Costa Rica Nature Escape
Costa Rica Nature Escape

Costa Rica Nature Escape

10 days

Hammock on the Casa Corcovado beachBungalow in the Casa CorcovadoWhale Jumping on the oceanTortuguero Canals boat travelingRainforest trees in CorcovadoCorcovado coast beautiful viewCorcovado panoramic viewCorcovado National Park coast viewRocky tropical river on the Corcovado National ParkCorcovado hotel landscapeTropical trees in the Corcovado National Park

Leave the beaten path and explore Costa Rica’s rainforest in Tortuguero and Corcovado

The pristine rainforests of Costa Rica await you on the Costa Rica Nature Escape! This tour will bring you into the lush forests and mountains of this beautiful green country so you can adventure in nature and explore your beautiful surroundings.

This amazing nature tour goes beyond the beach and into the jungle wilderness so that you can see wildlife in their natural environment. You’ll visit the sea turtle nests in Tortuguero, then go bird watching in the southern mountains. The tour ends in beautiful Drake Bay where you can enjoy the golden beaches, go snorkelling at spectacular Caño Island, and take nature walks in Corcovado National Park. This is the perfect itinerary for any nature lover who wants to escape the crowds and explore natural Costa Rica!

Highlights of the Costa Rica Nature Escape

Cruise through the jungle to Tortuguero to discover amazing sea turtle habitats.
Hike the cloud forest in San Gerardo de Dota and discover the beautiful southern mountains.
Explore lush Corcovado National Park on an amazing hike through its many ecosystems.
Snorkel at Caño Island, one of the best snorkelling and diving spots in all of Costa Rica.

Prices

From $2,565USD
10 days
Difficulty
Partially Guided
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Costa Rica Nature Escape Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in San Jose

Meet your transfer at the airport when you arrive in San Jose, and you’ll be whisked away to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon exploring at your leisure and try one of the many amazing restaurants for your first dinner in Costa Rica.
Overnight Location: Hotel in San Jose
Meals: None

Day 2 Journey Through the Jungle to Tortuguero

Your day starts with a drive through the lush forests of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Then you’ll switch to a boat to get the rest of the way to your jungle lodge in Tortuguero National Park.

If you booked the luxury option this transfer will be a flight.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Tortuguero
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 3 Sea Turtles and Wildlife Adventure

Take a boat tour of the park to watch for birds and wildlife. After lunch, you’ll go into town and visit the sea turtle conservation museum. Learn about these amazing turtles and visit the beaches that act as a sea turtle nursery!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Tortuguero
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Travel to San Gerardo de Dota

This morning you’ll say goodbye to your jungle lodge and catch a flight back to San Jose. From there you’ll be driven to the southern mountains and you’ll check in to your hotel in San Gerardo de Dota. Enjoy a quiet night in this picturesque community.
Overnight Location: Hotel in San Gerardo de Dota
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Bird Watching in the Cloud Forest

Today you’ll head into the Cloud forest for a scenic birdwatching hike. Your guide will point out unique flora and fauna as you walk through the pristine wilderness.

You have the rest of the day to explore the foothills of the southern mountains.
Overnight Location: Hotel in San Gerardo de Dota
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Transfer by Land and Water to Drake Bay

Enjoy a final breakfast in the beautiful valley before you get picked up for your transfer to the South Pacific lowlands. You’ll take a boat down the river to your hotel in Drake Bay.

After you’ve settled into the hotel you can go for a stroll along the beautiful golden beach and watch the sun go down.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Drake Bay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Nature Hike in Corcovado National Park

Have a quiet breakfast at this peaceful bay before you head out for the day. Today your guide will take you on a hike to discover the incredible biodiversity in Corcovado National Park. Look for birds, monkeys, and other wildlife while you enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Drake Bay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 Snorkeling at Cano Island

Today you’ll go on tour to Caño Island and spend the afternoon snorkelling at one of Costa Rica’s top spots for diving and snorkelling. After you’ve visited all of the underwater denizens you can also relax under the palms on the beautiful beach.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Drake Bay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 Return to San Jose

Enjoy the morning at your leisure, maybe taking a final stroll along the beach before you have to depart Corcovado. You’ll be transferred to a small local airstrip for the flight back to San Jose.

Tonight, you can visit any of the incredible local restaurants and celebrate your amazing trip and the “pura vida” lifestyle!
Overnight Location: Hotel in San Jose
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Tour Ends in San Jose

This morning you’ll enjoy your last cup of incredible Costa Rican coffee before you are picked up and brought to the airport in San Jose for your flight home.
Overnight Location: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Costa Rica Nature Escape Price and Dates

This partially-guided nature tour in Costa Rica is run as either a private tour (luxury option) or group tour (standard and deluxe options) and the price depends on the class of tour booked.

