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Costa Rica Wildlife Adventure

  • Trip Type: Adventures
  • Activity Rating: Easy
  • 9 Days | San José to San José
  • Group Size: Max 14

Trip Details

 

From lush cloud forests to towering volcanoes, Costa Rica is home to an extraordinary wealth of biodiversity—with 12 distinct life zones squeezed into its narrow isthmus. Discover the country’s wild wonders on a journey from the palm-fringed Pacific coast to the misty highlands. Hike through the jungles of the Osa Peninsula in search of monkeys, tapirs, and colorful birds, and swim at beautiful waterfalls and beaches. Explore the rain forests of Arenal National Park, soaring from tree to tree on zip lines strung through the canopy. Then venture into the Villa Blanca cloud forest to experience one of the planet’s most unique ecosystems. Along the way, stay at eco-friendly retreats situated within stunning nature reserves—including Lapa Rios Eco Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World celebrated for its wildlife conservation efforts.

Trip Highlights

    • Stay at Lapa Rios Eco Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World nestled within some of Costa Rica’s most pristine rain forests.
    • Hike to secluded waterfalls in the jungles of the Osa Peninsula, searching for monkeys, sloths, and scarlet macaws.
    • Go zip-lining in the rain forest canopy surrounding Arenal Volcano, and soak in hot spring pools.
    • Explore the cloud forest on a variety of nature walks.

Itinerary - 9 Days

Day 1 — San José

Arrive in San José, Costa Rica’s capital, where our staff awaits to transfer you to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax and have dinner on your own.
Finca Rosa Blanca

Days 2 & 3 — Osa Peninsula

This morning, fly south to the Osa Peninsula, home to some of the most pristine tropical lowland rain forest on the Pacific coast. At the peninsula’s tip is Lapa Rios, a 1,000-acre private reserve created to protect the area’s precious biodiversity. Settle into your bungalow at Lapa Rios Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World celebrated for its wildlife conservation efforts in the surrounding region. Gather for a welcome lunch, enjoying spectacular views of the shimmering waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the Golfo Dulce. During our stay at the lodge, we will experience the natural treasures of the Osa Peninsula on a variety of excursions. Hike to waterfalls and secluded beaches to go swimming, learn about the medicinal uses of local plants, and experience the magic of the rain forest on a nighttime walk. With the help of a naturalist, spot an array of wildlife include white-faced capuchin monkeys, poison dart frogs, sloths, and more. (Day 2 and 3: 2–4 miles hiking, 2–3 hours)
Lapa Rios Lodge (B,L,D)

Days 4 & 5 — Arenal National Park

After an early breakfast, catch a flight back to San José. Drive into the northern highlands to Arenal National Park, named for the 7,000-year-old volcano that rises above the rain forest canopy. Monkeys, parrots, and many other species make their homes at the volcano’s base. Check into our lodge and head out on a naturalist-led hike in the afternoon. If you wish, rise early the next morning to join a birding walk, searching for toucans, hummingbirds, and tanagers. After breakfast, embark on an aerial adventure that will send you soaring from tree to tree on zip lines strung through the rain forest canopy. Have lunch in the town of La Fortuna. In the afternoon, visit thermal hot spring pools owned and operated by a local family. Soak in soothing waters heated by the volcano, followed by cocktails and a home-style Costa Rican barbecue. (Day 4: 2–4 miles hiking, 2 hours; Day 5: 1–2 miles hiking, 1 hour)
Mountain Paradise Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Arenal/ Villa Blanca Cloud Forest

Venture into the rain forest canopy surrounding Arenal Volcano along a network of suspension bridges that loop through the treetops. Observe a variety of colorful birds, and keep an eye out for monkeys, sloths, snakes, and frogs. Then journey into the Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, a 75-acre mountain retreat nestled within the vast Los Angeles Private Biological Nature Reserve. Settle into your private casita situated amid a lush backdrop of rolling hills and botanical gardens. After dinner, head out on a night walk in the jungle to search for tropical owls, kinkajous, and gray foxes. (2–4 miles hiking, 2–4 hours)
Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Villa Blanca Cloud Forest

Today, experience the complex ecosystems and rich biodiversity of the cloud forest. Search for a variety of wildlife as we hike along forest trails adorned with ferns, mosses, and looping vines. Keep an eye out for butterflies and resident bird species such as motmots and toucanets. With luck, we’ll spot the rare resplendent quetzal—a sacred bird in Maya and Aztec cultures. The brilliant red and iridescent green male has a white streamer tail that wafts behind him as he flies through the forest.(2–3 miles hiking, 1–3 hours)
Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Villa Blanca Cloud Forest/ San José

After a morning nature walk, depart from our lodge and return to San José. Enjoy a festive farewell dinner at our hotel this evening.
Finca Rosa Blanca (B,L,D)

Day 9 — San José

Transfer to the airport and depart on homeward-bound flights.
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National Geographic Adventures are unique, active itineraries for intrepid travelers that combine spectacular places, cultural interaction, and physical challenge. You'll explore fascinating, off-the-beaten-path places with top guides, and wherever possible, meet National Geographic experts in the field.

Dates

2017
  • Jul 23 - 31, 2017
  • Dec 09 - 17, 2017

Trip Cost

2017

$5,295

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,500. Airfare to/from San José, and airfare within Costa Rica, is not included in the cost. The group flight within Costa Rica is $350 (subject to change).

GROUP SIZE: 8–14

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Activity Level

Easy

On this wildlife viewing adventure, we will be walking or hiking on nature trails for 2 to 4 miles (2 to 3 hours) on most days. The maximum elevation is 4,500 feet.

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What To Expect

Accommodation Style

We will be staying 2 nights in a luxury eco-lodge and 6 nights in comfortable, well-equipped hotels with full amenities.

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