The ultimate Nature & Wildlife trip


This trip is specially designed for all the nature and wildlife lovers! We will take you to the most diverse national parks to make sure you will spot all the animals..

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION San Jose, Costa Rica
DURATION OF TRIP 16 Nights
ADVISED MONTHS OF TRAVEL All year around (Jul-Sep for Turtles in Tortuguero)
INCLUDED
Airport Transfers
16 Nights Lodging w/Breakfast Included
2 Nights in San Jose
3 Nights in Corcovado
3 Nights in Manuel Antonio
2 Nights in Celeste
1 Night in Poas
2 Nights in Tortuguero
3 Nights in Puerto Viejo
4×4 Rental Car w/basic Insurance for 10 days
All meals included in Tortuguero and Celeste
Boat tours through the Tortuguero Canals
Visit to the Tortuguero Village
English speaking guide in Tortuguero
Transfers between Guapiles-Tortuguero-Guapiles
Transfers between Guapiles-Puerto Viejo-San Jose
24/7 Natural Mystic Travel Assistance
NOT INCLUDED
Flights
Meals other than included
Gasoline and optional full coverage Insurance
Personal expenses and tips

Additional information

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Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival your driver will wait for you at the airport. He will bring you to your hotel downtown San Jose where you will spend your first night. Your hotel offers comfortable rooms and is located nearby many great restaurants and shops.
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Day 2: On to Corcovado

Today you will receive your 4×4 car rental to leave to the village of Sierpe. In Sierpe you will leave the rental car and follow your trip by small boat to Drake Bay.

The real excitement begins from the very moment of boarding the boat. This trip by speed boat (a bit longer than 1 hour) takes you along the Sierpe River, through the greatest mangrove forest of Costa Rica with wonderful views of mountains with untouched wilderness and possibility to see monkeys, crocodiles, herons, egrets, kingfishers, etc., until you reach the river’s mouth: the Pacific Ocean. The last half an hour of your trip will be by boat, with pelicans, brown boobies, and cormorants, circling above your head you might be accompanied by dolphins, flying fishes and humpback whales!

Drake Bay (got its name due to base of great English seaman and pirate Sir Francis Drake) will be your destination in the beautiful Danta Lodge, where you will stay in very comfortable and beautiful rooms in the middle of the jungle. This is a real Corcovado experience! A wonderful place with overwhelming tropical rain forest, on the edge of Corcovado Nacional Park, with abundant nature and wildlife.

Upon arrival you can stroll around the lodge and for sure you will see a lot of animals and birds. A beautiful sunset will be the end of your day and you can sleep with the sounds of the jungle around you.

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Day 3: Corcovado National Park

Today you can choose to go out by boat again to the outer tip of Drake Bay; the Corcovado National Park, according to Nacional Geographic “the biological most intense place in the world”. You will visit one of the biological stations: San Pedrillo, or La Sirena.

Trees up to 60 meters high, amazing scarlet macaws flying around, crocodiles lazy lying on the shore, sounds of the rain forest, howler monkeys (there are four species of monkeys here), toucans and other birds, sloths, anteaters, peccaries, coatis, raccoons, snakes, tapirs, wild cats as puma and jaguar and many others animal and plant species are inhabitants of this wonder of the mother nature. Tours are available by the reception so you can choose whatever you would like to do these 2 days.

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Day 4: Isla del Cano

Today you can opt for a tour to Caño Island. It takes about one and half-hours to reach the island, and the trip is an adventure by itself as you can expect to see whales and dolphins on the way.

The Virgin Waters of Cano Island are some of the clearest and bluest of the country. They hide a spectacular marine life, with exotic tropical fish, of which sharks, as well as dolphins and whales, turtles and coral reefs. It was rated as the best underwater adventure diving and snorkeling spot of the world. It is quite a unique experience to watch these magnificent creatures swim by mysterious historical ruins.

