10-Day Kayak & Corcovado Trip

Kayaking the Tropical Fjord & Lodging at 5 Locations

This is our most complete trip combining tropical sea kayaking & Corcovado Costa Rica. After a 6 day sea kayaking trip, you’ll continue with an enhanced wildlife experience in the most biologically intense place on earth (NatGeo), guided by one of our extraordinary naturalist guides.

During this trip we’ll stay at 4 unique Eco lodges, and 1 Ranger Station in the middle of Corcovado National Park. An incredible experience for any nature lover and passionate hiker.

THIS TRIP STARTS ON ANY SUNDAY

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Day 1. Trip briefing & paddling intro @El Chontal Ecolodge (LD)
Day 2. Coastal & river estuary paddling @Lapamar Lodge (BLD)
Day 3. Exploring mangrove rivers, R&R @Lapamar Lodge (BLD)
Day 4. Gulf paddling & dolphin spotting @Saladero Ecolodge (BLD)
Day 5. Hiking, snorkeling & paddling @Saladero Ecolodge (BLD)
Day 6. Coastal & Islands paddling @La Leona Ecolodge (BLD)
Day 7. Hiking Corcovado National Park @Sirena Ranger Station (BD)
Day 8. Hiking surrounding trails at Sirena @Sirena Ranger Station (BD)
Day 9. Hiking from Sirena to La Leona @La Leona Ecolodge (LD)
Day 10. R&R until check-out. End at La Leona (B)

(B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)


Full Package Transformation | $699 p.p.

Apart from the kayaking trip, this addition takes care of everything else from your arrival right up to your departure. No headaches about what to do, and where to stay when getting to Costa Rica & how to get to the Golfo Dulce.  For worry free travel, we highly recommend add-on #1, which includes:

  • First & Last Night in San Jose
  • Extra Night & Meals at El Chontal Ecolodge
  • All Ground Transfers
  • Round Trip Domestic Flights San Jose-Golfo Dulce


5-DAY Corcovado National Park Experience | $899 p.p.
This trip already includes Add-On #2

This guided hiking adventure perfectly suits and complements the sea kayaking trip as it enhances the nature & wildlife experience even more. If you are a nature hiker enthusiast, we highly recommend to opt for this add-on #2, including:

  • 2 nights at La Leona Ecolodge including meals
  • 2 nights at Sirena Ranger Station including meals
  • 3-day pass to Corcovado National Park
  • Naturalist Guide (Corcovado Park Licensed)
  • All ground transportation


This itinerary for 9 nights/10 days is US$ 2399 per person

Included in Your Trip Cost:

  • 6 days professional adventure guide service
  • 3 days naturalist guide service (Corcovado NP licensed)
  • 9 nights lodge accommodation
  • Most meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Transportation from El Chontal to La Leona
  • All activities and equipment as outlined in the itinerary

10-Day Itinerary Description

Welcome to the start of this 6-Day Tropical Sea Kayaking Full Experience Trip in the amazing Golfo Dulce! You will start and meet your trip guide at El Chontal Ecolodge, located in the tiny town of Rincón, Osa Peninsula. Right after settling in, we’ll gather at the waterline for a trip briefing, paddling introduction, and gear fitting, followed by a coastal paddling session.

At 1pm we’ll invite you to the local family’s house for a delicious home-made lunch, carefully prepared on location using the freshest ingredients grown from their own gardens.

The afternoon is for R&R for which the property’s spacious palapa works great! Later that afternoon we’ll hit the calms waters again for a sunset paddle session. After freshning up, a tropical drink & dinner awaits you.

Overnight Stay: El Chontal Ecolodge
Meals Included Today: Lunch & Dinner

This morning after breakfast we’ll get an early start by paddling along the coast and into the estuary of the Rincón River which provides a full on mangrove forest experience. We’ll use the gentle currents to paddle downstream and into the Gulf again. We’ll keep paddling along the lush shores and tiny beaches which we use for short breaks to stretch our legs, for a quick swim, and fruit snacks.

