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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

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.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive san jose

The birds of Costa Rica are callingThe birds of Costa Rica are calling

Upon arrival in San Jose you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After passing through immigration you will be met by a member of the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR) who will give you a sticker that will facilitate you clearing customs. When you leave the building, look for a representative who will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it. Your driver will bring you to your hotel, provide you with the travel vouchers for your services and review them with you at this time.

Lodging
Hotel Bougainvillea (or similar)

Day 2: tortuguero rain forest immersion

Explore the lush waterways of TortugueroExplore the lush waterways of Tortuguero

You will be picked up by your private driver from your hotel in Tortuguero (approximately 6:30 am). Drive through the magnificent Braulio Carrillo National Park on the Limon Highway. Once in the town of Guapiles, you will stop at a local Restaurant for a delicious breakfast. The drive in total will be approximately 3 hours. You'll be driven to the main port lining the canals and board a boat for transfer to your hotel in Tortuguero. The boat ride, with a group, will be approximately 1 hour. Upon arrival, lunch will be served at the lodge. In the afternoon your local guide will take you to the town for a leisurely walk where you will get a taste of local living.

Tortuguero National Park is known as Costa Rica’s "little Amazon". There are no roads; travel is by boat along a series of rivers and canals or by foot on forest paths.  The park consists of a network of waterways surrounded by a vast tropical rainforest and is one of the best places to observe wildlife in Costa Rica. Tortuguero is a must for visitors who want to experience the amazing wonders of the tropical rainforest! In Tortuguero visitors will likely see 2 or 3 species of monkeys, iguanas, crested basilisk lizards (they look like miniature dinosaurs!), sloths, lots of water birds, toucans, parrots, parakeets, caiman (cousins of alligators), and possibly crocodiles, as well as colorful tropical forest birds.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Evergreen Lodge (or similar)

Day 3: tortuguero

How many species of butterfly can you spot?How many species of butterfly can you spot?

Perhaps the best way to enjoy the gentle rivers and canals of Tortuguero National Park is by touring them quietly in a kayak, and around 8:30 this morning you'll depart for a private kayak excursion. Your guided tour will begin from your hotel dock and last around 2 hours. This afternoon, you will enjoy touring the wildlife-rich rainforest canals by boat with a group, and spot more of the bird species, monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, and iguanas prevalent in the dense foliage. 

Rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Evergreen Lodge (or similar)

Day 4: arenal

Hike the area and see Arenal which, although inactive right now, is an awesome sightHike the area and see Arenal which, although inactive right now, is an awesome sight

Early this morning (approximately 5:45 am) you'll be awakend by one of the staff at the lodge to meet at the pier for an early morning private boat tour. With the silence of the morning you might be able to observe more of the animals of this region. 

Later, fly from Tortuguero to Arenal on the 1:40 pm flight (note: there is a 40-lb weight limit on bags for this flight). Here you'll meet your private driver who will transfer you to the hotel. The volcano, although inactive for the past few years, is a majestic sight. This picturesque region offers natural beauty, amazing wildlife, and plenty of outdoor activities including hiking trails, the famous La Fortuna Waterfall, zip-line tours, rafting, canopy bridge walks, waterfall canyoning, organic farm tours, and more. There are also a variety of relaxing hot springs with warm, soothing waters heated by the volcano's underground thermal currents.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa (or similar)

Day 5: hanging bridges / waterfalls

Admire pristine La Fortuna waterfallsAdmire pristine La Fortuna waterfalls

Today explore more of Arenal and the surrounding area. First, join a group tour of the rainforest canopy on the Hanging Bridges. The Hanging bridges forest reserve comprises 243 hectares of protected forest. On the 3.1-kilometer circuit you will cross 15 bridges, some of them suspended over the forest, and others stationary. The bridges have different lengths and heights and were made with the intention of accessing the flora and fauna from different perspectives as you pass through different levels of the forest. On these bridges, you will be immersed in the forest's canopy, making it easier to spot birds and animals. The topography of the terrain is relatively easy with some short inclines, making this tour appropriate for most ability levels. Some of the animals that inhabit this type of forest include three species of monkeys, multiple species of birds, serpents, wild boars, frogs, and others.

