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Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

from the wilderness of Sarapiqui to the pristine beaches of Puerto Viejo

Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

$ 2,698 from, per person

Become captivated by the elusive natural wonders hidden throughout the lesser-travelled areas of beautiful Costa Rica. Enjoy a stay at the charming Villa Blanca hotel in rural San Ramon, an area characterised by cascading waterfalls and see the stunning cloud forests that surround San José. Then discover the wetlands of Caño Negro, the northern region of Costa Rica, home to river turtles, caimans, jaguars and rare birds before continuing on to the unique and wonderfully remote Selva Bananito and onwards to relax on the beaches of Cahuita National Park and around Puerto Viejo.

  • Departure/Return Location
    San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Important Notes
    Prices are from, per person, based on 2 people & tour only. All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.
  • Main Destinations
    San José | San Ramon | Caño Negro | Sarapiqui | Selva Bananito | Puerto Viejo
  • Incredible Moment
    Trek or horseback ride through pristine rainforest at Selva Bananito Lodge.
  • Included
    Accommodation
    Guide
    Meals
    Transport
  • Not Included
    Flights
    Insurance
    Internal Flights

Day to Day Itinerary

1
Day 1: Arrive in San Jose
Arrive in San Jose and transfer to your designated hotel for an overnight stay.
  • Standard: Park Inn Hotel, or similar
  • Superior: Alta Hotel, or similar
2
Day 2: San Jose – San Ramon
Enjoy a morning breakfast before transferring to the charming city of San Ramon.
  • Villa Blanca Hotel, or similar
  • Villa Blanca Hotel, or similar
 
3
Day 3: San Ramon
Spend the day at your own leisure, discovering the parks, trails and historical sites across the city on your own or joining optional excursions (at own expense).
  • Standard: Villa Blanca Hotel, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Villa Blanca Hotel,or similar (B)
 
4
Day 4: San Ramon – Cano Negro
Start the day with breakfast before travelling to Cano Negro in the northern region of Costa Rica. Cano Negro is considered one of the most significant biological areas throughout the entire country and the fourth most important wetland in the world, declared "Wildlife Area of International Importance" in 1991. This region is home to a wide number of fauna, with emerald basilisks, iguanas, river turtles, caimans, jaguars and over 350 species of bird calling this setting their home. Spend the afternoon on a nature walk near your lodgings to learn about the area.
  • Standard: Natural Lodge Cano Negro, or similar (B,D)
  • Superior: Natural Lodge Cano Negro, or similar (B,D)
5
Day 5: Cano Negro
Embark on a safe boat journey through the wetlands today where experienced guides can try and introduce you to some of the indigenous creatures, such as birds, reptiles and other native species. The afternoon is spent at your own leisure.
  • Standard: Natural Lodge Cano Negro, or similar (B,L,D)
  • Superior: Natural Lodge Cano Negro, or similar (B,L,D)
6
Day 6: Cano Negro – Sarapiqui
Today you head out after breakfast to Sarapiqui, an important area for cultivating corn, cocoa, cardamom, citrus, banana, palm, pineapple and a number of fruit trees and livestock to help keep the economy in balance. The area is distinguished by its rivers and the tropical rainforest climate that permeates throughout the region, making it an excellent place for kayaking, rafting, canoeing and boating.
  • Standard: Selva Verde Lodge, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Le Cameleon Hotel, or similar (B)
7
Day 7: Sarapiqui
The day is yours to do what you like, whether it’s trekking across the surrounding landscape or embarking on an optional excursion (at own expense).
  • Standard: Selva Verde Lodge, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Hacienda Sueno Azul Hotel, or similar (B)
8
Day 8: Sarapiqui - Selva Bananito
Transfer today to the Caribbean’s own Selva Bananito, an area recognised by its cascading waterfalls, lush gardens, abundant flora and fauna as well as portions of land used by humans and their conservation.
  • Standard: Selva Bananito Hotel , or similar (B,D)
  • Superior: Hacienda Sueno Azul Hotel, or similar (B,D)
9
Day 9: Selva Bananito
Spend the day as you wish and discover the beautiful setting on your own terms; choose from a myriad of optional excursions, such as bird watching, guided walks across the forest lands, camping, horseback riding, cliff rappelling or simply relaxing in the soothing rivers and natural pools.
  • Standard: Selva Bananito Hotel, or similar (B,L,D)
  • Superior: Selva Bananito Hotel, or similar (B,L,D)
10
Day 10: Selva Bananito - Puerto Viejo
Today you get to experience the beauty of Puerto Viejo where you will be travelling to after breakfast. Puerto Viejo is an up and coming tourist destination thanks mostly to its stunning pristine beaches, robust culture and proximity to national parks. Cahuita National Park and Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge are both hotspots that allow for amazing observations of the local wildlife and are only a short drive away from the area.
  • Standard: Cariblue Hotel, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Le Cameleon Hotel, or similar (B)
11
Days 11-12: Puerto Viejo
The next two days are spent at your own leisure to reflect upon your adventure so far whilst enjoying the intricacies and splendour of Puerto Viejo. You have the option of embarking on optional excursions (at own expense) or simply uncovering the sights your own way.
  • Standard: Cariblue Hotel, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Le Cameleon Hotel, or similar (B)
12
Day 13: Depart San Jose
Transfer to San José International Airport for your flight back home.

Map and Highlights

Become captivated by the elusive natural wonders hidden throughout the lesser-travelled areas of beautiful Costa Rica, from the wilderness of Sarapiqui to the pristine beaches of Puerto Viejo. Self-Drive option is also available.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the forest trails and see the exotic flora and fauna of Sarapiquí
  • Uncover the sights and sounds of the charming city of San Ramon
  • Keep a lookout for caimans on a boat trip in Cano Negro
  • Embark on an adventure to see the beauty and splendour of Selva Bananito
  • Discover the beaches and national parks near stunning Puerto Viejo

Wanderers