Costa Rica Tortuguero, Pacuare & Arenal Multi-Adventure

Kayaking, Whitewater Thrills, and Eco Lodges

 

This action-packed journey in the jewel of Central America is a non-stop water park adventure, with magical nights deep in the rainforest. Kayak the jungle waterways of remote Tortuguero National Park, home to howler monkeys, blue morpho butterflies, sea turtles, and tropical birds. Raft one of the top ten whitewater rivers in the world: the renowned Río Pacuare! Enjoy a stay in the rainforest at the National Geographic award-winning Rios Tropicales Lodge. Cap it off with adventures at the base of beautiful of Arenal Volcano and enjoy an invigorating soak at a mountain hot springs.

  • Explore secluded waterways and hidden lagoons at Tortuguero National Park, teeming with monkeys, butterflies and tropical birds

  • Raft one of the top ten whitewater rivers in the world, beautiful Río Pacuare

  • Hike along hanging bridges and zipline down a 7-cable course with views of Arenal Volcano

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Arrive:

San Jose, Costa Rica

Depart:

San Jose, Costa Rica

Price: from $4,595

Duration:

8 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

4-12 Guests

Min Age:

12 yrs

Activity:

Level 3

No previous experience is necessary for the activities. During rafting, guests actively partake in paddling with the command of your expert guide.
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  • Arrive in San José, Costa Rica

    Day 1

    Arrive at the airport in San José, Costa Rica. Meet your guide and transfer to your comfortable hotel in town. End the day with a delicious welcome dinner.

    Accommodation: Studio Hotel Boutique

    This 5-star boutique hotel is conveniently located only a few minutes away from the airport, while still peacefully surrounded with views of the Santa Ana Mountains. Decorated with hundreds of pieces of local art, you will encounter your first taste of Costa Rica by just walking through the hotel doors. Each room is equipped with all the necessary comforts, such as Wi-Fi, coffee makers and hair dryers. Relax after your long flight or various activities at the Sky Bar pool with a cocktail as the sun sets over the mountains.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Kayak in Tortuguero National Park

    Day 2

    Take a scenic drive across the Continental Divide to the remote North Caribbean Coast of the country and then continue by motorboat to Tortuguero National Park, considered "the little Amazon in Costa Rica" and accessible only by water or by air. Arrive at your waterfront lodge, a beautiful resort on a strip of land between the beaches of the Caribbean and the canals of the Tortuguero Lagoon. Set out by kayak this afternoon to explore jungle waterways and hidden lagoons, and see howler monkeys, basilisk lizards, morpho butterflies, and tropical birds. Also enjoy time to walk on the beach, swim in the pool, or have cocktails on the sunset deck.

    Accommodation: Mawamba Lodge-Tortuguero

    Nestled in the lush rainforest of the Tortuguero National Park, this lodge features lush gardens and rustic but comfortable accommodations, along with visits from brightly colored birds. Relax in the common areas, including the swimming pool, bar, entertainment areas (with foosball, pool, beach volleyball court, and table games), hike along the private trails, or grab a bite in the café.

    Activity: 2 hours kayaking

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer, 1-hour motorboat transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Wildlife of Tortuguero National Park

    Day 3

    Set out on an optional early morning tour of the canals by motorboat, for a different perspective on these rich waterways and the chance to spot birds and other wildlife when they're most active. Return to the lodge for breakfast, then journey by motorboat to a secondary channel in the national park, where you'll board kayaks and paddle through a narrow waterway to look for wildlife. After lunch back at the lodge, paddle to some more areas only accessible by kayak, explore the town of Tortuguero, or simply relax at the pool.

    Accommodation: Mawamba Lodge-Tortuguero

    Nestled in the lush rainforest of the Tortuguero National Park, this lodge features lush gardens and rustic but comfortable accommodations, along with visits from brightly colored birds. Relax in the common areas, including the swimming pool, bar, entertainment areas (with foosball, pool, beach volleyball court, and table games), hike along the private trails, or grab a bite in the café.

