Travel planning

You’ve booked your trip and scheduled it into your calendar. Travel planning should be part of the adventure. These resources will help you get ready:


Start getting ready

These checklists will help you get organized in advance so you’re ready to go. Rest assured with our Peace of Mind Policies.

90 days before your departure

  • Send us your menu choices, medical, emergency contact info, and anything else you’d like us to know (you’ll get a form to submit this info once you book)
  • Decide on your travel dates and if you’ll be adding other travel in Costa Rica before or after your trip with us. Contact us anytime for advice on Costa Rica trip extensions. We can also connect you with a great agent who can book your transport, accommodations, and activities
  • Book flights if you haven’t done so already

6 weeks before your departure

  • Join the optional Q&A video conference with your guides (we’ll send you details)
  • Review your packing list, let us know if you have any questions
  • Visit your family doctor or a travel clinic for up-to-date recommendations on health and immunizations.

1 or 2 days before departure

  • Get packing!
  • Give family, work, or friends our toll-free number 1-866-242-9383 and email info@borealriver.com in case they need to reach you during the expedition. Our guides will check for messages from the Boreal River office by satellite phone each day.

Travel Day

  • Let us know if you run into any delays
  • Meet your guide at the airport. They’ll be waiting for you wearing a Boreal River shirt and hat
  • You made it—enjoy your adventure!

Contact us anytime if you have any questions at all.

Plan your travel to San Jose, Costa Rica

Our trip starts and ends in San Jose, Costa Rica. The airport code for San Jose is SJO. There are many international flights throughout the year.

Your Boreal River guides will pick you up and drop you off at the airport. If you are arriving on an earlier day, we’ll meet you at the hotel on Day 1.

Contact us if you’d like some advice or have any questions at all as you book travel. And let us know if you’d like recommendations for other travel plans.

Purchase insurance

Guests on Boreal River trips need to have appropriate Medical insurance and Medical Evacuation insurance. Any evacuation costs will be billed to the person that is leaving the trip. Insurance should cover emergency air evacuation from the river to a local hospital, medical treatment within Costa Rica, and repatriation to a medical care facility in your home region.

We also strongly recommend obtaining Trip Cancellation insurance, which will reimburse you for the unused portion of your Boreal River trip if you must cancel prior to departure or leave your trip early due to illness, accident, or family emergency. If you have insurance coverage from a credit card or an existing plan, please make sure that it will cover you for the above mentioned emergency situations and that you are covered while participating in whitewater activities and remote wilderness travel.

For an insurance package that will cover you for the specific situations encountered on our trips, we recommended something similar to what World Nomads offers.

Read about cancellation policies

Consider a carbon offset

We’ve calculated a carbon offset for the Costa Rica Packrafting Experience and we buy carbon offsets for the whole group for each trip. This covers the trip itself including:

  • Boreal River guide travel to Costa Rica (flight offsets for any non-Costa Rican guides)
  • Food sourcing and cooking
  • Land transport for the passenger vehicles and equipment/support staff vehicles used throughout your trip
  • Equipment use, sourcing, and maintenance

The offsets we buy don’t cover your travel between your home and Costa Rica. You can purchase these from a variety of sources.

Find out more about carbon offsets.

Trip Details at a Glance

$4,195 USD—9 days

Experience tropical nature, culture, and whitewater adventure on the Rio Pacuare

Departs From

San Jose, Costa Rica


  • Feb 22-March 1, 2020
  • March 7-15, 2020


Whitewater paddling, hiking, learn expedition skills

Activity Level

4 out of 5 paddles. Learn more about this trip's activity level.