COSTA RICA

Tour duration: 15 days
Tour Rate: $7,665
The package rate applies for the duration of the tour (based on 1 person in a travel party), and include eco-lodges, meals and house beverages, naturalist guide, boat, float plane, parks entry fees, road transportation, and 24-hour concierge at L' EcoResorts.

Costa Rica Nature Tour ensures that the rules of responsible tourism are abided by. More than 25% of the country’s natural land is designated as national parks, wildlife reserves, and protected areas. For a tiny country that is only 19,730 sq. miles (51,100 sq. km), Costa Rica has a lot to explore in terms of wildlife and unspoilt landscapes. Rainforests, mangrove wetlands, cloud forests, beaches, volcanic sites, and coral reefs comprise Costa Rica’s innate features.

Costa Rica Nature Tour includes numerous types of outdoor adventures. Costa Rica Nature Tour is geared towards providing a resource for travelers to make as low as possible impact on the local environment. Collaborating with ecotourism in Costa Rica, at L’ EcoResorts we work to conserve the ecosystems with practices and strategies that are both culturally and ecologically sustainable.

Containing 5% of the world’s biodiversity, Costa Rica’s wildlife species average 615 to an area of 10,000 sq km, this accordingly to Go Visit Costa Rica. Costa Rica has 26 protected forests, 20 national parks, 9 forest reserves, 8 wildlife refuges, 7 wildlife sanctuaries, and 1 national archaeological monument. The country is home to over 10,000 species of plants and trees, 35,000 species of insects, 160 types of amphibians, 220 classes of reptiles, 850 kinds of birds, and 205 categories of mammals. Within most of these groups are species that are threatened or endangered. The species being affected include the leatherback, the hawksbill, the olive ridley, the green sea turtle, the resplendent quetzal, the fer-de-lance viper, scarlet macaws, and the West Indian manatee.

Costa Rica Nature Tour allows travelers to truly indulge in the natural beauty of the country. Naturalists lead the Costa Rica Nature Tour. And at L’ EcoResorts, we combine nature adventures with eco-lodge stays to maximize your ecotourism experience.

Hiking, kayaking/cruising, canopy skywalking are the best ways to explore the tropical forests.

While you traverse the forest, you will observe an array of exotic plants and wild animals. Your guide will help you navigate any potentially dangerous contact with poison frogs and snakes or others. Costa Rica Nature Tour can also be biological enlightening as you learn about the various flora and fauna of the region.

Corcovado National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, Tortuguero National Park, and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve are primary regions in Costa Rica that are dedicated to ecotourism and wildlife conservation/preservation programs. These nature parks serve as important habitats for a variety of species, including quetzal birds, hummingbirds, monkeys, turtles, and sloths.

Tour’s Program

  • You'll arrive in San José at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), then take a short flight to the airstrip in Puerto Jimenez, where you'll be met and transported to the Sirena ranger station.
CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK

National Geographic referred to Corcovado National Park as "the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity". The forest is largest along the American Pacific coastline and serves as a nature and wildlife preserve, attracting nature scientists, nature enthusiasts, and visitors who want to observe an abundance of wildlife and plants.

  • Sirena ranger station is the heart of the Corcovado National Park. Located right on the coast. Here, you will arrive to the day before your tour begins.
  • With your guide, you'll embark on a hiking expedition of Corcovado National Park to see the wild and endangered species that inhabit this UNESCO nominated site. The jaguar, the bairds tapir, the white-lipped peccary, the scarlet macaw, and the harpy eagle included some of the region's wildlife. [this activity ranges two to three days]
SAN JOSE (3-nights' stay)

  • On the 5th day, you'll return to San José.
  • Above the forests of the Central Valley, just 1/2 hour from San José, you'll arrive at your eco-lodge.
  • Here, you’ll have the opportunity to explore coffee highlands and volcanoes, engage in bird watching, and hike through Cloud Forest.
TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

