Hanging bridge in the Costa Rican rainforest

Costa Rica for Second Timers

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Countries Visited

Costa Rica

Places Visited

Bajos del Toro, Sarapiqui Rainforest, Nosara, San Jose

Suggested Duration

8 Days

Those who have experienced the grace of Costa Rica understand the need to return, forever enthralled with the pace of life, lush scenery, and active wildlife. Search for toucanets and spoonbills with an experienced birder and learn to surf the rolling waves of the Pacific. Relish in the gorgeous setting and vibrant luxury of a premier eco-lodge and traverse a trail connecting hummingbird gardens with captivating waterfalls. Experience the brilliance of the rainforest, cloud forest, and Pacific...

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Trip Highlights

  • Embrace the luxury, comfort, and pristine beauty of the Lagarta Lodge in Nosara, a featured property celebrated for ingenuity and attentiveness
  • Glide through the rainforest trees on a zip-line expedition across 12 platforms and six separate cables
  • Follow the nearly two miles of trails in La Paz Waterfall Garden featuring hummingbird and butterfly gardens, an aviary and five cascades
  • Learn how to make tortillas the Costa Rican way during a cultural tour of the small town of Bajos del Toro Amarillo
  • Wander the trails inside the protected cloud forest of Bajos del Toro with a guide for a chance to view the rare resplendent quetzal
  • Traverse the mangrove and rainforest trails of the 90-acre Nosara Biological Reserve connected to Lagarta Lodge with Costa Rica’s preeminent birder
  • Enjoy the unique opportunity of taking a private surf lesson along the encouraging waters of Guiones Beach

Detailed Description

This 8-day Costa Rica vacation is dedicated to introducing returning visitors to the endless splendors of its rich biodiversity while enjoying the renowned comforts of celebrated eco-lodges set in cloud forests, rainforests, and overlooking the Pacific Coast. Your return adventure to Costa Rica begins with your arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport where the first of your private transfers greets you at customs and escorts you to a secluded, gorgeous lodge in Bajos del Toro. The quiet charm of the landscape welcomes you back to Costa Rica and offers a new, distinctive setting in which you can explore.

While in Bajos del Toro, you connect to the culture with a small tour of the nearby town where you will meet with a local restaurant owner to learn how to make regional tortillas. The trails connected to your resort lead to a selection of three waterfalls cascading beneath the cloud forest. The trees also offer an opportunity to see the resplendent quetzal. Venture to La Paz Waterfall Gardens, where rehabilitated wildlife inhabits the protected landscape in aviaries and large enclosures and where trails lead to a series of five fabulous falls. Upon reaching your resort in Sarapiqui Rainforest, you can relax in the stunning view of the surrounding mixture of dense trees, open plantations, and rolling volcanic summits.

While in Sarapiqui, choose your excursion based upon your desired way to experience and explore the landscape. Take a horseback ride to a historic ranch or walk along a biological reserve. You can also glide through the trees on a zip line, feeling like Tarzan swinging on the jungle vines. A short flight takes you from San Jose’s airport to the small landing strip in Nosara. Your private transfer escorts you to the captivating Lagarta Lodge, which stands on a hillside overlooking the blend of Pacific Coast and mangrove forest. Experience Nosara and Lagarta Lodge at your leisure, learning to surf, meeting a premier birder to discover the avifauna of the diverse region, or taking to the coastline to see turtles at night. The majesty of Guanacaste offers distinctive pleasures unique to your return vacation in Costa Rica.  Consider browsing reviews of our partner travel agents for Costa Rica as you refine your own trip plans.

Starting Price

$1,867 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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