Costa Rica Volcanoes & Wildlife

Costa Rica Volcanoes & Wildlife

Costa Rica Volcanoes & Wildlife

Trip Details:

Operator:  Lost World Adventures
Price From: 3,350 USD
Fitness Needs: Light Impact
Program duration: 10 days

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About this program

The Costa Rica volcanoes are some of the most iconic in Latin America. Costa Rica is a nature lover’s paradise, and this trip has it all!

Explore the tropical national parks on the Pacific Coast, as well as the northern Arenal Volcano area. Regarded as the “most biologically intense place on Earth” by National Geographic, the Corcovado is home to 13 separate ecosystems.


Day 1: San Jose - Manuel Antonio

You will be met at the airport upon arrival and assisted to your connecting flight to Quepos. Depending on your arrival time, you may have to spend a night in San Jose. When you arrive in Quepos, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Manuel Antonio, a destination known for its diverse wildlife and beautiful island beaches.

Day 2: Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio Guided Park Tour Today you will explore Manuel Antonio National Park. This national park is one of the most famous in the country due to its wide variety of flora and fauna specimens. You will be accompanied by a nature guide who is knowledgeable about everything you will see. The trail you will take is flat and picturesque and loops through the park making your course approximately 2 miles long. Throughout the hike your guide will stop and explain the different nature specimens that can be observed, you can take photographs or just admire the view.

Day 3: Manuel Antonio National Park

Free time

Day 4: Manuel Antonio - Corcovado

Today you will be picked up from your Manuel Antonio hotel and driven to your lodge in Corcovado, located in the Osa Peninsula region of Costa Rica. This destination is often referred to as the Amazon of Costa Rica and National Geographic calls it one of the most biologically intense places on earth.

Day 5: Corcovado - Caño Island Biological Reserve

Today you will tour Caño Island. This beautiful island and marine sanctuary, with waters containing vast amounts of coral-building organisms, and some of the most varied and abundant marine life on the planet, is a world-class diving and snorkeling site. The island’s reefs provide an underwater landscape of caves, cliffs and canyons, and are home to 19 species of corals, including brain, head and sea fans, 60 species of mollusks, lobsters, giant conchs, white-tipped reef sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, devil rays, large schools of jackfish, parrotfish, snappers, damsels, eels, barracuda, puffers, surgeonfish, tangs, needlefish, sponges, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, octopus, starfish, and various crustaceans. Guided snorkel and scuba trips to the island are accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable local guides. And with the warm waters around the Osa and Caño drawing mating sea mammals and other pelagic fish, as well as resident dolphins, the boat ride to the island affords additional and excellent viewing opportunities.

Day 6: Corcovado National Park Hike

With 13 different types of ecosystems in such close proximity supporting an abundant and stunning variety of wildlife, it has been named by National Geographic the most biologically intense place on Earth.” Day hikes to the park are accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable local guides. The wide array of plants and animals that hikers may come across include endangered and iconic species such as the Baird’s tapir, jaguar, puma, scarlet macaw, and squirrel monkey, as well as toucans, howler monkeys, two-toed and three-toed sloths, agoutis, giant anteaters, black hawks, spectacled owls, hummingbirds, golden-orb spiders, numerous types of butterflies, coatimundis, spider monkeys, capuchin monkeys, crocodiles, peccaries (wild pigs), 4 species of turtles (green, Ridley, hawksbill and leatherback), snakes, lizards, and insects. If you’re lucky and depending on the season, you may even see dolphins and/or humpback whales during the spectacular boat rides along the coastline to and from the park.

Day 7: Corcovado - San Jose - Arenal

After a flight to San Jose, you will transfer to Arenal, home to the active Arenal Volcano. A unique blend of natural elements, render this destination as a must see during your Costa Rica tour.

Day 8: Arenal

Arenal Hanging Bridges Set off with your guide and visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a complex of suspended bridges and trails through a beautiful rain forest. These allow for observation of flora and fauna from the ground level to the top of the trees, making it one of the best methods of learning about the complexity and beauty of the rain forest. Walk the trails where you will see graceful palms and many varieties of heliconias, flowering ginger, and possibly howling monkeys, colorful forest birds and butterflies. Arenal Skytram And Skytrek In the afternoon you will set off for Reserva Arenal. This tour includes both the Sky Tram and the Sky Trek and offers you adventure, zip lines, bird watching and hiking inside the tropical rain forest. The Sky Tram is a 20 minute aerial tram tour through the rain forest to and observation deck where you have spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano, Lake and the Tilaran mountain range. The Sky Trek is a 3,280 foot long zip line system that gives you an exhilarating ride through the rain forest.

Day 9: Arenal

Lava 68 Tour Set off with your guide for a half day of hiking close to the 1968 lava flow. The lava flow trail begins off the main road near the Arenal Volcano National Park entrance and crosses an open area rapidly reverting back to forest on the northwest side of Arenal Volcano. The flow left an impressive pile of blocky lava rocks that rises about 60 feet high and now offers a panoramic view of the surrounding forests, mountains, nearby Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano itself. La Fortuna Waterfall In the afternoon you will visit the La Fortuna Waterfall. The Catarata La Fortuna is a beautiful waterfall about 5 ½ kilometers from the town of La Fortuna. You can walk or horseback ride the 2-3 kilometers to the falls, which is 70 meters (200 feet) high. At the base of the waterfall, there is a “natural pool” where you can swim.

Day 10 : Arenal - San Jose

Today you will be driven back to San Jose in time for your International Departure

Country Fast Facts

Costa Rica

North America
Official Language(s)
San Jose
4,586,353 (2011 census)
Equatorial, Monsoon, Tropical Savanna
Major Airport(s):
Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO), Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR)
Economic Driver(s):
Tourism, Agriculture, Exports, Energy

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