Jaguar Spotting And River Rafting Trip To Tortuguero

9 Day Trip
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Per Day Budget $ 343
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  • Explore the canals of Tortuguero National Park in small open boats as you make your way through lakes, rives and canals on the banks of some amazing birdlife and wildlife ranging from Toucans to Spider Monkeys.
  • Take part in an amazing rafting trip in the stunning Pacuare River, which has been recognized as one of the most beautiful ‘raftable’ rivers in the world by National Geographic.
  • Indulge in other optional tours including the adventure canopy tour or a horse-ride.
  • Spend a unique day (including a Bribri-style lunch) with the indigenous Bribri Tribe in the tropical rainforest of Talamanca.

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 01 : Arrival at San Jose

    Meet and greet at Juan Santamaría International Airport and private transfer to your hotel.

     

    Accommodation: Grano de Oro, Deluxe Room

    Meals: Meals Not Included

    Day 02 : Tortuguero National Park

    After an early departure from San Jose, discover the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park as we take Highway 32 to reach the town of Guapiles, located between the central highlands and the Caribbean coast. After a stop for delicious typical breakfast, the bus ride continues through banana fields and plantations of cassava to arrive to the pier from where a two-hour boat ride through the canals will take us to the lodge.

     

    After arrival, enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch.

     

    In the afternoon, guided visit to Tortuguero picturesque town and to the Sea Turtle Information Center.

     

    Sea Turtle Conservancy has worked for the conservation of endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica since 1959. Tortuguero hosts the largest green turtle rookery in the Western Hemisphere and also important nesting populations of leatherback and hawksbill turtles. The Costa Rican legislature declared Tortuguero National Park in 1975 to protect the nesting turtles, the beach and the adjacent terrestrial habitats.

     

    Accommodation: Manatus Hotel

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Day 03 : Tortuguero National Park

    Explore the canals of Tortuguero National Park in small, open boats to allow a better visibility.

     

    Tortuguero is a network of navigable lakes, rivers and canals (both natural and man-made) that are used for transportation and are a great place for observing local wildlife. Abundant wildlife inhabits Tortuguero, including 57 species of amphibians, 111 species of reptiles, and 60 species of mammals. More than 300 species of birds live in Tortuguero. Birdwatchers commonly see keel-billed toucans, slaty tailed trogons, Montezuma oropendulas and a variety of parrots. Other species that are common along the canals include green and great blue herons, egrets, belted kingfishers, anhingas, jacanas, sun grebes and several species of hawks and kites. Other animals commonly seen are fishing bats, three-toed sloths, iguanas, basilisk lizards, poison dart frogs, and howler, white-faced and spider monkeys. The tracks of river otters, collared peccaries, and Baird's tapirs are often seen on the banks of rivers and canals. Caiman are commonly observed in the waterways, which also are home to gar-fish, manatees, crocodiles, crustaceans, and an occasional bullshark. Jaguars, ocelots, and kinkajous inhabit the park, but are rarely seen.

     

    Optional night tour available from July to September to observe the turtle nesting. (not included in the package)

     

    Accommodation: Manatus Hotel

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Day 04 : Pacuare River

    After breakfast, shared boat transfer back to the pier, where the trip will continue by bus to your next destination.

     

    The Pacuare River has its source in the Talamanca Range and flows approximately 108 km to the Caribbean. It is a popular location for white water rafting, whitewater kayaking and river baording. The rainforests that surround the river are home to exotic animal species such as jaguars, monkeys, ocelots, and a very large number of birds. The Pacuare River has been recognized as one of the top five most beautiful raftable rivers of the world by National Geographic Magazine.

     

    At arrival to the restaurant, private ground transfer to Pacuare Lodge through impressive scenery and a very challenging dirt road. To arrive to the lodge, guests have to cross the river on a hanging gondola.

     

    After lunch, you can take an optional tour (not included in package price) or simply relax and enjoy this enchanting place.

     

    In the evening, dine on gourmet delicacies by candlelight and then visit the upstairs lounge for a drink before leaving to a restful night’s sleep.

