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Oct 19, 2019 - Oct 26, 2019

SUP Pacific Rivers with Brittany Parker

8 Days, 7 nights, all-inclusive price: $2,475

Join professional whitewater stand up paddler and river surfer Brittany Parker on an incredible all inclusive trip in Costa Rica!

Over the course of 8 days you will paddle three different rivers, decorated by dense jungle and waterfalls. Come face to face with with endemic wildlife in their natural habitat. You will zipline through the jungle canopy and swing like monkeys over the Pacuare River. Reflect on a day of adventure while watching ocean sunsets. Relax your muscles in thermal waters heated by nearby volcanos. And not to mention indulging in delicious authentic Costa Rican food. You’ll receive plenty of tips and coaching from Brittany and our other star guide Arnaldo Cespedes. And if stand up paddling isn’t your thing hop in one of our kayaks, duckies, or rafts. 

*All Levels welcome. SUP and Paddle are not included but are available for rent for $150 for the 8 days. 

What’s Included:

  • Price is per person
  • Room is based on double occupancy
  • Airfare is not included in the price
  • Costa Rica top quality Guides throughout the duration of your trip
  • Breakfast included every day
  • Lunch included on days number: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
  • Dinner included, Days number: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
  • Full transportation, tours, and guides
  • Thermal spring’s swimming pool at Rio Perlas
  • Raft support for Pacuare River (in case you get tired and still want to experience the river without having to SUP).
  • Tarzan Swing and Zipline 
  • Paddling instruction and coaching 
  • Kayak safety and support 
  • Journals 

Itinerary:

  1. Airport Pick up- transfer to Manuel Antonio- Check in Hotel Mono Azul
  2. SUP Savegre River
  3. SUP Savegre River –
  4. Optional day- Guabo river or  Nauyaca waterfalls- afternoon transfer to Turrialba- Check in Turrialba B&B
  5. Pacuare River Part I- check in Pacuare Outdoor Center (POC or Jungle Camp)
  6. Zip line and Tarzan swing at Jungle Camp  AKA Rest Day
  7. Pacuare River Part II- transfer to Turrialba- Check in Hotel Rio Perlas
  8. Transfer to airport – Home

Costa Rica SUP Pacific River Trip with Brittany Parker

October 19, 2019 – October 26, 2019

Meet Your SUP Guides

Brittany Parker

Brittany Parker

Brittany, from Rifle, Colorado, is a professional whitewater SUP paddler and river surfer paddling for Badfish Stand Up Paddle. She’s working to grow river surfing and whitewater SUP through her co-owned instructional business RVR 2 RVR. Almost every year she has landed on the podium for multiple stand up paddling competitions. Her love of SUP and river surfing has taken her all over the world, from Japan to Zimbabwe, where she was part of a team attempting the first descent of the Zambezi on boards.

Brittany is a certified Level 4 ACA instructor, as well as a Wilderness First Responder. She’s been stand up paddling for over eight years and has built her life around the river.  She fell in love with Costa Rica last Winter and is making efforts to make it her Winter home base. It’s her passion to share her love for our country with others. 

She has also co-produced and starred in a film called ‘Can I Surf That’ where she traveled around the country in search of the “perfect” river wave. Her love of writing transcends her paddling career and has been a part of her life as far back as she can remember. She’s been published in several magazines and regularly writes poetry; all of which lives on her website www.bpsurfs.com. She believes nature and the river is life’s greatest teacher and will do everything she can to help others realize and learn the lessons the river has to teach. 

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Arnaldo Céspedes Pérez “Pelon”

Arnaldo is a native of Turrialba, Costa Rica and one of our co-founders. His favorite thing to do is teach people to learn to kayak and SUP and safely run a river. He is an incredible teacher and guide.

He is also one of the top kayakers in Costa Rica and has competed in the World Freestyle Championships in North Carolina and Costa Rica. He’s had many amazing opportunities to paddle around the world but he’s also one of the most humble people you will meet. He has so many funny stories about his experiences paddling rivers that he can keep you entertained for hours. If you have a chance to spend time with him, be sure to ask him about being chased by killer bees, getting lost in the jungle after losing his boat or having to hike out of the jungle because the water was too high to safely run.

e knows the rivers of Costa Rica as well as anyone in the country and has guided hundreds of trips along the rivers of Costa Rica. He is an incredible teacher and loves working with newer kayakers to help them gain confidence on the river. He has provided instruction and classes to hundreds of people in both Costa Rica and the United States and has taught kayak classes at area universities to promote recreational kayaking, SUP and river conservation.

