This trip to Costa Rica will allow you to feel the ecological importance of this small territory. Visiting not traditional tourist places, but highly representative, as they are the habitat of species such as the quetzal which is one of the most emblematic birds of Central and South America. Then we will visit the Corcovado area in the Osa Peninsula, where 2% of the planet's biodiversity is found. Corcovado and its surrounding areas are paradisiac places for nature lovers, where animals such as the puma, the jaguar, the white hawk, are protected. The place where the humpback whale, after crossing miles in the sea, comes to give birth to their babies. It is these ecological corners that will make us live the natural wealth and biodiversity that we have and that we must preserve.
Places to visit:
➣ San Gerardo de Dota
➣ Manuel Antonio
➣ Night Walks
➣ Lots of wildlife (flora and fauna)
➣ Rio Savegre
➣ Piedras Blancas National Park
➣ Snorkelling in Caño Island
➣ Manuel Antonio National Park
➣ Rio Celeste
➣ Tortuguero Canals
Price US $2,128 per person. Could change depending on seasons.
✓ Transfer Airport - Hotel (Assistance)
✓ 2 nights at San Jose Hotel
✓ 2 nights at San Gerardo of Dota Hotel
✓ 2 nights at Golfo Dulce Hotel
✓ 2 nights at Dominical Hotel
✓ 2 nights at Manuel Antonio Hotel
✓ 2 nights at Arenal Hotel
✓ 2 nights at Tortuguero Hotel
✓ Full pension scheme in Tortuguero and Golfo Dulce.
✓ Half board in San Gerardo de Dota
✓ Car Rental and required transfers according the program
✓ Quetzal Tour, San Gerardo de Dota
✓ Piedras Blancas National Park Tour, Golfo Dulce
✓ Caño Island Snorkelling Tour, Punta Uvita
✓ Manuel Antonio National Park Tour
✓ Rio Celeste Tour
✓ Tortuguero Canals Tour
✓ Services and Hotel taxes
✓ Price from US $ 2,128 per person. Could change depending on seasons.
➣ Meals and drinks not specified in the program
➣ Optional Excursions
➣ Local and international calls
➣ Personal medical expenses
➣ Exit taxes (USD $ 29 per person)
➣ Air tickets to and from Costa Rica
➣ Car rental insurance
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO SAN JOSE
Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel in San Jose. Accommodation.
DAY 2: SAN JOSE - SAN GERARDO DE DOTA
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure in the morning, towards San Gerardo de Dota. Accommodation.
Savegre River is the last biological corridor that connects the Central American Mountain Range with the Pacific, reason why the region is rich for its biodiversity. They inhabit 71 species of endemic flora of the country. In addition, 54% of mammals and 59% of Costa Rican birds live. Large mammals such as jaguars and tapirs still survive in the region. In the region of San Gerardo de Dota, there are about 180 species of birds, especially the quetzal. Various institutions and universities in the United States, Spain, Germany and Costa Rica conduct scientific research in the area.
DAY 3: BIRD WATCHING TOUR
At Savegre, you have the best chance of finding and observing this spectacular bird. The Aztecs believed the Resplendent Quetzal was the representation of Quetzalcóatl, their supreme god. One of our guides will take you to the places where the quetzal feeds on aguacatillos, their favorite fruit. It only needs a few seconds of watching the quetzal to appreciate why it is considered to be the most beautiful species in the American continent. Accommodation.
DAY 4: SAN GERARDO DE DOTA - OSA PENINSULA
Departure to Golfito in the South Pacific of the country, we will be waiting for the boat of the Hotel to move to this paradise. Accommodation.
DAY 5: PIEDRAS BLANCAS NATIONAL PARK TOUR
The Piedras Blancas National Park was created with the purpose of protecting the last tropical rainforest of Golfito and the Río Esquinas basin. It was part of the Corcovado National Park, but due to its size and geographic situation it became National Park, so that it would be better protected. Its vegetation is characteristic of the humid tropical rainforest of the Central American Pacific slope. Trees up to 50 m high as the ceiba, nazarenes and pylon; many of these with a large variety of mosses and epiphytes, plus a large variety of ferns. The fauna is very diverse including species like jaguars, tepezcuinte, guatusas, saínos and caucels. Birds are also present in great variety, both in forest density and along the coast, with the presence of Ara macao or red macaws, the largest in the world, accompanied by quetzals, hummingbirds, black hawks, hawks, crabs, some toucans and pelicans. The presence of amphibians is extraordinary, standing out poisonous red frogs and many other species. Accommodation.
