Eco-diversity like no other – Costa Rica encases 500,000 different species which account for roughly 4% of the world’s plant, insect and wildlife species. Witness Sloths, Monkeys, Frogs, Snakes, Turtles, Iguanas, Humming Birds and so much more. Wander through tranquil bird-packed cloud forests and rich rainforests brimming with a plethora of spectacular wildlife. As well as its head-turning abundance of wildlife, this Central American paradise is famed for its never-ending activities, making it an adventure-seeker’s dream; the vast array of activities widely on offer include Zip-lining, White-Water Rafting and Trekking. The incredibly beautiful east and west shores that run down the sides of Costa Rica display gorgeous paradise beaches lined with jungle, such as the secluded sandy stretches of the laid-back Caribbean coastline and the ‘sun and surf’ pacific stretches containing some great marine life. Become acquainted with the warm friendly locals, offering huge smiles, an easy-going manner and ‘Pura Vida’s. Despite receiving a heavy influx of tourists in recent years, there are still some extraordinary hidden gems and quiet spots to be found which will allow the more adventurous of tourists to experience nature, activities and culture that the typical tourists let pass them by.
Wildlife Odyssey overview:
Immerse yourself in the Costa Rican rainforest as you fly through the forest canopy on a zip line, white water raft through the pristine jungle and come face to face with the great American Crocodiles. You will visit some of the most extensive and biodiverse National Parks in Costa Rica, providing you with extraordinary bird watching as well as getting the chance to see animals like the Two-Toed Sloth, the Great Anteater, Margay Cat, Poison-arrow frogs, Jaguars, Tapirs, Monkeys and much much more.
Wildlife Odyssey Itinerary:
DAY 1: Arrive in Costa Rica
After arriving at Juan Santamaria (SJO) Airport, we will transfer to our hotel in the San Jose City. The city of San Jose, located in the center of the country, has served as the main hub for the exploration of Costa Rica. Attractions in San Jose include the National Theater, the National Museum, the Art Museum or the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, the picturesque Central Market Place and several art cafes. Shopping also finds its birthplace in San Jose, from the modern malls to the little souvenir shops spread out all over the city.
DAY 2-3: Head to Lirio Lodge
This morning we will head East to Lirio Lodge, where you will stay for a couple of nights, giving you a chance to explore the area. Meals and boat transfers are all included. Additionally, you will have a guided walk in the Pacuare Biological Reserve, where you will get to see Leatherback Turtles, Agarni Heron, Wild Felines, Sloths, and Monkeys.
Lirio Lodge is located in Barra de Pacuare, the most pure section of the Totuguero canals. Found in this extensive and unspoilt natural canal, Lirio Lodge is enclosed by tropical rainforest, and separated from the sea by a narrow peninsula of tropical jungle; the famous Pacuare Reserve.
Lirio lodge is surrounded by three Sea Turtle conservation projects, and you will get the chance to have a tour around a turtle protection project. Costa Rica is home to 5 of the 7 sea turtles in the world, and the Caribbean beaches and waters are used by the Leatherback, Green, Hawksbill and Loggerhead turtles.
Additionally, during your stay here you might get the chance to visit a local school (Monday to Fridays).
DAY 4: Leave Lirio Lodge and head to Sarapiqui
Today we will depart Lirio Lodge and head towards Sarapiqui. Here you will be able to go on a night safari to spot some of Costa Rica’s nocturnal animals.
Sarapiqui is known throughout Costa Rica for its amazing and rich biodiversity as well as for being an adventure seeker’s dream destination. If you enjoy the outdoors, there are plenty of hiking and nature walk opportunities in this region as well as white water rafting down the River Sarapiqui. A boat trip down the Sarapiqui River is a great way to catch a glimpse of the region’s wildlife including; monkeys, birds, turtles and caimans. If you are an avid bird watcher, coming here is the perfect way to see some of Costa Rica’s many bird species in their natural environment such as hummingbirds, quetzals, dippers, guans, agoutis and quatamundis.
