Costa Rica

This small, breathtakingly beautiful country is a laid-back and peaceful democratic republic, without much of an indigenous culture or colonial heritage but exuding a warm, authentic Latin personality. Costa Rica is a treasure trove for the nature-lover. Separating the lowlands facing the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean there is a range of active and dormant volcanoes. These are surrounded by mountain cloud forest, lowland tropical jungle and savannah grasslands and more…

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysBookingsPrices per person
Independent TourCosta Rica Wildlife Paradise5From $1,835.00
Independent TourCosta Rica Nature Adventure8From $1,709.00
Independent TourCosta Rica Explorer10From $2,028.00

Costa Rica Wildlife Paradise

Drake Bay is a pristine bay, lined by palm trees and named after the pirate Sir Francis Drake. It is located in the north of Osa Peninsula, at about 12 miles distance from the San Pedrillo entrance to Corcovado National Park. Here, time seems to have no meaning; it is here that you are taken into a world of pure rainforest, magnificent beaches, and adventurous boat trips and into a jungle lodge that offers rustic comfort at an absolute remote place.

Itinerary 
Day 1: Arrive San Jose

Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Hotel: Grano de Oro

Day 2: San Jose - Drake Bay

San Jose for a 45 minutes flight to Drake Bay. Upon arrival at Drake’s Bay airstrip you will be picked up by the lodge’s shuttle service. The lodge’s representative will collect you at Drake Airstrip for the voyage by motorboat of about 20 minutes to the Punta Marenco Lodge, along the northern coast of the Osa Peninsula (you might be lucky and spot whales or schools of playful dolphins!). After having checked in, enjoy a delicious lunch. Use this afternoon to explore the rainforest trails of the lodge’s private nature reserve until you reach the confluence of the river Rio Claro. Here, you can take a refreshing bath in the midst of tropical flora. You will return to the lodge in the late afternoon.
Hotel: Punta Marenco Lodge, 3 nights

Day 3: Drake Bay - Corcovado National Park

Today you will enjoy a hiking tour through Corcovado National Park, often called “the most biologically intense place on earth,” comprising thirteen major ecosystems. First, arrive by boat at the Park entrance at San Pedrillo, before walking into the jungle where you will be surrounded by the untamed wildlife Costa Rica is famous for. Your local naturalist expert will guide you through this wonderland of giant trees, hidden waterfalls, bright-red heliconia, whirling humming birds and clamoring monkeys. From an amazing variety of species, some very rare, you may even be lucky enough to see two of Costa Rica’s biggest cats, the Ocelot and the Jaguar, or the largest terrestrial mammal of Central America; Baird’s tapir. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the ranger station, then continue your hikes to a precious waterfall. Return to the lodge in the late afternoon. Dinner is served.

Day 4: Drake Bay - Caño Island

Today you’re off on for an excursion with a local guide by boat, to the precious Caño Island in the Pacific Ocean, 10 miles offshore. Twelve miles west of Drake bay, the Caño Island offers some of the most exciting sea life in the world. A wide variety of marine life can be discovered beneath the island waters. Perhaps the most memorable encounters occur with the pelagics that inhabit the area. If you like, you might want to enjoy an optional hike up to ancient Indian burial grounds in the interior of the island. Moreover, you might want to use the time to snorkel along the coral reefs that surround this tropical paradise. Today’s lunch will be picnic-style and served on the shimmering white sand beach lined by coconut palms. You’ll head back to the lodge in the afternoon.

Day 5: Drake Bay - San Jose

Enjoy your breakfast before the boat will take you back to Drake. Flight back to San Jose.

Inclusions 
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport: Airport & Boat Transfers
Flights:Flight Ticket: San Jose / Drake Bay / San Jose
Accommodation:4 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Costa Rica Nature Adventure

Great opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful places on this Costa Rica Nature Adventure Tour. The best combination of the Caribbean lowlands at Tortuguero National Park with Arenal Volcano and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. A tour packed with nature. Travel from San Jose through Braulio Carillo National Park to the canals of Tortuguero. This is followed by a scenic drive to Arenal Volcano. Continue to incredible Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve before returning to San Jose.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive San José

Welcome! Upon your arrival at San José International Airport our English-speaking representative will greet you and escort you to your hotel. At this time you will be provided a short briefing and an informative travel handout.
Hotel: Don Carlos

Day 2: Tortuguero National Park

Off to an early start from your hotel in San José, you drive along a scenic route of lush pasturelands and banana plantations, through the Braulio Carillo National Park. You’ll stop for a typical Costa Rican breakfast before arriving at the village of Caño Blanco or Matina. From there you navigate by boat up the Tortuguero River, alongshore a small peninsula bordered on the other side by the Caribbean Sea. Upon arrival it’s time to check into our overnight accommodations at the lodge. Enjoy a hearty lunch before taking off with your local naturalist guide on a walking tour of the bustling village of Tortuguero and its immediate surroundings. After visiting the turtle museum we meander, this time along the beach, back to the lodge for dinner. During the months of July-October, an optional guided night hike along the beach is offered, to observe the nesting of the sea turtles.
Hotel: Laguna Lodge Tortuguero, 2 nights

