The South Pacific Eco-Xtreme sends you hiking into primitive areas few have dared to go. You’ll spend one night in an open cave behind a waterfall complete with cooked meals. Besides endurance hiking through a remote jungle full of wildlife, you’ll be rappelling down waterfalls, shooting whitewater rapids, horseback riding, and exploring a remote beach area. You’ll stay in a variety of eco-lodges and one hotel. This adventure will take you into some of the wildest places in Costa Rica for an epic eco-experience words simply cannot describe!
The South Pacific Eco-Xtreme will have you hiking up mountains into remote areas filled with waterfalls and jungle animals. You’ll stay in incredible places including a luxury tent camp, a cave tucked behind a waterfall, and a secluded Pacific coast ecolodge surrounded by jungle with a trail down to a beautiful beach. You’ll go waterfall rappelling, whitewater rafting, and horseback riding while on this amazing off the beaten path adventure taking you into the pristine wilderness areas of Costa Rica. Because it requires some endurance, it’s not for everybody, but for those who dare to fully immerse themselves in jungle life, it can be the vacation experience of a lifetime.
Number of nights: 8 (customizable)
Per person price from *$1,553
We’ll be waiting for your arrival at San Jose International Airport. After a brief meet and greet, we’ll provide a private transfer through scenic mountains that reach down the South Pacific coast forming the Savegre River Basin. Your first few nights you’ll stay deep in the jungle at the Rafiki Safari Lodge glamping in a luxury safari tent totally surrounded by the sights and sounds of the rainforest, alive with wildlife nestled within a private 843-acre nature reserve. Due to its abundant wildlife and pristine waters, the Savegre River Basin was designated by UNESCO as an important natural biosphere giving it protected status. During the day you’ll explore the remarkable beauty of this remote area by horseback and go for a thrilling rafting adventure down the Rio Savegre’s Class ll and lll rapids. Back at the lodge, guests can enjoy a number of onsite hiking trails, cool off at the waterslide, or relax in the solar-powered hot tub.
After a few days at Rafiki, we’ll provide a transfer that will take you into the Talamanca Mountains near Platanillo where you will meet your local guides for your next awesome adventure. They’ll lead you on a difficult and at times muddy hike into the mountainous rainforest. After a couple of hours, you’ll reach an opening in the forest where you’ll see a spectacular waterfall. Tucked behind that waterfall is a cave with a rustic but functional kitchen and sleeping area with mats. This is where you’ll sleep tonight! After settling in, your guide will get you ready to go rappelling down the waterfall in front of the cave (yes, you read that right)! Afterward, you’ll kick back and relax over dinner and be lulled to sleep by the sound of the falls. The next morning after breakfast, you’ll hike a little further up the mountain to another beautiful waterfall cascading into a large pool. Here it is deep enough for you to jump from the top of the falls and swim in the inviting waters below. After a while, your group will hike back down the mountain and meet up with your driver.
This time your transfer will bring you through the mountains and down the beautiful South Pacific coast to La Cusinga Ecolodge. Along the dramatic shoreline, towering jungle-covered mountains meet the incoming ocean tides. Surrounded by lush jungle, the lodge rests on a cliff with spectacular views overlooking the Pacific coast with its sandy beaches divided by rocky outcroppings. There are no scheduled activities over the next couple of days. We’d recommend exploring the lodge’s private reserve complete with natural river pools, or hiking down the trail to Arco Beach. Supporting abundant wildlife, this remote area also provides excellent birdwatching opportunities. The lodge offers an onsite wellness spa and yoga classes, so there is no shortage of things to do while you are there. Of course, you can also simply relax and do nothing as well! The Aracari Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
After a few rejuvenating days at La Cusinga, we’ll provide a transfer back to the Central Valley where you’ll stay at the Country Inn and Suites. This is an airport hotel but retains pure Costa Rican charm. The hotel surrounds a central courtyard with pool, lounge area, and tropical gardens where you can relax and enjoy your last evening in Costa Rica. The next day, we’ll provide a private transfer back to the airport for your flight home.
