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2017 Costa Rica: Natural Parks & Tropical Forests

Costa Rica: San José, San Carlos, Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, San Gerardo de Dota

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13 Days from only $3195 including international airfare

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Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

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Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

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Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Pre-trip: Corcovado National Park

3 nights from: $895 Single Supplement: FREE

Trip Extension: Corcovado National Park

Seek out the undisturbed wildlife in Costa Rica’s largest national park on this extension.

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 beachside 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 a local O.A.T. Trip Leader
All transfers
Gratuities for local guides, drivers, and luggage porters
  • Upon our arrival in Costa Rica today, an O.A.T. airport representative meets us at the airport and assists with the transfer to our hotel in San José.

  • 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 expert 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.

  • 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 lodge, 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 lodge.

    • 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.

Please note: This extension may not be available on all departures.

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