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Costa Rica: Natural Parks & Tropical Forests 2014

Trip Extensions

Pre-trip: Corcovado National Park

Venture into Corcovado National Park, the largest remaining primary rain forest in Mesoamerica—and one of the last refuges of the stealthy jaguar, the preening Scarlet Macaw, and the elusive tapir—to hike cloud forest trails, kayak along pristine coastline, or just gaze at brilliant bromeliads and countless colorful birds.

It's Included:
Roundtrip airfare between San José and Drake Bay
Accommodations for 1 night in San José and 2 nights in Drake Bay
7 meals—3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners
3 small group activities
Services of an expert, local guide who speaks English and the native language
All transfers
Porterage for 1 bag per traveler
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    Upon our arrival in Costa Rica today, an OAT airport representative meets us at the airport and assists with the transfer to our hotel in San José.

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    This morning after breakfast, we fly to Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula, the southwestern part of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, home to more than half of the country’s plant and animal species. We get a sense of this area's isolation as we transfer from the airport to our lodgings by boat.

    We spend the late morning settling in and getting the lay of the land before getting back together for lunch at our wilderness lodge. Afterwards, a local guide will take us on a hike along Cocolito Beach and beachside  trails known for their beautiful streams and abundant wildlife, including a variety of monkeys, birds, and butterflies.

    Later, we'll enjoy dinner together at our hotel.

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    After breakfast today, we set off to discover Corcovado National Park, which spans more than 108,000 acres and encompasses some 13 separate ecosystems. Our local guide will help draw our attention to unusual wildlife and vegetation. We probably won't need help spotting Scarlet Macaws, though, as Corvocado hosts the greatest concentration of them in Central America. From tiny Tree Frogs and Poison Arrow Frogs to big cats and crocodiles, this park is truly a naturalist's dream come true.

    We share a picnic lunch in the park before returning to our hotel, where more adventure awaits, if you choose. Canoes and sea kayaks will be available for travelers who'd like to explore the Corcovado area further by water. Or, spend the rest of the day relaxing, and enjoying the cool Pacific breezes on Drake Bay.

    We dine together this evening at our hotel.

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    • Meals included:

    After breakfast at our hotel, we fly to San José to join our fellow travelers and begin our Costa Rica: Natural Parks & Tropical Forests adventure.