    Activity: 3-5 hours kayaking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Whitewater Rafting on the Pacuare River

    Day 4

    After breakfast, take a 90-minute boat ride to La Pavona and then drive for about 2.5 hours south to your put-in on the Pacuare River, Costa Rica's most remarkable river corridor, which National Geographic has called "one of the most rivers in the world". Raft eight miles of exciting Class II and III rapids down this beautiful river, past cascading waterfalls, and through lush rainforest. Keep an eye out for sloths, river otters, monkeys, and an incredible variety of birds, such as toucans, egrets, herons, kingfishers, sun bitterns, and trogons. Paddle downstream to your riverside eco-lodge on the 2,400-acre private rainforest reserve. In the evening, exceptional cuisine accompanies the vibrant sounds of the jungle and river.

    Accommodation: Rios Tropicales Eco-Lodge

    Let the sound of the Pacuare River lull you to sleep at this sustainable eco-lodge, a haven for relaxation and immersion in tropical sights and sounds. The lodge features open-air pavilions with thatched roofs and comfortable hammocks swinging in a gentle breeze. Enjoy the ample viewing decks, where the toucans fly overhead and the river roars below.

    Activity: 1.5 hours/8 miles rafting

    Transportation: 1.5-hour boat ride & 2.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Pick Your Adventure at Ríos Tropicales Lodge

    Day 5

    Enjoy a full day of relaxation or activities at the Ríos Tropicales Lodge. Rise early for an optional guided birdwatching hike to see toucans and many other species, before returning for breakfast and gearing up for a day of adventure. Set out on a guided nature walk to explore some of the lodge property's 40 miles of trails, stopping to enjoy magical waterfalls and pools and walk across a dramatic suspension bridge, go horseback riding visit a butterfly garden, and plant trees at a reforestation project.

    Accommodation: Rios Tropicales Eco-Lodge

    Let the sound of the Pacuare River lull you to sleep at this sustainable eco-lodge, a haven for relaxation and immersion in tropical sights and sounds. The lodge features open-air pavilions with thatched roofs and comfortable hammocks swinging in a gentle breeze. Enjoy the ample viewing decks, where the toucans fly overhead and the river roars below.

    Activity: Full day for optional hiking, bird-watching, or horseback riding

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Second Day of Whitewater Rafting on the Pacuare River, Transfer to Arenal

    Day 6

    Continue on your whitewater rafting adventure through Class III and IV rapids down the lush, magical gorge of the Río Pacuare. Paddle through "Bobo," "Huacas Arriba," "Huacas Abajo," and "Dos Montañas" as you journey downstream and find yourself surrounded by exotic wildlife, jungle, and waterfalls tumbling into the river. In the afternoon, reach the town of Siquirres to enjoy a shower and lunch before transferring to La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano area, one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica.

    Accommodation: Lost Iguana Resort & Spa-La Fortuna

    The Lost Iguana Resort is settled in untouched rainforest with views of the spectacular Arenal Volcano, the most active volcano in Costa Rica. Feel like you're living in the wilderness, with an outdoor shower, hiking trails, and lush greenery in a remote location. A heated pool and a swim-up bar will make your stay into a luxurious paradise.

    Activity: 3 hours/12 miles rafting

    Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Morning Zip Lining, Afternoon Hanging Bridges Hike and Hot Springs

    Day 7


    Head up the mountain by motorized cart, then ride a series of seven exhilarating zip lines back to the base. Feel the adrenaline as you sail up to 2,460 feet between canyons and the treetops, admiring incredible views of waterfalls, Arenal volcano, Cerro Chato, and an impressive diversity of flora and fauna. After lunch, hike through the rainforest on a series of hanging (suspension) bridges. Marvel at the wealth of wildlife in the rainforest layers, from the treetops to the understory and forest floor. Late in the afternoon, take a relaxing dip in natural hot spring baths at Eco Termales. The thermal springs here are of magmatic origin—ranging in temperature from 90°F to 105°F, and filled with magnesia and other minerals with therapeutic benefits.

