Costa Rica's True Nature

Cloud Forest, Coastal Rain Forest, and the Osa Peninsula

Trip Details

Cute and curious squirrel monkey in Costa Rica

What’s Included? Everything you need, plus everything you want.

  • Get out there: Boat across Golfo Dulce (a rare tropical fjord) to the Osa Peninsula, covered almost entirely in virgin rain forest.
  • Quetzal quest: Look for the resplendent quetzal in Los Quetzales National Park, one of the only places on earth to see the bird year-round.
  • Waterfalls: Ride horseback through rain forest to Nauyaca Waterfalls, and swim in the pool at the base of the falls.
  • Wildlife: Search for some of Costa Rica’s shyest species in Corcovado, like Baird’s tapirs, red-backed squirrel monkeys, white-lipped peccaries, and scarlet macaws.

Costa Rica's True Nature

Trip Type: Custom-Made Travel

Territory:

Region: Costa Rica

Trip Price: $6,695

Duration: 13 days/12 nights

Trip Begins/Ends: San Jose, Costa Rica / San Jose, Costa Rica

National Parklands:

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All custom travel is tailored to the desires and interests of our traveling clients (see How Custom Travel Works tab). Trip pricing detailed is an estimate of the per person pricing for the sample itinerary detailed and includes all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences described. Actual pricing for the trip designed expressly for you and others traveling with you will depend on the features and elements developed during the trip planning process. Travel with Off the Beaten Path requires agreement to our standard Terms & Conditions.

Energy Index

Energy Index Spectrum

No Sweat - 1-2 miles of walking or hiking per day, plus easy activities

Nice & Active – 3-6 miles of hiking or walking per day, plus physically active exploration

High Five! – 5-12 miles of hiking per day, plus possible peak bagging or other action-oriented fun

Costa Rica's True Nature

Costa Rica's True Nature - Energy Index

The Energy Index detailed above relates to the level of exertion associated with the sample trip detailed. This would be modified to fit the style and ability of your group as a part of the custom trip planning process

How custom-made travel works at Off the Beaten Path

We’ve been tailoring custom journeys for clients since our very inception in the mid-1980s! The process is all about connecting the interests of the travelers with the best that a given destination has to offer. To achieve this, we rely upon good ol’ fashioned conversation! Our geographically focused travel designer love to meet new people and learn about their interests for travel. Understanding your goals informs the process immensely and serves as the foundation for the development of a bespoke travel experience for you and yours.

The trip detailed on this web page is a sample of something we’ve done for other clients over the years. In order to start the process of designing your own custom travel experience, just call us at (800) 445-2995 and ask to speak with one of our Travel Advisors. After a bit of time on the phone, you will then have the opportunity to connect with one of our travel designers.

The entire planning process is very personalized and works in an iterative fashion until a final, perfect trip has been created. We then secure all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences associated with your trip and send along abundant trip materials capturing these details – and much more about your travels!

Itinerary

Day 1: San Jose

A driver meets you at the airport for the transfer to your accommodations in a converted Victorian mansion in the heart of historic San Jose. All proceeds from the hotel’s outstanding restaurant go to support a half-way house for young women. 

Days 2-4: Cloud Forest in Talamanca Mountains

Your guide picks you up and you’re off to explore the higher-elevation cloud forest, the habitat of choice for a variety of unique wildlife, birds, and plants. Walking and exploring with a guide in places like Los Quetzales National Park and the private reserve surrounding your ecolodge gives you a deeper understanding of the ecosystems and enhances your chances of spotting elusive species like the resplendent quetzal and tapir. 

Day 5: Central Pacific Coast

With your guide at the wheel, drive from the jungle to the beach today, stopping along the way to ride horseback to a typical Costa Rican finca, then on to the stunning Nauyuca Waterfalls. Take a dip in the pool at the base of the waterfall! 

Day 6: Marino Ballena National Park

Savor a guided experience in Marino Ballena National Park today. Ballena is the Spanish word for “whale,” a nod to the humpbacks that migrate here. The park features a sandy spit known as the “Whale Tail” that is shaped just like, you guessed it, a whale’s tail. 

Days 7-9: Golfo Dulce and the Osa Peninsula

Bid farewell to your guide and continue on with a representative of your next ecolodge. You’ll catch a boat across the beautiful Golfo Dulce (watch for dolphins!) and land at your boutique lodge, built in harmony with the rain forest environment. A network of trails fans out from the lodge for your exploring pleasure there and in Piedras Blancas National Park. The lodge is set near Corcovado National Park, so has very similar habitats with far fewer visitors—and even more tree species.

Days 10-12: Corcovado National Park

Catch a boat, then a lodge shuttle to your next ecolodge base near Corcovado National Park. Your lodge is on a 700-acre private reserve of undisturbed rain forest, still on the richly biodiverse Osa Peninsula. On your first morning here, a guide will meet you for a quick boat ride to a beach gateway into Corcovado. The day is devoted to walking and wildlife watching in this spectacular, pristine park. 

Day 13: San Jose

Fly to San Jose for one last evening of birding and fine dining at your coffee plantation hotel. Fly out the next morning. 

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