Manuel Antonio National Park & River Rafting

Costa Rica


Manuel Antonio National Park & River Rafting

Manuel Antonio National Park, on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, is considered as one of the most biodiverse parks on the planet. Manuel Antonio encompasses an evergreen forest with mangrove swamps, lagoons and white sand beaches. It’s renowned for its vast diversity of tropical plants and wildlife, including white-faced and howler monkeys, two and three toed sloths, the endangered squirrel monkey and hundreds of bird species. The Manuel Antonio National Park has well-marked trails to allow visitors to explore.

Begin this tour with a white-water rafting adventure on Pacuare River. Take a walking tour to the Cabecar Indigenous Reserve through lush rainforest, crystal clear streams and stunning wildlife. In Arenal Volcano, take the Sky Tram & Sky Trek and get an aerial view of the Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Lake. Also tour Arenal Hanging Bridges. Relax in Manuel Antonio, famous for its most beautiful coastline in Costa Rica! 

What We Love
  • Take the sky tram for an amazing perspective of the Anenal Volcano.
  • Experience hanging bridges amongst the rainforest. 
  • Marvel at the colourful birds and exotic animals in the cloud forests
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • Around-the-clock support with our local contacts at our associate offices throughout Central America
What to Know
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items
  • We offer 24/7 support during your tour to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • Our Costa Rica tours easily combine with touring in Belize, Honduras, Panama and other destinations in Central America
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday

Manuel Antonio National Park & River Rafting

San Jose, Pacuare, Arenal, Manuel Antonio
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 01 – Arrive
San Jose Meet and greet on arrival at the international airport and transfer to your hotel in San Jose for one-night stay at the Grano de Oro Hotel.

Grano de Oro  hotel, converted from a tropical Victorian mansion, maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home. Grano de Oro’s restaurant serves exquisite dishes that combine Costa Rican tropical flavours with European cuisine. In addition, the hotel offers a bar and a rooftop garden terrace with Jacuzzi.  
Overnight at Grano de Oro Hotel    

Day 02 – Transfer & Water rafting
Pacuare Lodge Take an early morning shared transfer to Turrialba. Upon arrival to Pacuare River you will start the rafting tour on a shared boat to get to the lodge.

This idyllic lodge is situated deep inside the Pacuare protected zone, on the banks of the Pacuare River. A true eco-lodge, here you are completely surrounded by nature in its purest and most primitive state. The two-story Pacuare Lodge has comfortable, rustic dining facilities on the first floor, and sitting areas with sofas and hammocks in an open-air lounge on the second floor.  Modern wooden bungalows with thatched palm roofs have been carefully designed in an indigenous style to blend into the surrounding forest. Each hides beneath giant trees that have stood guard over this forest for eons, and comes complete with private bathroom and shower, comfortable bed, and fresh linens.   
Overnight at Pacuare Lodge (B, L, D)    

Day 03 – Walking Tour
Cabecar Indigenous Reserve Today, enjoy a shared walking tour to the Cabecar Indigenous Reserve. This full day tour is quite physically demanding. Initially we’ll depart the lodge for an uphill climb through lush rainforest, crystal clear streams and stunning wildlife. During the course of your journey, the naturalist guide will point out to you the many hidden secrets of this exotic natural habitat. After approximately two hours the foliage thins and you are greeted by the laughter of children and rhythmic clucking of hens. A banana tree fringed clearing opens before you, providing a stunning panoramic vista of the shimmering rainforest canopy below. Latte coloured palm-frond huts and curious stares signal your arrival. 

The local Shaman, a man of small stature yet wizened beyond his years will share with you his intimate knowledge of nature, and of the traditions and customs of the local people that have survived for centuries and which provide the foundation for the Cabecar’s relationship with nature. Later, we will begin our trek back down to the lodge.
Overnight at Pacuare Lodge (B, L, D)    

Day 04 – Rafting & Transfer
Arenal Volcano Take an exhilarating rafting tour from the lodge to Siquirres where you will have a chance to change your clothes and take a private ground transfer to Arenal. Check into your suite at the Arenal Kioro Hotel.

