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A tropical realm of cloud forest, mangroves, volcanoes, and pristine beaches, Costa Rica has wisely protected its natural bounty in parks and reserves that are now world-famous. With our expert naturalist Trip Leader, we head out for walks in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, follow hanging bridges high in the forest below Arenal Volcano, and soar by zip line. In Tortuguero National Park, one of the last large areas of tropical rainforest in Central America, we glide through waterways that shelter fascinating wildlife, from manatees to three-toed sloths. Charming lodges give us a warm welcome in this natural wonderland.
Arrive: San Jose, Costa Rica
Depart: San Jose, Costa Rica
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
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
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
San Jose, Costa Rica
Day 1 (1 night)
The Hotel Bougainvillea is set among 10 acres of lush tropical gardens in the residential district of San Domingo de Heredia, just 15 minutes from downtown San Jose. This hidden gem of a hotel offers spacious rooms with comfy beds, tranquil grounds for strolling and birdwatching (wonderful butterflies, too),...
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Days 2-3 (2 nights)
The winding paths of Monteverde Lodge's beautifully manicured gardens are flanked by ferns and bromeliads, a magical butterfly and hummingbird garden, and a stream, pond, and small waterfall provide a habitat for riverine birds and a host of reptiles and amphibians. After an active day exploring the cloud forest, relax...
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Days 4-5 (2 nights)
Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
Days 6-7 (2 nights)
The trip is rated Level 2, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. Wildlife viewing takes place during nature walks on mountain rainforest trails and on lagoon trips by boat. The walks are about two to four miles, covering a variety of terrain and usually on well-marked trails. There is no extensive hiking on the trip, but you should be in good physical shape to enjoy it to the fullest. Accommodations range from a modern hotel in San Jose to charming wildlife lodges.
"Our guide was great, hotels were local in feel but also elegant and comfortable, logistics were amazingly smooth, variety of scenery and breadth of feel for the country was wonderful—mountains, tropics, forest walks, jungle river trips, city tour. It was a total package!"
"We had a great trip. We will definitely recommend WT to friends."
Brian S. and Shana S.
"This trip really exceeded my expectations. Costa Rica is a beautiful country and we were able to see so much of it and all the amazing wildlife, plant life, and landscapes. A full itinerary without feeling overwhelming."
"This was such a wonderful trip. We saw an almost unbelievable variety of wildlife. Our leader was terrific - extraordinary knowledge of the plants and animals of Costa Rica. Education, fun, adventure, and exercise equals a great vacation."
Cathy and Richard L.
Portola Valley, CA
"This trip was spectacularly planned and executed, the best of our WT trip experiences."
Charles and Ruthellen M.
Great Neck, NY
"It was great to get away to such a beautiful and sunny place in February! This trip would be fun to do again."
Palo Alto, CA
"Typical Wilderness Travel excellence!"
"I am a 'city girl' who was surprised to find herself captivated by ants, birds, bats, and sloths, among other things! Costa Rica is beautiful and this was a great way to experience it."
"It was truly one of my best vacations EVER!"
Las Vegas, NV
"Loved it, loved Costa Rica. Can't wait to do another adventure."
Dr. Leila G.
"The trip exceeded our expectations and its variety of experiences kept us in constant amazement."
"This was an outstanding trip. Every stop on our itinerary was nicely planned to realize the maximum enjoyment."
"We thought the trip was well scheduled and our time well spent. We were kept moving and steered to different places and experiences to make the most of our trip, which was just what we wanted. The hotels were excellent, as was the food!"
"Having traveled with other companies, WT is by far the best one yet."
South Dartmouth, MA
"I loved everything about the trip—it was just what we were hoping for."
Silver Spring, MD
"The trip was exactly what I had hoped—a small group of enthusiastic travelers, hikes and boat trips with lots of plants and wildlife to photograph. Plus, it was an excellent break from winter weather!"
"Your trip leader has a great deal of knowledge and passion regarding the wildlife, history and current events of Costa Rica. His guidance added a whole new level to our enjoyment of this amazing country."
"It was an experience of a lifetime. Being able to travel and learn with three generations, ages 10-81, was very meaningful."
"This was my first Wilderness Travel trip. I'll be back!"
"A tremendous trip that really helped me understand and appreciate Costa Rica's animals, plants, and natural beauty. Federico was great, the lodges and hotels where we stayed were top notch, the cultural events were very interesting, and the rainforests and animals were unforgettable."
"One of the best trips we’ve ever had. Our 11-year-old granddaughter never stopped smiling."
"Superb trip—all I had to do was enjoy myself!"
"Everyone at Wilderness Travel from our first call to our final good-bye at the airport was exceptional!"
San Carlos, CA
"A fantastic trip! Lots of activities for those people like me who want to be on the go all the time and options for those who want to take some down time. I really appreciated the beauty of the country and the chance to see so much wildlife!"
"It was an amazing trip, with a perfectly designed itinerary that allowed for personalization, so we could get the most out of our trip."
New York, NY
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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 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 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.