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Day 5: Manuel Antonio

After breakfast, your guide will bring you back to Sierpe where you will pick up your car again to head to the next destination: Manuel Antonio. Manuel Antonio is a place where you will not get bored. The beaches are breathtaking, The National Park full of wildlife like sloths and monkeys and the sunsets are spectacular!

You will stay at a beautiful bungalow at the Costa Verde Hotel. The bungalow has it’s own kitchen so if you don’t feel like going out for dinner, you can just make something easy here.

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Day 6: Manuel Antonio National Park

A full day in Manuel Antonio today. We suggest to visit the National Park and make sure you get there early as this time of year it can be very warm and the animals are most active early morning. The national park opens at 7 am and guides offer their services at the park’s entrance. You don’t need a guide as the trails are very accessible and well-marked. For sure you will see a lot of wildlife! Don’t forget to bring your swim gear as the crystal clear Pacific waters will invite you for a dip!
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Day 7: A Sailing Tour maybe?

To finish your vacation with a big bang, you can choose to make sailing & snorkeling trip. You will board a trimaran to spot the dolphins and sometimes even whales, go snorkeling, and food and drinks are included! A great way to spend your afternoon! Surfing, deep sea fishing or diving are other options for water lovers, but if you like to keep it dry you can just relax at the beach.
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Day 8: Celeste Tenorio

Today you will leave Manuel Antonio behind as you will head to the pristine Celeste Tenorio. This is one of the most magical places Costa Rica has to offer as it is still quite unknown for most tourists. Situated between the two volcano’s Tenorio and Miravalles, you will find hiking trails that will take you to pristine nature and the breathtaking Celeste rivier and waterfall. According to the local legend, is this where God rinsed his pencils after he colored the sky.

You will stay two nights at the Celeste Mountain Lodge, a small lodge hidden in the forest where you will have all of your meals included, prepared by a France Chef. Tours are available to book at the front desk with a professional guide included.

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Day 9: Celeste

You will have a full day to discover the river and waterfall of Celeste today! With just a short hike through the National Park, you will be able to get here on your own. In the afternoon you are able to enjoy the hot tub, the beautiful views of the lodge and of course all your meals prepared by the France Chef.
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Day 10: Poas Volcano

A full day today as you will head to your next destination: the Poas Volcano. Poas Volcano National Park is one not to miss as here you will be able to see the crater of an active volcano! A short hike through the National Park also leads to the laguna, the crater lake and the surrounded forest.

You also have time to visit the coffee fields, the gardens and waterfalls of La Paz as you will spend one night here at the Poas Volcano Lodge.

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Day 11: Toruguero National Park

An early rise today! You will drive towards Guapiles where you will leave your rental car behind. Your English / Spanish speaking Tortuguero guide will pick you up at Selva Tropical where your Costarican breakfast is served.

The route will continue along big banana fields until you reach the dock. The last part of today’s journey will be by boat, so get your camera’s ready for the wildlife you can encounter on this last leg of the trip.

Upon your arrival at the Laguna Lodge it’s about lunch time and you can taste the Caribbean dishes at the restaurant after you settled in your comfortable room.

In the afternoon your guide will take you on a tour to the Tortuguero Village and he or she will tell you all about the National Park of Tortuguero and, the sea turtle nesting sites and the culture of this isolated part of Costa Rica.

The rest of the afternoon will be at leisure to relax at the pool, have a drink at the river bar or stroll around the lodge or beach to find sloths, monkeys, toucans and other beautiful species until dinner will be served. 

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Day 12: Tortuguero National Park

This morning you will experience the jungle waking up while on a boat tour through the canals of Tortuguero. Depending the weather circumstances the tour may leave before or after breakfast. No matter the departure time, you will hear and see all animals looking for food and sunlight.

Your guide will tour this boat trip so you will learn about the animals in their habitat. In the afternoon your guide will take you on a guided walk to spot even more animals, like lizards and birds. All meals are included this day, as well as coffee, tea, water and cookies.

