From Quetzals to Capuchins, Discover a Wilder Side of Costa Rica
From a secluded jungle lodge tucked into the rain forest on Costa Rica's south Pacific coast to the misty Talamanca Mountains and sparkling waters of Ballena Marine National Park, this rare ecotourism adventure reveals less-discovered regions of this globally acclaimed nature travel hotspot. We’ll hike and beachcomb amid incredible biodiversity, keeping watch for myriad wildlife and tropical birds in forests, rivers and ocean. We’ll also learn about the land and its people, tour a tropical fruit orchard, discover how local conservation efforts are protecting untouched landscapes and wild creatures, and search for the resplendent quetzal, often acclaimed as the world's most beautiful bird. Costa Rica is full of wonders and brimming with surprises—discover them as we explore a range of diverse habitats off the standard tourist track.
Guided by a top naturalist Expedition Leader, discover Costa Rica’s less-visited south Pacific coast, an unspoiled region rarely seen by the typical tourist
Float the Sierpe River in search of monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas and birds, and look for resplendent quetzals in the cloud forests of the Talamanca Mountains
Stay at secluded ecolodges in Costa Rica's most tucked-away natural settings, where intimacy, hospitality and local ambience prevail, away from crowds
Most Tourists Never See the Real Costa Rica. With Us, You Will.
For more than three decades we’ve been guiding guests into Costa Rica's natural wonders. 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 to share with our guests. Read more about what makes this Costa Rica adventure so distinctive:
Visit the Less-Traveled Southern Pacific Coast Our unusual itinerary focuses on more remote destinations away from the standard tourist track, including Tiskita, a fly-in jungle lodge that's 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 that's just a few miles from the Panama border.
Very Small Groups Offer a Genuine Encounter with Nature Unlike most tour operators, we limit our groups to just 10 guests. Whether you’re in the cloud forest, the rain forest or the coastal lowlands, you’ll have a more authentic nature experience 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.
Explore Costa Rica's Most Pristine Cloud Forest Reserves
While many travelers focus on the duly famous Monteverde region, we take you into the more remote and untouched cloud forests of Savegre Nature Reserve and Los Quetzales National Park—far from big crowds, where birding and wildlife viewing in a peaceful, quiet context offers a rare experience for the Costa Rica nature traveler.
Cruise 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 from a privately chartered boat with an expert local guide. Here on the northern end of the Osa Peninsula, we keep watch for crocodiles, green iguanas and monkeys, plus abundant 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.
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 a chance 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.
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 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.
Your NHA Expedition Leader is with You Throughout Your Entire Trip In Costa Rica, where spotting wildlife in the rain forest 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, a highly trained NHA Expedition Leader personally escorts your group from start to finish. Each leader averages 20 years of experience and receives additional training and resources from WWF’s top 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.
Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Costa Rica 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!
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.
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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