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9-Day Costa Rica Kayaking Adventure from San Jose
Product Code: 1113-25744
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • 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
Tour Code
1113-25744
Duration
9 days
Departure City
San Jose
End City
San Jose
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Backpacker, Adventure, Nature

Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour; Get in touch with Mother Earth

Style: Escorted

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Strenuous

Activities are geared towards experienced and fit travelers

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
San Jose

San José

Arrive in San Jose at any time. There are no planned activities so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members.

If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit a museum, shop or people-watch in the main plaza. As it is located in the central highlands, San Jose enjoys a moderate climate. The heat and humidity of the coast and lowland areas may affect you , with a general sense of lethargy and/or loss of appetite. This is no cause for alarm, it is simply a reaction to the heat. Be sure to drink plenty of water (cold bottled water is available everywhere) and do not attempt too much in any given day. We prefer fan-cooled rather than air conditioned rooms to avoid having to acclimatize to the heat and humidity every time you go outside.

Like most cities, San Jose has its good and bad sides. It is the centre of government, theatre, and art, as well as of air pollution and congestion. It has beautiful parks and museums, and a few beggars on the streets. It is big and often noisy, but even from its crowded downtown streets, you’ll often enjoy a view of the surrounding lush mountains.

Probably the hardest thing you will do in San Jose, other than get safely across busy streets, is keep the street numbering systems straight. Street and avenue numbers are posted on buildings at the corners of some intersections. Keep looking as you walk, and you will eventually find one.

The 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.

A source of pride for the Ticos (Costa Ricans) is the National Theatre. Inaugurated in 1897, the building was paid for by coffee growers through a voluntary tax on every bag of coffee exported. The National Museum, housed in the Bellavista Fortress, offers exhibits on pre-Columbian art, colonial art and furniture and religious art within a 19th century building that was converted from a military fortress after the army was abolished.
The Museum of Costa Rican Art, located in La Sabana Park used to be the international airport and this museum is in the old terminal building. The Jade Museum is on the 11th floor of the Instituto Nacional de Seguros building. In addition to the marvellous collection of jade objects, there are pre-Columbian ceramic and stone works as well as displays with archaeological and ethnographic information. The Gold Museum is located underneath the Plaza de la Cultura. Its spectacular collection of indigenous gold art belongs to the Central Bank of Costa Rica.

The best and least expensive places to buy souvenirs in San Jose are the markets. The two main ones are the ones in Plaza de la Cultura, which is an outdoor open market, and the Central Market, where handicrafts are sold along with boots, fish, flour, herbal remedies, shirts and everything else you can imagine. Always watch your belongings and be ready for crowds. If you plan on spending a few days in San Jose prior to or after your tour, there are a number of activities within the city and area that you can participate in, many of them outdoors.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero (with breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Travelling east by shuttle from San Jose, then by boat through the canals we come to Tortuguero, an important nesting area for Green and Leatherback sea turtles (seasonal March to June for Leatherbacks, June to September for Green turtles). Here there is plenty of opportunity to see a variety of birds and wildlife.

The beaches around Tortuguero, a sleepy Afro-Caribbean town, host the nesting grounds of a variety of sea turtles. Walking paths extend through the village and into the National Park. Tortuguero National Park was created in 1975 to protect the four species of sea turtles which nest along the beaches. En route to Tortuguero, we may see herons, egrets, spoonbills, as well as amphibians and reptiles like the “Jesus Lizard” (it walks on water) and caimans. The tropical rainforest gives way to prime beaches, ideal nesting grounds for Green, Loggerhead, Hawksbill and Leatherback Turtles. The latter nests from mid-March to May, the rest from July to September. The Caribbean Conservation Center, just outside of town, is an excellent source of information about the turtles and their tropical habitat.

While here, you will experience two included guided kayaking excursions, a guided nature hike and a guided boat trip through the canals of Tortuguero National Park.

*Please note: All travellers must pay $10 upon arrival to the Tortuguero National Park, this is a government fee that must be paid at the time of entrance.

Tips:
*Please note: All travellers must pay $10 upon arrival to the Tortuguero National Park, this is a government fee that must be paid at the time of entrance.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03

Tortuguero (with breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Travelling east by shuttle from San Jose, then by boat through the canals we come to Tortuguero, an important nesting area for Green and Leatherback sea turtles (seasonal March to June for Leatherbacks, June to September for Green turtles). Here there is plenty of opportunity to see a variety of birds and wildlife.