DAY 5: White Water Rafting/ Safari Boat Tour
After breakfast in Sarapiqui, you will be transferred to Sarapiqui River where you will take part in White water rafting!
If you are not up for White Water Rafting then you can take on a Safari Float Tour that will give you a chance to view the area’s wildlife from a different perspective.
Lunch will be provided during the day
After your river adventure, you will be transferred with guide/driver to Arenal where you will spend the night.
DAY 6: La Fortuna Waterfall, Hanging Bridges & Hot Springs
Today we wake early for an action packed day in and around Arenal, starting with a guided visit to picturesque La Fortuna Waterfall. With a 75m drop into a bright blue pool, this attraction is the perfect postcard of the Costa Rican Jungle. Located just 6km from the town of La Fortuna and at the base of the Cerro Chato Volcano, this is a great day out.
After exploring La Fortuna Waterfall, we will head off on a guided walk to the Hanging Bridges, spotting different monkeys and birds along the way.
Finish the day in the relaxing Hot Springs
DAY 7: Braulio Carrillo National Park
After breakfast, you will get a private transfer with your guide/driver to Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Braulio Carrillo National Park is one of the most extensive national parks in Costa Rica. The park covers an area of over 44,099 hectares and encompasses seven diverse habitats. It is home to more than 500 species of birds, 6000 species of trees and plants and over 135 species of animals. Toucans, guans, eagles, jaguars, tapirs and monkeys are just some of the many birds and mammals that can be spotted throughout the park.
Once you arrive at Braulio National Park, you will undergo another night walking safari to spot some more of Costa Rica’s nocturnal animals.
DAY 8: Braulio Carrillo National Park
After breakfast, you will spend the morning on a bird watching tour.
Your guide will take you along the trails of the Braulio Carrillo National Park where you will be able to spot some of the 500+ species of birds, including the Dull-Mantled, Antbird, Nightingale Wren and Snowcap.
After your bird watching tour you will have two options. To have a ride on the Aerial Tram that takes you through the forest canopy, providing you with magnificent views of the Braulio Carrillo National Par and allowing you to absorb this fantastic nature experience. Or you can take on a zip lining canopy tour. Ascend into the tree tops and enjoy the thrill of the glide through the canopy back down to the forest floor. With climbing into the tree tops, flying through the beautiful canopy, and walking along the forest trails; you really immerse yourself in the vibrant foliage of the rainforest.
Spend another night at the Tapirus Lodge.
DAY 9: Tarcoles River Boat Tour
After breakfast, we will head to the Central Pacific with our guide/driver.
We will stop on-route at the Tarcoles River where you will be taken on a boat tour. Here you will be able to see the great American Crocodiles of all shapes and sizes as you float down the Tarcole River. Enjoy spectacular rainforest scenery and cruise through the dense mangrove forest canals. Spot some of the beautiful exotic birds as well as huge green iguanas, mangrove crabs, monkeys and racoons.
After your boat tour you will be transferred to Hotel Punta Leona where you will be staying this evening.
DAY 10: Carara National Park
After breakfast, you will be transferred with your guide/driver to the Carara National Park. Carara is one of Costa Rica’s most popular National Parks (so prepare for more people). A few of the local animals include Opossum, Two-toed Sloths, Agouti, Armadillo, Pacas, Great Anteater, Kinkajou, Tayra, Margay Cat, Collared Peccary, White-tailed Deer, Poison-arrow Frogs, and the Omnipresent Monkeys.
Overnight at the Punta Leona
DAY 11: Depart Costa Rica
All good things must come to an end at some point. After breakfast at the Hotel you will be transferred with your guide/driver to San Jose Airport where you will get your flight home.
BEACH EXTENSION: Tango Mar
If you are not quite ready to say goodbye to Costa Rica, why not stay an extra 2 nights on a deluxe beach resort in Nicoya Peninsula. You will be privately transferred to Tango Mar beach resort via boat and stay 2 nights in a beach front room. After a relaxing couple of days at Tango Mar you will be transferred back to San Jose.
Here you will stay in San Jose before getting a private transfer the next day to catch your flight home.
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