Accessible by plane or boat only, Tortuguero National Park is one of Costa Rica's most notable ecotourism destinations and is famous for observing wildlife. It comprises forests with canals, rivers, beaches, and lagoons, and is a site of much biological and ecological study. You can observe turtles hatching. Thanks to much conservation efforts, the turtle populations have rebounded in the park. Tortuguero is home to an array of wildlife species such as 60 types of mammals (incl. jaguar, three-toed sloth, and mantled howler monkey), 100+ classes of amphibians and reptiles (incl. red-eyed leaf (tree) frog and spectacled caiman), and 300+ varieties of birds (incl. keel-billed toucan, slaty tailed trogon, montezuma oropendula and a diversity of parrots). Other birds include green and great blue herons, egrets, belted kingfisher, anhinga, jacana, sungrebe and many variations of hawks and kites.

  • You'll take a plane ride to Tortuguero National Park and arrive at your eco-lodge. Once here, you'll traverse this ecologically rich preserve by boat and hiking. [this activity ranges one to two days]
MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST

As the name (cloud forest) suggest, Monteverde is a misty oasis and enchanting evergreen landscape. Comprising 25,700-acre of nature preserve, the park serves as an important ecosystem to 100+ types of mammals (incl. howler and capuchin monkeys, cats, deer, tapir, and sloth), 400+ categories of birds (incl. hummingbirds [approx. 30+ species], resplendent quetzal, and three-wattled bellbird), 1200+ classifications of amphibians and reptiles (incl. venomous and non-venomous snakes, toads, and frogs), and 2,500+ plant types (incl. orchid [approx. 500+ varieties]. Ten percent (10%) of the flora here is endemic to the region such as Podocarpus monteverdeensis, a species of conifer that is found only in Costa Rica.

  • From San José, you'll reach Monteverde Cloud Forest and arrive at your eco-lodge. Once you are settled in, you'll spend two days hiking the park's nature trails, including its Sky Walk (hanging bridges).
ARENAL VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK (PARQUE NACIONAL VOLCAN ARENAL /
ECOCENTRO DANAUS

In excess of a third of Arenal Volcano National Park comprises of rainforest. This 30,000 acre nature reserve is a notable volcanic attraction site and is favored by adventurers, hikers, and naturalists. Estimated to be about 3,000 years old, the Arenal was believed to be dormant until 1968 when it erupted; destroying many of the region's towns as well as the original Arenal and killing residents, cattle and plants. Adjacent to Arenal Lake, the park's trail offers views of its volcano summits, previous lava flows, as well as Cerro Chato and Arenal Basin. Here, you can see howler and spider monkeys, white-nosed coati, sloth, boa constrictor, parrot, resplendent quetzal, trogon, hummingbird, and motmot.

  • You'll arrive at your Arenal eco-lodge and embark on a hiking expedition to view the volcanic site and wildlife of Arenal Volcano National Park.
  • On Day 14, you'll proceed to Ecocentro Danaus - a private ecological reserve where you can see and learn about the array of Costa Rica's flora and fauna.
  • Then, you'll arrive in San José at your eco-lodge for your departure on day 15.
  • You'll leave San José for your departure destination.
The Costa Rica Nature Tour: Birding and Wildlife Watching, Rainforest Hiking *15 Days come to an end today.
  • You'll be transported to the airport.
INCLUDED
  • Eco-lodges
  • Naturalist guides
  • Boating/cruising
  • Float plane
  • Road transportation
  • Parks' entry fees
  • All meals and house beverages at the lodges
  • 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts
NOT INCLUDED (separate vacation services and products)
  • Air flights (international/national)
  • Hotel and service taxes at an additional 23%
Traditionally, Costa Rica experience its high season during late November through to late April. This period coincides with cold winter climate in the United States, Canada, and the U.K. It is also the Christmas, New Year's, and Easter period, and is when many schools are on spring break holiday.

For simplification, Costa Rica has two distinctive seasons: Dry season and Green season.

