Costa Rica: Biology

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Length

9 days

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Cities

San Jose & Cahuita

Program includes

  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • 8 Nights of Accommodation
  • Daily Continental Breakfast
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Historical & Cultural Walking Tours
  • Nocturnal Wildlife Tour
  • Travelers Insurance
  • Full Time Guidance & Assistance

Program highlights

  • Cahuita National Park Wildlife Tour
  • Tortuguero National Park
  • Bribri Educational Day & Waterfalls
  • Manzanillo and Gandoca National Park Tour
  • Rio Fortuna Waterfall
  • Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Jaguar Rescue Center
  • Canopy Zipline Tour
  • Group Surfing Lessons

Itinerary

Day 1 – Departure

  • Depart for San Jose, Costa Rica
  • San Jose Airport Pickup; Hotel Check In
    Program Orientation
  • Welcome Dinner & Group Discussions – The group will
    be taken for an authentic dinner with a variety of menu options
    to cater all diets.

Day 2 – Cahuita

  • Breakfast – Day Briefing
  • Transfer to Caribbean Coast – Cahuita (approx. 3 hours)
  • Check In & Town Orientation
  • Group Surfing Lessons – The gentle waves of the Caribbean coast are the perfect place for beginners to learn to surf.
  • Nocturnal Wildlife Hike – This is a great way to discover a big variety of nocturnal animals that live in the coastal tropical rainforest. At night is when this area really awakens. The darkness will give a very different feel to the hike and their eye reflex makes it easier to spot animals.

Day 3 – Cahuita

  • Breakfast – Day Briefing
  • Cahuita National Park Wildlife Tour – Local Flora & Fauna.The park was originally designated as Cahuita National Monument in 1970, and re-designated as a national park in 1978.
  • Bribri Educational Day – Traditional Meal, Medicinal Plants, Chocolate Making, Sustaining Traditions, Discussions about Shamanism
  • Bribri Waterfalls

Day 4 – Cahuita

  • Breakfast – Day Briefing
  • Jaguar Rescue Center – A unique experience to interact with wild animals from Costa Rica while, supporting a good cause. The Jaguar Rescue Center, is a non-profit Organization, that works on rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals, and its future release into the wild, always in protected areas.
  • Lunch Break
  • Naturalist Tour of Manzanillo and Gandoca National
    Park – The Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge protects almost
    70% of the southern Caribbean coast and includes some of the
    area’s most beautiful beaches. The refuge officially begins at the
    Cocles River (one mile south of Puerto Viejo) and extends 19 miles
    south to the Sixaola River at the Panamanian border. The refuge
    protects beautiful beaches, coral reefs, lowland tropical forests and
    several of the country’s most endangered habitats including the
    only jolillo palm swamp in Costa Rica.

Day 5 – Tortuguero

  • Breakfast – Day Briefing
  • Transfer to Tortuguero (approx. 3.5 hours)
  • Check In & Town Orientation
  • Lunch Break
  • Tortuguero National Park Wildlife Tour and Boat
    Excursion – Tortuguero National Park is another significant turtle nesting site in Costa Rica including the endangered green turtle.
    Home to around 170 species of reptiles and amphibians, this park is also the habitat of 60 species of mammals and 300 different species of birds as well.

Day 6 – La Fortuna

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Transfer to Arenal (approx. 3 hours)
  • Rio Fortuna Waterfall – La Fortuna Waterfall is a thundering, towering cascade of water that hurdles down a steep canyon along La Fortuna river near the Arenal volcano.

Day 7 – La Fortuna

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Arenal Volcano National Park Wildlife Tour – The
    location of Costa Rica’s most active volcano until as recently as 2010, Arenal National Park contains a bizarre landscape of solidified lava flows, lush natural forest and tropical flora and fauna which includes howler monkeys, toucans and over 350 bird species.

Day 8 – San Jose

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Canopy Zipline Tour
  • Lunch Break
  • Transfer to San Jose (approx. 2.5 hours)
  • Souvenir Market
  • Farewell Dinner & Program Closing

Day 9 – Return

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Airport Transfer
  • Depart San Jose, Costa Rica for Home

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