Costa Rica – Wildlife Safari

An action-packed wildlife adventure across Costa Rica’s tropical Caribbean coast.

Scout for sloths & howler monkeys, go behind-the-scenes at an organization protecting injured Costa Rican wildlife and patrol for sea turtles along palm-lined Caribbean beaches.


The Place and The People

Stretching for nearly 125 miles between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica’s majestic Caribbean coastline is a tropical wilderness. More rugged and less touristy than the adjacent Pacific Coast, the jungle-lined beaches and interior host an exotic array of wildlife, from howler monkeys dangling in the trees to massive iguanas crossing the road. To the north lies one of Costa Rica’s most iconic sea turtle nesting beaches, where hundreds of turtles come ashore to lay their eggs each year. And it’s not just the wildlife that call this stunning area of the world home. A colorful, Afro-Caribbean culture gives the area a distinct island-like atmosphere where life is simple and the days roll by slowly.


What You'll Do

Hosting more biodiversity than the U.S. and Europe combined, Costa Rica is home to a dizzying array of wildlife and postcard landscapes. Over the course of 8 days, venture to the Caribbean coast with the purpose of discovering Costa Rica’s unique creatures that call these beaches and rainforests home. Venture to a world-renowned sloth sanctuary and jaguar rescue center to learn how injured sloths are being rescued in the wild. Hike through the rainforest with a naturalist guide and scout for wild howler monkeys and toucans. Spend an afternoon going behind-the-scenes to prepare food and make toys for injured wildlife. Embark on a night patrol of Costa Rica’s tropical beaches to spot nesting sea turtles and learn how these beautiful creatures make their way to coast.


What You'll See

While our days will center around Costa Rican wildlife and the fascinating people caring for these tropical animals, we’ll also take time to uncover the country’s iconic natural surroundings. A haven for nature-lovers, Costa Rica’s rich Caribbean coast is a rugged and adventurous terrain ripe for exploration. Snorkel in the turquoise Caribbean waters and relax on palm-lined white sand beaches. Explore the enchanting inland water ways by boat scouting for sloths and monkeys in the canopy overhead. Learn to make local Caribbean cuisine during an evening cooking class and journey to a village pineapple plantation. The more adventurous can opt for the adventure supplement which includes white water rafting through the jungles of the interior.

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Itinerary Overview

The journey begins in Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose. Take a two-hour drive to the jungle town of Sarapiqui where we’ll spend the next two days exploring the rainforest and nearby La Selva Biological Station. Spot monkeys, sloths, iguanas and toucans with our naturalist guide, visit a pineapple plantation and take an optional white water rafting excursion. The next two days will be spent in Cahuita on the Caribbean coast. Come face-to-face with some of Costa Rica’s most iconic wildlife at local rescue centers and, in your free time, explore the offshore reefs and beaches.

On Days 5 & 6, we’ll continue onwards to the Northern Caribbean coast to learn about Costa Rica’s sea turtles and go on a night patrol with our guide. Return to San Jose on Day 7 with a final stop at the Toucan Rescue Ranch where we’ll prepare food and toys for rescued wildlife. Enjoy a farewell BBQ overlooking Costa Rica’s Central Valley before departing back home.

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Where You'll Stay

Our portfolio of distinctive, family-run accommodations will ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed during your time in Costa Rica. Begin the journey with two nights at Ara Ambigua Lodge in Sarapiqui. Set amongst exuberant rainforest and tropical gardens, step out of your room and be immediately transported into the jungle. Continue onto the Caribbean coast with two nights at Suizo Loco, a quaint boutique hotel walking distance to the beach. The next two nights will depend on the seasonality of turtle nesting. Between March-June, stay at Lirio Lodge, an eco-lodge set amongst the tropical canals of Southern Tortuguero National Park. Between July-December, when turtles come ashore in the northern coastline, spend the evenings at Miss Junie’s, a simple beachfront lodge that puts you at the heart of turtle conservation in the area. End the trip with a final evening at Casa Cielo Grande overlooking the vast Central Valley of Costa Rica.

Michelle R.

Orlando, FL

Traveler's Journal

“It was our family’s first time in Costa Rica and cannot even put into words how thankful I am that we found Discover Corps. The Caribbean coast is a hidden gem – tons of animals, beautiful beaches and a fascinating culture. Our guide, Karla, was like family to us. She did everything in her capacity to show my kids the wildlife of Costa Rica while making the experience smooth and comfortable.”

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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8 Days / 7 Nights

Program Cost: $2,695 *

 

March 24-31, 2018

April 14-21, 2018

May 19-26, 2018

June 2-9, 2018

June 30-July 7, 2018

July 21-28, 2018

Aug 4-11, 2018

Sept 1-8, 2018

Oct 13-20, 2018

Nov 24-Dec 1, 2018

March 23-30, 2019

 

  • * Double Occupancy Price
  • Single Room Supplement = $350
  • Adventure Supplement = $100 per person. Includes half-day white water rafting excursion. Minimum age of 8. 
  • All dates are Family Friendly. Due to the adventurous nature of the trip, we require a minimum age of 8 for children traveling with parents.

What's Included

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and meals to make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • 2 nights lodging at rainforest guesthouse in Sarapiqui
  • 2 nights lodging walking distance to the beach in Cahuita
  • 2 nights lodging in Tortuguero area
  • 1 night lodging at boutique hotel overlooking the San Jose Valley
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Expert local guides that are there to support, inform and guide you throughout the trip
  • Reliable in-country transportation with experienced drivers
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • Visits to fascinating wildlife conservation organizations protecting sloths, monkeys, toucans and other animals
  • An active daily itinerary including a cooking class, snorkeling and tour of a pineapple plantation
  • All gratuities for hotels, meals, & baggage
  • All land transportation during the trip
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Trip literature
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home
  • **Adventure Supplement includes whitewater rafting excursion. $100 per person**

What’s not included:

  • Tips for Discover Corps Host
  • Optional Adventure Supplement
  • International Airfare

Alumni & Family Discounts

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts and special deals.

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