CO-ED WEEK OF RIVERS WITH ANDREW HOLCOMBE AND ANNA LEVESQUE
It’s been 4 years since we’ve guided a paddling trip together and we’re so excited to invite you to ring in the New Year with us on the amazing rivers of Costa Rica! Join us for an unforgettable week of paddling, yoga, lush scenery and adventure! Check out the details below.
Day 1 – Arriving in Paradise
Our local Costa Rican guides will greet you at the Juan Santamaria International airport in San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO), upon your arrival. After leaving the airport, we begin the journey to our base in Turrialba, about a two hour drive through orchards, small towns and beautiful coffee fields.
Upon arrival in Turrialba you will settle into Villa Florencia – your home away from home. This beautiful hotel is nestled among sugar cane fields with views of the surrounding mountains. This evening you will enjoy a delicious and authentic Costa Rican meal prepared by the in-house chef at Villa Florencia. The remainder of the evening is spent getting to know everyone, setting goals for the week and relaxing.
Day 2 – Yoga, Outfitting, Paddle and Latin Dance Class!
Yoga class with Anna starts off our day so that we are awake, stretched and balanced for paddling! After breakfast, it’s time to meet the kayak you’ll be paddling all week! (You can choose a boat preference from our boat list). We start out on the Rio Pejibaye, a fun jungle river with clear water and spectacular scenery. Warm up your paddling skills under Andrew and Anna’s guidance – play and creek your way down! This river is an excellent introduction to Costa Rican whitewater and there are a few difference sections we can run depending on levels (both river and paddler skill). After a delicious dinner we are treated to an awesome Latin dance class lead by our favorite local dance instructor, Elberth, who will teach you how to shake your booty!
Day 3 – Yoga, Sarapiqui, Bird Watching
Morning yoga with Anna moves, balances and aligns our bodies and minds to start the day off right. We hit the road after breakfast and travel to the Sarapiquí River, located on the north side of the Caribbean slope. The Sarapiquí is often referred to as the “Jewel of Costa Rica” with clear water, deep pools and excellent whitewater. There are three distinct sections on this river – San Miguel (Class III-IV), La Virgen (Class III) and Superman (Class II-III). Today we’ll start with La Virgen (we also have the ability to split the group so one group can run Superman – depending on skill and comfort). Tonight we will lodge in the town of Puerto Viejo Sarapiquí, close to the river, enjoying a jungle setting perfect for bird watching, sightings of tree frogs and caimans in the ponds.
Day 4 -Yoga, Sarapiqui and Cafe con Leche a la Leña
Anna’s morning yoga amidst the beautiful flowers and humming birds on the grounds of the hotel eases us into our second day on the Sarapiqui. Today we’ll put in upstream at La Virgen and/or San Miguel section (depending on skill level). Andrew and Anna guide you through fun and challenging rapids and point out the scenery that sometimes includes monkey, iguana, toucan and macaw sightings! After the river we’ll enjoy lunch at our favorite local restaurant right on the river. We then head back to Turrialba with a stop at a local coffee stop that serves up cafe con leche heated over a wood fire. Once we get back to Villa Florencia we’ll enjoy dinner and relax.
Day 5 – Yoga, Upper Upper Pacuare and Chocolate
Treat your body to a good stretch with Anna to rejuvenate your paddling muscles. After breakfast we’ll travel to the remote and absolutely beautiful mountains of the Pacuare headwaters. This rarely paddled section of river starts with Class II and III rapids and progresses in difficulty as we continue downstream where we’ll encounter a few Class IV challenges. This section provides quality whitewater with amazing scenery (I think we say that everyday!). If some paddlers don’t feel up to the more difficult rapids they can stay on the top roadside section and do multiple runs. After dinner our friend Alan, an organic cacao farmer, treats us to a taste of his delicious homemade chocolate!
Day 6 – Yoga, Lower Pacuare to Jungle Camp and ringing in the New Year!!
This 24 kilometer (17 miles) class III/IV section is your paddling gem today. This is the most popular run on
the Pacuare, often said to be one of the top five river sections in the world. We will put-in a bit higher than other groups and enjoy an additional 4 kilometers of whitewater as we paddle to our riverside Jungle Lodge. The rapids on this day are fun class II and III. To spend a night along the shores of the Pacuare river is an experience every person should enjoy at least once in their lives, and we get to ring in the New Year at this special place! We’ll light the camp with candles and prepare delicious tropical cuisine and enjoy some bubbly to celebrate and set intentions for 2016. The camp is complete with flush toilets, outdoor showers, raised platform tents with comfy matresses and fully landscaped grounds.
Day 7 – Lower Pacuare Adventure
This is Anna’s favorite spot to teach yoga! Out on the grass with the earth beneath you and background sounds of the river flowing and tropical birds signing. Following yoga we eat a delicious breakfast and enjoy the last of jungle camp. This section of the Pacuare winds through the beautiful and exciting Huacas Canyon with several Class III-IV rapids. After the canyon it mellows out and then picks back up before a nice Class II-III paddle out to the Caribbean flatland town of Siquirres where we take out. Paddlers who are not feeling up to the harder rapids will experience all these thrilling class III and IV rapids in a guided raft or shredder. We then return to Turrialba to enjoy our last dinner together and last night in Costa Rica.
Day 8 – Goodbyes
This morning we enjoy breakfast together before shuttles start making the drive back to the San Jose airport. Your year is off to a great start!
Dates: December 26, 2015 – January 2, 2016
Price: $2099.00 per person
Skill Level Required: To kayak all of the rivers in the itinerary a 70% combat roll success rate and experience in Class III-IV is required. If you’re not up to that skill level you can paddle the first three days and then paddle in an inflatable kayak, shredder or raft for the remaining three days while still enjoying the rivers, scenery, yoga, company and food!
$300 – If you are traveling alone we will arrange shared accommodations with an appropriate roommate. If you prefer single accommodations during the 7 nights, you have the option of paying the single supplement fee to guarantee a single room during the week.
What is included in the value of this trip?
Andrew, Anna and Costa Rica Rios are committed to providing you the best trip possible. This includes providing all of the shuttle, paddling, yoga, dancing, accommodation and meal logistics so you don’t have to think about anything except how much fun you’re having on and off the river! You have the opportunity to learn from and paddle with two world class paddlers who, between them, have 48 years of paddling experience, 2 world freestyle championship podium medals, 2 Green Race titles and many years of instruction and trip leading experience around the world. We are ready to exceed your expectations!
- Andrew and Anna as main leaders + highly experienced Costa Rica Rios guides.
- A fleet of quality kayaks including newer models such as Dagger Mambas, LL Remixes, Wavesport Diesels, Pyranha Burns, Jackson Funs and Heroes.
- Daily yoga classes with Anna 500 hr RYT
- All accommodations
- All meals starting dinner Day 1 until breakfast Day 8
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Private ground transportation
- Entrance fees and permits
What is not included?
International airfare to San Jose – Costa Rica, yoga mats, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance, optional guide gratuities, airport departure tax ($26 USD payable in cash or credit), and items of personal needs (snacks, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
Cancellation Policy: A minimum of a 50% deposit is required to book your spot. The balance is due 60 days before the trip start. If you cancel within 30 days of the trip your payment is non-refundable. At that time credit for a future or different program may be offered.