Visit some of the less travelled areas of Costa Rica, a country with some of the most varied and diverse eco-systems in the world. Walk in cloud and rainforests and spot rare and colourful birds from treetop hideaways; see caimen and monkeys in their natural habitat as you travel secluded waterways; ride, sail, snorkel and dive. From the Caribbean to the Pacific, from the volcanoes to the wetlands, this is a country to experience - in the wild.
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
Transfer from San Jose airport to Studio hotel in Santa Ana, close to San Jose centre.2Day
Today, from your base in San Jose, you’ll visit the Poas Volcano National Park where you’ll explore the volcano’s main crater, which steams with fumaroles (cracks in the ground that emit geothermal steam and gasses), visit the Botos Lagoon and learn about the region’s various ecosystems, and the abundance of exotic wildlife.
You’ll then travel to the more than 100-year-old Doka Coffee Estate, which works by hydraulic power and is an Architectural Heritage for Humanity Site. Afterwards, you’ll head to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, an ecological preserve where you’ll walk along a forested trail with beautiful waterfalls and more than 100 species of animals plus a hummingbird garden, serpentarium, butterfly garden and aviary.
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After lunch on the first day, we will spend the afternoon in the quaint village of San Gerardo de Rivas. Overnight and dinner at El Pelicano Lodge (or similar).
Depart in the morning of day 2 to begin trekking into Chirripó National Park. Today you hike in three stages as you ascend the mountain; the uphill trail is steep and takes 6 - 7 with normal fitness. Expect to see colourful toucans, trogons, monkeys, and more as you pass through dwarf cloud forests draped in “Old Man’s Beard” mosses. Spend the night at Crestones Base at National Park. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included).
On day 3, rise early to begin trekking to the summit of Mt. Chirripó before the fog rolls in. Along the way you will pass by numerous lakes and see why the Talamanca Indians called this area Chirripó “Place of Enchanted Waters”. Enjoy the sunrise; the view to the Pacific and Atlantic is stunning. Continue descending to Refuge Los Crestones. After a second breakfast, you hike back to San Gerardo de Dota and continue to Savegre. Activity includes: bilingual local guide, one night in San Gerardo de Rivas, one night in Chirripó Shelter.
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Located in a private nature reserve and owned by a local family, Savegre Hotel offers a landscaped garden setting with mountain views, spend your time exploring the many nature trails with the experienced guides, who can answer all your wildlife questions.
Costa Rica’s Savegre Valley offers an outstanding chance to see one of the world’s most beautiful birds ”the Resplendent Quetzal”. This sacred species of the ancient civilizations inhabits these cloud forests. The males of this species have brilliant red breasts; iridescent emerald green heads, backs, and wings; and white tail feathers complemented by a pair of iridescent green tail feathers that are more than 0.5m long. Ancient Aztec and Maya Indians believed that the quetzal protected them in battle. In nesting season, March and April, there are high levels of activity with parents feeding their young. Nevertheless, there are great chances of observing Quetzals all year.
Next you will be transferred to Villa Florencia in Turrialba, a small, pleasant city that attracts active, adventurous travellers looking to raft the Pacuare and Reventazón rivers, hike the forests surrounding active Turrialba volcano, and learn about Costa Rica's pre-Columbian past at Guayabo National Monument veiled in the shadow of the Turrialba Volcano - like a mythical "lost city" from a storybook - lies a mysterious ancient city that was home to over 10,000 people who seemed to have mysteriously vanished just before the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. Beside this mysterious past the area is a haven for wildlife, howler monkeys, armadillo, coatis, and numerous bird species.
You will be picked-up early and transferred to Rios Tropicales Operations Centre for a delicious, typical Costa Rican breakfast. After breakfast and changing into rafting gear, we will drive to the rafting put-in on the banks of the Pacuare River.
You'll launch your raft and begin to paddle 19 miles deep into the heart of one of Costa Rica's most impressive primary rainforests, brimming with a variety of wildlife, from monkeys to an impressive array of bird life. You'll pass through densely vegetated rainforest gorges, view cascading waterfalls, relax in serene pools and experience pounding rapids. After lunch you will be transferred to your next destination, Cariblue Beach & Jungle Resort in Puerto Viejo.
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Cahuita National Park, home to an abundance of outdoor activities like hiking, scuba diving, canoeing and snorkeling. If you're a foodie, the unique Afro-Caribbean cuisine of Cahuita is a must.
Sit on your kayak and paddle to Manzanillo, just 2 kilometers from the beach. The Gandoca Manzanillo wildlife refuge has around 10,000 acres in its marine portion, and it protects more than 5 square kilometers of coral reef along the coast. Amongst the lifeforms to be found here, are sea rods, sea fans, brain coral, boulder coral, fire coral, elkhorn coral and turtle grass. Also you will have the chance to see beautiful tropical fish like parrot fish, angel fish, snappers, groupers, grunts, blue tangs, and jack fish, not to forget the spiny lobster, crabs, conchs and other many life forms.
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Arrive at the next impressive destination via two internal flights (included), to a less visited part of Costa Rica. National Geographic magazine described this area as “the most biologically intense place on earth.” The Osa Peninsula is located on Costa Rica’s south Pacific coast and includes Corcovado National Park, Central America’s largest virgin lowland rainforest, with abundant wildlife, including four species of monkey, two and three-toed sloths, scarlet macaws, poison-dart frogs, and jaguars.
Snorkel in the clear warm waters and protected coral reefs off the shores of Caño Island, and then relax with a picnic lunch on the beach at Casa Corcovado. Your tour starts after a leisurely breakfast, when you’ll meet your guide at the Gear House to select your flippers and mask. It’s then a 40-minute boat ride to the "Coral Garden". At certain times of the year, you may also see pilot or humpback whales, and dolphin along the way. The first two nights will be spent at La Leona Eco Lodge, followed by three nights at Aguila de Osa Inn.
Fly back to San Jose airport to catch your departure flight.See All Itinerary