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Costa Rica Wildlife Tour - Explore!
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Costa Rica Wildlife Tour

15 days
4.4
(21)
Start and end in San Jose
Tour Operator:
Explore!
Max group size:
16
Age range:
14 to 85
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
124432
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Highlights

  • See sloths, monkeys and brightly coloured frogs
  • Admire the classic cone-shape of Arenal
  • Cruise the jungle waterways in search of wildlife
  • Search for the beautiful quetzal in Monteverde
  • Share white-sand beaches with sun-bathing iguanas

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Itinerary

Start and end in San Jose! With the Explorer tour Costa Rica Wildlife Tour, you have a 15 days tour package taking you through San Jose, Costa Rica and 5 other destinations in Costa Rica. Costa Rica Wildlife Tour includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Join trip in San Jose
  2. Day 2: Visit the Poas Volcano; try out traditional oxcart painting
  3. Day 3: Drive to San Gerardo de Dota and the Savegre Cloud Forest
  4. Day 4: Early morning search for quetzal; free day to explore the forest
  5. Day 5: Travel to rural Turrialba; free afternoon and evening meal at a traditional finca (farm)
  6. Day 6: Whitewater rafting through the forest-covered Pacuare River
  7. Day 7: Journey by bus and boat to Tortuguero National Park
  8. Day 8: Full day to explore the park searching for wildlife
  9. Day 9: Drive to Sarapiqui; Visit La Tirimbina for a chocolate tour and night walk in the forest
  10. Day 10: Walk in the Selva Verde Rainforest Reserve; drive to Arenal
  11. Day 11: Free day around La Fortuna; optional sloth tour
  12. Day 12: Drive south to Manuel Antonio National Park
  13. Day 13: Explore Manuel Antonio's wildlife and beaches
  14. Day 14: Free day in Manuel Antonio; relax on the beach, snorkel or revisit the park
  15. Day 15: Travel back to San Jose International Airport where the trip ends
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  • Accommodation
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  • Meals
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Where You'll Stay

Hotel
12 nights
Lodge
2 nights

Customer Reviews

  • Overall Rating
    Excellent
    4.4
  • Itinerary
    Excellent
    4.6
  • Guide
    Excellent
    4.7
  • Transport
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Accommodation
    Good
    3.9
  • Food
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    3.5
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  • J
    · March 12th, 2020
    Be prepared for variable weather conditions from hot, windy, rainy and humid. Do not expect to see all wildlife as you're not in a zoo! Plenty of early starts but that's the necessity of this tour if you want to have the best chances of seeing... Show more
    Explore! commented on this review
    Hi Jan, Really glad to hear you enjoyed your tour - Costa Rica certainly is beautiful! Thanks for your review :) Carmel
    Trip date: March 2020
  • ES
    · January 7th, 2020
    The tour leader and the driver were excellent, knowledgeable, endlessly patient and upbeat. Hotels were generally acceptable but not luxurious. La Baula Lodge was below par (both food and accommodations). Guayabo Lodge was too far from the included... Show more
    Explore! commented on this review
    Dear Elaine, Many thanks for your review – I’m so glad to hear that positive feedback about your Tour Leader, but I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t see as many animals as you were hoping for. December and January are peak months in Costa Rica, and the... Show more
    Trip date: December 2019
  • A
    · December 23rd, 2019
    We had a fantastic and educational holiday. We have recommended it to many people
    Explore! commented on this review
    That's great to hear, thank you for your recommendation!
    Trip date: March 2019
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · December 23rd, 2019
    I have always enjoyed explore trips but have to say Juan Carlos is the best guide I have had on any trip. He never made us feel rushed to get his time off he was completely in tune with the needs of the group.
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your great review. We're really glad to hear about Juan Carlos, and will pass on the feedback to him.
    Trip date: October 2019
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · December 23rd, 2019
    Food and drink in country was more expensive than we expected. A bottle of water at the airport on arrival or in the coach would be a great welcome
    Explore! commented on this review
    Many thanks for your review, Costa Rica is unfortunately an expensive destination, and often more than people realise. Explore are moving away from providing plastic bottles from our trips, but we are working together with Water to Go, who have an... Show more
    Trip date: October 2019
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  • G
    · December 1st, 2019
    The tour leader was excellent. Wildlife was somewhat hard to spot (I was expecting plenty of toucans but saw only a few isolated ones). Our particular group were fun and very good company. There was a more commercial tourism than I expected.
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your great review! I agree - wildlife in Costa Rica is harder to spot than you think (apart from sloths - they're pretty easy to find!), but usually our Tour Leaders do a great job of picking them out of the trees. Great to hear that you had... Show more
    Trip date: November 2019
  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    Memorable and excellent holiday
    Explore! commented on this review
    Many thanks for your kind review.
    Trip date: December 2018
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  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    Great holiday
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your review :)
    Trip date: November 2018
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  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    Manuel Antonio disappointing so would be good to find a better destination on the Pacific Coast. White Water Rafting, Tortuguero and the humming birds were highlights for me
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your great review. We're really sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy Manuel Antonio - many of our other customers love it! Glad to see the positive feedback for the rest of the trip though. Thank you.
    Trip date: January 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    It was my first trip of this kind for more than 40 years and I thoroughly enjoyed it; most of all because the group (including Jose and Antonio) soon became good friends enjoying each other's company and appreciation of the places visited, activities... Show more
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your review.
    Trip date: July 2018
    Review collected by Explore!

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15 days
Costa Rica Wildlife Tour
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    • Typhoid - Recommended for Costa Rica. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Hepatitis A - Recommended for Costa Rica. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Hepatitis B - Recommended for Costa Rica. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    • Yellow fever - Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Costa Rica. Ideally 10 days before travel.
  • Visa
    • Unfortunately we cannot offer you a visa application service. Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of your scheduled departure.
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