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Canoe Costa Rica

11 day moderate quick water lodge based trip. Classic comfortable adventure and canoeing the best of Costa Rica. Canoe Costa Rica trips meet in San Jose Costa Rica, and are offered on:

2013 Departures

Jan 19- 26
Feb 15-23
March 23-30

Land Trip Price: $2375.00
Single Supplement:$450.00

Trip Notes
Day by Day Itinerary
Canoa Costa Rica



Canoa Costa Rica

Classic comfortable adventure and
canoeing the best of Costa Rica.

11 day moderate quick water
lodge based trip

This is our classic Costa Rica Adventure. We combine comfortable lodges, and good food with canoeing to create the BattenKill blend of hospitality. You step off the plane in cosmopolitan San Jose, slip right through customs, and transfer to the hotel San Gildar. Our welcome dinner is at the hotel San Gildar, an intimate hotel in the quiet San Jose suburb of Escazu.

Early the next morning our journey begins deep into the fabric of Costa Rica. We travel through rugged mountains, lush coffee plantations and small villages on our way to Fortuna, near the base of Arenal Volcano. Our first river is the Rio Fortuna where huge trees reach out over the water creating a magical setting. The river corridor forms a verdant oasis providing a haven for wildlife including monkeys, sloths, kingfishers and others. All too soon we are at the take-out, and off to witness one of nature's most spectacular happenings - an active volcano.

Our journey continues to the Rio Penas Blancas, a quiet isolated river whose scenery is dominated by lush forests, and vibrantly colored birds. We paddle at a leisurely pace allowing us to soak in all that we can, now thoroughly immersed in the true fabric of Costa Rica. Our day continues with a hike near the volcano and a visit to the Hot Springs.

We move onto the Rio Arenal for our next day of paddling. This is a secluded river whose scenery is dominated by the volcano, verdant forests, and lively water. From the Rio Arenal we move on to the small northern village of Cano Negro and the Rio Frio. We plan an early start the next morning on the Rio Frio and paddling in the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. Cayman, sloths, howler monkeys and an array of other mammals and reptiles also make their home in the refuge. After enjoying a day of paddling in Cano Negro we enjoy the evening at Monte Escondido. A beautiful lodge tucked away near the village of Boca Arenal.

Our next river is the Tres Amigos. A lively tree lined river that sparkles and dances throughout its length. We will enjoy some quick water and small rapids today, but still have time to relax and enjoy our surroundings. From our take out we settle in for a bit of a drive to the northern village of Boca Tapada and Laguna del Lagarto Lodge. We spend two evenings here and the lodge’s large deck and wrap around porches are ideal for bird watching or just relaxing in a hammock.

The Rio Toro is the next river on our journey. Kingfisher's greenback herons and mangrove swallows escort us through the quickwater and quiet pools throughout the day. Overhead we keep an eye open for iguanas and howler monkeys lounging in the trees.

At days end we are welcomed at La Quinta Lodge. Beatrice's efforts and commitment are visible at this wonderful lodge that was once a cattle hacienda and is now surrounded by attractive gardens, a sparkling river, butterfly garden and forest footpaths.

The Sarapiqui River, one of Costa Rica's finest canoeing streams, flows very near La Quinta making it the perfect choice for a day of paddling. Throughout its length the emerald green water of the river is bordered by verdant tropical rainforest and quiet farmland. The river also offers a variety of small rapids that provide excitement along with wonderful swimming holes, quiet lunch spots and the opportunity to explore some of its tributaries.

And all together too soon we will be on our way back to San Jose, infatuated by this very special country.

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800.421.5268 or 802.362.2800 fax--802.362.0159

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