Adventuring in Nature's Playground

Costa Rica Private Journey

Costa Rica

8 Days

From $4,895

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Your journey includes mountainous Arenal Volcano National Park, the waterways of Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean Coast, and Manuel Antonio National Park on the sparkling Pacific. 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The drive takes approximately 3.5 hours. The centerpiece of the park is majestic Arenal, a perfect cone emerging 5,300 feet from gentle green hills.\r\n\r\nFrom your mountain lodge, you can choose from several afternoon activities. Hike or mountain bike on one of the mountain trails in Arenal Volcano National Park, with extraordinary views (clouds permitting) of Arenal&apos;s symmetrical cone. The most popular option is to walk on a series of spectacular hanging bridges that give access to the high rainforest canopy&mdash;a great way to enter the world of towering, orchid-draped trees in a 600-acre primary forest reserve. The views of Arenal are particularly striking from these bridges. (Please let us know which option you prefer so we can reserve it for you in advance.) Enjoy an evening soak in a private natural thermal spring and view Arenal Volcano from your balcony at The Lost Iguana Resort, nestled among 100 acres of rainforest overlooking the mountain, or upgrade to Nayara Gardens, a rainforest retreat.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":3,"DayTo":3,"Headline":"Tortuguero National Park","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"A beautiful 4-hour country drive brings you across Costa Rica&apos;s lush countryside, passing through villages, small farms, and banana and coffee plantations. Arriving at the dock in Ca&ntilde;o Blanco, journey by boat with your Tortuguero guide to the lovely Tortuga Lodge, set on 50 private acres along a river. Lunch is en route\r\n\r\nNote: An optional private charter flight directly to Tortuguero can be booked for this day at additional cost. The price of the flight depends on the number of passengers. Please call us for prices.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":4,"DayTo":4,"Headline":"Tortuguero National Park","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Tortuguero&apos;s labyrinth of canals give access to a pristine stretch of the Caribbean coast. This morning, set out with your naturalist guide for a 3-hour boat excursion through secluded waterways. Tortuguero protects one of the last large areas of tropical rainforest in Central America, with 11 habitats found in the park. Three species of monkeys (spider, howler, and white-faced), three-toed sloths, and river otters are frequently seen along the natural inland waterways and canals. Manatees, caiman, iguanas, river turtles, basilisk lizards, and poison dart (Dendrobates) frogs inhabit the area, along with more than 320 species of birds including all six species of kingfishers found in the New World, three species of toucans, eight species of parrots, and other neotropical species such as the slaty-tailed trogon, white-collared manakin, purple-throated fruitcrow, and white-fronted nunbird. An option for a private kayak tour (at extra cost) is available. The afternoon is free for independent exploration. On trips during June, July, and August, there is an option for a turtle tour (at extra cost). 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After lunch in the town of Quepos, head to Manuel Antonio National Park, with its magnificent setting of crescent beaches, secluded bays, forested bluffs, and offshore islands. Overnight at the deluxe Hotel El Parador, surrounded by 400 acres of rainforest and overlooking the beach and the wide blue Pacific, or upgrade to the Arenas Del Mar Beach and Nature Resort, right adjacent to the park.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":6,"DayTo":6,"Headline":"Manuel Antonio National Park","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Join a guided three-hour nature hike on Manuel Antonio Park&apos;s beautiful nature trails, a chance to experience the magic of vine-draped forests where white-faced monkeys leap from tree to tree, sloths gaze down from the canopy, and iguanas sunbathe on logs. 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Sea turtles, flying fish, and birdlife including boobies and frigatebirds share this beautiful environment with the many dolphins that frolic and play along this coast. 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In this deep green world accessible only by boat, a maze of tranquil waterways overhung with rainforest provides a rich habitat for caimans, crocodiles, manatees, monkeys, three-toed sloths, river otters, and a dazzling array of birdlife. Explore this wondrous ecosystem by small boat or sea kayak (optional); Tortuguero is also a world-famous nesting spot for green sea turtles (July-October) as well as leatherbacks (March-May).","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":5,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"Manuel Antonio National Park, Jewel of the Pacific Coast","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Try your hand at Costa Rica&apos;s popular adventure sport&mdash;the zipline&mdash;for a bird&apos;s-eye view of the rainforest canopy! 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Though he lived in Spain, Israel, and the United States from age seven to nineteen, Federico is a Costa Rican local at heart and welcomes Wilderness Travel guests to experience all the country has to offer. He has led trips for us since 2003, and says, \"Costa Rica is all about the Pura Vida lifestyle. When guests leave, they are not guests anymore, they are now friends.\" Federico completed a BA in natural resource management from Universidad Estatal a Distancia. When not guiding, he can usually be found riding his mountain bike or photographing wildlife, two of his favorite pastimes."},{"GuideID":850707,"First_Name":"Margherita","Last_Name":"Bottazzi","BioShort":"Margherita doesn&apos;t remember when her passion for the outdoors began&mdash;it&apos;s always been a part of who she is. After studying biology at the University of Costa Rica, she went on to get her post-graduate degree in Management and Protection of Natural Resources, with abiding interests in ornithology and botany. In addition to guiding, Margherita has worked for such organizations as the Audubon Society and Sierra Club. Her work has allowed her to explore areas of Brazil, Panama, El Salvador, Chile, Ecuador, and the United States. Guests enjoy her enthusiasm and tireless good humor while on tour. When not out in the field, Margherita tends to her organic farm in the Coronado Mountains outside of San Jose and enjoys spending time with her family.","BioLong":"Margherita doesn&apos;t remember when her passion for the outdoors began&mdash;it&apos;s always been a part of who she is. After studying biology at the University of Costa Rica, she went on to get her post-graduate degree in Management and Protection of Natural Resources, with abiding interests in ornithology and botany. In addition to guiding, Margherita has worked for such organizations as the Audubon Society and Sierra Club. Her work has allowed her to explore areas of Brazil, Panama, El Salvador, Chile, Ecuador, and the United States. 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    Overview

