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Who are we to argue if you want to spend most of your Costa Rica vacation in the Puerto Viejo area? But there are a few other places in Costa Rica you might want to go ;-)
These trips are especially great to add-on before or after your Puerto Viejo stays as they'll generally pick you up in Puerto Viejo, let you enjoy a few days in the selected destination with transport, hotels and tours all taken care of, and then bring you on to your next destination (or switch up the order to end in Puerto Viejo of course).
Areas that make a great combo trip with Puerto Viejo are Bocas del Toro just across the border in Panama, the Arenal and Monteverde areas with their many attractions, Tortuguero National Park to see the "other" Caribbean. We also have some multiday adventures on the Pacuare River combining whitewater rafting with hiking and nature.
These are not group tours but itineraries put together by our travel partner, Gecko Trail Costa Rica. They can generally add days, change locations and change hotels and activities to make it the perfect trip for you.
Bocas del Toro, Panama
|Just a couple of hours from Puerto Viejo, across the border in Panama is the archipelago of Bocas del Toro, a unique bustling set of islands where the boat is the way to get around, the restaurants, bars and hotels are built on stilts right over the water and the island lifestyle rules.|
Our Bocas del Toro trips include return transportation from Puerto Viejo to Bocas del Toro via shared van and then on by boat to the islands, accommodation - either luxury on the main island or a bit more simple but with stunning views on Isla Solarte - breakfast, and depending on how many days you stay, an afternoon activity or a full day tour with lunch. The option to return to San Jose by land or air is also available.
Arenal Volcano / Monteverde
|Arenal Volcano is a hot spot destination and a must see in Costa Rica! An otherwise dormant volcano that erupted unexpectedly in 1968 destroying the small town of Tabacon, Arenal is surrounded by rainforest with plenty of wildlife and plants for your eyes to feast on. This add-on trip takes you either to Arenal, Monteverde or both. Hike to a waterfall, learn about the most recent volcanic eruption or go horseback riding with a 2 or 3-night package to Arenal Volcano! Relax in the hot springs nearby after a full day of adventures. Or discover the beautiful Monteverde Could Forest, a real paradise for nature lovers. There are lots of opportunities for adventures in this part of Costa Rica.|
Tortuguero National Park
|Tortuguero National Park is located north of Limón on the Caribbean coast. It is the third-most visited park in Costa Rica, despite the fact that it can only be reached by airplane or boat. The park has incredible biological diversity due to the existence within the reserve of 11 different habitats including rainforests, swamps, beaches and lagoons. Tortuguero National Park has a humid and tropical climate receiving up to 250 inches of rain a year. It is renowned for its unspoiled natural beauty. This is one of the best places in Costa Rica to spot wildlife. Monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, toucans and many colorful frogs and insects are all common sights. |
Transportation from San José to Tortuguero and back is included. For pick-up or drop-off other than San José, an extra charge applies. Also included are overnight accommodation (extra nights can be added), 5 great meals (2 breakfast, 2 lunch and 1 dinner), canal tours in the National Park and a guided tour of Tortuguero Village.
|Combine two of the Caribbean's best activities in this 3 day/2 night trip. A visit to Tortuguero National Park, an overnight in the Lodge in the park, an overnight off the beaten path near Siquirres at Finca Maquengue and a whitewater rafting trip on the world famous Pacuare River!|
Included is transportation from Puerto Viejo, San José or Arenal to Tortuguero and return transportation to your choice of San José, Puerto Viejo or Arenal. 2 nights accommodations, 8 great meals (3 breakfast, 3 lunch and 2 dinners), all-day thrilling whitewater rafting trip on the Pacuare River and awesome activities in Tortugero.
Two Day Hike and Paddle Rafting Trip
|Our overnight Pacuare Adventure is a paddle and hike expedition! Not only will you raft a variety of exciting rapids, but you will also hike to pristine waterfalls, fun swimming holes and lush jungles. Spend the night at a lodge on the Pacuare River and continue down the river the following day for more thrilling river adventures. |
Includes transportation to/from Puerto Viejo from/to San José or Arenal.
Pacuare Lodge Honeymoon
|Are you looking for an intimate, secluded getaway location for your Honeymoon or Destination Wedding? Picture you and your partner in the midst of a Costa Rica rainforest, the mighty Pacuare River rushing right outside your doorstep. Enjoy magnificent views atop a 30 foot waterfall; glide through a lush treetop canopy or simply snuggle up for the night with your special someone in our luxury River-View suite or Honeymoon suite and let the chorus of native wildlife serenade you to sleep. |
This three-day two-night trip includes round-trip transport from your San Jose Hotel (pickup and/or dropoff at other locations available too, just ask us for details), all meals, 2 night stay in fabulous river-view or honeymoon suite, therapeutic massage for two, pacuare canopy (zipline) adventure, private guide rainforest hike, whitewater rafting out of the lodge.
The Costa Rica packages page is where you should go if you want your entire trip planned for you by a Costa Rica expert including your stay in Puerto Viejo and any of the other highlights of Costa Rica that you'd like included.
Check our tour overview page if you're looking for tours and activities while you're in the South Caribbean.