From Quetzals to Capuchins, Discover a Wilder Side of Costa Rica
Costa Rica is one of the world’s premier 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 unique set of experiences that take you into less-discovered realms of this globally acclaimed nature travel hotspot. From a remote rain forest lodge on Costa Rica's south Pacific coast near the Panama border to the misty heights of the Talamanca Mountains, explore incredible biodiversity in varied habitats. Keep watch for mammals, reptiles and tropical birds as we wander through jungle and cloud forest, and float a tropical river through a vast mangrove estuary. Learn about the land and its people, too: tour a fruit orchard, enjoy a home-cooked lunch on a family farm, and find inspiration in local conservation efforts that are restoring landscapes to their original native beauty. Costa Rica is full of marvels—discover them on a rare ecotourism adventure off the standard tourist track.
A Route Less TraveledGuided by a top naturalist Expedition Leader, discover Costa Rica’s less-visited south Pacific coast, an unspoiled region rarely seen by the typical tourist
Outstanding WildlifeFloat the Sierpe River in search of monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas and birds, and look for resplendent quetzals in the cloud forests of the Talamanca Mountains
Distinctive EcolodgesStay 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 Wildest Side of Costa Rica. With Us, You Will.
For more than three decades we’ve been sharing Costa Rica's natural wonders with our guests. Over that time, we’ve built up an extensive knowledge of the country, enabling us to make available a whole slate of less-traveled nature experiences. Read more about what makes this Costa Rica adventure so distinctive:
Visit the Less-Traveled Southern Pacific Coast Our unusual itinerary focuses on more destinations away from the standard tourist track, including Tiskita, a jungle lodge that's the best-kept secret in Costa Rica. Surrounded by pristine tropical rain forest within an 800-acre private biological reserve just a few miles from the Panama border, it's an unspoiled place rarely seen by most Costa Rica visitors.
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 that bigger 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 melodious call of the resplendent quetzal or the high-pitched chirps of white-faced capuchin monkeys—which are not afraid to stick around as we quietly approach.
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, less-impacted 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 coveted 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, you'll explore the vast mangrove ecosystem of the Sierpe River on our 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 highly regarded, aren't on the itineraries of most Costa Rica travelers. Secluded Tiskita Jungle Lodge is about as remote as you can get, located at the end of a dirt road on the hard-to-reach south Pacific coast. And in the Talamanca Range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we are immersed in nature at Savegre Mountain Hotel. Along with a chance to see the threatened resplendent quetzal—a bird that many consider the world’s most beautiful—the Talamanca Mountains have one of the highest populations of endemic birds in the Americas.
Our Top-End 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 very best naturalist guides is of utmost importance. Rather than using a single driver-guide as a trip escort, which many companies do, a highly trained NHA Expedition Leader personally escorts your group from start to finish. Each leader is a Costa Rica specialist averaging 20 years of experience and receives additional training and resources from WWF scientists. We also travel with a seasoned driver/assistant guide, enabling us to divide our 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!
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.