Costa Rica Tortuguero Adventure

  • 9 Days
  • 18 People Max

    14 people max

  • Activity Level 2
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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  • Trip Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Trip End: San Jose, Costa Rica
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Discover untamed landscapes filled to the brim with unique wildlife on our Costa Rica Tortuguero Adventure.

There's no better way to turn off your busy life and take a deep dive into the peaceful culture and pristine landscapes of Costa Rica than on our 9-day Costa Rica Tortuguero Adventure. Starting in San José, you'll embrace the Pura Vida (pure life) over the next nine days as you hike, bike, and kayak through the Tortuguero National Park and the Cahuita National Park. Listen to bird melodies as you float down the Pacuare River, rappel down thunder waterfalls, take a snorkeling tour amongst colorful corals and bike to tucked-away beaches of the Caribbean. By evening, relax with a cold drink in hand at premium eco-lodges. Each day brings new discoveries and a deeper love for the Pura Vida culture on our Costa Rica Tortuguero Adventure.

   This trip is operated by Active Adventures.

Costa Rica Tortuguero Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: San Jose, Costa Rica Trip End: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Day 1Arrive in San José, welcome!

  • Day 2Explore Tortuguero National Park

  • Day 3Cruise Tortuguero and visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy Center

  • Day 4Paddle the world-class rapids of the Pacuare River

  • Day 5Zipline the treetops, hike to a nearby waterfall

  • Day 6White water rafting, and transfer to Puerto Viejo

  • Day 7Explore Cahuita National Park

  • Day 8Cycle Puerto Viejo, explore the town

  • Day 9Back to San José, depart for home

  • Day 1

    Arrive in San José, welcome!

    Arrive at the José International Airport and transfer to your hotel for the evening. Once you arrive, you are free to explore San José and enjoy a delectable local meal on your own.

    Bougainvillea Hotel, San José

  • Day 2

    Explore Tortuguero National Park

    After breakfast and a brief trip orientation with your guide, we’ll make our way to Tortuguero. After a private transfer through the Costa Rican countryside to San José to La Pavona Dock (3h) we will continue by boat to Tortuguero and our accommodations for the next two nights. After lunch at the lodge, kayak the canals of Tortuguero National Park to a soundtrack of exotic birdsong, watching for manatees, caimans, crocodiles, and turtles. Return to the lodge where a buffet dinner will be waiting in the lodge’s restaurant.

    Evergreen Lodge, Tortuguero (All meals)


    Tortuguero Kayaking Distance:
    Easy, varying lengths

  • Day 3

    Cruise Tortuguero and visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy Center

    Opt to start the day bright and early with a birding walk. If you’re more inclined to sleep in, meet your travelling companions for breakfast at the lodge. Today is all about Tortuguero National Park, beginning with a private boat tour. Visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy Center, home to the largest green turtle rookery in the western hemisphere. Break for lunch at Miss Junnie’s restaurant and take in the authentic Caribbean atmosphere and entrées while watching a variety of birds in the adjacent gardens. Wander the streets of the village, taking in the brightly painted buildings and grab a cup of freshly made juice while checking out the shops. The rest of the day will be taken up by a boat tour through the canals of Tortuguero National park before returning to our lodgings for another delectable dinner.

    Evergreen Lodge, Tortuguero (All meals)

  • Day 4

    Paddle the world-class rapids of the Pacuare River

    Enjoy a quick breakfast at the Lodge before beginning our boat and then road transfer to Rios Tropicales. Our afternoon will be spent paddling the exhilarating class III-IV rapids of the Pacuare River, ranked one of the Top 10 Rivers to Raft in the World by National Geographic. Check into the Rios Tropicales Lodge, our accommodation for the next two nights, and meet for dinner in the restaurant.

    Rio Tropicales Lodge (All meals)


    Pacuare River Rafting:
    Moderate, Class III & IV rapids

  • Day 5

    Zipline the treetops, hike to a nearby waterfall

    Today boasts another beautiful morning of bird watching while sipping a cup of coffee. The pace quickly picks up from there, as our day is filled with sailing through the treetops on an adrenaline-inducing canyoning and zip line adventure. We’ll break for lunch at the Rios Tropicales Lodge before beginning our afternoon hike to a nearby waterfall. After our adventure-filled day, return to Rio Tropicales for a relaxing dinner.

