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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

Get ready for a colorful adventureGet ready for a colorful adventure

Upon arrival in San Jose you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore.

Lodging
Hotel Park Inn (or similar)

Days 2-3: tortuguero rain forest immersion

Explore the lush waterways of TortugueroExplore the lush waterways of Tortuguero

Travel by road and river to Tortuguero National Park for two incredibly full days of exploration. Unless you prefer a completely private & custom adventure (at an additional cost), for this part of your trip you'll join a group of 10-20 people, under the care of the professional team from your jungle lodge. All group members will be picked up by a mid-size tour bus at their San Jose hotels, and will travel together by road, approximately 90 minutes, to the river port, stopping for breakfast en route. At the port you'll board your open-sided riverboat which allows for unobstructed viewing of abundant waterfowl during the one-hour trip to your lodge on the edge of the National Park. Many travelers report that their river "cruise" begins with a dramatic sighting of scores of large pink roseate spoon bills.

Tortuguero National Park borders the Caribbean and contains a network of canals and waterways through protected jungle that is home, year-round, to myriad species of tropical wildlife. Each day, when animal and birdlife is most active (the hours leading up to dusk and following dawn), your group will slowly travel the waterways with an expertly trained naturalist guide from the lodge. Search for manatees, caimans, monkeys, sloths, river otters, poison dart frogs, and 300+ species of birds, including the roseate spoonbill, American fin foot, great green macaws, trogons, oropendulas, and frigate birds. 

Mid-day, you can choose to walk trails in the forest near the lodge, stroll the rocky beach, visit Tortuguero town, view exhibits at the National Park Visitors Center, or relax in the pool or gardens of the lodge. Meals are buffet-style, and offer opportunity for conversation, reflection and learning with your group. 

A highlight of a visit to Tortuguero is learning about the green sea turtles that nest here. Those who travel during nesting season, July-October, can make special arrangements to add a night-time beach walk to their program in the hope of witnessing (early in their season) the large turtles digging their nests and laying their tennis-ball sized eggs, or (late in the season) the tiny babies emerging and heading into the surf. The giant leatherbacks nest in March and April and hatch in May and June. 

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

Day 4: arenal

See Arenal, an inactive volcanoSee Arenal, an inactive volcano

This morning, fly from Tortuguero to San Jose (note: there is a 40-lb weight limit on bags for this flight). Here you'll meet your private driver/guide who will be with you the rest of the trip. Set off for the Arenal vicinity. En route to Arenal, visit La Paz Waterfalls.

After lunch, drive through mountains and agricultural lands to Arenal National Park, home of the Arenal volcano, which was was active from 1968 to 2010. The park now offers a landscape where you can learn about the materials expelled from the volcano, rock formations 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.

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

Day 5: waterfalls / lava flow hike / hot springs

Admire pristine La Fortuna waterfallsAdmire pristine La Fortuna waterfalls

Today explore more of Arenal and the surrounding area.

In the morning, 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.

After lunch, head out on a lava flow hike near the town of La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano, where you'll learn about the history of volcanic activity in the area, plus the local flora and fauna.

In the evening, relax at the base of Arenal Volcano in the Ecotermales hot springs, where natural springs and thermo-mineral water pools provide unparalleled relaxation. Have dinner here and return to your hotel for the night.

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

Day 6: hanging bridges / lake arenal / monteverde

Look for poison dart frogs and other Monteverde residentsLook for poison dart frogs and other Monteverde residents

Today begins with a visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a complex of suspended bridges and trails through a beautiful rainforest. The lush vegetation contains palms, heliconias, and tall trees that you will view from every angle as you meander along the trails and the bridges. From some of the bridges, there are also panoramic views of nearby Arenal Volcano. As you walk through the forest, you may encounter a variety of the forest wildlife, including toucans, motmots, trogons, poison dart frogs, howling monkeys, spider monkeys, and white-faced capuchin monkeys.

Then, step out of the forest and onto a boat for a lake crossing that will take you to the Monteverde region, where you'll explore villages as well as the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. 

The communities outside the reserve include Monteverde, Cerro Plano, and Santa Elena. The small mountain farms of these towns are owned by “campesinos” (country farmers) who grow a variety of crops. The most important farm products are organic coffee (which can be purchased in local stores) and milk for the local Monteverde Cheese Factory, which has been producing a variety of high-quality cheeses since shortly after Quakers from the United States settled the area in the 1950s.

