On this epic adventure you will explore the whole of Costa Rica – from the canals and rainforests of Tortuguero and Cahuita on the Caribbean side to the central cloud forests of Chirripo and San Gerado de Dota. You also head to the far South and the remote Osa Peninsula where you get the chnace to explore the jungles and snorkel in the turquoise water surrounding Corcovado National Park.
DAY 1 : BRAULIO CARRILLO (B, L, D)
Meet and greet at the San Jose International Airport by our partners.
Private transfer Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Check- in at the Lodge, our staff will be on hand to present you the Welcome Kit & help with check in. The Welcome kit contains important information about your trip and you will have the opportunity to review the itinerary with our local staff.
DAY 2 – 3: BRAULIO CARRILLO (B, L, D)
D1 – You will have a full day to explore the rainforest with a private guide. Activities to include a nocturnal rainforest walk, visit to a butterfly garden, a frog exhibition & a hummingbird sanctuary.
D2 – Day at leisure – Trip on an aerial tram & other activities available at a discount.
DAY 4: TORTUGUERO (B,L,D)
This morning you have an early morning departure as you head off on the first part of your adventure to Tortuguero National Park. The journey to Tortuguero is by coach followed by boat and we will stop en-route for a typical Costa Rican breakfast. You will arrive at your jungle lodge in time for lunch. This afternoon is a great opportunity to visit the Village of Tortuguero along with your guide. Through this visit you will learn the ways of life of the local residents of Tortuguero. Return to lodge walking by a trail on the beach.
DAY 5: TORTUGUERO (B,L,D)
Morning at leisure, free to enjoy the trails of the lodge & take lunch by the pool. This afternoon you will embark on a canal boat tour through the Tortuguero canals for more opportunities to spot abundant wildlife. This tour introduces you to the rich rainforest and its great array of wildlife. Dinner at pool restaurant.
DAY 6: TORTUGUERO – CAHUITA (B, L)
After breakfast at the lodge, we will take the boat ride back to dock before transfer to Cahuita.You will stop for lunch at El Ceibo Restaurant in Guapiles before taking the shuttle transfer from Guapiles to Puerto Viejo
DAY 7-8: CAHUITA (B,L)
D1 – Guided tour of Cahuita National Park, to include a guided walk, snorkel & lunch included. Enjoy Rasta culture with great Caribbean meals and ambience.
Cahuita National Park is a 2,711-acre national park located on the southern Caribbean coast protects tropical lowland wet forest (rain forest), beach, and coral. This is also one of the nicest and least developed beaches in Costa Rica. As well as the reef – on land there are many types of animal as well including northern tamanduas, pacas, white-nosed coatis, raccoons, sloths, agoutis, mantled howlers and white-headed capuchins. It has a variety of birds as well including the green ibis, green-and-rufous kingfisher and keel -billed toucan. Tropical lowland wet forest (rain forest), beach, and coral reefs
D2 – This morning you have a day at leisure. Or we would recommend an optional visit to the Sloth Sanctuary (http://www.slothsanctuary.com/ ). (supplement £200 pp – nb. please note this is subject to availability – please enquire upon booking)
You have a 4 hour ‘behind the scenes’ tour to include a visit to the “Slothpital” clinic where you can observe the NICU (infant sloths in incubators), the Nursery (rescued baby sloths) and the Rehabilitation area. Meet Buttercup, the famous Bradypus from the Animal Planet series “Meet the Sloths”. Guided canoe trip to view tropical lowland rainforest wildlife and plants (weather dependent).
DAY 9: SARAPIQUI (B)
After breakfast you will take a shared transfer to Sarapiqui. In the evening enjoy a nocturnal tour (as part of a group with a shared guide) or take part in the bat program.
DAY 10: SARAPIQUI (B, D)
Take a day to explore Sarapiqui, enjoy bird watching walks and take a safari river float tour along Sarapiqui River.Late afternoon learn something new and take a cooking lesson (group minimum of 5 / maximum 20) and dinner.
DAY 11: DRAKE (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the hotel before you take a private transfer from Sarapiqui to San Jose. You will take a domestic flight from San Jose to Drake, on arrival you will be transferred from the airstrip to the hotel.
DAY 12: CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)
Day tour of Corcovado National Park (picnic lunch included, shared guide, group maximum of 5 people).
Corcovado National Park encompasses the only remaining old growth wet forests on the Pacific coast of Central America, and 13 major ecosystems including lowland rain forest, highland cloud forest, jolillo palm forest, and mangrove swamps, as well as coastal marine and beach habitats.
The diversity found on the Osa peninsula is not surpassed by any region of similar size anywhere on earth.
There is a good chance of spotting some of Costa Rica’s shyest and most endangered inhabitants here; Baird’s Tapirs, Jaguars, Scarlet Macaws, Harpy Eagles, Red -backed squirrel monkeys and White-lipped Peccaries. It is wet, remote and rugged, but the trails are relatively good, and the camping areas near the ranger stations are grassy and well drained.
