makes Turrialba everything and more you can ask for on an adventure vacation. Most importantly this setting offers a week of adventure and the true essence of Costa Rica. You will avoid touristy crowds and immerse yourself in the authentic side of Costa Rica.
8 yrs old; high water 12 yrs old (Bike ride lengths will be adjusted based on the desired difficulty)
Beginner to Advanced (This itinerary has the luxury of adapting to different levels of adventure)
This 7 day trip includes all the activities that we are very passionate about from mountain biking, canyoneering, rafting, paddle boarding, and zip lining. We can adjust your mountain biking routes based on your level and experience.
After 17 years in the adventure industry in Costa Rica, the team from POC (Pacuare Outdoor Center), designed what they consider the best six days of adventure, plus not having to sit in a van for long hours of transportation, not having to deal with large crowds of tourists, and giving you the personalized off-the-beaten-path experience we all long for.
Today you will be met by your POC guide and driver at 6 am. You might be asking why 6 am? The earlier we get up to the volcano, the better chance of seeing it clearly, plus it is good to get out of San Jose before the traffic builds up. We suggest you show up on a mid-day flight the day before and get a good night rest. We can book your first night hotel upon request.
Once you are picked up you will make the drive to Costa Rica’s highest volcano, Irazu. Here you will see the Pacific and Caribbean Ocean from the same spot and learn about the central volcanic range of Costa Rica. After we take a peek down into the Irazu crater, we will drive or bike to the Turrialba Volcano. This is an easy bike ride on country roads literally between two sister volcano craters. It is 85% downhill and a great casual ride for beginners. Those looking for a more intense route that option is available.
The active Turrialba Volcano with it’s smoking crater looks much different than Irazu. We will have lunch and then head down to our next hotel which is the Guayabo Lodge. On our way to the hotel, we will stop and rappel a 160ft waterfall. This is an adventure that is sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Walking over the edge of a 160ft waterfall is one of our most extreme adventures. This has amazing views of the valley below and the two volcanos. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today we will spend the morning at the beach and then after lunch make our way back to San Jose. This will allow you to be close to the airport for your day 8 departure.
Today you will be transfered to the airport in San Jose with a suitcase of probably some dirty clothes but a heart full of memories and new friends in Costa Rica!
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If you’re looking for an extra 2 days and one night of adventure, we invite you to join us as we explore the upper Pacuare section. Here we will MTB into the Cabecar indigenous Reserve and spend a day of epic biking, amazing views, and a night under the stars. We will make our way down the upper section of the Pacuare with class III & IV rapids. We can almost guarantee you will have the entire river to yourself! When we take out of the river, we will set up camp with the Pacuare canyon’s exceptional views. The following morning you will continue as is in the itinerary day 3.
Extension Cost: $250/person
If you want to visit one of Costa Rica’s most popular destinations, then the Arenal Volcano is worth a trip. Arenal is a trendy tourist destination, and the crowds and infrastructure reflect a booming tourist town. Along with tourism, there, of course, is a beautiful cone-shaped volcano. If you are in town and the volcano decides to not hide behind a cloud you can guarantee it will certainly be a jaw-dropping moment in life.
This extension includes transfers to the Arenal Volcano, 2 nights in a luxurious hotel, breakfasts, and transfer to the San Jose Airport.
The POC camp is an extension of the POC lodge and while the POC Lodge is located with vast views of the Pacuare River Canyon the POC Camp is down on the river’s edge. While it might not have the view of the POC Lodge it sits on one of the calmest sections of the river making the POC Camp home to one of the river Pacuare’s best spots for taking a swim and relaxing on the river’s edge.
POCsito is a favorite among so many of our guests. It is a glamping experience with some of the important comforts of home.
Started in 2011 is the POC lodge. If you haven’t figured it out by now POC lodge is our own lodge and what we like to call the “baby” of the P.O.C. Adventure Company. We wanted a lodge on our favorite part of Costa Rica which is the Pacuare River and with the help of locally harvested supplies and labor, the POC Lodge was born.
This is a 180-acre property that runs over 1 mile of the Pacuare River. Our goal has always been to offer as much comfort as possible without steering too far away from our roots of just roughing it on the river’s edge. Our lodge has hot water, a splash of luxury in the rooms, and 5-Star service and attention to our guests.
Our favorite part about the lodge is that we built a short hike up from the river’s edge. We know we have the best views of the Pacuare River canyon and unfortunately pictures don’t even do it justice.
Arenal Paraiso, Arenal
Have you ever wanted to stay the night at the base of an active volcano? Well here is your chance. The Arenal Paraiso is located at the base of the Arenal Volcano with breath-taking views of the perfectly cone-shaped volcano.
Here at Arenal Paraiso’s, you will enjoy the beautiful property which offers much more than just a view. The property has numerous bungalows that offer a splash of luxury while surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. After a day of adventure, you will love making your way back to relax or hang out in the pool at Arenal Paraiso.
Located at the edge of the white sandy beaches of Costa Rica sits the Shawandha lodge. A perfect blend of eco-style luxury along with the sounds of the ocean and vibrant ambiance of the rainforest.
Shawandha lodge is set up with individual bungalows made out of local wood. You will be sure to wake up to the sound of the local residents such as the howler monkeys and green macaws. After your day of adventure, you will have a chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful swimming pool at the Shawandha Lodge.
Hotel Villa Florencia, Turrialba
Located in the valley of Turrialba surrounded by sugar-cane plantations and views of the smoking Turrialba Volcano sits an old plantation home that has been renovated into a beautiful small hotel named Villa Florencia.
This is a great hotel with a beautiful pool and plenty of space to take long morning or afternoon hikes. The Villa Florencia hotel is a chance to enjoy luxury while feeling like you stook back in time. While you are in the valley don’t forget to look up as the Turrialba Volcano can often be seen doing small eruptions from across the valley.
Casa Turire, Turrialba
Casa Turire has been one of our favorites since we started. The grounds are some of the lushest you will find anywhere in Costa Rica. Casa Turire sits in the valley of Turrialba surrounded by mountains and the beautiful Turrialba Volcano. The most amazing part about Casa Turire other than its great restaurant and home-made sugar cane ice cream is that it sits on a peninsula surrounded by Lake Angostura offering great morning hikes, birding, or SUPing around the lake.