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What's the most logical trip order for Pacuare, Tortuguero, and Arenal?

Jan 9th, 2009, 10:50 AM
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What's the most logical trip order for Pacuare, Tortuguero, and Arenal?

Hi, all! I think for our next trip we'd like to do a day trip rafting the Pacuare, hit Arenal for about 4 days, and go to Tortuguero for a couple of nights. Logically, what is the best order to do these in? I was thinking San Jose the first night and getting picked up the next morning for a day of rafting then would Arenal or Tortuguero come next logically? What's the best way to get between Arenal and Tortuguero? Thanks for helping me!
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Jan 9th, 2009, 11:29 PM
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vgirl, you could do them in either order. You need to get to Tortuguero out of San Jose, either a flight to Tortuguero or a drive to Moin for boat pick up for the 3 hour ride up to Tortuguero. We loved being on the boats as much as possible because we saw so much and enjoyed looking at the surroundings during the ride, whether we were stopped or moving. I'd definitely recommend the Watsons to you.
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Jan 10th, 2009, 10:44 AM
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There's also the option of the Pacuare raft/transfer from San Jose to Arenal. Not sure how that works but some companies offer it.
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Jan 10th, 2009, 12:00 PM
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Thanks, guys - shillmac, can we fly from Tortuguero to Arenal via Sansa or Nature Air?

hip, I had forgotten about that possibility. Thanks for reminding me.

Does anyone know much about Tortuga Lodge? I've read lots of good reviews about it but don't remember anyone on the board staying there. The pics look amazing. I think it might only be available through Costa Rica Expeditions.
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Jan 10th, 2009, 12:10 PM
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I don't know if this will help, but I saw a show where Samantha Brown got side tracked, due to weather, to Tortuguero. She stayed at the Tortuga Lodge. It looked wonderful and made it on to my wish list!!

Good luck,

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Jan 10th, 2009, 12:31 PM
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vgirl, I'm not sure. You may just need to check at www.flysansa.com or www.natureair.com. Shows all the possibilities. Sounds like a great plan.
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Jan 10th, 2009, 03:30 PM
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Michelle, thanks for telling me that. I checked out pictures on tripadvisor, and it gets rave reviews, and the pictures are wonderful. I like that the cabins are so bright with a lot of natural light, sounds like good food and service, etc.

Okay, shillmac, I'll dig around and see what I can find.
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