    Accommodation: Lost Iguana Resort & Spa-La Fortuna

    The Lost Iguana Resort is settled in untouched rainforest with views of the spectacular Arenal Volcano, the most active volcano in Costa Rica. Feel like you're living in the wilderness, with an outdoor shower, hiking trails, and lush greenery in a remote location. A heated pool and a swim-up bar will make your stay into a luxurious paradise.

    Activity: Zip lining adventure plus 2.5 hours/2 miles hanging bridges hike

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart San José, Costa Rica

    Day 8

    After breakfast, transfer by private van to the San José airport for homeward-bound flights departing 2:00pm or later.

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Costa Rica Tortuguero, Pacuare and Arenal Multi-Adventure

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been leading adventures in Costa Rica since 1980, working with the best local guiding teams.

Reason #02

This 8-day adventure is the perfect option for those seeking river and rainforest thrills, and the opportunity to be close to nature.

Reason #03

Our classic Costa Rica trip combines our guests' favorite regions and activities and is recommended for all adventure lovers ages 12 and up.

Meet your guides

Jorge Calderón

Jorge Calderón

Jorge Calderon is a whitewater rafting and adventure guide who has led trips in Costa Rica for over two decades. In fact, he was part of the Costa Rican whitewater rafting team that placed in the World Championships in 1997! Not limiting himself to warm climates, Jorge has also guided sea kayaking trips in Iceland and Greenland. Well-liked for his dry sense of humor, Jorge exudes a love for the outdoors and is always eager to share the natural beauty of his country.

Activities

Several days of kayaking on calm water and rafting on whitewater rapids, as well as Ziplining and hiking.

Lodging

A variety of comfortable hotels and lodges that make the most of their rainforest locations with beautiful views and lush settings.

Climate

Daytime temperatures in 70°s and 80°s Fahrenheit. Evening lows in 60°s. Humid. Expect rain any time of year. December-April are the driest.

FAQ

When and where should I arrive?

Arrive to San Jose international airport any time on the first day. An MT Sobek representative will greet you and transfer you to the hotel.

When and where should I depart?

You can depart from San Jose international airport any time after 2:00pm on the last day of your trip. An airport transfer is included for flights departing 2:00pm or later.

Can I do the trip if I've never kayaked or rafted before?

Yes! Great for beginners. No previous experience required. We supply the technical equipment. Our guides have extensive safety certifications and will train you on what you need to know.

What is the rafting like?

We use paddleboats with 4-6 participants. You will learn to paddle as a team. Day 4 has class II-III rapids. Day 6 is more technical with class III-IV rapids.

My child is younger than 12 and experienced, can we still go?

We may be able to accommodate children of ages 10 & 11 if they are experienced with rafting and/or kayaking. Please call so we can qualify and discuss their experience.

Are insects a problem?

No, insects are generally not a problem. If you are extra sensitive, bring insect repellant. You may see a few mosquitoes around dawn and dusk especially at Tortuguero.

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2023

The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

Scheduled Dates

  • Jan 07 - 14, 2023
    $4,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$650 single supplement
    Available
  • Feb 11 - 18, 2023
    $4,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$650 single supplement
    Available
  • Apr 08 - 15, 2023
    $4,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$650 single supplement
    Available
  • Jun 24 - Jul 01, 2023
    $4,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$650 single supplement
    Available
  • Jul 15 - 22, 2023
    $4,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$650 single supplement
    Available
  • Nov 18 - 25, 2023
    $4,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$650 single supplement
    Available
  • Dec 23 - 30, 2023
    $4,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$650 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Private Trip Pricing:

2023 Pricing

4 to 5 guests from $5,195 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $4,795 per person double occupancy

Additional Costs:

Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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Create Your Very Own Adventure

Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.