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park

A full day of activities begins with the unforgettable sights and sounds of an early morning tour to experience the awakening of Tortuguero wildlife. Follow up a well-deserved breakfast with a boat tour through the quiet backwater canals of the national park, for up-close observation of the flora and fauna so unique to this special part of the world. Head back for lunch and an afternoon of free time; have a “siesta”, relax by the pool, visit the open butterfly garden, take a walk on the beach or another boat tour, explore the trails around the Lodge on your own; you decide. Dinner is served.

Day 4: Arenal Volcano

After breakfast, embark by boat around 9 a.m. for Caño Blanco or Matina. From there you will head off by bus to a typical Costa Rican restaurant for a delicious home-cooked lunch. Continue your journey to Arenal Volcano in a private vehicle with your personal guide. Optional: In the evening at the hot springs of Ecotermales, Tabacón or Baldi Hot Springs, you may want to relax in a warm soothing bath of waterfalls and natural pools against the backdrop of fresh nighttime air and a starry sky. Keep a lookout in case that sky explodes with hot showers of red, yellow and orange, the sparkling lava flows of Arenal Volcano. A visit of the thermal hot springs can be pre-booked if desired.
Hotel: Volcano Lodge

Day 5: Arenal Volcano - Monteverde Cloudforest

Today you will explore. Hike with your guide through the secondary forest of Arenal Volcano National Park and over the lava fields at the foot of Arenal Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the Americas. You might even feel the ground rumble. Ride around Arenal Lake to Tilarán before taking on 35 km’s of adventurous gravel road, winding your way to Sta. Elena in the Monteverde Cloud Forest region.
Hotel: Arco Iris Lodge, 2 nights

Day 6: Monteverde Cloudforest

Your adventurous day begins with a “walk in the clouds.” Start with your feet on the ground, hiking through lush forest toward the “Treetop Walkways” of Selvatura; suspended bridges, platforms and trails elevated deep within the canopy of the cloud forest. From here we are allowed a gentle, rare glimpse through the tops of giant trees into the nether regions of this hidden world that would otherwise remain a mystery to most of us. While exploring the different trails keep your binoculars or camera handy, since you might catch a glimpse of the rare and famous bird of kings – the Quetzal! There are numerous optional activities that you are welcome to enjoy during the remainder of your afternoon, including a visit to the Frog Pond, the Snake Farm, or the Orchid Garden.

Day 7: Monteverde – San José

Ride back to San José. Once in San José, the remainder of the day is yours to do as you wish. You might visit one of the various galleries or museums (optional – entrance fees not included) or just go on a sightseeing spree with your guide who is with you until evening.
Hotel: Don Carlos

Day 8: Depart San José

Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers, Coach & Boat
Accommodation: 7 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Costa Rica Explorer

Our 10 day Costa Rica Explorer tour offers sweeping landscapes. From beaches with impressive coral reefs, over mountains to tropical rainforest. A round trip definitely has a lot to offer. Due to the privileged location between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea you can still enjoy a perfect beach holiday after your exciting  Costa Rica tour.

Itinerary 
Day 1: Arrive San Jose

Welcome! Upon your arrival at San José International Airport and transfer to your hotel.At this time you will be provided a short briefing and an informative travel handout.
Hotel: Grano de Oro

Day 2: San Jose - Tortuguero National Park

Off to an early start from your hotel in San José, you drive along a scenic route of lush pasturelands and banana plantations, through the Braulio Carrillo National Park. You’ll stop for a typical Costa Rican breakfast before arriving at the village of La Pavona or Caño Blanco. From there you navigate by boat up the Tortuguero River, alongshore a small peninsula bordered on the other side by the Caribbean Sea. Upon arrival it’s time to check into our overnight accommodations at the lodge. Enjoy a hearty lunch before taking off with your local naturalist guide on a walking tour of the bustling village of Tortuguero and its immediate surroundings. If you wish, you can walk along the beach back to the lodge instead of taking the boat. Then relax by the pool, take a walk on the beach or explore the trails around the lodge on your own, you decide. Dinner is served. After dinner, you might want to participate in an optional guided night hike on one of the jungle paths of the lodge. Overnight stay Mawamba Lodge Tortuguero
Hotel: Mawamba Lodge Tortuguer, 2 nights

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park

A full day of activities may begin with the unforgettable sights and sounds of an optional early morning tour to experience the awakening of Tortuguero wildlife. After a well-deserved breakfast your guide will take you on a walk exploring the surroundings of the lodge, visiting the aquarium, frog garden, butterfly garden and biodigestor. Head back for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat tour through the quiet backwater canals of the national park, for up-close observation of the flora and fauna so unique to this special part of the world. During the months of and July-September), an optional guided night hike along the beach is offered, to observe the nesting of the sea turtles.

