Welcome to Paradise
Your guide/driver will be waiting outside the arrivals terminal with a sign with your names on it. He will then drive you to your downtown San Jose hotel, the Grano De Oro. Enjoy a night in a Deluxe King room in this historical hotel before the adventures begin.
Tortuguero National Park
It’s an early start for your trip to Tortuguero. Enjoy breakfast on the way and a scenic drive, followed by a boat tour through the canals of the national park, arriving at Pachira Lodge. The hotel is one of the nicest in the area and it also offers kayaking tours on the canals. Tortuguero is a unique and exotic place. You will feel transported to an ancient time, discovering unexplored places and incredible wildlife. Tortuguero National Park is one of the most varied within the park system, has 11 ecological habitats, from high rainforest to herbaceous marsh communities. Fronting the sea is the seemingly endless expanse of beach. Relax and take in the quiet exotic scenery, as you travel through the natural water canals, enjoying the wilderness and its abundant flora and fauna. In the evening you have the option to walk along the beach looking for nesting or hatching turtles. Overnight Pachira Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Wildlife and life in the wild
Today you get to enjoy being completely surrounded by astonishing nature and wildlife. Maybe take out a kayak and cruise the canals in search of exotic creatures or relax by the pool watching monkeys and sloths hang out in the gardens. In the afternoon you will take a guided tour of the famous canals and visit a local village. Overnight Pachira Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Transfer to La Fortuna & Hot Springs
After lunch your private shuttle will transfer you to La Fortuna, home of the famous Arenal Volcano where you will check into the Tabacon Grand Spa. The four elements of nature are present in this unique Arenal Volcano luxury hotel and resort, featuring the heat of the volcano, the flowing waters of the hot springs, the pure air of the rainforest and the fertile earth of the of the Fortuna de San Carlos Region. Breakfast and lunch included.
Its and early start today to see the best of the bird life waking up and welcoming the new day in. Depending upon the weather and season you may head up near the Arenal Volcano, by the Arenal Lake, El Silencio Nature Reserve or Finca Luna Nueva for the best viewing. The elusive tropical birds of Costa Rica are best spotted in the wee hours of the morning. In this case, the early bird catches the bird! Your naturalist guide will take you on an informative walk to see a wide array of exotic, tropical birds of Costa Rica. Keep your eyes peeled for toucans, parrots, oropendolas, colorful tanagers and parakeets. Your guide will use his eagle-eyes to spot Royal Flycatchers, White-fronted Nunbirds, Cinnamon Woodpeckers and other more difficult to see birds. Since there are a reported 840 or so species of birds in Costa Rica, you’re bound to come away with a bountiful list! Overnight Hotel Tabacon. Breakfast included.
Discover a birds eye view of the volcano, lake and rainforest as you hike with a naturalist guide along the 3kms of trails and bridges in this reserve. Learn all about the flora, fauna, the history and culture of the area. From the bridges and observation points you will have great photography opportunities with treetop views of the tropical rainforest. See the jungle from a different perspective and maybe see some different creatures that inhabit it. Overnight Tabacon. Breakfast included
Transfer to Monteverde & Night Tour
Today you will enjoy a fun transfer by jeep-boat-jeep from La Fortuna to Monteverde, home of the famous cloud forests. Its a fun way to change locations and nice to travel over the lake. In the evening explore the cloud forest at night. Walking through the forest at night time is a nice experience where you can hear the sounds of the amazing nocturnal creatures that live there. Some of the most common animals in the evening are tarantulas, silver foxes, frogs, coatimundi, a variety of insects, and some sleeping birds. Overnight in El Establo Hotel which is nestled in the misty cloud forest. Breakfast included.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
This morning you will visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve which will definitely be a rich learning experience discovering the secrets of the exuberant cloud forest. Explore its biodiversity, inhabited by more than 130 mammal species, over 500 birds, 120 species of amphibians and reptiles, more than 3000 species of plants which includes around 500 types of orchids, not to mention the thousands of insects. Your tour will start with a short presentation providing an introductory view of the cloud forest flora and fauna. Afterwards your experienced nature guide will lead you on a walk on MCFBR trails. In the afternoon you will have ample opportunity to relax, enjoy your surroundings or maybe even treat yourselves to a spa treatment at your hotel. Overnight El Establo. Breakfast included.
Time to hit the beach
It is time to head to the beach for some sun, surf and sea. You will be driven along the scenic route through the hills heading down to sea level. As you get closer to the coast, feel the temperature rise and get ready for some hot lazy days. You’ll arrive at one of Costa Rica’s best beach destinations, where you’ll check into your hotel, Si Como No. The hotel is located on the Central Pacific with lush jungle terraces overlooking the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. It’s barefoot luxury with a “pura vida” vibe, offering superb dinning and conveniently located if you wish to explore the town. Breakfast included.
Today you will visit the Manuel Antonio National Park. It is the best place for wildlife viewing and you are almost guaranteed to see sloths, iguanas and several species of monkeys, as well as other exotic creatures. Your naturalist guide will pick you up from your hotel and lead you along the well-kept trails to hidden beaches all the while pointing out interesting things along the way. Enjoy a dip in the sea and sink your toes in to the soft sand of the beautiful Pacific beaches before returning to your hotel later in the day to relax by the pool, have a couple of sunset cocktails or explore a little of Manuel Antonio. Overnight Si Como No. Breakfast included.
