Tortuguero + Pacuare (3 Days / 2 nights)

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

$299 per person – Tortuguero Economy (Accommodations in Hostel Tortuguero, Coconut Hostel B&B, or similar)

$319 per person – Tortuguero Standard (Accommodations in La Baula Lodge, La Casona or similar)

Both the economy option and the 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: 3 days/2 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 full day of rafting on Pacuare River

Gear for rafting

3 breakfasts

1 lunch on the river

Transportation to/from San José, Puerto Viejo or La Fortuna town (hotels outside La Fortuna have extra cost)

Lunches in Tortuguero

Dinners 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: Long pants (for Tortuguero), swim suit/swim shorts (for rafting), t-shirt, insect repellent, waterproof sunscreen, shoes or sandals (just must wear footwear in the boat but they will get wet.

Pacuare One-Day: Come with rafting cloths on (light shoes that will stay on, swim suit, shorts, nylon shirt) sunscreen, water bottle, change of clothes, towel, insect repellent and a bit of cash. All luggage will be kept in lockers.

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The Pacuare River is one of the best choices for your adventure treks in Costa Rica. No other trip in the country exists that offers you a perfect blend of wilderness exposure and excitement, all in one day.
Pacuare is world famous for its sheer beauty. A true river gorge, it is flanked by steep, green walls. Here you enjoy the feeling of total isolation from urban life and the realness of being connected with nature. You see waterfalls cascade into the river from both sides as colorful, tropical birds fly right over your head. Amazing views of this virgin tropical rainforest area, appear before your eyes as you descend this true exploratory land. The 18 mile one day run includes a total of 52 rapids. Few rivers in the world can offer you so many.
Upon arrival to the river we will gear you up with a life jacket, helmet and paddle and then brief you with a full safety orientation talk. Finally, it is time to take off down the rapids!
The first 4 miles consist of fun class II-III rapids which is a perfect time to test your new river skills and gain confidence in your team. Here you can find pockets of secondary growth forest that is extremely beautiful. After about 40 minutes we will enter the famous Pacuare River Gorge, which is 5 miles of some of the best white water Costa Rica has to offer. The rapids here are “Terciopelo snake”, “Double drop”, “Upper and Lower Huacas”, “Pin ball” to name a few. You will also see the Huacas waterfall, a 150 foot dramatic drop into the river.
We finish in Siquirres, at our own private Exploration Center where you can take a shower.

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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 at 2 p.m. and leisure time.
Seasonal turtle nesting tour or night hike tour (optional).  Additional $25 / from July to October only.


Naturalist Canoe Tour at 5:30 am. Breakfast.
On your own. We recommend you a hike to Cerro Tortuguero at $40 and 5 hours over and back.


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

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.