Day 4: Arenal Volcano

After breakfast, embark by boat around 9 a.m. for Caño Blanco or Matina. From there you will head off by bus to a typical Costa Rican restaurant for a delicious home-cooked lunch. Continue your journey to Arenal Volcano in a private vehicle with your personal guide. In the late afternoon you surrender to an evening at the hot springs of Ecotermales, to enjoy a soothing bath of waterfalls and natural pools against the backdrop of fresh nighttime air and a starry sky, all within beautiful, tropical gardens.
Hotel: Arenal Springs Resort & Spa

Day 5: Monteverde Cloud Forest

Today you will explore the area. Hike with your guide through the secondary forest of Arenal Volcano National Park and over the lava fields at the foot of Arenal Volcano. Ride around Arenal Lake to Tilarán before taking on 35 km’s of adventurous gravel road, winding your way to Sta. Elena in the Monteverde Cloud Forest region.

Monteverde: Southwest of Lake Arenal at an altitude of about 1800 m extends Costa Rica’s most popular nature reserve: Monteverde, which represents only a small part of the cloud forest, it is the most visited and as consequence the animals living in this ecosystem have slightly retracted. The visitor may enjoy more the private nature reserve of Sta. Elena, which borders the Monteverde Park; they both belong to the same ecosystem, and this is evident by the manifold fauna and flora. The 345 ha cloud forest nature reserve of Sta. Elena has well-marked trails by which the visitor is carefully led through this humid and dusky world. The high humidity supports the growth of approx. 2500 different kinds of plants, among them many orchids and bromeliads; up to day, about 100 different mammals (i.e. the ocelot, jaguar and monkeys) have been sighted,however they can hardly be seen due to the dense vegetation, but encountering the various birds living here, is a unique experience: among the 400 kinds of birds of this region, we may – with some luck – also see the Quetzal, the most famous among the Central American birds.
Hotel: Hotel Fonda Vela, 2 nights

Day 6: Monteverde Cloud Forest

Costa Rica: Treetop Walkways Selvatura, MonteverdeYour adventurous day begins with a “walk in the clouds.” Start with your feet on the ground, hiking through lush forest toward the “Walkways” of Selvatura; suspended bridges, platforms and trails elevated deep within the canopy of the cloud forest.



From here you are allowed a gentle, rare glimpse through the tops of giant trees into the nether regions of this hidden world that would otherwise remain a mystery to most of us. While exploring the different trails keep your binoculars or camera handy, since you might catch a glimpse of the rare and famous bird of kings – the Quetzal! There are numerous optional activities that you are welcome to enjoy during the remainder of your afternoon, including a visit to the Frog Pond, the Snake Farm, or the Orchid Garden.

Day 7: Manuel Antonio (optional: Carara National Park)

Costa Rica – Carara National ParkAfter breakfast we take a drive on the Interamericana South along the coastline towards the town of Jacó. We’ll stop at the bridge over Rio Tarcoles, a great place for spotting large crocodiles, basking on the banks of the river. Arrival in Manuel Antonio for an afternoon check-in at your hotel.
Hotel: Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge, 2 nights

Day 8: Manuel Antonio National Park & Beaches

Are you ready for capuchin monkeys, sloth, iguanas, anteaters, and multiple species of birds, all within easy walking distance into the rainforest? A hike of about 1.5 hours on the park’s trails will get you this and more, including fantastic beaches within the park, where you are free to soak up some sun or bathe in the refreshing Pacific Ocean. Overnight stay Hotel Si Como No

Manuel Antonio: This park with an extension of almost 1,800 acres attracts the visitor with its gorgeous hiking trails through abundant, tropical jungle bordering white sandy beaches and blue-green water. The evergreen fascinating forest is the home of about 100 species of mammals and 180 kinds of birds. A hiking trail through dense vegetation all around the cape enables you to catch the beautiful sight of 12 smaller islands just in front of it. This is a splendid combination of nature experience and beach fun.

Day 9: San Jose

Ride back to San José. Once in San José, the remainder of the day is yours to do as you wish. You might visit one of the various galleries or museums (optional – entrance fees not included) or just go on a sightseeing spree with your guide who is with you until evening.
Hotel: Grano de Oro

Day 10: Depart San Jose

Transfer to the International Airport for your flight back home.

Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers, Coach & Boat
Accommodation:9 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary