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Let yourself be immersed in the Costa Rican lifestyle as you fly through the forest canopy on a zip line, experience white water rafting through the jungle and come face to face with the Great American Crocodiles. You will get the opportunity to explore some of Costa Rica’s most extensive and bio-diverse National Parks, of which allow you to witness animals like the Great-Anteater, Monkeys, Tapirs, Two-Toed Sloth, Margay Cat, Jaguars, Poison-Arrow Frogs and many more.

An optional beach extension takes you to the beautiful and rugged Nicoya Peninsula.

Costa Rica Wildlife Odyssey

Let yourself be immersed in the Costa Rican lifestyle as you fly through the forest canopy on a zip line, experience white water rafting through the jungle and come face to face with the Great American Crocodiles. You will get the opportunity to explore some of Costa Rica’s most extensive and bio-diverse National Parks, of which allow you to witness animals like the Great-Anteater, Monkeys, Tapirs, Two-Toed Sloth, Margay Cat, Jaguars, Poison-Arrow Frogs and many more.

An optional beach extension takes you to the beautiful and rugged Nicoya Peninsula.

Duration

11 days

Price

£2,350

Difficulty

Medium

Day by Day

Highlights

  • Visit one of most biologically intense places on earth
  • Escape as you go white water rafting on the majestic Sarapique River
  • Discover some of the 500 species of birds found in Braulio Carrillo National Park
  • Explore the Tarcoles River on a boat tour to see the great American Crocodiles
  • Zip line through the jungle canopy

Day 1: Arrival to Costa Rica!

Following on from our arrival at Juan Santamaria (SJO) Airport, we will be transferred to our hotel in the San Jose City. Located in the center of the country, San Jose has served as the main hub for those choosing to explore Costa Rica. Some of the popular attractions in San Jose include the National Museum, the National Theater, the Art Museum or the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, several art cafés and the picturesque Central Market Place. If you fancy exploring the shopping on offer in San Jose you will find little souvenir shops and modern malls spread throughout the city.

Days 2-3: Head East to Lirio Lodge

This morning we will be heading Eastwards towards Lirio Lodge, this is where you will be staying for a couple of nights, providing you with the opportunity to explore the surrounding area. The meals and boat transfers will be included. Furthermore, a guided walk in Pacuare Biological Reserve will allow you to see Agarni Heron, Sloths, Leatherback Turtles, Monkeys and Wild Felines.

Barra de Pacuare is where Lirio Lodge is located, known to be the purest section of the Totugero canals. Occupying this extensive and natural canal, the Lodge is embedded by tropical rainforest, and a narrow peninsula of jungle known as the Pacuare Reserve, is what divides it from the sea.

There are three Sea Turtle conservation projects which surround Lirio Lodge, and you will be given the chance to take a tour around a turtle protection project. Five out of the seven sea turtles that are in the world inhabit Costa Rica, and the waters and beaches of the Caribbean are home to Loggerhead, Green, Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles.

During your stay you may be given the chance to pay a visit the local school (Monday to Fridays).

Costa Rica Wildlife

Day 4: Leave Lirio Lodge and head to Sarapiqui

On this day we will be departing Lirio Lodge and heading towards Sarapiqui. Once here you will be given the opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that live in Costa Rica. 

Sarapiqui in Costa Rica is known for its rich biodiversity as well as being the dream destination for a keen adventure seeker. If you are someone who appreciates the outside, there is a wealth of hiking and nature walks in this region as well the River Sarapiqui providing an ideal environment for white water rafting. A boat trip down the river is a superb way to marvel in the regions wildlife, catching a glimpse of monkeys, caimans, turtles and birds. Costa Rica is the perfect place for the avid bird watcher, great opportunities to see many bird species in their natural environment such as dippers, agoutis, hummingbirds, quatamundis, guans and quetzals.

Costa Rica Nature

Day 5: White Water Rafting/Safari Float Tour

Once we have had breakfast in Sarapiqui, a transfer will take you to Sarapiqui River where you will be given the chance to take part in white water rafting!

If you decide that white water rafting isn’t for you then you can take a Safari Float Tour which will provide you with the chance to see the Costa Rican wildlife from a different perspective. 

Lunch will be provided during the day

Following on from the river adventure, you will be transferred with guide/driver to Arenal where we will be spending the night. 

