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Costa Rica Itinerares

Choose one: 14-day Itinerary | 9-day Itinerary
Click on each day's location or scroll down for activities and details.
Cost & 2005 Departures

Accommodations: Many of our lodges have been featured in Conde Naste Traveler, Travel & Leisure, and on Jack Hanna's Animal Planet and Sir Richard Attenbourough's specials on the Discovery Channel

14-Day Itinerary
Day 1-3 Aviarios Sloth Wildlife Refuge, Cahuita National Park
Day 4-5 La Selva Biological Reserve, Sarapiqui River Whitewater Rafting and InnerQuest Exclusive Puerto Viejo River Wildlife Float trip .
Eve 5 Volcano Arenal, Hot Springs
Day 6-8 Monteverde Cloud Forest, SkyWalk Canopy Tour
Eve 8 Carara Biological Preserve
Day 9-10 Manuel Antoino National Park
Day 11-14 Osa Peninsula/Corcovado National Park
Trip Extensions

1) Drake Bay
2) Tortugero National Park

Cost & 2005 Departures

9-Day Itinerary
Day 1-3 Aviarios Sloth Wildlife Refuge, Cahuita National Park
Day 4-5 La Selva Biological Reserve, Sarapiqui River Whitewater Rafting and InnerQuest ExclusivePuerto Viejo River Wildlife Float trip .
Eve 5 Volcano Arenal, Hot Springs
Day 6-8 Monteverde Cloud Forest, SkyWalk Canopy Tour
Eve 8 Carara Biological Preserve
Day 9 Return Home
Trip Extensions 1) Drake Bay
2) Tortugero National Park

Cost & 2005 Departures

Day 1-3 Cahuita National Park, Aviarios Wildlife Refuge
Highlights: Jungle Beach, Canoeing on Virgin Wetlands, Rainforest hiking, Sloth Refuge, Bird and Wildlife Watching, Orchid garden.
Wildlife: Sloths, white-faced monkeys, anteaters, otters, caiman, morpho butterflies, poison-arrow frogs, and over 300 species of exotic tropical birds.

     Start your adventure sharing a crowd-free rainforest beach with monkeys, sloths, toucans and more. Enjoy hiking relaxing, wildlife viewing and more at an easygoing pace. Stay at a Sloth Wildlife Refuge and Bird Aviary. Canoe through virgin wetlands in search of exotic colorful birds such as the Purple Gallenule and Rosette Spoonbill. Enjoy an orchid garden.

Day 3-5 La Selva Biological Reserve, Sarapiqui River, Puerto Viejo River
Highlights: Whitewater rafting, flatwater wildlife expedition on a rainforest river, hiking in a Biological Station with biologists studying the rainforest.
Wildlife: Extreme biodiversity including 400 species of birds, rare rainforest frogs, river otter, agouti, coati, monkeys, anteaters and more.
     The Sarapiqui is one of the highlights of every paddler's "dream trip." Passing directly through La Selva Biological Reserve, the river is surrounded by old-growth rainforest and exotic birds. The next day we'll run the Puerto Viejo river, a remote river that rarely sees any humans besides us!

     InnerQuest Exclusive: Choose from rafts, inflatable kayaks or canoes for both whitewater and flatwater segments. More small boats spread out along the river means more eyes spread out along the river, which means we see more wildlife! And in the flat-water sections we can stop and observe wildlife for a more intimate experience of the rainforest and wildlife than any other conventional tour.

Eve 5 La Fortuna, Volcano Arenal, Hot Springs
     Relax in a rejuvinating hot springs near the foothills of of Volcano Arenal. Then enjoy a night-time view of the volcano spouting lava.

