Tortuguero Tour & Pacuare River Rafting

Explore Tortuguero National Park and its canals by boat and then raft the Pacuare River, one of Costa Rica’s most famous and beautiful rivers. Mawamba Lodge in Tortuguero and our award-winning Rios Tropicales Lodge teamed up for this incredible five-day trip to two of our country’s most iconic locations.

Tortuguero National Park and its canals offer one of the richest biodiverse areas in Costa Rica. From the Mawamba Lodge, you will boat deep into the national park, where you will be surrounded by wildlife on all sides! Caiman, a variety of birds, monkeys, turtles, emerald basilisks and more await you. There are other tour options available, including night-time tours of nearby turtle nesting grounds and rainforest hikes.

After Tortuguero, you will head deep into the primary rainforest and the Pacuare Gorge by river! A half day of rafting takes you right to the riverside Rios Tropicales Lodge, our award-winning Ecolodge. You will have a full day and two nights to enjoy all the incredible activities on our 2,000-acre private reserve, including a canopy tour, adventure loop and numerous trails to waterfalls and soaking pools.

What's Included?

• Professional bilingual guides
• Lodging at Sleep Inn San Jose Hotel on days 1 and 6 (Single Room)
• Ground transportation for days 1-2-6 & 7
• All specialized gear necessary for each activity
• Secure, dry transport of your luggage in dry bag
• All meals included, except dinner on day 6
• Spacious changing rooms and hot showers.
• Transportation to and from San Jose


7 days

Destination Covered

Tortuguero National Park and San Jose

Best Suited

Families, Groups
Day 1:
Arrival at San Jose. You’ll fly into Juan Santa Maria Airport in San Jose, where you be greeted by your Simbiosis tour leader and transported to your hotel in San Jose.

• Dinner at local and typical restaurant.
• Lodging at Sleep Inn Jose Hotel

Day 2:
• Early morning pick up at Sleep Inn hotel in San José area.
• Costa Rican style breakfast at Grupo Mawamba’s Río Danta Restaurant in Guápiles.
• Departure to Caño Blanco dock in Siquirres area or La Pavona
• Arrive at La Pavona and board Mawamba’s boat for your ride to Tortuguero and Mawamba Lodge.
• Lunch at the pool restaurant.
• Optional visit to the Village of Tortuguero along with your guide.
• Dinner at the restaurant.

Day 3:
• Breakfast at Mawamba Lodge.
• Tour with a naturalist guide of Mawamba Park: butterfly farm, frog farm and garden, iguana farm, bio-digestor and gardens.
• Lunch at the pool restaurant.
• Afternoon canal tour to a different canal than the one visited the previous day.
• Dinner at the pool restaurant.
• Optional tour (night walk on private trail).

Day 4:
• Breakfast at Mawamba Lodge.
• Return boat ride to La Pavona dock.
• Bus ride and transfer to Rios Tropicales Operations Center.
• Lunch.
• Load up for transport to Pacuare River put-in in San Martin.
• Safety orientation and paddle instruction with professional guides.
• Class III rapids as you enter the Pacuare Gorge and primary rainforest.
• Arrive at Rios Tropicales Lodge, an award-winning Ecolodge.
• Variety of activity options on the 2,000-acre private reserve.
• Dinner and overnight at Rios Tropicales Lodge.

Day 5:
• Full breakfast at the Ecolodge.
• Choose from a number of activities or just relax in a hammock.
• Lunch at the lodge or picnic-style if you are hiking or touring.
• Another delicious dinner.

Day 6:
• Healthy breakfast.
• Pack up for return raft trip.
• Class IV rapids on the Lower Pacuare.
• Snack stop to explore waterfalls and natural waterslides.
• More Class IV rapids.
• Hearty hot lunch at the Rios Tropicales Operations Center.
• Transport back to your hotel.
• Lodging at Sleep Inn Jose Hotel

Day 7:
• Healthy breakfast
• Transfer Out Sleep Inn San Jose Hotel - International Airport Juan Santamaria
• All prices are subject to change without notice.
• If reserved through a travel agent, a voucher must be presented before boarding.
• Please be on time at your specified pickup hotel.
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