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2018 Costa Rica: Natural Parks & Tropical Forests

Costa Rica: San José, San Carlos, Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, San Gerardo de Dota

84% Traveler Excellence Rating Read reviews

13 Days from only $2995 including international airfare

Activity Level:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

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Pura Vida

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Costa Rican Rodeo

Get an up-close-and-personal feel for the people at a Costa Rican rodeo; both those there to watch and those participating.

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Watch a Cuban expatriate living in Costa Rica handcraft cigars from different varieties of tobacco leaves.

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Drone de Costa Rica

Get a bird’s-eye view of Costa Rica’s misty rain forests and verdant hills in this film.

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The Squirrel Monkey of Costa Rica

Learn why locals are striving to protect Costa Rica’s population of squirrel monkeys.

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Find the Adventure That’s Right for You

Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Post-trip: Tortuguero National Park: Ultimate Rain Forest Experience

3 nights from: $695 Single Supplement: FREE

Trip Extension: Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Cruise the canals and explore the forests of Tortuguero on our optional trip extension.

Join O.A.T. in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica’s “Amazon”—so-called for its lush jungle canopy and the fascinating abundance of wildlife that call this protected haven home. A naturalist’s nirvana, this 47,000-acre expanse stretching along the Caribbean Coast can only be explored by boat along a network of navigable waterways.

It's Included:
Roundtrip transfer between Tortuguero and San José
Accommodations for 2 nights in Tortuguero National Park and 1 night in San José
9 meals—4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
2 small group activities
Services of a local O.A.T. Trip Leader and local boatmen in Tortuguero
Gratuities for local guides, drivers, and luggage porters
  • Having concluded our Costa Rica: Natural Parks & Tropical Forests adventure, we'll travel overland to La Pavona, and then we'll board a boat for our cruise to Tortuguero. Literally “region of turtles,” remote Tortuguero is home to 111 species of reptiles, 60 species of mammals, 309 species of birds, and 57 species of amphibians—including the endangered Green Turtle, for which it is the western hemisphere's most important nesting site. The turtle nesting season runs from June through August. We'll arrive at our lodge in the early afternoon where we'll enjoy lunch. 

    Later, we'll discover Tortuguero town, where we'll enjoy the Caribbean flavor of this unique village, which has no roads, no sidewalks, and no cars. Afterward, you'll have time for independent exploration before our included dinner at our lodge tonight.

  • Both natural and man-made canals are the primary means of transportation in Tortuguero. This morning, we’ll cruise along this restricted network in search of such local denizens as crocodiles, iguanas, and the rare manatee.

    We’ll return to the lodge for lunch. Afterwards we can walk along the lodge’s trail to observe the region’s diverse flora and fauna—perhaps glimpsing the sloths, monkeys, Green Macaws, and toucans that call this protected area home. Following our afternoon nature-viewing activities, we’ll regroup to have dinner together at our lodge.

    • Meals included:
    • Accommodations:

    Following breakfast this morning, we enjoy a leisurely canal boat ride to Caño Blanco. There, we begin our overland transfer to San José, with an included lunch en route. We arrive in Costa Rica's capital this afternoon, and have the evening at leisure. Dinner is on your own tonight.

    • Meals included:

    After breakfast at our hotel, we transfer to the airport for our flight home.

Please note: This extension may not be available on all departures.

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