Next visit La Fortuna Waterfalls. Located just three miles from the town of La Fortuna, this beautiful 200' waterfall receives its cool, clear waters from the pristine forests of Arenal National Park. En route and near the falls you may see parrots, toucans, and tropical hummingbirds. The steep trail to the waterfall goes down through dense, lush rainforest and ends at a large pool at the base of the falls. In addition to seeing a majestic waterfall in a beautiful setting, visitors to the falls are helping the local community, with fees used for important community projects such as schools, the town orphanage, recycling projects, water quality, roads, and an educational center.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa (or similar)

Day 6: zip lining adventure

Zip-lining is a favorite in Costa RicaZip-lining is a favorite in Costa Rica

Join a group for a half-day zip-line canopy tour including round-trip transportation, local guide and equipment. Ride in a tractor cart to the observation deck where you meet your naturalist guide for a 30 minute natural history walk to the first platform to start the zip-line tour. There are 12 cables spanning lengths from 200 m to 900 m.  Each cable offers a different experience as you cross canyons, observe waterfalls, fly over the tops of trees or leave from a spectacular Observation Tower 18 m high. You will be given the opportunity to choose to ride horses back at the end of the tour. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa (or similar)

Day 7: arenal / cerro del la muerte

10 species of trogons are found in Costa Rica.10 species of trogons are found in Costa Rica.

You will be picked up at your hotel in Arenal by one of our transport representatives for transfer to the Arenal Airstrip. Arrive in time to check in for your domestic flight. (Arenal local airport fee included. Baggage weight limit 30 pounds)

On arrival in San Jose you will be greeted by your private driver/guide for the two-hour transfer to your hotel in Cerro de la Muerte/San Gerardo de Dota. Stop for lunch en route.

Cerro de la Muerte, or Mountain of Death, was so named about a century ago when settlers migrating to the rich lowlands beyond often perished in cold, windy rains near the 10,000-foot peak. Today the area is known for its outstanding scenery and for excellent high-elevation birdwatching. Most notably, this region is very likely the best place in the world for observing resplendent quetzals – birds so spectacularly beautiful they were considered divine entities by the ancient Aztecs and Mayas. On arrival, settle into your lodge, with dinner included.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Trogon Lodge (or similar)

Day 8: paraiso del quetzal tour in los quetzales national park

Say goodbye to the rainforest. (Resplendent Quetzal by Alex Arias)Say goodbye to the rainforest. (Resplendent Quetzal by Alex Arias)

Visit Paraiso Del Quetzal in the Cerro de la Muerte, San Gerardo de Dota area for a 2-3 hour guided nature walk. The vegetation of the high mountains is quite distinct from lower elevations and dominated by oaks, bamboo and trees of the avocado family. In these high, cool and often windy and misty habitats live a variety of colorful bird species including the Resplendent Quetzal. Another avian feature in the Los Quetzales National Park is the colibri, a bird that builds cone-shaped nests. While walking in the park, guests are bound to encounter a few charming hummingbirds, known to dart in and about the area, as if welcoming tourists and asking them about their stay in Costa Rica. Other magnificent creatures to watch for in Los Quetzal National Park are the pumas, sloths, tapirs, black guans, squirrel monkeys, jaguars, and coyotes.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Trogon Lodge (or similar)