Eventually we will reach Playa Blanca (White Beach), where Lapamar Lodge is located, and Scarlet Macaws and Toucans will be greeting us. After we get our comfortable cabins appointed for a refreshing shower, a cold drink and delicious, freshly prepared lunch awaits us.

This afternoon is at leisure; siesta, hammock time, bird spotting, swimming, more kayaking are among many of the options. Dinner is served after witnessing a colorful sunset.

Overnight Stay: Lapamar Cabins & Gardens
Meals Included Today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

For you early birds, we suggest rising at dawn to witness the beautiful sunrise over the Golfo Dulce while a gentle breeze wakes you up.  You will not be alone as Scarlet Macaws will be flying overhead, landing in the trees nearby.

When you’ve grasped the reality of the Gulf’s natural beauty and tranquility, we invite you to a traditional Costa Rican breakfast with natural juices, coffee, and tea.

Then we’re off again in our sturdy kayaks, paddling along the coast until we reach the hidden entrance of the Mangrove river. This one is narrow, which enables us to get a close up view of the vegetation and its inhabitants. On our way back we suggest paddling in total solitude as we keep a certain distance from one another. This sensation adds to a wonderful experience of tropical sea kayaking the jungle river.

When we’ve gathered on the open water, we continue paddling the Gulf’s coast line enriched with abundant tropical vegetation. Along the way we will be stopping at a tiny deserted beach for relaxation, a swim, and fruit snacks.

We’ll get to El Chontal Ecolodge in time for a welcoming home-made lunch and the opportunity to wash up before this trip ends.

Overnight Stay: Lapamar Cabins & Gardens
Meals Included Today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We’re in for an early start to cover the 18 km (11 miles) long stretch to Saladero Ecolodge with a constant lookout for dolphins and whales!

Once we get to Saladero, lunch awaits us where after we’ll take the afternoon off to relax at this beautiful place. At 4 o’clock tortilla chips with salsa is offered in the lounge area where you can order your drink of choice. Dinner’s served after we’ve witnessed a colorful sunset.

“Glamping”: Your very comfortable Glamping tents await for a well-deserved night rest. Glamping (which stands for glamorous camping) is really the best way to experience the Golfo Dulce Jungle by night. Huge sturdy tents on elevated platforms and real beds and real mattresses allow you to enjoy the sounds of the nocturnal animals at nights, and wake up to the songs of the tropical birds.

Overnight Stay: Saladero Ecolodge
Meals Included Today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We’ll start with a delicious breakfast at an amazing location offering awesome views. Once you’re up for it we can pick one of the following activities…..or, do ‘em all!

  • Kayaking – We are in the most protected area of the Golfo Dulce and the waters are very calm.
  • Snorkeling – There is a coral reef only 15 minutes away by kayak with a beautiful shaded beach.
  • Birdwatching – We are surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park, the least visited park in Costa Rica, and adjacent to the Rio Esquinas so we have the birds that normally inhabit primary rainforest, secondary rainforest, sea shore and mangrove/rivers.
  • Exploring the Rio Esqinas Manrove Estuary – Home of the largest red mangroves in the world, explore many of the small channels leading into the mangroves.
  • Swimming – The Golfo Dulce “Sweet Gulf” is salt water but with a large influence from the fresh water rivers. 83 degrees (28 Celcius), calm and crystal clear in the dry season.

Somewhere in between these marvelous nature tours we’ll have to squeeze in some time for lunch, snacks and tropical drinks at 4, and dinner after yet another beautiful sunset. Pretty sure we’ll manage; this is tropical paradise!

Overnight Stay: Saladero Ecolodge
Meals Included Today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today after an early breakfast we’ll say ‘hasta la vista’ to our wonderful hosts at Saladero Ecolodge, and start paddling to the Mogos Islands. From there we’ll be crossing the Gulf to spot dolphins and other marine life until we reach our take out location in Punta Rincón, at the familiar El Chontal Ecolodge.

