Costa Rica’s 9 -Day Nature Expedition

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Highlights
  • Tortuguero National Park Boat Tour
  • Braulio Carrillo National Park
  • Talamanca Mountains
  • Regular Birdwatching (Half Day)
  • North Corcovado
  • Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge Package
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Overview

Challenging high-altitude treks, rushing white-water rapids, and warm-water, world-class surfing: Costa Rica has it all, from the squeal-inducing exhilaration of a canopy zipline to a sun-dazed afternoon at the beach. National parks provide visitors with a taste of life in both the rainforest and the cloud forest, simmering volcanoes provide surreal vistas, and reliable surf spots are suitable for both beginners and specialists. Costa Rica's wildlife is almost comical, with keel-billed toucans peering down from treetops and scarlet macaws raucously announcing their flight intentions. A keen eye can spot a sloth on a limb or a caiman's eyes breaking the surface of a mangrove swamp, while attentive hearing can hear rustling leaves warning a troop of white-faced capuchins or the haunting call of a howler monkey. Blue Morpho butterflies glide through orchid-festooned trees, while tropical fish, sharks, rays, dolphins, and whales thrive offshore, as though in a conservationist's fantasy.

Itinerary

Your transfer will allow you to enjoy the Central Valley's Mountains, which provide a stunning backdrop to San Jose, a combination of small city and frenetic large city hustle, modern structures and architectural icons, and friendly people known as "Ticos."The total distance between Juan Santamaria International Airport and San Jose is 17 kilometres (10.5 miles).Driving time: approximately 40 minutes.

The principal point of entry into the country is San Jose, the capital city in the Central Valley. It was founded in 1738 and is now a contemporary city with lively commerce and updated facilities for foreign visitors, as well as a range of tourist, cultural, and natural attractions such as the Costa Rican Art, Gold, Jade, National, and Children's Contemporary Art and Design Museums. The country's architectural treasure, the National Theatre, as well as specimens of ancient architecture in buildings and churches near parks and monuments, are all worth seeing."Sodas" are restaurants that serve both upscale dining and casual cafeteria fare. It is not a large city, yet traffic can be difficult. There are numerous boulevards that allow for easy walking to various sights, or there are numerous possibilities for travelling by cab or public transportation. The nightlife is vibrant, and there is something for everyone.

Accommodation: Grano de Oro Hotel & Restaurant - Deluxe Room or similar

Grano de Oro, located on a shaded lane just off Paseo Colon, San José's main artery, is a great location for exploring the Central Valley's many natural and cultural attractions during the day and enjoying the city's restaurants and theatre at night.This Victorian mansion has a reputation for gorgeous architecture and excellent service. Wrought-iron beds, plush pillow-top mattresses, beautiful linens, and furnishings handcrafted by Costa Rican artists grace each room.The superb restaurant at Grano de Oro combines tropical and European cuisine and has evolved into one of the greatest eating establishments, enjoyed by both residents and visitors. It provides speciality drinks, classically presented cuisine and delectable desserts in the charming setting of this magnificent period mansion, which is decorated with antiques and a hand-carved wood bar that opens onto an elegant Victorian patio with pleasant tropical gardens.The exquisite inner courtyard with vivid gardens both inside and outside, as well as a rooftop garden terrace with lawn beds and a Jacuzzi, offer peaceful, undisturbed sitting.

Meals: None

From San José to Tortuguero.This thrilling road is an adventure in and of itself. You will leave San Jose via the Braulio Carrillo National Park, where you will experience breathtaking vistas and interesting changes in vegetation. Once in the lowlands, pass through the lively streets of Guapiles, as well as huge banana farms, until you reach the port where you take the boat to Tortuguero. As you approach this biodiverse wonderland, enjoy the soothing waves and keep an eye out for the presence of various fish, birds, amphibians, and reptiles.

Total distance from San Jose to Tortuguero: 130 km / 81 miles.
Approximate driving time: 4:00 hours.