In the turtle nesting season (July/September) you do not want to miss the turtle watching tour. Your guide can give you more information about the chances of seeing the turtles and about the price (as this tour is not included in the package). If the circumstances are good for watching turtles your guide will take you to the beaches after dark to witness the sea turtles laying eggs, an experience you do not want to miss!

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Day 13: The Caribbean Coast

It is time to leave the Tortuguero paradise after breakfast. By boat and bus you will head to Guapiles. Here your lunch will be served and your transfer will await you to bring you to the Southern Caribbean beaches; Puerto Viejo in about three hours..

Your hotel will be the Tree House Lodge; this beautiful lodge is located straight at the beautiful beach of Punta Uva and has all the ingredients for a great stay..

The small village of Puerto Viejo is vibrant and there is always something happening; live music, many great restaurants and a night of dancing underneath the stars with your feet in the Caribbean sand will add to the Caribbean feeling

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Day 14: Discover the Caribbean Coast by bike

A full day in Puerto Viejo and around. The coast line spreads out from Cahuita all the way to Manzanillo Gandoca; into the Amistad national park. The beaches invite for sunbathing and the different bays each offer another activity; surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, stand up paddling and swimming.

Another great thing to do is to visit the Jaguar Rescue Center. This center is a great place to visit as you will be able to see the animals from very close. They are open 2 times a day; 09:30 and 11:30 for a tour and has an entrance fee cost of $20 per person. By visiting the Jaguar Center, your donation will go directly to caring for our rainforest guests.

Koki Beach is without a doubt one of our personal favorite restaurants in town; wonderful food and a Caribbean stylish ambiance

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Day 15: Cahuita National Park

The local bus will bring you to Cahuita in just 20 minutes. Here you are able to enjoy the beautiful National Park of Cahuita. This park is easy to walk on your own and you will see lots of monkeys, sloths, snakes, raccoons, birds and many more species! Don’t forget you swimwear as the park invites for a refreshing swim in the cristal clear waters!
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Day 16: San Jose

In the afternoon you will be picked up by shared shuttle to head back to San Jose for one more night here.
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Day 17: Back home

You will be picked up by your driver for a transfer to the airport in time for your flight out, back home. 

Your Natural Mystic Trip at a glance

This trip is specially designed for all the nature and wildlife lovers! We will take you to the most diverse national parks to make sure you will spot all the animals..

The first destination on this trip is the famous Corcovado National Park. You will stay in the middle of the jungle surrounded by animal noises. From here you will be able to discover Cano Island and of course take a hike through the Corcovado National Park itself!

From Corcovado it is a short ride to Manuel Antonio. Here you will say nearby the Manuel Antonio National Park, an easy trail to hike on your own and see lots of monkey’s. You will also have some time to relax at the beautiful pristine beach here or make a sailing and snorkeling trip to spot dolphins.

From Manuel Antonio we will take you to the undiscovered Rio Celeste where you will able to see the beautiful celeste river and waterfall from up close. Your lodge has a real France Chef and he will prepare you the most delicious meals included during your stay.

The Poas Volcano will be your next destination as you will also spend one night here. The Poas Volcano is still active and you will be able to see the crater and crater lake from very up close. La Paz Waterfall & Gardens are located nearby and invite you for a visit here as well.

From Poas you will head to the Caribbean by visiting the beautiful and authentic Tortuguero National Park for 2 nights first. Your guide will take your trough the park by boat, the best way to spot lots and lots of wildlife. You will have all your meals included here as well as all the tours through the National Park and visit to the town of Tortuguero.

Your last destination will be the Tree House Lodge on the pristine beach of Punta Uva in Puerto Viejo. Time to relax, cycle, surf, visit the Jaguar Rescue Center and visit the town of Puerto Viejo for some life music and delicious Caribbean Food!

