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Imagine a country where you can cross from the Atlantic to the Pacific in just one day, and where the forests and beaches merge in impressive landscapes. This country is Costa Rica, considered the jewel of Central America, a natural paradise with one of the highest biodiversities in the planet in spite of its small size. Discover the nature of Costa Rica through visits to its nature reserves, where you will have the opportunity to learn about its flora and fauna from an expert naturalist guide. You can complement these activities with others of hiking and community-based rural tourism (see the corresponding trips for more information).
These are the places that you can visit in our ecotourism trips and the activities that you can do in every place. If you want to add more places and other activities, you can check our trips of Walks in Costa Rica, Visit communities of Costa Rica and Organic farms in Costa Rica. If there is any other place that you wish to visit and is not included in any of our trips, check with us and we will try to include it in your itinerary.
POAS VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK: First national park that was created in Costa Rica, it has one of the biggest craters in the world and is still active. Early in the morning visit to be able to see the crater, weather permitting. In the afternoon there is a possibility of visiting La Paz Waterfall gardens, a private reserve not far from there, with trails, a wildlife rescue centre and environmental education programmes.
ARENAL NATIONAL PARK: Guided visit in the Arenal Volcano National Park (3 hours duration approx.), climb the dormant volcano Cerro Chato (4-5 hours duration approx.), visit to the Ecocentro Danaus, visit to La Fortuna Waterfall, kayak tour in the Lake Arenal, horseback riding tours, canopy and/or hanging bridges, hot springs, etc.
PRIVATE RESERVES OF MONTEVERDE: Guided visits by expert naturalist guide in one or more cloudforest reserves of the area: Monteverde, Santa Elena, Curicancha or Bosque Eterno de los Niños (3 hours approx.), with the possibility of watching the quetzal. Guided night tour (2 hours). Visit to one or more tourist attractions of Santa Elena: Butterfly Gardens, Orchid Gardens, Bat Jungle, Frog Pond or Serpentarium (2-3 hours per place). Other optional activities: canopy and/or hanging bridges, horseback riding tours, coffe/chocolate/sugar tour, etc.
NICOYA PENINSULA: Visit of the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve and the beaches of Montezuma or Santa Teresa, walks to waterfalls, boat tours to Tortuga Island with possibility of doing snorkel. It is also possible to visit a wildlife rescue centre. Other optional activities are: surf lessons, yoga classes, canopy, etc.
GUANACASTE: Visit to the Palo Verde National Park, in the North of the country, near the border of Nicaragua, and stay in a biological station to do guided visits with expert naturalist guides. Possibility of visiting other national parks of Guanacaste such as Rincón de la Vieja, Tenorio Volcano and Celeste River, or Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.
MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK: Visit of the Manuel Antonio National Park with the possibility or watching various species of monkeys, sloths and birds, and relax at the beach. Possibility of kayak tours, horseback riding and canopy.
SARAPIQUI RESERVE: Stay at La Selva Biological Station and guided visits with expert naturalist guides. Possibility of community-based rural tourism in a nearby community and rafting in the Sarapiquí River.
TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK: Boat trip to the village of Tortuguero, Canals tour for wildlife watching (3-4 hours), guided walk in the rainforest (3 hours approx.) and turtle night tour in the beach (3 hours approx.) in the nesting season (July-September).
SOUTH CARIBBEAN: Walk in the Cahuita National Park for watching wildlife such as monkeys, sloths and various bird species (3-4 hours). Possibility of a snorkel tour to see the marine life (half day). Optional visit to the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, walking in the primary forest (6 hours), and watching the turtle nesting in Gandoca (March-July). It is also possible to see the birds migration in spring or autumn from a viewpoint in a reserve near Cahuita.
