Glide straight into the core of the Costa Rican experience and hit three of the country’s hot spots in a kayak. Beginners and more experienced kayakers are welcome — for the nature lover, the scenery’s the point, not the sweat! Get really wild at Lake Arenal, the centre of adventure sports like paddle-boarding, then cruise through the canals of Tortuguero in search of monkeys and sloths. Experience lush greenery and Caribbean flavour from a whole different level when you kayak Costa Rica.
Perfect for those looking to experience the region’s natural marvels alongside some adventure and leisure time for self exploration and yes definitely to inhale some of the many local cuisines and cultures.
Start/Finish City: San Jose to San Jose
Service Level: Standard (Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport)
Physical Grading: 3 – Average (Some light kayaking in addition to walking, but accessible to most healthy travellers)
Travel Style: Active
- Glide through the canals of Tortuguero by kayak
- Search for wildlife in the dense green forest canopy
- View the beautiful vistas from your kayak on Lake Arenal
- Try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding
- Day 1 22nd June 2019 San Jose Arrive at any time. 1800 Hrs Tour orientation with tour leader. Day at leisure.
- Day 2 23rd June 2019 La Fortuna Hop on a local bus to La Fortuna. and opt to swim at a local swimming hole at the base of a waterfall during free time in the afternoon. La Fortuna, the town near the foot of Arenal Volcano, is an excellent base for adventure.
- Experience the outdoor adventures and amazing wildlife and natural wonders in this area. Check with tour leaders for optional paid activities like waterfall swims, whitewater rafting and hot springs experience.
- Day 3 24th June 2019 La Fortuna Take to the water and enjoy an included combo kayaking and stand-up paddle board session on Lake Arenal. Enjoy a free afternoon, and opt to go rafting, waterfall rappelling, or take a dip in therapeutic hot springs.Work your arms, legs and core muscles in an included kayak and stand-up paddle board session on Lake Arenal. Zip up your life jacket, grab a paddle and get ready to be wowed by beauty in every direction. Technics and tricks will be taught for both stand up paddle boarding and kayaking, and there will be time allotted to enjoy both. Admire Arenal Volcano as you kayak the blue-green waters of Lake Arenal, Central America’s second largest lake. Scan the shores for more than 300 species of birds, listen for howler monkeys and fish for sharp-toothed rainbow bass. Take time to float and soak in the stunning scenery of the rolling hills, secret coves and sky that stretches forever. Check with tour leaders for optional paid activities like horse riding, waterfall jumping, cave explorations and many more.
- Day 4 25th June 2019 La Fortuna Enjoy a free day for adrenaline-fueled optionals such as the Cerro Chato extreme hike, whitewater rafting on Class III and IV rapids, waterfall rappelling or mountain biking. Or take it easy with some bird watching in Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge by boat or a massage in town. Check with tour leaders for optional paid activities Arenal Volcano Park Hike, Lost Canyon Adventures and many more.
- Day 5 26th June 2019 La Fortuna/SaraPiqui Travel to Sarapiquí and to the tranquil Cuarto River. Hop into kayaks and cruise downstream. The calm waters are perfect for birdwatching and wildlife spotting in the forest canopy. This region is known for the abundant wildlife and birds, making it the perfect spot for a leisurely paddle while searching for monkeys and sloths. Later settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle. Meals included: Lunch | Dinner
- Day 6 27th June 2019 Sarapiqui/Tortuguero Travel east towards the Caribbean coast, then transfer to a boat and motor through canals to arrive in Tortuguero at the jungle-lined coast of Costa Rica. After arrival, enjoy a guided visit to the town of Tortuguero. Visit the small village of Tortuguero with rivers and canals on one side and the Caribbean beach on the other. Walk past humble houses of wood and metal roofs. Meet locals (with a mix of Hispanic, Miskito Indian and Afro-Caribbean heritage) and find out more about life in a town whose economy benefits greatly from sea turtle tourism. Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Day 7 28th June 2019 2019 Tortuguero Enjoy an included guided kayaking excursions this morning, followed by free time in the afternoon. Opt for a nighttime excursion to look for nesting sea turtles laying eggs when it is turtle season. Along Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, between April and October, sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach. Green turtles are most common, but leatherbacks, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles are also occasionally found near Tortuguero. You must book a tour with a registered tour guide in order to be allowed on the beach at night during nesting season. From November to early January, baby turtles will be making the journey from their nest to the ocean. Check with tour leaders for optional paid activities Like turtle nesting night excursion, or a national park guided boat tour. Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Day 8 29th June 2019 Tortuguero/San Jose Return to San José for an optional final night out with the group.If you have time, check out the sites you may have missed at the start of the trip or do some last-minute souvenir shopping.
- Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch
- Day 9 30th June 2019 San Jose Depart at any time. Trip ends with countless memories.
Please Note: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us.
- Exclusive Guided kayaking on Cuarto River (Sarapiquí).
- Exclusive Guided kayaking and wildlife viewing through the canals of Tortuguero.
- Guided excursion to the town of Tortuguero.Hands-on experience for Stand Up Paddle and Kayak Combo in Arenal
- Self Exploration time in Carte Blanche: La Fortuna
- 5N Hotel Acco + 1N Cottage Acco (On Sharing Basis) + 2N Jungle lodge
- Meals as specified in the itinerary (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners)
- Road Transfers (Between destinations and to/from included activities)
- Exclusive Tour Manager, Local Guides & Support Team Charges & Expenses
- Flights & Visa Charges from Home Location to San Jose
- Costa Rica Exit Airport Tax @ USD 29 per head
- Meals unless specified in the itinerary
- Porter, guide etc tips
- Anything not mentioned under inclusions
We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. All other relevant clothing and other details will be provided upon confirmation.
General things to carry: Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended), Pack liners to waterproof bags, Rain gear, Sleeping bag (Also available for rent), Thermal base layer, Travel pillow, Drybag (Will help keep cameras and essentials dry), Sport Sandals or Water Shoes (if you plan to do waterfall rappelling and/or rafting, Waterproof hiking boots, Sandals/flip-flops, Sun hat/bandana, Swimwear.
- The iTravel Group is a registered trademark of M/s RAV Travels LLP and all payments will be in favour of M/s RAV Travels LLP.
- Complete payments will be required towards confirmation and verbal confirmation will not be considered towards booking the seats.
- Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome orientation meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time.
- The currency in Costa Rica is the Colon (CRC). Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances. Visa cards are the most widely accepted cards. While ATMs are widely available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Latin America. Check with your bank. You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies.
- All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.
- It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Please note that in Costa Rica, a 23% charge is added on to almost every meal (13% tax, 10% tip). Further tipping for wait staff is appropriate in the case of excellent service. Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.
- Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our tour leaders to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).Swimming, including snorkelling, is always at your own risk.
- Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
- Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ’emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
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- Detailed Terms & Conditions, Experience prep kits would be provided upon confirmation.