     

    Accommodation: Pacuare Lodge, River Suite

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Day 05 : Pacuare River

    Wake up to bird songs and the soothing sounds of the river nearby. Then head over to the main lodge for a delicious breakfast.

     

    Enjoy the area at your leisure. The noises of the hustle and bustle of city life will soon be a distant memory, replaced with the soothing sounds of the tropical rainforest that surrounds you.

     

    You can also choose from some exciting optional tours (not included in package price) such as guided hikes through the emerald rainforest, the Cabecar Indian hike, the Adventure Canopy Tour, a horseback ride to Bajo del Tigre village or a therapeutic massage.

     

    Accommodation: Pacuare Lodge, River Suite

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Day 06 : Pacuare River to Cocles Beach, Caribbean Coast

    Breakfast in the lodge before departure by raft for a very fun-filled day of white water rafting. Approximately 3 to 3½ hours over class III-IV rapids paddling down the Pacuare Gorge, observing beautiful waterfalls, relaxing in serene pools and experiencing pounding rapids.

     

    A delicious picnic lunch is included along the river. At the river take-out, you will have the time to change before taking the private transfer to Puerto Viejo.

     

    Accommodation: Le Caméléon Boutique Hotel, Deluxe Room

    Meals: Breakfast And Lunch

    Day 07 & 08 : Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

    Enjoy the area and the facilities of the hotel at your leisure.

     

    During your stay in Puerto Viejo, a day with the Bribri community is included. This visit will take us to the indigenous territory of the Bribri located in the tropical rainforest of Talamanca.

     

    Yorkín is a small village located in the Talamanca Bribri indigenous territory, accessible by dugout canoe on the spectacular Yorkin River. This is one of the best places in Costa Rica to meet an indigenous community, to visit waterfalls and organic plantations, and to explore the tropical rainforest and rivers. You will learn about the Bribri culture while discovering a natural paradise.

     

    The adventure begins at Bambu, a small town along the Yorkin River, the natural border between Costa Rica and Panama. The local guide will be waiting to take you to a breathtaking one- hour river ride, into the Talamanca Mountains. The vegetation is luxurious in this remote area. Upon arrival at Yorkín, your guide will show you the village on the way to Stibrawpa, where you will enjoy a delicious snack before visiting the Skui River and the suspension bridge. After a Bribri-style lunch, one of the members will talk about the community. For desert, enjoy chocolate dipped organic bananas while learning about chocolate culture.

     

    Accommodation: Le Caméléon Boutique Hotel, Deluxe Room

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 09 : Departure from San Jose

    Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to Juan Santamaría Internacional Airport

    Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to flight departure.

     

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Duration
    9 days
    Difficulty
    Easy
    Primary Activities
    Wildlife
    No. of travellers
    Min. 2
    Other Activities
    River Rafting, Village Stay
    Children Allowed
    Yes
  • Comfort
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  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Dec to Apr $ 3,202 $ 356 per day
    High Season Jul to Aug $ 3,202 $ 356 per day
    Low Season May to Jun $ 2,966 $ 330 per day
    Low Season Sep to Nov $ 3,034 $ 337 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • Our representative to meet you at the airport
  • Private transfers as specified
  • 1 night in San José
  • 2 nights in Tortuguero
  • 2 nights in Pacuare River area
  • 3 nights in the Caribbean coast
  • Daily breakfast
  • Full board at Tortuguero and Pacuare river area (alcoholic beverages are not included)
  • Guided visit to Tortuguero National Park
  • Rafting on Pacuare river, class II and III
  • One day visit to the Bribri Community – Mishka Yorkín
  • All hotel taxes
Cost Excludes
  • Meals not specified
  • Costa Rica departure tax
  • Tips for guides
  • Optional tours
  • Alcoholic beverages, sodas or bottled water
Day 01 : Arrival at San Jose

Meet and greet at Juan Santamaría International Airport and private transfer to your hotel.

