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Tour Type

Culture & Nature

Group Size

Min. 6 Participants


November 20th, - November 30th, 2024

Activity Level - Easy to Moderate


Costa Rica is roughly the size of Vermont and New Hampshire side-by-side (about 0.03 percent of the world’s land mass) – but, astonishingly, it has more than five percent of the world’s total biodiversity! Costa Rica sustains 12 distinct microclimates that support over a half million different species: 900 birds, over 250 mammal, 220 reptile, 160 amphibians, tens of thousands marine animal and hundreds of thousands of invertebrate species.

These natural treasures are protected by one of the most complete networks of National Parks in Latin America – 25 percent of Costa Rica’s land is preserved and easily accessible for all to enjoy.

Borinquen Hotel

Days: 1 & 2 

La Lagarta Lodge

Days: 3, 4 & 5

Heliconias Rainforest Lodge

Days: 6 & 7

Caño Negro Lodge

Days: 8 & 9

Bougainvillea Hotel

Day 10.

Arrive at Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia Costa Rica. Transfer to Borinquen Thermal Resort on the foothills of Rincon de La Vieja Volcano.

Lodging: Borinquen Thermal Resort 

Type of room: Standard

Hotel Amenities: Swimming pool.

Meals: Welcome dinner

This morning we are driving to Rincon de La Vieja National Park. With almost 30 thousand acres Rincon de La Vieja Volcano is one of the most active Volcanos of Costa Rica, multiple ecosystems can be found within the park, from Cloud Forest to Tropical dry Forest, not to mention the impressive secondary volcanic activity that we can find in some sectors of the park. Great hiking and vibrant wildlife are waiting for us at the park as the opportunity to admire the boiling mud pods, natural hot springs, and stunning views of the Volcano itself. Incredible wildlife can be spotted within the park, such as Spider Monkeys, Howler Monkeys, Keel-billed Toucans, and Iguanas are a variety of Birds and other reptiles.

Lodging: Borinquen Thermal Resort

Meals: Breakfast

This morning we are heading towards the cost, our main goal there is to be as close to the Olive Ridley Turtles. Our home away from home for the next three nights will be” La Lagarta Lodge” This beautiful boutique hotel is very close to one of the largest if not the largest Olive Ridley Turtle nesting sites on the planet. The lodge also has a beautiful nature preserve with abundant wildlife for us to enjoy. There is a logistic dynamic we must deal with since the “Arribada” which means “mass nesting event” is an unpredictable natural phenomenon. For that, we have a scout on the nesting beach that informs us when the event is about to happen, and in 25 minutes by car, we can reach the beach. Is prohibited for tourists to go stand there waiting for the event to happen. The reason for us to be there for three nights is to maximize our chance to hit the “Arribada.”
Again, this is a natural phenomenon, and it is completely unpredictable, it may happen while we are there but might as well be the opposite.

Lodging: Lagarta Lodge

Meals: Breakfast

Day to explore the forest preserve of “La Lagarta “or visit “Ostional” the nesting site for the Olive Ridley Turtles in the area.

Lodging: Lagarta Lodge

Meals: Breakfast


Day to explore the forest preserve of the Lodge or visit “Ostional” for our Turtle experience.

Meals: Breakfast
Lodging: Lagarta Lodge

This morning we leave for the mountains in the Southern Guanacaste area. Our destination is Tenorio Volcano National Park. Surrounded by an exuberant tropical rain forest, Tenorio is one of the wildest corners of Costa Rica. Upon arrival at our hotel, we will explore the grounds in search of wildlife.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Lodging: Heliconias Rainforest Lodge

This morning we drove to the Tenorio Volcano National Park. One of the main attractions of the park besides its unique wildlife is the color of the water of the rivers that run through the area we will be at. Teal color to turquoise is the most fascinating effect that different elements produce in the water. Among other creatures we can find in our walk are Monkeys, Agouties, and Coati Mundis as well as spectacular butterflies, different species of lizards and frogs can also be found. Later in the day, we will explore “El Valle de Tapir” This will be a night hike is search of a whole new world of tropical creatures including the charismatic Central American Tapir, the largest land mammal in the tropical rain forest.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Lodging: Heliconias Rainforest Lodge

Drive to Caño Negro National Park, one of the best-preserved wetland habitats in all of Central America. Often described as the Central American “Pantanal” Caño Negro offers refuge to hundreds of migratory species as well as resident species.

Meals: Breakfast
Lodging: Caño Negro Natural Lodge

Morning to explore the wetlands by boat in search of some of the elusive creatures of the wetlands, Monkeys, Sloths, Caimans, Iguanas, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Basilisk Lizards, and much more are just a small number of creatures we will see in the boat exploration of the area. In the afternoon we well explore another sector of the park on foot to add to the list of many species harder to find in water habitats.

Meals: Breakfast
Lodging: Caño Negro Natural Lodge

Return to San Jose. Bougainvillea Hotel will be our last hotel. We will break our drive with a surprise stop to enjoy landscapes and wildlife before we arrive at the hotel.

Lodging: Bougainvillea

Meals: Breakfast, and Dinner

Drive to the Juan Santamaria international airport for your flight home.
Until next time Amigos!!

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