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Combine two of the Caribbean’s best activities in this four day/three night trip.  A two night visit to Tortuguero National Park and a two day rafting trip on the world famous río Pacuare on the third day and fourth day.

We have daily departures from San José, the Caribbean Coast and the Arenal Volcano, giving you the choice to start at the place of your preference. This is an excellent option to be combined with our Río Pacuare Rafting trips.

$459 per person + Value Added Tax / 4-Day Tortuguero + Pacuare Overnight Economy Package (Accommodations in Hostel Tortuguero, Coconut Hostel B&B, Cabinas Tortuguero or similar)

$484 per person + Value Added Tax /  4-Day Tortuguero + Pacuare Overnight Standard Package (Accommodations in, La Casona or similar)

Both the economy option and the standard option are located only five minutes from the Tortuguero National Park. These lodgings are focused on the respect, protection and conservation of the environment and of the flora and fauna of the area. The hotels feature rooms with private bath, hot water and fans. Also they have a very authentic Caribbean style, painted with bright colors that identify the culture of the area and  lush  gardens.

Prices based on double occupancy. For single travelers, an additional charge of $15 per night applies.

Duration 4 days / 3 nights

DEPARTURE / RETURN LOCATION San José, Puerto Viejo or Arenal with option to change destination.
DEPARTURE TIME From 5:30 to 6:30 am, depending on the location of your hotel
RETURN TIME Approximately 5:30 pm
INCLUDED 1 naturalist Canoe tour
1 tour of town
2 nights of lodging in Tortuguero
1 night at Pacuare River Lodge
2 days of rafting with hikes
Gear for rafting
2 breakfasts in Tortuguero
2 breakfasts on the river
2 lunches on the river
1 dinner on the river
Transportation to/from San José, Puerto Viejo or La Fortuna town (hotels outside La Fortuna have extra cost)
NOT INCLUDED Lunches in Tortuguero
Dinner in Tortuguero
National Park entrance ($15)
Caribbean Conservation Corporation ($2)Turtle nesting night tour ($35 from the downtown)


Tortuguero: Light clothes, swimming suit, sunscreen, hat, camera (ideally water proof), water bottle, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, binoculars, raincoat. For the night-tour please wear dark clothes.

Pacuare Overnight: Swimming suit on, light shoes that will stay on, long sleeve shirt or rash guard , water bottle, change of light clothes, sunscreen and insect repellent, binoculars, wind breaker, flash light and personal toiletries.


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  • Difficulty: Class III – IV
  • Distance: 36 Km /22 miles
  • Number of rapids: 49
  • Approximate river time: 7 Hours
  • Minimum age: 12 years

Our overnight Pacuare Adventure is a Paddle and Hike expedition. Not only will we raft a variety of exciting rapids, but we will also hike to pristine waterfalls, fun swimming holes and primary jungles. This package includes at least one hike a day, based on your athletic and adventure desires.

Please note that different companies run the same stretch of river for one, two and three day trips. In order to give you better value for both your time and money, we use an upper “put in” for our overnight trips, giving you an extra 6.5 kilometers (4 extra miles) upstream making your first day on the river 100% longer, in addition to running twice as many rapids.

On day one we will run 13kms (8 miles) of continuous class III whitewater for a total of 14 rapids. Arriving at Pacuare River Lodge shortly past noon, just on time for lunch. Afternoon activities include various optional hikes, fishing in the river, or relaxing in a hammock.

The second all of the class IV rapids are on this day, so now it is time to truly test the skills you learned on the previous day. Day two is significantly longer on the river, with 23kms (14 miles) to travel and about 30 rapids. There are two stops programmed, one for a nice exploratory hike and another one to have lunch on the river.

Tour ends in Siquirres, at our own private Exploration Center, where you can take a shower, change and enjoy the gardens and terrace while having a beer or two and reflecting with your new friends about the great adventure you just shared.


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First Day

Early morning pickup at your hotel in San Jose, Arenal or Puerto Viejo. Breakfast at our Exploration Center. Transport to Tortuguero.

Check in. Tortuguero Village Tour, leisure time.

Seasonal turtle nesting tour or night hike tour (optional). Additional $25 / from July to October only.


Second Day

Naturalist Canoe Tour at 5 30 am. Breakfast.

Hiking to Tortuguero National Park at 11 a.m.

On your own. We recommend you a hike to Cerro Tortuguero at $40 and 5 hours over and back.


Third Day

Very early pick up at 4:50 am . Boat ride out and transport to our Exploration Center and breakfast. Luggage stored securely while you are on the river.

River descent.

Lunch at Pacuare River Lodge.

Hike and leisure time.



Fourth Day

Breakfast and River Descent including lunch.

Transport to San Jose, Arenal or Puerto Viejo.


La Casona

La Casona is an eco-friendly hotel, located just 5 minutes from Tortuguero National Park.

Managed by a Costa Rican family that arrived to Tortuguero Town approximately 16 years ago, with the objective of offering visitors a cozy place to stay. The hostel is a rustic site, which has 10 basic rooms, reception, hammock area, all surrounded by small internal and external gardens with tropical plants and flowers that attract hummingbirds, butterflies, lizards, frogs and others. The hotel works with rural community tourism and carries out sustainability practices, allowing them to live in harmony with the community and with the surroundings of the Tortuguero National Park.

If La Casona is full you will stay in a similar hotel and the rate is the same.

Hostel Tortuguero

Situated in Tortuguero, 200 m from Tortuguero Beach, Tortuguero Hostel & Backpackers features rooms with city views and free WiFi. Built in 2014, the property is within 600 m of Tortuguero National Park. The property offers bike hire, massage room and features a garden and terrace with 12 hammocks.

At the guest house, rooms include a patio with a river view. With a private bathroom fitted with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at Tortuguero Hostel & Backpackers also boast a lake view. At the accommodation, every room includes a seating area.

Coconut Hostel

With garden views, Coconut Hostel B&B is situated in Tortuguero and has a restaurant, room service, bar, garden and balcony. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the property. At the accommodation, every room includes a seating area.

There is a fully equipped private bathroom with shower and free toiletries.

Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy an American breakfast.

Tortuguero Beach is 70 m from the accommodation, while Tortuguero National Park is 800 m from the property.

We have daily departures from San José, the Caribbean Coast and the Arenal Volcano, giving you the choice to start and finish at the place of your convenience. This is an excellent option to be combined with our Tortuguero Expeditions.