Become immersed in Costa Rica's natural wilds cycling, snorkelling, kayaking and rafting

Quench your wanderlust while sating an appetite for adventure on this active trip through one of the world's greenest countries. Paddle down the Pacuare River by raft for a night in a rainforest eco lodge. Snorkel in the company of turtles, barracuda and reef sharks in Cahuita National Park. Cycle along the Caribbean coastline to the mellow beach refuge of Puerto Viejo and paddle through the waterways of Tortuguero National Park in search of monkeys, toucans and jaguars. Costa Rica is a country where adventure-seekers thrive.


Start
San Jose, Costa Rica
Finish
San Jose, Costa Rica
Country
Costa Rica
Style
Original
Code
QVXAC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • The Pacuare River has been rated as one of the ten top best rivers around the world; not only for its rapids, but also its pristine rainforest surrounds and waterfalls

  • Cahuita National Park is home to monkeys, reptiles, toucans and macaws, while its waters contain turtles, barracudas, sea urchins and more than 125 species of fish

  • Hop into kayaks and paddle through the waterways of Tortuguero National Park in search of monkeys, sloths, caiman, jaguars, lizards, bats and a gamut of birdlife

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is an active trip - a reasonable level of fitness is required.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018

Hola! Welcome to Costa Rica! Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

With over half the country's population living within its parameters, San Jose is a bustling city with lively markets, intriguing museums and a dynamic atmosphere. A good place to start exploring is the main plaza, a fantastic place to get comfy and do some people watching. Artisan booths are common here and you never know when there'll be a spontaneous art fair. Have a look at the Gold Museum which has an amazing collection of indigenous gold art. If these cultural gems get you in the mood for a bit of shopping head to the out door market in Plaza de la Cultura or the Central Market where you can buy anything from handicrafts to seafood.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • San Jose - Cartago Bike & Train Tour - Urban Adventures - USD59
  • San Jose - The Art of Craft Beer in San Jose - Urban Adventures - USD68
  • San Jose - San Jose by Night - Urban Adventures - USD74
  • San Jose - Costa Rica Pura Vida Experience - Urban Adventures - USD63
  • San Jose - Tropical Rainforest and Chocolate Adventure - Urban Adventures - USD99
  • San Jose - San Jose Bites and Sights Tour - Urban Adventures - USD33
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
This trip can be booked as part of a longer combination trip. As such, some of your fellow travellers may continue travelling to back around to San Jose on Raft, Snorkel, Kayak & Hike in Costa Rica (QVXAC) at the end of this trip.
Transfer to Turrialba (approx 2 hours) and cycle to the Pacuare River. From here you'll hit the rapids of the Pacuare River by raft for the final leg to your rainforest lodge. The next two days involve some incredible white water rafting down the Pacuare River. This river has been rated as one of the ten top best rivers around the world; not only for its rapids, but also its pristine rainforest surrounds and waterfalls. On arrival at tonight's eco-lodge accommodation you'll have time to either chill out or take a self-guided walk along garden trails.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pacuare - 2hr. Pacuare River white water rafting - Class 3
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Hit the river again as you leave the lodge by raft for more unforgettable white water, and maybe some wildelife-spotting along the way. You'll ride the Class 3 and 4 rapids four around 2 hours, or 14 kilometres. Afterwards, travel by local bus (approximately 1.5 hours) to Puerto Viejo for a taste of Caribbean seaside: reggae bars and palm-fringed beaches.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pacuare - 2hr. Pacuare River white water rafting - Class 3 & 4
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Visit Cahuita National Park, a protected area that encompasses both rainforest and 600 acres of coral reef. One of the first national parks to have been established in Costa Rica, these days Cahuita is managed by members of its nearby local community. Monkeys, reptiles, toucans and macaws can often be spotted in the park's jungle, while its waters are home to turtles, barracudas, sea urchins and more than 125 species of fish. See which critters you can spy during a this 2.5 hour tour that goes to two different parts of the park and factors in some time for snorkelling.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cahuita - Snorkelling tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Transfer back to Limon and travel by boat to Tortuguero National Park (approximately 3-4 hours depending on the water level).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Accessible only by plane or boat, Tortuguero National Park is regarded as one of the best places in Costa Rica for spotting wildlife. With this in mind, hop into kayaks and set out on a two-hour journey through the park's canals in search of monkeys, sloths, caiman, jaguars, lizards, bats and a gamut of birdlife. Along the way, learn from a local tour leader about how the jungle's islets, lagoons, wetlands and palm forests functions as an ecosystem.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tortuguero - Canals kayak trip
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by boat to La Pavona (1.5-2 hours depending on water level) and continue by road to San Jose (approximately 3.5 hours). Perhaps head out for a final group dinner and become acquainted with the city's buzzing nigh scene.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is a free day for you to explore San Jose.

