Costa Rica National Parks Tour

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    Costa Rica National Parks Tour offers an unparalleled adventure through six of the country’s top national parks and four nature reserves. This 16-day journey from the Caribbean to the Pacific showcases Costa Rica’s rich biodiversity, including Tortuguero National Park’s canals, Arenal Volcano’s wildlife, and the majestic cloud forests, culminating in the stunning Corcovado National Park. Experience nature, birdwatching, hiking, and beach activities in some of the most biodiverse regions on Earth.

    • Duration:16 Days, 15 Nights
    • Difficulty:Easy
    • Group Size:Minimum 2
    • Comfort Level:Standard to Eco-Luxury

    In just over two weeks you will get to know Costa Rica’s top six national parks, plus four nature reserves, as you we take you from the Caribbean Coast to the Pacific Coast and everywhere in between. Costa Rica is considered one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth with an estimated 5% of the planet’s biodiversity. Nearly one quarter of Costa Rica’s territory is protected by national parks, nature reserves, and marine parks which have helped the incredible flora and fauna to not only survive but flourish. With this package you’ll have the opportunity to experience the best national parks and wildlife in the country from the canals of Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean to the majestic cloud forests ending with a few nights in the crown jewel of them all, the Corcovado National Park.

    Pick up / Drop off locations

    Tocumen International Airport (PTY)

     

    Transportation

    • Minibus
    • Airplane

    Physical demand

    Trip may include activities like jungle walks, hiking, boat rides and stairs.

    What's Included

    • Nature
    • Birdwatching
    • Hiking
    • Wildlife
    • Beach
    • History
    • Zip Lining

    Highlights

    • San Jose
    • Tortuguero
    • Arenal Volcano
    • Monteverde Cloud Forests
    • Manuel Antonio
    • Osa Peninsula

    Itinerary of the trip

    This itinerary idea can be customized to suit your and your family’s interests. Contact us; we are pleased to hear your comments, wishes, and expectations, and we are ready to design the trip to suit you

    Day 1Arrival in Costa Rica

    Embark on your Costa Rica National Parks Tour as you land at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Our local representative will warmly greet you and assist you with an expedited immigration process and baggage claim. Your first night in San Jose includes a delightful dinner and a peaceful sleep, setting the stage for your upcoming adventure.

    Day 2Exploring Tortuguero National Park

    An early start takes you from the Central Valley to the Caribbean lowlands. After breakfast, a covered boat ride through Tortuguero National Park’s freshwater canals awaits. This journey offers sightings of diverse wildlife. Arriving at our eco-lodge, you’ll enjoy a buffet lunch and a guided tour of Tortuguero, immersing yourself in the local eco-tourism-driven community.

    Day 3Wildlife Wonders of Tortuguero

    Post-breakfast, embark on a boat exploration of Tortuguero National Park’s extensive canal network. Your guide will help spot various wildlife, including monkeys, sloths, and exotic birds. The afternoon offers leisure activities like kayaking or pool relaxation. Evening brings a guided beach visit to witness sea turtles in their natural habitat.

    Day 4 Majestic Arenal Volcano

    Journey back through the canals to Arenal Volcano, a renowned natural wonder. Arenal is a wildlife, adventure tours, and thermal hot springs hub. After settling in, unwind in the soothing hot springs, rejuvenating for the adventures ahead.

    Day 5 Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Adventure

    Travel north to the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, a biodiverse wetland. A covered motorboat cruise lets you observe various birds, monkeys, and other wildlife. The refuge’s forests and marshes are a sanctuary for endangered species, offering a unique ecological experience.

    Day 6 Arenal National Park Exploration

    Discover Arenal National Park’s rainforest on a guided walk across hanging bridges, learning about the region’s flora and fauna. Then, hike to the stunning La Fortuna Waterfall for a refreshing swim. Spend the afternoon relaxing in your hotel’s hot springs.

    Day 7Scenic Journey to Lake Arenal

    Travel from Arenal to Monteverde’s cloud forests via a picturesque “van-boat-van” tour. Cross Lake Arenal by boat, enjoying the serene views, then continue to Monteverde for a stay in a charming boutique hotel.

    Day 8 Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

    Witness the cloud forest awakening at dawn. A guided tour of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve reveals the unique wildlife of this microclimate. After a day of relaxation, embark on a night hike to experience the nocturnal wonders of the cloud forest.

    Day 9 Santa Elena Cloud Forest Adventure

    Elevate your adventure with a canopy exploration of Santa Elena Cloud Forest. Traverse hanging bridges and zip-line through the forest canopy, experiencing the birthplace of modern canopy tours.

    Day 10 Coastal Beauty of Manuel Antonio

    Leave the mountains for the Central Pacific, stopping at Tarcoles River to observe crocodiles. Arrive in Manuel Antonio in time for a breathtaking sunset over the Pacific.

    Day 11Manuel Antonio National Park

    An early visit to Manuel Antonio National Park offers prime wildlife viewing and beach relaxation. The park’s diverse ecosystems make it a globally recognized natural treasure.

    Day 12Leisure Day in Manuel Antonio

    Enjoy a free day to relax, explore local tours, or engage in horseback riding, snorkeling, or kayaking.

    Day 13Osa Peninsula's Natural Splendor

    Head to the Osa Peninsula, the gateway to Corcovado National Park. Your stay in an eco-luxury beach hotel offers comfort amidst pristine natural surroundings.

    Day 14Corcovado National Park Exploration

    Experience Corcovado National Park’s rich biodiversity on guided hikes, observing an array of wildlife in this “biologically intense” environment.

    Day 15 Caño Island Biological Reserve

    Discover the marine life of Caño Island Biological Reserve through snorkeling or diving, encountering diverse marine species and coral reefs.

    Day 16 Departure from Costa Rica

    Conclude your Costa Rica National Parks Tour with a domestic flight to San Jose, connecting to your international departure.

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