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Costa Rica Nature & Wildlife Highlights

Itinerary in Brief: An amazing combination of nature and adventure

  • Explore Tortuguero National Park, a unique coastal jungle environment famous for its wildlife
  • Adventure through the lush jungle of the El Silencio Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Visit the wild, remote Osa Peninsula, one of the most biologically diverse places in the world
  • Top quality boutique hotels, truly outstanding local English-speaking private guides
  • All of our itineraries can be customized to your interests, dates, and budget!

Day by Day Itinerary

Included meals are indicated in parentheses: (B,L,D)

Day 1      Arrive San Jose

Fly into San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. You will be met at the airport for transfer to your hotel. (Depending on what time you arrive, we can arrange various activities in San Jose, including visits to the Jade Museum and the Gold Museum.)
Grano de Oro

Day 2       Tortuguero

You will be picked up at your hotel to begin your trip to the Caribbean coast and Tortuguero National Park. You’ll do the last part of the journey by a small boat that will take you to your lodge in the heart of this unique coastal jungle environment. For the next two days you’ll explore this fantastic nature-viewing region. Tortuguero is famous for its wildlife: The area teems with a wide variety of monkeys, tropical birds, and many other creatures, including the rare and elusive jaguar and, for part of the year, the giant sea turtles that give the park its name.
Tortuga Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 3       Tortuguero

In the morning enjoy a leisurely boat ride with a local guide through the canals and lagoons of Tortuguero National Park, viewing some of the diverse flora and fauna. You have the afternoon free to relax or do any number of excursions offered through the lodge, including boat tours, fishing expeditions, and local village tours.
Tortuga Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 4       Transfer to El Silencio

Today you will take a short flight back to San Jose, where you will be met and transferred to El Silencio Lodge, embedded in Costa Rica’s Central Volcanic Valley. The lodge is nestled in a 500 acre private cloud forest reserve, surrounded by lush jungle, and is ideally located for excursions to Arenal Volcano, the Sarapiquí River Basin, and Poas Volcano. Here, you will be assigned your own “Eco-concierge,” a guide to local culture and natural surroundings who will help you make the most of your time in this gorgeous area.
El Silencio Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 5       Mystic Hike / El Silencio

Today your Eco-concierge will lead you on a hike through the El Silencio cloud forest reserve, with the option to participate in a tree-planting activity. You will have the rest of the day free to relax or participate in any number of excursions through the lodge, including cultural and culinary excursions, hiking, local village tours, rafting, and horseback riding.
El Silencio Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 6        Fly to the Osa Peninsula

This morning you will transfer to San Jose and catch an early flight down to one of the remotest and wildest areas in the country: the Osa Peninsula. When you land, a 4×4 will be waiting to drive you over unpaved roads and streams to the Sierpe River, where you will board a riverboat and travel south to your hotel’s private dock. Located on the Southwest Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, next to Corcovado National Park, the Osa Peninsula is one of the most biologically diverse places in the world, and still retains its sense of untamed jungle wilderness.
La Paloma Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 7       Caño Island Tour

Today you will take a scenic boat ride out to Caño Island Biological Reserve, during which you may spot flying fish and dolphins. You will spend the day exploring the island and snorkeling along its crystaline beaches, whose waters are full of colorful tropical fish. You can also hike with your guide to explore the island’s interior, including a visit to the remains of an ancient cemetery and to see the indigenous “milk trees,” with their drinkable white sap.
La Paloma Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 8       Corcovado National Park

Today you will visit Corcovado National Park, an area of renowned biodiversity and pristine jungle. The shores of the wilderness beaches remain essentially untouched, and the forest is dominated by ancient, massive trees. The park is the only region in the country to host all four of Costa Rica’s monkey species, and is also home to a large variety of birds and wildlife including the elusive jaguar, tapir, and white-lipped peccaries. With your guide, you will hike on trails that begin on the beaches and enter the forest, following riverbeds that lead to waterfalls and refreshing stream-fed swimming holes.
La Paloma Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 9       Return to San Jose / Depart

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for a quick flight back to San Jose. Depending on your international flight time, you may be able to visit some of the city’s museums or go out to eat prior to your international flight.