Damas Island Estuary Tour
This morning you will be collected from your hotel and will board a boat trip to travel through the wonders of the mangrove ecosystem. You will float along the calm currents under a verdant forest canopy. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled so you can spot the innumerable bird species, reptiles and white faced monkeys. While you observe this lush environment your guide will offer explanations about the nature found in this unique region. This tour takes you through the natural channels and provides an ideal opportunity to observe herons, kingfishers, egrets, frigate birds and other migratory birds. Journey through brackish waters, glimpse islands from afar, pass beneath tunnels made naturally from trees and admire this small sanctuary of nature. Lunch will be served after you return from the boat tour. Overnight Si Como No. Breakfast and lunch included.
Transfer to Drake Bay
This morning you will be collected from your hotel and driven to Drake Bay which is the entryway to Corcovado National Park. For the remainder of your trip you will be staying at the beautiful La Paloma Lodge. Perched above the Pacific ocean this luxury eco-lodge catches the breeze and has breathtaking views across the jungle and sea. Each of the rooms are large and comfortable with a private balcony. The next four nights are sure to be a highlight of your vacation and will provide everlasting memories. In the evening Tracie the Bug Lady will meet you at the hotel to take you on a night tour of the surrounding forest. On this two-hour trek through the rainforest, join Biologist Tracie “The Bug Lady” and spotter extraordinaire Gianfranco Gómez, as they team up to reveal the intriguing world of moonlight exploration. You’ll go in search of the critters you love to loath – from bugs to bats, to all that creeps, crawls and flies by night. And true, you’re sure to see the beast with two brains on this tour. But fear not! The tales on this trek are sure to turn your fear and loathing to grudging admiration for some of the most remarkable – and misunderstood – creatures on the planet. Overnight La Paloma Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Corcovado National Park Hike
National Geographic famously labeled it “the most biologically intense place on the planet,” and this characterization is memorialized in nearly every abbreviated web description of the park in existence. The park contains the largest contiguous expanse of primary tropical rain forest north of the Amazon basin, it is frequently reported and is widely known to contain within its boundaries 2.5% of the biodiversity of the entire planet. While this biodiversity is partly explained by Corcovado’s geographic location along the land bridge connecting the North and South American continents, the diversity of forest types within Corcovado itself is a strong predictor of zoologic diversity as well. At least thirteen distinct vegetation types identified within the park boundaries provide habitat for a mind-numbing list of animal species. Visit the San Pedrillo Station and have an expert naturalist guide lead you along the trails in search of wildlife. He/she will teach you amazing facts about the rainforest that you never knew and will point out all sorts of interesting flora and fauna. The park is an hour boat ride away so if you are lucky you may also get to see dolphins playing in the wake. Overnight La Paloma Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Birding in the Osa Peninsula is an unforgettable experience. Harboring over 460 species of birds alone, the Osa packs an incredible array of wildlife into a very modest area. With Red-capped Manakins, Yellow-billed and Turquoise Cotingas and the healthiest population of Scarlet Macaws in Central America, the Osa is one of the most spectacular yet under-birded corners of the country. From Canada and the United States to Central and South America, around 150 species of migrant birds birds travel yearly to flee the harsh northern winter to take refuge in the warm neotropics lying south – facing the unique challenge that is their “dual nationality.” Some of most notable visiting species of the Osa include the Prothonotary Warbler, Golden-Wing Warbler, and the stunning Baltimore Oriole. Birding in the Osa Peninsula gives participants a chance to see these charismatic birds in their second home and protect their critical wintering habitat. Overnight La Paloma Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Free morning before heading back to civilization!
From the dock, guests are welcome to use a single or double kayak and explore the cool waters, charming waterfalls, and diverse wildlife. Enjoy the morning, relax and enjoy the tropical sun and reflect on the amazing journey you have been on, for the past two weeks. The lodge backs up to the Agujitas river.. In the afternoon you will board the short flight back to San Jose where you will spend the last night in a hotel close to the airport. Breakfast included.
Time to head home…
A shuttle will collect you from your hotel and take you to the airport in time to join your international flight home. Breakfast included.
Accommodations and Meals
1 night at Grano De Oro, San Jose
1 night at an airport hotel
2 nights Pachira Lodge, Tortuguero
3 nights Hotel Arenal Manoa, La Fortuna
3 nights Hotel Si Como No, Manuel Antonio
3 nights La Paloma Lodge, Drake Bay
All ground transfers within Costa Rica
Domestic flight from Drake Bay to San Jose
Activities and Adventures
Tortuguero National Park and Canals
Tortuguero Village Tour
Bird watching tour Arenal
Cloud Forest Night Tour
Monteverde Reserve Guided Hike
Damas Estuary Tour
Manuel Antonio National Park
Bug Lady’s Tour
Corcovado National Park Hike
Bird Watching Drake Bay