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Lapa Rios Tropical Adventure

Costa Rica, Central America

from $2,875* per person 9 Days November-August
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Wildland Adventures 24 people max
  • San jose's international airport in costa rica
  • Family & Friends trips
Our premier Costa Rica eco-tour ventures into the most verdant tropical ecosystems in the remote rainforests of the Osa Peninsula and the mystical cloud forests of Monteverde. You hike an endless variety of forest trails with private naturalist guides skilled at spotting wildlife. They lead adventurous forays in the jungle at night and rainforest canopy tours on hanging bridges. The award-winning nature lodges of Lapa Rios Ecolodge and Monteverde Lodge provide luxurious comfort, amenities and ambiance in total harmony with nature. In San Jose you are warmly received at the Grano de Oro, our cozy home-away-from-home. This Costa Rica rainforest tour can be run for two or more persons. It is an ideal romantic adventure, or a fun, active Costa Rica family tour with teenagers (or modified for families with younger children.)

Locations visited/nearby

Costa Rica, Central America

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3 testimonials about the provider, Wildland Adventures:

  • Reviewer: located in Roanoke, VA USA
    You are the kind of tour operator the world needs more of...caring of your groups AND the beautiful places and people we get to experience!

    5
  • Reviewer: located in Clyde, NC USA
    Congratulations on the kudos from National Geographic Adventure magazine. Our experiences in travel with Wildland underscore this commendation. We have loved traveling to Costa Rica and Southern Africa with you and are now involved in planning a trip to East Africa. Great job from a superb company! You are first in our minds!

    5
  • Reviewer: located in Northfield, MA USA
    How can I begin to thank you for the most amazing, wonderful, incredible vacation of my life?!?!?!  Everything was better than I could have hoped.  So many precious memories.  Such wonderful chemistry of personalities.  It has been very hard to leave it all behind and get back to my real life...

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Special information

  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
  • Family oriented trip.

Itinerary

DAY 1 :  ARRIVAL IN SAN JOSE
Receive a warm Costa Rican welcome and transfer to one of the finest boutique hotels in Costa Rica, the Victorian Hotel Grano de Oro or similar.


DAY 2 :  OSA PENINSULA - LAPA RIOS LODGE & RESERVE
After a short one-hour flight to Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula, climb aboard the back of a 4-wheel drive vehicle with padded bench seats for the 45 minute scenic drive past small farms and rural homes to the Lapa Rios Ecolodge. Perched on a hilltop with stunning views to the sea, the Lapa Rios resort bungalows offer queen size beds, hardwood floors, private bath, and a tranquil private balcony. Enjoy fine al fresco dining by candlelight; Lapa Rios is not only an award-winning ecolodge but has gained notoriety for its creative exotic tropical cuisine. The serene swimming pool surrounded by rainforest offers soothing relaxation. Overnight at Lapa Rios Lodge. [BLD]

     
     
DAYS 3-5 :  OSA PENINSULA - LAPA RIOS LODGE & RESERVE
Enjoy three days hiking and exploring among rivers, waterfalls, and natural pools for swimming on miles of wilderness trails winding through the private reserve of Lapa Rios in Osa Peninsula. Hike with resident naturalist guides who describe the complex ways that animals and plants co-exist in the tropical rain forest ecosystem. Relax and bird-watch from your veranda always listening and watching for birds flitting through the forest or fruits falling from above as monkeys and parrots feed in the canopy. Enjoy the pristine beach and tide pools. Join an optional rain forest night walk. Two half-day Lapa Rios ecolodge tours of your choice are included as well as the 'twigs, pigs and garbage' sustainability tour to witness first hand commitment toward a greener way of life. Overnight at Lapa Rios Lodge. [BLD]

DAY 6 :  MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST
Rise and shine! After an early breakfast, transfer to Puerto Jimenez for the return flight to San Jose. Our naturalist guide will meet us at the airport to begin our journey into the Central Highlands to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, settled in 1951 by a group of North American Quakers. Keep your camera handy as the bumpy road winds uphill offering splendid views along the way. Monteverde Lodge is set amid landscaped gardens and has a spacious dining room, large indoor Jacuzzi near the bar, and wrap around windows with views into the forest. In the late afternoon join a guided twilight walk on the loop trails of Finca Ecologica. Flashlights are provided or bring your own headlamp in search of sloth, Capuchin monkeys, and a variety of nocturnal birds and insects. Because of its lower elevation, Finca Ecologica tends to be less cloudy and rainy than the principal reserve on the continental divide. Overnight at Hotel Fonda Vela or similar. [BD]

    
    
DAY 7 :  MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST

One of the longest canopy tours in Central America, fly over 1.8 miles 300 ft above the cloud forest canopy on the Monteverde zip line! (optional). Thrill seekers will want to check out the Tarzan swing! If you prefer to walk rather than fly, the Sky Walk is a dramatic combination of six suspension bridges over deep canyons at tree top level. In the afternoon we visit Juan de Dios farm where he shares with us traditional methods for cultivating sugarcane and coffee, as well as growing bananas, arracache (a local legume), avocado, macadamia nuts, and other Costa Rican specialties. A traditional oxcart pulled by oxen will then take us to the sugarcane mill where we taste products made from sugar cane. Overnight at Hotel Fonda Vela or similar. [BLD]

DAY 8 :  MONTEVERDE, SAN JOSE - HOTEL GRANO DE ORO
Grab your binoculars and water bottle as we set off with our guide in search of wildlife in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve. Our guide shares his vast knowledge of the cloud forest as we hear the primal sounds of the Howler monkey and watch the leaf cutter ants busy at work. Be on the lookout for the elusive Resplendent quetzal as well as the Three-wattled bellbird and Emerald toucanet. The Monteverde Reserve extends down both slopes of the Tilaran Mountains (2,300 to 5,600 feet elevation), encompassing eight different ecological life zones and protecting over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, and 1,500 species of plants. After lunch we head back to San Jose. Overnight at Grano de Oro or similar. [BL]

DAY 9 :  DEPARTURE

Transfer to the airport approximately three hours before your scheduled international flight. [B]

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