Day 3: Wildlife galore and boating through the Tortuguero Canals
Start this day with a guided boat tour of the Tortuguero Canals and tributaries, where orchids and bromeliads grow on the overhanging branches and you might spot a sloth, monkey, iguana or crocodile. This area is home to hundreds of bird species including toucans, parrots, herons and hummingbirds, some of which you’ll see on the boat tour or in the hotel gardens. Overnight at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens or similar..
Day 4: Tortuguero to Pacuare Lodge
After breakfast, you’ll board a boat for the trip back down the canals to the docks – with the possibility of seeing more wildlife – where a vehicle will be waiting to take you to the Pacuare Lodge. You’ll be driven back into the mountains via another route and arrive at the Pacuare Lodge in the afternoon, giving you a few hours to enjoy the lush grounds and views of the rainforest and boulder-strewn Pacuare River. In the late afternoon, you can meet fellow travelers in the main lodge before enjoying a delicious candlelight meal. Overnight at Pacuare Lodge.
Day 5: Your choice of optional tours at Pacuare Lodge
Awake to birdsongs and head to the main lodge for a delicious, farm-to-table breakfast with a river view. On this day you can simply relax and enjoy the surrounding nature or choose from an array of optional tours that include adventure activities such as rock climbing and rappelling on the Tropical Canyoning tour, or gliding through the treetops on zip lines on the Pacuare Canopy Adventure. Other tour options include guided hikes through the forest (from 1 to 6 hours), an introduction to the Cabécar Indigenous culture or a visit to a rural community; or you may opt for a relaxing treatment at the lodge’s spa. You’ll enjoy another sumptuous candlelight dinner.
Day 6: Whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River.
After breakfast, you’ll begin a fun-filled day of whitewater rafting (approx. 3½ hours over class III-IV rapids) on the spectacular Pacuare River. You’ll float and paddle through lush canyons past pristine rainforest, crystalline waterfalls, and an array of tropical birds. A deli-style lunch will be served on the riverbank along the way, and you’ll be able to change into dry clothes at a private facility before you’re driven in a private minibus to the town of Puerto Viejo, on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast. With its laidback lifestyle, palm-lined beaches, coral reefs, and lowland rainforest, Puerto Viejo is an ideal spot to cap off your Costa Rican trip with a little fun in the sun by the sea. Overnight at Le Caméléon Hotel or similar.
Day 8: Choose your own adventure
This day offers another opportunity to enjoy an outdoor adventure or experience the local culture . It also gives you more time to soak up the peacefulness and natural beauty of a magical place. The lodge employs resident naturalist guides who will provide you with unique insights into the plant and animal world.
Day 7: Exploration and relaxation on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Beaches
You’re free to explore this area’s natural wonders on your own, or choose one or two of the optional tours (not included in package price) that can be booked through your hotel. You could simply relax by the pool, play in the surf and sand at nearby Cocles Beach, rent a bike and explore the area, or rent a surfboard and hit the waves. Tour options include bird watching, sea kayaking, horseback riding, dolphin watching, snorkeling, or scuba diving. Or take a longer tour to the nearby Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Cahuita National Park, or an indigenous community. Overnight at Le Caméléon Hotel or similar.
Day 8: Glorious Caribbean morning and return to San José
After savoring the Caribbean morning and a possible morning activity, you’ll be picked up for the four-hour drive to San José, where you’ll spend the last night of this package. Overnight at Grano de Oro or similar.
You’ll be picked up and taken to Juan Santamaría International Airport in time to check in for your departure flight (B)
• Airport transfers
• Breakfasts and other meals where specified
• Lodging as described above
• Ground transportation between destinations
• Bilingual guides
• Tortuguero National Park entrance fee
• Whitewater rafting