Day 1 : Arrival
Upon arrival a representative from Costa Rican Trails will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the Hotel Country Inn located outside San Jose
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson San Jose
Day 2 : San Jose –Tortuguero (B-L-D)
Early morning pick up for the drive through the Braulio Carrillo National Park to the canals lining the Atlantic Coast, where the two-hour boat trip to Tortuguero starts. A typical breakfast is served along the way. Tortuguero National Park, with its 21,000 hectares of preserved tropical rain forest, provides one of the best opportunities to experience a wide range of tropical wildlife. Arrive at the lodge for lunch. Afterwards take a hiking trip around the hotel property. It is amazing how so nearby your room you can find different kinds of monkeys, sloths, iguanas, poison arrow frogs and many birds and insects including the blue butterfly (Morpho peleides). In the evening, after a delicious meal, you will relax along the canals edge with a cocktail and enjoy the night sounds of the jungle
Day 3 : Tortuguero Canals (B-L-D)
After breakfast, guests will enjoy a guided boat tour along the canals of Tortuguero national park. Entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park included. Visit the canals within the National park to discover a large variety of birds and receive detailed information on the flora and fauna of the area. Return to the lodge for lunch. The lodge will then schedule a tour to the village in the afternoon. This tour will provide detailed information on its history, culture and work in favor of conservation of the sea turtles and the flora and fauna in general.
The entrance fee to the Caribbean Conservation office (CCC) is not included (USD 2 per person have to be paid directly to the CCC)
Day 4 : Pacuare River (B-L-D)
Enjoy a scenic boat ride back to the port and transfer to Pacuare rafting adventure, with an overnight stay on our unique, sustainably built Rainforest Lodge, nestled on the mountainside overlooking the river. You will arrive at our Rios Tropicales Operations Center with time to change into clothing for rafting, and shop for any last minute needs in our handy outfitter’s store. You’ll then depart for our private rafting put-in on the Pacuare River in San Martin. There your professional guides will load your gear into dry bags, prepare all the rafting equipment, give you complete safety and paddle instruction. The first days Class III rapids welcome you to the Pacuare gorges charm as you raft deep in the heart of primary rainforest. While your guides prepare a hearty picnic lunch on the riverbank, you will enjoy a walk through the jungle to an enchanting waterfall and pool to swim.
Before you know it, you will arrive at our unique Rios Tropicales Lodge where you can spend the afternoon relaxing, hiking or soaking in our waterfall and pools. Nestled in the jungle on our 1,500-acre private reserve, the lodge offers you all the comforts you need in Cabecar Indian style bungalows. Private single and double rooms are spacious and completely provided with fresh linens and comfortable pillows and beds. Don’t worry about bathrooms - our lodge enjoys modern, clean bathrooms and hot water showers, thanks to our self-sufficient mini-hydro-plant that generates all our electricity. We built our lodge as a sustainable eco-lodge including the building materials, waste management system, recycling practices, and the clean, renewable energy that powers the entire facility. You’ll get the chance to settle into your rooms, than come on down to our open air dining area, where our guides prepare fresh appetizers and our guest-acclaimed “famous jungle punch. As the sun dips behind the hills and the twilight fades, you will be treated to a delicious freshly prepared dinner with candlelight and wine. Ahh, this is adventure vacationing at it’s best!
Lapa Rios Eco Lodge
Day 5 : Class IV Rafting on Lower Pacuare- Puerto Viejo (B-L)
After yet another serving of Costa Ricas tastiest coffee and a hearty breakfast, we will pack up and load the rafts in preparation for paddling down the Pacuare gorge past gushing waterfalls, serene pools and pounding rapids. A snack stop by the riverside lets you explore more waterfalls and natural waterslides. An adrenaline-packed afternoon running rapids like Upper and Lower Huacas, Cimarron, Dos Montanas and many more, will have you cheering ecstatically. We will have transportation waiting for us at the take-out in the town of Siquirres, where we will whisk you away to our Operations Center just a few miles up the road. We will have a hearty hot lunch waiting on us upon arrival. Showers, changing rooms, cold and hot drinks, snacks, a bar, and souvenirs are all available.
At end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Puerto Viejo. Puerto Viejo offers a broad variety of hotels, lodges, and cabins, most of them featuring simple bungalows with Caribbean architecture, set in landscaped gardens in front or close to the beach. You will also find a diversity of restaurants offering great Caribbean style food, freshly caught seafood, superb international cuisine, delicious natural juice drinks and energetic breakfasts. Women in town make coconut bread, biscuits and other traditional goodies of Limon
Cariblue Caribbean Resort
Day 6 : Biking Tour Through a Caribbean Village (B)
We will depart from Almonds & Corals Lodge, heading towards Manzanillo, a typical fishermen Caribbean Village located about 2 miles away from this lodge. Beautiful golden and white sandy beaches will appear along the gravel road, as well as cozy little houses of Caribbean style. Thanks to the conservation efforts of the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge you can find a great variety of wildlife along the road, such as birds, toucans, sloths, monkeys and coatis, as there are 380 different species of birds only at this Refuge. Half way on the road the group will stop at a local bar to sample a refreshing cold Costa Rican beer or soda.
We will keep on pedaling and we’ll go through this authentic Caribbean Village. Once we arrive to Manzanillo, we will walk on the beach and will get into the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Once we are back in Almonds & Corals Lodge, a delicious tropical fruit platter will quench our thirst while chatting about this marvelous journey
Cariblue Caribbean Resort
Day 7 : Puerto Viejo - San Jose (B)
Afternoon return to San Jose on your shuttle transfer. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure to explore the area of San Antonio de Belen where the hotel is situated
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson San Jose
Day 8 : Departure (B)
Private transfer to the international airport will be provided for your flight back home
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