Travel planning

You’ve booked your trip and scheduled it into your calendar. 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.

90 days or more before your departure

  • Read through your trip InfoPack (emailed to you once you book) and start getting ready for an incredible adventure!
  • Plan your travel* to and from San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Decide on your travel dates and if you’ll be adding other travel in South America before or after your trip with us. Contact us anytime for advice on Costa Rica trip extensions.
  • Purchase Medical and Trip Cancellation insurance*
  • Complete your pre-trip questionnaire with menu choices, medical, emergency contact info, flight info, and anything else you’d like us to know (follow the link to the questionnaire in your trip InfoPack)
  • Sign your waiver (also linked from your InfoPack)
  • Check your passport expiry date (if you’ll be travelling from abroad)

*Before purchasing non-refundable flights and other travel arrangements, please make sure that our office has let you know that the trip is ‘confirmed’—meaning that we have the minimum number of participants to run the trip.

6 weeks before your departure

  • Review your packing list 
  • Make sure you have the gear you need and get missing items—let us know if you have any questions.

10 days and less 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 Boreal River Adventure 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’re 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

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Trip Details at a Glance

$4,575 USD tax included

9 days of tropical nature, culture, and whitewater adventure on the Rio Pacuare

Departs from

San Jose, Costa Rica

Group size

4 to 8 participants


  • Feb. 19-27, 2022
  • Mar. 5-13, 2022


Whitewater paddling, hiking, learn expedition skills

Activity level

Physical activity:
Highly active
Class III (some optional IV’s)
You don't need any whitewater experience—but you should be in physical condition for big days of paddling and hiking. Learn more about this trip's activity level.