DAY 13: DRAKE BAY (B, L, D)
Day tour of Isla Del Cano with snorkelling (shared guide, group maximum of 6 people), picnic lunch included.
A series of hand-carved, perfectly spherical stones are found on the island, suggested by archeologists to be the grave markers of an indigenous tribe that lived here during pre-Columbian times. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries Isla del Caño was used as a refuge for pirates along the Pacific coast, while today, it is best known for its spectacular offshore diving and unique historical past.
Turquoise water rings Isla Del Caño, as do a great number of coral reefs. In fact, the waters that surrounded the island contain the largest amount of coral-building organisms along the Pacific side of Costa Rica—there is brain coral, head coral and sea fans, to name just a few. Add to this excellent visibility and an enormous amount of marine species, and you’ve got the makings for magnificent snorkeling and scuba diving. Beneath the water you may be able to spot manta rays, tuna, needlefish, barracuda, snapper, white-tipped reef sharks, olive ridley sea turtles, moray eels, dolphins, and both humpback and pilot whales. Considering all of this, it’s not surprising that many people regard Isla Del Caño as the best scuba diving spot in the entire country. However, because it is a biological reserve, diving numbers are strictly regulated – there are 5 dive sites and only 10 divers are allowed to be in the water at one time.
The island itself doesn’t harbor as much biodiversity as does the ocean. There is an intact evergreen forest, as well as a sampling of rubber and cocoa trees. Boa constrictors, pacas, bats, tree frogs and a variety of insects can be spotted, in addition to several species of birds that use the island as a stopping point during their migration south. A number of white-sand beaches dot the island, and hiking trails extend across much of the terrain.
DAY 14: DRAKE BAY (B, L, D)
Day at leisure. You may choose another tour into Corcovado National Park
DAY 15: SIERPE – CLOUD FOREST (B)
Leave Drake after breakfast by shared boat transfer to Sierpe. Transfer from Sierpe to San Gerardo de Rivas (cloud forest on the base of Chirripo National Park – highest peak of Costa Rica) . Transfer is a private 4×4 which will be with you until Day 13; you will have a guide /driver accompanying you. Stop at Nauyaca Waterfall for a swim and lunch and then on to accommodation after.
DAY 16 : CHIRRIPO CLOUD FOREST (B)
Your guide will take you to explore the cloud and paramo forest. Then you have the opportunity to relax at the 2 pools of hot springs.
Nestled along the heart of the Talamanca Mountain Range in the south central portion of Costa Rica, Chirripo National Park (Parque Nacional Chirripo) consists of 123,923 acres
Much of the rugged terrain has been protected from development and exploitation by its inaccessibility. Besides the challenge of climbing Costa Rica’s highest peak (Cerro Chirripó) there are miles of trails that wind through more ecological zones than you will find in most entire countries.
This is one of Costa Rica’s wilder national parks
Wildlife found within Chirripo National Park includes spider monkeys, tapirs, peccary, jaguars and pumas. Over 400 species of birds have been identified in the park, including woodpeckers, wood creepers and trogons. It is also home to over 260 species of amphibians and reptiles.
DAY 17: CHIRRIPO CLOUD FOREST (B)
Visit local artisans or do another hike perhaps in Rio Blanco reserve or Cloud bridge reserve. (Entrance not included.)
DAY 18: SANTA ANA – SAN GERADO de DOTA (B)
Transfer to San GERADO de DOTA, visiting Cartago City (first capital city of Costa Rica and church of their patron)
DAY 19: SANTA ANA – SAN GERADO de DOTA (B)
Day at leisure to visit Los Quetzales National Park
San Gerado de Dota is a haven for birdwatchers and hikers. Located in the Savegre River Valley, this allows you quick access to Los Quetzales National Park (the home of the Quetzal). This is one of the most beautiful regions of Costa Rica with green mountainous backdrop & dense forests. Apart from the iconic Quetzal, there is a plethora of humming birds and woodpeckers to enjoy, as well as peccaries and coyotes.
DAY 20: SANTA ANA – SAN JOSE (B)
Transfer to San Jose
DAY 21: SAN JOSE (B)
Private tour to explore ciudad colon, Santa Ana, market and the mascaradas artisan (Costa Rican tradition), lunch included.
San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica, located in the Central Valley. The city’s main tourist attractions include many beautiful theatres with European-inspired architecture (the National Theatre, The Melico Salazar Theatre) and also various museums (the National Museum, the Art Museum, and the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum). It is home to many parks and squares where you can find gazebos, open green areas, recreational areas, lakes, fountains, statues and sculptures by Costa Rican artists and many different bird, tree and plant species (La Sabana Metropolitan Park, San Jose Central Park, Morazan Park).
DAY 22: End of the trip
Breakfast at the Hotel. Private transfer to International airport.
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A great journey, which highlighted the natural diversity of the regions and the variety of Cost Rica's wildlife.
Highlights include Horse Riding at Selva Bananito and seeing a whale and calf up close off Drake Bay. Wonderful birds.
Our guide Manfred was exceptional and became a great friend.