The beaches around Tortuguero, a sleepy Afro-Caribbean town, host the nesting grounds of a variety of sea turtles. Walking paths extend through the village and into the National Park. Tortuguero National Park was created in 1975 to protect the four species of sea turtles which nest along the beaches. En route to Tortuguero, we may see herons, egrets, spoonbills, as well as amphibians and reptiles like the “Jesus Lizard” (it walks on water) and caimans. The tropical rainforest gives way to prime beaches, ideal nesting grounds for Green, Loggerhead, Hawksbill and Leatherback Turtles. The latter nests from mid-March to May, the rest from July to September. The Caribbean Conservation Center, just outside of town, is an excellent source of information about the turtles and their tropical habitat.

While here, you will experience two included guided kayaking excursions, a guided nature hike and a guided boat trip through the canals of Tortuguero National Park.

*Please note: All travellers must pay $10 upon arrival to the Tortuguero National Park, this is a government fee that must be paid at the time of entrance.

Tips:
Estimated Travel Time: 7 hours
Approximate Distance: 270 km
Day 04

Tortuguero (with breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Travelling east by shuttle from San Jose, then by boat through the canals we come to Tortuguero, an important nesting area for Green and Leatherback sea turtles (seasonal March to June for Leatherbacks, June to September for Green turtles). Here there is plenty of opportunity to see a variety of birds and wildlife.

The beaches around Tortuguero, a sleepy Afro-Caribbean town, host the nesting grounds of a variety of sea turtles. Walking paths extend through the village and into the National Park. Tortuguero National Park was created in 1975 to protect the four species of sea turtles which nest along the beaches. En route to Tortuguero, we may see herons, egrets, spoonbills, as well as amphibians and reptiles like the “Jesus Lizard” (it walks on water) and caimans. The tropical rainforest gives way to prime beaches, ideal nesting grounds for Green, Loggerhead, Hawksbill and Leatherback Turtles. The latter nests from mid-March to May, the rest from July to September. The Caribbean Conservation Center, just outside of town, is an excellent source of information about the turtles and their tropical habitat.

While here, you will experience two included guided kayaking excursions, a guided nature hike and a guided boat trip through the canals of Tortuguero National Park.

Day 05
Arenal Volcano

La Fortuna / Arenal

La Fortuna, the town near the foot of Arenal Volcano is an excellent base for adventure. Hike the area’s nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or go canyoneering (rappelling) and catch a bird’s eye view of the forest greenery. Other optional activities include full-day white water rafting on the Toro or Arenal Rivers, mountain biking, caving, horseback riding, or a tour of the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders’ paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents. Finally, after a long day of exploring, you can choose to take a relaxing soak at Baldi Hot Springs.

Set on the northern plains of Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano sits on the southeast shore of artificial Lake Arenal (77 square kilometres, or 48 square miles). Separating the mountain ranges of Guanacaste and Tilaran, the lake was created by a hydroelectric dam. Winds sweeping off the Caribbean Sea reach speeds of 48 to 72 km/hr (30 to 45 mph), across Lake Arenal you can find one of the best locations in the world to go windsurfing. The volcano, once quite active, has been in a dormant state since the beginning of 2011 but still is a dramatic backdrop to the town of La Fortuna.

While here, you'll participate in an included combo kayaking and stand up paddle boarding session on Lake Arenal.

Tips:
Estimated Travel Time: 5 hours
Approximate Distance: 200 km

Visiting Attractions

Day 06

La Fortuna / Arenal

La Fortuna, the town near the foot of Arenal Volcano is an excellent base for adventure. Hike the area’s nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or go canyoneering (rappelling) and catch a bird’s eye view of the forest greenery. Other optional activities include full-day white water rafting on the Toro or Arenal Rivers, mountain biking, caving, horseback riding, or a tour of the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders’ paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents. Finally, after a long day of exploring, you can choose to take a relaxing soak at Baldi Hot Springs.

Set on the northern plains of Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano sits on the southeast shore of artificial Lake Arenal (77 square kilometres, or 48 square miles). Separating the mountain ranges of Guanacaste and Tilaran, the lake was created by a hydroelectric dam. Winds sweeping off the Caribbean Sea reach speeds of 48 to 72 km/hr (30 to 45 mph), across Lake Arenal you can find one of the best locations in the world to go windsurfing. The volcano, once quite active, has been in a dormant state since the beginning of 2011 but still is a dramatic backdrop to the town of La Fortuna.

While here, you'll participate in an included combo kayaking and stand up paddle boarding session on Lake Arenal.

Tips:
Estimated Travel Time: 5 hours
Approximate Distance: 200 km
Day 07

La Fortuna / Arenal

La Fortuna, the town near the foot of Arenal Volcano is an excellent base for adventure. Hike the area’s nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or go canyoneering (rappelling) and catch a bird’s eye view of the forest greenery. Other optional activities include full-day white water rafting on the Toro or Arenal Rivers, mountain biking, caving, horseback riding, or a tour of the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders’ paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents. Finally, after a long day of exploring, you can choose to take a relaxing soak at Baldi Hot Springs.