Throughout the communities are a large selection of restaurants, as well as visitor attractions such as butterfly gardens, horse rentals, treetop forest canopy tours, an orchid garden, art galleries, and an excellent educational bat exhibit.

Nature abounds in this region, with the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve protecting a mountain forest characterized by majestic trees densely covered by thick, wet and heavy “carpets” of epiphytes, including orchids and wild relatives of familiar tropical house plants such as philodendrons, ferns, and ficus trees.

The beautiful Resplendent Quetzal spends about half the year here and the forest is home to hundreds of other bird and mammal species. This private reserve has been intensely studied by scientists since its founding in 1972, and is the site of important pioneering research on the effects of climate change in tropical ecosystems. Several resident biologists are renowned experts on tropical bats, plants, and amphibians.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Trapp Family (or similar)

Day 7: monteverde / canopy tour

Have a blast on a zipline canopy tourHave a blast on a zipline canopy tour

After breakfast, enjoy a guided visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Later in the afternoon the forest may be cool and misty from low cloud cover, so bring a light jacket for your walk. The forest consists of lush, verdant vegetation containing understory palms, majestic canopy trees, arching “ropy” lianas, bizarre “strangler” fig trees, and epiphytes, small plants that grow on the trees. Outstanding among the epiphytes are orchids; although most are small and high in the tree canopy, more orchid species (>500!) are found in Monteverde than any other place yet known.

As you walk through the forest, you may encounter a variety of wildlife. Frequently-sighted mammals include white-faced capuchin and howler monkeys, white-nosed coatis, two-toed sloths, kinkajous, and agoutis. Look for birds, too—with hundreds of bird species found in or nearby the reserve, you may see the legendary crimson and iridescent-green Resplendent Quetzal (which spends about half the year in the area during its breeding season from February or March to July), Emerald Toucanets, Black guans, Keel-billed toucans, Blue-crowned Motmots, Orange-bellied Trogons, Three-wattled Bellbirds (approximately April to August), and hummingbirds such as Purple-throated Mountain-gems, Violet Sabrewings, and Magenta-throated Woodstars. The wonderful songs of many of these birds will accompany you as you travel through the forest.

Next, get ready for an exciting afternoon flying over the Monteverde canopy via zipline! Throughout, your guide will share stories of the birds and wildlife, as well as the history of plants and human activity in the region. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Trapp Family (or similar)

Day 8: sarchi / san jose

Look for birds during your drive (photo: Alex Arias)Look for birds during your drive (photo: Alex Arias)

Depart the Monteverde area this morning and head to San Jose. En route visit Sarchi, Costa Rica's most famous crafts center. The town is full of stores offering wooden and leather crafts, but is best know for it's elaborately painted oxcarts that traditionally carried coffee from the highlands down to the port on the Pacific coast. Enjoy a little time here before continuing on to San Jose where you'll spend your last night.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Park Inn (or similar)

Day 9: onward

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

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

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$3,625
Price includes domestic flights in Costa Rica. The land cost published is for the stated itinerary and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in the full itinerary. For a custom & private adventure, the final cost will be based on the activities selected, trip duration, accommodations, etc. Developing an initial custom trip itinerary is a service we provide to all clients at no cost. If after development of the initial itinerary you request additional development but are not ready to make a deposit, a trip planning fee may apply.
Single Supplement:
$455
Custom & private on your dates

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:
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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Admire pristine La Fortuna waterfalls
Admire pristine La Fortuna waterfalls
Look for poison dart frogs and other Monteverde residents
Look for poison dart frogs and other Monteverde residents
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, an inactive volcano
Hike the area and see Arenal, an inactive volcano
Have a blast on a zipline canopy tour
Have a blast on a zipline canopy tour
See the astounding colors of the rainforest (photo: Alex Arias)
See the astounding colors of the rainforest (photo: Alex Arias)

Costa Rica Tropical Highlights

Tortuguero canals, Arenal National Park, Monteverde cloud forest

overview

Journeys International offers travel experiences to Costa Rica that pay proper homage to the country's riches, and it continues to deserve accolades for the value and attention placed on preservation of fantastic bio-diversity. On this itinerary, you visit three of the original gems in Costa Rica's environmental crown—the waterways of Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast, Arenal National Park (with its now-dormant, but still imposing volcano), and the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

You have your choice of joining small groups for specific parts of the trip, or enjoying a completely customized and private adventure. Ask your adventure specialist for details on these various options. 