OSA PENINSULA: It is probably the region with highest biodiversity in Costa Rica and has one of the biggest national parks. There is a great variety of ecosystems and endemic animal species. Option 1: Visit of the Corcovado National Park from Puerto Jiménez or Carate Beach (tour from 1 to 4 days duration, spending the night in one of the biological stations of the park). Option 2: Corcovado from Drake Bay (usually 1 day duration) and boat tour to Caño Island (1 day duration) with possibility of snorkel.
GOLFITO: Located near the border with Panama. We can offer two possibilities: accommodation in an eco-resort near the Piedras Blancas National Park with the possibility of a guided tour there (40 km from Golfito) or accommodation in Las Cruces Biological Station which has a botanical garden with an impressive collection of tropical plants from around the world (65 km from Golfito). It is possible to visit both places if you have at least 3 days available.
SAN GERARDO DE DOTA: Located in the Quetzales National Park. Walk to the San Gerardo Waterfall in the Savegre River (2 hours approx.), the cleanest river in Central America, surrounded by impressive cloud forests, in the Talamanca Mountains (2200 m above sea level). During the walk it is possible to see the quetzal.
UVITA AND MARINO BALLENA NATIONAL PARK: Walks in the rainforest of the area and whales & dolphins watching tours in the Pacific Coast.
We will prepare a customised itinerary for you according to the places you want to visit and the amount of time you have available. We will try to offer you the best itinerary adjusted to your preferences and you availability so you can make the best of your time in Costa Rica. Next you can see two examples of itinerary of 15 days of duration.
Option 1: North of Costa Rica
Day 1: Arrival to Costa Rica and trip to Sarapiqui.
Days 2-3: Sarapiquí.
Days 4-6: Arenal.
Days 7-9: Monteverde.
Days 9-11: Nicoya Peninsula.
Days 12-14: Manuel Antonio.
Day 15: Return to San Jose. Transfer to the airport.
Extra days: Palo Verde National Park or other national parks in Guanacaste.
Option 2: South of Costa Rica
Day 1: Arrival to Costa Rica. Stay in Alajuela.
Day 2: Visit to the Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall. Stay in Alajuela.
Days 3-4: Tortuguero.
Days 5-7: Cahuita and Manzanillo.
Days 8-9: Uvita and Marino Ballena National Park.
Days 10-12: Osa Peninsula.
Days 13-14: San Gerardo de Dota.
Day 15: Return to San Jose. Transfer to the airport.
Extra days: Golfito area to visit the Piedras Blancas National Park or Las Cruces Biological Station.
It is possible to combine both options including the places that you choose, and even book the parts that you wish separately. It is also possible to add days in Nicaragua in the option 1 and days in Panama in the option 2 if you wish.
The exact price depends on the number of days, places and activities that you choose for the itinerary, time of the year, number of people in the group, and requirement of private transport and guide. If you tell us these details, we will prepare a personalised itinerary with a quotation for you.
This price includes:
– Accommodation for all the nights of the itinerary.
– The meals mentioned in the itinerary.
– The tours that the client decides to include in the itinerary.
– Transportation during the whole itinerary: public buses and/ or private transportation.
– Guiding service for all the guided tours of the itinerary (or for the whole itinerary if requested).
This price does not include:
– International and domestic flights.
– Personal travel insurance.
If you want to ask for a quote for your personalised itinerary, please contact us in the email address: email@example.com.
All year round.
Discover the nature of Costa Rica is a trip for private groups from 2 to a maximum of 20. The price of the trip will reduce with the number of members in the group. Furthermore, if you get more than 4 people to travel with you, you will benefit from important discounts; check Travel for free in our website for more information. For just one person it is better to join one of our travel groups because otherwise it would be too expensive as a private trip, unless you are thinking on booking specific sections. Our next group trip to Costa Rica will be in September: Costa Rica: Caribbean and Pacific.
Currency: Colon (€1 corresponds to about 653 Crc).
Climate: Tropical. Average temperature of 22°C. From December to April, the weather is dry and May to November corresponds to the rain season.
Documentation: Passport only (for less than 3 months, no visa is requested).
Health: Typhoid vaccine is recommended.
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