The Ultimate Caribbean Rainforest Experience 9 days | 8 nights Minimum 2 pax


During your stay in the Caribbean side of the country, you will have the opportunity to visit some of the most authentic and colorful regions of Costa Rica. The fascinating Afro-Caribbean culture, a combination of indigenous population with Jamaican, Italian and Chinese immigrants, predominates in this region and fills the atmosphere with tropical rhythms and brilliant colors. Only accessible by plane or motorboat, Tortuguero is a great place for observing local wildlife and also an important site of refuge for the marine turtles. The extensive Caribbean plains are beautified by the Pacuare River which you will have the opportunity to raft down through breathtaking canyons and the luxuriant vegetation of the Talamanca Mountain Range. Finish this amazing journey relaxing in Puerto Viejo, a vibrant seaside town with gorgeous, isolated beaches, clear blue water and a wide variety of bars and international and local restaurants. Come and explore Costa Rica’s most exquisite rainforest and river adventure allowing you time to relax and forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life in a Costa Rica travel with your couple, all your family, or alone.

The Ultimate Caribbean Rainforest Experience package includes: 
  • Our representative to meet you at the airport
  • Private transfers as specified
  • 1 night in San José
  • 2 nights in Tortuguero
  • 2 nights in Pacuare River area
  • 3 nights in the Caribbean coast
  • Daily breakfast
  • Full board at Tortuguero and Pacuare river area (alcoholic beverages are not included)
  • Guided visit to Tortuguero National Park (entrance fee included)
  • Rafting on Pacuare river, class II and III
  • One day visit to the Bribri Community – Mishka Yorkín
  • All hotel taxes
Not included: Meals not specified, Costa Rica departure tax (US$29 per person), tips for guides, optional tours, other expenses.
Important note:  
  • Alcoholic beverages, sodas or bottled water are not included
  • The minimum age for Pacuare river rafting is 12 years old
  • The order and logistics of the itinerary may change depending on weather conditions.
  • Maximum luggage permitted for Tortuguero and Pacuare stays: Weight: 25 lbs/12 kg.; Size: 55 cm/22 in.; Height: 40 cm/16 in. Luggage will be rafted inside dry bags used to transport all food and supplies in and out the Lodge.

Option 1 
  • 1 night in Hotel Park Inn,  Standard Room
  • 2 nights in Mawamba Lodge, Standard Room
  • 2 nights in Rios Tropicales Lodge, Standard Room
  • 3 nights at Namuwoki Lodge, Bungalow Deluxe
Option 2 


Arrival and welcome

Meet and greet at Juan Santamaria International Airport and private transfer to your Costa Rica hotel located in the capital city of San Jose.
Night in San José (see options 1 or 2)

Tortuguero National Park (B, L, D)

After an early departure from San Jose Costa Rica, discover the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park as we take Highway 32 to reach the town of Guapiles, located between the central highlands and the Caribbean coast. After a stop in a local restaurant to have a delicious typical breakfast, the bus ride continues through banana fields and plantations of cassava to arrive to the pier from where a two-hour boat ride through the canals will take us to the lodge.
After arrival to the lodge, enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch full of the best Costa Rica food.
In the afternoon, guided visit to Tortuguero picturesque town and to the Sea Turtle Information Center (formerly known as the Caribbean Conservation Corporation).
Sea Turtle Conservancy has worked for the conservation of endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica since 1959. Tortuguero hosts the largest green turtle (Chelonia mydas) rookery in the Western Hemisphere and also important nesting populations of leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) turtles. The Costa Rican legislature declared Tortuguero National Park in 1975 to protect the nesting turtles, the beach and the adjacent terrestrial habitats. STC researchers and volunteers, who are based at STC's John H. Phipps Biological Field Station, continue to monitor nesting trends, growth rates and reproductive success begun by Dr. Archie Carr in the 1950s.
Dinner included at the hotel.
Night in Tortuguero (see options 1 or 2)

Tortuguero National Park (B, L, D)

 Explore the canals of Tortuguero National Park in small, open boats to allow a better visibility.
Tortuguero is a network of navigable lakes, rivers and canals (both natural and man-made) that are used for transportation and are a great place for observing local wildlife. The climate is warm and humid. Daily temperatures average 26 degrees C (79 F) and annual average rainfall is over 5,000 mm (200+ inches). Warm days are tempered by trade winds and cool nights.
Abundant wildlife inhabits Tortuguero, including 57 species of amphibians, 111 species of reptiles, and 60 species of mammals. More than 300 species of birds live in Tortuguero. Birdwatchers commonly see keel-billed toucans, slaty tailed trogons, Montezuma oropendulas and a variety of parrots. Other species that are common along the canals include green and great blue herons, egrets, belted kingfishers, anhingas, jacanas, sun grebes and several species of hawks and kites. Other animals commonly seen are fishing bats, three-toed sloths, iguanas, basilisk lizards, poison dart frogs, and howler, white-faced and spider monkeys. The tracks of river otters, collared peccaries, and Baird's tapirs are often seen on the banks of rivers and canals. Caiman are commonly observed in the waterways, which also are home to gar-fish, manatees, crocodiles, crustaceans, and an occasional bullshark. Jaguars, ocelots, and kinkajous inhabit the park, but are rarely seen.
Lunch and dinner included at the hotel’s restaurant.
Optional night tour (not included in the package) from July to September to observe the turtle nesting.
  • The order and logistics of the itinerary may change depending on weather conditions.
  • Luggage is limited to 25 pounds (12 Kg.) per person.
  • Alcoholic beverages, sodas or bottled water are not included.
  • We recommend using dark color clothes when taking the night tour during nesting season.
 Night in Tortuguero (see options 1 or 2)

