6 Days/5 nights

Cost Per Person
Prices from $879 per person in low season based on double occupancy


– Pacuare Rafting trip from San Jose to Puerto Viejo.

– 3 nights lodging at Banana Azul (Extra nights can be added).

– Gandoca Manzanillo Tour.

– Cahuita National Park and Lost waterfall.

– Shared shuttle to Bocas del Toro.

– 2 nights lodging at Hotel Bocas del Toro (Tropicale Suites optional)

– Full day Cayo Zapatillo Tour.

– Shared shuttle to Puerto Viejo (additional cost will apply for drop off in San Jose)

Not Included
Exit and entry fees to be paid on both sides of the border (calculate another $24 for round trip) • Bocas airport departure tax $15 for those choosing the return to San Jose by air option • Single supplement if single room(s) needed.


What to Bring
Shoes or sandals that can get wet for rafting trip, sunscreen, pants, insect repellent, hiking boots/shoes, bathing suit, sunglasses, towel, Passport and onward ticket leaving Costa Rica (or Panama if you are ending the tour there) for border crossing.

Mapa San Jose - Caribbean Coast Explorer

Caribbean Coast Costa Rica

Caribbean Coast Costa Rica - Caribbean Coast Explorer

Pacuare River

Pacuare River - Caribbean Coast Explorer

Day 1

Here’s what your Explorer package will look like:

Whitewater Rafting on the famous Pacuare River! 

Early morning pickup in San Jose (or Arenal area) for a exciting whitewater rafting trip down Costa Rica’s most famous rafting river, Rio Pacuare! You wil start with a full breakfast at the rafting companys Exploration Center (about 3 hrs away). Your luggage is securely stored in a locked container. This is our most popular rafting trip and Costa Rica’s premier river for rafting. Later that evening you will check into your room at Banana Azul which is truly Puerto Viejos best kept.

Day 1 Whitewater Rafting on the famous Pacuare River - Caribbean Coast Explorer

Day 2

Gandoca Manzanillo Reserve Jungle Hike:

The Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is the jewel of Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean spanning nearly 25,000 acres of jungle, marshland, lagoons, reefs, coves and coastline. This extensive 4 hour hike will submerse you into one of the most amazing ecological environments that Costa  Rica has to offer! You will be surrounded by amazing animals and will see many species of plants and trees which are native to the area. After this hike you will need some time to relax; no better place to do this than back at the hotel and the Banana Azul Beach Club!

Day 2 Gandoca Manzanillo Reserve Jungle Hike - Caribbean Coast Explorer

Day 3

Cahuita National park and lost waterfall:

Cahuita National Park is considered as one of the most beautiful protected areas in Costa Rica. It is also one of the oldest national parks of Costa Rica as it was founded in 1970 to protect the coral reef. Because of its white sand beaches, large number of coconut palms, turquoise sea and coral reef this is a spot you do not want to miss.

We will pick you up at your hotel and drive to Cahuita National Park; it is located about 20 minutes from Puerto Viejo. The tour will start at the Kelly Creek ranger station, this is the entrance closest to Cahuita town. From here our professional naturalist tour guide will use his sharp senses to spot animals. You will meet some new friends along the road such as white faced monkeys, sloths, snakes, raccoons and numerous other different types of species that you will be able to observe and learn about. After about half way of the hike (around 2.5 km), we will return to the entrance of the National park. After the Hiking in Cahuita, you will go to an amazing waterfall where you will be able to swim and take a light snack.

cahita park - Caribbean Coast Explorer

Day 4

Travel to Bocas del Toro 

After picking you up at your hotel, we will travel by shared shuttle to the border with Panama, you will cross the Rio Sixaola, pass through immigration and then take another shuttle to Almirante where a small passenger boat will take us to Bocas Town on Isla Colon.

You will have the rest of the day to explore the town on your own.

Day 4 – Travel to Bocas del Toro - Caribbean Coast Explorer

Day 5

Full day tour (only on 2 night stay)

You will go on a tour to Cayo Zapatillo, where you can try out deep boarding, the new way to snorkel. The tour includes lunch and snorkeling equipment. After a full day on and in the water, you can enjoy the evening in Bocastown or at your lodge.

Day 5 Full day tour only on 2 night stay - Caribbean Coast Explorer

Day 6

Return to Puerto Viejo or San Jose

You have the option of a 6:00am or 12:00pm pick up from Bocas Marine Tours with drop off in Puerto Viejo, or choose a 8:00am pick up with drop off in Puerto Viejo or San Jose. Drop off in San Jose will include a layover in Puerto Viejo with lunch included. All shuttles are air conditioned and seat 10 to 12 persons comfortable.

Note: additional cost will apply for drop off in San Jose.

Day 6 Return to Puerto Viejo or San Jose - Caribbean Coast Explorer

Puerto Viejo Hotel option

Banana Azul

Banana Azul is a small hotel north of town beachfront on Playa Negra. This small boutique hotel has been created with care using local products and a philosophy that emphasizes relaxation. Blooming gardens adorn the property, as do several freely-hanging hammocks and a meandering pond inhabited by fish and turtles. There is a restaurant, bar, pool and beach club.

The hotel consists of fourteen beautiful guest rooms with private baths, fans, and free wireless internet. Most rooms are on the second floor of the main building, and open onto a large veranda with sweeping ocean views and of the garden.

Bocas del Toro Hotels option

Hotel Bocas del Toro

Our hotel offers a unique blend of simple elegance and historical ambiance of Caribbean exotic wood craftsmanship with the sparkling sea beneath. Nicely appointed with wood and nautical furnishings the 11 room boutique hotel offers the concept of comfort with 400-thread count cotton sheets, Wi-Fi , Flat Screen cable TV, air conditioning, telephones, coffee makers, ocean and town balcony views, ocean kayak rentals and in-room massage. The indoors and outdoors blend into a rare union, fulfilling your eternal dream come true: Paradise By the Sea.

Tropicale Suites

Enjoy the absolute best that Bocas del Toro has to offer! Come. Tropical Suites is a premier boutique hotel, located at the edge of the tranquil Caribbean Ocean in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Explore. Our hotel is just a minute walk away from restaurants, cafes, and more on the island of Isla Colon. From our dock, we launch boats daily for our guests to explore beautiful beaches, surfing, diving, snorkeling, hiking, dolphin tours, gardens and more. Relax. Tropical Suites sets just far enough away from all the movement of the town center for you to relax and unwind in the modern comfort of our rooms. Each suite offers you a large open living area with a fully equipped kitchen and spacious, jacuzzi bathrooms… amenities truly reminiscent of a home away from home. Enjoy. Our staff is here to serve you in the best way that we can. From arranging tours to airport pick-up, pre-purchased groceries to laundry service, let us know how we can help you