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Costa Rica Wilderness Explorer

Discover a Wilder Side of Costa Rica on a Guided Adventure into Remote Natural Realms
Costa Rica is one of the world’s supreme destinations for nature travelers. And it’s no wonder, because the natural wonders of Costa Rica are in a class all their own! So is this trip. It's a carefully crafted collection of experiences that takes you into less-discovered regions of this adventure travel hotspot. We’ll hike, explore and float amid incredible biodiversity on this Costa Rica ecotourism adventure. We’ll also learn about the land and its people, tour a tropical fruit orchard, learn about local conservation efforts and search for the elusive resplendent quetzal. Costa Rica is full of wonders, and full of surprises—come discover it for yourself!

Trip Highlights

  • Guided by our outstanding Expedition Leaders, discover Costa Rica’s south Pacific coast, an unspoiled region rarely seen by the casual tourist
  • Float the Sierpe River in search of monkeys, crocodiles and iguanas, and look for resplendent quetzals in Talamanca’s cloud forests
  • Stay at authentic, deluxe jungle lodges in Costa Rica's most pristine settings, where intimacy and hospitality prevail
Most Tourists Never See the Real Costa Rican Wilderness. With Us, You Will.
For nearly 30 years we’ve been guiding guests through the natural wonders of Costa Rica. Over that time, we’ve built up an extensive knowledge of the country, which has enabled us to uncover a whole slate of less-traveled wilderness experiences that Costa Rica has to offer. Read more about what makes this Costa Rica adventure so distinctive:

  1. Visit Costa Rica’s Remote and Rarely Visited South Pacific Coast
    Our unusual itinerary includes Tiskita, the best-kept secret in Costa Rica. Here, we’re surrounded by pristine tropical rain forest within an 800-acre private biological reserve. Casual tourists—even those who have been to Costa Rica many times with other tour operators—rarely see this unspoiled region.
  2. Very Small Groups Offer a Genuine Encounter with Wild Nature 
    Unlike most tour operators, we limit our group size to just 10 guests. Whether you’re in the cloud forest, the rain forest or on the coastal lowlands, you’ll have a more authentic experience of nature without the chatter and rustling that big tour groups in the outdoors can’t help but cause. We are able to focus on the sights and sounds of many animals and birds—such as the deep, melodious calls of the resplendent quetzal or the high-pitched chirps of white-faced capuchin monkeys—that aren’t afraid to stick around as our small group approaches. 
  3. Explore the Sierpe River on a Private Boat
    While many tour groups share space aboard sightseeing boats with other companies’ guests, we explore the vast mangrove ecosystem of the Sierpe River in a private vessel. In the company of our own few fellow travelers, we keep watch for crocodiles and green iguanas, plus a multitude of birdlife including kingfishers, ospreys, roseate spoonbills, and a variety of egrets and herons. On our uncrowded boat, there's no jostling for views or photos – it's just us and the wildlife.
  4. Stay at Remote Ecolodges & See More Wildlife
    Our accommodations, though renowned, aren't on the itineraries of most Costa Rica travelers. Tiskita Jungle Lodge is about as remote as one can get, located at the end of the road on the secluded southwest Pacific coast. And in the Talamanca Range, a UNESCO World Heritage site, we stay surrounded by nature at Savegre Mountain Lodge. In addition to opportunities here to see the threatened resplendent quetzal – a bird that many consider the world’s most beautiful – the Talamanca Range has one of the highest populations of endemic birds in the Americas.
  5. Our First-Class Vehicles Offer a Window Seat for Every Guest 
    Our comfortable mini-buses are ultra-spacious, with high ceilings, large windows, a wide aisle and ample space between seats. And since we never fill our vehicles to capacity, you’re assured of having a window seat plus plenty of room to spread out. Our vehicles also offer the smoothest ride you’ll find over Costa Rica’s sometimes-rugged roads in natural areas. 
  6. Your NHA Expedition Leader is with You Throughout Your Entire Trip
    In Costa Rica, where spotting wildlife in the rainforest requires finely honed skills, having the finest naturalist guides on the planet is of utmost importance. Rather than using a string of less-qualified, local camp guides or a single driver-guide as a trip escort, like many companies do, NHA assigns a highly trained Expedition Leader to personally escort your group from start to finish. Each leader averages 20 years’ of experience and receives additional training from WWF’s world-class scientists. We also travel with an experienced driver/assistant guide, enabling us to divide our already small group into even smaller groups for more intimate nature encounters. See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  7. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Adventure Is Top-Notch
    When you travel with Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee that clearly states that we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise for yourself!
  8. Feel Good About the Way You Travel
    We all care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset. Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, a feature that is especially critical when considering that many natural places and their wild residents are under substantial threat from our planet’s warming temperatures.
  9. Natural Habitat Adventures Is World Wildlife Fund’s Travel Partner
    Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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Longitude Books has created a custom comprehensive listing of Costa Rica travel books for this trip.

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