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.

$424 per person – 4-Day Tortuguero + Pacuare Overnight Economy Package (Accommodations in La Casona or similar)

$464 per person – 4-Day Tortuguero + Pacuare Overnight Standard Package (Accommodations in La Baula Lodge)

Both La Casona or similar (economy option) and La Baula Lodge (standard option) are located  only five minutes  from the Tortuguero National Park. They are  focused on the respect, protection and conservation of the environment and of the flora and fauna of the area. Both feature rooms with private bath, hot water and fans. They have authentic Caribbean style, painted with bright colors that identify the culture of the area and  lush  gardens.

Prices based on double occupancy. Economy option has a supplemental charge of $15 for single travelers.

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

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 Arenal

Lunches in Tortuguero

Dinner in Tortuguero

National Park entrance ($15)

Caribbean Conservation Corporation ($2)

Turtle nesting night tour ($40 + transportation to Tortuguero if you stay at La Baula Lodge & $35 from the downtown)

WHAT TO BRING 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
  • Minimun 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. This makes your first day on the river 100% longer, in addition to running twice as many rapids.

The first day we will run 13kms (8 miles) of continuous class III whitewater for a total of 14 rapids. Then we will arrive at Pacuare River Lodge shortly past noon, 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 truely test the skills you learned on the previous day. The second day is significantly longer on the river, with 23kms (14 miles) to travel and about 30 rapids. Two stops are made, one for a nice exploratory hike and another one to have lunch on the river.

We finish 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 a.m. 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.

La Baula Lodge

La Baula Lodge is strategically positioned in front of the Tortuguero Lagoon at only five minutes on boat from the Tortuguero National Park. There are 2 hectare of property inside the rainforest and near the canals. The exotic sounds of the local fauna will let you enjoy your experience to the max, here you will have the opportunity to visit one of the destinations with more natural richness of all Costa Rica.

La Baula Lodge is a very comfortable and rustic hotel focused on the respect, protection and conservation of the environment and of the flora and fauna of the area. features an authentic Caribbean style, painted with bright colors that identify the culture of the area, lush and exotic gardens, open air restaurant with a view to the lagoon and surrounding rainforest, swimming pool and a large bar, standard rooms, equipped with a ceiling fan, a double and a single bed and private bathroom with hot water. All rooms have rainforest views.