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Costa Rica Nature and wildlife adventure

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Spend 9 days in the gorgeous nature of Costa Rica! During this adventure, you will have the opportunity to go on bird watching tours, boat trips, and nature hikes during which you will see incredible animals, like capuchin monkeys, coatis, morpho butterflies, and sloths! Of course, you will also have time for relaxation on the beach. This is the perfect journey for any nature lover, who ...

Spend 9 days in the gorgeous nature of Costa Rica! During this adventure, you will have the opportunity to go on bird watching tours, boat trips, and nature hikes during which you will see incredible animals, like capuchin monkeys, coatis, morpho butterflies, and sloths! Of course, you will also have time for relaxation on the beach. This is the perfect journey for any nature lover, who wants to create some unique memories! 

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Tour itinerary includes
  • Jungle
    Jungle
  • Bird watching
    Bird watching
  • Nature observation
    Nature observation
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking
  • Beach
    Beach

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Welcome to Costa Rica 

Let the adventure begin!

Upon arrival, our representative will greet you at the airport and hand you your travel information. Afterwards he takes you to your hotel for the first night.

No meals included

Visited:
Heredia
Accommodation
Night at Bougainvillea Hotel (Heredia)

Day 2: To Arenal Volcano Area

After breakfast, you will be meet your private guide and continue towards La Fortuna area.  After arrival, follow your guide for a bird watching experience into the property’s forest for a recognition stroll and some sightings.


Breakfast included 


Over Night Arenal Observatory Lodge

Visited:
La Fortuna
Accommodation
Arenal Observatory Lodge (La Fortuna)

Day 3: Caño Negro Experience

A day of incredible flora and fauna 


After breakfast, you will be pick up at the main lobby of the hotel for your full day excursion. Caño Negro is one of the most amazing trips for bird watching and wildlife.
On the way to Caño Negro you will have the opportunity to learn about agriculture plantations that Costa Rica raise such as yuca, papaya, pineapple, sugar cane and orange.
Then you will arrive to a restaurant called “El Caiman”, where we will enjoy a welcome drink & snack. After that you will begin the trip by boat on Rio Frio. On this 2 ½ hours journey you will see Egrets, Herons, Monkeys, Caimans, Iguanas, bats and a variety of flora.An delicious Costa Rican typical meal will be waiting for us, back to El Caiman Restaurant. Return to the hotel for a evening at leisure.


Breakfast and Lunch included 


ON Arenal Observatory Lodge

Visited:
La Fortuna
Accommodation
Arenal Observatory Lodge (La Fortuna)

Day 4: Private transfer to Manuel Antonio

Private guided transfer to Manuel Antonio area.Enjoy a free time in the afternoon and stroll in your hotel’s private reservation with your guide.


Breakfast included

Visited:
Manuel Antonio
Accommodation
Si Como No (Manuel Antonio)

Day 5: Manuel Antonio National Park 

Ever seen a Morpho Butterfly?


Today, early in the morning your guide will take you to the Manuel Antonio National Park.The park offers easy hiking trails and is a fantastic place to spot wildlife: capuchin monkeys, coatis, morpho butterflies, and sloths. The beaches within the park are also great for swimming.After the tour, say goodbye to your guide. 


Please take into consideration the following information: This park is closed on Mondays


Breakfast included. 

Accommodation
Si Como No (Manuel Antonio)

Day 6: Private Transfer to Sierpe

After breakfast, a private transfer will take you to Sierpe town. From there, continue on a boat trip down the Sierpe River viewing mangrove wetlands.Arrive at Aguila de Osa before lunch.


Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included.

ON Águila de Osa Inn.

Visited:
Manuel AntonioOsa
Accommodation
Aguila de Osa (Osa)

Day 7: Corcovado National Park Hike

An adventurous day is ahead of you!

After breakfast the adventure begins: A visit of the Corcovado National Park! Corcovado is the last remaining Pacific lowland rainforest of sustainable size in Central America and has been called “the most biologically intense place on earth” by no less an authority than the National Geographic Society. This rain forest excursion is an unparalleled opportunity to explore the dense primary rain forest adjacent to San Pedrillo, Corcovado National Park’s northernmost ranger station.From the hotel, you’ll take a 25-minute boat ride along the west coast of the Osa. After the wet landing at the station (the boats go in stern first and drop you a few feet from the beach), you’ll begin your rain forest journey.


During the morning hike, your guide will point out many of the diverse species along the trail. You may see white-faced, spider and howler monkeys, white-lipped peccaries, scarlet macaws, coati, and countless other birds and insects. The trails are clearly marked and easy to navigate, ascending and descending through the primary rain forest.

After the morning hike and a break for lunch, you will have the opportunity to hike to a beautiful waterfall. Along the way to the falls you will have another chance for your guide to point out more of the bio diverse flora and fauna. The waterfalls offer the perfect opportunity to relax, take a refreshing swim in the cool fresh water, and take some magnificent pictures.Upon conclusion return to the hotel and enjoy the pool and time off.

Breakfast, Box Lunch and dinner included.


ON Águila de Osa Inn.

Accommodation
Aguila de Osa (Osa)

Day 8: Flight to San José

After breakfast, you will be taken by boat and by minivan, to the airport for the return flight to San José.


Upon arrival, private transfer to Alajuela mountains.Enjoy your last night in Costa Rica!


Breakfast included

Visited:
San José
Accommodation
Night at Xandari Resort & Spa (Alajuela)

Day 9: Goodbye and Hasta Pronto!

Where are you heading now?


According to flight Schedule, a private transfer will take you from your hotel to Juan Santamaría International Airport.


Breakfast included.

Visited:
San Jose, la vallée Centrale et la côte Pacifique Centrale, San José

Heredia La Fortuna Manuel Antonio Arenal Volcano National Park Osa Corcovado National Park San José San Jose, la vallée Centrale et la côte Pacifique Centrale

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $2,980 / 9 days
Excluding international flights
Price
Price per Person Double Room (High Season)$3,130
Price per Person Double Room (Low Season)$2,890

Included in price:

  • 1x ON/Breakfast Hotel Bougainvillea***(Garden view room)
  • 2x ON/Breakfast Arenal Observatory Lodge***(Smithsonian room)
  • 2x ON/Breakfast Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Reserve*** (Superior room)
  • 2x ON/All meals Águila de Osa Inn***(Standard rom)
  • 2 nights lodging at Lirio Lodge, Barra del Pacuare
  • 1x ON/Breakfast Xandarí Resort & Spa
  • Airport transfer on arrival to Hotel Bougainvillea.
  • Private Guide with transportation from day 2 to Day 6
  • Local flight Drake Bay to San José
  • Private transfer from Airstrip to Xandarí Resort & Spa
  • Private transfer from Xandarí Resort & Spa to Juan Santamaría International Airport
  • Bird watching tour in Arenal area
  • Unique Caño Negro including entrance fee and lunch.
  • Manuel Antonio National Park (except Monday´s) entrance fee.
  • Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Reserve entrance fee.
  • Hiking at Corcovado National Park including boat transportation, local guide, entrance fee and picnic lunch.

Not included in price:

  • International flights
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service, etc.)
  • Personal expenses, Gratuities

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