Overview & Highlights
Costa Rica is well known for the proliferation of its wildlife. Spot exotic quetzals, tiny tree-frogs and three species of monkey in locations chosen for their wildlife viewing potential.
On this wildlife-focused holiday you explore the Caribbean jungle channels and mangrove forests of the Tortuguero reserve; bathe in naturally heated thermal springs in the shadow of the picture-perfect Arenal volcano, and cruise through wetlands sheltering thousands of migrating birds. Head on to explore the little-visited but bird-prolific Bosque de Paz cloud forest reserve. Finally, move on to the Pacific coast and another wildlife experience at a jungle lodge on the remote Osa Peninsula.
Costa Rica is one of the most rewarding countries in the world for wildlife observation, with a long and impressive history of conservation and eco-tourism allowing species to flourish. The comprehensive network of national parks with their extensive trails is always very accessible. The compact country is bursting with an extraordinary diversity of landscapes, flora and fauna, and this private wildlife observation journey gives you all the opportunity to explore its national parks in various eco-systems.
- Guided boat excursion in Tortuguero National Park
- Guided excursion to the Ecotermales hot springs at Arenal
- Birdwatching at Cano Negro Reserve with naturalist guide
- Whale and dolphin watching, Corcovado National Park
- Guided hiking in Corcovado National Park
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Arrive in San José and transfer to your hotel.
By air and river to Tortuguero Jungle Reserve.
Wildlife spotting excursion and village visit in Tortuguero.
Fly and drive to Arenal volcano area.
Guided wildlife spotting expedition.
Guided excursion to the Ecotermales hot springs.
Transfer to Bajos del Toro.
Optional guided tour of a nature reserve.
At leisure with optional jungle walks.
Transfer to airstrip and fly to the Pacific coast’s Osa Peninsula, transfer to lodge.
Snorkelling expedition; whale and dolphin watching in season.
Wildlife-spotting hike in Corcovado National Park.
Transfer to airstrip and fly to San José.
Transfer to airport for international flight home.
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