Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Corcovado - Tucked away in the trees and cooled by the Pacific Ocean, our all-inclusive hotel is a 170-acre private reserve comprising beach and rainforest on the borders of Corcovado National Park. If you are looking for an authentic, remote and unforgettable vacation experience in Costa Rica, you'll find it at our jungle lodge. Set above a palm-fringed beach, in tropical gardens surrounded by 170 acres of pristine rainforest, this much-loved destination is the ultimate combination of luxurious comfort and adventure.

Arenal - There are breathtaking views of an active volcano which has periodic eruptions and lava flows. All of this can be seen glowing in the night sky. This hotel offers us use of extensive trails and beautiful gardens on their grounds.

Biotrek’s small group tours are custom designed to reflect the local character and shared traditions of the countries we visit. No matter if this is a family vacation or an independent traveler experience you will love sunny Costa Rica!

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful, prosperous, and tourist friendly countries in all of Central America, and is less than five hours flight time away from the Washington DC area. You and your friends and family will experience a natural kingdom of lush rain forests and pristine beaches; tiny blue indigenous frogs, giant leather back turtles, hummingbirds and iguanas; screaming howler monkeys, crackling lava and crashing white waves: Costa Rica attractions offer a breathtaking array of sights and sounds! Your Costa Rica guided travel itinerary can include whitewater rafting, a rain forest canopy tour, hiking, boat tours, active volcano exploring, snorkeling, and relaxing at the beach all while enjoying one of our many fabulous eco- lodges. You choose!

Costa Rica has a long, proud history of ecotourism, claiming one of the most developed conservation programs in the Americas and enthusiastically invites travelers to experience its treasured landscape. On your Costa Rica trip, you’ll learn the essential meaning of the country’s motto, Pura Vida – “Pure Life.” Experience nature travel at its best!

From untouched secluded beaches to canopy walks, volcano hikes and tropical spas, Costa Rica has just about something for everyone. But don’t take our word for it. We invite you and your entire family to EXPERIENCE it for yourselves!

The Osa Peninsula --  In his book, "Osa: Where the Rainforest Meets the Sea,” Dr. Trond Larsen describes it like this: “In a remote and lush corner of southern Costa Rica lies a realm of giant trees, potbellied spider monkeys, harpy eagles, prowling jaguars and herds of white-lipped peccary. This is the Osa Peninsula and there is no place in the world like it.” We will visit Corcovado National Park, the crown jewel of Costa Rica's extraordinary, world-renowned national park system. Corcovado is the last remaining large and sustainable lowland rainforest in Central America. You will see for yourself why National Geographic calls this region, “One of the most biologically intense places on earth.”

Arenal Volcano and the surrounding area is one of the most exciting experiences you will enjoy on your small group vacation in Costa Rica! Our hotel offers breathtaking views of this active volcano which has periodic eruptions and lava flows. All of this can be seen glowing in the night sky from the hotel grounds. There are beautiful gardens and walking trails to explore as well. Whether you are vacationing with your family, friends or are one of out independent travelers there are many activities available. These include a hike on the lava flow through the rain forest and to a magnificent waterfall. There are many birds and animals to see on your hike as well. A cruise on Arenal Lake at sunset is a great experience and great for photographs. In the evening relaxing in a hot spring surrounded by tropical gardens is especially relaxing. The day boat trip through the Cano Negro preserve is rewarding with continue sightings of a great variety of birds, monkeys, iguanas, sloths, alligators and turtles. This refuge is considered one of the richest in biodiversity in all of Costa Rica!

Ecotourism emphasizes a minimal impact on the environment. It provides income that helps to both preserve protected areas as well as benefit local populations, by reducing their dependence on activities possibly harmful to natural habitats.

Fortunately, Costa Rica, the birthplace of ecotourism, is also the place where this activity has achieved the highest level of success. Costa Rica takes pride in the fact that every day tens of thousands of visitors experience the incredible variety of wildlife in this natural paradise.

Costa Rica, a small country, measuring 51.100 square kilometers, is replete with breathtaking landscapes and a variety of natural wealth. This small stretch of land, representing barely 0.3% of the earth’s total surface area, houses 5% of the global biodiversity. Costa Rica is home to more bird species than the United States, as well as to a greater variety of butterflies than in all of Africa. These facts demonstrate why this Central American nation of 4 million inhabitants has received such considerable international recognition in the area of biodiversity.

Living in Costa Rica’s diverse habitats and ecosystems are: 13 thousand plant species, 2,000 moth and 4,500 butterfly species, 163 varieties of amphibians, 220 types of reptiles, 1,600 species of fresh and salt water fish, and at least 870 types of birds.

The extensive landscape also boasts many different types of forests, including deciduous, mangrove swamps, rain forests, herbaceous ponds, cloud forests, moors, palm groves, oak woods, riparian forests, and swamp groves.

Among Costa Rica’s environmental wonders are extensive volcanoes, several of which are active and produce relaxing thermal springs, and are some of Costa Rica’s most popular attractions. There are deep caves to explore and pre-Columbian settlements, sites of many meso-American archaeological studies. These are all part of a vast system of 22 national parks, 10 wildlife refuges, 12 biological reserves, 8 forest reserves and 26 protected zones, covering 25% of the national territory.

The Costa Rican Government, in an effort to preserve the natural riches of this country, is currently implementing sustainable development policies that foster the adequate use of natural resources.