Costa Rica Rafting / Bocas del Toro Sea Kayaking Adventure

Costa Rica Rafting / Bocas del Toro Sea Kayaking Adventure

Rios Tropicales’ newest adventure combines a world-class river rafting trip on Costa Rica’s renowned Pacuare River, staying at the National Geographic award-winning Rios Tropicales Lodge in the jungle, with a sea kayaking expedition in Panama’s scenic Bocas del Toro archipelago.


The 10-day adventure trip explores two of the most beautiful locations in the Caribbean region of Costa Rica and Panama. Active days will have you rafting, hiking, bird-watching, sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling and swimming. Afternoons are for hammock and beach lounging, and your evenings will be spent savoring great conversations and delicious cuisine while relaxing amid nature’s splendor.


Your adventure begins in San Jose, Costa Rica. You’ll first head deep into the primary rainforest along the iconic Pacuare River. A half day of rafting takes you right to our very comfortable, environmentally sustainable, riverside ecolodge. You’ll have an afternoon, the next day and two nights to explore the fascinating jungle and enjoy a few of the fun activities available on our 2,470-acre private rainforest reserve.


On Day 4, you’ll raft exciting class 3 – 4 rapids through the breathtaking Pacuare Gorge and the Lower Pacuare. Then you’ll drive to Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast for a relaxing afternoon and evening at a postcard-perfect beach.




We’ll cross into Panama in the morning and spend the next four days reveling in the natural beauty of the spectacular Bocas del Toro archipelago while sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and snorkeling. We’ll be based on Bastimentos Island at the Casa Cayuco luxury ecolodge by the Bastimentos National Marine Park. On Day 9, we’ll fly from Bocas del Toro back to San Jose, Costa Rica for our last night and farewell dinner.


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Need To Know

  • Luggage is limited to 25 pounds per person
  • Minimum of 8 person required

This package has fixed dates and are:

  • May 08 to 17, 2020
  • October 02 to 11, 2020


Trip Details

Trip Length 10 Days

Experience Type  Family, Adventurers, Eco-travelers

Price $ 4550.00 per person (double occupancy)

What’s Included

  • Professional bilingual guides with exceptional paddling experience.
  • Excellent quality rafting and sea kayaking equipment.
  • Secure, dry transport of your luggage in dry bags.
  • All meals included, except for meals on Day 1; and only breakfast on Day 10.
  • Lodging in San Jose (Days 1 and 9), at the Rios Tropicales Lodge on the Pacuare River (2 nights), hotel in Puerto Viejo / Cahuita (on Day 4), Casa Cayuco ecolodge on Bastimentos Island in Bocas del Toro (4 nights).
  • All kayaking expeditions will have motorboat support and refreshments available.
  • Transportation from San Jose, during the entire trip, and back to San Jose; including the flight from Bocas del Toro to San Jose.
    Meet and greet service at airport and transfer to your hotel on Day 1.
  • Activities: rafting, sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, bird-watching, hiking, waterfall swimming, hammocking & beach lounging (other activities may have an additional cost).
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Day 1

  • Welcome to Costa Rica!
  • Airport transfer from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).
  • Overnight in San Jose (hotel included).

Day 3

  • Full breakfast at the lodge.
  • Choose from several activities to enjoy, or just relax in a hammock.
  • Lunch at the lodge or picnic-style if you’re hiking or touring.
  • Another delicious dinner by candlelight.

Day 2

  • Pick-up at your hotel.
  • Transportation to the Rios Tropicales Operations Center.
  • Delicious Costa Rican breakfast buffet at the Operations Center.
  • Paddle and safety instruction at the Pacuare River put-in.
  • Rafting class 2 – 3 rapids in the Pacuare River.
  • Riverside picnic lunch with time for a refreshing waterfall swim.
  • Arrival at the Rios Tropicales Lodge.
  • Time to explore and relax.
  • Welcome cocktail and snacks at happy hour followed by a delicious candlelight dinner.

Day 4

  • After a healthy breakfast, pack and prepare to depart.
  • Rafting class 3 – 4 rapids through the Pacuare Gorge and Lower Pacuare.
  • Hearty hot lunch at the Rios Tropicales Operations Center; showers available.
  • Transfer to the southern Caribbean coast.
  • Dinner and overnight in Cahuita or Puerto Viejo.

Day 5

  • After breakfast, drive to the border town of Sixaola to cross into Panama (1 hour).
  • Shuttle to Almirante (1 hour) followed by a water taxi (45 minutes) to Bocas Town on Colon Island.
  • Lunch in Bocas Town.
  • Private boat transfer (40 minutes) to Bastimentos Island to Casa Cayuco ecolodge.
  • Sunset happy hour and a delightful dinner.

Day 7

  • After breakfast, we will take our kayaks on the motorboat to Colon Island.
  • Sea kayaking from Saigon Bay, 12 km along the coast to Starfish Beach.
  • Snorkeling and lunch at a beachfront restaurant at Starfish Beach.
  • Return to Casa Cayuco by motorboat.
  • Sunset happy hour and dinner.

Day 9

  • After breakfast, go by boat to Colon Island.
  • Flight to San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Transfer to your hotel.
  • Farewell dinner.

Day 6

  • After breakfast, sea kayaking 9 km to Tranquilo Bay in clear turquoise water.
  • Snorkeling by mangroves and coral reefs along the way.
  • Optional hike at the bay up to a tower overlooking the entire archipelago.
  • Return to Casa Cayuco for lunch.
  • Boat tour to Dolphin Bay to snorkel with extraordinary marine life by a tiny mangrove and to see the wild dolphins that live here.
  • Another amazing sunset happy hour and dinner.

Day 8

  • After breakfast, sea kayaking 4.5 km to the uninhabited Zapatillas Islands in the Bastimentos National Marine Park. After stopping at Zapatillas Island I, we’ll continue another 1.5 km to Zapatillas Island II.
  • Hiking park trails on Zapatillas Island II and snorkeling in crystal clear water with coral reefs filled with fish. These islands are an important habitat for critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtles.
  • Kayak or motorboat back to Casa Cayuco for lunch.
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • Final happy hour and dinner at the lodge.

Day 10

  • Transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).

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