As this is a combination trip, the composition of your group and tour leader may change.

There will be a meeting this afternoon at approximately 6pm at the lobby of the hotel to meet the group and discuss the next section of this Costa Rican adventure in more detail.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Transfer to your lodge near San Gerardo do Dota (approx 2.5 hours). Huddled up against the Talamanca Mountain is San Gerardo de Dota, a haven for birdwatchers, hikers, and fishing enthusiasts.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Set off on a four day hike to the Pacific Coast. You will have the chance to pack the smaller, lighter bag you brought with only the essentials you require for the trek. Your main luggage will be transported to the next location after the trek. 

Guided mainly by the shores of the Savegre River, trek through cloud forests and lowland rainforests, looking out for Quetzals on the way (Approximately 14 kms - 6 hours trekking) to an overnight homestay in a big wooden house (multishare accomodation). This is an area few people know about so make the most of the home-cooked meals and the chance to swim in nearby waterfalls. This is the perfect chance to experience authentic Costa Rican rural life, as well be surrounded by the country's rich natural environment.

Accommodation
  • Multishare Cabin (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Savegre - Savegre crossing 4-day hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Please ensure you bring a suitable backpack for this trip. The leader will answer any questions regarding what is appropriate to pack for the trek. Some items we suggest are personal hygiene products, a swimming towel, a jumper for the evenings, hiking boots or runners as well as a pair of sandals, 2 pairs of pants, 2 or 3 shirts, insect repellent, sun block and rain jacket. 
You may also like to bring some extra snacks. Keep in mind that
your backpack should not weigh more than 6 kilograms.

On day two you will trek a total of 15km - approximately 8 hours. Today you will reach 2200m with some spectacular views. This evening you will hopefully get to try some heart of palm for dinner, a local speciality.
Accommodation
  • Multishare Cabin (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
On day three you will cover similar distance to the day before - 15kms trekking for approximately 8 hours. Today you will get to see the Savegre River from a different angle. This is the cleanest river in Costa Rica and one of the cleanest rivers in the world!
Accommodation
  • Multishare Cabin (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
On the second last day, trek 16km (approximately 8 hours) to Albergue Los Campesinos. You will be rewarded by getting the chance to swim in one of the waterfalls along the way.
Accommodation
  • Multishare Cabin (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Finish the trek in Quepos. Get ready for a day full of adventure, setting out on a canyoneering experience. Take a short hike to your first rappel, which will be down a dry rock face into a canyon, followed by a rappel down a free fall from the cable to a tranquil pond. From here, continue on to a further three rappelling opportunities before hopping in a raft to ride down the Rio Naranjo. The river drops down from the mountains and flows trough tight rocky canyons that boast world class rapids. This is a day to really get the heart pumping. Your local expert guides will keep you safe and ensure that you have a wonderful time.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Savegre - Rio Naranjo rafting
  • Savegre - Rappeling
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by boat to Drake Bay and visit the Punta Río Claro National Wild Life Refuge, located near the Corcovado National Park. For 30 years this paradise was conserved by a Costa Rican family before being handed over to the Costa Rican government. Getting to wildlife-rich reserve is part of the adventure. Spend the night at an amazing lodge in the middle of Corcovado National Park.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Drake Bay - 2 night stay at Punta Río Claro National Wildlife Refuge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Visit the amazing Corcovado National Park, the second largest in Costa Rica, on a day trip to the Sirena Ranger station. The park is one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth, with 13 different ecosystems in its boundaries – highland cloud forests, lagoons, mangrove swamps and marine habitats just a few.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Hit the road on the return journey to San Jose (approximately 5 hours), with a visit to the stunning Carara National Park on the way. The protected area is 4700 hectares including regenerating tropical rainforest-lowland and tropical dry forest.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Carara National Park - Entrance
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Ends after breakfast today.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

17 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Boat, Bus, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Cabin (multishare) (4 nights), Hotel (9 nights), Lodge (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Pacuare - 2hr. Pacuare River white water rafting - Class 3
  • Pacuare - 2hr. Pacuare River white water rafting - Class 3 & 4
  • Cahuita - Snorkelling tour
  • Tortuguero - Canals kayak trip
  • Savegre - Savegre crossing 4-day hike
  • Savegre - Rio Naranjo rafting
  • Savegre - Rappeling
  • Drake Bay - 2 night stay at Punta Río Claro National Wildlife Refuge
  • Carara National Park - Entrance

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
A Single Supplement to have your own room is available for purchase on this trip. It excludes nights 9-13 while on the trek.

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