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Costa Rica: Raft, Surf & Kayak Trip-8 Days

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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 Raft & Kayak trip

Day 1 – San Jose

Hola! Welcome to Costa Rica! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm 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 – 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 – San Jose Bites and Sights Tour – Urban Adventures –
    USD33
  • San Jose – Gold Museum – USD11
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Day 2 – Rafting Pacuare River

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

Day 3 -Rafting Pacuare River/ Puerto Vieja de Talamanca

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 four rapids for 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
Tortuguero Costa Rica

Day 4 – Surfing de Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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 surfing. Learn some basic pointers to ride a wave, or if you’ve done this before, grab a board and hang ten! 

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cahuita – Beginner surf lesson or Independent surfboard rental
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 5 – Tortuguero National Park

Transfer back to Limon and travel by boat to Tortuguero National Park, one of the best places in Costa Rica for spotting wildlife (approximately 3-4 hours depending on the water level).

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Day 6 – Kayaking Tortuguero National Park

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
  • Tortuguero – National Park (Entrance Fee)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Day 7 – San Jose

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

Day 8 – San Jose

Your tour comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Please note you are required to comply with the hotel’s internal check out rules and time.

Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle, Shared vehicle, Shared boat. Raft

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights), Lodge (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Pacuare – 2hr. Pacuare River white water rafting – Class 3
  • Pacuare – 2hr. Pacuare River white water rafting – Class 3 & 4
  • Cahuita – Beginner surf lesson or Independent surfboard rental
  • Tortuguero – Canals kayak trip
  • Tortuguero – National Park (Entrance Fee)

Important notes:

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. There are no activities planned for the final day so you may depart at any time.
2. To have a private room on this trip, a single supplement is bookable; subject to availability.
3. Please be careful when booking flights to/from San Jose; make sure you fly into/out of Juan Santamaría International Airport [SJO]. Please do NOT book flights to/from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport [SJC] as this is located in California, United States.
4. Hurricane season in this region is June to November, when landslides, mudslides, flooding and disruptions to essential services can occur. Intrepid monitors any situations that arise, and may need to change itineraries or activities in response to these natural weather occurrences.

Tour code: QVXA -Intrepid

Physical rating: 3/5

Group size: Min 1, Max 12

About the Author:

Laurie Johnson is travel writer, agent, and founder of Pura Vida Vacations. She finds her inspirations from travelling of the beaten path, meeting the locals, and sharing her travel stories, reviews, and tips with her readers.

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