Discover the majestic San Juan river by kayak! (B/L/D)
Day 1: La Fortuna - Sabalos
An air-conditioned bus takes you to the border village with Nicaragua in about 2 hours. After the border formalities you board transportation towards the San Juan river. From here you take the boat to Sabalos. In the afternoon you have time to explore the nearby Sabalos river, a tributary of the San Juan river, by kayak, before heading back to the hotel in time for dinner and a good night´s rest.
Day 2: Kayak route: Boca de Sabalos - El Castillo
Today the expedition really begins as you set off into the Nicaraguan wilderness, you paddle to the picturesque town of El Castillo, located almost midway between Lake Nicaragua and the Caribbean Sea, home to a Spanish fort built in 1675. The scenery is simply amazing; orchids and bromeliads add a splash of color to the shades of the green rainforest foliage. In the afternoon you have time to stroll through the streets and visit the Fortress of the Immaculate Conception. If you are an experienced paddler, you can have an afternoon full of adventure, crossing the impressive white water rapid in front of El Castillo town (optional). Tonight you have a good night´s rest at a fine hotel in El Castillo town, which has a view over San Juan River.
Day 3: Kayak route: El Castillo - Bartola
Today you paddle to a very special hotel at a truly unique location, the hotel Refugio Bartola. Bartola is also the name of the natural reserve that borders the Indio-Maiz Biological Reserve. These two reserves are separated by the Bartola River. After lunch at the hotel you have time to explore the area by kayak, paddling down the Bartola river where you encounter spectacular wildlife like river otters, toucans and with a little luck the elusive Green Macaw.
Day 4: Bartola - La Fortuna
After breakfast with a view over the river, you return to Costa Rica. A public boat takes you to the riverbank near the border crossing, from there you head back to La Fortuna.
WHEN: Every day (4-days package).
WHERE: Pick-up at your hotel in La Fortuna at
approximately 07:30 AM.
NOTE: Departure guaranteed with a minimum of two people (adults).
REQUIREMENT: Valid passport and flight information.
WHAT TO BRING: Cash (dollars and cordobas are accepted).
DURATION: La Fortuna - Sabalos (7 hours), Bartola - La Fortuna (8 hours).
• Transportation (overland and aquatic)
• Lodging at riverside hotels
• All meals (except for lunch last day)
• Kayak rental for 3 days
• Practical training & Safety instructions
• Bilingual guide
• Fortress Tour
• All entrance fees
• Local taxes
• Customs fees ($9 in Costa Rica and $14 in Nicaragua)
• Personal expenses
Find us here
Office La Fortuna:
100 meters south of Banco Nacional, La Fortuna centre
P.O Box 141-4417 La Fortuna de San Carlos.
Tel: (506) 2479-8667 / (506) 2479-9101 /