    With its natural bounty of rainforest lagoons, towering volcanoes, and long, palm-fringed beaches, Costa Rica is a paradise for nature lovers. Almost 20 percent of the country is protected in national parks or nature reserves that are prime examples of Costa Rican ecosystems, including deciduous tropical forests, mangrove swamps, rainforests, cloud forests, and wetlands. On this Private Journey, you can hike, mountain bike, explore a tropical rainforest, and paddle by sea kayak in azure Pacific waters, all with expert naturalist guides at your side. Your journey includes mountainous Arenal Volcano National Park, the waterways of Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean Coast, and Manuel Antonio National Park on the sparkling Pacific. We also offer an extension to world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, one of the outstanding nature reserves in the New World tropics, and an optional day of whitewater rafting on the wild Pacuare River.

    Arrive: San Jose, Costa Rica

    Depart: San Jose, Costa Rica

    Highlights

    • Explore Tortuguero, a Caribbean coastal rainforest alive with the calls of birds and monkeys
    • Walk "hanging bridges" through rainforest, ride a zip line across the canopy
    • Hike nature trails of Manuel Antonio National Park
    • Optional sea kayaking or a sunset boat cruise on the Pacific

    Itinerary

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    After an overnight in a boutique hotel in San Jose, head out to scenic Arenal Volcano National Park. At Arenal, you can walk an elaborate network of spectacular hanging bridges that give access to the tree canopy of the park's primary rainforest, where a colorful array of birdlife and butterflies reside. After an active day, enjoy an optional soak in a hot spring and enjoy views of Arenal from your private balcony at your cozy lodge.
    Set along natural inland waterways of the Caribbean, Tortuguero National Park protects one of the last large areas of tropical rainforest in Central America. In this deep green world accessible only by boat, a maze of tranquil waterways overhung with rainforest provides a rich habitat for caimans, crocodiles, manatees, monkeys, three-toed sloths, river otters, and a dazzling array of birdlife. Explore this wondrous ecosystem by small boat or sea kayak (optional); Tortuguero is also a world-famous nesting spot for green sea turtles (July-October) as well as leatherbacks (March-May).
    Try your hand at Costa Rica's popular adventure sport—the zipline—for a bird's-eye view of the rainforest canopy! At Manuel Antonio, set beside the Pacific coast, walk through vine-draped forests where monkeys leap from tree to tree, sloths gaze down from the canopy, and iguanas sun themselves on logs. Optional activities include ocean kayaking, surfing, and a sunset sail featuring whale and dolphin watching. Depart on Day 8.

    Dates & Pricing

    Best months to go: January to December. For our Private Journeys, you choose your own group and your preferred dates. Prices are per person and not guaranteed until services are confirmed. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

    Payment & Cancel Schedule

    At time of reservation: $1,000
    90 Days prior to departure: Balance

    *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

    Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

    Minimum fee: $500 per person
    61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
    46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
    45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

    *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

    Included
    • Expert leadership of a private guide (Days 2-5) and a local guide (Day 6)
    • Accommodations in comfortable hotels and lodges
    • All meals included except 3 lunches and 4 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
    • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
    • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    Not Included
    • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
    • Optional gratuities to guides or staff
    • Optional travel insurance
    • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
    • Any activities and services described as an upgrade or optional

    Accommodations

    Listed below are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

    Grano de Oro

    Day 1 (1 night)

    A great place to stay for your first or last night in Costa Rica! This historic and elegant 35-room hotel was created from a former Victorian mansion. Rooms are furnished in tropical Victorian style, with wrought-iron beds and handcrafted furnishings. The upscale yet unpretentious restaurant adjoining the garden courtyard is one of San Jose's finest, and was chosen by the “Junta Asesora Gourmet Centroamericana” as one of the top 25 restaurants in Costa Rica. Be sure to take a soak in the rooftop Jacuzzi.

