“Here, take a look,” whispered Ricardo. Peeking through the lens, I was six years old again. There was the bird I had been yearning to see, a quetzal as resplendent as I had read about—a vivid dream from my distant past. He sat on a tree branch, preening his feathers, cocking his head and looking […]
Costa Rica may be a small country, but it just happens to boast some of the greatest biodiversity in the world! Two coasts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes, and rainforests provide a wide array of microclimates that host over 500,000 species. Manual Antonio National Park alone is considered one of the most biodiverse national parks on the planet, with tropical forests, lagoons, mangroves, and sandy beaches. This trip highlights days spent in the outdoors with plentiful opportunities for wildlife viewing, a spectacular array of activity options, and beautiful accommodations to retreat to at each day’s end.
Your base for exploration takes place at three complementary accommodations, a small inn on a coffee plantation, a safari-style tent cabin retreat set beside the Savegre River, and a beautiful nature lodge perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Daytime offers the opportunity for an array of guided activities that you can choose from, depending on your personal preferences – hiking, river rafting, ziplining, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, a unique “aqua hike,” surfing, sailing, and loads of wildlife viewing – whether you’re looking for wildlife or not!
Wildlife viewing is prime on this journey! Wake to the sounds of howler monkeys, scan for sloths sleeping in the canopy, see crocodiles on the banks of the mangroves, toucans in the forest, and… tapirs, iguanas, monkeys, geckos, coati, dolphins, whales, pelicans, geckos, frogs, and so many more!
Soak up this spectacular spectrum of life and landscape. You’ll return home with a healthy dose of Pura Vida!