Day 9: drake bay

Get away to Drake BayGet away to Drake Bay

You will be picked up at your hotel in Cerro de la Muerte by our driver/guide for a 2 hour transfer back to the airport, then a 40-minute flight from San Jose to Drake Bay. You will be picked up at the airstrip in Drake Bay by transport representative from your hotel for land transfer to the Drake Bay coast, approximately 20 minutes. Once at the shore, board a motor boat to your hotel in Drake Bay, approximately 15 to 45 minutes away by water. Drake Bay offers visitors a taste of a tropical wilderness along the coast and into the forests of nearby Corcovado National Park. It also offers some of the most lovely nature lodges in the country. Resting on the northern side of the Osa Peninsula, Drake Bay is an adventure-seekers paradise. With scattered accommodations, Drake Bay is the ideal vacation spot for those wishing to relax and escape from it all. If, after you have arrived, you decide that the isolation is too much, the rustic area around the bay provides a plethora of activities at your disposal. These include scuba diving, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking the trails of Corcovado National Park, sport fishing, bird-watching or exploring the miles of deserted picturesque coastline.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Aguila de Osa

Day 10: corcovado national park

White-faced capuchins are one of four monkeys in Costa RicaWhite-faced capuchins are one of four monkeys in Costa Rica

Corcovado National Park has often been described as one of the most biologically intense places on earth. The park extends over 100,000 acres on the southwest coast of Costa Rica. Your guided walk will bring you into a wonderland of ancient, steamy forests dominated by huge trees, home to much wildlife including scarlet macaws, toucans, parrots, all four monkey species found in the country, and jaguars (although these elusive cats are rarely seen).

(Due to established limits in the number of visitors to Corcovado and Caño Island National Parks the Lodge reserves the right to change the order of the tours.)

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Aguila de Osa

Day 11: cano island tour

Travel by boat to Caño IslandTravel by boat to Caño Island

After an early breakfast, board a boat for a 45-minute trip to Caño Island. En route you may see a variety of marine life including flying fish, dolphins, frigate birds, and whales. Caño is a forested island biological reserve with a beautiful, light, sandy beach and waters that protect an abundance of marine life best appreciated by snorkeling or diving.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Aguila de Osa

Day 12: day at leisure

Enjoy your stay at Aguila de OsaEnjoy your stay at Aguila de Osa

Enjoy your day at Aguila de Osa with free time to explore.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Aguila de Osa

Day 13: drake bay / san jose

Explore the sights of the cityExplore the sights of the city

You will be picked up at your hotel in Drake Bay and reverse your steps to return to San Jose: motor boat, 4x4 taxi , and 40-minute flight . Upon arrival at the San Jose airport terminal, personnel from Hampton Inn will transfer you to your hotel, a 5-minute drive. Enjoy your last day in Costa Rica to explore, shop for souvenirs, dine at local restaurants, and savor the memories of a fantastic adventure.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Hampton Inn Suites

Day 14: onward

Say farewell, or sign up for an extensionSay farewell, or sign up for an extension

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

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$6,375
Price includes domestic flights in Costa Rica.
Single Supplement:
$1,895
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.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
14 days
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Optional hikes
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
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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Look for poison dart frogs and other Monteverde residents
Look for poison dart frogs and other Monteverde residents
Say farewell, or sign up for an extension
Say farewell, or sign up for an extension
Admire pristine La Fortuna waterfalls
Admire pristine La Fortuna waterfalls
Visit a family-run sugar mill and coffee plantation
Visit a family-run sugar mill and coffee plantation
Explore the lush waterways of Tortuguero
Explore the lush waterways of Tortuguero
Hike the area and see Arenal which, although inactive right now, is an awesome sight
Hike the area and see Arenal which, although inactive right now, is an awesome sight
Have a blast on a zipline canopy tour
Have a blast on a zipline canopy tour
Say goodbye to the rainforest. (Resplendent Quetzal by Alex Arias)
Say goodbye to the rainforest. (Resplendent Quetzal by Alex Arias)

Complete Costa Rica

Tortuguero canals, Arenal National Park, Cerro de la Muerte, and Corcovado

overview

Explore Costa Rica on an ambitious itinerary crafted to showcase the best that the country has to offer. Originally created as a custom trip for one discerning couple, the program was such a hit that we knew we had to share the details with the wider community of Journeys travelers. Although it requires domestic flights to travel within the country, it's worth it to befriend abundant wildlife along the canals of Tortuguero National Park; traverse the rainforest canopy within view of majestic Arenal volcano; ascend into the oak forests where resplendant quetzals dwell; and escape to the remote and fasinating paradise of Drake Bay, near Corcovado National Park. On your journey you will encounter a diversity of ecosystems and species, all decoded for you by master naturalists. If you'd like to further customize the particulars, your adventure specialist is happy to present a tailor-made proposal. ¡Pura vida!

