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  • Glide through the canals of tortuguero by kayak
  • Search for wildlife in the dense green forest canopy
  • View the beautiful vistas from your kayak on lake arenal
  • Try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding

Glide straight into the core of the Costa Rican experience and hit three of Costa Rica’s hot spots in a kayak. Beginners and more experienced kayakers are welcome – for the nature lover, the scenery’s the point, not the sweat! Get really wild at Lake Arenal, the centre of adventure sports like paddle-boarding, then cruise through the canals of Tortuguero in search of monkeys and sloths. Experience lush greenery and Caribbean flavour from a whole different level when you kayak Costa Rica.

Trip Description
Costa Rica Kayaking Adventure
Travel Theme
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
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4.8 out of 5
Excellent 32,586 Great 10,221 Average 4 Disappointing 1 Terrible 4
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
Costa Rica Kayaking Adventure



It was very well organized and we were very well taken care of from the start to the finish. December 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Every thing was very well done from the food to the activities. I cannot say enough good things about G adventures. Wish there were t-shirts available to purchase, would be good advertisement for the company.
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Really good week, had lots of fun September 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Really good week, had lots of fun doing different activities.

Operator G Adventures



1, The CEO in our tour is Chris Leute who is one of the amaizing people you recruited. I heard you have around 1000 CEO in the world. Hope they all are like Chris who are exceptional people. 2, The founder: Bruce Poon Tip's story and how his dream and purpose operate in Gadventures. 3, The product: good resourses, professional services, and closing to local... April 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I have been a solo traveller since 2000. this was the first time that I wanted to try a tour because I was attracted by Bruce's passion and ideas. The CEO and Product were good and professional, and many group members loved it . For me, I am lookinf for the tour that are really go into the locals, talking with them and learning more with them. Maybe, I need to ask more about the tour before I book it next time. Next Destination will be Peru, I still hope to go with Gadventures, and also I will bring my friends with me.
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I had a great overall experience. March 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I have always been apprehensive of booking a pre-arranged tour, such as the one with G Adventures - because I didn't want to feel herded as part of a larger group and a set itinerary. G Adventures provided enough DIY within the schedule, while taking away the complicated tasks (transport, booking rooms, etc.) which suited me, a busy professional, perfectly. I was also reluctant because I was travelling alone, but I met some awesome, like-minded, people who really enhanced my travel experience. Thank you G!
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Great mix of activities at a reasonable price. March 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Kayaking Costa Rica was ridiculous fun. Our small group got along very well -- loads of laughs; our CEO took care of everything and I enjoyed amazing experiences surrounded by stunning vistas and unique wildlife. I would go again in a heartbeat, though it would be tough to beat this trip!
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Day 1 San José

There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. Amid the hustle and bustle, San José has beautiful parks, museums and the ornate National Theatre downtown. The central plaza is a good place to people-watch. A mime, juggler, marimba band, magician, or storyteller may be performing for whatever is collected when the hat is passed. Artisan booths are common, creating a regular arts and crafts fair atmosphere. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 San José/La Fortuna

La Fortuna, the town near the foot of Arenal Volcano, is an excellent base for adventure. Transport: Local bus

Day 3 La Fortuna

Work your arms, legs and core muscles in an included kayak and stand-up paddle board session on Lake Arenal. Included Activities: Stand Up Paddle and Kayak Combo

Day 4 La Fortuna

Enjoy a free day for adrenaline-fueled optionals such as the Cerro Chato extreme hike, whitewater rafting on Class III and IV rapids, waterfall rappelling or mountain biking. Or take it easy with some bird watching in Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge by boat or a massage in town.

Day 5 La Fortuna/Sarapiquí (1L, 1D)

Travel to Sarapiquí and to the tranquil Cuarto River. Hop into kayaks and cruise downstream. The calm waters are perfect for birdwatching and wildlife spotting in the forest canopy. Included Activities: Guided River Kayak Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 6 Sarapiquí/Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel east towards the Caribbean coast, then transfer to a boat and motor through canals to arrive in Tortuguero at the jungle-lined coast of Costa Rica. After arrival, enjoy a guided visit to the town of Tortuguero. Included Activities: Tortuguero Village Visit Transport: Private Vehicle Boat

Day 7 Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D)

Along Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, between April and October, sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach. Green turtles are most common, but leatherbacks, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles are also occasionally found near Tortuguero. You must book a tour with a registered tour guide in order to be allowed on the beach at night during nesting season. From November to early January, baby turtles will be making the journey from their nest to the ocean. Included Activities: Guided Kayak Excursion

Day 8 Tortuguero/San José (1B, 1L)

If you have time, check out the sites you may have missed at the start of the trip or do some last-minute souvenir shopping. Transport: Boat Private Vehicle

Day 9 San José

Depart at any time.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 999

Price Per Day:

$ 111 per person
Start DateFinish DateBase PriceDeparture GuaranteedAvailability 
Apr-21-2018Apr-29-2018$ 1,049Yes1 spots left Reserve
Jul-14-2018Jul-22-2018$ 1,099Yes12 spots left Reserve
Aug-04-2018Aug-12-2018$ 1,149Yes15 spots left Reserve
Oct-06-2018Oct-14-2018$ 1,049Yes14 spots left Reserve
Nov-24-2018Dec-02-2018$ 1,099Yes12 spots left Reserve
Dec-22-2018Dec-30-2018$ 1,149Yes16 spots left Reserve
Jan-12-2019Jan-20-2019$ 1,149Yes16 spots left Reserve
Feb-02-2019Feb-10-2019$ 1,099Yes16 spots left Reserve
Feb-23-2019Mar-03-2019$ 1,099Yes16 spots left Reserve
Mar-09-2019Mar-17-2019$ 1,099Yes16 spots left Reserve
Mar-23-2019Mar-31-2019$ 1,149Yes16 spots left Reserve
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Costa Rica airport exit tax: $29USD
Trip Includes
  • Hands-On: Stand Up Paddle and Kayak Combo
  • Arenal
  • Guided kayaking on Cuarto River (Sarapiquí)
  • Guided kayaking and wildlife viewing through canals of Tortuguero
  • Guided excursion to the town of Tortuguero
  • Free time in La Fortuna
  • Transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPublic bus, private vehicle, boat, kayak, walking.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: Max 15
Max 16, avg 10

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Hotels (5 nts), cottages (1 nt, multi-share), jungle lodge (2 nts).
Start City
San José
End City
San José
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

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 on top kayaks are available for use on this tour.


Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

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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.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at:
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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