It shares borders with Area de Conservación La Amistad (La Amistad Biosphere Reserve), Central America's largest protected wilderness expanse, which consists of national and international parks and preserves. This area remains one of the least explored territories in the region, its biological wealth only partially known. Continue your adventure with exciting class III-IV White water rafting at the Pacuare River world famous for its sheer beauty. You can combine this itinerary with 2 nights extension in the beautiful beaches of Puerto Viejo or at the amazing Arenal Volcano.
Day 1: Arrival to Costa Rica, San Josè. Upon arrival to Juan Santamaría International airport, our guide/driver will pick you up and will take you to your hotel in San Josè for one night lodging. He will forward all documents related to your trip including itinerary, vouchers, brochures and other documents. Free day to explore the city. Lodging at Hotel Britannia, Palma Real, Balmoral or similar in San Josè.
Day 2: Tortuguero National Park - Mawamba or Laguna Lodge. Early in the morning, around 6:15 a.m., a guide from Mawamba or Laguna Lodge will meet you at the hotel`s reception and will take you to our Caribbean Zone. You will be traveling with a bilingual naturalist guide on an air conditioned bus. Drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park, where you have the opportunity to see beautiful views and abundant vegetation. On the way we will stop for breakfast at a local restaurant and then we will continue our trip to Caño Blanco deck driving by banana plantations.
At Caño Blanco or Matina you will board the covered boat to the lodge, passing the Tortuguero canals arriving between 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. At the lodge our staff will be waiting for you with a refreshing cocktail, your rooms will be assigned and the guide will explain the afternoon activities after lunch -the visit to the Turtle Museum of the C.C.C. (Caribbean Conservation Corporation) and to the colorful Tortuguero town. At the end of the activities, you are free to enjoy the hotel`s facilities which include swimming pool, bar and beautiful gardens.
Day 3: Tortuguero National Park - Boat tour through the Canals. Optional 6:15 am tour to admire the awakening of the wildlife of Tortuguero. Return for breakfast (service between 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.). Then another boat tour to admire the canals of Tortuguero National Park. This is a wonderful and interesting experience where you can see abundant flora and fauna of Tortuguero National Park. Return to the lodge for lunch and free time for a siesta, enjoy the pool or go for a walk to the beach. Then you have another optional tour to the canals or stay at the lodge to explore the private trails of the lodge, visit the open butterfly garden or simply enjoy the pool. Dinner at the lodge and free night.
Day 4: Selva Bananito Lodge. Breakfast included at your hotel and boat transportation to the dock. Continue the trip to Siquirres, where our driver will pick you up and will take you to Selva Bananito Lodge. We recommend having a snack at Caribbean Dish Restaurant as you will be arriving to Selva Bananito around 3:30 p.m. for lunch. Lodging at a superior room. The cabins at Selva Bananito stand on a ridge flanked by two streams. On one side of the ridge you will see the Bananito River and its valley , where the farm’s pastures, plantations, and reforested areas are (great birdwatching here!). On the other side your eyes will fall upon the beautiful Cerro Muchilla and the Amistad Biosphere, which our borders touch. Lunch and dinner included. Day at leisure to enjoy by your own.
Day 5: Selva Bananito Lodge. After a buffet breakfast, you can choose from any of the following tours: Introductory tree climbing, horseback riding or a natural guided hiking on the private reserve. Back to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy surroundings or to take one of the optional tours offered at this lodge. At Selva Bananito Lodge and Reserve we offer tranquillity, beauty, close contact with nature, and the opportunity to experience the rain forest first hand. We also offer insights into agriculture in the humid tropics. Many tourist resorts in Costa Rica bring visitors in touch with the exquisite natural beauty of the country, but we are among the very few who have also taken an active stand in environmental protection. Meals included at Selva Bananito.
Day 6: Pacuare White Water Rafting. Puerto Viejo or Arenal Extension
Early breakfast before a driver from Selva Bananito takes you to Bananito Village where a guide from Exploradores Outdoors will meet you. Be ready to get wet at the exciting Pacuare White Water Rafting tour. The Pacuare river 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 Pacuare River has white water that is equal to its natural beauty and abundant wildlife. It is not an overly challenging river, but it has a lot rapids, therefore giving you an adventure filled with lots of fun. The 18 mile one day run includes a total of 38 rapids. Few rivers in the world can offer you so many rapids in such a short stretch of river. The tour includes transportation, breakfast, lunch, equipment and guides. At the end of this tour you will be taken to San Jose for overnight. If you want, we can ad 2 nights extension at Puerto Viejo or Arenal for an extra cost.
Day 7: Breakfast included at your hotel. Today you will have a shuttle transportation service to the international airport.
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