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Costa Rica Volcanoes & Wildlife

Costa Rica Volcanoes & Wildlife

Costa Rica Volcanoes & Wildlife

Trip Details:

Operator:   Lost World Adventures
Price From: 3,350 USD
Ideal Age Range:  19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
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.

Starting off in Manuel Antonio National Park, you’ll visit one of the most famous National Parks in the country. You’ll explore alongside a nature guide with a vast knowledge of the plants and animals you’re about to see. Enjoy a leisurely hike through the forest, stopping to witness wildlife and snap photos along the way. 

Later, you’ll head to Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula. The park was established in 1975 and boasts 105,000 acres of national parks and biological reserves. Corcovado is home to one of the few remaining coastal, tropical, virgin lowland rainforests, and is a wildlife and plant lover’s dream destination! Explore on your own and enjoy a variety of activities in and around the park. 

You will top off this exciting adventure with a trip to Arenal, where you’ll explore the Arenal Volcano and visit the hanging bridges, skytram, and skytrek. Observe the views, plants, and animals from a series of suspension bridges, taking in all the amazing sights and smells. Enjoy bird watching, and hiking excursions, as well as a tour of the 1968 lava flow. 

Finally, take a hike to the La Fortuna Waterfall enjoying some time to swim in the natural pool. 

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: San Jose - Manuel Antonio

Arrive in San Jose and be met at the airport and assisted to your connecting flight to Quepos. If you arrive too late for the day's flight, you may have to spend the night in San Jose.

Once you arrive in Quepos, you will be transferred to your hotel in Manuel Antonio, an area well known for its stunning beaches and diverse wildlife. Y

Day 2: Manuel Antonio National Park

Today you'll take a tour of Manuel Antonio National Park. It is Costa Rica's most famous national park and is popular because of its enormous variety of plants and animals. You'll explore alongside a nature guide who has a great knowledge about everything you may see.

The trail is flat, loops through the park and is absolutely beautiful. Make sure you bring your camera!

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'll make your way to Corcovado, located on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. You'll be picked up from the hotel and transported. This area is sometimes known as the Amazon of Costa Rica, as well as, one of the most biologically intense places on earth by National Geographic. 

Day 5: Corcovado - Caño Island Biological Reserve

Enjoy a tour of Caño Island today. This picturesque island and marine sanctuary boast large amounts of coral-building organisms, as well as some of the most unique and abundant marine life on the planet. It is a fantastic diving and snorkeling site if you are keen!

Explore the islands reef systems, underwater caves, cliffs, canyons. Expect to see all sorts of marine life including mollusks, lobsters, giant conchs, sea turtles, manta rays, jackfish, parrotfish, white-tipped reef sharks and more!

If you opt for a snorkel or scuba trip, you'll be joined by an experienced local guide!

 

Day 6: Corcovado National Park Hike

Corcovado National Park is home to more than 13 different types of ecosystems and an incredible display of wildlife.

Enjoy day hikes through the park alongside a knowledgeable guide. Some of the plants you will encounter are endangered, as well as some of the animals. If you're lucky, you may come across sloths, monkeys, toucans, scarlet macaw, hummingbirds, giant anteaters, turtles, wild pigs and so much more! 

 

Day 7: Corcovado - San Jose - Arenal

Today board a flight to San Jose where you will then be transferred to Arenal, home of the famous, active volcano, the Arenal Volcano. This is a must-see during your trip to Costa Rica. 

Day 8: Arenal

Welcome to Arenal! Join your guide and visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a series of suspended bridges and trails through a lush rainforest. You'll be able to observe the plants and animals far from the ground level and learn about the beauty and complexity of the rainforest. 

As you walk the trails, you'll see many types of palms and heliconias, flowering ginger, and even howler monkeys. The forest is full of life and color, you'll feel as if you're walking in a dream!

You'll then head off to the Arenal Skytram And Skytrek. This afternoon, you'll certainly experience adventure. The park has zip lines, bird watching and hiking in the tropical rainforest. The Sky Tram gives you a 20-minute aerial view of the rainforest. Stand on the 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 rainforest.

Day 9: Arenal

Today you'll have a chance to enjoy a half day of hiking close to the 1968 Lava Flow. The trail begins off the main road near the Arenal Volcano National Park entrance. The lava flow left and eye-catching pile of lava rock that stands 60-feet high and offers panoramic views of the forest, mountains, Lake Arenal, and the volcano. 

This afternoon, visit La Fortuna waterfall. Choose to walk the 2-3km or venture in on horseback. The falls stand 200-feet high and pour into a natural pool where you can swim. 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

Flag
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Continent:
Central America
Official Language(s)
Spanish
Capital:
San Jose
Population
4,586,353 (2011 census)
Climate(s)
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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