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Tortuguero Tour & Pacuare River Rafting 5 Days

Explore Tortuguero National Park and its canals by boat and raft the Pacuare River, one of Costa Rica’s most famous and beautiful rivers. Mawamba Lodge in Tortuguero and our award-winning riverside ecolodge teamed up for this incredible five-day trip to two of our country’s most iconic locations.

Tortuguero National Park and its canals are one of the richest biodiverse areas in Costa Rica. From the Mawamba Lodge, you’ll boat deep into the national park, where you’ll be surrounded by wildlife on all sides! Monkeys, many kinds of birds, turtles, emerald basilisks, river otters, caimans, and more await you. Optional tours include night tours to nearby sea turtle nesting beaches and rainforest hikes.

After two days in Tortuguero, you’ll head to the primary rainforest in the Pacuare river valley. The Pacuare is one of the top 10 whitewater rivers in the world, renowned for its magnificent beauty and world-class whitewater. Our unique, National Geographic award-winning ecolodge rests right next to the river in the rainforest. Deluxe, comfortable rooms with private bathrooms and hot water showers are the perfect setting for incredible nights sleeping to the sounds of nature. You can enjoy activities like guided rainforest hikes, bird watching, self-guided walks to waterfall pools to swim, and relaxing in a hammock. Meals are served in the open-air pavilion, where you can listen to nature’s soundtrack of the jungle and river.

This afternoon you will paddle easy Class 2 and 3 rapids before arriving at the ecolodge. The following day is for exploring the rainforest around the 2,470-acre private reserve. On the last morning, you will raft out through the famous Pacuare Gorge. The experience is unforgettable as you raft exciting Class 3 and 4 rapids past cascading waterfalls and magnificent jungle. You’ll stop at a riverside beach for a picnic lunch. When you reach the take-out point, you will go to a place where you can shower and change clothes and then return to San Jose.

 

What’s Included:

  • Professional bilingual guides
  • All specialized gear necessary for each activity
  • Secure, dry transport of your luggage in dry bags
  • All meals included, except dinner on day five
  • Changing rooms and showers after rafting
  • Transportation from and to San Jose (minimum 2 persons)

Important Notes

  • Transportation from and to Arenal, La Fortuna, Puerto Viejo de Limón, and Cahuita may have an additional cost. Please ask us for more information.

Important Notes:

This trip can be operated with a minimum of 2 guests, with an additional Transportation cost  please ask us for more information.

Transportation from Arenal, La Fortuna, Puerto Viejo Limón, Cahuita, has an additional cost , please ask us for more information.

Rates

International tourists: $759

Details

Trip Length: 5 Days
River Time: 3.5 – 5 Hours
Rapid Class: III – IV
Minimum Age: 12, according to minimum height/weight requirements
Distance: 29 km (19 miles)

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Intineraries

ITINERARY DAY 1

  • Early morning pick-up at major hotels in the San Jose area
  • Costa Rican style breakfast at Grupo Mawamba’s Río Danta Restaurant in Guapiles
  • Departure to Caño Blanco dock in Siquirres area
  • Arrive at Caño Blanco and board Mawamba’s boat for your ride to Tortuguero and Mawamba Lodge
  • Lunch at the pool restaurant
  • Optional afternoon visit to Tortuguero Village with your guide
  • Dinner at the restaurant and overnight at Mawamba Lodge

ITINERARY DAY 2

  • Breakfast at Mawamba Lodge
  • Tour with a naturalist guide of Mawamba Park: butterfly farm, frog garden, iguana area, bio-digestor, and gardens
  • Lunch at the pool restaurant
  • Afternoon canal tour to a different canal than the one visited the previous day
  • Dinner at the pool restaurant and overnight at Mawamba Lodge
  • Optional tour (night walk on a private trail)

ITINERARY DAY 3

  • Breakfast at Mawamba Lodge
  • Return boat ride to Caño Blanco dock
  • Transfer by private bus to our meeting point
  • Lunch
  • Transfer to Pacuare River put-in
  • Safety orientation and paddle instruction with rafting guides
  • Raft down Class 2 & 3 rapids through primary rainforest
  • Arrive at the award-winning riverside ecolodge
  • Dinner and overnight at the lodge

ITINERARY DAY 4

  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Choose from several activities on the 2,470-acre private reserve, or just relax in a hammock and enjoy the rainforest sounds.
  • Lunch at the lodge or picnic-style if you’re hiking
  • Dinner and overnight at the lodge

ITINERARY DAY 5

  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Pack up for return raft trip
  • Raft down Class 3 & 4 rapids through the Pacuare Gorge and lower Pacuare
  • Picnic lunch along the river
  • Finish rafting at the take-out point and transfer to a place where you can shower and change clothes
  • Transport back to your hotel in San Jose