Itinerary in brief:
- 1 night San Jose
- 2 nights Tortuguero
- 2 nights Pacuare River Region
- 3 nights Puerto Viejo
Day 1: Arrive San Jose
Welcome to Costa Rica! On arrival you will be greeted by a local representative and taken to your hotel by private car transfer.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2: San Jose to Tortuguero National Park
It’s an early start today as you leave San Jose for the town of Guapiles, located between the central highlands and Caribbean coast, passing through the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park along the way. After sampling a typical Costa Rican breakfast in a local restaurant your journey continues through banana fields and cassava plantations to the canals. A 2 hour boat ride will take you to the lodge, your home for the next 2 nights.
A refreshing cocktail and delicious lunch await you on arrival! Afterwards you will take a guided tour through the picturesque town of Tortuguero and finally to the Sea Turtle Information Centre. Tortuguero hosts the largest green turtle rookery in the western hemisphere and is an important nesting location for other species of turtles. Here you can learn more about these captivating sea creatures.
Dinner tonight is included at the lodge.
Day 3: Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero is home to a network of lakes, rivers and canals that are used for transportation but they are also a great way to witness the local wildlife going about their daily life. You will be taken from the lodge along these networks in a small open boat ensuring you have great visibility of the abundant wildlife as you float along. With 57 species of amphibian, 300 species of bird and 60 of mammals this region boasts some incredible animals including three-toed sloths, howler monkeys and basilisk lizards as well as a variety of different types of parrots.
Lunch and dinner are included at the lodge today. After an afternoon of leisure you can join an optional night tour to observe the turtles nesting, this is only available July to September.
Day 4: Tortuguero to Pacuare River Region
After breakfast at the lodge a shared boat transfer will take you back to the pier. From here, your trip continues by bus to a local restaurant and meeting point.
After lunch at the restaurant you’ll head towards the private rafting centre where you will meet your guide and you’ll join a group rafting excursion. The Class 3 rapids take you into Pacuare Gorge and through the heart of Talamancas primary rainforest, finishing at the lodge. The rest of the afternoon can be spent relaxing, hiking or soaking in the waterfall.
Day 5: Pacuare River
Waking up to the sound of birdsong and the river flowing nearby provides a great start to the day, followed by a delicious breakfast at the lodge.
Today is a free day to explore the region. There are many optional excursions to choose if you wish, from guide hikes to canopy tours or even horseback riding. Alternatively simply relax at the lodge and let the sounds of the tropical rainforest whisk your cares away!
Day 6: Pacuare River Region to Puerto Viejo
Departure is by raft today! After breakfast, join your guide and head out for a day of white water rafting. This trip takes around 3 hours travelling through class 3-5 rapids observing beautiful waterfalls and relaxing in serene pools along the way.
On arrival at the Rios Tropicales Centre, you’ll be served a hearty lunch after your busy morning. A private car will then take you to onwards to Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean coast for your final 3 nights.
Days 7 & 8: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
You now have 2 full days in Puerto Viejo. With its laid back attitude and Caribbean lifestyle, this is the perfect spot to relax after a busy week exploring. This vibrant seaside town enjoys beautiful isolated beaches, crystal clear waters and exotic flora and fauna.
We have also included a day visit to a local community. The indigenous territory of the Bribri is located in the tropical forest of Talamanca and is accessible by dugout canoe. Your adventure starts in Bambu where a local guide will take you on a one hour ride down the river into the Talamanca Mountains. Your guide will show you the local village before enjoying a traditional Bribri style lunch, complete with chocolate dipped bananas for dessert!
Day 9: Puerto Viejo to San Jose
After breakfast a private car will collect you from the hotel and drive you to San Jose Airport for your departure flight.