Become immersed in Costa Rica's natural wilds, 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.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
San Jose, Costa Rica
Finish
San Jose, Costa Rica
Country
Costa Rica
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
QVXA
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 Pacuare River. From here you'll hit the rapids of the Pacuare River by raft all the way 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
Your tour comes to an end this morning after breakfast.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Boat, Bus, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights), Lodge (1 night)

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

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Important notes

START AND END TIME:
On Day 1 there are no activities planned until the important welcome meeting at approximately 6pm. There are no activities planned for the final day.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
A Single Supplement to have your own room is available for purchase on this trip.

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