National Parks and Wildlife in Costa Rica and Panamaoffered by supplier M09676 (read about supplier)
Tour Duration: 17 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Costa Rica Panama
Specialty Categories: National Parks Wildlife Viewing
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2975 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3250 US Dollar (USD)
There is city life for dancing, gambling, fine dining and that type of amenity in and around the centrally located city of San Jose, but the greatest attraction is the amazing terrain with oceanfront beaches on both the east coast and west coast and volcanos, mountains, and an amazing tropical rain forest in the north central area.
Day 1: Aurola Holiday Inn B-L-D. Upon arrival to International Airport, our driver will pick you up and will take you to Aurola Holiday Inn for overnight. Centrally located in downtown San Jose, close to different businesses, museums, restaurants, shopping and nightlife, the hotel provides the perfect location for travelers who are seeking to visit or do business in the city.
Day 2: Evergreen or Mawamba Hotel B-L-D. Around 6:30 a.m we leave your hotel in San Jose early in the morning. Admire the biodiversity of an astonishing protected area in Costa Rica as we drive by Braulio Carrillo National Park, a primary forest in 95% of its extension. Have a taste of our delicious Costa Rican breakfast en route. Be our special guest in a banana processing and packing plant and learn more about one of Costa Rica’s prime products (subject to availability). Board a comfortable boat upon arrival to the port and let this extraordinarily exotic paradise enchant you, as you travel along the Tortuguero Canals.
Day 3: Evergreen or Mawamba B-L-D. 6:30 a.m. Optional morning tour: Enjoy nature at its best as you undertake a journey through the canals, a network of navigable waterways of great scenic beauty crosses the park from southeast to northwest. The canals and marshes are the habitat of 7 species of tortoise. They also provide shelter to the endangered West Indian manatee (Trichchus manatus) and the rare crocodile (Crocodylus acutus). Back to the lodge for breakfast. Get ready to hike Tortuguero Hill or travel along the well-known Tortuguero Canals and have the experience of your life in this unique paradise of magnificent flora and fauna. After lunch, take your time to enjoy our private trails, ride a boat through the canals, swim at our turtle-shaped swimming pool, or just relax. Dinner and overnight. Boat Tour.
Day 4: Puerto Viejo/Namuwoki Lodge. After breakfast, transfer to Caño Blanco. A van will take you to El Ceibo Restaurant where you will enjoy a succulent lunch. After lunch, a driver will pick you up and will drive you for around 3 hours to the south Caribbean Coast where you will stay 2 nights, 3 days at Namuwoki Lodge or similar.
Day 5: Cahuita Tour. Breakfast included. Today you will enjoy an amazing tour at the beautiful Cahuita National Park. The tour start with a hiking tour, followed by a snorkeling tour. In Cahuita, the main attractions are the beach, the reef, and the paths along which morpho butterflies, toucans and three-toed sloths appear. But a lesser-known phenomenon is no less captivating: the migration of raptors. Three million birds fly overhead between September and November, forming vórtices of eagles, hawks, and owls, spiraling in search of updrafts.
The skies of Cahuita, Puerto Viejo and the entire Caribbean seaboard are filled with 17 species of raptors that migrate from the U.S. and Canada, coasting across the continent on termal currents. The plains narrow at this point, giving birds the choice of taking the Pacific route or passing between the Caribbean coast and the Talamanca Mountain Range.
Day 6: Bocas del Toro, Panamá. After breakfast, a shuttle transportation service will pick you up and will take you to Sixaola, the Costa Rican border with Panamá. Here you must show your passport and your international flight itinerary. After doing the necessary border arrangements (paying an exit and entry tax) you will continue the trip to Almirante Harbour where a boat ride is offered to Colon Island at Bocas del Toro.
From here you need to take another short boat ride (not included) to your hotel, Eclypse de Mar or you may choose, Al Natural Resort, for those wanting to live a more natural experience. Enjoy 2 nights, 3 days stat at the hotel of your selection. Breakfast included at Eclypse de Mar, all meals at Al Natural Resort.
Day 7: Bocas del Toro Island. Day at leisure. Breakfasts included. (3 meals at Al Natural Resort). Today is all for you to relax and enjoy this amazing destination. We recommend to take one of the optional activities such as: Coral Cay, Estrella Beach, Bastimento Park, among others.
Day 8: Puerto Viejo. After breakfast, please take a boat back to Colon Island where you will have a prepaid boat back to Almirante Harbour. Continue the trip back to Puerto Viejo for one more night lodging at Namuwoki Lodge or similar.
Day 9: Pacuare White Water Rafting - Arenal Volcano. This trip gives you the ultimate blend of wilderness exposure and excitement. Rio Pacuare is world famous for its pristine beauty. Being a true river gorge it is flanked by step green walls. Waterfalls cascade into the river from both sides as colorful, tropical birds fly over your head. The wildlife is abundant, with sloths, toucans, parrots, coatis, butterflies and colorful frogs being common sights.
Day 10: Arenal Springs or Arenal Paraiso B-D. Breakfast included. Today you will have an exciting guided hiking tour at the Arenal Volcano National Park where you will have the chance to know the history of this amazing volcano as well as some of the flora and fauna of this region.
