Costa Rica vacations
Beautiful Adventure Honeymoons Start Here on the Pacuare
This special package – just for honeymooners – includes the private honeymoon suite, rafting on the Pacuare River, and a private candlelight dinner. You’ll stay in our private and secluded Honeymoon Suite, complete with your own private, covered riverside balcony, hammock, and sitting area.
The Honeymoon Suite has a king bed, walk-in stone-tiled shower, and view of the river from both the bedroom and the shower.
After rafting into our remote rainforest lodge, you’ll check in and find a chilled bottle of champagne waiting for you on your private deck. That evening, enjoy a gourmet private dinner by candlelight on your private deck. Rios Lodge staff will help you customize this dinner based on your culinary tastes and the freshest ingredients available at the lodge at the time of your stay.
Build your honeymoon package with any of our guided activities that you’d like to experience at Rios Lodge, like ziplining, horseback riding, conservation tours, etc. Select and add your activities when you make your reservation, online! Note that you’ll need to stay at least 3 days in order to experience activities other than ziplining. Ziplining is available every day, including on arrival and departure days, because the zipline course only takes about an hour.
The Honeymoon Package includes Pacuare River rafting to and from the lodge. (If you prefer not to raft, no problem, you can hike in, instead.) Rafting on the world renowned Pacuare River is an experience not to be missed! It’s a truly unique and exciting way to get to and from remote Rios Lodge. Guests arriving to Rios Lodge via rafting will meet in Turrialba. From there, Rios Lodge staff will transport you to our rafting partner’s check-in location in Siquirres. There you’ll get your rafting gear, a safety briefing, a dry bag for your luggage, and then you’ll shuttle to the put in for the Pacuare River. You’ll raft approximately 16 kilometers of Class 1-3 whitewater for a 2-3 hour paddle to the lodge, depending on the water levels.
Rafting out of Rios Lodge on the final day of your stay brings the fantastic excitement and incredible scenery of the Pacuare River Gorge. Enjoy thrilling Class 3-4 whitewater, tropical wildlife and birds, and mesmerizing canyon high waterfalls. National Geographic rates the Pacuare River one of the top 10 whitewater rivers in the world. The second half of the river will take between 2 and 4 hours depending on the water levels, and takes out near the town of Siquirres.
We make it easy for you to get to your rafting or hiking starting point for your Rios Lodge vacation. All lodge packages include shuttle transportation from San Jose, to either your hiking or rafting meeting place. In addition, other transportation shuttles are available as separate add-ons for your trip from La Fortuna, Puerto Viejo, Turrialba, and Siquirres. Just select what you need at check out online.
See our FAQ – How Do I Get to Rios Lodge for more details.
Today is the day! Fantastic white water rafting on Costa Rica’s most famous pristine jewel – the Pacuare River – awaits you! After an early pickup from San Jose, you’ll get to the rafting Linda Vista put-in about 9:30-10:30am. There you’ll prepare for your rafting trip with a safety briefing, gear up with rafting equipment, and put your luggage into a dry bag for safe transportation on rafts to the lodge. Changing rooms and bathrooms are at the put-in. The wonderful, fun Class 1-3 rapids and scenery of the Pacuare River will entertain you for the next couple of hours as you raft right to the Rios Lodge. You’ll arrive by early afternoon to the Rios Lodge with a delicious traditional Costa Rican lunch awaiting you. Actual time on the river will vary pending water levels.
Settle into the Honeymoon Suite, and relax there, or explore the lodge property at your leisure for the afternoon. Waterfalls, hiking trails, swimming holes, and hammocks on the decks all beckon. If you’ve booked an afternoon zipline canopy tour, you’ll do that anytime before 5pm. The zipline canopy tour is an hour long and onsite. Cocktail hour is 5pm at the dining pavilion, followed by dinner about 6-6:30pm.
Today is a full day at the lodge and doing any Guided Activities you either booked in advance or decide you’d like to book today! Start with fresh Costa Rican coffee and listen to the jungle awaken with birdsong, howler monkeys, the river and weather. Coffee is ready early by 6am, and breakfast starts at 7am. If you booked a Dawn Patrol Canopy Tour, you’ll be off to do that after coffee and before breakfast.