Saturday - Oct 19

Transfer to Manuel Antonio

Your private driver will take you to one of the most famous tourist destinations in Costa Rica – Manuel Antonio. This beach is located in the tropical forest, with impressive landscapes, lush foliage amidst great mountains and forests that reach the beaches. This town is currently developing with an emphasis of harmony with nature.

Check In Hotel Mono Azul Hotel

Mono Azul is boutique in style, with lots of charm. It offers a humble facility to relax and get away from the hustle of the busy Manuel Antonio Park area while still being conveniently located near the park and nearby attractions. They pride themselves on making your stay relaxing and unpretentious. https://www.hotelmonoazul.com/

Sunday - Oct 20

Savegre River – Class II-III

The Savegre River is 8 1/2 miles (14 km) of  stunning sparkling clean river water that creates the perfect habitat for exotic animals and birds. 

The Class II-III rapids provide exciting rides at a comfortable level with both a gentle ride and excitement throughout the run. This is one of the main rivers paddled by commercial companies in the area because of the fun, safe and beautiful scenery. 

It sports a less crowded atmosphere and during your run you will be astounded by the canyons, a beautiful waterfall, picturesque rainforest, and amazing wildlife in a secluded setting traveling through National Parks. 

The Savegre is sure to be an enjoyable ride for all ability levels.

Monday - Oct 21

Savegre River – Class II-III

The Savegre River is 8 1/2 miles (14 km) of stunning sparkling clean river water that creates the perfect habitat for exotic animals and birds. 

The Class II-III rapids provide exciting rides at a comfortable level with both a gentle ride and excitement throughout the run. This is one of the main rivers paddled by commercial companies in the area because of the fun, safe and beautiful scenery. 

It sports a less crowded atmosphere and during your run you will be astounded by the canyons, a beautiful waterfall, picturesque rainforest, and amazing wildlife in a secluded setting traveling through National Parks. 

The Savegre is sure to be an enjoyable ride for all ability levels.

Tuesday - Oct 22

Nauyaca Waterfalls

One of the main attractions in this region of Costa Rica, the Nauyaca Waterfalls are known not only for their beauty but for their collection of other activities, such horseback riding, swimming, climbing, jumping, rainforest, and more.  The idea combination of peace, nature, excitement, and adventure!

Ride through a farm bordering two impressive waterfalls, swim in natural pools, and of course, take beautiful pictures of this tropical paradise!

Tuesday Cont. - Oct 22

Guabo River

The Guabo River is truly one of the most amazing river runs in Costa Rica. You will start in the tops of the mountains above Dominical. As you make your way down the river, the size of the river will grow as more and more tributaries begin to enter the river. As the canyon narrows and more water begins to flow there is a fantastic Class III River with one Class IV+ waterfall that most people choose to portage. As you get closer and closer to the ocean, the river flattens out and you’ll float by the small surf town of Dominical, ending in the ocean waves and taking out at the sand beach.

Tuesday Cont. - Oct 22

Afternoon Transfer to Turrialba

Enjoy the breathtaking landscapes full of natural beauty as you arrive at the Turrialba Valley. The Valley is for the most part undeveloped compared to many of the other tourist locations in Costa Rica and still has the “local, authentic” feel and is off the normal tourist routes. Expect moderate temperatures from 68-84 degrees and low humidity due to its proximity to the Caribbean side of the country.

Tuesday Cont. - Oct 22

Check in Turrialba Bed and Breakfast

Located just 50 yards from the city’s main park, this bed and breakfast is within walking distance to a variety of national and international restaurants. This is a favorite hotel for our groups.

You’ll be able to enjoy a small garden patio with a pool table and hammocks. Be sure to check out the rooftop table at the top of the spiral staircase and don’t forget to take a drink, snack or dessert from the Panaderia (Bread shop) with you to enjoy while watching the sunset and/or Turrialba Volcano smoke.

There is free WiFi at the hotel that gives you plenty of speed to video chat with family or friends back home.

Rooms are spacious containing hardwood furniture and there are several room configurations with single beds, queen and family suites with bunkbeds. Fresh breakfast is included each morning with fruit, gallo pinto (Costa Rican style rice and beans), cheese, toast, eggs cooked to order and fresh juice.

http://www.turribb.com/ | Address: Turrialba Bed and Breakfast: 50 Metros Norte de La Municipalidad de Turrialba, Cartago. Costa Rica

Wednesday - Oct 23

SUP Pacuare River Part 1 (Class III)

Get ready to paddle one of the most famous sections of river in Costa Rica! It is rated as one of the top rivers in the world, not only for it’s many class III and IV rapids, but for it’s remote jungle experience. Today you will enjoy the first section of the Lower Pacuare River. 

