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Tiskita Rainforest Reserve

Duration: 3 days

Delve deeper into the rainforest at Tiskita Jungle Lodge. Enjoy birdwatching, hiking in the rainforest trails, swimming in the ocean or in freshwater jungle pools. You may also take the opportunity to visit Corcovado National Park.

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

Duration: 4 days

Tucked away in the trees and cooled by the Pacific Ocean, is a 170 acre private reserve bordering Corcovado National Park. Carefully designed and built by an American naturalist with over twenty-five years of local experience, this unique lodge offer... read more

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive san jose

Welcome to colorful Costa RicaWelcome to colorful Costa Rica

Upon arrival in San Jose you will be met and transferred to a specially selected hotel.

Lodging
Park Inn or similar

Days 2-3: tortuguero rain forest immersion

Spot the boat-billed heronSpot the boat-billed heron

Breakfast en route as you travel by road and water with your private guide to Tortuguero National Park for two incredible days of exploration. The park borders the Caribbean and contains a network of canals and waterways that take you inland through the jungle. With help from your naturalist guide, search the trails and waterways for manatees, caimans, monkeys, sloths, river otters, poison dart frogs, and the 300 species of birds, including the roseate spoonbill, American fin foot, great green macaws, trogons, oropendulas, and frigate birds.  Tortuguero is the Caribbean's largest nesting area for green sea turtles. From July to October, 1,000-4,000 green turtles lay eggs on Tortuguero's beaches. This phenomena attracts visitors to the area in the summer months. The giant leatherbacks nest in March and April and hatch in May and June. Hawksbill turtles also nest in late spring and early summer, but they are solitary and difficult to observe. Spend your nights at a comfortable lodge.

Meals
2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Lodging
Evergreen Lodge or similar

Day 4: arenal

Arenal Volcano make a beautiful back settingArenal Volcano make a beautiful back setting

Fly from Tortuguero to San Jose (note: 30 lbs baggage limit). Drive through mountains and agricultural lands to Arenal, Costa Rica's most active volcano until 2010. During your stay you will enjoy guided hikes in one of the most spectacular parks in Costa Rica, Arenal National Park. The volcano was active from 1968 to 2010, and the park now offers a landscape to learn with your guide about the materials expelled from the volcano, rock formation from recent lava flows, and the natural regeneration of flora and fauna in the area. The volcano, with its perfect imposing cone, is surrounded by exuberant vegetation and sits at the side of the engineering masterpiece of Arenal Lake. For lunch you will visit a local farm or local family where you will be served a typical Costarican dish.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Arenal Observatory Lodge or similar

Day 5: hiking, hanging bridges, and hot spring

View wildlife from the rainforest canopyView wildlife from the rainforest canopy

This morning you will hike with your guide further exploring the area near Arenal Volcano on a trail where you will have the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife.  While viewing the volcano from a safe vantage point, your guide will reveal this volcano’s fascinating history and explain the various types of the volcano’s current activity. This afternoon visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges. The Hanging Bridges are a complex of 6 hanging suspension bridges rising above the jungle canopy and almost 2 miles of brick and concrete trails through the lush rainforest. The bridges provide an excellent vantage point to observe the flora and fauna from the ground level to the top of the trees. Walk the trails where you will see many varieties of tropical butterflies and flowering ginger and hear howler monkeys. In the evening you will visit Ecotermales hot springs and thermo-mineral pools for unparalleled relaxation.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Arenal Observatory Lodge or similar

Day 6: arenal and monteverde

Looking down on the canopyLooking down on the canopy

In the morning you will have more time to volcano watch or further explore the area with your guide. A mid-morning departure via lake crossing, takes you to Monteverde, one of the most diverse and richest tropical cloud forests in the New World. In the afternoon enjoy a canopy tour. The weather can be quite cool and there may be frequent showers, even in the "dry" season. Spend two nights at a lovely Monteverde hotel.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Trapp Family or similar