 

Accommodation: Grano de Oro, Deluxe Room

Meals not included

Day 02 : Tortuguero National Park

After an early departure from San Jose, discover the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park as we take Highway 32 to reach the town of Guapiles, located between the central highlands and the Caribbean coast. After a stop for delicious typical breakfast, the bus ride continues through banana fields and plantations of cassava to arrive to the pier from where a two-hour boat ride through the canals will take us to the lodge.

 

After arrival, enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch.

 

In the afternoon, guided visit to Tortuguero picturesque town and to the Sea Turtle Information Center.

 

Sea Turtle Conservancy has worked for the conservation of endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica since 1959. Tortuguero hosts the largest green turtle rookery in the Western Hemisphere and also important nesting populations of leatherback and hawksbill turtles. The Costa Rican legislature declared Tortuguero National Park in 1975 to protect the nesting turtles, the beach and the adjacent terrestrial habitats.

 

Accommodation: Manatus Hotel

All meals included

Day 03 : Tortuguero National Park

Explore the canals of Tortuguero National Park in small, open boats to allow a better visibility.

 

Tortuguero is a network of navigable lakes, rivers and canals (both natural and man-made) that are used for transportation and are a great place for observing local wildlife. Abundant wildlife inhabits Tortuguero, including 57 species of amphibians, 111 species of reptiles, and 60 species of mammals. More than 300 species of birds live in Tortuguero. Birdwatchers commonly see keel-billed toucans, slaty tailed trogons, Montezuma oropendulas and a variety of parrots. Other species that are common along the canals include green and great blue herons, egrets, belted kingfishers, anhingas, jacanas, sun grebes and several species of hawks and kites. Other animals commonly seen are fishing bats, three-toed sloths, iguanas, basilisk lizards, poison dart frogs, and howler, white-faced and spider monkeys. The tracks of river otters, collared peccaries, and Baird's tapirs are often seen on the banks of rivers and canals. Caiman are commonly observed in the waterways, which also are home to gar-fish, manatees, crocodiles, crustaceans, and an occasional bullshark. Jaguars, ocelots, and kinkajous inhabit the park, but are rarely seen.

 

Optional night tour available from July to September to observe the turtle nesting. (not included in the package)

 

Accommodation: Manatus Hotel

All meals included

Day 04 : Pacuare River

After breakfast, shared boat transfer back to the pier, where the trip will continue by bus to your next destination.

 

The Pacuare River has its source in the Talamanca Range and flows approximately 108 km to the Caribbean. It is a popular location for white water rafting, whitewater kayaking and river baording. The rainforests that surround the river are home to exotic animal species such as jaguars, monkeys, ocelots, and a very large number of birds. The Pacuare River has been recognized as one of the top five most beautiful raftable rivers of the world by National Geographic Magazine.

 

At arrival to the restaurant, private ground transfer to Pacuare Lodge through impressive scenery and a very challenging dirt road. To arrive to the lodge, guests have to cross the river on a hanging gondola.

 

After lunch, you can take an optional tour (not included in package price) or simply relax and enjoy this enchanting place.

 

In the evening, dine on gourmet delicacies by candlelight and then visit the upstairs lounge for a drink before leaving to a restful night’s sleep.

 

Accommodation: Pacuare Lodge, River Suite

All meals included

Day 05 : Pacuare River

Wake up to bird songs and the soothing sounds of the river nearby. Then head over to the main lodge for a delicious breakfast.

 

Enjoy the area at your leisure. The noises of the hustle and bustle of city life will soon be a distant memory, replaced with the soothing sounds of the tropical rainforest that surrounds you.

 

You can also choose from some exciting optional tours (not included in package price) such as guided hikes through the emerald rainforest, the Cabecar Indian hike, the Adventure Canopy Tour, a horseback ride to Bajo del Tigre village or a therapeutic massage.

 

Accommodation: Pacuare Lodge, River Suite

All meals included

Day 06 : Pacuare River to Cocles Beach, Caribbean Coast

Breakfast in the lodge before departure by raft for a very fun-filled day of white water rafting. Approximately 3 to 3½ hours over class III-IV rapids paddling down the Pacuare Gorge, observing beautiful waterfalls, relaxing in serene pools and experiencing pounding rapids.