After today’s amazing last paddling session we’ll take a rest and enjoy a home-made lunch at El Chontal Ecolodge. Together with your kayaking guide you will look back at a wonderful Tropical Sea Kayaking trip in the Sweet Gulf. BUT, your adventure is not over yet!! As you say goodbye to your kayaking guide, your driver will take you from El Chontal Ecolodge to Puerto Jimenez (25 min. drive) where you will meet your expert naturalist guide who will be with you for the next 3 days.

After some shopping, which your guide will help you with, you will continue to the start of Corcovado National Park where you’ll stay the night at a wonderful Ecolodge with amazing Pacific Ocean views. This property will serve as the staging area for the next portion of your expedition. Over dinner your guide will do the trip briefing for the days to come. Surely you’ll sleep like a rock in your marvelous private cabin, dreaming of all the wildlife you’ll encounter starting in the morning.

Overnight Stay: La Leona Ecolodge
Meals Included Today: Breakfast & Lunch

This morning after breakfast we’ll gear up for our 3-day hike through ‘the most biologically intense place on Earth’. From the Ecolodge we’re just minutes away from ‘La Leona’ ranger station- the entrance to the king of parks. Depending on our pace and the tides, our final destination for today will be reached in 6 to 8 hours hiking. We will be hiking the beach, through the jungle, crossing rivers, climbing hills, and facing the sun’s heat and possibly very local showers. When we encounter a welcoming bay, you can jump in to cool off. Naturally the best part of Corcovado is its overwhelming beauty of flora & fauna. All sorts of species will be crossing your path.

On this part of the trip we will be accompanied by a Corcovado National Park dedicated naturalist guide. Besides educating you on everything you’ll come across, he will keep track of tides, times, weather, and minor hazards. After a strenuous but truly amazing hike you’ll reach ‘Sirena Ranger Station’ well before dark and in time for dinner. 

Overnight Stay: Sirena Ranger Station
Meals Included Today: Breakfast & Dinner

What an amazing feel to wake up to the sounds of the jungle, the real jungle! After early breakfast, your guide will take you hiking on several different trails that are looping Sirena Ranger Station, which is considered the heart of Corcovado National Park.

The extraordinary diversity and concentration of wildlife in the Corcovado Basin, which contains Sirena Ranger Station, means that spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities are liable to present themselves at virtually any time at nearly any part of any trail. None of the animals are hunted, so they do not have much fear of human beings. As a result, tapirs often feed at night on the landing strip in front of the Station, and herds of peccaries numbering more than a hundred individuals frequently roam in front of the ranger station itself. Surely you’ll hear the howler monkeys in the early morning and evening.

We’ll continue exploring, hiking, and learning throughout the day, depending on your wishes. In between the hikes you can rest & relax on the huge porch. After yet a fulfilling day a well-deserved dinner awaits you. From experience we know that guests are eager to hit the sack before lights are turned off. You’ll sleep like a log!

Overnight Stay: Sirena Ranger Station
Meals Included Today: Breakfast & Dinner

This is our third and last day in Corcovado National Park. To make the most out of it, we suggest we’ll start hiking before sunrise for two reasons. One, we’ll dodge the sun beating on us in the afternoon, and two, perhaps more importantly, at this hour wildlife encounters are the greatest. After crossing rivers, beating the high tide at a specific rocky beach, swimming some sheltered creeks, and spotting all sorts of mammals, reptiles, and insects, we’ll finally reach the familiar Ecolodge in La Leona.

Here we’ll enjoy a cool drink and a welcoming lunch! Your naturalist guide will leave you on this day, so the remainder of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy the best bits of this incredible place.

Overnight Stay: La Leona Ecolodge
Meals Included Today: Lunch & Dinner

Waking up & enjoying breakfast at such a breathtaking location makes you never want to leave. However, all good things must come to an end. Over the past 10 days you’ve experienced some of the best nature & adventures Costa Rica has to offer. You will take home great memories, amazing photographs, likely some real Costa Rican coffee, and probably a sore but fulfilling body!!

End of Trip
Meals Included Today: Breakfast

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