Costa Rica Wildlife

A “Naturally” Thrilling Tropical Adventure


Costa Rica is a tropical realm of lush swaths of cloud forest, mangroves, volcanoes, and pristine beaches sheltered in world-famous parks and reserves. With our expert naturalist Trip Leader, we head out for nature walks in renowned Monteverde Cloud Forest, follow hanging bridges high in the forest below Arenal Volcano, and soar through the cloud forest on a zip line. In Tortuguero National Park, one of the last large areas of tropical rainforest in Central America, we glide through waterways that harbor fascinating wildlife, from manatees to three-toed sloths. Charming lodges give us a warm welcome in this natural wonderland.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
San José / Monteverde Cloud Forest

Set at 4,700 feet, Monteverde is a pioneering private nature reserve established almost four decades ago. It is home to an array of tropical avians including the resplendent quetzal, sacred bird of the Maya and Aztecs. In the reserve’s Jardin de las Mariposas, we discover more than 40 species of butterflies. At nearby Aguti Wildlife Reserve, we take a guided night walk with a spotlight to look for nocturnal wildlife, from armadillos to two-toed sloths.

Hotel Bougainvillea
San Jose, Costa Rica
Day 1 (1 night)
Monteverde Lodge
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Days 2 to 3 (2 nights)
Days 4-5
Arenal Volcano

A perfect cone rising to 5,300 feet, Arenal is one of the most iconic volcanoes in the Americas. We cross hanging bridges in the park, explore the high rainforest canopy below the volcano, hike to the base of La Fortuna, an impressive waterfall, and enjoy Arenal views from our boutique resort hotel.

Lost Iguana Resort and Spa
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Days 4 to 5 (2 nights)
Days 6-8
Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero protects more than 50,000 acres along Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. In this emerald realm, we head out by boat to explore tranquil blackwater canals overhung with rainforest. They provide a rich habitat for caimans, manatees, monkeys, three-toed sloths, river otters, and dazzling birdlife including all six species of kingfishers found in the New World. Our riverside lodge offers us fantastic access to this wildlife haven. Depart on Day 8 via San José or join one of our extensions.

Tortuga Lodge
Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
Days 6 to 7 (2 nights)



Boat in pristine rainforest, hike through cloud forest, walk along hanging bridges, optional zip line through a treetop canopy
Monteverde Cloud Forest, with its paths draped in orchids and bromeliads
Arenal Volcano’s inviting thermal springs and waterfalls
Tortuguero National Park, a rainforest realm of caimans, spider monkeys, and toucans
Our fantastic naturalist Trip Leader shares in-depth knowledge of Costa Rica’s ecosystems


Length: 8 days
Cost From: $5895  
Arrive: San Jose, Costa Rica
Depart: San Jose, Costa Rica
Lodging: 3 nights hotels, 4 nights well-appointed lodges in beautiful settings
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife and Natural History, Walking
Trip Level:

Easy forest hikes and nature walks, optional zip lines

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