 

A delicious picnic lunch is included along the river. At the river take-out, you will have the time to change before taking the private transfer to Puerto Viejo.

 

Accommodation: Le Caméléon Boutique Hotel, Deluxe Room

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 07 & 08 : Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Enjoy the area and the facilities of the hotel at your leisure.

 

During your stay in Puerto Viejo, a day with the Bribri community is included. This visit will take us to the indigenous territory of the Bribri located in the tropical rainforest of Talamanca.

 

Yorkín is a small village located in the Talamanca Bribri indigenous territory, accessible by dugout canoe on the spectacular Yorkin River. This is one of the best places in Costa Rica to meet an indigenous community, to visit waterfalls and organic plantations, and to explore the tropical rainforest and rivers. You will learn about the Bribri culture while discovering a natural paradise.

 

The adventure begins at Bambu, a small town along the Yorkin River, the natural border between Costa Rica and Panama. The local guide will be waiting to take you to a breathtaking one- hour river ride, into the Talamanca Mountains. The vegetation is luxurious in this remote area. Upon arrival at Yorkín, your guide will show you the village on the way to Stibrawpa, where you will enjoy a delicious snack before visiting the Skui River and the suspension bridge. After a Bribri-style lunch, one of the members will talk about the community. For desert, enjoy chocolate dipped organic bananas while learning about chocolate culture.

 

Accommodation: Le Caméléon Boutique Hotel, Deluxe Room

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 09 : Departure from San Jose

Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to Juan Santamaría Internacional Airport

Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to flight departure.

 

Meals included: Breakfast

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Dec to Apr $ 3,202 $ 356 per day
High Season Jul to Aug $ 3,202 $ 356 per day
Low Season May to Jun$ 2,966 $ 330 per day
Low Season Sep to Nov$ 3,034 $ 337 per day
Cost Includes
  • Our representative to meet you at the airport
  • Private transfers as specified
  • 1 night in San José
  • 2 nights in Tortuguero
  • 2 nights in Pacuare River area
  • 3 nights in the Caribbean coast
  • Daily breakfast
  • Full board at Tortuguero and Pacuare river area (alcoholic beverages are not included)
  • Guided visit to Tortuguero National Park
  • Rafting on Pacuare river, class II and III
  • One day visit to the Bribri Community – Mishka Yorkín
  • All hotel taxes
Cost Excludes
  • Meals not specified
  • Costa Rica departure tax
  • Tips for guides
  • Optional tours
  • Alcoholic beverages, sodas or bottled water
Climate

Costa Rica’s climate is marked by two distinct seasons: dry season (Dec.-April) and the wet season (May-Nov.). The average daily temperatures range between 70 and 80 degrees.

 

It is home to vast array of plants and trees, every species highly adapted to the ecosystems within which they reside. The foliage is accented by brightly colored flowers and lush green trees.

 

Costa Rica boasts a profusion of zoological riches, and rightfully so. The National Institute of Biodiversity, in an attempt to identify every plant, animal and insect species, has approximated that within the borders of this small isthmus at least one million species exist.

Visas, Travel Documents and Special Permits

Please note that you are responsible for checking your destination country's visa requirements and then getting the visa accordingly.

 

Further, most countries require travellers to have a passport that is valid from at least 6 months from the day of entry into the country, so please confirm that you satisfy your destination country or countries passport, visa and medical (if any) requirements well in advance of your trip.

Physical Fitness/Skills

There is no specific fitness level or skill that needs to be learned to take this tour, however, you should be active and moderately fit, especially for the rafting tour.

Immunizations / Medical Requirements

  • Please carry all personal medication
  • Check with your phyisician before departing for this trip

Meals provided

Other useful tips

  • Maximum luggage permitted for Tortuguero and Pacuare stays - weight: 25 lbs/12 kg.; size: 55 cm/22 in.; height: 40 cm/16 in. Luggage will be rafted inside dry bags used to transport all food and supplies in and out the lodge.
  • We recommend using dark color clothes when taking the night tour during nesting season.
  • ** Note: Prices may vary drastically over Christmas, New Years and Easter.

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