What makes this trip special?
Doka Coffee Estate
Lots of easy-to-see wildlife
Lush lowland rainforest
Costa Rica's most active volcano
Carara Reserve & Tarcoles river
Stunning rainforest backed beaches
Manuel Antonio National Park
Wild, lush coast and marine reserve
Pristine, biodiverse wilderness
Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula
Quiet "Garden of Eden" cloud forest
San Gerardo de Dota & Los Quetzales NP
Costa Rica's capital city
- Day Overnight
San Gerardo de Dota
San Gerardo de Dota
- For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.
Discover the wildlife of flooded forest, rainforest, dry forest and cloudforest in a convivial small group at a sensible pace. We also see two of the country's largest and most active volcanoes, visit both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts and make a boat trip to the remote Osa Peninsula.
We stay at good quality comfortable mid-range hotels and lodges and are escorted throughout by an experienced and knowledgeable professional naturalist guide with excellent English. An excellent way to experience Costa Rica.
Day-by-day itinerary for 'Costa Rican Nature Odyssey'
Poas Volcano & Doka Coffee Estate
Tortuguero flooded forest
Tropical dry forest and cowboy culture
Wildlife on the Tárcoles river and in the Carara reserve
Manuel Antonio NP and Dominical
Corcovado and the Osa Peninsula
Los Quetzales NP cloud forest
Walking tour of San Jose, depart Costa Rica
The maximum number of passengers for this tour is just 12, which means we travel with ease and flexibility, group dynamics are relaxed, and we are better engaged with the places we visit and the wonderful experiences we will have. Wildlife experiences are a particular focus of this trip, and are much better with such a small number.
Some of the hotels vary slightly with each departure, please contact us for details.
Departure dates and prices
||price per person
Prices are per person and include:
- all transport within Costa Rica
- all accommodation (sharing a double/twin room)
- meals as indicated B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
- shared services of an experienced English speaking local Natural History guide who accompanies the group throughout
- entry fees to all attractions and National Parks listed below
Prices do not include:
- international flights
- travel insurance
- items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
Customer reviews for
'Costa Rican Nature Odyssey'
Tortuguero and Arenal Hot Springs
Wildlife watching in Tortuguero
The diversity of the country, 'the jungle' and the company of the group, we all gelled well.
Tortuguero and Monteverde.
La Selva, Carara and Monteverde.
Tortuguero and Monteverde.
Tortuguero & Monteverde.
Tortuguero, Selva and Palmar Sur
Fantastic holiday! I thoroughly enjoyed the trip
I really enjoyed turtle beach, the whole experience was magical.
Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, Central Pacific coast
Tortuguero and San Gerardo de Dota
We loved the wet rainforest in Tortuguero and Sarapiqui. The night and day boat trips were very good
Tortuguero, excellent guide, organisation, knowledge, manner. All brilliant
Mangrove boat trip on Tarcoles river
Mangroves by boat was amazing.
Canal trips, Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano and Ecotermales.
The night excursion at Tortuguero and the boat trip of Guanacaste.
We had a lovely introduction to Costa Rica, the only thing missing could have been some history/culture - perhaps a museum visit in the capital. A lovely trip. Thanks for organising it.
Boat trip and Carara Reserve. Would have liked more time there.
Difficult to say as so many highlights!
The night boat excursion at Tortuguero and the boat trip of the Guacalillo were particular highlights.
Well balanced. Best were Tortuguero, Monteverde& Arenal
Arenal, Rincon de la Vieja and Central Pacific Coast
Osa Peninsula was fantastic.
Seeing the wildlife and plants and a lot of different areas. Victor and Rafa were really excellent and helped make the holiday.
Mangrove boat trip, Monteverde Cloud Forest, hot springs.
Tortuguero and Tarcoles - wildlife seen from the water.
I enjoyed every day.
Seasonal information for 'Costa Rican Nature Odyssey'
Hotels for 'Costa Rican Nature Odyssey'
Days 1 - 2
Hotel Bougainvillea is a very nice 3-4 star hotel set among ten acres of lush flower filled gardens and surrounded by coffee plantations and citrus orchards. Situated in Heredia it provides a quiet first/last night hideaway just 15 minutes from the international airport and from downtown San José. Bedrooms are rather bland, but spacious with two double beds, a sitting area and the full range of facilities. Most of the rooms have free wi-fi internet access. Every room has a balcony offering marvelous views of the mountains on one side and the San José skyline on the other. There is a light and pleasant dining room, a large inviting swimming pool and 2 tennis courts. This is a good option for gardeners, birdwatchers and those who prefer to stay out of the city centre. It is not ideal if you intend travelling around Costa Rica by shuttle bus transfers.