Arenal Kioro hotel is perfectly located near La Fortuna town and with one of the best views to the Arenal Volcano. It has 27 acres of undulating land, surrounded by two streams of crystalline waters. Guests can enjoy and relax in their private thermal springs, five minutes away from the hotel. It also offers two international restaurants, lobby bar, 24- hour room service, temperate swimming pool, spa, gym, game room and beauty parlour.  
Overnight at Arenal Kioro Hotel (B)    

Day 05 – Experience Sky Tram
Arenal This morning take the Sky Tram & Sky Trek. This is an aerial tram on the rain forest from where visitors can appreciate the Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Lake from a different perspective. It is an ideal tour for people of all ages and suitable for those with disabilities since it has wheelchair access.

The tour starts from the reception of the main building and finishes in an observation platform at the highest point of the Arenal Reserve. The tram takes about 20 minutes to reach the observation platform, with intermediate stops. The guided tour includes a 25-minute walk in the rain forest. Return can be done either on the aerial tram or on the Sky Trek canopy tour, to enjoy the rain forest from many different views. Afternoon at leisure.  
Overnight at Arenal Kioro Hotel (B)    

Day 06 – Try Hanging Bridges
Arenal This morning take a tour to Arenal Hanging Bridges. The trails and bridges of this project will bring the visitor as close as any person could ever imagine observing the birds, the flowers and the lush vegetation of the primary rain forest. It consists of paths and bridges built with a view to maintaining the utmost harmony between man-made structures and nature and it covers an area of approximately 250 hectares of primary forest. You will have impressive views of the Arenal Volcano, as well as of the huge Arenal reservoir. Afternoon at leisure.  
Overnight at Arenal Kioro Hotel (B)      

Day 07 – Transfer
Manuel Antonio Take a private transfer to Manuel Antonio for your three-night stay at the Arenas del Mar Hotel.

Relax at this superb ocean view beach and nature resort with a strong commitment to the surrounding nature and local community. The Arenas del Mar hotel has 38 upscale rooms and suites, offering a casual beach front snack bar and an elegant dining facility with spectacular views of the National Park as well as two swimming pools and a small Spa.   
Overnight at Arenas del Mar Hotel (B)      

Days 08 & 09 – Beach & Forest
Manuel Antonio Two days at leisure. Manuel Antonio is considered the most beautiful coastline in Costa Rica! It is a perfect backdrop for the perfect set of beaches with rainforest terraces overlooking the tropical Pacific. From your hotel, you can visit these nearby beaches, the national park, mangroves, nature refuge; butterfly gardens, or enjoy a variety of water sports and local shopping.
Overnight at Arenas del Mar Hotel (B)    

Day 10 – Transfer
San Jose Take a private transfer from Manuel Antonio to San Jose.   
Overnight at Grano de Oro Hotel (B)    

Day 11 – Depart
San Jose Take a private transfer to the airport to connect with your onward flight. (B)

Manuel Antonio National Park & River Rafting Costa Rica

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There The easiest way to get to Costa Rica from the UK is via the US or Madrid, with connecting flights to San José. Continental has flights from the UK via Newark and Houston, while American Airlines flies via JFK, Dallas or Miami, and United via New York or Houston: of the three, Continental generally has the lowest fares and offers an excellent service with swift connections. Iberia’s flights via Madrid are one of the quicker routings. 

When to go December through April is the high season in Costa Rica when the weather is at its most pleasant. It is also the dry season, and one can mostly depend on clear, sunny days. There is a brief dry spell from February to April but it's worthwhile to visit in April-May.

May through October: The rainy season in Costa Rica takes a while to get started in May, often diminishing for a couple of weeks in June or July. The brunt of the rain however falls on the Caribbean coast, giving the Pacific a much more arid climate. The only really rainy months in Guanacaste on the Pacific coast are October and November, and on the Atlantic coast, the only predictably dry months are September and October. October to December is also a good time to visit Costa Rica when things are much quieter and when the weather is still good.