Day 1: Depart US, Arrive in San José, transfer to The Osa Peninsula
Upon arrival in San José, we will transfer for our flight to Drake Airport, and then transfer to Sierpe .
From there, we will board the boat for an hour-and-half ride down the Sierpe River, taking in the mangrove wetlands and all the astounding nature this tropical wonderland has to offer. We will be welcomed with a delicious cocktail upon our arrival at our all-inclusive, luxurious jungle lodge which will be our home in this lush paradise for the next four days. The afternoon is free to explore the nature trails and pristine beach, and begin to discover the magic of the Osa.
Day 2: January 12 – Corcovado National Park
We have an early morning call in order to enjoy our full-day excursion in Corcovado National Park. This exotic and lush park is home to 13 major ecosystems. Our private naturist guides will help to make this experience an unforgettable one, as the protected wildlife in this park abounds, including over 140 different mammal species, 400 bird species, and 116 amphibian and reptile species. We will enjoy a picnic lunch, and hope for sightings of the poison arrow frog, indigenous wild cats, crocodiles, pumas, jaguars, and sea turtles.
Day 3: January 13 –Caño Island
After breakfast, we will meet our guides and be transported 40-minutes away to Caño Island, known for some of the best snorkeling in the world – but it’s also a perfect place to just relax and absorb the beauty of virgin blue water, frolicking dolphins and colorful marine birds. Back at the lodge, we will enjoy a picnic lunch and a relaxing afternoon.
Day 4: January 14 –Day at leisure
Take time to enjoy the many facilities at this exceptional lodge. Carefully designed and built by an American naturalist, Casa Corcovado offers accommodations constructed with the highest concern for conservation, in harmony with the landscape and the environment. Two unique swimming pools are offered: the main pool, El Solar, uses only solar energy to recycle the water, and a spring-fed pool is hidden away in the forest. Further options are a bird-watching tour, El Bosque bar and spa services.
Day 5: January 15 –Transfer to Arenal Springs via La Paz
Early morning breakfast, then a boat trip back for land transfer to the airstrip, return flight to San José.
Our journey continues to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, the #1 “Most Visited” privately-owned ecological attraction in Costa Rica. With the best hiking near San José and the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, this rescued wildlife preserve features over 100 species of animals and an environmental education program.
Our accommodations for the next four nights are at Hotel Arenal Springs Resort & Spa. This superb hotel offers us use of extensive trails, private hot springs, beautiful gardens, 2 fine restaurants and bars areas. There is also a hike to a magnificent waterfall. Here you will enjoy the breathtaking views of the active Arenal Volcano, one of the most exciting experiences of Costa Rica, where internal eruptions combined with the relaxing environment of the mountain make this a perfect place. Arenal Volcano’s periodic eruptions and lava flows can be seen glowing in the night sky.
Day 6: January 16 – Arenal Volcano National Park
There is no greater attraction in the northern region of Costa Rica than the Arenal Volcano. This colossal geological formation is easily viewed via several trails, which also allow for choice observation of much of the park’s flora and fauna, as well as the remains of lava tracts. (Breakfast Included)
Day 7: January 17 – Caño Negro and Rio Frio boat tour
The Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and the Río Frío are considered to be one of the best sites for bird watching and wildlife observation. Here you can find a great variety of resident and migratory birds including the endangered Jaribu, the largest bird in Central America. Caño Negro is also home to many other exciting animals: howler monkeys, spider monkeys and white-face monkeys can also be seen on the banks of the river, as well as three-toed sloths and some reptiles like turtles, caimans and basilisks, also known as Jesus Christ lizards. The tour starts with a bus transfer from Arenal to Los Chiles, a small village only 4 Km away from the Nicaraguan border. During this three-hour floating safari, a bilingual guide will be showing and pointing out the rich and varied avifauna present in this protected wetland. A typical Costa Rican lunch will be served in a restaurant after the safari. (Breakfast and Lunch Included)
Day 8: January 18 La Fortuna Waterfall
La Fortuna Waterfall, located near the Arenal Volcano National Park, offers some of the most gorgeous scenery in all of Costa Rica. The 70-meter ribbon of water tumbles into a great swimming hole, surrounded by lush tropical forest, which is protected by the local conservation project. This beautiful waterfall has its sources in La Fortuna River and several of its affluent rivers. This attraction is an easy hike and a great refreshing swim. (Breakfast Included)
Day 9: January 19 Return to U.S.
Breakfast, then transfer to San Jose International Airport for flight home.