Costa Rica Rafting & Kayaking

San Jose, Costa Rica

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This action-packed journey in the jewel of Central America is a non-stop water park adventure, with magical nights deep in the rainforest. Take in the energy and beauty of Arenal Volcano and enjoy an invigorating soak at a mountain hot springs. Sneak up close to wildlife as you paddle the jungle waterways of Tortuguero National Park, home to howler monkeys, blue morpho butterflies, sea turtles, and tropical birds. And take a rollicking, fun-filled ride down the Río Pacuare — one of the world's top ten rivers for rafting.


Arrive in San José, Costa Rica

Arrive in San José, Costa Rica's capital city and cultural hub. Meet your MT Sobek representative outside the customs and immigration area for help transferring to your hotel.

Forest Hike on Arenal Volcano

After breakfast, travel north towards the town of La Fortuna and home of the Arenal Volcano. Take a moderate, 3-hour hike in the area surrounding Arenal Volcano, enjoying the stunning primary and secondary forests. Watch for a wide variety of wildlife, including howler monkeys, sloths, and toucans along the way. Lunch at a local restaurant and spend some free time this afternoon relaxing at the hotel.

Paddle Lake Arenal & Enjoy a Hot Springs Soak

After breakfast, paddle the calm waters of Lake Arenal, Costa Rica's largest and most breathtaking lake, while enjoying a spectacular view of the famous volcano. Late in the afternoon, take a relaxing dip in the EcoTermales mineral hot springs—ranging in temperature from 90°F to 105°F. Gather with the group for dinner at the hot springs' restaurant.

Kayak Tortuguero National Park

Take a scenic drive through the Caribbean Lowlands to your put-in on the Río Suerte for a unique kayaking trip into Tortuguero National Park, accessible only by water or by air. Explore its jungle waterways and hidden lagoons, and see howler monkeys, basilisk lizards, morpho butterflies, and tropical birds. Arrive at your waterfront lodge, a beautiful resort on a strip of land between the beaches of the Caribbean and the canals of the Tortuguero Lagoon. Walk on the beach, swim in the pool, or have cocktails on the sunset deck.

Wildlife of Tortuguero National Park

In the early morning, take an optional guided birding boat tour. After breakfast, take a motorboat loaded with your kayak to a secondary channel in the national park. Board your kayak and paddle through a narrow waterway to look for wildlife. After lunch back at the lodge, paddle to some more areas only accessible by kayak, or simply relax at the pool.

Discover the Río Pacuare

After breakfast, take a boat ride to Matina and then drive to your put-in on the beautiful Río Pacuare, Costa Rica's most remarkable river corridor. You'll find steep, technical drops that are typical of the Pacuare, plus cascading waterfalls that drench you as you pass. Look for sloths, river otters, and anteaters, and an incredible variety of birds, such as toucans, egrets, herons, kingfishers, sunbirds, and trogons. Paddle downstream to your riverside accommodation, a rustic, thatched-roof jungle lodge.

Choose Your Adventure at Ríos Tropicales

Enjoy a full day at Ríos Tropicales Lodge. Take an optional early-morning guided bird-watching hike to see toucans and many other species, before returning for breakfast and gearing up for a day of adventures. Swing through the forest on a zip line to get an up-close perspective of the ecosystem of the canopy. Trek deep into the Pacuare Nature Reserve, or hike to nearby "Wake Up" Waterfalls and take a thrilling canyoning tour, which includes rappelling down the face of the waterfall.

Whitewater Rafting on the Río Pacuare

Continue your whitewater rafting adventure in the lush, magical gorge of the Río Pacuare, where the rapids become more powerful and technical in nature. Power through "Bobo," "Huacas Arriba," "Huacas Abajo," and "Dos Montañas" rapids. Gorgeous waterfalls tumble into the river, and you might catch a glimpse of some of the exotic birds and animals inhabiting the surrounding jungle. Take out near the town of Siquirres and transfer back to San José, arriving in time to clean up and enjoy your last dinner with your fellow travelers.

Depart from San José

After breakfast, transfer to the San José airport and depart on homeward-bound flights.

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San José, Costa Rica


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