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:
Jan 19- 26
Land Trip Price: $2375.00
Day by Day Itinerary
Canoa Costa Rica
Canoa Costa Rica
canoeing the best of Costa Rica.
11 day moderate quick water
lodge based trip
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
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.
BattenKill Canoe, Ltd.
800.421.5268 or 802.362.2800 fax--802.362.0159
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