  • Categorically, the high season is known as the dry season.
  • And May through to mid-November is the green season. This is when the landscape is abundantly verdant and wetter.
  • Temperatures in the tropical Costa Rica vary mainly based on elevations, not necessarily with seasons - experiencing warmer coasts and cooler forests.
  • The price includes eco-lodges, naturalist guide, boat, float plane, road transportation, meals and house beverages, and 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts.
  • Ninety or more days prior to your arrival, 30% of the rate is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Thirty days or less and prior to your arrival, the full reservation amount is required. In the event of changes to the lodge reservation or the dates of your flights, by you, such a cancellation is subjected to 10% cancellation fee. Note: this refers to changes in your reservation only [see additional cancellation policy below].
  • The tour price is based on the number of persons indicated. For personalized group rates, please make inquiry with us regarding the package cost.
  • Participants shall have the ability to hike some easy and advance nature trails.
When you book your nature tour online through our website (lecoresorts.com), your reservation will be processed through our secure online payment system. When you first submit a "BOOK NOW" request, one of our agents will contact you to confirm your details. Once your reservation is confirmed, by you, you will receive a notification from us.

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • The tours by L' EcoResorts are nature based, guided, and include walking through rainforests, mountain hiking, cycling, cruising and water rafting, and preserves/safari jaunts.
  • On rainforest tours, you can observe rare and weird species. The Amazon, for example, contains the world’s largest range of wildlife species. Living in the Amazon rainforest are over 40, 000 species of plants, 427 types of mammals (incl. jaguar, anteater, and giant otter), 1,300 varieties of birds, 378 breeds of reptiles (incl. boa), in excess of 400 classes of amphibians (incl. dart poison frogs) and roughly 3,000 categories of freshwater fish. Due to its vastness and some unreachable areas, many species in the Amazon remain undiscovered by scientists. Depending on where in the world your eco resort is located, the nature tour you booked will take you on an intriguing path within that region.
  • On safari tours in Africa, you will observe animals in their natural habitats such as giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, zebras, gorillas, panthers, birds, and reptiles. [At L' EcoResorts, we do not offer or support sports hunting or trophy hunting, which is not the same as survival hunting by the native people or any persons who depends on this tradition/method for their food source].
  • On mountain tours, you will hike up some of the most spectacular mountains in the world, these include the Swiss and French Alps, the Andes, the Himalaya mountains, Blue Mountain Peaks (Jamaica), and the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the United States.
  • British Columbia, Canada, and Alaska, United States allow travelers to traverse some of the most spectacular natural land in North America. These sites include the Great Bear Forest, Denali National Park and Preserve (and mountain), Kenai Fjords, and Brooks Falls. The regions are notable for bear viewing, whale watching, and their remote wildernesses, icy seas, and glacial landscapes.
  • Most of the nature tours by L’ EcoResorts are available off-the-beaten paths, in the wild. But in some cases, some tours may be available on land governed by the state or other bodies. Travelers are responsible to pay any entrance fees or additional transportation fees for themselves and their groups in order to access such sites, unless otherwise stated. Additional transportation may include boat, train, and float plane. All information regarding your tour will be provided to you.
CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Cancellations made 91 days or more prior to travel, 90% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 90 to 31 days prior to travel, 50% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to travel no refunds will be granted.
Due the complexities of the various policies by international operators and other third parties in the regions where the nature tours are available, the "CANCELLATION POLICY" by L’ EcoResorts is structured to apply to all reservations.

  • We highly strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance prior to your tour.

DISCLAIMER

L' EcoResorts, its employees, its affiliates and their employees accept no responsibility, whatsoever, for travelers’ health and safety while they partake in a nature tour. While participating in the tours booked through L' EcoResorts, it is the sole responsibility of the traveler to secure their health and safety. It is further the responsibility of travelers to do health checkups and acquire a clean bill of health from a professional health care provider before embarking on any physical activities, therefore relieving L' EcoResorts, its partners, and its staffs from any blame as it relates to the health and safety of travelers.

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