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overview

Explore Costa Rica on an ambitious itinerary crafted to showcase the best that the country has to offer. Originally created as a custom trip for one discerning couple, the program was such a hit that we knew we had to share the details with the wider community of Journeys travelers. Although it requires domestic flights to travel within the country, it's worth it to befriend abundant wildlife along the canals of Tortuguero National Park; traverse the rainforest canopy within view of majestic Arenal volcano; ascend into the oak forests where resplendant quetzals dwell; and escape to the remote and fasinating paradise of Drake Bay, near Corcovado National Park. On your journey you will encounter a diversity of ecosystems and species, all decoded for you by master naturalists. If you'd like to further customize the particulars, your adventure specialist is happy to present a tailor-made proposal. ¡Pura vida!

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive san jose
    The birds of Costa Rica are callingThe birds of Costa Rica are calling

    Upon arrival in San Jose you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After passing through immigration you will be met by a member of the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR) who will give you a sticker that will facilitate you clearing customs. When you leave the building, look for a representative who will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it. Your driver will bring you to your hotel, provide you with the travel vouchers for your services and review them with you at this time.

    Lodging
    Hotel Bougainvillea (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: tortuguero rain forest immersion
    Explore the lush waterways of TortugueroExplore the lush waterways of Tortuguero

    You will be picked up by your private driver from your hotel in Tortuguero (approximately 6:30 am). Drive through the magnificent Braulio Carrillo National Park on the Limon Highway. Once in the town of Guapiles, you will stop at a local Restaurant for a delicious breakfast. The drive in total will be approximately 3 hours. You'll be driven to the main port lining the canals and board a boat for transfer to your hotel in Tortuguero. The boat ride, with a group, will be approximately 1 hour. Upon arrival, lunch will be served at the lodge. In the afternoon your local guide will take you to the town for a leisurely walk where you will get a taste of local living.

    Tortuguero National Park is known as Costa Rica’s "little Amazon". There are no roads; travel is by boat along a series of rivers and canals or by foot on forest paths.  The park consists of a network of waterways surrounded by a vast tropical rainforest and is one of the best places to observe wildlife in Costa Rica. Tortuguero is a must for visitors who want to experience the amazing wonders of the tropical rainforest! In Tortuguero visitors will likely see 2 or 3 species of monkeys, iguanas, crested basilisk lizards (they look like miniature dinosaurs!), sloths, lots of water birds, toucans, parrots, parakeets, caiman (cousins of alligators), and possibly crocodiles, as well as colorful tropical forest birds.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Evergreen Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: tortuguero
    How many species of butterfly can you spot?How many species of butterfly can you spot?

    Perhaps the best way to enjoy the gentle rivers and canals of Tortuguero National Park is by touring them quietly in a kayak, and around 8:30 this morning you'll depart for a private kayak excursion. Your guided tour will begin from your hotel dock and last around 2 hours. This afternoon, you will enjoy touring the wildlife-rich rainforest canals by boat with a group, and spot more of the bird species, monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, and iguanas prevalent in the dense foliage. 

    Rest of the afternoon at leisure.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Evergreen Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: arenal
    Hike the area and see Arenal which, although inactive right now, is an awesome sightHike the area and see Arenal which, although inactive right now, is an awesome sight

    Early this morning (approximately 5:45 am) you'll be awakend by one of the staff at the lodge to meet at the pier for an early morning private boat tour. With the silence of the morning you might be able to observe more of the animals of this region. 

