Wild Costa Rica, Well Off The Beaten Track

13 Days from £3598 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
13 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Birding
Off The Beaten Track

If you crave wildlife adventure while immersed in rainforest wilderness, this tour is perfect for you. Journey from the remote northern jungles through long, wild rivers to the Caribbean lowlands, then travel to deep within the vast south western rainforests of Osa – the most pristine in Costa Rica. Marvel at the sheer abundance of flora and fauna seen on varied outings from your lodges’ comfortable accommodation, guided by those who truly value their natural heritage. Return home with a warm glow and a keen sense of what it means to be in tune with mother nature.

Itinerary

Price from £3598 per adult. Based on sharing twin/double rooms throughout.

Day 1 - San Jose

Arrive San Jose, capital of Costa Rica. Met and transfer to your hotel, not far from the airport.

Staying at Bougainvillea Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 2 - Boca Tapada

Morning pickup for your private transfer to the Boca Tapada area of northern Costa Rica, close to the Nicaraguan border, involving mainly paved but also some unpaved road. Take a small ferry across the San Carlos river to the secluded property.

Staying at Maquenque Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Boca Tapada

After breakfast, plant a tree, visit a local school or enjoy some independent birding. In the afternoon, perhaps take a canoe out on the lagoon. After dinner, go on a night walk to spot green-eyed tree frog, kinkajou and sleeping birds and iguanas.

Staying at Maquenque Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Boca Tapada

Early morning guided birdwatching in the lodge grounds for nightjar, waterfowl such as purple gallinule, and species like Montezuma oropendola and ornate hawk eagle. Later in the day, look for the nest of the endangered great green macaw, subject of an urgent conservation effort involving the lodge.

Staying at Maquenque Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Sarapiqui

Early morning guided wildlife walk in the private lowland rainforest reserve.

After breakfast, depart by boat for an exciting four-hour journey along three jungle-fringed rivers (take passports as you will cross temporarily into Nicaragua) until reaching Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui. Met by your private transfer (with luggage) and drive to your next lodge nearby.

Staying at Selva Verde Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 6 - Sarapiqui

Today cross the suspension bridge to enjoy a private guided nature hike within the lodge’s primary rainforest reserve on the other bank. Rest of day at leisure to swim or enjoy the gardens with their poison dart frogs.

Staying at Selva Verde Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 7 - Sarapiqui

Transfer to La Selva Biological Station for a private 6-hour walk in the famous rainforest reserve. See the wonderful work done to preserve the region’s forests and ecosystems.

Staying at Selva Verde Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 8 - Osa Peninsula

Morning drive back to San Jose. Catch a flight to Puerto Jimenez on the wild Osa Peninsula. Transfer by normal car, then by 4x4 for two hours into the depths of the rainforest and to your next lodge.

Staying at Luna Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Osa Peninsula

Transfer by 4x4 to Carate beach for a full day’s excursion into the Corcovado National Park, the most bio-diverse park in the country.
Walk the nature trails throughout the day, stopping for a box lunch and to view the abundant flora and fauna. Return to the lodge in the afternoon.

Staying at Luna Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Osa Peninsula

Perhaps relax by the swimming pool, try some yoga, walk the nearby forest trails and soak up the ambience on your last day in this true wet lowland rainforest habitat.

Staying at Luna Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - San Jose

Early morning transfer to Puerto Jimenez dock. Take a boat on the Golfo Dulce for dolphin watching (many are usually seen). Return to the airport and catch your flight to San Jose. Met and transfer to your first hotel, just outside of town.

Staying at Bougainvillea Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12 - Fly Home

Transfer to the airport for your flight out.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly London to San Jose Costa Rica

Best visited:
Novemberto April

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris
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February to March and September to October are the peak dry periods for the southern Caribbean lowlands, however, this trip can be taken at any time of the year.

*Green and hawksbill turtles are best seen in Tortuguero from June to September; leatherbacks and loggerheads nest from March to May.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

Firstly may I say how greatly Peter and I appreciated all you did to give us such a wonderful holiday – it was truly memorable. Great wildlife watching, smooth organisation and a totally trouble-free trip – terrific! We would love to go back to Costa Rica…we had super views of quetzals at Monteverde and also there, two perfect appearances by the three-wattled bellbird. ..With all good wishes and again, our most grateful thanks.

Mrs B R - Liverpool

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Luna Lodge: 8.448732, -83.462448
Maquenque Lodge: 10.740097, -84.201236
Selva Verde Lodge: 10.450366, -84.069150
Bougainvillea Hotel: 9.999105, -84.109250