Begin your adventure
Arrive at your hotel for your first night and rest at your hotel in San José. You’re here! Be ready to depart first thing in the morning
You’ll stay at the Parque Del Lago hotel (or similar)
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This Morning you will be collected by your guide and driver. The first stop on your journey will be the Irazú National Park, home to the still active Irazú Volcano. At 3400 meters above sea level this is the highest volcano in Costa Rica. Here you’ll take a short hike up to the top of the majestic crater of the volcano, and see the amazing views inside the crater.
You’ll then continue to San Gerardo de Dota, one of Costa Rica´s favourite bird watching sites to see the extraordinary Resplendent Quetzal! San Gerardo is a lovely little village huddled up against the roaring Talamanca Mountain Range and nestled in the Savegre River Valley, surrounded by tropical cloud forest and the nearby Paramo covered mountain peaks.
Once you reach the cloud forest, there’s the opportunity to take one of it’s many stunning hikes, there are several hiking routes and you and your guide will decide on the best one for you. One of the highlights is the 2km hike to the secret waterfall.
After you return, you’ll head to your accommodation for the night, the wonderful Trogon Lodge where you’ll stay for two nights.
Trogon Lodge is simple but stylish, and the comfortable guest rooms are set in exuberant cloud forest gardens. The terrain around is a rugged and hilly collage of green trees and mountains. It’s a peaceful setting at 2,200m above sea level, where you will be soothed by the sounds of the river below.
There’s a shared terrace with rocking chairs, where you can relax to observe the birds flitting through the foliage and the location in is one of Costa Rica’s key areas for sighting the Resplendent Quetzal.
The lodge includes a botanic garden, a swimming pool and a bar and restaurant which features a shaded veranda, its gardens produce much of the fresh fruit and vegetables used in the restaurant and there is a trout pond, ensuring fresh fish is always on the menu.
Trogon Lodge (or similar)
Day 3 will start off with a guided morning hike in the forest to find one of the most exotic and beautiful birds in the world, the Resplendent Quetzal.
For the rest of the day you have the opportunity to explore more areas of the Tropical Cloud Forest and visit the local indigenous village of San Gerardo.
This picturesque village is the perfect opportunity to explore and interact with the locals with our Authentic community experience, visiting various families of Providencia, in Dota. You will Visit to the old mill or “trapiche” in Los Abuelos to learn about a tradition of producing raw sugar and other sweet foods from sugar cane. You will se how in rural communities Rural communities the natural environment is an integral part of daily life. You will take a walk to the Salitre waterfall through a secondary forest with many streams and waterfalls ranging from 5 to 82 metres high! In a fun cooking class you learn to make jams from the fruits of the region, such as blackberry and tomato. The last activity of the journey is artisanal coffee making with a local family here you will learn how coffee was traditionally made in the yard of their house, listening to the stories of their lives and the sound of the guitar while they sing, and you taste one of the best cups of coffee in the world.
You will pass by a crystal clear river, where you will have time to try your hand at fishing or take a hike from the village on one of the scenic routes round the mountain.
Trogon Lodge (or similar)
Today you will explore the different ecosystems of the country as you leave the cloud forests of Dota and make your way to Drake bay
Your next destination will be one of the most exciting experiences of nature in the country, within the lowlands rainforest where the climate is tropical.
On your journey there, you’ll drive through the Subalpine Paramo, pass the Mangrove swamps of the local town of Sierpe before arriving at the Pacific coastline.
En route, you will visit an indigenous community called Rey Curré, known for its famous “Fiesta de los Diablitos” (little devil’s party) held in January commemorating the indigenous peoples’ resistance against the Spanish invaders.
You take a boat through the Mangrove out to sea and sail down the Southern coastline to reach the bay. You’ll be met by your local guide and travel to one of the less visited areas of Costa Rica, and the hotel Aquila de Osa Rainforest Lodge, where you’ll stay for the the next three nights.
Nestled amid jungle covered hillside overlooking the tranquil waters of Drake Bay, Aguila de Osa is a jungle Eco Lodge close to the beautiful Corcovado National Park and Caño Island Biological Marine Reserve. Accommodation is in beautifully appointed rooms equipped with ceiling fan, coffee maker and mini-bar.
There are amazing wildlife spotting opportunities and many water and land based activities on offer. The large thatched wooden cabins are very comfortable with views of the surrounding lush jungle.
The Great room is an open air restaurant with gourmet dining, an extensive breakfast menu and delicious local dishes and there is a bar on site. The hotel works closely with the local community and to protect the environment, using water from its on site well, and composting food waste to use in the organic gardens.
