Our Wilderness and Wildlife holiday offers you the chance to encounter some of the amazing wildlife that lives in Costa Rica, such as the Resplendent Quetzal, toucans and other tropical birds, monkeys, sloths, sea turtles and dolphins. You will explore an incredible variety of tropical ecosystems, from the jungle-clad canals and sandy turtle nesting sites of Tortuguero to the remote rainforest, where you will be surrounded by nothing but trees and the Pacific Ocean. Time to get off the beaten track!
Day 1: Arrive at the international airport of San José, where you will be met by one of our representatives and taken to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time to do a walking tour around the centre of town.
Day 2: Your guide will pick up you early for your shared transfer to Tortuguero and the Costa Rican Caribbean. The first half of your journey will be by road before boarding a comfortable boat for the exotic trip down the freshwater canals that take you to Tortuguero National Park. After a refreshing tropical drink and lunch, boat across the river to visit the Sea Turtle Museum, the beach and Tortuguero Village. (B/L/D)
Day 3: Today starts with an early morning shared boat tour through the canals of Tortuguero at dawn, marvelling at the exotic protected flora and fauna protected in the park. After breakfast, enjoy the nature trails from your lodge, take another boat trip or relax around the pool. During turtle season (July-Sept) you will be able to watch the turtles coming up the beach to lay their eggs. (B/L/D)
Day 4:You will make your way back down the Canals to Guapiles where you will have some lunch before continuing your journey south to the stunning coastline of Manuel Antonio National Park. (B)
Day 5: In the morning, explore Manuel Antonio National Park, known for its beautiful beaches and forests. It’s not hard to spot the tiny, endangered tití monkeys, white-faced monkeys, raccoons, iguanas and tropical birds that live in the park. The rest of the day is yours in this natural paradise. (B)
Day 6: Your journey continues as you drive south along the Pacific Coast to the wonderful La Cusinga Lodge, set in a private nature reserve surrounded by lush vegetation and an extensive network of trails that lead to pristine beaches. (B)
Day 7: The day is free for you to hike through the virgin rainforest along any of the lodge's private trails, such as the Punta Pargo trail, the Los Ajos trail or the Playa Arco trail. As you walk, you may spot howler monkeys, Morpho butterflies, Jesus Christ lizards walking across the water, toucans and a whole lot more. (B/L)
Day 8: Located at the south end of the Pacific coast, the Osa peninsula includes the primary rainforest area of Corcovado National Park, which is home to the greatest variety of plants and animals of any national park in Costa Rica - and that is saying something! In true Costa Rican style you will find a range of lodges for you to stay at, from guest houses to luxury jungle hideaways, all developed with nature and sustainability in mind. This area is one of the most impressive parts of the country for its vast areas of wilderness and untouched forests. Although time spent on the peninsula can reward visitors with glimpses of sloths, monkeys or even tapirs, it's also a great location to get closer to some of the communities that live there and the unique experiences they offer. The waters of the coast are awash with small islands, offering great chances to see tropical fish, dolphins and manta rays. If you have even one adventurous bone in your body, then Osa is definitely worth a visit.
Day 9: Situated just 20-30 minutes by boat from Drakes Bay, Corcovado National Park is world renown as one of Costa Rica’s crown jewels of rich bio-diversity and spectacular scenery.
San Pedrillo Ranger Station: San Pedrillo is Corcovado National Park’s northernmost ranger station, and this excursion provides an unparalleled opportunity to explore the dense jungle of primary and secondary rainforests adjacent to the ranger station. Your guide will point out many of the diverse species dwelling around the trails during an hour and a half hike. You may see white-faced and howler monkeys, white-lipped peccaries, scarlet macaws, coati, and more. The trails are clearly marked and easy to navigate, ascending and descending through the verdant rainforest. After the first hike and a break for lunch, you will have the opportunity to hike to a beautiful waterfall, the perfect chance to take some photos and swim under the smaller falls nearby.
Day 10: Only 12 nautical miles from Aguila de Osa, Caño Island is a paradise for snorkelers, scuba divers, swimmers, and sunbathers alike! The Island can be seen just minutes after leaving the protected cove of the hotel, and the boat ride takes about 45 minutes. During the months of the Northern and Southern migrations (December to April and July to November) you may be lucky enough to spot humpback whales or dolphins frolicking in the ocean on your way to the Island! Your boat will anchor at two different sites close Caño Island, and your snorkeling guide will point out the diverse species living just below the surface. The dark, volcanic rock and the open water around the Island are home to a variety of marine life including Olive Ridley and Hawksbill Sea Turtles, White-Tipped Sharks, several species of Moray Eels, Mobula and Sting Rays, big Cubera Snapper, schools of Horse-Eyed Jacks, King Angel fish, Grunts, Barracudas, and much, much more.
Day 11: After breakfast you will take the boat inland where your private transfer will be meeting you to take you to the beautiful San Gerardo Cloud Forest, a region famous for the pure Savegre River and old growth oak forests, habitat of the Resplendent Quetzal. (B/L/D)
Day 12: Wake up early for a guided tour (shared with other guests) to find the famous Resplendent Quetzal, a unique bird with iridescent green feathers, long, graceful tail and a bright red breast. In the afternoon, try a unguided 2 hour walk along forest trails to a waterfall in the cloud forest. (B/L/D)
Day 13: Today is free for you to relax and explore this incredible forest. You can hire a guide from the lodge or simply relax and enjoy your last day in paradise. (B)
Prices From: £1995 per person
Services included: hotels on shared room basis, meals, transfers and activities as mentioned, entry fees, English speaking guide.
Services not included: flights, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
This is a suggested itinerary. Dates, stops & activities are all flexible.
Best Time To Travel
Much of Costa Rica is covered by rainforest so you can expect rain most of the year round. The dry season on the Pacific coast runs from December to April, with the Caribbean coast tending to be drier from March through to August. Costa Rica is a fantastic destination for the majority of the year, with September and October being the only two months we would suggest not travelling.
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