    Lost Iguana Resort and Spa

    Day 2 (1 night)

    This wonderful resort is like an oasis in the middle of nowhere. While the rooms are not luxurious, they are very comfortable and private, and feature balconies with fantastic views of Arenal Volcano (assuming clear weather). An open-air restaurant serves delicious meals (try the ceviche and tilapia dishes) and the free in-room Wi-Fi is a plus. There are also beautiful gardens, a spectacular double pool with swim-up bar, and if you have some extra time, treat yourself to a soothing spa treatment.

    Tortuga Lodge

    Days 3-4 (2 nights)

    Surrounded by acres of landscaped gardens and dense forest, Tortuga Lodge offers 27 spacious and comfortable rooms with private bathrooms and screened windows. Its airy bar-restaurant is right on the river, as is the swimming pool. The lodge is located right next to Tortuguero National Park, but there's plenty of wildlife on the grounds, too—take a walk on the trails behind the lodge and see what you can find! Solar energy is used at the lodge, which earned Tortuga ecotourism awards from Travel & Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler. The lodge supports the local community through sustainable development, hires local staff, and supports local conservation projects.

    Parador Resort and Spa

    Days 5-7 (3 nights)

    Set atop a majestic bluff overlooking the Pacific and surrounded by 400 acres of tropical rainforest, the Parador Resort and Spa is a bit larger than what we normally like, but the location cannot be beat—you are within minutes of Manuel Antonio National Park. A complimentary shuttle to the park is available throughout the day, though you don't need to stray from the hotel to see wildlife (birds, monkeys, sloths). Guest rooms are clean and comfortable, with balconies offering views of either the rainforest or the ocean. The hotel features three swimming pools with great ocean views, swim-up bar, spa, tennis court—even a mini golf course. From the hotel, a trail leads to a secluded beach. There are two restaurants and an excellent complimentary breakfast buffet is served on the terraces.
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    Trip Leaders

    Federico Alban

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    Federico Chacon

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    What the Trip is Like

    This trip is rated Level 2, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. Although the overall pace of this trip is relaxed and you are free to choose the activities you like, this is an active vacation. The shape you're in will be an important factor in your enjoyment.

    Review Trip Level Details
    April to May are generally the hottest months, and December to February generally are the coolest months. In San Jose and in the highlands, the weather is eternally spring-like with average temperatures in the 70s. In the Manuel Antonio area, temperatures average in the 80s with cooling sea breezes. Most parts of Costa Rica have a rainy season (May to November) and a dry season (December through April), although tropical showers are possible even in the dry season.

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    Client Testimonials

    "I couldn't be more pleased with this trip. It was truly well designed, and the guides were amazing. Transformational, inspiring, and life-changing. I will use Wilderness Travel again, and I will be going back to Costa Rica!"

    Ann J.

    Tracy, AS

    "Both driver and guide were fantastic. We had a great time and felt like we were catered to at every turn. We saw what we wanted to see and had a great time doing it."

    Carol L.

    Bastrop, TX

    "Everything was absolutely perfect. Your staff could not possibly have been better."

    Daniel S.

    Temple Terrace, FL

    "This is my third trip through Wilderness Travel. The high quality of service, care, friendliness, trip guides, places to stay, etc. has been consistent on all the trips and each trip has surpassed my expectations!"

    Jennifer R.

    Fort Lauderdale, FL

    "An excellent trip that was interesting and extremely well organized. All the guides were excellent and enthusiastic about presenting their home country to us."

    Lana P.

    Lake Louise, Alberta

    "We have been home two days and our hearts are aching to return to Costa Rica! Loved being able to see such different environments. Hotels were luxurious and the food amazing. It's a good thing we walked a lot or else we would have gained weight with such yummy food! We were pretty sure we'd love Costa Rica, but we loved it even MORE than we had anticipated thanks to your company and the partnerships you have in country."

    Sue B.

    Seattle, WA

    Book your trip today

    Our Area Specialists know every detail about our tours. They will be happy to answer any questions and help you choose the journey that’s right for you. Contact us to learn more or book your trip today!

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    Trip Levels

    With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

    Level 1 – Easiest

    Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

    Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

    Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

     

    Level 3 – Moderate

    Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

    Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

     

    Level 5 – Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

    Level 6 – Very Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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