Day 7: cloud forest excursions

Experience wildlife large and smallExperience wildlife large and small

In the morning, enjoy a hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, exploring the misty forest with its dense vegetation and majestic trees. This reserve and the Quaker community at Monteverde are models of commitment to environmental preservation. Search the reserve for the resplendent Quetzal; the male Quetzal is considered to be the most beautiful bird in all of Central America. There are over 400 other inhabitant bird species, 100 mammal species and 2500 plant species. Then visit the Selvatura Walkways, a system of suspension bridges and platforms constructed within the cloud forest. Feel the sensation of walking among the clouds as you view the tropical forest from a whole new perspective.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Trapp Family or similar

Day 8: san jose

Depart for San Jose this morning. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Overnight at a specially selected hotel.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Park Inn or similar

Day 9: san jose/onward

Say farewell, or hang around for more time on the beach!Say farewell, or hang around for more time on the beach!

Transfer to the San Jose International Airport for your flight home.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,795
price includes domestic flight in Costa Rica; Group Size: 4-6: $3265
Single Supplement:
$475
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Anytime with group with at least 2 people or anytime privately
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
9 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
unique eco-lodges
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
optional hikes
Group Size:
2-3
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Arenal at night, imposing even though it has been dormant since 2010
Arenal at night, imposing even though it has been dormant since 2010
View wildlife from the rainforest canopy
View wildlife from the rainforest canopy
Looking down on the canopy
Looking down on the canopy
Experience wildlife large and small
Experience wildlife large and small
Welcome to colorful Costa Rica
Welcome to colorful Costa Rica
Say farewell, or hang around for more time on the beach!
Say farewell, or hang around for more time on the beach!
Squirrel monkeys are increasingly rare. Find them in abundance at Tiskita Jungle Lodge,
Squirrel monkeys are increasingly rare. Find them in abundance at Tiskita Jungle Lodge,
Costa Rica is famous for rainforest. Your naturalist guide will  help you find and identify the abundant wildlife found here.
Costa Rica is famous for rainforest. Your naturalist guide will help you find and identify the abundant wildlife found here.
Stunning views from waterfall overlook.
Stunning views from waterfall overlook.
Miles of Costa Rica's coast line invite kayaking.
Miles of Costa Rica's coast line invite kayaking.
Arenal Volcano make a beautiful back setting
Arenal Volcano make a beautiful back setting

Costa Rica Tropical Treasures

Monteverde cloud forest, Arenal volcano, and the Tortugeuro canals

overview

Costa Rica continues to deserve accolades for the value and attention placed on preservation of fantastic bio-diversity, and Journeys continues to offer travel experiences here that pay proper homage to the country's riches. On this itinerary, you and your private guide will visit three of the original gems in Costa Rica's environmental crown -- the waterways of Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast, the dynamic Arenal Volcano, and the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

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overview

Costa Rica continues to deserve accolades for the value and attention placed on preservation of fantastic bio-diversity, and Journeys continues to offer travel experiences here that pay proper homage to the country's riches. On this itinerary, you and your private guide will visit three of the original gems in Costa Rica's environmental crown -- the waterways of Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast, the dynamic Arenal Volcano, and the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive san jose
    Welcome to colorful Costa RicaWelcome to colorful Costa Rica

    Upon arrival in San Jose you will be met and transferred to a specially selected hotel.

    Lodging
    Park Inn or similar
    Show on a map
  • Days 2-3: tortuguero rain forest immersion
    Spot the boat-billed heronSpot the boat-billed heron

    Breakfast en route as you travel by road and water with your private guide to Tortuguero National Park for two incredible days of exploration. The park borders the Caribbean and contains a network of canals and waterways that take you inland through the jungle. With help from your naturalist guide, search the trails and waterways for manatees, caimans, monkeys, sloths, river otters, poison dart frogs, and the 300 species of birds, including the roseate spoonbill, American fin foot, great green macaws, trogons, oropendulas, and frigate birds.  Tortuguero is the Caribbean's largest nesting area for green sea turtles. From July to October, 1,000-4,000 green turtles lay eggs on Tortuguero's beaches. This phenomena attracts visitors to the area in the summer months. The giant leatherbacks nest in March and April and hatch in May and June. Hawksbill turtles also nest in late spring and early summer, but they are solitary and difficult to observe. Spend your nights at a comfortable lodge.

