Costa Rica Ultimate Wildlife Adventure

Search for humpback whales, sea turtles and dolphins in Marino Ballena National park, hike rainforest trails teeming with wildlife, and immerse yourself in Costa Rica’s best wildlife viewing areas, all while helping support local conservation efforts
When: mid-December – March and July – November
Duration: 8 days/ 7 Nights

 

Destinations

  • Marino Ballena National Park ~ Costa Rica has the longest humpback whale season in the world. Humpbacks from the northern and southern hemispheres visit Costa Rica’s south Pacific coast making for some of the best whale watching opportunities anywhere. Marino Ballena was created to protect critical breeding areas and to preserve biological communities along the coast.
  • Osa Peninsula ~ Home to the largest remaining section of Central America’s Pacific coastal rainforest and declared ‘one of the most biologically intense places on Earth’ by National Geographic Magazine.

OTHER COSTA RICA ITINERARIES

Below are some of our sample itineraries, but note that we can customize the perfect Costa Rica adventure that meets your needs.


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Sample Itinerary


DAY 1: Arrival ~ Upon arrival to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), transfer to Hotel Bougainvillea to spend a relaxing evening after your flight. Hotel Bougainvillea is situated within a beautiful tropical garden setting in a quiet neighborhood less than 30 minutes from the SJO Airport. Overnight at Hotel Bougainvillea.

Howler monkey

DAY 2: Uvita ~ Transfer back to SJO Airport in time for your flight to Palmar Sur and ground transfer to Uvita on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast where you’ll spend the next two nights. The rest of the day is yours to explore the trails in the La Cusinga’s private nature reserve adjacent to the lodge. The reserve protects over 500 acres of primary rainforest and is home to blue morpho butterflies, howler and white-faced monkeys, toucans, tree frogs, and many other tropical species. Overnight at La Cusinga Rainforest Lodge. (B)

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DAY 3: Uvita/ Marino Ballena National Park ~ This morning, set out for a guided marine wildlife boat tour in Marino Ballena National Park. The park was created in 1990 to help protect valuable habitat for the many whale species, including humpbacks that visit at certain times of the year. Dolphins and sea turtles sighting are possible all months of the year. The most commonly seen dolphins on the Pacific coast are bottlenose and spotted dolphins. Overnight at La Cusinga. (B)

Costa Rica's Central Pacific Coast

DAY 4: Uvita ~ The day is yours to spend as you please. A variety of optional activities are on offer in the area including hiking, ziplining, tree climbing, a boat trip to Caño Island, a full day excursion to Corcovado National Park, kayaking, or surfing. Overnight at La Cusinga. (B)

DAY 5: Uvita/ Osa Peninsula ~ Enjoy a final morning at La Cusinga before your transfer to El Remanso Lodge located in the heart of the Osa Peninsula. El Remanso’s Private Reserve covers 185 acres of tropical rainforest that acts as an important buffer zone to Corcovado National Park. National Geographic Magazine labeled the Osa Peninsula as “one of the most biologically intense places on Earth’. Wildlife are plentiful here. The rest of the day is yours to explore the area near the lodge. Overnight at El Remanso Lodge. (B,BL,D)

Suspension bridge at El Remanso

DAYS 6-7: Osa Peninsula ~ These two days are yours to enjoy the natural surroundings at the lodge. A guided hike with the lodge’s resident naturalist is included. Additional tours including visiting a sea turtle conservation project, waterfall rappelling, kayaking, horseback riding and surfing are available at El Remanso during your stay. Overnights at El Remanso Lodge. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: Osa Peninsula/ Departure ~ After breakfast at the lodge, transfer back to Puerto Jimenez in time for your flight to SJO. Connect to your flight home. (B)

NOTE: If you’re interested in volunteering time at a local conservation project during your trip, just let us know. We work with a variety of conservation projects in the Osa Peninsula.


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DETAILS

Meals: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; BL=Boxed Lunch; D=Dinner

Pricing from $1595 per person based on double occupancy.

Package includes accommodations and meals as listed, ground transfers between airports and hotels, local bilingual English-Spanish speaking guides/interpreters on shared basis during guided excursions, transfers and entrance fees for guided excursions, domestic flights (SJO – Palmar Sur and Puerto Jimenez-SJO), and sales taxes. A donation to support local conservation efforts will be made on behalf of each participant.

Exclusions: international airfare, passport/visa fees, taxis, optional activities, gratuities, alcohol, excess baggage fees, items of a personal nature, and travel insurance.

This sample itinerary is a suggested outline.  It can be customized to best suit your travel plans.