Day 1: Welcome to Costa Rica and on to the Savegre Basin
We’ll meet you at Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose (SJO) and provide a private transfer to the Savegre River Basin. You’ll be luxury camping at the Rafiki Safari Lodge.
Rafiki Safari Lodge
Day 2: Horseback Riding (B, L, D)
A local guide will lead you through the rainforest on horseback along the Savegre River and rural backroads. Back at the lodge you may like to explore the onsite hiking trails, waterslide or solar hot tub.
Rafiki Safari Lodge
Day 3: Whitewater Rafting Rio Savegre (B, L, D)
You’ll go on a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure down the protected Savegre River over Class II and III rapids. This trip, within a private reserve, hits parts of the river other companies cannot access and is sure to provide a memorable experience.
Rafiki Safari Lodge
Day 4: Transfer to the South Pacific Mountains (B, L, D)
A transfer through the Talamanca Mountains will bring you to the Platanillo area where you’ll connect with your guides who will take you for a long hike into the jungle. You’ll come to a waterfall with a cave tucked behind it complete with rustic kitchen and sleeping mats. You’ll spend tonight in the cave! After dropping your gear, your guides will help you take turns rappelling down the waterfall! Afterward you’ll be served dinner and in the morning you’ll have breakfast.
Day 5: Waterfall Jumping and then Transfer to South Pacific Coast (B)
Today you’ll hike to another beautiful waterfall where you can jump from the top of the falls into a natural pool below for a refreshing swim. After a while, you’ll hike out of the rainforest where your driver will meet you then take you to a remote area down the South Pacific coast. You’ll be staying at the La Cusinga Ecolodge high on a cliff overlooking the ocean with hiking trails, natural river pools, an onsite spa, and yoga classes.
La Cusinga Ecolodge
Days 6 & 7: Beach and Exploring Days (B)
These days are intentionally left open for you to have time to relax and enjoy La Cusinga’s private nature reserve. The reserve is loaded with wildlife including monkeys, sloths, toucans, parrots, dart frogs, and a lot more. A trail from the lodge leads down to Arco Beach, which is simply gorgeous.
La Cusinga Ecolodge
Day 8: Transfer to the Central Valley (B)
We’ll provide a transfer back to the Central Valley, where you’ll stay at the Country Inn and Suites. This airport hotel is built around a central courtyard featuring a swimming pool, lounge area, and tropical gardens. Here you can enjoy your last evening in Costa Rica with modern amenities!
Country Inn and Suites
Day 9: Back to the Airport (B)
We’ll provide a private transfer back to the San Jose Airport according to your schedule so you can catch your flight home.
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The Savegre River winds down the Talamanca Mountains and out to sea, but before it gets there it passes through the enchanting valley of the Savegre River Basin nestled between cloud-shrouded mountains. This beautiful rainforested area has been designated by UNESCO as an important biosphere due to its pristine condition and abundant wildlife. Its grandeur is intoxicating, surrounding you with verdant green, cascading waterfalls, and spectacular natural scenery.
Near the quiet village of Platanillo, the jungle-covered Talamanca Mountains rise high into the clouds. These mountains remain mostly untouched, with towering trees, remote waterfalls, and exotic wildlife. This sets the stage for your visit to a unique Costa Rican wilderness area few have ventured into or ever seen.
Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast provides a stunning view of the cloud covered Talamanca Mountains lining long strands of remote seashore. Many beautiful beaches covered with palm trees and lush tropical flora are split up by dramatic rock outcroppings. Exotic and rare wildlife are abundant in this region of jungle-covered mountains and isolated beaches making it a unique area for ecotourists and nature lovers. Uvita is the closest town to La Cusinga with paved streets offering shops, restaurants, bars, banks, and more. It is also home to Marino Ballena National Park where whales visit annually. View this destination…
Some animals that live in the South Pacific… (actual images may have been taken in other locations)
The Central Valley cradles the capital city of San Jose and outlying area. Surrounded by highlands, you can take your pick of exploring the city’s many cultural offerings or visiting nearby volcanos, coffee plantations, and waterfalls. It’s an excellent stop for spending the night at an airport hotel before and after your Costa Rica vacation destinations further away. View this destination…
Rafiki Safari Lodge, a private reserve protecting 843 pristine acres in the Savegre River Basin, offers a luxury tent camp, glamping experience to its special guests. Here you can indulge your senses taking in the exotic sights and sounds of the surrounding rainforest enjoying the natural beauty along the Savegre River which cuts through towering jungle-covered mountains. View this hotel…
About as far from a hotel as you can get, this unique cave setting hidden behind a natural waterfall cascading down the Talamanca Mountains offers a primitive kitchen, sleeping mats, and an outhouse down the trail. A once in a lifetime experience with prepared meals and water rappelling surrounded by jungle wildlife. View this cave…
Set on a cliff overlooking the South Pacific coastline, rustic La Cusinga Ecolodge offers guests an off the beaten path experience surrounded by a private reserve covered in jungle loaded with exotic wildlife. With plenty of onsite hiking trails, natural river pools, and a path leading down to a gorgeous beach area, the lodge also offers spa services and yoga classes. A perfect place to find harmony in nature and enjoy the sunset. View this hotel…
Located near San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) the Country Inn and Suites offers a last call Costa Rica experience surrounding an inner courtyard loaded with tropical gardens, a large swimming pool, and comfortable lounging area. Perfect for last minute packing before going to the airport and heading home. View this hotel…
What better way to ease into the Savegre River Basin than a horseback ride? You’ll travel through the primary forest and along the winding Savegre River on jungle trails exploring the beautiful area. You may ride on part of the original path that brought pioneers long ago or visit a sacred swimming hole. Whether you are an experienced rider or first-timer, you will be matched with the perfect horse and accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who will ensure your safety. View this tour…
On this full-day tour, you’ll splash your way down Class II and III rapids on the beautiful Savegre River. The journey leads along parts of the Savegre that are privately owned and protected, cutting through jungle-covered mountains with spectacular scenery all around you. At times you’ll be riding the rapids and at others enjoying a smooth, easy ride downstream. You’ll break for a hot grilled lunch cooked onshore and have a chance to go swimming. Your river guides will help determine the best routes according to your ability level. If you’re comfortable in the water, you’ll be ok and the guides are there to help you create lifelong happy memories. View this tour…
Let your inner cave dweller emerge in this once in a lifetime opportunity to hike up a jungle-covered mountain and discover twin cascading waterfalls with a giant cave tucked behind! Surrounded by unimaginable beauty you’ll sleep inside the cave to the tunes of nocturnal wildlife and splashing water. It all starts off with a difficult and possibly muddy hike for a couple of hours up into the mountains. You’ll finally reach a clearing that will reveal the beautiful waterfalls. On closer inspection, you’ll notice the cave, set up with a primitive kitchen inside, sleeping area and even 3 flush toilets! After rappelling down the falls, a hot meal will be prepared before resting your head on the elevated sleeping mats listening to the natural sounds all around you. In the morning you’ll enjoy breakfast and visit another waterfall for a swim before hiking back out of this amazing rainforest experience. View this tour…
After setting up for your stay in the cave, your guide will get out the rappelling gear so you can rappel down the huge waterfall in front of the cave! Yes, this is for real! View this tour…
The next day, you will hike a little further up the mountain to another waterfall featuring a large pool beneath it that invites you to jump in for a swim. After playing at the falls, you’ll hike back down out of the mountains and rainforest with plenty of stories to tell. View this tour…
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Low Season 2018 rates start at $1,553 USD* per person double occupancy, $1,373 USD* pp for triple occupancy, or $2,293 USD* pp for single occupancy for the lodges listed above. High season 2019 rates start at $1,691 USD* per person double occupancy, $1,469 USD* pp for triple occupancy, or $2,652 USD* pp for single occupancy for the same lodges. Low Season 2019 rates start at $1,590 USD* per person double occupancy, $1,402 USD* pp for triple occupancy, or $2,451 USD* pp for single occupancy for the same lodges. You can upgrade or downgrade hotels to match your preferences and budget.
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