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Caribbean Rainforest Adventure

Caribbean Side

Caribbean Side

Marine Life

Marine Life

Squirrel Monkey

Squirrel Monkey

Amazing Birdlife

Amazing Birdlife

San Jose

San Jose

 

Explore Costa Rica’s Caribbean side and discover some of the most authentic and colourful regions of the country.

This is a great itinerary for those looking for a mix of adventure, nature and relaxation.

The fascinating Afro-Caribbean culture predominates in this region and fills the atmosphere with tropical rhythms and brilliant colours.

Visit Tortuguero, a great destination for observing wildlife and an important site of refuge for marine turtles.

Discover the Caribbean plains and the Pacuare River, with rafting through breath-taking canyons and the luxuriant vegetation of the Talamanca Mountain Range.

Finish this amazing journey relaxing in Puerto Viejo in a boutique hotel of your choice.

This vibrant seaside town offers isolated beaches, clear blue water and a wide variety of bars and restaurants.

At a Glance:

  • International Airfares from the UK
  • All taxes
  • 1 night San José
  • 2 nights Tortuguero
  • 2 nights Pacuare River area
  • 3 nights Caribbean Coast
  • Daily breakfast included
  • Full board Tortuguero 
  • Full board Pacuare River area 
  • Private transfers where applicable
  • Guided visit to Tortuguero National Park
  • Rafting on the Pacuare River
  • One-day visit to the Bribri Community in Mishka Yorkín

 

 

Day 1: Fly UK to Costa Rica

On arrival at the airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight San Jose. Breakfast included.

Day 2: Tortuguero National Park

After an early departure from San Jose, discover the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park and the town of Guapiles.

Stop to enjoy a delicious local breakfast and continue through banana fields and plantations of cassava.

Arrive at the pier from where it's a two-hour scenic boat ride through the canals to the lodge.    

On arrival enjoy a refreshing cocktail and delicious lunch. 

In the afternoon, enjoy a guided visit to the picturesque town of Tortuguero and visit the Sea Turtle Information Center. 

Overnight Tortuguero. All meals included.

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park  

After breakfast, explore the canals of Tortuguero National Park in small open boats. 

Tortuguero is linked by a network of navigable lakes, rivers and canals that are used for transportation as well as being a great place for observing local wildlife.

Wildlife is abundant here with amphibians, reptiles, mammals and over 300 species of birds.

Please note that the sea turtles nest between July and September. (Optional night tours are available at an additional cost). 

Overnight Tortuguero. All meals included.

Day 4: Pacuare River Adventure

After breakfast, take a shared boat transfer back to the pier, where the trip will continue by bus to your next destination.  

The Pacuare River is a popular location for white water rafting, white-water kayaking and river boarding.

The rainforests that surround the river are home to exotic animal species such as jaguars, monkeys, ocelots, and a very large number of birds. 

On arrival, you will be met and transferred by private vehicle to Pacuare Lodge through impressive scenery along a quite challenging dirt road.

Arrival at the lodge is quite exciting, crossing the river on a hanging gondola!   

In the evening, enjoy dinner by candlelight and perhaps visit the upstairs lounge for a drink before bed.

Overnight Pacuare Lodge. All meals included.  

Day 5: Pacuare River Adventure

Enjoy the day at leisure in and around the lodge or add on an optional excursion or activity.

The lodge is set amidst the forest, where the soothing sounds of the tropical rainforest abound. 

If the rainforest doesn't lull you into just relaxing around the lodge, add on an exciting excursion (at an additional cost).

Options include guided hikes through the rainforest or an Adventure Canopy Tour.

Overnight Pacuare Lodge. All meals included.   

Day 6: Pacuare River – Cocles Beach, Caribbean Coast 

Enjoy breakfast in the lodge before departing by raft for a fun-filled day of white water rafting.

The rafting is around 3 to 3.5 hours over class III-IV rapids paddling down the Pacuare Gorge, with a mix of beautiful waterfalls, serene pools and pounding rapids.

