Choose Your Own Tropical Nature Escape: Let Us Design Your Dream Trip!
Costa Rica is a land of astounding biodiversity, where life flourishes across 12 different ecological zones. Tap our decades of expertise to create a custom itinerary that encompasses everything you want to see and do. Float through mangrove swamps and search for nesting sea turtles. Explore verdant cloud forests where twisted vines, giant ferns and more than a thousand species of orchids are drenched in perpetual mist. Watch iridescent butterflies and hummingbirds flit among the flowers, and hope for a sighting of Costa Rica's most beautiful bird, the resplendent quetzal. Visit an active volcano, raft a tropical river, soak in a hot spring, fly through the canopy on a zip line, and search for wildlife from hanging bridges in the rain forest. Laze on a beach of white powder sand, edged by green jungle and turquoise water. With 25 percent of Costa Rica protected in parks and reserves, it's easy to indulge your wildest dreams on a custom Costa Rica nature adventure.
An Array of AdventuresChoose from an array of forest, beach, mountain and ecological activities to craft your dream tropical adventure—we'll tailor your itinerary to suit varied age and activity levels
Diverse Wild HabitatsImmerse yourself in the exuberant flora and fauna of diverse ecosystems as you explore lowland jungle, high-altitude cloud forest, volcanoes, marshes and wild beaches
Unique, Eco-Friendly LodgingStay at remote ecolodges and distinctive boutique hotels—chosen from our carefully selected collection of unique accommodations in the best nature locales
Why Choose Us to Create Your Custom Costa Rica Adventure?
Costa Rica is a nation dedicated to conservation. With 28 national parks, 58 wildlife refuges and scores more protected nature reserves, Costa Rica offers so much to see and do that planning a trip on your own can be overwhelming. For more than three decades, however, Nat Hab has been guiding guests through Costa Rica’s natural wonders. Tap our expertise! We’ll put together a smooth, well-coordinated itinerary that reflects your interests, and we'll provide one of our top Expedition Leaders as your personal guide!
We Eliminate the Hassle So You Maximize the Fun When you plan a vacation on your own, you spend a lot of precious time researching, poring over maps and competing for reservations, trying to figure out where to go and what to do. We’ve taken that legwork and guesswork out: When you travel to Costa Rica with us, you’ll benefit from our 30+ years of experience in the country. Because we’ve already tried and tested every detail of your itinerary, and since you’ll be traveling with an expert naturalist guide, you’ll see, do and learn so much more!
A Nat Hab Expedition Leader Leads Every Private Departure
Unlike most companies that simply book travelers into various hotels, resorts and lodges, or perhaps send a driver along to transport them from place to place, every private Nat Hab departure includes the full services of one of our professional Expedition Leaders, for the duration of your trip. We cannot emphasize enough the value of this feature—Costa Rica is diverse and complex, and our guides are expert naturalists, seasoned interpreters of every facet of the country's stunning natural realm. You'll come away with a much richer experience than if you traveled on your own. Our NHA Expedition Leaders average 20 years of experience, with additional training from WWF’s top scientists. See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
A Custom-Crafted Itinerary that Reflects Your Travel Dreams
Of course, we can design your itinerary to include the popular highlights of Costa Rica you’ve always wanted to see. But our in-depth knowledge allows us to also get you to less-visited places you might not know about, and to hidden gems where you’re more likely to view wildlife up close, away from tourist crowds. Over the years we’ve developed relationships with a range of interesting local people, and we enjoy providing our guests with experiences they wouldn’t have access to otherwise.
We’re Experts at Designing Trips for Small Groups Even our scheduled departures are created for small groups, since that’s how nature travel is best experienced. But a custom trip takes this a step further: Your private adventure is explicitly tailored to your group’s needs and interests, whether you’re traveling with immediate family, several generations, more than one family traveling together, or a group of friends or business associates. And because we divide our groups into small vehicles, you’ll have access to wildlife areas that travelers on larger buses can’t get to—and which casual tourists don’t know about.
Choose From a Wide Range of Activities
No cookie-cutter itineraries here—you name the activity, we'll arrange for you to do it! The options are myriad: rainforest treks, horseback rides in the jungle, bird and butterfly watching, zip lining, river rafting, volcano viewing, coffee plantation tours, volunteering at a wildlife research base... Plus, our seasoned Expedition Leaders have loads of local connections and personal relationships and can get you into sites and settings that others can't arrange. We'll tap into our extensive in-country network to craft a trip that includes anything—and everything—you've dreamed of doing.
Our Vehicles Are Built for Comfortable Nature Travel Many Costa Rica tour operators rely on large buses or basic vans that lack good suspension—not fun on the sometimes-rough roads between destinations. Our mini-buses, however, are top of the line: ultra-spacious, with high ceilings, large windows, a wide aisle and ample space between seats for plenty of room to spread out, take in the passing sights and capture photos. Independent front suspension and other stabilizing features provide the smoothest ride you’ll find over rugged roads in natural areas.
Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Custom Adventure To design your custom trip, your personal Adventure Specialist will work with you every step of the way, to ensure that your trip is exactly what you’re looking for. And, as with every Natural Habitat adventure, 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.
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 of the species and ecosystems we travel to see are threatened by our planet’s warming temperatures.
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!
Look for monkeys, tropical birds and other jungle wildlife amid mountains and waterfalls on private conservation reserves, canoe subterranean caves, and snorkel over the world's second-longest barrier reef.