Costa Rica Private Journey

Adventuring in Nature’s Playground


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.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Arenal Volcano

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.

Grano de Oro
San Jose, Costa Rica
Day 1 (1 night)
Lost Iguana Resort and Spa
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Day 2 (1 night)
Nayara Gardens (Optional Upgrade)
Arenal National Park, Costa Rica
Day 2 (1 night)
Days 3-4
Tortuguero, the Emerald Forest

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).

Tortuga Lodge
Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
Days 3 to 4 (2 nights)
Days 5-8
Manuel Antonio National Park, Jewel of the Pacific Coast

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.

Parador Resort and Spa
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Days 5 to 7 (3 nights)
Arenas del Mar Beach and Nature Resort (Optional Upgrade)
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Days 5 to 7 (3 nights)



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


Length: 8 days
Cost From: $4895  
Arrive: San Jose, Costa Rica
Depart: San Jose, Costa Rica
Lodging: 7 nights in comfortable hotels and lodges
Meals: All meals included except 3 lunches, 4 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife and Natural History, Walking
Trip Level:

Nature hikes, options including sunset boat cruise with dolphin watching