Your Selected Lodging for this trip

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The Buena Vista Hotel is located only 15 minutes from San Jose airport in the Alajuela mountains with incredible views of the volcanoes Poas, Barva and Irazú, the central valley, tropical forest and coffee plantations.

The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and a trail that leads through the lush surrounding forest.

A good option if you rather not stay in the San Jose city center!

Click here for more information about the Buena Vista Hotel

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Danta Corcovado Lodge is a local family business that aspires to be the leader in rural tourism in the Osa Peninsula, a model of local development and example of conservation of natural resources, creative design and sustainable development.

Located close to Puerto Jimenez, the Danta Lodge can be reached by 4×4 car and from here it is easy to visit all of the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado national park. Interesting tours like gold panning and a visit to the indigenous cultures can be arranged at this unique lodge.

The lodge is located close to the outer Los Patos Ranger station, a great place for the traveler that wants to experience Costa Rica off the beaten track.

Click here for more information about the Danta Lodge

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Hotel Costa Verde; just three hundred yards from the beach overlooking the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Verde features 3 cliff-side pools with sundecks and spacious rooms, studios and bungalows. All guestrooms offer balconies with a bird’s-eye view of the Park’s majestic coastline or rainforest canopy vistas dotted with toucans, sloths, coatis and monkeys.

Costa Verde also boosts private walking trails, an exciting adventure center, a wellness spa and multiple restaurants on-site.

Click here for more information about Costa Verde

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The views from the Celeste Mountain Lodge are impressive, with the surrounding mountains and volcanoes Miravalle and Tenorio. The lodge sits on a hectares protected primary rainforest.

Around the building and on the private Celeste Trail in the primary forest, wildlife abounds, often allowing to spot and observe local fauna such as monkeys, an extensive bird species list such as toucans, hummingbirds or parrots and even rare species, also butterflies and mammals as the tapir roams the property. One will also enjoy the rich diversity of the vegetation with centennial trees or vines.

The staff is excellent, the food is outstanding (all gourmet meals are included during your stay) and the grounds are stunning; a wonderful lodge for your stay in the beautiful Celeste area!

Click here for more information about Costa Verde

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Poas Volcano Lodge is a beautiful and unique mountain cloud forest lodge nestled into rolling pastures, with breathtaking views of Poas Volcano and the northern Caribbean Plains.

The lodge is located on a farm, on the edge of Poas Volcano National Park, with easy access to the delightful local villages and attractions. It is only 45 minutes away from San José (Juan Santamaria) Airport making Poas Volcano Lodge an ideal choice of stay for those just arriving or about to depart Costa Rica.

At Poas Volcano Lodge you can enjoy the nature trails we have created through the private farm with areas of virgin cloud forest, and where you may found many birds; when you are lucky enough you might even catch a glimpse the Resplendent Quetzal.

At the Lodge you will be warmly welcomed and made to feel very much at home. We encourage you to enjoy a relaxing time sitting by the fire play a game of pool or chess or enjoy a drink and dinner in the restaurant.

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Laguna Lodge is an eco-touristic lodge, located in Tortuguero surrounded by beautiful rivers, lakes and wetlands that shelter a lush jungle of primary forests and exotic plants.

The lodge is built on a narrow strip of land, 650 feet wide, between Tortuguero´s main lagoon and the Caribbean Sea, a lot of wildlife guaranteed!

All meals are included during your stay in Laguna Lodge, as well as professionally guided tours.

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Tree House Lodge is set aside the road between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo, at the gorgeous Punta Uva beach in the Southern Caribbean. What about a stay in the lovely treehouse, the luxurious beach suite or maybe you opt for the garden house? Five unique houses will offer all commodities and comfort for a memorable stay on the Caribbean Coast.

The ecological lodge also houses the iguana conservation project; a great project to save the population of this wonderful reptile specie.

A unique lodge in a unique place!

Click here for more information about the Treehouse Lodge

Note: All selected lodges subject to availability, let us know if you would like to see different lodging options or upgrade your stay!

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