Guided activities typically start about 10am, like horseback riding, guided waterfall hikes, tubing and rappelling and take several hours. You’ll either have lunch out on your activity, or back at the lodge. Lunch is served between 12pm and 1pm at the open air dining pavilion.
Afternoon activities typically start about 1:30pm, and you’ll be back to the lodge by late afternoon, and certainly in time for cocktails on the deck at 5pm!
If you are doing self-guided activities, the day is yours to be as active or relaxed as you wish.
Sipping rich Costa Rican coffee on your private deck as you listen for howler monkeys and watch toucans flying overhead is an awesome start to your day in the rainforest! If you booked a Dawn Patrol Canopy Tour, you’ll be off to do that after coffee and before breakfast.
Coffee is ready early at the lodge, about 6am, while breakfast is served at about 7am – enjoy stretching or yoga moves on the river viewing deck. Checkout is at 9am.
You will depart about 10am to raft the spectacular lower Pacuare Gorge. The Pacuare River Gorge includes thrilling Class 3-4 whitewater, tropical wildlife and birds, and mesmerizing canyon high waterfalls. National Geographic rates the Pacuare River one of the top 10 whitewater rivers in the world. Your rafting trip on this lower section of the Pacuare River from Rios Lodge will take between 2 and 4 hours depending on the water levels. The trip takes out near the town of Siquirres. Your return shuttle to San Jose will meet you at the rafting takeout. Bathrooms with showers and changing rooms are available at the take-out. If you booked a return shuttle to somewhere else, those arrangements will be ready for you, as well.
- Honeymoon Suite Lodging for 3 Days/2 Nights.
- Lunch and private candlelight dinner on Day 1.
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Day 2.
- Breakfast and lunch on Day 3.
- Chilled bottle of champagne upon arrival.
- Rafting on the Pacuare River into the lodge on Day 1.
- Rafting on the Pacuare River out of the lodge on Day 3.
- Professionally trained and bilingual guides.
- High-quality, well-maintained rafting equipment – PFD, helmet, paddle, raft, expert guide.
- Transportation from San Jose to the Pacuare River rafting put-in.
- Transportation from the rafting takeout to San Jose.
- Access to conservation lands and hiking trails on our 2,000 acre Pacuare River Conservation Area.
- Transportation of luggage for RAFTERS
- You will get a dry bag to put your luggage into for rafting into and out of the lodge on the Pacuare River. Pack light with one soft sided bag. Your day pack, if you bring one will also fit in this dry bag.
- Transportation shuttles to other locations: La Fortuna, Puerto Viejo, Siquirres, or Turrialba. These are available separately if desired when you book your reservation.
- Guided Activities: You can add on any guided activity to your package when you book your reservation, like ziplining, horseback riding, and more.
- Gratuities for lodge staff: A 10% gratuity is already included in your package price for meals. Additional gratuities for lodge staff are always appreciated, but not required. All lodge tips are shared across all lodge staff.
- Gratuities for guides: Gratuities for your guides are always appreciated, but not required. A typical tip is 10% to 20% of the cost of your guided activity.
- Additional beverages and food are available outside of standard meal times, at a la carte costs.
- Small day pack
- Light hiking shoes or sneakers for hiking
- Light and quick drying hiking clothes
- Croakies and Sunglasses
- Ecofriendly, waterproof sunscreen
- Light rainjacket
- Insect repellent
- Water bottle
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Clothes (evenings can be a little cooler depending on time of the year)
- Medications and toiletries
- Quick drying swimsuit or shorts and top
- Closed toe shoes (sneakers or river specific shoes) or strapped water sandals (Chacos, Astrals and Tevas are the most common) for the river
- Closed toe shoes (sneakers or river specific shoes) or strapped water sandals (for example Chacos, Astrals, Tevas)
- Quick drying swimsuit or shorts and top
- Sunglasses and eyeglass strap retainer, especially for prescription glasses! (for example: Chums)
- Ecofriendly, waterproof sunscreen