Day 11: Manuel Antonio. Breakfast included. Shuttle land transportation service to Manuel Antonio directly to Mariposa Hotel where you will stay 3 nights at an ocean partial view room. Hotel La Mariposa in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is magnificently perched on an elevation, overlooking the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, the city of Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. The scenery of ocean, rainforest and sky is stunning. It is just part of the special mix of energy and magic that has enchanted and made La Mariposa such a beloved place to thousands of guests throughout the years.
Days 12-13: Manuel Antonio Park. One of these days you will enjoy an exciting hiking tour at one of the most beautiful parks of Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio Park. After breakfast, a guide will pick you up and will offer a walking tour through the Manuel Antonio National Park. This park has four interesting geomorphologic features. The first one is the tombolo at Punta Catedral. The second feature is the blowhole at Puerto Escondido, the third one is Punta Serrucho and the fourth one is the pre-Columbian underwater turtle trap at the western tip of Manuel Antonio Beach. The main habitats in the park are primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove swamps, which cover 18 hectares, and small herbaceous swamps and open water lagoons scattered throughout the interior. The park houses a variety of wildlife, including 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds. Back to your hotel. Free afternoon to enjoy at the beach. Overnight.
Day 14: Drakebay – Osa Peninsula. Breakfast. Around 9:00 a.m shuttle land transfer to Sierpe where you will take a boat to Drake. Lodging at either Aguila de Osa, Drakebay Getaway or Casa Corcovado.
During the 3 nights in this area you will enjoy the 2 main tours which are: Hiking tour at Corcovado National Park and Snorkeling tour at Caño Island. As one of the last remaining areas of Costa Rica still untouched by large developments, vacationing in Drake Bay is a truly unique experience. With only a few hundred locals living in the main town of Agujitas, Drake Bay is a hidden gem. The locals in Drake Bay are some of the warmest and generous people you will ever meet, many of whom have lived in the area with their families since the 1970’s.
Day 15: Corcovado National Park. Tours during your stay will be arranged according to weather conditions. You will have Corcovado National Park and Caño Island. San Pedrillo is the closest Corcovado National Park Ranger Station to Drake Bay, located 1:30 minute boat ride from Drake Bay. This beautiful area offers possible sightings of dolphins and other marine and aquatic marine life, passing an island nesting spot for the Brown Booby. Our arrival at the beach location of the Corcovado National Park is a wet landing, so bring your sandals in addition to sturdier footwear for the trails through the National Park. Our bilingual naturalist guide will lead a 3 hour hike through the primary and secondary forest, locating and explaining the extensive rainforest wildlife and flora. The rich biological diversity of the Corcovado National Park is astounding, and sightings may include as many as 4 types of monkeys, as well as coatis, sloths, anteaters, and much more. Bird lovers will be enchanted by a wide variety of birds, including tanagers, flycatchers, kingfishers, manakins, trogons, crested guans, and spectacular scarlet macaws and toucans.
Day 16: Caño Island. Caño Island is located 12 nautical miles from Drake Bay. Departure for this tour is at 8.00 am. During the scenic boat ride, which lasts approximately 1 ½ hrs , enjoy mangrove forest frequent sightings of dolphins, marine birds, as well as - in season - whales, false orcas and sea turtles. The 600 acre island is a significant historical archaeological site for Costa Rica, where two of the miraculous and mysterious perfectly round spheres from the pre-Colombian era were discovered along with other historical items. Caño Island is an ideal spot for snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing. Two trails are available for light hiking, the first leading to the site of many of the archaeological discoveries, where a few representative artifacts still remain, and the second to a beautiful lookout on the south side of the island. Aquatic life around the island is spectacular, and snorkelers will find a broad and colorful spectrum of Pacific Coast reef fish – triggerfish, trumpetfish, damselfish, parrotfish, angelfish, puffers, among many others -- as well as rays and sea turtles.
Day 17: International Airport. Breakfast is included. Domestic flight to San Jose and departure home.
Supplemental Tour Information:
Namuwoki Lodge & Resort is located in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. It is a small, private hotel right in the middle of the forest from where you will be able to see the local wildlife by just going out to the garden. The hotel consists of 7 independent small houses, perfect for a family, groups of friends and honeymooners. Within the hotel’s property you will also find a swimming pool with bar service, a small handcraft store and an open air area where you can have lunch or dinner. Namuwoki.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
Better from December to April:
- 1 night in San José at Aurola Holiday Inn
- Land and boat transportation to Tortuguero
- 2 nights lodging at Ever Green or Mawamba in Tortuguero
- All meals and tours at Tortuguero (entrance to the park or night tour is not included)
- 3 nights Namuwoki Lodge or similar, Puerto Viejo, breafasts
- Cahuita National Park tour
- Pacuare White Water rafting, lunch
- 2 nights lodging at Arenal Springs Hotel or Arenal Paraiso Hotel.
- 2 breakfasts
- Hiking tour to lava flows
- Hanging walkways at Selvatura (with guide)
- Shuttle transportation to Manuel Antonio
- 3 nights lodging at Mariposa Hotel, Partial Ocean view, breaskfasts
- Hiking tour to Manuel Antonio National Park
- Shuttle land transfer to Sierpe
- 3 nights Drakebay, all meals,
- Corcovado National Park tour
- Caño Island National Park tour
- Domestic flight to San Jose
- Hotel taxes.
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