Days 3 - 4
opposite village Tortuguero
This is a 32 room lodge situated beside the lagoon opposite Tortuguero Village. It is situated on the Pachira Estate but run independently. The wooden cabins have private facilities with hot water and fans, they are connected by a wooden walkway in the forest. There is a swimmming pool and restaurant.
La Quinta de Sarapiqui Lodge
Bajos de Chilamate, Sarapiqui
This is a pleasant, small, mid-priced hotel, with good sustainable tourism credentials. It is run by a Costa Rican family who do everything they can to make their guests' stays enjoyable. Accommodation is in 25 rather uninspired concrete bungalows, each with private bathroom, tiled floors, ceiling fans and a/c, a small private terrace with rocking chairs and views of the garden. Built on a former working farm the owners have planted an attractive garden on this deforested, riverside site. There is a swimming pool, children's' play area, butterfly garden, a poison dart frog garden and an interesting exhibition room about tropical insects. This is a good sensible choice particularly for families, people with mobility problems and those non-birding spouses who would like an open, sunny base while in the Sarapiqui area. Great home cooking - the best we've tasted in Costa Rica.
Days 6 - 7
Hotel Arenal Paraiso is a motel style accommodation set at the base of the Arenal volcano. Rooms are clean and spacious and feature lovely views of the volcano and surrounding gardens. The hotel has onsite hot springs set in tropical gardens where guests can relax and enjoy volcano views. There is also a bar, restaurant, and a spa and wellness centre offering a variety of treatments. Local activities and excursions can be booked locally from the lodge including canopy zip lines and horseback riding.
pools and hot springs onsite
Days 8 - 9
Cerro Lodge located on a farm in Tarcoles just 10 minutes from the Carara National Park.
Described by themselves as an intense birdwatching spot, the lodge is in a prime position to spot scarlett macaws on a daily basis.
A small lodge, they pride themselves on operating as sustainably as possible.
Days 10 - 11
Villas Rio Mar Hotel Jungle & Beach Resort
Rio Baru, Dominical
Villas Rio Mar Resort is set in landscaped tropical grounds on the banks of the Barú river, a 10 minute walk from Dominical beach. There are 52 large thatched roof bungalow rooms with open terrace like living room patios, bathrooms with hot water and hair dryer, safety box, A/C, fans, mini-fridge, hammock, cable TV and wifi.
The "El Rancho" on-site restaurant serves international and local specialities. Other facilities include a large swimming pool, kids pool, bar, tennis court, mini-golf, kids play area and rainforest trail leading into the jungle up the mountains, offering views out over the coastline.
Days 12 - 13
Paraiso de Quetzal
Nr San Gerardo de Dota
Paraiso de Quetzal is a good choice for birders and people interested in natural history wishing to see the Resplendent Quetzal.
The lodge is set in extensive grounds at an altitude of 2,650m. Accommodation at this family run lodge is in independent pine-wood cabins dotted around the hillside. Each of the 14 cabins have a private bathroom with hot water, coffee maker and forest views. Standard rooms have queen-sized beds and bunkbeds. Superior cabins have king-sized beds, jacuzzi bathtub, plasma T.V. Heaters and additional blankets are available as it gets cold at night.
Facilities include a cosy restaurant serving homecooked food using local produce, lounge area with fireplace, gift shop. There are a variety of on-site trails of differing lengths, a 6m observation platform, hummingbird deck.
Note: Make sure you have a torch to walk the trails to your cabin at night.
Hotel Presidente is located in the heart of downtown San José, on the corner of Central Avenue Boulevard and 7th Street, just 20 minutes from the San Jose international airport. Each of the 80 guest rooms split between standard and superior rooms and suites have either two queen-sized beds or a king-sized bed, A/C, wireless internet, hair-dryers, mini-fridge, 32" cable LCD T.V, safe. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, honesty bar in reception, spa services, 24/7 gym, casino, concierge service, computer for guest use, rooftop bar and terrace with panoramic city views.