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overview

Journeys International offers travel experiences to Costa Rica that pay proper homage to the country's riches, and it continues to deserve accolades for the value and attention placed on preservation of fantastic bio-diversity. On this itinerary, you visit three of the original gems in Costa Rica's environmental crown—the waterways of Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast, Arenal National Park (with its now-dormant, but still imposing volcano), and the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

You have your choice of joining small groups for specific parts of the trip, or enjoying a completely customized and private adventure. Ask your adventure specialist for details on these various options. 

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive san jose
    Get ready for a colorful adventureGet ready for a colorful adventure

    Upon arrival in San Jose you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore.

    Lodging
    Hotel Park Inn (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Days 2-3: tortuguero rain forest immersion
    Explore the lush waterways of TortugueroExplore the lush waterways of Tortuguero

    Travel by road and river to Tortuguero National Park for two incredibly full days of exploration. Unless you prefer a completely private & custom adventure (at an additional cost), for this part of your trip you'll join a group of 10-20 people, under the care of the professional team from your jungle lodge. All group members will be picked up by a mid-size tour bus at their San Jose hotels, and will travel together by road, approximately 90 minutes, to the river port, stopping for breakfast en route. At the port you'll board your open-sided riverboat which allows for unobstructed viewing of abundant waterfowl during the one-hour trip to your lodge on the edge of the National Park. Many travelers report that their river "cruise" begins with a dramatic sighting of scores of large pink roseate spoon bills.

    Tortuguero National Park borders the Caribbean and contains a network of canals and waterways through protected jungle that is home, year-round, to myriad species of tropical wildlife. Each day, when animal and birdlife is most active (the hours leading up to dusk and following dawn), your group will slowly travel the waterways with an expertly trained naturalist guide from the lodge. Search for manatees, caimans, monkeys, sloths, river otters, poison dart frogs, and 300+ species of birds, including the roseate spoonbill, American fin foot, great green macaws, trogons, oropendulas, and frigate birds. 

    Mid-day, you can choose to walk trails in the forest near the lodge, stroll the rocky beach, visit Tortuguero town, view exhibits at the National Park Visitors Center, or relax in the pool or gardens of the lodge. Meals are buffet-style, and offer opportunity for conversation, reflection and learning with your group. 

    A highlight of a visit to Tortuguero is learning about the green sea turtles that nest here. Those who travel during nesting season, July-October, can make special arrangements to add a night-time beach walk to their program in the hope of witnessing (early in their season) the large turtles digging their nests and laying their tennis-ball sized eggs, or (late in the season) the tiny babies emerging and heading into the surf. The giant leatherbacks nest in March and April and hatch in May and June. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Evergreen Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: arenal
    See Arenal, an inactive volcanoSee Arenal, an inactive volcano

    This morning, fly from Tortuguero to San Jose (note: there is a 40-lb weight limit on bags for this flight). Here you'll meet your private driver/guide who will be with you the rest of the trip. Set off for the Arenal vicinity. En route to Arenal, visit La Paz Waterfalls.

    After lunch, drive through mountains and agricultural lands to Arenal National Park, home of the Arenal volcano, which was was active from 1968 to 2010. The park now offers a landscape where you can learn about the materials expelled from the volcano, rock formations 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.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Arenal Observatory Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: waterfalls / lava flow hike / hot springs
    Admire pristine La Fortuna waterfallsAdmire pristine La Fortuna waterfalls

    Today explore more of Arenal and the surrounding area.

    In the morning, 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.

    After lunch, head out on a lava flow hike near the town of La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano, where you'll learn about the history of volcanic activity in the area, plus the local flora and fauna.

    In the evening, relax at the base of Arenal Volcano in the Ecotermales hot springs, where natural springs and thermo-mineral water pools provide unparalleled relaxation. Have dinner here and return to your hotel for the night.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Arenal Observatory Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: hanging bridges / lake arenal / monteverde
    Look for poison dart frogs and other Monteverde residentsLook for poison dart frogs and other Monteverde residents

    Today begins with a visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a complex of suspended bridges and trails through a beautiful rainforest. The lush vegetation contains palms, heliconias, and tall trees that you will view from every angle as you meander along the trails and the bridges. From some of the bridges, there are also panoramic views of nearby Arenal Volcano. As you walk through the forest, you may encounter a variety of the forest wildlife, including toucans, motmots, trogons, poison dart frogs, howling monkeys, spider monkeys, and white-faced capuchin monkeys.

