Turtles & Sloths

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Costa Rica is one of the last Sea Turtle nesting sites in the western hemisphere. Join us on this epic journey in search of Green Sea Turtles, climb to one of the tallest volcanoes of Central America and bathe on white sand beaches while you watch Sloths and Monkeys go by. Costa Rica is waiting to give you a life time experience. There is no time to waste.

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Tour Type

Culture & Nature

Group Size

Min. 6 Participants

Dates

September 10th - September 19th 2024

Activity Level - Easy to Moderate

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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.

San José Province

Days 1.

Turrialba, Cartago Province

Day 2, & 3.

Tortuguero, Limón Province

Day 4, 5 & 6.

Limón Province

Day 7, 8 & 9.

Heredia Province

Day 10.

Arrive at the San José Airport (SJO) where you will be met by Gustavo Orozco your Nature guide.

Transfer to your hotel: The shuttle bus will transfer you to your hotel where you’ll settle in and spend the remainder of the day to relax and enjoy the wonderful gardens of the hotel at your leisure.

Lodging: Bougainvillea Hotel

Type of room: Standard

Hotel Amenities: Swimming pool.

Meals: Welcome dinner

Morning drive to the area of La Fortuna, home of Arenal Volcano, magnificent landscapes and forested areas to be seen on the way. Our first experience will be a cooking class, this will be the perfect introduction to Costa Rican food and traditions. We will learn how to cook a Costa Rican lunch and we will prepare it with our own hands.

In the afternoon we will drive to Arenal Observatory, where we are staying for two nights.

Lodging: Observatory Lodge

Type of room: Smithsonian

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

This morning we are ready to explore the canopy of the rainforest and no better way to do that than taking a walk on suspension bridges, the rainforest is full of mysteries and fascinating stories.

Gustavo will guide you through the woods in search of elusive rainforest creatures and will help you understand how the rainforest functions. Being in the canopy will give you a very different perspective of this fascinating world.

This afternoon we are exploring the trails and gardens of the lodge.

Lodging: Observatory Lodge

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast we are exploring Bogarin Trail, this is a life time opportunity to encounter Sloths in the wild and learn the fascinating natural history behind these charismatic creatures of the rainforest.

In the afternoon we will take a great chocolate tour!

Lodging: Araambigua Lodge

Type of room: Standard

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast explore " La Selva " Biological Station. With 12000 acres of virgin rainforest, this spectacular

preserve will give us the perfect introduction to the tropical rainforest. Vibrant rainforest creatures are there to be seen.

Meals: Breakfast

Lodging: Ara Ambigua Lodge

This morning we drive early to get to the lowlands time to catch our boat to get to Tortuguero National Park, one of the largest parks in the eastern lowlands of the country probably the most important nesting site for green sea turtles in the western hemisphere. We will be on a boat for about two hours through the flooded forest of the park. Tortuguero has an impressive canal system, one of the most intricate in the country and the closest one can be to the versea forest in the amazon. After an early dinner we must get ready for our turtle expedition on the tortuguero beach. This walk will last 2 hours and we have to walk in the dark due to the prohibition of using flash lights at night. Only a red flash light can be permited with restrictions even as we walk along the beach. Once we find a turtle only our designated turtle guide will use a flashlight to show us the laying eggs process. Dark clothing is also suggested not to startled the turtle.

Lodging: Mawamba Lodge * Hotel with no A/C

Type of room: Standard

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Morning exploration of the Tortuguero Canals, often described as the Venice of the Rain Forest. One of the best chances in our tour to enjoy this Amazonian flooded forest type, hard to find anywhere else in Central America. With a profusion of life diversity, Tortuguero is also one of the best places for wildlife viewing.

Lodging: Mawamba Lodge

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Morning exploration of the Southern sector of the park, the area, not frequently visited by tourists offers great chances of wildlife harder to find in the tourist section of the park. With luck, we could see a Jaguar crossing the river to the beach side in search of a Green Turtle for dinner. The area is also good for Manatee and Crocodiles.

Lodging: Mawamba Lodge

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning we will relax at the hotel, pack up, and say a fond farewell to the beauty and wonder of Costa Rica’s golden Caribbean coast. After breakfast we’ll start the drive back to San José and the Hotel Bougainvillea (about 6 and a half hours). We’ll certainly have a lot of recently made memories to talk about on the way home!

Lodging: Bougainvillea

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

Transfer to airport:

You should plan to arrive at the airport three hours before your flight.

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