Costa Rica,

Wild Costa Rica, Well Off The Beaten Track

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Tailor-Made Tour
12 Days
From £3598
GEOIP Not Available
Birding
Off The Beaten Track
Rainforest

Tour Introduction

12 Days from £3598
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you

If you crave wildlife adventure while immersed in rainforest wilderness, this tour is perfect for you. Journey from the remote northern jungles to verdant cloud forest, home to the resplendent quetzal, 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.

Full Itinerary

Price from £3598
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Based on sharing twin/double rooms throughout.
Day 1
Arrive in 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
Savegre

After breakfast, transfer by road (5 hrs) with to the San Gerardo de Dota highland region. Arrive at the lodge at Savegre, in the Talamanca Mountains. The road leads from lowland high forest to upland stunted foliage and cloud forest. Rest of the day at leisure.

Staying at Savegre Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 6
Savegre

A pre-dawn start today for an early morning shared guided tour of the cloud forest reserve (or depending on activity the unsurfaced road through the valley) to look for the resplendent quetzal and other cloud forest species. Remainder of the day at leisure for self-guided exploration or optional excursions arranged by the hotel.

Staying at Savegre Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Savegre

After breakfast head up to the paramo of Los Quetzales National Parkfor a shared tour. Created in 2006, this park is located between Providencia and San Gerardo de Dota, on the Talamanca Mountain Range and the basin of the Savegre River. Return to the lodge in time for lunch, then enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Staying at Savegre Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 8
Osa Peninsula

After breakfast descend to the coast highway and drive 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.

Tour Accommodation

Costa Rica Sarapiqui Region

Maquenque Lodge

Overview

Occupying former farmland originally owned by the father of the four siblings who now run it, the Maquenque lodge is a haven for birdwatchers and naturalists situated in northern Costa Rica near the Nicaraguan border.

Accommodation is in 14 comfortable detached cabanas, each built of local materials with private bathroom, ceiling fan and balcony ideal for watching scarlet macaws and parrots flying overhead. The cabanas overlook a private lagoon bisected by a causeway containing scores of caiman as well as northern jacana, whistling duck and purple gallinule. Montezuma’s oropendola build their hanging nests near to the cabanas and often their odd call is the first sound you wake to in the morning. There is a swimming pool with sun loungers and buffet restaurant serving delicious typical Tico dishes using ingredients sourced from the local area. There is also a bar and lounge on site, perfect for discussing a day in the forest with fellow guests.

Two new treehouse bedrooms bring a higher level of accommodation (literally) being raised 12 metres in the forest canopy. A fantastic way to experience the forest but not for the faint hearted.

The lodge has canoes for the lagoon and two kilometres of trails through the private rainforest reserve inhabited by iguanas, coatis and howler monkeys. It takes part in a scheme to protect the highly endangered great green macaw, which should be observable near the car park (in season).

Night walks at the lodge are always a great way to find smaller wildlife and might reveal red-eyed tree frogs, eyelash vipers and nightjars. Longer rainforest treks, dedicated birdwatching walks, tree-planting and a visit to a local school can all be organised.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
14
Facilities

Private bathrooms, buffet restaurant, complimentary breakfast, bar, lounge, swimming pool, sun deck, hammock, laundry service, ceiling fan, free parking and a safety deposit box at reception.

Local Wildlife

Mantled howler and central American spider monkey, white nosed coati and agouti are commonly seen. The lodge is a great location for seeing a range of interesting reptiles and amphibians including the iconic red-eyed tree frog, several species of poison dart frog, basilisk lizard, green iguana, American crocodile, spectacled caiman and the beautiful eyelash pit viper. Birdlife includes the rare great green macaw, scarlet macaw, agami heron, sunbittern, roseate spoonbill, jabiru stork, scaly throated leaf tosser, mangrove swallow, black-and-yellow tanager and feeders attract toucans, tanagers, woodpeckers and Montezuma’s oropendola.

Optional Activities

Guided wildlife and nature walks, river boat trips, canoeing, visits to local schools and tree planting.

Costa Rica Osa Peninsula

Luna Lodge

Overview

Luna Lodge and wellness centre is a peaceful and well run eco-lodge situated in a large tract of primary rainforest almost within Corcovado National Park on the Osa peninsula.

The main building houses the restaurant, bar, library and gift shop. Set in the lush gardens is a lovely swimming pool with panoramic views over the forest.

The best accommodation is in the eight thatched bungalows each with two double beds and private bathroom with both tub and shower and a vista deck with seating to enjoy the sensational forest views. Other options include more basic terraced rooms and safari- style tents. All the rooms have electricity and hot water.

