Costa Rican life is vibrant, wild and blissfully colorful, like the feathers of this Scarlet macaw

Natural Wonders of Costa Rica Vacation: Exotic Wildlife & Pristine Nature

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Costa Rica

Places Visited

Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano National Park, Quepos,  Manuel Antonio National Park...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

The colors of Costa Rica are wildly ambitious, glowing emerald on the coastline and jade in the trees, even in the scarlet macaw and white-faced capuchin monkeys. The country’s wildlife comes from its natural wonders, offering you a panorama of nature’s grandeur. From wave breaks to simmering volcanoes, hot springs to thundering waterfalls, venture into the jungle and discover winding canals shaded by dense trees. Linger on the hillside and watch the early morning mist disappear. Costa Rica’s...

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Trip Highlights

  • Witness wild turtles nests and hatchlings at Tortuguero
  • Experience the diverse and captivating ecosystems of the Quetzales National Park
  • Indulge in the natural baths of the Hot Springs around Arenal Volcano
  • Explore sensational waterfalls and lively rivers around the country’s celebrated national parks
  • Discover tranquil and secluded canals around Tortuguero
  • Visit the exquisite beaches of the Central Pacific Coast
  • Luxuriate in sensational lodgings in the rainforest
  • Journey through the canopy on suspension bridges and zip line tours 

Detailed Description

Costa Rica is famous for its beaches and its people. The waves break perfectly and the people are among the happiest in the world. Away from the cities and off of the golden sands is a wild world that maintains its natural wonder in the vibrant flora and active fauna. This 9-day adventure to Costa Rica is best experienced from July to October, will show you the verdant jungle and rushing rivers, powerful waterfalls and elegant mountains that have captivated visitors for decades. Horses graze in prairies and quetzals sing in the canopy. It is more than just wildlife; it is pure life. 

Your discovery of Costa Rica’s wilds begins with your arrival in San Jose. The city is a whirlwind of activity filled with friendly faces. People play soccer in the park. The shops and arcades are active throughout the day and out of the city center is a mixture of tropical relaxation and urban streets. The following morning you will make your way to Tortuguero, also known as the “Turtle Region.” Rivers carve through the jungle and create a fabulous network of canals that lead to the Caribbean. 

The following day you can see the spectacular life alongside the canals before visiting the Sea Turtle Conservancy and the turtles’ nests. In Arenal Volcano National Park you will find vast prairies leading to the tree lined volcanic foothills. The crater smolders throughout the day and the countryside is fertile and lush. Spend time exploring the canopy on a suspension bridge tour and witness the volcanic summit at eye level. In the afternoon you can relax in the various pools of the Tabacon Hot Springs.

Tour through the trees, alongside rivers, and sparkling pools to enjoy the scenery of La Fortuna Waterfall. In Quepos you will find the Pacific Coast and the elegant sapphire water. The days are yours to indulge in and explore the adventurous landscapes around the ocean and Manuel Antonio National Park. Journey to Los Quetzales National Park and settle into a luxurious forest lodge. The surrounding scenery is diverse and mesmerizing, from exceptional wildlife to towering mountain ranges. On your final day in Costa Rica you will return to San Jose for your flight home.

Starting Price

$2,335 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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