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Kayak Expedition on San Juan River

Day 1: La Fortuna – San Carlos – Kayak at Los Guatuzos Wildlife Reserve
An air-conditioned bus takes you to the border village of Los Chiles in about 1 ½ hours. After a fast immigration process, you take the Agua Trails boat towards the San Juan River. In San Carlos, a small town on the banks of the San Juan River and Lake Nicaragua, you get acquainted with the typical Nicaraguan way of life. After lunch you get a brief introduction on the kayak safety instructions and some basic training on how to handle your kayak. In the afternoon you explore the Wildlife Reserve of Los Guatuzos by kayak, before heading back to the lodge in time for dinner and a good night’s rest.

Day 2: Kayak route: San Carlos – Boca de Sábalos
Today the first chapter of our expedition really begins as you set off into the Nicaraguan wildnerness on the first day of our trip down the San Juan River. You have lunch at a local riverside community. Tonight you overnight in the treetop cabins at the Sabalas Lodge and private reserve….don’t be surprised if you are woken up to the sound of howler monkeys!

Day 3: Kayak route: Boca de Sábalos – El Castillo
Today you paddle to the picturesque town of El Castillo, located almost midway between Lake Nicaragua and the Caribbean Sea, home to an ancient Spanish fort built in 1675. The scenery is simply amazing; Orchids and Bromeliads add a splash of color to the shades of the green rainforest foliage. In the afternoon you have time to stroll through the streets and visit the Fortress of the Immaculate Conception. If you are an experienced paddler, you can have an afternoon full of adventure, crossing the impressive white water rapid in front of El Castillo town (optional). Tonight you have a good night’s rest at a fine hotel in El Castillo town, which has a view over San Juan River.

Day 4: El Castillo – San Carlos – La Fortuna
After breakfast with a view over the river, you return to La Fortuna, Costa Rica. A public boat will take you and the kayak back to the first hotel, where you will have a refreshing drink and afterwards you will visit the riverside town of San Carlos, for a short walking tour through the historic town center.

Tour information:

Departures: Friday at 7:30 AM
Duration: Four days/Three nights
Cost per person: Please fill out the booking inquiry form with your dates and other details and we will respond with a price quote.
Includes: ● Transportation (overland and aquatic)
● Rio Frio boat tour
● Lodging at comfortable riverside hotels
● All meals
● Kayak rental for 3 days
● Practical training & safety instructions
● Bilingual guide
● Fortress Tour
● Entrance fees
● Local taxes
Not included: Customs fees (600 colones in Los Chiles and $14 in San Carlos), personal expenses, other meals not mentioned, tips
What to bring: Camera, cash (they accept dollars and cordobas), valid passport and return flight info

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  1. Most tours and activities run daily but have reached capacity on your date or haven\'t reached a minimum number of persons required for the tour to operate. If we are unable to accommodate you on your chosen date, we will, at your option, either reschedule your date or refund your payment, less bank fees, promptly.
  2. Full payment is required at the time of reservation to secure your spot. We will email you a confirmation so you will be fully paid up on the day of your trip.
  3. Should your plans change and you are unable to make your tour/transport or need to make changes, we will work with the supplier to either accommodate you on another tour or refund your money.
  4. The client is also responsible for any fees charged by the vendor as they have committed resources to your tour and may have more restrictive policies. The more notice you give us, the more likely we will be able to reaccommodate you.
  5. Tours will depart daily regardless of weather unless conditions would make it unsafe so please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  6. For tours within Costa Rica please always make sure to carry a copy of your valid passport and your last entry stamp with you. For day and multi-day trips that involve border-crossing you must carry your valid passport and a copy of it with you at all times. Border crossing fees may apply.
  7. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice are not refundable. Cancellations of single bookings with less than 7 days notice will incur a $15 cancellation fee (plus any bank or vendor charges).
  8. Any cancellation is subject to a 3 to 5% fee, depending on the payment type, to cover bank charges. Or we will be happy to apply your payment to another service.
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Kayak Expedition on San Juan River - Terms and Conditions

  1. Most tours and activities run daily but have reached capacity on your date or haven\'t reached a minimum number of persons required for the tour to operate. If we are unable to accommodate you on your chosen date, we will, at your option, either reschedule your date or refund your payment, less bank fees, promptly.
  2. Full payment is required at the time of reservation to secure your spot. We will email you a confirmation so you will be fully paid up on the day of your trip.
  3. Should your plans change and you are unable to make your tour/transport or need to make changes, we will work with the supplier to either accommodate you on another tour or refund your money.
  4. The client is also responsible for any fees charged by the vendor as they have committed resources to your tour and may have more restrictive policies. The more notice you give us, the more likely we will be able to reaccommodate you.
  5. Tours will depart daily regardless of weather unless conditions would make it unsafe so please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  6. For tours within Costa Rica please always make sure to carry a copy of your valid passport and your last entry stamp with you. For day and multi-day trips that involve border-crossing you must carry your valid passport and a copy of it with you at all times. Border crossing fees may apply.
  7. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice are not refundable. Cancellations of single bookings with less than 7 days notice will incur a $15 cancellation fee (plus any bank or vendor charges).
  8. Any cancellation is subject to a 3 to 5% fee, depending on the payment type, to cover bank charges. Or we will be happy to apply your payment to another service.