Wild Costa Rica, Well Off The Beaten Track

# Tailor-Made Tour

Wild Costa Rica, Well Off The Beaten Track

12 Days from £3598 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
12 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 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.

Itinerary

Price from £3598 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.

Travel Info

Are International Flights Included?
No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Best Visited:
November to April

Area Specialist

John Melton

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

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