Tortuguero Tour & Pacuare River Rafting – 5-Day

Tortuguero Tour & Pacuare River Rafting – 5-Day

Explore Tortuguero National Park and its canals by boat and then raft the Pacuare River, one of Costa Rica’s most famous and beautiful rivers. Mawamba Lodge in Tortuguero and our award-winning Rios Tropicales Lodge teamed up for this incredible five-day trip to two of our country’s most iconic locations.


Tortuguero National Park and its canals offer one of the richest biodiverse areas in Costa Rica. From the Mawamba Lodge, you’ll boat deep into the national park, where you’ll be surrounded by wildlife on all sides! Caiman, a variety of birds, monkeys, turtles, emerald basilisks and more await you. There are other tour options available, including night-time tours of nearby turtle nesting grounds and rainforest hikes.


After Tortuguero, you’ll head deep into the primary rainforest and the Pacuare Gorge by river! A half day of rafting takes you right to the riverside Rios Tropicales Lodge, our award-winning ecolodge. You’ll have a full day and two nights to enjoy all the incredible activities on our 2,470-acre private reserve, including a canopy tour (Additional cost), adventure loop (Additional Cost) and numerous trails to waterfalls and soaking pools.


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Need To Know

  • Luggage is limited to 25 pounds per person on all packages
  • During turtle nesting season, dinner time changes to 7:00 pm, so our visitors can join the available tour
  • Optional tours include
    Turtle night tour (in season from July to September) $35 USD per person
    Kayaking Tours: $35 USD per person
    Night Rainforest Hike: $35 USD per person
  • Entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park is not included in the package: USD $15.00 per person

Trip Details

Trip Length 5 Day

Experience Type   Family, Explorers, Ecotravelers

Price Dependant on lodging choice. Find options and details below.

What’s Included

  • Professional bilingual guides
  • All specialized gear necessary for each activity
  • Secure, dry transport of your luggage in dry bag
  • All meals included, except dinner on day 5
  • Spacious changing rooms and hot showers.
  • Transportation to and from San Jose
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Reservation Information

Reserve this tour


Day 1

  • Early morning pick up at major hotels in San José area.
  • Costa Rican style breakfast at Grupo Mawamba’s Río Danta Restaurant in Guápiles.
  • Departure to Caño Blanco dock in Siquirres area.
  • Arrive at Caño Blanco and board Mawamba’s boat for your ride to Tortuguero and Mawamba Lodge.
  • Lunch at the pool restaurant.
  • Optional visit to the Village of Tortuguero along with your guide.
  • Dinner at the restaurant.

Day 2

  • Breakfast at Mawamba Lodge.
  • Tour with a naturalist guide of Mawamba Park: butterfly farm, frog farm and garden, iguana farm, bio-digestor and gardens.
  • Lunch at the pool restaurant.
  • Afternoon canal tour to a different canal than the one visited the previous day.
  • Dinner at the pool restaurant.
  • Optional tour (night walk on private trail).

Day 3

  • Breakfast at Mawamba Lodge.
  • Return boat ride to Caño Blanco dock.
  • Bus ride and transfer to Rios Tropicales Operations Center.
  • Lunch.
  • Load up for transport to Pacuare River put-in in San Martin.
  • Safety orientation and paddle instruction with professional guides.
  • Class III rapids as you enter the Pacuare Gorge and primary rainforest.
  • Arrive at Rios Tropicales Lodge, an award-winning ecolodge.
  • Variety of activity options on the 2,470-acre private reserve.
  • Dinner and overnight at Rios Tropicales Lodge.

Day 4

  • Full breakfast at the ecolodge.
  • Choose from a number of activities or just relax in a hammock.
  • Lunch at the lodge or picnic-style if you’re hiking or touring.
  • Another delicious dinner.

Day 5

  • Healthy breakfast.
  • Pack up for return raft trip.
  • Class IV rapids on the Lower Pacuare
  • Hearty hot lunch at the Rios Tropicales Operations Center.
  • Transport back to your hotel.

Who Can Go

Swimming experience is required. Minimum Age 12.



Our Adventure Trip Regions

North & Central Caribe


  • 26


Trip Time

  • 3

From 3.5 to 5 hours per day – depending on water level.

This trip includes 2 nights at Mawamba Lodge and 2 Nights our authentic, award-winning ecolodge.

Mawamba Lodge

Mawamba Lodge


Prices are per person per trip. We run this trip with a minimum of 2 people.

Mawamba Lodge

Mawamba Lodge

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Rios Tropicale Ecolodge

Rios Tropicale Ecolodge

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