Day 6-8 Monteverde Cloud Forest
Highlights: Cloud forest, Canopy Tour. Naturalist-guided Hiking and Birding.
Wildlife: Resplendent Quetzals, trogans, rare hummingbirds and hundreds of birds unique to the Cloud forest. Howler monkeys and other small mammals.
      The Bio-diversity and exuberance of life in the cloudforest is a result of clouds drifting in and dripping constant moisture on the dense canopy tops. A naturalist guide points out a stunning array of plant and birdlife, perhaps even the endangered Resplendent Quetzal. Later, a series of suspended bridges and platforms offers an unforgettable glimpse of life high amongst the canopy and the transcendent sensation of walking amongst the clouds.

Eve 8 Carara Biological Preserve
Highlights: Evening Scarlet Macaw migration, rare wildlife, giant exotic hardwoods.

Wildlife:
Crocodiles, scarlet macaws, anteater, ocelot, peccaries, white-faced and spider monkeys, poison-arrow frog.
      An old growth forest of striking complexity and density, Carara's giant trees include 10 of the rarest hardwoods in Costa Rica. The unique combination of ecosystems is habitat for many rare and endangered animals, including one of the largest populations of scarlet macaws in the country, which migrate twice daily from the inland rainforest to the coastal mangrove swamps.

Day 9-10 Manuel Antonio Park (14 day itineraries only)
Highlights: Spectacular world-class beaches
Wildlife:
White-faced and squirrel monkeys right on the beach!
      The most popular national park in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio offers dense rainforests spilling down onto brilliant white sand beaches populated with friendly white-faced and squirel monkeys.

Day 11 -14 Osa Peninsula/Corcovado:
Highlights: This is THE place you dream of when you think Costa Rica! The most remote, most biodiverse, most wildlife (including many rare and indigenous species) and NO mosquitoes! Osa also holds the largest remaining stand of virgin rainforest in Central America. One of the last truly unspoiled and wild places in the world.
Wildlife: Osa is the absolute best place to see all 4 types of Costa Rican monkeys, (including rare squirrel monkeys) peccaries and other exotic wildlife, in greater numbers than anywhere else, and your best chance to spot jaguar and other big cats. It is one of the last stands for many extremely rare and endangered species including the Harpy Eagle and King Vulture. Over 400 species of birds including the largest population of scarlet macaws in the country.

      INNERQUEST EXCLUSIVE! Explore Golfito Bay Enjoy sunset kayaking with dolphins and a unique night-time excursion to snorkel at night and see the water come alive with blue sparkles of bioluminescence. Hike private wildlife reserves with wildlife expertsand Corcovado National Park. Enjoy pristine beaches teeming with scarlet macaws, rare and endangered wildlife and stay at a world-class jungle lodge recently featured in Conde Naste Traveler!

Trip Extensions:
Tortuguero
     A natural network of scenic jungle canal navigable only by boat, Tortuguero protects over 350 species of birds and mammals, including endangered great green macaws and jaguars. It is one of the most important nesting sites for green sea turtles. Enjoy boating, canoeing and wildlife watching from your waterfront lodge. Call for different price options.
Drake Bay
     Explore Osa's wild northern end. Hike Corcovado National Park with local naturalist guides, boat to Cano Island for a day of snorkeling, or just relax at one of Costa Rica's best jungle lodges. Call for different price options.


 

                                                    

Aviarios Del Carribe Sloth Wildlife Sancturary
 
Howler monkey - Cahuita National Park,
 
La Selva Biological Preserve - Red-eyed Tree frog - walk with biologists
 
Whitewater rafting and kayaking, Sarapiqui River
 
Flatwater river expedition for optimal wildlife viewing
 
Arenal Volcano
 
Relaxing in a hot springs after our river adventure
 
Violet Sabrewing Hummingbird, Monteverde Cloudforest
 
Tamandua (anteater) - March 2001 trip.
 
Monteverde Cloudforest, SkywalkCanopy Tour - (note monkey on bridge!)
 
Evening scarlet macaw migration, Carara Biological Preserve
Carara Biological Preserve
 
White-faced Capuchin Monkey with baby on back, on the beach at Manuel Antonio National Park
 
Squirrel monkeys, Osa Peninsula
 
Osa Peninsula
 
Typical group, 10 people, ages late 20's to mid 60's, average around 40's

 

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