Pacuare River Adventure (B, L, D)

After breakfast, shared boat transfer back to the pier, where the trip will continue by bus to a local restaurant o meeting point.
The Pacuare River has its source in the Talamanca Range and flows approximately 108 km to the Caribbean. It is a popular location for white water rafting, whitewater 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.  The Pacuare River has been recognized as one of the top five most beautiful raftable rivers of the world by National Geographic Magazine.
For clients choosing Option 1:
At arrival to the restaurant, transfer to Rios Tropicales Operations Center located in the Turrialba area where lunch will be served.  After lunch, depart to the private rafting put-in on the Pacuare River in San Martin. There, guides will load your gear into dry bags, prepare all the rafting equipment and give you complete safety and paddle instruction for this Costa Rica tour.
The first day's Class III Rapids welcome you to the Pacuare Gorge's charms as you raft deep in the heart of Talamanca’s primary rainforest. Before you know it, you will be arriving at Rios Tropicales Lodge, the Costa Rica hotel where you can spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing, hiking or soaking in the waterfall.
 For clients choosing Option 2:
At arrival to the restaurant, private ground transfer to Pacuare Lodge through impressive scenery and a very challenging dirt road. To arrive to the lodge, guests have to cross the river on a hanging gondola.
After lunch, time to take an optional tour (not included in package price) or simply to relax and enjoy this enchanting place.
In the evening, dine on gourmet delicacies by candlelight and then visit the upstairs lounge for a drink before leaving to a restful night’s sleep.
Dinner and night at Pacuare Lodge

Pacuare River Adventure (B, L, D)

Wake up to bird songs and the soothing sounds of the river nearby. Then head over to the main lodge for a delicious breakfast.
Day at leisure to enjoy the area. The noises of the hustle and bustle of city life will soon be a distant memory, replaced with the soothing sounds of the tropical rainforest that surrounds you.
You can also choose from some exciting optional Costa Rica tours (not included in package price) such as guided hikes through the emerald rainforest, the Cabecar Indian hike, the Adventure Canopy Tour, a horseback ride to Bajo del Tigre village or a therapeutic massage.
Night at your selected lodge

Pacuare River – Cocles Beach, Caribbean Coast (B)

 Breakfast in the lodge before departure by raft for a very fun-filled day of white water rafting. Approximately 3 to 3½ hours over class III-IV rapids paddling down the Pacuare Gorge, observing beautiful waterfalls, relaxing in serene pools and experiencing pounding rapids.
For clients choosing Option 1:
From the river take-out, a short drive will bring you back to Rios Tropicales Operations Center where a hearty and delicious lunch will be served.  After lunch, private transfer to your hotel in Puerto Viejo.
For clients choosing Option 2:
A delicious picnic lunch is included along the river. At the river take-out, you will have the time to change before taking the private transfer to Puerto Viejo.

From day 06 to day 09: Three-night Stay in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (B)

Days at leisure to enjoy one of the most beautiful Costa Rica beaches, to bike through the town of Puerto Viejo, or simply to stay and enjoy your hotel.
With its laid-back attitude and Caribbean lifestyle, it´s a destination that has it all: long walks on the pristine beaches, exotic flora and fauna in a wildlife refuge, snorkeling or diving among the many reefs in crystal clear waters, mountain biking, world-class surfing, kayaking and cultural visits to indigenous communities.
Puerto Viejo is a beach lover´s paradise. Here amidst the exotic flora and fauna, lies a vibrant seaside town with gorgeous, isolated Costa Rica beaches, clear blue water, and some of the most amazing surfing opportunities. This lovely town lies 34 miles South East of the city of Puerto Limon and 10,2 miles South of Cahuita.
With its relaxed atmosphere and its own unique blend of Latino, Afro-Caribbean and Bribri indigenous cultures, Puerto Viejo is a lovely place to have a unique and relaxing vacation. Puerto Viejo has a wide variety of bars and international and local restaurants. There are many interesting attractions nearby, such as the Cahuita National Park, Indian communities and Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.
Night in Puerto Viejo (see options 1 or 2)

From day 06 to day 09: Three-night Stay in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (B)

During your stay in Puerto Viejo, a day with the Bribri community is included:
 A day with the Bribri community. Mishka Yorkín! (B, L)
This amazing visit will take us to the indigenous territory of the Bribri located in the tropical rainforest of Talamanca.
Yorkín is a small village located in the Talamanca Bribri indigenous territory, accessible by dugout canoe on the spectacular Yorkin River. This is one of the best places in Costa Rica to meet an indigenous community during your Costa Rica holidays, to visit waterfalls and organic plantations, and to explore the tropical rainforest and rivers. You will learn about the Bribri culture while discovering a natural paradise.
The adventure begins at Bambu, a small town along the Yorkin River, the natural border between Costa Rica and Panama. The local guide will be waiting to take you to a breathtaking one-hour river ride, into the Talamanca Mountains. The vegetation is luxurious in this remote area. Upon arrival at Yorkín, your guide will show you the village on the way to Stibrawpa, where you will enjoy a delicious snack before visiting the Skui River and the suspension bridge. After a Bribri-style lunch, one of the members will talk about the community. For desert, enjoy chocolate dipped organic bananas while learning about chocolate culture.
Duration of this tour: approx. 8 hours.
Level of difficulty: low.
What is included in the tour? Transportation from Cocles Beach, canoe trip, local guide, snacks and lunch.
Night in Puerto Viejo (see options 1 or 2)


Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to Juan Santamaria International Airport (approx. 5 hours).
Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to flight departure.
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