    Rio Tropicales Lodge (All meals)


    Canyoning and Zip Line Adventure:
    Easy, varying lengths

    Hiking and rappelling down waterfalls: Moderate

  • Day 6

    White water rafting, and transfer to Puerto Viejo

    Today takes us on another invigorating white water rafting excursion, the best way to experience Costa Rica. Wind down from an exciting morning on our transfer to the Caribbean coast. Check in to our accommodations for the evening and then enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

    Cariblue Beach & Jungle Resort, Puerto Viejo (All meals)


    Pacuare River Rafting:
    Class III & IV rapids, moderate

  • Day 7

    Explore Cahuita National Park

    Explore Cahuita National Park and all it has to offer. Marvel at the colourful corals, sea fans, and countless species of tropical reef fish on a snorkelling tour and hike through Cahuita National Park. After lunch in town, kick back and relax at the resort before enjoying a local cooking class and dinner tonight.

    Cariblue Beach & Jungle Resort, Puerto Viejo (All meals)


    Snorkeling and Hiking in Cahuita National Park:
    Varying lengths, easy

  • Day 8

    Cycle Puerto Viejo, explore the town

    Today is all about enjoying the town of Puerto Viejo and squeezing in one last day of relaxation in paradise. A morning bike ride brings us to a scenic beach and afterwards we’ll enjoy lunch in town. This afternoon, spend time relaxing at the resort pool or take advantage of the walkable beach access from the hotel. Tonight, we get together for a farewell dinner and toast to a wonderful trip: Pura Vida!

    Cariblue Beach & Jungle Resort, Puerto Viejo (All meals)


    Puerto Viejo Scenic Biking Ride Distance:
    Optional distances, easy

  • Day 9

    Back to San José, depart for home

    Depart Puerto Viejo and drive to Limon (1 hour) for your forty-minute charter flight back to San José. You will be dropped off at the San José Airport at least 3 hours prior to your international flight.

    Breakfast

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Where does the trip start?

On the first day of the trip we’ll meet you at the San José at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport and transfer you to the Hotel Bougainvillea.

After passing through Immigration, you will be greeted by a member of the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR). You will be given a sticker that helps our Costa Rica Sun Tours representative identify you once you exit the airport building.
Take the right-hand side exit door and proceed to customs. When you leave the building after clearing customs, look for a Costa Rica Sun Tours representative who will be holding a sign with the Austin Adventures logo and your name on it.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends after breakfast, with a drop-off at the Juan Santamaria International Airport in time for flights below.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving at Juan Santamaria Airport the night before the trip starts, or no later than 3pm on the first day of the trip. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, you can depart anytime after breakfast from Juan Santamaria Airport. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

What accommodations do we stay at on this trip?

The unique and comfortable  Bougainvillea Hotel is set among 10 acres of lush gardens where guests can truly experience the world famous beauty of Costa Rica. Original pieces of Costa Rican art complement the stunning landscaped tropical gardens dominated by tall trees, plentiful flowers, ponds, and mountain views.

Evergreen Lodge is located in the northeastern corner of Tortuguero, 5 minutes by boat from the main
entrance to Tortuguero National Park, and accessible only by air and water. Evergreen Lodge is the ideal location from which to explore this unique and magical area, surrounded by towering trees and exuberant vegetation and are adorned with tropical designs.

At Tropical Rivers Lodge you can relax, explore and enjoy all that Costa Rica offers on our 2,000-acre private reserve at the mouth of the Pacuare Gorge. We have more than 40 miles of hiking trails and numerous waterfalls, streams and pools. Our open-air dining pavilion and lounge let you watch the local wildlife and listen to the sounds only found in a tropical paradise.

Cariblue Beach & Jungle Resort faces the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea in the southern part of Costa Rica and reaches out
over five acres of earth inside of a pristine forest. With modern resort rooms are inspired by the surrounding nature; technological comforts harmonize with local wood and stone furniture reflecting on the wonders of the land.

Why Travel With Us

benefit group size

Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience with the perspective of an insider.

benefit guides

Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, are experts in motivation, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

benefit inclusive

You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. Every detail is handled; all you need to do is show up!

benefit safety

Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted vendors and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides and our seasoned operations team at headquarters.

benefit family

Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries and sustained relationships for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

benefit wow

"Wow Moments” take your trip from enjoyable to extraordinary

For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience. If we’ve done our job, they’ll have you saying “wow!”

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