Costa Rica Wildlife

Day 6: La Fortuna Waterfall, Hanging Bridges and Hot Springs

Day 6, we wake up early, ready for an action-packed day in and around Arenal, firstly with a guided visit to the picturesque location of La Fortuna Waterfall. Featuring a 75m drop into a pool of bright blue, the waterfall as an attraction is the perfect postcard of the Costa Rican Jungle. Its location is just 6kkm from the town of La Fortuna, hence the name, and at the base of Cerro Chato Volcano, a truly great day out. 

Once La Fortuna Waterfall has been explored, we will begin our guided walk to the Hanging Bridges, spotting various birds and monkeys as we go. 

Finishing the day in the relaxing Hot Springs

Day 7: Braulio Carrillo National Park

Following on from breakfast, you will take a private transfer with your driver/guide to Braulio Carrillo National Park. 

Braulio Carrillo National Park is one of Costa Rica’s most extensive national parks. The park stretches over an area of more than 44,099 hectares and encompasses seven diverse habitats. It is the home of more than 6000 species of trees and plants, more than 500 species of birds and over 135 species of animals. Tapirs, Monkeys, Toucans, Guans, Jaguars and Eagles are just some of the many birds and mammals that can be seen throughout the park. 

Once arriving at Braulio National Park, you will take part in another night walking safari, hopefully spotting some more nocturnal animals in Costa Rica. 

Costa Rica Wildlife

Day 8: Braulio Carrillo National Park

After your breakfast, your morning will be spent on a bird watching tour. 

Your guide will take you on a journey along the trails of the Braulio Carrillo National Park where you will be sure to see some of the 500+ species of birds, this includes the Antbird, Snowcap, Dull-Mantles and Nightingale Wren.

Once the bird watching tour is complete, you will have two options. Option one is to enjoy a ride on the Aerial Tram, taking you through the forest canopy and providing draw-dropping scenery of the Braulio Carrillo National Park and giving you the opportunity to absorb this amazing nature experience. Option two is a more immersive, zip lining canopy tour. Ascending into the tree-tops, relish the thrill of gliding through the canopy all the way down to the forest floor. With climbing into the tree-tops, combined with the thrill of flying through the magnificent canopy and trekking the forest trails; you really immersed in the vibrant foliage of the rainforest.

Spend another night at the Tapirus Lodge. 

Costa Rica Wildlife

Day 9: Tarcoles River Boat Tour

After breakfast, our guide/driver will take us towards the Central Pacific.

Whilst on-route we will stop at the Tarcoles River where a boat tour will take you to see the great American Crocodiles of all shapes and sizes, enjoying breath-taking rainforest scenery whilst floating through the dense mangrove forest canals. This is an ideal chance to spot some of the stunning exotic birds as well as mangrove crabs, monkeys, racoons and huge green iguanas.

Following on from your boat tour you will be transferred to Hotel Punta Leona where you will be staying this evening. 

Day 10: Carara National Park

After breakfast, you will take a transfer with your guide/driver to the Carara National Park. The Carara National Park is one of the most popular National Parks in Costa Rica (so prepare for more people). Some of the local animals are as listed; Two-Toed Sloths, Great Anteater, Opossum, Agoouti, Kinkajou, Armadillo, Tayra, Pacas, White-tailed Deer, Margay Cat, Collared Peccary, Omnipresent Monkeys and Posion-Arrow Frogs.

Costa Rica Wildlife

Day 11: Departing

All good things must come to an end at some point. Once you have finished breakfast at the hotel, you will take a transfer with your guide/driver back to San Jose Airport where you will catch your flight home.

BEACH EXTENSION: TANGO MAR

If you decide that you aren’t quite ready to depart from Costa Rica, there is the option to stay an extra 2 nights on a deluxe beach resort in Nicoya Peninsula. A private transfer will take you to Tango Mar beach resort via boat and you will stay 2 nights in a stunning beach front room. After soaking up those last couple of days of relaxation at Tango Mar you will be transferred back to San Jose. 

Here you will stay in San Jose before getting a private transfer the next day to catch your flight home. 

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Booking Process

For many trips, especially tailormade and private trips, we will already be in contact, however if you are interested in joining a group trip, booking your place is simple:

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