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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.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive liberia/borinquen

Welcome to Costa Rica! The grounds at Boriquen Resort are breathtaking.Welcome to Costa Rica! The grounds at Boriquen Resort are breathtaking.

Arrive in Liberia. Meet your guide and depart for the one hour drive to the Borinquen Resort in the Rincon de La Vieja area.  Overnight at Boriquen Resort.

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Boriquen Resort

Day 2: borinquen

You may spot the Long Billed Hermit.You may spot the Long Billed Hermit.

Today you will drive approximately 1.5 hours to the Penjamo Blue River Reserve. This is a private reserve located at the base of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park within the Caribbean watershed. Hike through the rainforest where you’ll have a chance to see foothill birds that are difficult to see elsewhere.  Visit the Rio Penjamo, a river made blue by the leaching of minerals through the river bed, and sculpted by cascading waterfalls and natural waterslides.  You'll see first-hand the point source of the blue color, and have plenty of opportunities for a relaxing soak or swim in the natural pools. Overnight at Borinquen Resort.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Boriquen Resort

Day 3: borinquen/monteverde

Welcome to Monteverde.Welcome to Monteverde.

After breakfast, depart for the approximately 4 hour drive to Monteverde, with a visit to the Rincon de la Vieja National Park enroute.  This volcanically active area has numerous steaming fumaroles, detectable at a distance by the rising steam clouds seen through the trees and the odor of sulfur nearby.  Numerous rivers in the region have geothermically heated acidic waters, and in one section natural mud pots (“Las Pailas”) boil and burble.  Eat lunch before continuing on to Monteverde. Overnight at Fonda Vela.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Trapp Family Lodge

Day 4: monteverde

Look for Howler monkeys during your hike.Look for Howler monkeys during your hike.

In the morning, you'll go on an exciting and interesting zipline tour of the Monteverde canopy, with opportunities to learn more about the area and to see birds and other wildlife. Your guide will also provide interesting history on the plants and human activity in the region.


After lunch, enjoy a guided visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Located in the Tilaran Mountain Range of Puntarenas Province, the Reserve is one of the premier natural history destinations in Costa Rica. 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 for its size 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. Of the 400 bird species found in or nearby the reserve, outstanding species you may see include 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). The wonderful songs of many of these birds will accompany you as you travel through the forest.

Later in the evening, take a night hike with a reknowned Monteverde Naturalist through the forested 237-acre Curi-Cancha Reserve.  Approximately 50% of the reserve is fully recovered forest, 45% consists of secondary forest and the remaining 5% is open areas.  At Curi-Cancha, you will have the opportunity to see the Cloud Forest, and a transitional Pre-Montane Wet Forest. You will surely spot lots of wildlife!  Overnight at Fonda Vela.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Trapp Family Lodge

Day 5: monteverde / punta islita

You'll see lots of wildlife from your boat.You'll see lots of wildlife from your boat.

After breakfast depart for the 4-hour drive to Punta Islita. Along the way we can stop for a safari boat tour at Bebedero River.

Enjoy a river boat tour bordering Palo Verde National Park, a wildlife refuge located between the Tempisque and Bebedero rivers, where you can find the biggest area of wetlands in Costa Rica. This rich ecosystem combines rivers, marshland, mangroves and dry forest supporting wildlife such as huge crocodiles, groups of monkeys, and several bird species.
 
After lunch continue on to Punta Islita. Overnight at Hotel Punta Isita. You bid farewell to your guide for the last 6 days and enjoy the activities at Punta Islita. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Punta Islita

Days 6-7: punta islita

Learn about the environment on morning nature walks.Learn about the environment on morning nature walks.

Spend two full days at Punta Islita, each day you'll have the opportunity to join in the varies activities of the lodge. You'll also have the opportunity to visit Islita Art Museum, take a cooking class, tour the area on horseback, do some hiking, or visit the nearby Samara and Carrillo beaches for just relaxing. Overnight at Hotel Punta Islita.

Note: This a great place to meet locals from the village. Activities can be arranged locally.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Punta Islita

Day 8: punta islita/liberia

You won't want to leave this paradise...You won't want to leave this paradise...

Transfer to Liberia International airport (2 hour drive). So long, Costa Rica!

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$3,695
Holiday surcharges apply. The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$975
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:
8 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)
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
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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You won't want to leave this paradise...
You won't want to leave this paradise...
You may spot the Long Billed Hermit.
You may spot the Long Billed Hermit.
Welcome to Monteverde.
Welcome to Monteverde.
Look for Howler monkeys during your hike.
Look for Howler monkeys during your hike.
Welcome to Costa Rica! The grounds at Boriquen Resort are breathtaking.
Welcome to Costa Rica! The grounds at Boriquen Resort are breathtaking.
You'll see lots of wildlife from your boat.
You'll see lots of wildlife from your boat.
You'll see lots of wildlife from your boat.
You'll see lots of wildlife from your boat.
Learn about the environment on morning nature walks.
Learn about the environment on morning nature walks.

