We call this our Caribbean Wet & Wild package because you’re going to get wet on the whitewater rafting trip (that’s a 100% guarantee!). You are also going to see lots of wildlife on your jungle zip line and canopy tour or the Cahuita National Park hiking and snorkeling tour as well as in Tortuguero National Park! This package certainly is a good way of getting around in Costa Rica.
When planning a trip to Costa Rica don’t miss out on this trip. It combines the best of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast in 4 days and 3 nights! Take a few extra days in Puerto Viejo or Cahuita to relax and enjoy the exotic jungle-hugged beaches if you wish. (Almost) everything is included in this package so you won’t need to plan a thing. Here’s what your days will look like.
A hearty breakfast at the rafting company headquarters (about 3 hours away) is provided where your luggage is securely stored in a locked container. This is our most popular rafting trip and Costa Rica’s premier river trip. This is the ultimate blend of wilderness exposure and invigorating excitement! The Pacuare River is world famous for its pristine beauty. A true river gorge, it is flanked by steep, green walls. Waterfalls cascade into the river from both sides as colorful, tropical birds fly right overhead. The whitewater is equally exciting (rapids class III-IV). This is truly a memorable rafting trip and we can guarantee an awesome day with lots of laughs! All instruction and rafting equipment is included. (This trip is suitable for ages 12 and over; if you have younger kids we’ll put you on a calmer river). Lunch is included on the shore of the river.
You’ll be back at the rafting company headquarters in time for a drink, where transportation to your Puerto Viejo hotel is provided.
Pickup for your choice of our combo Jaguar Rescue Center/Chocolate Lady and Waterfall tour, a snorkel, boat and hike tour of Cahuita National Park or our Full Day Jungle Adventure. And of course if you’d rather just relax, switch it out for a massage on the beach!
The Animal Rescue Center/Chocolate Lady and Waterfall tour takes you to the Jaguar Rescue Centre, which offers shelter, treatment and protection to ill or wounded wild animals in the South Caribbean area. It is a sanctuary for wild animals, and they try to accommodate their jungle guests as well as they can: terrariums for the snakes, large spaces for the monkeys to rest in after spending the whole day playing in the trees, special quarantine cages for seriously injured animals, a large supply of medicine and an operating theatre for emergency surgery. Your visit helps support the work of the center.
Next you visit an indigenous family growing cacao trees on their land. They are eager to show you the entire process of cacao fruit becoming a bar of chocolate. You will have the opportunity to purchase some of their chocolate or other indigenous handmade crafts. Please note that only part of the family speaks very limited English, so if you don’t speak Spanish, your explanation of the process may be in the form of pantomime! You hike to a beautiful waterfall for your third destination.
The Cahuita National Park option combines a guided walk through the jungle, a boat ride to Punta Cahuita and snorkeling. This is the number one destination in the area, and you’re sure to see plenty of wildlife, in and out of the water. All snorkeling equipment is provided.
If you want a more action-filled day, you can choose our Full Day Jungle Adventure, that includes transportation, lunch, a canopy tour, a Tarzan swing, tree climbing, hiking, and rappelling. And of course if you’d rather just relax, switch it out again for a massage on the beach!
Tortuguero National Park is located in the Limón Province of northeastern Costa Rica. It is the third-most visited park in Costa Rica, despite the fact that it can only be reached by airplane or boat. The park has incredible biological diversity due to the existence within the reserve of 11 different habitats including rainforest, swamps, beaches and lagoons. Tortuguero National Park has a humid and tropical climate receiving up to 250 inches of rain a year. Its beaches are key nesting grounds for endangered sea turtles, such as Hawksbill, Loggerheads, Green, and Leatherbacks. The rivers within the park are home to sensitive populations of manatees, as well as caimans, crocodiles, and Tropical Gar, which are considered to be living fossils. The forests are home to jaguars, three species of monkeys (spider, howler, and white-faced Capuchin), and three-toed sloths. Basilisk lizards and poisonous frogs also inhabit the area, along with 375 species of birds including kingfishers, toucans, blue herons, peacocks, and parrots. There are more than 400 species of trees and approximately 2,200 species of plants.
This is one of the best places in Costa Rica to spot wildlife. Monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, toucans and many colorful frogs and insects are all common sights. Visiting during the turtle-nesting season from July to October is definitely one of Costa Rica’s highlights!