    Later, fly from Tortuguero to Arenal on the 1:40 pm flight (note: there is a 40-lb weight limit on bags for this flight). Here you'll meet your private driver who will transfer you to the hotel. The volcano, although inactive for the past few years, is a majestic sight. This picturesque region offers natural beauty, amazing wildlife, and plenty of outdoor activities including hiking trails, the famous La Fortuna Waterfall, zip-line tours, rafting, canopy bridge walks, waterfall canyoning, organic farm tours, and more. There are also a variety of relaxing hot springs with warm, soothing waters heated by the volcano's underground thermal currents.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: hanging bridges / waterfalls
    Admire pristine La Fortuna waterfallsAdmire pristine La Fortuna waterfalls

    Today explore more of Arenal and the surrounding area. First, join a group tour of the rainforest canopy on the Hanging Bridges. The Hanging bridges forest reserve comprises 243 hectares of protected forest. On the 3.1-kilometer circuit you will cross 15 bridges, some of them suspended over the forest, and others stationary. The bridges have different lengths and heights and were made with the intention of accessing the flora and fauna from different perspectives as you pass through different levels of the forest. On these bridges, you will be immersed in the forest's canopy, making it easier to spot birds and animals. The topography of the terrain is relatively easy with some short inclines, making this tour appropriate for most ability levels. Some of the animals that inhabit this type of forest include three species of monkeys, multiple species of birds, serpents, wild boars, frogs, and others.

    Next visit La Fortuna Waterfalls. Located just three miles from the town of La Fortuna, this beautiful 200' waterfall receives its cool, clear waters from the pristine forests of Arenal National Park. En route and near the falls you may see parrots, toucans, and tropical hummingbirds. The steep trail to the waterfall goes down through dense, lush rainforest and ends at a large pool at the base of the falls. In addition to seeing a majestic waterfall in a beautiful setting, visitors to the falls are helping the local community, with fees used for important community projects such as schools, the town orphanage, recycling projects, water quality, roads, and an educational center.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: zip lining adventure
    Zip-lining is a favorite in Costa RicaZip-lining is a favorite in Costa Rica

    Join a group for a half-day zip-line canopy tour including round-trip transportation, local guide and equipment. Ride in a tractor cart to the observation deck where you meet your naturalist guide for a 30 minute natural history walk to the first platform to start the zip-line tour. There are 12 cables spanning lengths from 200 m to 900 m.  Each cable offers a different experience as you cross canyons, observe waterfalls, fly over the tops of trees or leave from a spectacular Observation Tower 18 m high. You will be given the opportunity to choose to ride horses back at the end of the tour. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: arenal / cerro del la muerte
    10 species of trogons are found in Costa Rica.10 species of trogons are found in Costa Rica.

    You will be picked up at your hotel in Arenal by one of our transport representatives for transfer to the Arenal Airstrip. Arrive in time to check in for your domestic flight. (Arenal local airport fee included. Baggage weight limit 30 pounds)

    On arrival in San Jose you will be greeted by your private driver/guide for the two-hour transfer to your hotel in Cerro de la Muerte/San Gerardo de Dota. Stop for lunch en route.

    Cerro de la Muerte, or Mountain of Death, was so named about a century ago when settlers migrating to the rich lowlands beyond often perished in cold, windy rains near the 10,000-foot peak. Today the area is known for its outstanding scenery and for excellent high-elevation birdwatching. Most notably, this region is very likely the best place in the world for observing resplendent quetzals – birds so spectacularly beautiful they were considered divine entities by the ancient Aztecs and Mayas. On arrival, settle into your lodge, with dinner included.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Trogon Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: paraiso del quetzal tour in los quetzales national park
    Say goodbye to the rainforest. (Resplendent Quetzal by Alex Arias)Say goodbye to the rainforest. (Resplendent Quetzal by Alex Arias)