    Then, step out of the forest and onto a boat for a lake crossing that will take you to the Monteverde region, where you'll explore villages as well as the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. 

    The communities outside the reserve include Monteverde, Cerro Plano, and Santa Elena. The small mountain farms of these towns are owned by “campesinos” (country farmers) who grow a variety of crops. The most important farm products are organic coffee (which can be purchased in local stores) and milk for the local Monteverde Cheese Factory, which has been producing a variety of high-quality cheeses since shortly after Quakers from the United States settled the area in the 1950s.

    Throughout the communities are a large selection of restaurants, as well as visitor attractions such as butterfly gardens, horse rentals, treetop forest canopy tours, an orchid garden, art galleries, and an excellent educational bat exhibit.

    Nature abounds in this region, with the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve protecting a mountain forest characterized by majestic trees densely covered by thick, wet and heavy “carpets” of epiphytes, including orchids and wild relatives of familiar tropical house plants such as philodendrons, ferns, and ficus trees.

    The beautiful Resplendent Quetzal spends about half the year here and the forest is home to hundreds of other bird and mammal species. This private reserve has been intensely studied by scientists since its founding in 1972, and is the site of important pioneering research on the effects of climate change in tropical ecosystems. Several resident biologists are renowned experts on tropical bats, plants, and amphibians.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Trapp Family (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: monteverde / canopy tour
    Have a blast on a zipline canopy tourHave a blast on a zipline canopy tour

    After breakfast, enjoy a guided visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Later in the afternoon the forest may be cool and misty from low cloud cover, so bring a light jacket for your walk. The forest consists of lush, verdant vegetation containing understory palms, majestic canopy trees, arching “ropy” lianas, bizarre “strangler” fig trees, and epiphytes, small plants that grow on the trees. Outstanding among the epiphytes are orchids; although most are small and high in the tree canopy, more orchid species (>500!) are found in Monteverde than any other place yet known.

    As you walk through the forest, you may encounter a variety of wildlife. Frequently-sighted mammals include white-faced capuchin and howler monkeys, white-nosed coatis, two-toed sloths, kinkajous, and agoutis. Look for birds, too—with hundreds of bird species found in or nearby the reserve, you may see the legendary crimson and iridescent-green Resplendent Quetzal (which spends about half the year in the area during its breeding season from February or March to July), Emerald Toucanets, Black guans, Keel-billed toucans, Blue-crowned Motmots, Orange-bellied Trogons, Three-wattled Bellbirds (approximately April to August), and hummingbirds such as Purple-throated Mountain-gems, Violet Sabrewings, and Magenta-throated Woodstars. The wonderful songs of many of these birds will accompany you as you travel through the forest.

    Next, get ready for an exciting afternoon flying over the Monteverde canopy via zipline! Throughout, your guide will share stories of the birds and wildlife, as well as the history of plants and human activity in the region. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Trapp Family (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: sarchi / san jose
    Look for birds during your drive (photo: Alex Arias)Look for birds during your drive (photo: Alex Arias)

    Depart the Monteverde area this morning and head to San Jose. En route visit Sarchi, Costa Rica's most famous crafts center. The town is full of stores offering wooden and leather crafts, but is best know for it's elaborately painted oxcarts that traditionally carried coffee from the highlands down to the port on the Pacific coast. Enjoy a little time here before continuing on to San Jose where you'll spend your last night.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Park Inn (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: onward
    Say farewell, or sign up for an extensionSay farewell, or sign up for an extension

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

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$3,625
Price includes domestic flights in Costa Rica. The land cost published is for the stated itinerary and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in the full itinerary. For a custom & private adventure, the final cost will be based on the activities selected, trip duration, accommodations, etc. Developing an initial custom trip itinerary is a service we provide to all clients at no cost. If after development of the initial itinerary you request additional development but are not ready to make a deposit, a trip planning fee may apply.
Single Supplement:
$455
Custom & private on your dates

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:
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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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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