Agulia De Osa Rainforest Lodge (or similar)
Today you’ll take a boat trip to the wonderful, untouched Caño Island the gem of the South Pacific of Costa Rica! The waters around Cano island are renowned as one of the worlds best snorkelling and diving areas, with amazing coral reefs and some of the most abundant and varied marine life in the world.
The island itself has Pre Columbian architectural remains and it is believed to have once been a pirate hideout and some say it was the inspiration for Robert Stevenson’s book ”Treasure Island”
As you sail to the island you have the opportunity to see dolphins, whales, sea turtles, rays and other magnificent marine animals and take the chance to snorkel amongst them if you wish!
Aguila de Osa Rainforest Lodge (or similar)
Breakfast, Lunch , dinner
Today you will visit the Osa Península and Corcovado National Park.
These are considered the most biologically diverse places on Earth and the jewel on the crown of Costa Rica’s national parks! A must see for wildlife and nature lovers, Corcovado is one of the less accessible parks in Costa Rica, and this means less tourists visit this area, making it all the more appealing.
This wild, untamed region is home to the only tropical primary lowland rainforest in the world and is a sanctuary for many endangered flora and fauna. It protects over 140 different mammal species, 400 bird species, 20 of which are endemic, 116 amphibian and reptile species, 40 species of fish and at least 500 species of trees in its amazing and diverse habitats of beaches, mangroves, swamps, forest and palm groves.
Your guide will show you some of the best spots to admire the abundant biodiversity of Corcovado, and see animals like the tamandua, the tapir or the peccary.
Rainforest Lodge Aguila de Osa (or similar)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today will start with a boat tour with your local guide through the Sierpe River and its mangrove. The Sierpe area is recognised by its canal system and is surrounded by a lush, mangrove forest.
After your boat ride you will head to the Central Pacific area of the country.
On the way, you will stop at the spherical stones park. The archealogical site of Palmar Sur is located in the Diquís Delta, in the southern part of the Puntarenas Province. Here there are an assortment of over 300 stone spheres. Locally, they are known as ‘bollas de piedra’ and they are commonly attributed to the extinct Diquis culture. They are thought to have been placed in lines along the approach to the houses of chiefs, but their exact significance remains uncertain.
You will then continue on to Manuel Antonio, and Eco lodge Si Como No.
The Eco lodge is situated above Manuel Antonio National Park, on a jungle hilltop and has been awarded Costa Rica’s highest hotel sustainability rating.
There are 58 rooms, most with private balconies, only 1 tree was removed during the construction of the Lodge, and energy efficient light and heating are used throughout.
There is an outdoor swimming pool with swim up bar and a spa. Guests can dine at Claro que Si elegant seafood restaurant or at the casual poolside Bar & Grill.
Sitting in 10 acres of gardens on the jungle hillside and striking the perfect balance between design and comfort, the lodge connects guests with the surrounding tropical forest of Manuel Antonio and the spirit of Costa Rica.
Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge (or similar)
For the next three days you will relax and unwind in the tropical environment of the Spa and Wildlife refuge, spend your days relaxing by the pools, looking out over the ocean, with the wonderful sounds of the forest birds and animals. Spend some time in the butterfly garden, or sip a cocktail at the swim up bar.
The Cala Spa offers beauty and wellness treatments using many ingredients grown in the hotel’s 10 acres of garden.
Or if you are still looking for adventure this is the perfect place to get it. There is the opportunity to explore Manuel Antonio’s forests and beaches with a guide, observe nocturnal creatures on a night walk, experience the thrills of a canopy and zip-line tour, swim beneath waterfalls, cruise the ocean by catamaran or go horse riding.
Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge (or similar)
Wednesday 17th April, 2019
We keep excellent memories of our stay in Costa Rica, all thanks to you. It was an unforgettable experience that we would love to repeat.
We keep excellent memories of our stay in Costa Rica, all thanks to you. It was an unforgettable experience that we would love to repeat.Read more
Friday 12th April, 2019
I can't express enough gratitude for all of what you have done for me on this trip. This would not have been a good trip if it wasn't for you guys. I will definitely reach out to you again the next time I come to Costa Rica. I'll also recommend you t...
I can't express enough gratitude for all of what you have done for me on this trip. This would not have been a good trip if it wasn't for you guys. I will definitely reach out to you again the next time I come to Costa Rica. I'll also recommend you to all of my friends who come down here. Pura Vida!!!Read more
Tuesday 29th January, 2019
We loved our trip, the people are extremely nice and the country is great. We did some beautiful tours and were able to see a great quantity of birds, lovely landscapes thanks to the experience of our guide.
We loved our trip, the people are extremely nice and the country is great. We did some beautiful tours and were able to see a great quantity of birds, lovely landscapes thanks to the experience of our guide.Read more