The prices below are per person sharing a double room:

  • Standard Tour: $2,565 USD per person
  • Deluxe Tour: $3,100 USD per person
  • Luxury Tour: $3,850 USD per person

Important notes:

  • Standard tour uses 2 to 3-star hotels and lodges; Deluxe – 3 to 4-star hotels and lodges; and Luxury tour uses the best accommodation available at each location
  • Standard tour provides shared transfers, Deluxe and Luxury tours provide private transfers, except for Tortuguero, where all the transfers are shared
  • Luxury tour has local flights instead of long transfers, as outlined in the itinerary
  • On Standard and Luxury tours all the activities are shared with other travellers, while Luxury tour provides private activities, except for Tortuguero, which is shared for all categories
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Accommodation on the Costa Rica Nature Escape

You can choose the category of accommodations on this tour. If you choose the standard option you’ll stay in comfortable lodges and 2 to 3-star hotels. In the deluxe category the hotels are 3 and 4-star, and if you upgrade to the luxury option you’ll stay at the best hotel in each area. No matter which you choose all the accommodations are in great locations where you can fully enjoy the pristine nature that surrounds you.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel where possible (please enquire for the pricing). Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Standard Tour

Night 1

Standard hotel in San Jose

Enjoy exploring the area from your 2-3-star accommodations in a prime location of San Jose.

Night 2-3

Lodge in Tortuguero

All accommodation levels will stay in a wilderness lodge in Tortuguero, where you’ll have your meals and wildlife boat tours included.

Night 4-5

Standard hotel in San Gerardo de Dota

Enjoy exploring the area from your 2-3-star accommodations in a prime location.

Night 6-8

Standard hotel in Drake Bay

Enjoy exploring the Drake Bay area from your 2-3-star accommodations in a prime location.

Night 9

Standard hotel in San Jose

Enjoy exploring the area from your 2-3-star accommodations in a prime location of San Jose.

Deluxe Tour

Night 1

Deluxe hotel in San Jose

Enjoy exploring the area from your deluxe 3-4-star accommodations in a prime location of San Jose.

Night 2-3

Lodge in Tortuguero

All accommodation levels will stay in a wilderness lodge in Tortuguero, where you’ll have your meals and wildlife boat tours included.

Night 4-5

Deluxe hotel in San Gerardo de Dota

Enjoy exploring the area from your 3-4-star accommodations in a prime location.

Night 6-8

Deluxe hotel in Drake Bay

Enjoy exploring the Drake Bay area from your 3-4-star accommodations in a great location close to the beach.

Night 9

Deluxe hotel in San Jose

Enjoy exploring the area from your deluxe 3-4-star accommodations in a prime location of San Jose.

Luxury Tour

Night 1

Luxury hotel in San Jose

Enjoy a night in this fascinating city at a luxurious local hotel.

Night 2-3

Lodge in Tortuguero

All accommodation levels will stay in a wilderness lodge in Tortuguero, where you’ll have your meals and wildlife boat tours included.

Night 4-5

Luxury hotel in San Gerardo de Dota

Enjoy exploring the area from your luxurious accommodations in a prime location.

Night 6-8

Luxury hotel in Drake Bay

Enjoy exploring the Drake Bay area from your luxurious accommodations in a great location close to the beach.

Night 9

Luxury hotel in San Jose

Enjoy a night in this fascinating city at a luxurious local hotel.

What’s Included in the Costa Rica Nature Escape?

Meals

9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners are included. All other meals, drinks, and alcoholic beverages are not included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 9 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in San Jose are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for you and your luggage are included throughout the tour, including transfers to and from the airport. The standard category includes shared transfers, all the transfers in the deluxe and luxury categories are private. Flights will be provided instead of land transfers where possible in the luxury category.

Also Included

  • English-speaking guide during excursions
  • Excursions mentioned in the itinerary:
    • Boat tour and entrance fee in Tortuguero National Park
    • Birdwatching walking tour in San Gerardo
    • Hiking tour in Corcovado National park
    • Snorkelling tour in Caño Island, including snorkeling equipment
  • Entrance fees where applicable
  • Sales tax

Not included

  • Flights to and from San Jose
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tour leader for duration of the tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Entrance fees to parks or attractions
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for tour guides or other staff if desired

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Optional activities or excursions

Frequently Asked Questions about Costa Rica Nature Escape

Since 1984 Horizontes Nature Tours has delivered top-quality service in Costa Rica. They dedicate time to exploring off-the-beaten-track destinations and authentic activities that allow them to offer unique barefoot-luxury experiences. Sustainability, quality, health, safety, and innovation are key ingredients in Horizontes Nature Tours immersive journeys.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 1/5. The hikes on this tour are easy nature walks that are suitable for people of most fitness levels. To participate in the snorkelling activities, you should be comfortable swimming in the ocean.

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