Northern Escape for the Wildly Curious

The little known sites to explore on your second trip to Costa Rica

overview

Avoid the traffic and mass tourist circuit on this imaginative nature-focused itinerary to spectacular ecological sanctuaries of northern Costa Rica. Arrive and depart from Liberia on the Pacific slope and travel to the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park on the Caribbean watershed. Explore the volcanic features of this lesser-known natural area as well as Palo Verde National Park and the Tempisque River noted for amazing wildlife concentrations. Hike in the cloud forest of Monteverde and conclude your stay with two nights at Punta Islita and the picturesque Pacific Beaches of Samara and Carillo.

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overview

Avoid the traffic and mass tourist circuit on this imaginative nature-focused itinerary to spectacular ecological sanctuaries of northern Costa Rica. Arrive and depart from Liberia on the Pacific slope and travel to the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park on the Caribbean watershed. Explore the volcanic features of this lesser-known natural area as well as Palo Verde National Park and the Tempisque River noted for amazing wildlife concentrations. Hike in the cloud forest of Monteverde and conclude your stay with two nights at Punta Islita and the picturesque Pacific Beaches of Samara and Carillo.

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive liberia/borinquen
    Welcome to Costa Rica! The grounds at Boriquen Resort are breathtaking.Welcome to Costa Rica! The grounds at Boriquen Resort are breathtaking.

    Arrive in Liberia. Meet your guide and depart for the one hour drive to the Borinquen Resort in the Rincon de La Vieja area.  Overnight at Boriquen Resort.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Boriquen Resort
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: borinquen
    You may spot the Long Billed Hermit.You may spot the Long Billed Hermit.

    Today you will drive approximately 1.5 hours to the Penjamo Blue River Reserve. This is a private reserve located at the base of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park within the Caribbean watershed. Hike through the rainforest where you’ll have a chance to see foothill birds that are difficult to see elsewhere.  Visit the Rio Penjamo, a river made blue by the leaching of minerals through the river bed, and sculpted by cascading waterfalls and natural waterslides.  You'll see first-hand the point source of the blue color, and have plenty of opportunities for a relaxing soak or swim in the natural pools. Overnight at Borinquen Resort.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Boriquen Resort
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: borinquen/monteverde
    Welcome to Monteverde.Welcome to Monteverde.

    After breakfast, depart for the approximately 4 hour drive to Monteverde, with a visit to the Rincon de la Vieja National Park enroute.  This volcanically active area has numerous steaming fumaroles, detectable at a distance by the rising steam clouds seen through the trees and the odor of sulfur nearby.  Numerous rivers in the region have geothermically heated acidic waters, and in one section natural mud pots (“Las Pailas”) boil and burble.  Eat lunch before continuing on to Monteverde. Overnight at Fonda Vela.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Trapp Family Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: monteverde
    Look for Howler monkeys during your hike.Look for Howler monkeys during your hike.

    In the morning, you'll go on an exciting and interesting zipline tour of the Monteverde canopy, with opportunities to learn more about the area and to see birds and other wildlife. Your guide will also provide interesting history on the plants and human activity in the region.


    After lunch, enjoy a guided visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Located in the Tilaran Mountain Range of Puntarenas Province, the Reserve is one of the premier natural history destinations in Costa Rica. 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 for its size 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. Of the 400 bird species found in or nearby the reserve, outstanding species you may see include 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). The wonderful songs of many of these birds will accompany you as you travel through the forest.

    Later in the evening, take a night hike with a reknowned Monteverde Naturalist through the forested 237-acre Curi-Cancha Reserve.  Approximately 50% of the reserve is fully recovered forest, 45% consists of secondary forest and the remaining 5% is open areas.  At Curi-Cancha, you will have the opportunity to see the Cloud Forest, and a transitional Pre-Montane Wet Forest. You will surely spot lots of wildlife!  Overnight at Fonda Vela.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Trapp Family Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: monteverde / punta islita
    You'll see lots of wildlife from your boat.You'll see lots of wildlife from your boat.

    After breakfast depart for the 4-hour drive to Punta Islita. Along the way we can stop for a safari boat tour at Bebedero River.

    Enjoy a river boat tour bordering Palo Verde National Park, a wildlife refuge located between the Tempisque and Bebedero rivers, where you can find the biggest area of wetlands in Costa Rica. This rich ecosystem combines rivers, marshland, mangroves and dry forest supporting wildlife such as huge crocodiles, groups of monkeys, and several bird species.
     
    After lunch continue on to Punta Islita. Overnight at Hotel Punta Isita. You bid farewell to your guide for the last 6 days and enjoy the activities at Punta Islita. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Punta Islita
    Show on a map
  • Days 6-7: punta islita
    Learn about the environment on morning nature walks.Learn about the environment on morning nature walks.

    Spend two full days at Punta Islita, each day you'll have the opportunity to join in the varies activities of the lodge. You'll also have the opportunity to visit Islita Art Museum, take a cooking class, tour the area on horseback, do some hiking, or visit the nearby Samara and Carrillo beaches for just relaxing. Overnight at Hotel Punta Islita.

    Note: This a great place to meet locals from the village. Activities can be arranged locally.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Punta Islita
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: punta islita/liberia
    You won't want to leave this paradise...You won't want to leave this paradise...

    Transfer to Liberia International airport (2 hour drive). So long, Costa Rica!

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$3,695
Holiday surcharges apply. The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$975
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:
8 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)
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
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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Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
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Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
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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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The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
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Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
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Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
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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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Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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