Your multi-day tour (4 days) starts in La Fortuna. After pick up at your hotel by air-conditioned transportation you first travel for 2 hours to Los Chiles, where you have a coffee break. Afterwards you go to Las Tablillas which is the border crossing with Nicaragua at about 20 minutes from Los Chiles. Before going to Las Tablillas you first stop at a small office in Los Chiles to pay the exit taxes. Once you arrive at Las Tablillas you to do the border formalities at the Costa Rican side of the border after that you walk across to the Nicaraguan side of the border, a short walk of 500 feet (150 meters). Here your guide waits for you to assist you with the immigration process. Your guide accompanies you to the air-conditioned transportation that takes you to San Carlos (Nicaragua). Once you arrive in San Carlos you have lunch, then your guide leads you to the dock where your journey continues onto Rio San Juan where the village of Sabalos is situated. After 2 hours you get to your hotel. You have the afternoon at leisure, you can opt to explore the nearby rainforest or you can just relax in your hammock, overlooking impressive Rio San Juan. In the evening you have dinner included at the hotel.
The next day the expedition really begins as you set off into the Nicaraguan wilderness, you paddle to the picturesque town of El Castillo.
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).
The third day 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 seperated by the Bartola river, after lunch you have time to explore the area by kayak.
The next day you are leaving back to San Carlos at 06:30 AM and afterwards to La Fortuna (Note: On Sundays the boat leaves earlier to San Carlos, at 05:15 AM, if you go back on Sunday you have a complimentary drink and a city walk in San Carlos included before you head back to Costa Rica). Your guide again assists you at the border, Nicaraguan side, with the border formalities, after that transportation waits for you at the Costa Rican side to take you back to a restaurant in Los Chiles. Here you have lunch (included) and then you go back to your hotel in La Fortuna. You arrive in La Fortuna at 3:30 PM