6-Day Full Experience Trip

Kayaking the Tropical Fjord & Lodging at 3 Locations

This is our complete Tropical Sea Kayaking trip covering all corners & flavors, including deserted beaches, tiny islands, spectacular sunsets & sunrises, exotic birds, terrestrial and marine wildlife, primary & secondary rain forests, unique lodging, amazing people, and tasteful local dishes. Need we say more?

During this trip we’ll stay at 3 unique Eco lodges, each with its own charms, characteristics, natural experiences, and gastronomy.

THIS TRIP STARTS ON ANY SUNDAY (see Trip Calendar)

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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. End of trip (BL)
(B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

Full Package Transformation | $749 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 | $999 p.p.

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 5 nights/6 days is US$ 1295 per person

Included in Your Trip Cost:

  • Skilled, professional adventure guide service
  • 5 nights lodge accommodation
  • Most meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • All activities and equipment as outlined in the itinerary

6-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 the last home-made lunch of the trip. Together with your guide you will look back at a wonderful Full Experience Tropical Sea Kayaking trip in the Sweet Gulf!

End of Trip
Meals Included Today: Breakfast & Lunch

Full Itinerary

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