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Costa Rica. Noah’s Ark for the 21st Century. With Time at the Beach.

"We were very happy with our visit. Just what we wanted. Our guides were excellent. So were the hotels. A few early mornings, but what can you do... the birds start early (and apparently, so do the flights)."

—Jean & Rich E., journey to Costa Rica & Ecuador


We adore Costa Rica. Come see why. Begin in San José for a bit of local history. Then to the Osa Peninsula, the incredible rain forest of Corcovado, Isla del Caño Biological Reserve, and rumbling Arenal Volcano. Wind up for a bit of beach time on eityher the Nicoya Peninsula or the Papagayo Peninsula—the choice is yours.


11 Days.

Costa Rica

Type:Custom Journeys


Sample Journey

This is an 11-day sample itinerary. Remember that R. Crusoe can create a Costa Rica journey of any length to meet your exact specifications.

Day 1: United States; San José, Costa Rica
• Fly to San José, hotel check-in.
Overnight in San José
Day 2: Palma Sur, Sierpe, Corcovado
• Fly to Palma Sur on the Osa Peninsula, drive to Sierpe, boat to Corcovado.
Overnight adjacent to Corcovado National Park

Day 3: Corcovado National Park
• Rain forest trek with naturalist.
• Optional activities at the lodge.
Overnight adjacent to Corcovado National Park
Day 4: Isla del Caño, Corcovado
• Full-day excursion to Isla del Caño for snorkeling, diving, fishing, etc.
• Option to remain in Corcovado for day at leisure, with optional activities.
Overnight adjacent to Corcovado National Park

Day 5: Sierpe, Palma Sur, San José, Arenal Volcano
• Retrace your steps back to San José.
• Drive to Arenal Volcano.
Overnight in Arenal

Day 6-7: Arenal Volcano
• Options to explore the rain forest, Don Juan Organic Farm, canopy tours, hot springs, and other activities.
Overnights in Arenal

Day 8-10: Nicoya Peninsula or Papagayo Peninsula
• Drive to Nicoya Peninsula or Papagayo Peninsula.
• Days at leisure at your resort, with options for nature walks, surf lessons, horseback riding, spa treatments, mangrove kayaking, village visits, birdwatching, canopy zip-line adventures, monkey safaris, and more.
Overnights on Nicoya Peninsula or Papagayo Peninsula

Day 11: Liberia; United States
• Drive to Liberia, fly home.

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Per person sharing room from $6,480 for this 11-day sample itinerary

Internal air per person (estimate) $300

Private air charter per plane from Arenal to Punta Islita, one way, from $1,380

For more information, to book, or to speak to an R. Crusoe & Son tour specialist, please call us at 800-585-8555.

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Costa Rica's Birds of a Feather.

Even if you don’t pay much attention to the birds around your house, we’re sure you’ll keep your eyes trained on the branches overhead during your visit to Costa Rica. With 830 bird species living in the Costa Rican countryside, it’s hard not to. The magnificence of tropical birdlife here is astonishing, with brilliantly colored plumage the order of the day.

     Though the scarlet macaw is one famous example of fine feathers, our favorite species in Costa Rica is the toucan. Of the 42 toucan species in Latin America, six live in the lowlands and rain forests of Costa Rica.

     These flashy, colorful birds are among the most recognizable thanks in part to their hefty bills. From the country’s Pacific slope to the Caribbean lowlands, you’re likely to spot these toucan species: keel-billed, chestnut-mandibled, emerald toucanet, yellow-eared toucanet, collared aracari, and the fiery-billed aracari.

     Color and size variations occur between species, but all toucans are fruit-eaters (frugivores), gorging to their heart’s content on papayas, cecropias, berries, and palm fruits. They typically forage in the middle and canopy layers of the rain forest and occasionally round out their diet with eggs, small reptiles, and insects.

     Toucans play an important role in keeping Costa Rica’s rain forests growing. The seeds of the fruits they eat pass through their digestive track unharmed. That way, these birds are responsible for many of one type of tree growing in one place and not the other. In the tropics, this natural seed-spreading is particularly important. It allows a tree to propagate without having to share the sunlight with its offspring, since the toucan “drops” the seed in a completely different location.

     Toucans are vocal birds, shrieking loudly as they fly in flocks of up to 15 individuals. They are playful and often use their oversized bills to stage mock fights or fling fruit at each other in an apparent game.

     Looks like fun, actually.

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