A picnic lunch is included along the river. At the river take-out, you will have time to change before taking a private transfer to Puerto Viejo. 

Overnight Cocles Beach. Breakfast included.

Days 7 - 8: Cocles Beach, Caribbean Coast  

Relax and enjoy the beach, bike through the town of Puerto Viejo, or simply to stay and enjoy the hotel. 

Puerto Viejo is a beach lover's paradise featuring gorgeous, isolated beaches, clear blue water, and some great surfing.

There are many interesting attractions nearby, such as the Cahuita National Park, Indian communities and Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. 

During your stay in Puerto Viejo, a visit to the Bribri community is included.

Overnight Cocles Beach. Breakfast included.

Day 9: Fly back to the UK 

After breakfast, transfer to the Airport (about 5 hours) for your overnight flight back to the UK.

Day 10: Arrive UK

Arrive back in the UK.

Caribbean Coast

Costa Rica's laid-back Caribbean Coast is home to Afro-Caribbean culture, isolated and uncrowded beaches, colourful and lively towns and lush jungles.

The Caribbean Coast offers a wide range of attractions for both adventure and beach lovers. Water conditions are also ideal, with some of the best diving and surfing in Costa Rica.

Puerto Viejo is a popular and vibrant seaside town home to Bribri indigenous communities.

Discover the Pacuare River which winds through the lush rainforests of Central Costa Rica, home to a rich variety of birds and wildlife. It is also a popular location for white water rafting, kayaking and river boarding activities.

Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast is also witness to sea turtle nesting in the Tortuguero National Park.

Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero is a fairly remote National Park on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast side, but is still the third most visited national park in Costa Rica.

The park protects a large area of natural wetland on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica and covers an area of 77,000 acres.

The park formed from a series of volcanic islands which gradually became linked over time as alluvial soils from Costa Rica's mountains silted up the channels between them.

The high rainfall and rich soils here have helped to create an area of exceptional biodiversity and a magnet for nature lovers.

On any visit to Tortuguero, be prepared to encounter some rain as this is one of the rainiest areas of Costa Rica, even in the dry season!

There is no permanent settlement within the park and there are only 4 trails, 3 aquatic ones and a land trail, a 2 km walking route called the Gavilan Trail.

Consequently most visits to Tortuguero are by boat or canoe, gliding along the streams.

Wildlife in Tortuguero National Park

The park protects over 20 miles of coastline which are popular nesting locations for turtles (hence then name of the park, which means "turtle catcher" in Spanish).

Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Green and Leatherback Turtles all come to the beaches and canal sides of Tortuguero to lay their eggs in Tortuguero.

Leatherback Turtles come between February and April, whilst Green and Hawksbill Turtles have a longer nesting season, stretching from July to October (busiest in August).

Seeing turtles nesting and laying their eggs is normally an after-dark activity and can be one of the highlights of a tour of Costa Rica.

With some luck it is also possible to see turtles hatching and making their way to the sea.

Tortuguero's forests are home to three of Costa Rica's four species of monkey and also to three-toed sloths, jaguars and almost 400 species of birds.

Around one million birds utilise Tortuguero's wetlands every year on their migration.

Climate

The Caribbean side of Costa Rica receives rainfall more consistently than other regions of Costa Rica, so at many times of year it is better to be prepared to encounter some rain, usually in the form of an afternoon shower.

February and March are usually the best months to visit the Caribbean side of Costa Rica as these are the driest months on the Caribbean side, along with September and October.

Accommodation in San José:

Hotel Grano de Oro

Accommodation in Tortuguero:

Manatus Hotel

Accommodation in Pacuare River area:

Pacuare Lodge

Accommodation in Puerto Viejo, Caribbean Coast:

Le Caméléon Boutique Hotel

8 nights Caribbean Rainforest Adventure - Superior:

  • Price from £2,495 pp

This is a guide price only, based on travel in low season.

Prices will vary according to choice of hotel and seasonal airfare and hotel surcharges. Please ask us for any current special offers.

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