Rainforest and Rivers Eco-Adventure

About the Experience

Costa Rica is a feast for the senses, and you’ll want to devour every delight on your adventure here, as you explore the colourful symphony of tropical life in the land of ‘Pura Vida’.  

Toucans ogle you from treetops and scarlet macaws flash in flight along the lush rainforest. Peer deep into tangled trees to find a sloth hovering on a branch or the eyes and snout of a caiman breaking the surface of a mangrove swamp as the call of a howler monkey teases you from the treetops. Blue morpho butterflies dance around the orchid trees – here you are in a conservationist’s dreamscape.

Your adventure will take you to the winding rivers of Tortuguero Park, one of the world’s largest nesting grounds for endangered turtles – green and leatherback. The wise turtles know: this is a safe place to be wild and free.

Shed your business casual like snakeskin, and transform into the wild jungle woman you know lurks beneath. The one who kayaks beneath the lacy canopy of the rainforest trees, head tipped back to the sun. The one who climbs among the lush coastal trails of Corcovado, waving to the scarlet macaws and spider monkeys. Ride your horse on the black sand beach into the sunset, with the mists rising over the rainforest as though you are entering a storybook fantasy. Here, you are Tarzan AND Jane.

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Rainforest and Rivers Eco-Adventure

About the Experience

Costa Rica is a feast for the senses, and you’ll want to devour every delight on your adventure here, as you explore the colourful symphony of tropical life in the land of ‘Pura Vida’.  

Toucans ogle you from treetops and scarlet macaws flash in flight along the lush rainforest. Peer deep into tangled trees to find a sloth hovering on a branch or the eyes and snout of a caiman breaking the surface of a mangrove swamp as the call of a howler monkey teases you from the treetops. Blue morpho butterflies dance around the orchid trees – here you are in a conservationist’s dreamscape.

Your adventure will take you to the winding rivers of Tortuguero Park, one of the world’s largest nesting grounds for endangered turtles – green and leatherback. The wise turtles know: this is a safe place to be wild and free.

Shed your business casual like snakeskin, and transform into the wild jungle woman you know lurks beneath. The one who kayaks beneath the lacy canopy of the rainforest trees, head tipped back to the sun. The one who climbs among the lush coastal trails of Corcovado, waving to the scarlet macaws and spider monkeys. Ride your horse on the black sand beach into the sunset, with the mists rising over the rainforest as though you are entering a storybook fantasy. Here, you are Tarzan AND Jane.

Day One: Salsa Salutations

Arrive in San Jose via SJO by mid-afternoon to meet your Costa Rican guide before joining your Wild Women group at a central upscale hotel. There will be a welcome reception and then you can go out on the town for dinner and maybe even some salsa dancing!

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Day Two: Whitewater Rafting

You will spend today whitewater rafting on the exciting Pacuare River. Join your Naturalist and River Guide at your San José hotel first thing in the morning. En route to the river, you will stop for a deluxe Costa Rican breakfast. Once at the river, your guides will give an orientation and safety talk before you clamber into rafts and paddle down the river.

Soak up the natural beauty of the pristine Pacuare Canyon in between exhilarating Class III-IV rapids, which are great for beginners. Your guides will share the history of the Pacuare and the culture of the people of the mountainous Turrialba region. Water levels permitting, hike up one of the many creeks that spill into the Pacuare. Upon returning to the riverbank, your guides – turned white-gloved waiters – will also treat you to a gourmet lunch in their outdoor “river restaurant.”

Float and paddle downriver to the take-out in the Caribbean town of Siquirres where towels and a victory cocktail await. You’ll continue on to your rainforest lodge on the river in Tortuguero Park.

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Day Three: Tortuguero National Park

You will leave the lodge by boat with your Tortuguero National Park Naturalist Guide and the kayaks loaded. You are headed for either Cano Chiquero or Cano Mora. Once there you’ll spend the rest of the morning paddling the lush creeks and lagoons of Tortuguero. Look up at the rainforest canopy and see what a river otter swimming the creek sees as she paddles along. Scan the understory of the forest and imagine foraging for seeds hidden amongst the foliage. Close your eyes and listen to the sun-dried seed pod of the Gavilan tree burst and disperse its seeds. The call of the Chestnut Mandibled Toucan and the sound of the spider monkeys crashing through the trees reverberates through the forest.

In the afternoon you will tour Tortuguero village and the Sea Turtle Conservancy Centre with a local guide and walk down the paths with colourful Afro-Caribbean homes. Stop for a chat with the locals and learn about their way of life.

Next up is a visit to the museum founded by the Sea Turtle Conservation. In 1959, the late Dr. Archie Carr began to study and tag the thousands of Atlantic Green Sea Turtles that travel to Tortuguero Beach to lay their eggs every year. It is the longest running continuous study of its kind in the world. These efforts have greatly improved the survival outlook for several species of sea turtles and it has had a profound effect on the community of Tortuguero.

If your tour is in July, you will watch giant sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach, in an incredible spectacle of the primal cycles of nature.

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Day Four: Luna Lodge

Today you will cross the country by charter flight and settle into a lodge surrounded by walking trails with two waterfalls, perfect refreshment after a day of travel. Luna lodge is an award-winning ecolodge, with an open air yoga sala, onsite spa and fabulous gourmet restaurant. It boasts the ambience of being on the edge of Corcovado Park, deep in the rainforest, in a deeply serene and pristine setting.

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Day Five: Corcovado National Park

Hike in the biologically-diverse and naturally spectacular Corcovado National Park, located on the Osa Peninsula on the southern Pacific Coast of the country. Biologists estimate that the park contains over 10,000 species of insects, more than 3,100 species of plants and trees, 140 species of mammals, and almost 500 species of birds, amphibians, and reptiles!

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Day Six: From Kayak to Horseback

You will spend the morning kayaking beautiful Peje Perrito Lagoon, paddling through tranquil waters and observing the abundant wildlife including crocodiles, white-faced monkeys, spider monkeys, Jesus Christ lizards, and many species of fish and aquatic birds.

In the afternoon you will meet your local horse guide for your horse riding experience. Your guide will teach you how to ride Costa Rican working horses and adjust your riding gear to ensure comfort before heading off to ride on the black sand beach! Along the way, you’ll explore the lagoon and surrounding rainforest, watching for shore birds, toucans, parrots, trogons, and the occasional crocodile basking in the sun.

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Day Seven: Up and Away

You’ll return to San Jose in the morning via charter flight in time for afternoon departures, where you can say your goodbyes.

* Note that a 2 day extension tour of Arenal is available, contact us for details if you would like to enjoy a longer adventure in Costa Rica!

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