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
    Lodging
    Evergreen Lodge or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: arenal
    Arenal Volcano make a beautiful back settingArenal Volcano make a beautiful back setting

    Fly from Tortuguero to San Jose (note: 30 lbs baggage limit). Drive through mountains and agricultural lands to Arenal, Costa Rica's most active volcano until 2010. During your stay you will enjoy guided hikes in one of the most spectacular parks in Costa Rica, Arenal National Park. The volcano was active from 1968 to 2010, and the park now offers a landscape to learn with your guide about the materials expelled from the volcano, rock formation from recent lava flows, and the natural regeneration of flora and fauna in the area. The volcano, with its perfect imposing cone, is surrounded by exuberant vegetation and sits at the side of the engineering masterpiece of Arenal Lake. For lunch you will visit a local farm or local family where you will be served a typical Costarican dish.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Arenal Observatory Lodge or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: hiking, hanging bridges, and hot spring
    View wildlife from the rainforest canopyView wildlife from the rainforest canopy

    This morning you will hike with your guide further exploring the area near Arenal Volcano on a trail where you will have the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife.  While viewing the volcano from a safe vantage point, your guide will reveal this volcano’s fascinating history and explain the various types of the volcano’s current activity. This afternoon visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges. The Hanging Bridges are a complex of 6 hanging suspension bridges rising above the jungle canopy and almost 2 miles of brick and concrete trails through the lush rainforest. The bridges provide an excellent vantage point to observe the flora and fauna from the ground level to the top of the trees. Walk the trails where you will see many varieties of tropical butterflies and flowering ginger and hear howler monkeys. In the evening you will visit Ecotermales hot springs and thermo-mineral pools for unparalleled relaxation.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Arenal Observatory Lodge or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: arenal and monteverde
    Looking down on the canopyLooking down on the canopy

    In the morning you will have more time to volcano watch or further explore the area with your guide. A mid-morning departure via lake crossing, takes you to Monteverde, one of the most diverse and richest tropical cloud forests in the New World. In the afternoon enjoy a canopy tour. The weather can be quite cool and there may be frequent showers, even in the "dry" season. Spend two nights at a lovely Monteverde hotel.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Trapp Family or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: cloud forest excursions
    Experience wildlife large and smallExperience wildlife large and small

    In the morning, enjoy a hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, exploring the misty forest with its dense vegetation and majestic trees. This reserve and the Quaker community at Monteverde are models of commitment to environmental preservation. Search the reserve for the resplendent Quetzal; the male Quetzal is considered to be the most beautiful bird in all of Central America. There are over 400 other inhabitant bird species, 100 mammal species and 2500 plant species. Then visit the Selvatura Walkways, a system of suspension bridges and platforms constructed within the cloud forest. Feel the sensation of walking among the clouds as you view the tropical forest from a whole new perspective.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Trapp Family or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: san jose

    Depart for San Jose this morning. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Overnight at a specially selected hotel.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Park Inn or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: san jose/onward
    Say farewell, or hang around for more time on the beach!Say farewell, or hang around for more time on the beach!

    Transfer to the San Jose International Airport for your flight home.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,795
price includes domestic flight in Costa Rica; Group Size: 4-6: $3265
Single Supplement:
$475
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Anytime with group with at least 2 people or anytime privately
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
9 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
unique eco-lodges
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
optional hikes
Group Size:
2-3
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Tiskita Rainforest Reserve

Duration: 3 days

Delve deeper into the rainforest at Tiskita Jungle Lodge. Enjoy birdwatching, hiking in the rainforest trails, swimming in the ocean or in freshwater jungle pools. You may also take the opportunity to visit Corcovado National Park.

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

Duration: 4 days

Tucked away in the trees and cooled by the Pacific Ocean, is a 170 acre private reserve bordering Corcovado National Park. Carefully designed and built by an American naturalist with over twenty-five years of local experience, this unique lodge offer... read more

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Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
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Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
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