    Visit Paraiso Del Quetzal in the Cerro de la Muerte, San Gerardo de Dota area for a 2-3 hour guided nature walk. The vegetation of the high mountains is quite distinct from lower elevations and dominated by oaks, bamboo and trees of the avocado family. In these high, cool and often windy and misty habitats live a variety of colorful bird species including the Resplendent Quetzal. Another avian feature in the Los Quetzales National Park is the colibri, a bird that builds cone-shaped nests. While walking in the park, guests are bound to encounter a few charming hummingbirds, known to dart in and about the area, as if welcoming tourists and asking them about their stay in Costa Rica. Other magnificent creatures to watch for in Los Quetzal National Park are the pumas, sloths, tapirs, black guans, squirrel monkeys, jaguars, and coyotes.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Trogon Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: drake bay
    Get away to Drake BayGet away to Drake Bay

    You will be picked up at your hotel in Cerro de la Muerte by our driver/guide for a 2 hour transfer back to the airport, then a 40-minute flight from San Jose to Drake Bay. You will be picked up at the airstrip in Drake Bay by transport representative from your hotel for land transfer to the Drake Bay coast, approximately 20 minutes. Once at the shore, board a motor boat to your hotel in Drake Bay, approximately 15 to 45 minutes away by water. Drake Bay offers visitors a taste of a tropical wilderness along the coast and into the forests of nearby Corcovado National Park. It also offers some of the most lovely nature lodges in the country. Resting on the northern side of the Osa Peninsula, Drake Bay is an adventure-seekers paradise. With scattered accommodations, Drake Bay is the ideal vacation spot for those wishing to relax and escape from it all. If, after you have arrived, you decide that the isolation is too much, the rustic area around the bay provides a plethora of activities at your disposal. These include scuba diving, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking the trails of Corcovado National Park, sport fishing, bird-watching or exploring the miles of deserted picturesque coastline.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Aguila de Osa
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: corcovado national park
    White-faced capuchins are one of four monkeys in Costa RicaWhite-faced capuchins are one of four monkeys in Costa Rica

    Corcovado National Park has often been described as one of the most biologically intense places on earth. The park extends over 100,000 acres on the southwest coast of Costa Rica. Your guided walk will bring you into a wonderland of ancient, steamy forests dominated by huge trees, home to much wildlife including scarlet macaws, toucans, parrots, all four monkey species found in the country, and jaguars (although these elusive cats are rarely seen).

    (Due to established limits in the number of visitors to Corcovado and Caño Island National Parks the Lodge reserves the right to change the order of the tours.)

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Aguila de Osa
    Show on a map
  • Day 11: cano island tour
    Travel by boat to Caño IslandTravel by boat to Caño Island

    After an early breakfast, board a boat for a 45-minute trip to Caño Island. En route you may see a variety of marine life including flying fish, dolphins, frigate birds, and whales. Caño is a forested island biological reserve with a beautiful, light, sandy beach and waters that protect an abundance of marine life best appreciated by snorkeling or diving.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Aguila de Osa
    Show on a map
  • Day 12: day at leisure
    Enjoy your stay at Aguila de OsaEnjoy your stay at Aguila de Osa

    Enjoy your day at Aguila de Osa with free time to explore.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Aguila de Osa
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  • Day 13: drake bay / san jose
    Explore the sights of the cityExplore the sights of the city

    You will be picked up at your hotel in Drake Bay and reverse your steps to return to San Jose: motor boat, 4x4 taxi , and 40-minute flight . Upon arrival at the San Jose airport terminal, personnel from Hampton Inn will transfer you to your hotel, a 5-minute drive. Enjoy your last day in Costa Rica to explore, shop for souvenirs, dine at local restaurants, and savor the memories of a fantastic adventure.

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    Breakfast
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    Hampton Inn Suites
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  • Day 14: onward
    Say farewell, or sign up for an extensionSay farewell, or sign up for an extension

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

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    Breakfast
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Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$6,375
Price includes domestic flights in Costa Rica.
Single Supplement:
$1,895
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.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
14 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:
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(see full descriptions)
Unique eco-lodges
Activity Level:
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(see full descriptions)
Optional hikes
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
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

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

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.

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× comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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