Tortuguero:

Tortuguero, located in the extreme northeast of Costa Rica, is only accessible by small plane or boat, as are the famous Tortuguero Canals. This network of rivers and man-made canals runs parallel to the shore and through lush primary forest. In 1975, the region was designated as a national park. It is one of the locations in the country with the greatest biological diversity. The name Tortuguero is derived from the Spanish word for turtle, as this is the most important nesting place for the green turtle in the entire western portion of the Caribbean. Other sea turtle species, like as the leatherback and hawksbill, nest on the park's and refuge's vast beaches, where most exploration is done by small boat, but some hiking trails are accessible. To truly appreciate this magnificent environment, there is a little hamlet and a nice selection of hotels and tours.

Accommodation: Mawamba Lodge - Standard Room or similar

Mawamba Lodge is located on a sandbar between the spectacular Tortuguero Canals and the Atlantic Ocean on the North-Eastern Caribbean Coast. The lodge is situated on a 15-acre property that provides luxury and leisure as well as unparalleled opportunity to see animals. All standard rooms include a garden view, a ceiling fan and their own bathroom. The Katonga restaurant serves wonderful local fare; it is a floating gourmet excursion that allows you to enjoy the sunset while visiting the canals or observing the Tortuguero nightlife as it sways to the Caribbean cadence. The pool area beckons you to rest and unwind. There are also private nature trails, an open-air butterfly garden, direct beach access, hammocks, a bar and a gift shop, as well as tours of the navigable network of canals and lakes. This is a tropical haven for over 300 different bird species as well as an astounding assortment of fauna such as monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, and iguanas - a veritable paradise.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tortuguero National Park is a wilderness area rich in ecological diversity. Eleven distinct habitats support a diverse range of mammals, birds, and fish. Strong Caribbean currents have created a straight 22-mile stretch of coastline that is a popular nesting site for sea turtles including the Hawksbill and loggerhead, who nest from July to October. The Leatherback, the world's largest sea turtle, nests from February to July. The majority of the park's exploration is done by boat. Visitors are astounded by guides who have an extraordinarily trained eye for discovering wildlife in shrouded corners, pointing out cheeky monkeys, and presenting wonderful facts about nature.

Accommodation: Mawamba Lodge - Standard Room or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today after enjoining your breakfast, the hotel will transfer you to the airstrip to board your flight to San José.
San José to Savegre

The road from San José to Savegre winds through the Talamanca Mountains, passing through a pristine habitat and little lovely houses. From the Pan-American Highway, a deep cloud forest filled with huge oaks and other native species can be observed, providing a safe haven for different mammals as well as several species of insects, amphibians, magnificent plants, and colourful birds. Savegre is a dynamic valley with fertile soil that is one of the top coffee growing places and a tourist destination.

The total distance from San José to Savegre: 89 km / 55 miles.
Approximate driving time: 3 hours.

Accommodation: Savegre Hotel Natural Reserve and Spa - Junior Suite Room or similar

Savegre Hotel Natural Reserve and Spa is tucked away in a narrow, scenic mountain valley named San Gerardo de Dota and is a haven for birdwatchers and other wildlife aficionados. The hotel is encircled by the gorgeous Talamanca Mountains, and the grounds are densely forested.All rooms are comfortably furnished and surrounded by beautiful gardens and a terrace for relaxing with a good book, bird watching, or simply admiring the adjacent exuberant mountains and foliage.Las Bromelias restaurant, highly praised by guests, mixes great world cuisine with the best of traditional Costa Rican meals, buffet or à la carte, depending on the number of guests. Los Robles Bar is great for having a drink with family and friends or meeting new people while watching hummingbirds during the day.Trout fishing, nature trails, hiking through apple orchards, horseback riding, a cloud forest night tour, or visiting the Paramo in Los Quetzales National Park are just a few of the many nature experiences that can occupy a guest's day before ending it with a pleasant, relaxing experience at the hotel.

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San Gerardo de Dota is made up of picturesque mountains in the country's centre, which give way to the Savegre River, which is regarded as one of the cleanest in the country. Exotic flora and fauna, protected regions, and national parks are some of the aspects that define this beautiful zone, a popular destination for bird watchers and people interested in rural country life. The highlands and valleys are ideal for fruit production. Boutique hotels and lodges, as well as attractive small stores and restaurants, provide a genuine Costa Rican experience.