Today you will run 6 miles of class II-III whitewater, around 14 rapids. We will have many opportunity to play, surf, and work on skills on our way to Jungle Camp (Pacuare Outdoor Center) where we’ll be staying for the night. This is a great stretch of river to get you ready for some of the bigger rapids to come on the next day.

Wednesday Cont. - Oct 23

Check in Pacuare Outdoor Center (aka Jungle Camp)

The Pacuare Outdoor Center (POC) is nestled in the heart of the rainforest with views down the canyon and mountain ridge of the famous Pacuare River. Most of the time, people will arrive here via raft. However, it is possible to drive into this location. Our team often refers to this as the “Jungle Camp.”  Although the camp is incredibly remote with no electricity (we do recommend bringing a headlamp or flashlight) or cell service, each screen enclosed cabin does have its own flush toilet and shower with warm water and is completely surrounded by jungle and trees. There is something special about being able to completely unplug from the world in this location by kicking back in a hammock or rocking chair and relaxing with a drink in hand.

POC offers one of the most unique experiences in Costa Rica by offering a deep sense of the wilderness and gardens that are very well taken care of that perfectly blend with their surroundings. The main building provides the perfect “hang out” space and an incredible view of the river. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included and typically provided by your guides in the gourmet chef’s kitchen.

http://www.pacuareoutdoorcenter.com/

Thursday - Oct 24

Zipline and Tarzan Swing at Pacuare Outdoor Center

This course containing 5 ziplines and multiple tree platforms, makes it a thrilling, must do experience. This activity starts with a 10 minute walk from the POC Jungle Lodge through the forest.  Once there, the views are second to none. The cables travel above the Pacuare river, along the side of a steep canyon and the platforms are located high up in the trees so you can experience life in the canopy. The ride will be unforgettable.

After the ziplines, you’ll head over to the Tarzan swing!  The swing is reported by many of our guests as the highlight of their entire trip.  From a platform located over 200+ feet (61 m) above the river bank, you’ll launch yourself into a free fall out towards the river.  You will then swing 100+ feet (30m) out before returning back towards the steep hill in the jungle.  It is an adrenaline rush for those craving extreme fun and something that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

After the activities, we will return to the lodge, where our guests will typically relax with a drink and book in hand and rest in a hammock or rocking chair while looking out over the river.

Friday - Oct 25

SUP Pacuare River Part 2 (Class III-IV)

Get ready for one rapid after another, including our favorite stretch of Class III and Class IV rapids in the country. This is the day that will truly test the skills you learned on on this trip. The second day is significantly longer on the river, with 14 miles (23 km) to travel and about 30 rapids. You will enter the famous Pacuare River Gorge, which is 5 miles (8 km) of some of the best whitewater Costa Rica has to offer. 

There will be several mandatory portages so wear shoes with strong soles. If there is a rapid you feel is above your skill level, no problem, all rapids are portagable. We will also have a raft available to hop in if needed. You will also see the Huacas watefall, a 150 foot (46 m) dramatic drop into the river. When you’re almost at the end, get your camera ready to shoot one of the most beautiful places on this river: Dos Montanas Canyon. We finish in Siquirres, where you can take a shower and get changed for your next destination.

 

Friday Cont. - Oct 25

Check in Río Perlas Hotel

Set in the beautiful Orosi Valley, the Hotel Rio Perlas Spa & Resort represents the only Mountain & Spa destination in the area, You’ll be surrounded by tropical gardens and the cloud forest at the stunning property with 65 rooms. It’s a unique place for tranquility, privacy and nature. One of the swimming pools is a thermal pool, with a waterfall flowing into the pool which contains the healing waters of the nearby Irazú Volcano. The second pool is a cold-water pool with a Jacuzzi. A children’s pool is also on site. Poolside bars and snack counters add to the experience.

http://www.rio-perlas.com/en/

Saturday - Oct 26

Departure Day

We cannot believe the trip is already over! Your private transfer driver will take you to the airport. 

Thank you for spending your time with us. We hope you will travel with us again and please tell your friends and family about Amazing Vacations Costa Rica!

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