Wild & Wonderful Costa Rica

  • Trip Type
  • Adventure
  • Length
  • 14 Days / 13 Nights
  • When to Go
  • Year-Round

  • Dramatic landscapes and exotic wildlife in Costa Rica's most vibrant jungles

    Discover Costa Rica's most wild, rugged landscapes - towering volcanoes, misty alpine cloud forests, unspoiled coastlines, and lowland jungle. Begin in the country's interior, embarking on a journey through Arenal and Monteverde. Then, head west to the stunning Central Pacific for some face time with friendly, visible wildlife – great for photos – and south to Costa Rica’s crowned jewel, the remote Osa Peninsula. Here, you’ll encounter iconic frogs and macaws, endangered monkeys, and more than 300 bird species. This is pristine Costa Rica in its rawest form; no doubt the wilderness of the Osa Peninsula will leave you yearning to return.

    Note: daily breakfast, and all meals at El Remanso included in package price.

    Trip Highlights

    lush jungle & deserted beaches • exotic wildlife • jungle safari boat cruise • hanging bridges & hot springs • birding hike in Monteverde • Caño Island snorkeling • Corcovado National Park hike • night wildlife tour • couples' massage • private candlelit dinner • beach time

    Full Package per person from:

    $3,450.00 low season (May - Oct)
    $4,000.00 high season (Nov - Apr)
    Prices vary based on departure season.

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    • Day 1: San José - Arrival

      Bienvenidos a Costa Rica! Upon arrival, you'll be met by your driver and whisked away to the charming Apartotel La Sabana – an oasis in the heart of the capital, and the perfect place to rest your head after a hectic travel day. If you're up to it, take to the city on foot to discover historic architecture, tree-lined boulevards and the delightful chaos of street life in the nation's capital. Otherwise, rest up and relax to prepare for an action-packed day tomorrow.

    • Day 2: San José to La Fortuna - Costa Rica's adventure capital

      Your jungle adventure begins today on a two-hour drive through serene highlands to the beautiful small town of La Fortuna, nestled in the shadow of the majestic Arenal Volcano. Settle in to the charming, locally-owned Hotel El Silencio del Campo, where you’ll call home for the next three days. Explore the resort’s magical setting, a lush paradise featuring views of the volcano from almost anywhere on the property and a secluded private hot springs, and settle in.

    • Day 3: La Fortuna - Peñas Blancas safari float trip

      Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature as you take the scenic route today with a safari float along the Peñas Blancas River. Watch in delight as monkeys swing between trees and leap overhead. Become entranced by the melodious song of tropical birds, spot families of iguanas lounging on tree branches, and caimans and crocodiles lounging lazily on riverbeds and in the shallows.

    • Day 4: La Fortuna - Hanging bridges & majestic volcanoes

      Today, you’ll start the day at Arenal’s Hanging Bridges, set within one of the most important reserves in the area. Get a unique perspective of the rainforest as you walk suspension bridges that extend through the forest canopy, spotting monkeys, birds and other wildlife as you go. Next, pay a visit to one of the most striking attractions in the area – the La Fortuna Waterfall. The cascade drops 195 feet (60 meters) into a natural freshwater pool, surrounded by lush rainforest. Jump in and take a dip to beat the jungle heat before you return to the lodge.

    • Day 5: La Fortuna to Monteverde - Into the cloud forest

      In the morning, head west on a shuttle and boat transfer across Lake Arenal to Santa Elena, a quiet rural town set against rolling hills. Ascend into the lush cloud forest that carpets the slopes of the Monteverde Reserve, to the elegant Monteverde Lodge & Gardens. Catch a ride into town, kick back with a book on your private deck, or set out into the lodge’s gardens in search of forest-dwelling creatures, while the cheerful twitters of songbirds accompany you. Frequently spotted? Coatis, agoutis, monkeys, toucans, and many more species of birds.

    • Day 6: Monteverde - A birder's paradise

      In the early morning, when bird activity is at its peak, hike into a world of swirling mists and emerald green, accompanied by a naturalist guide. Set at an elevation of 1440 meters (4724 feet) above sea level, Monteverde attracts a range of tropical avian species – hummingbirds, the endangered three-wattled bellbird, toucanets, trogons, and motmots among others. One of the reserve’s most spectacular residents is the elusive Resplendent Quetzal, a beautiful bird with an iridescent green body, red breast, and long tail plumes.

    • Day 7: Monteverde to Uvita - From mountains to beach

      Today, you’re off to the enchanting Central Pacific Coast, where jungle meets sea. Settle into serenity at the upscale Oxygen Jungle Villas; sip a tropical cocktail as you slip into the hotel’s jaw-droppingly gorgeous infinity pool, or soak in the views from your private lanai. This is laid-back beachy perfection.

    • Day 8: Uvita - Caño Island: a treasure trove beneath the waves

      After a hearty breakfast, start your day bright and early aboard a boat to Caño Island, a beautiful island and marine sanctuary, whose surrounding waters contain some of the most varied and abundant marine life on the planet. Snorkel through cobalt waters and explore the underwater landscape of caves, cliffs, canyons and 19 species of corals including brain, head and sea fans, home to a vastly diverse array of creatures, including lobsters, sea turtles, rays, sea urchins, octopus, starfish, and many species of brightly-colored tropical fish.

      After a picnic lunch, spend some leisure time on the beach, exploring, swimming sunbathing or just relaxing, before the boat takes you back to Oxygen Jungle Villas.

    • Day 9: Uvita - Fall into rainforest rhythm

      Today is yours to explore or relax as you choose. Arrange a spa visit, take a dip in the pool and watch for whales on the horizon, or head down to Marino Ballena to wander picturesque, wide sand beaches fringed by coconut palms.

