COSTA RICA KAYAKING
Glide straight into the core of the Costa Rican experience and hit three of Costa Rica’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.
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.
• Kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding combo session (Lake Arenal).
• Guided kayaking on Cuarto River (Sarapiquí). Guided kayaking and wildlife viewing through canals of Tortuguero.
• Guided excursion to the town of Tortuguero. Transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
• Five nights hotel
• One night multi share cottage
• Two nights jungle lodge
• Three breakfasts, four lunches, three dinners (allow $250-$325 USD for meals not included)
• Public bus, private vehicle, boat, kayak, walking.
• Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
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Day 1: San José
Amid the hustle and bustle, San José has beautiful parks, museums and the ornate National Theatre downtown. The central plaza is a good place to people-watch. A mime, juggler, marimba band, magician, or storyteller may be performing for whatever is collected when the hat is passed. Artisan booths are common, creating a regular arts and crafts fair atmosphere.
Day 2: San José/La Fortuna
Travel from San José to La Fortuna, and opt to swim at a local swimming hole at the base of a waterfall during free time in the afternoon.
Day 3: La Fortuna
ake 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.
Day 4: La Fortuna
Enjoy a free day for adrenaline-fueled optionals such as 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.
Day 5: La Fortuna/Sarapiquí
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.
Day 6: Sarapiquí/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 visit to the town of Tortuguero.
Day 7: Tortuguero
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.
Day 8: Tortuguero/San José
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.
Day 9: San José
Depart at any time.
Operated by: G Adventures. Small group departures available on set dates throughout the year. CDN$ per person, land only. Other dates available, prices may vary, please contact us for details. Activity level: Average.
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