Set on the northern plains of Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano sits on the southeast shore of artificial Lake Arenal (77 square kilometres, or 48 square miles). Separating the mountain ranges of Guanacaste and Tilaran, the lake was created by a hydroelectric dam. Winds sweeping off the Caribbean Sea reach speeds of 48 to 72 km/hr (30 to 45 mph), across Lake Arenal you can find one of the best locations in the world to go windsurfing. The volcano, once quite active, has been in a dormant state since the beginning of 2011 but still is a dramatic backdrop to the town of La Fortuna.

While here, you'll participate in an included combo kayaking and stand up paddle boarding session on Lake Arenal.

Tips:
Estimated Travel Time: 5 hours
Approximate Distance: 200 km
Day 08
San Jose

San José

Return to San Jose for our final night on the town. 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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09
San Jose

San José

Depart at any time.

Tips:
Please note 2016 will not offer the pick-up service.

Visiting Attractions

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • 2-hour guided kayaking sessions through the canals around Tortuguero (two). Guided hike through the jungle. Boat tour of Tortuguero National Park. Kayaking and stand-up paddling in Lake Arenal.
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners. (Please allow USD100-150 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels (5 nts), jungle lodge (3 nts).
  • Public bus, van, boat, kayak, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 10

Package Excludes

  • Airfares or related transportation between your home and San Jose
  • All personal expenses including hotel room service and meals; however, you have the option to pay for meals that tour guide arranges
  • Allow USD100-150 for meals not included.
  • Optional Activities
    All prices are per person (unless stated otherwise), and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators.

    Tortuguero:
    Night turtle watch $25 (incl. Entrance + guide)
    Morning baby turtle watch $15 (incl. entrance + guide)
    Tourist centre $2

    La Fortuna/ Arenal:
    Rafting Class III and IV (Full day – 7 hours) $75 (incl. Lunch and fruit on the river)
    Rafting Class II and III (half day – 4.5 hours) $55 (incl. Lunch and fruit on the river)
    Canyoning/Rappelling tour $75 (includes breakfast or lunch depending on tour time – 4 hours)
    Mambo Combo (Rafting II and III with Canyoning) $139.50 (8 hours)
    Venado Cave Spelunking $55 (4 hours)
    Mountain biking $59 (4 hours)
    Cano Negro Reserve $55 (8 hours)V Hot springs only $20
    Hot springs with dinner $25
    Cerro Chato Extreme Hike (6 hours) $59
    Safari float $45 (4 hours)
    Horse trip to waterfall $42 (4 hours)
    Bike Rental &15/day
    Volunteer Program at Proyecto Asis (feeding animals, playing with animals, baby monkey, and some physical work, includes snack) $59 (4 hours)

    San Jose:
    Adventure Combo (Canopy & Horseback Riding) (L) $107
    Adventure Combo (Canopy & Rafting) (L) $107
    Combo Tour ( Doka - Poas - Cataratas) (B,L) $96
    La Paz Waterfall Gardens (Late departure) $75
    Manuel Antonio National Park
    (Tues,Thurs,Sat and Sun)(B)(L) $99
    Poas Volcano ( Half Day ) $46
    San Jose City Tour $39
    The Best of the Pacific ( Punta Leona) (B)(L) $115
    Rafting Class IV Pacuare (B)(L) $99
    Irazu, Orosi and Lankaster Gardens(L) $81
    RAM LUNA ( Show and Dinner) $69
Special Notes
  • Important Notes:
    Be prepared for rain and lower temperatures during the winter season (June-November), especially in Costa Rica's central valley.
    Costa Rica will not be allowing anyone to enter the country without proof of a departure ticket (bus, airplane, boat, etc.). If you are travelling through a few countries in Central America, you will need to show proof of your itinerary and a departure ticket from your last destination. Please print the itinerary and voucher and bring it with you.
  • About Meals
    4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners.
    Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
    Day 5-7 included 1 breakfast
  • Solo Travellers
    We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
  • Accommodation
    Hotels (5 nts), jungle lodge (3 nts).
  • We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 5-10 mintues with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Medium size soft suitcases, rolling bag or backpack are recommended (no XXL ones please!). You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones. It can be very warm in the summer, but nights can still be cool, so layering is suggested. We also recommend a raincoat or water resistant jacket and a comfortable pair of hiking shoes.
  • In order to protect your own property, please bring any valuable items with you at any time. Please do not leave any valuable items on the bus/hotel/attraction/restaurant etc. Tours4Fun, local operators, drivers and tour guides will not take any responsibility for any theft or loss at any location.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Adult: 18 and older
* Child: 12-17
* Children under 12 years of age are not permitted on this tour.
* Price for Single Occupancy applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Price for Double Occupancy applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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