DAY 6: CORCOVADO - DOMINICAL
Departure mid-morning back to Golfito and continuing route to Dominical. Accommodation.
DAY 7: ISLA DEL CAÑO SNORKELLING TOUR
We explored the Island's Biological Reserve with its archaeological ruins and enjoy one of the best destinations for South Pacific Snorkelling. With turquoise waters and colorful coral reefs, the Caño Island Biological Reserve is one of the best places to snorkel in the South Pacific. In fact, the island has some of the healthiest coral reefs in all of Costa Rica. The excursion leaves Punta Uvita at 7:00 am and arrives at Caño Island 1 ½ afterwards. It is a magical trip with the possibility to appreciate whales, dolphins and other marine mammals. Upon arrival to the island, snorkelling is practiced for approximately 1 ½ hours in the best places of the reserve, where you can observe a great variety of marine species, many of them in danger of extinction. The tour includes a picnic lunch and then a second time snorkelling option. The boat will return to Uvita at 4 pm (approx.). Accommodation.
DAY 8: DOMINICAL - MANUEL ANTONIO
Departure to Manuel Antonio. Accomodation
DAY 9: MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK TOUR
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Tour. This national park is one of the most famous in our country due to its wide variety of specimens of flora and fauna. The park has 3 different trails that vary in degree of difficulty from flat to very steep. The road crosses the park for approximately 3 km long. Throughout the tour the guide will stop and explain the different specimens of nature that can be observed, you can take pictures or just admire the view. One of the highlights of this Manuel Antonio tour is that the park is home to 3 of the 4 species of monkeys in Costa Rica. Halfway to the walk you will make a leisure stop on the third beach located inside the national park. You will have approximately 20 minutes to rest on the beach or play between the waves if you wish. Along the walk you will be able to observe sloths, birds and reptiles, as well as admire orchids, butterflies and tropical trees. At the end of the visit you will be provided transportation back to your hotel. The park is closed on Mondays. Accommodation.
DAY 10: MANUEL ANTONIO - ARENAL
Departure in the morning heading the Northern region of the country, area of the Arenal Volcano in Fortuna de San Carlos. Accommodation.
DAY 11: RIO CELESTE &TENORIO VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK TOUR
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards the Rio Celeste Tour. Río Celeste is one of the most popular rivers in Costa Rica and worldwide recognized for its particular coloration that goes from celestial tones to turquoise. Its true name is Buena Vista river, which includes a mountain river that joins with a brook in a point that has been denominated popularly like "Teñideros". Rio Celeste is located within the Tenorio Volcano National Park. Its main attractions are the waterfall, fumaroles, hot springs and thermal waters, panoramic views, natural forest, natural trails, sightings of fauna and in particular the spot where the river takes its celestial color. The flora is very varied, including the palms, heliconias, ferns, bromeliads and orchids, trees such as aguacatillos, zapotes, pylons and danto jícaro. Among the fauna present is: the puma, the barefoot lion, tapirs, sainos, monkeys, manigordos, guatusas, caucel, tepezcuintle, tolomuco, pavas, umbrella bird, the sunbird, and several species of snakes. We will walk along the trails of the Tenorio Volcano National Park for about 3 hours where you will visit the Celeste River, the waterfall, fumaroles, and thermal waters, always accompanied by your guide. Includes: breakfast, lunch and guide. Recommendations: extra clothes, walking shoes, water shoes, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, comfortable clothing. Accommodation
DAY 12: ARENAL - TORTUGUERO
Early departure to Guapiles to connect with the Tortuguero Tour. Breakfast. Continue to the dock to board the boat that will take you to the hotel through the Tortuguero Canals. Accommodation.
DAY 13: TORTUGUERO CANALS TOUR
Departure by boat and visit of Tortuguero National Park by the Canals. Accommodation.
DAY 14: TORTUGUERO - SAN JOSE
Breakfast and return by boat to the dock, once on land the hotel transportation takes you back to San Jose. Accommodation.
DAY 15: RETURN
Breakfast at the hotel with departure to the Juan Santamaria International Airport.