Costa Rica: Naturally!

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Costa Rica: Naturally!

Highlights Include:

  • Experience the incredible variety and beauty of Costa Rica’s tropical rain forests.
  • Hike, horse back ride, or 4×4 to the Nauyaca waterfall for a swim.
  • Take in sweeping ocean views and relax on the beaches at La Cusinga Eco Lodge. 
  • Enjoy a river boat tour to look for crocodiles and other wildlife.
Tour Details

From: $3,401 per person

Price is based on two people sharing a room and does not include airfare. 

7 days/6 nights

This program is specially designed for travelers interested in seeing Costa Rica’s natural riches.  It includes a mix of adventure, nature, and wildlife, which will give visitors the opportunity to see, first hand, why Costa Rica is so famous for its biodiversity and the warmth of its people.

Costa Rica is located in Central America, between Nicaragua and Panama, bathed by the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. This little piece of land is home to a population of under 5 million people and thousands of animal and colorful bird species.

Five percent of the world’s biodiversity can be found within Costa Rica’s borders and great efforts have been made to preserve this rich resource; protected national parks make up almost 25% of the land – more than any other country in the world. 

 

Itinerary
This is a private, guided tour. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to customize any pre- or post-departure arrangements to your travel preferences.

Day 1Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica

On arrival at San Jose’s international airport, you will be met by a local representative for Borton Overseas and transferred to your hotel. Welcome to Costa Rica!

Overnight at Hotel Bougainvilla in Central Valley
The Hotel Bougainvillea is located 10 minutes away from downtown San Jose and is surrounded by 10 acres of tropical gardens, with the ambiance of the Costa Rican lifestyle and hospitality. A favorite of nature, garden and birdwatching lovers.

Day 2Savegre Nature Reserve | B

After breakfast, we depart San Jose with a drive up the mountains to the Cerro de la Muerte (Summit of Death), so named because, in the past, travelers needed several days to cross it on foot or horseback, and many of them perished due to harsh weather conditions.    Nowadays, the Interamerican Highway lets you cross it in a couple of hours, while allowing you to enjoy the amazing views and the Paramus vegetation, the plants and trees that have adapted to tropical high latitude areas.

Overnight at Savegre Hotel Natural Reserve and Spa
The Savegre Hotel Natural Reserve & Spa is located in the central valley, about 90 minutes away form San Jose. The hotel lies in San Gerardo de Dota, a small community in the Cerro de la Muerte. The beautiful village of San Gerardo de Dota offers fresh mountain air, outstanding cloud forests, some of the best bird watching in the country and peach, plum and apple orchards.

Day 3Nauyaca Waterfall | Meals: B L

Today you will drive down the mountains and on to your lodge on the South Pacific coast.  

On the way, we’ll stop to visit the Nauyaca waterfall, a magical place where you can swim in a beautiful pond, under a waterfall, surrounded by forest. Reaching this beautiful waterfall involves either a 12 km hike, horseback-ride, or 4×4 shuttle, so it is a half-day tour. Make sure you pack plenty of snacks and refill your bottles! Lunch will be provided.

Overnight at La Cusinga Eco Lodge
La Cusinga Eco Lodge is tucked away in a private reserve of over 600 acres. This rainforest lodge provides guests with sweeping Pacific ocean views, sandy beaches, natural pools, and the chance to experience the burgeoning forests and astonishing wildlife of the country’s most famous ecosystem, Osa. The eco-lodge borders the Ballena Marine National Park, one of only two nationally protected marine zones in the whole country, the beautiful location offers the tranquility of fresh ocean breezes and breathtaking sunsets that make for the perfect tropical escape. The hotel offers beautiful ocean and rainforest view cabins designed with sustainably-harvested wood and local materials to maximize comfort while minimizing impact on the environment. The Gecko Restaurant at La Cusinga Lodge offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The fruit comes from the trees on the hotel property and all produce is locally grown and sourced for organic and sustainable practices. The delicious fish served at the restaurant is locally caught and in most cases bought directly from the fisherman themselves.

Day 4Beach Day at Leisure| Meals: B

Today is at your leisure to explore the area.

Walk down to the beach and explore La Cusinga´s surroundings.  

There are optional tours available at an additional cost.  We recommend a visit to Marino Ballena National Park or a full-day tour to Corcovado National Park.

Overnight at La Cusinga Eco Lodge

Day 5Crocodile Cruise| Meals: B L D

Today we’ll drive mostly along the coast to the Central Pacific area.  Before heading up the mountains to reach your next lodge, you will enjoy a boat tour on the Tarcoles River, a great place to meet –from a safe distance!– Costa Rica’s apex predator, the American crocodile. The cruise is also ideal for birdwatchers, as there are 60 bird species commonly sighted along the river.

Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. 

The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the lodge’s surroundings. Macaw Lodge is situated among the hills and lush forests of Cerros de Turrubares and is a haven for birds, butterflies, and plants!

Dinner is included in your stay.

Overnight at Macaw Lodge
Located close to Carara National Park, Macaw Lodge is a paradise where guests can indulge their passions while discovering the genuine natural wonders of Costa Rica. It has eight guest rooms, each featuring two full beds with therapeutic mattresses and bedspreads. There are no restaurants or shops in the area. Fortunately, the cuisine, prepared onsite by a local chef and her team, is plentiful, delicious and nutritious. Guests can enjoy a range of activities, from birding to yoga. Guided nature walks are also available which makes for an excellent photo opportunity.

Day 6Carara National Park | Meals: B L D

Free day to learn about Macaw Lodge sustainability projects, take any of the tours offered (at additional cost), or simply relax with a good book and a nice cup of Costa Rican coffee.

Overnight at Macaw Lodge

Day 7Departure | Meals: B

Breakfast and hotel check out.

A private transfer takes you to the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose for your return flight to the US or extend your stay in Costa Rica.

Buen viaje!

Included
  • Meet & greet on arrival at the San Jose airport
  • Private transfer from the airport to your hotel
  • Services of a private bilingual naturalist driver-guide from day 02 to day 07 (including drop off at airport)
  • Accommodation as mentioned
    • 1 night at Hotel Bougainvillea (Garden view)
    • 1 night at Savegre Lodge (Junior Suite)
    • 2 nights at La Cusinga (Ocean View Superior)
    • 2 nights at Macaw Lodge (Standard)
  • Meals as mentioned 
    • 6 Breakfasts
    • 3 Lunches
    • 2 Dinners
  • Activities and entrances as mentioned
    • Trails at Savegre Lodge
    • Nauyaca Waterfall
    • Trails at La Cusinga
    • Private boat tour at Tarcoles River
  • Local taxes on accommodation and meals
  • Services of a local representative throughout your stay
Not Included
  • International flights to/from Costa Rica
  • Fees for passports and health vaccinations, COVID testing
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Gratuities & porterage
  • Beverages and additional meals not mentioned as included
  • Additional or optional sightseeing activities
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. laundry, spa services, WiFi, etc.)
  • Any other item not mentioned as included
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