Hundreds of bird species including scarlet macaws and the four species of monkey found in Costa Rica inhabit the surrounding forest and are frequently seen. Trails take you to waterfalls and natural bathing pools. The lodge has been awarded a Five Leaf Rating for Sustainable Tourism from the Costa Rican Tourism Board, the highest possible.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
16
Facilities

Private bathrooms, restaurant, bar, library, gift shop, swimming pool and spa with full range of treatment.

Local Wildlife

The Corcovado National Park and surrounding area has the greatest diversity of wildlife in the country. The park has the highest densities of Baird’s tapir, jaguar, puma, sloths and all four species of Costa Rica’s monkeys. Reptiles include the impressive American crocodile, eyelash pit viper and boa constrictor and there are many amphibians. Birdlife is prolific in the forest and the National Park is one the best places in the country to see scarlet macaws. Two Reef & Rainforest clients, members of the British Dragonfly Society, went there specially to see the helicopter damselfly, a large species which due to an optical illusion appears to rotate its wings.

Optional Activities

Guided walks in the rainforest and a wide range of spa treatments are available.

Costa Rica Turrialba Region

Bougainvillea Hotel

Overview

The Bougainvillea Hotel is situated in a quiet location in Santo Domingo de Heredia, about 20 minutes from central San Jose. The hotel has elegant and spacious rooms with private hot water bathrooms, two double beds, flat-screen cable TV, ceiling fan, tea and coffee facilities and a safety deposit box. The rooms have been well designed with wide windows affording pleasant garden views.

There is a good restaurant and bar that serves a la carte international cuisine and caters well for special dietary requirements.

Other facilities include a gift shop, business centre, swimming pool, gym, sauna, tennis court and large, attractive tropical gardens.

The hotel’s location makes it ideal for a stopover before and after your international flights but it is far enough from the city centre to provide a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
81
Facilities

Private bathrooms, hot water, restaurant, bar, lounge, sauna, tennis court, safety deposit box, ceiling fan, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities, room service, massage service, laundry service, luggage storage and currency exchange.

Local Wildlife

An array of tropical birds and insects

Optional Activities

Tennis, gym and sauna on site and bird watching excursions can be arranged.

Costa Rica Turrialba Region

Savegre Hotel Natural Reserve and Spa

Overview

Set at 7000ft near San Gerardo de Dota on the Cerro de la Muerte highway, the simple yet comfortable lodge is owned and well run by the original settler Chacon family, charming Costa Ricans who arrived back in 1954. The small Tico hotel they developed has rooms with heaters for the cool climate and an intimate, friendly atmosphere.

The 50 rooms and suites have private bathrooms with hot water (the suites have tubs), electric heating, safety deposit box, telephone, hair dryer and radio alarm clock and terrace on which to relax and watch birds.

The traditional restaurant serves local dishes as well as some international cuisine with a choice of buffet or a la carte dining. The hotel also has a communal bar and lounge where guests can watch hummingbirds at the feeders while enjoying a drink.

Guests walk the forest trails to spot quetzals, trogons and many other cloud forest bird species and visit nearby waterfalls. The lodge has been awarded the fourth level Certification in Sustainable Tourism (CST). NB: Please take some light warm clothing as evenings can get quite cool at the lodge.

Savegre also has its own private nature reserve where guests can enjoy bird watching and exploring. Of the 400 hectares of the farm, 250 are primary cloud forest in which one has the best chance in Costa Rica to see the resplendent quetzal – perhaps the most beautiful bird in Central America. The guiding is often done by family members and you are almost certain to see the quetzal as well as many other colourful birds.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
50
Facilities

Private bathrooms, hot water, electric heaters, restaurant, lounge, bar, safety deposit box, in room telephone and hair dryer.

Local Wildlife

The cloud forest reserve is home to 170 species of bird including some range-restricted species and of course the dazzling resplendent quetzal. Other avian highlights include the volcano hummingbird, collared trogon and the golden-browed chlorophonia.

Optional Activities

Guided birdwatching and walking in the reserve and excursions into the high altitude paramo.

Route Map

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Savegre Lodge: 9.564326, -83.801552
Luna Lodge: 8.448732, -83.462448
Maquenque Lodge: 10.740097, -84.201236
Bougainvillea Hotel: 9.999105, -84.109250
Savegre Lodge: 9.564326, -83.801552

Departure Dates

This tour has no set departure date and can be tailored to suit your travel requirements. Contact us for more details.

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Best Visited:

November to April

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

John Melton

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

Having recently returned from our holiday ( in Costa Rica), I thought I’d write to say how much we all enjoyed our trip. Costa Rica really is a beautiful country, with so much wildlife to see and so many wonderful places to explore (and everyone is so friendly!) Everything on our tour was excellent – hotels, transfers and all the guided walks and boat trips. Thank you to all at Reef and Rainforest and to (your representatives) in Costa Rica – now we’re wondering where to go on our next trip!

Mrs J H - Bedfordshire