Meals: Breakfast

Birdwatching on a regular basis (Half Day)Bird watching is one of the fastest growing pastimes, with an increasing number of aficionados worldwide. At Hotel Savegre, you arrive at a location that can provide exceptional birding, so much so that San Gerardo de Dota is the only Costa Rica site included in the book: Experts Share the World's Greatest Birding Destinations in Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die. Morning birdsong signals the beginning of an incredible adventure in the cloud forest. The hummingbirds give you a taste of what your journey would be like at breakfast. You begin your walk after meeting your guide at the hotel foyer. Our bird list includes over 170 species, some of which are indigenous to the area. Along our routes, you will be able to spot the most elusive and difficult-to-notice species, which are true trophy for birders looking to add to their life list. Short walks around the hotel or in our private reserve comprise the tour. Most species are best seen in the mornings, shortly after daybreak.Sierpe to San Gerardo de Dota. After leaving the picturesque San Gerardo de Dota, the route climbs the fog-filled hills of Cerro de la Muerte before continuing south to San Isidro del General, the region's largest town and a prosperous agricultural and farming area. The roadway from here brings you closer to the Pacific Coast, via small communities, close to the beautiful Marino


Total distance from San Gerardo de Dota to Sierpe: 166 km / 103.14 miles.
Approximate driving time: 3 hrs 20 min.

North Corcovado:


North Corcovado is located in the northern portion of the Osa Peninsula, near the beautiful Drake Bay. This wild area is part of Central America's greatest tract of lowland tropical rainforest. It is on the south Pacific coast of Costa Rica, near Golfo Dulce, one of only three tropical fjords on the planet, where whales and dolphins from both hemispheres come to breed and raise their young. The Osa Peninsula, which is dominated by Corcovado National Park, is home to hundreds of indigenous plant, animal, and insect species and has been dubbed "the most biologically intense place on Earth" by National Geographic. The Osa Peninsula is sparsely populated, and much of its densely forested terrain is protected by national parks and private reserves. Towering rainforests surround pristine beaches and coves, making this location one of the most beautiful on the planet.

Accommodation: Savegre Hotel Natural Reserve and Spa - Junior Suite Room or similar

Meals: Breakfast

This amazing park, tucked away in the trees and chilled by the Pacific Ocean, is located on a 170-acre private reserve adjoining Corcovado National Park. It's an experience just getting there! Guests are transported from the coast to the reception area through a wet landing followed by a relaxing tractor-pulled ride uphill.Margarita's bar, a charming site with a 180-degree view, has a fantastic vantage point over the ocean and Cao Island before arriving at the lodge. The encircling woodland gives way to an oasis of large, manicured gardens filled with palm trees at the entrance drive, connecting the major buildings and cabins.The size of the bungalows varies, but all have lovely mosquito netting over the beds, a sitting area, huge bathrooms, wood shutters, and ceiling fans. There are pools for children and adults, a library and a board games area, and direct access to Corcovado National Park via a private route that offers self-guided walks and enjoyable tours.The attentiveness of the well-trained employees and the remarkable aesthetics of this resort definitely delight guests.

Accommodation: Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge or similar


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Corcovado is Central America's sole remaining Pacific lowland rainforest of sustainable size, and it has been dubbed "the most biologically intense place on earth" by none other than the National Geographic Society. The densest populations of tapir, jaguar, and scarlet macaws in Central America can be found amid Costa Rica's biggest trees.This tropical forest contains an enormous biodiversity, which you will have the opportunity to discover.Starting from the lodge, you travel into Corcovado National Park with your naturalist guide. The cold early hours are ideal for spotting wildlife and observing some of the park's great array of birds.

Accommodation: Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge or similar


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Snorkel in the pristine warm waters and sheltered coral reefs off the coast of Cao Island, then relax on the beach at Casa Corcovado with a picnic lunch.After a leisurely breakfast, you'll meet your guide at the Gear House to choose your flippers and mask. The 'Coral Garden' is then reached via a 40-minute boat excursion. At certain times of year, you may also encounter pilot or humpback whales, as well as dolphins. The snorkelling point is located within a marine reserve and is a great place to see a variety of fish and marine mammals, including manta rays, turtles, and small white-tipped sharks if you're lucky.

Accommodation:
 Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge or similar


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today after enjoining your breakfast, the hotel will transfer you to the airstrip to board your flight to San José. You can walk from the Domestic Flights Terminal to the International Flights Departures.

Price Includes

  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described

Price Excludes

  • Any expenses of a personal nature
  • Anything not mentioned in itinerary

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