Tropical Leaves

Kayaking Costa Rica

Pura Vida at it's best. Costa Rica is a country that is best experienced by connecting to the ecological wonderland that it encompasses. Below is the day by day itinerary of this incredibly unique tour.  

Day One:

Our representative will meet you at SJO airport and provide transportation to a comfortable hotel near the airport (Overnight at the Country Inn & Suites)

Day Two:

After a scenic drive along the coast, enjoy a casual lunch before an afternoon sea kayak orientation and paddle (Overnight at El Chontal Ecolodge)B, L & D

Day Three:

After a hearty breakfast, you’ll take a 3–4-hour paddle along the coast of vast mangroves and rainforest, stopping for a rest and swimming on one of many deserted beaches way. our destination is the tiny beach village of Playa Blanca, in time for lunch. (Overnight at Lapa Mar Lodge) B,L & D

Day Four:

Early breakfast will be followed by a sunrise paddle crossing the calm gulf onto our next amazing destination. (Overnight at Saladero Ecolodge) B,L & D

Day Five:

Kayak, snorkel, hike, fish, and relax along the shores of the enchanted Saladero Ecolodge (Overnight at Saladero Ecolodge) B, L & D

Day Six:

We will set off in our kayaks to reach the Mogos isles spotting dolphins in the way looking for dolphins & whales! (Overnight at El Chontal Ecolodge) B,L & D

Day Seven:

Take a scenic flight back to San Jose. rest and relax at a beautiful hotel with a pool or explore the city on your own

Palm Trees

Tropical Rainforests

Over 100 different species of trees are found here, as well as an enticing array of wildlife, including sloths, a nearly endless array of monkey and thousands of bird species.

Vacation on the remote Caribbean sandy beach under the palms..jpg

Stunning Coastlines

Costa Rica’s Pacific coast is the most extensive, and is characterized by a rugged though mostly accessible coastline where forested mountains often meet the sea. 

Exotic Wildlife

Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world! Thanks to its tropical climate, its location and the protection of 25% of its natural habitat means this small country is home to 5% of existing species worldwide.

Over 100 different species of trees are found here, as well as an enticing array of wildlife, including sloths, a nearly endless array of monkey and thousands of bird species.

Dossier Disclaimer:

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes

1. WEATHER
Be prepared for rain and lower temperatures during the winter season (June-November), especially in Costa Rica's central valley.

2. PROOF OF DEPARTURE
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.

3. TYPES OF KAYAKS USED
Both 1-person and 2-person sit-in kayaks are available for use on this tour.

What to Take

We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying and handling your own luggage.

Packing List

Costa Rica Water Activities:
• Drybag (Will help keep cameras and essentials dry)
• Sport Sandals or Water Shoes (if you plan to do waterfall rappelling and/or rafting)

Documents:
• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

Essentials:
• Binoculars (optional)
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Footwear
• Hat
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Moneybelt
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Shirts/t-shirts
• Sleepwear
• Small travel towel
• Sunglasses
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket

Health & Safety:
• Face masks (required)
• Hand sanitizer (required)
• Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
• Rubber gloves

Trekking:
• Gloves
• Hat
• Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes
• Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended)
• Snacks (Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies, energy sweets.)
• Socks (Trekking socks (woollen or synthetic, not cotton).)
• Thermal base layer (Woollen or synthetic, not cotton.)
• Walking poles (Highly recommended.)

Warm Weather:
• Sandals/flip-flops
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sun hat/bandana
• Swimwear

Departure Tax

Costa Rica airport exit tax: $29USD