    • Day 10: Uvita to Puerto Jiménez - Where jaguars & tapirs roam

      After breakfast, you're off to Puerto Jiménez on the southern side of the Osa Peninsula. From town, you’ll venture to El Remanso Lodge, an unparalleled immersive wildlife destination where the real treat is in living and breathing the jungle. With three nights here, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the incredible biodiversity of this unique location.Tonight, enjoy starry skies and dinner by candlelight at a table just for two overlooking the lush Osa jungle and the Pacific Ocean. This is rainforest romance at its finest.

    • Day 11: Puerto Jiménez - Corcovado National Park

      Today, you'll depart El Remanso bright and early for a two-hour boat ride along the scenic coastline to a beach near Sirena Station, where you’ll enter world-famous Corcovado National Park, called the most “biologically intense place on earth” by National Geographic. Your naturalist guide will lead you on a full-day hike along a trail skirting the Pacific Coast, with expansive golden beaches on one side and lush lowland tropical forest on the other. Widely considered to be the crowned jewel of the extensive system of national parks in Costa Rica, the park is home to some of the world’s rarest wildlife, including jaguars, peccaries, tapirs, and 450 bird species.

    • Day 12: Puerto Jiménez - Scenic coastal vistas & magnificent old-growth forests

      Descend through the reserve’s most remote and pristine rainforest with a naturalist guide. Experience the Osa’s raw nature, with a hike through impressive primary and secondary forest, following trails surrounded by enormous trees and rare flora and fauna.

      After lunch, kick back by the ocean-view pool, or let your intrepid adventurer out, exploring the lodges self-guided trails, or hiking down the road to check out the beautiful beaches stretching from Playa Matapalo to Backwash Bay.

    • Day 13: Puerto Jiménez - Discover the jungle by night

      Spend the day exploring, or revel in some well-deserved R&R – swing in a hammock, stave off the jungle heat at the pool, or watch the monkeys and toucans at play from your private deck. Then, at dusk, experience the magic of the rainforest by night as you uncover the hidden world of unusual nocturnal creatures. Dinner tonight will be unforgettable. A private table set for two out beneath the stars, where you can indulge in exotic flavors, tropical smoothies and warm breezes in Costa Rica’s purest wilderness setting. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience to cap off an epic Costa Rican adventure.

    • Day 14: Puerto Jiménez to San José - Departure

      Bid adios to El Remanso. Transfer to the town of Puerto Jiménez, where you'll bid the jungle goodbye and take a quick one-hour flight back to San José’s international airport.

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    What's Included?

    We'll give you everything you need, everything you want, and a few little surprises to make your trip extra special. We've got you covered, from start to finish. Unique, unforgettable destinations; private tours with local experts; authentic local cuisine; lessons, demonstrations and new cultural insights; more adventure than you can handle; perfect romantic touches; blissful relaxation; and a feeling of total freedom. We take care of everything so that you can enjoy an unparalleled, hassle-free journey without worrying about a thing.

    • Airport pickup

    • All hotel accommodation

    • Meals as indicated

    • Detailed maps and trip preparation guide

    • All special events and tours

    • All vehicle and regional air transportation from rendezvous to drop-off

    • All baggage transportation

    • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service

    Stay Longer

    If our off-the-shelf itinerary is almost a perfect fit, but just doesn’t feel long enough, extend your stay to make it the best vacation possible. Spend a few days in the region before or after – we can customize any trip, and no ask is too big!

    Let us know what you have in mind using the contact form below, and we’ll get in touch to create your perfect travel experience.

    Know Before You Go

    • Itinerary prices are dependent on season of departure. Christmas, New Years and Easter (Semana Santa) are peak season, and prices during these periods are significantlky higher than other times of year. High season runs from November through April, and green season from May through September.

    • Arrival: hotel check-in times are at 3:00pm, but you may arrive at any time during the day. If you arrive prior to the scheduled check-in time, we will arrange for early check-in wherever possible.

    • Departure: hotel check-out times are at 9:00am. International flights on your departure day should be arranged to depart after 1:30pm.

    • All prices in USD.

    • For vaccination recommendations, please visit the CDC website.

    • For American, Canadian, and British citizens, a valid passport with 6+ months remaining is required for entry to Costa Rica.

    • Debit cards may not work in Central America, but most establishments accept major credit cards.

    • Please ensure you have immediate access to a minimum of USD $250 as an emergency fund to be used if circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster) require changes to your planned route.

    • If departing Costa Rica by air, most major airlines include exit taxes in the price of your airfare; if departing via ground or boat, departure tax is USD $29.

    • It is customary to tip service providers (waiters) around 10% depending on service. Tipping taxi drivers is not required.

    • Gratuities for guides and drivers are deeply appreciated, and provide an important supplement to their income. If you are pleased with the tour services you've received, a guideline for tipping in Central America is USD $8-10 per person per day for multiple-day tours, or USD $5-10 per person for day tours.

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    Getting There

    From North America: several airlines offer direct and connecting flights to Costa Rica’s two international airports: Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José (airport code: SJO) and Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Liberia (airport code: LIR). Including connection time, flights from the USA typically range from 2.5-9 hours in duration, while most flights from Canada range from 9-15 hours in duration.

    From the UK: there are currently no direct flights to Costa Rica from the UK, but there are several flight options connecting in the United States and/or Canada. Including connection time, flights from the UK typically range from 12-18 hours in duration.

    When you arrive in SJO or LIR, there will be an airport transfer waiting to take you to your hotel downtown, or in some cases, your next destination. If you have questions about flights, or require assistance booking, please contact us here. We're here to help!

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