We will pick you up at your Puerto Viejo hotel and take a boat ride to Tortuguero. Breakfast is provided en route. Your hotel in Tortuguero is complete with a private bath, swimming pool and buffet meals! Included on the trip is a canal tour in the national park, one guided hike and a trip to see the village of Tortuguero, as well as a visit to the Caribbean Conservation Corporation.
On the afternoon of your last day, transportation will be provided from Tortuguero to your hotel in San José, Puerto Viejo or the Arenal area.
Optional add-on trips
Our Bocas del Toro trips include round trip transportation from Puerto Viejo to Bocas del Toro via shared van and then on by boat to the islands and your choice of accommodation – either an midrange option with stunning views on Isla Solarte, a superior option on the main island, or a deluxe option with over the water suites. Breakfast is included and depending on how many days you stay, an afternoon activity or a full day tour is also included. Our deluxe option also includes dinner. For an extra charge, it is also possible to return to San Jose by land or air.
If you stay one night, you can either go snorkeling or deep boarding in the afternoon (deep boarding is not available for the deluxe option) before enjoying an excellent dinner in Bocastown or at your lodge. You are free to discover the islands or relax on a secluded beach the next morning. At noon, you will commence the trip back to Puerto Viejo.
If you stay two nights, you will have the rest of the day available to relax, discover one of the nearby islands or walk around town. On the second day, you will go on a full day tour. You can chose between the following options:
Colon Expeditions: Swim and have fun at the beautiful Playa Estrella (Starfish Beach), snorkel on the best reefs around Isla Colon, explore a hidden jungle river by boat, visit the “Jurassic Park-like” Isla Pajaros (Bird Island) and fly underwater with the Anfibia board
The Big Tour: Experience a culture immersion into an indigenous community, hike into the jungle and see an incredible diversity of wildlife, discover astonishing secret beaches where it will just be us, savor a traditional indigenous-made lunch and snorkel around the best Bocas coral reefs
After a day on and in the water, you can enjoy the evening in Bocastown or at your lodge, returning to Puerto Viejo the next day after breakfast. If you require an additional morning to explore the world of Bocas, we can also schedule you for the afternoon shuttle (not possible for San Jose).
|Departures:||Daily from your hotel in San Jose, Arenal or Puerto Viejo|
|Duration:||4 complete days/3 nights. Additional days can be added.
Note: this package departs early morning on the first day and finishes late-afternoon/early evening of the last day. When planning your international flights you should arrive in San Jose at least the day before your departure and leave the day after the tour ends.
|Cost per person:||From $469 per person for 4 day / 3-night package, depending on hotel and tour options were chosen and package dates.|
|Includes:||• Return transportation from Puerto Viejo, San Jose or Arenal; you can start and end in your choice of cities
• 3 nights of lodging
• Tours and activities as described above
• Meals as described above
• Gecko Trail Costa Rica service charge
• Optional accommodations in San Jose before your trip; if you’d like us to arrange this for you select this option on the booking form to see prices
|Not included:||• Tortuguero National park entrance fees
• Optional night turtle tour (July-October)
• Alcoholic beverages
|What to bring:||Swimsuit, shoes or sandals that can get wet for a rafting trip, sunscreen, pants, insect repellent and hiking boots/shoes.|
Details on add-on trips
|Duration:||2 days/1 night or 3 days/2 nights|
|Important Note:||We cannot confirm your booking until we have received the complete passport information for ALL passengers. Not providing this information promptly will be treated as a no-show.|
|Cost per person:||2 day/1 night package: from $185 p/p (midrange), $225 p/p (superior) or $345 p/p (deluxe)
3 day/2 night package: from $285 p/p (midrange), $345 p/p (superior) or $655 p/p (deluxe)
4 day/3 night package: from $365 p/p (midrange), $465 p/p (superior) or $915 p/p (deluxe)
Note – Rates are not valid for holiday seasons and are based on low season prices
|Includes:||• Return transportation from Puerto Viejo area hotels to Colon Island or Isla Solarte in Bocas del Toro, Panama
• One or two nights of lodging in one of our partner hotels
• Local activity or one day tour to Cayo Zapatillo
• Gecko Trail Costa Rica service charge
|Not Included:||• Exit and entry fees to be paid on both sides of the border (calculate another $8 for round trip)
• Bocas airport departure tax for those choosing the return to San Jose by air option
• Single supplement if single room(s) needed
• Transportation to and from tour(s)
|What to Bring:||Change of clothes, bathing suit, sunglasses, sunscreen, towel, repellent, passport and onward ticket leaving Costa Rica (or Panama if you are ending the tour there) for border crossing.|