Nature Corners of Costa Rica
8 Days / 7 Nights
8 Days / 7 Nights
To experience the very best rainforest and wildlife that make Costa Rica so famous you’ll head to two opposite corners of Costa Rica: the Northeast Caribbean Coast and the Southwest Pacific Coast. These two exotic locations are home to two of Costa Rica’s most prized national parks and an incredible amount of biodiversity. In this package, you’ll stay at our favorite eco-boutique and eco-luxury hotels located right on Mother Nature’s doorstep. Enjoy once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to see sea turtles, manatee, crocodile, caiman, dolphins, whales, four monkey species, two sloth species, large and small cats, over 400 bird species, lizards, frogs, insects, and much more. Explore Costa Rica’s most exotic and untouched regions on this 8-day package that not only takes you from coast to coast but from end to end!
- Highlights: Tortuguero National Park – Corcovado National Park – Atlantic Ocean – Pacific Ocean – Rainforest – Wildlife
- Activities: Nature – Birdwatching – Hiking – Snorkeling
- Difficulty: Easy
- Holiday Type: Tailor-made
- You will visit: Central Valley, Tortuguero, Osa Peninsula
- Trip Style: Couples – Small Groups – Families
- Comfort level: Standard – Eco-Luxury
- Transportation: Minibus / Boat / Domestic Airline
- Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Physical demand: Trip may include activities like jungle walks, boat rides, and snorkeling (optional)
- Group size: Minimun 2
- Pick up / Drop off locations: San Jose International Airport (SJO)
- Dates: Upon request
- Day 1: Arrival
- Day 2: Tortuguero National Park
- Day 3: Tortuguero National Park
- Day 4: Osa Peninsula
- Day 5: Corcovado National Park
- Day 6: Caño Island Biological Reserve
- Day 7: Customize your experience
- Day 8: Flight back to San Jose
Nature Corners of Costa Rica Birding Tour Itinerary
Arrival – Antigua Guatemala
Fly into Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) where one of our local airport representatives will meet you before immigration holding a sign with your name on it. They will guide you through an expedited immigration process and to baggage claim, then out to your waiting private driver. Spend your first night in the capital of San Jose, and enjoy a delicious dinner and restful sleep before the real adventure begins!
Tortuguero National Park
Your day starts early as you travel by van out of the Central Valley and down to the Caribbean lowlands. After a stop for breakfast, you’ll transfer over to a covered boat and finish your journey off with a 1.5 hr ride through the freshwater canals of the Tortuguero National Park. Along the way, keep an eye out for monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, caiman, and birds. You’ll arrive at our eco-lodge in time for buffet lunch, then enjoy a guided walking tour of the town of Tortuguero itself and see where the local population of nearly 1,00 people live.
Tortuguero National Park
After breakfast jump on a boat and explore the miles of freshwater canals that slice through the Tortuguero National Park in search of the diverse wildlife that calls this home. Your bilingual nature guide will help you spot monkeys, sloths, caimans, crocodiles, tree frogs, manatees, and hundreds of species of birds as you slowly cruise through the canals. The rest of the afternoon is yours to kayak, hike, or relax at the pool on your own after dinner joins a licensed guide and head to the beach in hopes of seeing the sea turtles that gave Tortuguero its name. Tortuguero is one of the world’s most important nesting sites for sea turtles, so depending on the season you may be able to see them digging holes and laying eggs or hatching and making their way to the ocean for the first time.
After breakfast, you’ll glide back through the canals and board your waiting private transfer to take you over to the Arenal Volcano. The biggest and most famous of Costa Rica’s volcanoes, Arenal has become a tourism mecca for its incredible wildlife, wide variety of adventure tours, and of course, it’s soothing thermal hot springs. Today is a travel and rest day, so once you get settled into your new hotel here you can head out and hit the thermal hot springs to recharge for the next part of your itinerary!
Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
This morning you’ll head to the northern border of Costa Rica to visit remote Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Created in 1991 as a “Wetland of International Importance,” Caño Negro covers 800 acres and is home to some incredible wildlife. Enjoy a slow cruise in a covered motorboat throughout the reserve as you search for over 200 species of birds, three different species of monkeys, as well as iguanas, Jesus Christ lizards, three-toed sloths, turtles, and caimans! These forests and marshes provide shelter to a number of endangered species such as jaguars, cougars, and tapirs as well as thousands of migratory birds in the dry season.
Arenal National Park
Today you’ll explore the beautiful area right around the Arenal National Park. Start your morning with a guided walk through the rainforest on the iconic hanging bridges as you learn about the diverse flora & fauna in this region. Next you’ll hike (horseback riding is also an option) to the picturesque La Fortuna Waterfall. The 75-meter waterfall ends in an inviting pool that is a perfect way to refresh yourself after a busy morning. The rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy the hot springs back at your hotel.
Take the scenic route as you make your way from the Arenal Volcano to the cloud forests of Monteverde. This “van-boat-van” tour will have you transfer down to the shoreline of Lake Arenal where you’ll board a covered boat for a relaxing and scenic ride across Costa Rica’s largest lake. Once you reach the other side you’ll be met by a new van of ours and taken up into the cloud forests where you will be dropped off at your cozy boutique hotel.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Wake up with the sunrise to see the cloud forest come alive right before your eyes. Enjoy a guided tour of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (26,000 acres) which is one of Costa Rica’s most unique microclimates. Your trained naturalist guide will point out all the mammals and birds that have made the cloudforest home. After you spend the day relaxing back at your hotel, after dinner we’ll take you on a guided night hike of the cloud forest. Always a favorite of our guests, seeing the cloud forest at night and the different creatures that come out will give you a real appreciation for how much wildlife there is here.