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Costa Rica Wildlife Adventure

Alternate Itinerary
(9 Days)

Day 1 — San Jose

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.

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, 4 hours)
Lapa Rios Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Villa Blanca Cloud Forest

After an early breakfast, catch a flight back to San José. 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. (1-2 miles, 1-2 hours)
Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 5 — 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 6 — Villa Blanca Cloud Forest/ Arenal

After breakfast enjoy a nature walk on one of the many paths near Villa Blanca, looking for wildlife and admiring the scenery. Then we’ll head to Arenal National Park with lunch en route. In the afternoon, partake on a nature hike in Arenal National Park.
Lost Iguana Resort & Spa (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Arenal

If you wish, rise early this 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. (1–2 miles hiking, 1 hour)
Lost Iguana Resort & Spa (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Arenal/ San Jose

This morning, 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. After lunch, depart from our lodge and return to San José. Enjoy a festive farewell dinner at our hotel this evening.

Day 9 — San Jose

Transfer to the airport and depart on homeward-bound flights.