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Ecology Tours
Pura Vida
8 (Days / 7 Nights)

Experience the misty and surreal cloud forest, home to the elusive Quetzal in the San Gerado de Dota region near the Cerro de la Muerte, one of Costa Rica highest peaks. The Pura Vida package really is Pure Life.


•  Meet and greet at the airport

•  2 nts / Presidente Hotel / Standard Room (B)

•  1 nt / Trogon Lodge / Standard Room (B)

•  1 nt / Villa Rio Mar Hotel / Jr. Suite (B)

•  3 nts / Casa Corcovado / Deluxe Bungalow (B)

•  Local bilingual guide on location in Corcovado

•  All ground transfers and tours described

•  One way flight Palmar Sur - San Jose

•  All taxes and service charges

What to bring

What to Bring:Clothing: Costa Rica is a very informal and casual country. Formal attire is only used in the city of San Jose and on very special occasions (Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries) We recommend to bring a sweater for the highland areas, and light loose fitting shirts, pants or jeans, and shorts for the lowland areas. For the beach areas please dont forget to bring a hat or cap, sunscreen, and sun glasses. For the rainforest and the National Parks we recommend hiking boots, a small backpack, water bottle, pocket knife, flashlight, insect repellent, rainwear, and a pair of binoculars to observe animals.

Day 01: Arrival

Meet and greet at the international airport and transfer to Presidente Hotel in downtown San Jose.


Overnight at Presidente Hotel, Standard Room, breakfast included.

Day 02: San Gerardo de Dota

After breakfast your Costa Rican Trail's guide will pick you up from your city hotel for your transfer to San Gerardo de Dota. Upon arriving at your destination, you will receive a warm welcome from your Costa Rican hosts at the Trogon Lodge your home for that night. Rest of the day at leisure to relax in the cozy lodge or explore your new surroundings.


Overnight at Trogon Lodge, Standard Room, breakfast included.

Day 03: Quetzal Tour / Playa Dominical

After a filling breakfast, you will have a guided hike to spot the famous Quetzal bird!
Time to head from the cool cloud forest to the warm and tropical jungles and beaches of Dominical. Villas Rio Mar will be your home for this night.

Overnight at Villas Rio Mar Hotel Jungle & Beach Resort, Junior Suite, breakfast included.

Day 04: Osa Peninsula

Depart from your hotel in the early morning to Palmar Sur and continue to the mouth of the River Sierpe river for a thrilling boat trip to the Drake Bay area. Casa Corcovado will be your home base for the next three nights.

Overnight at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, Deluxe Room, full board included.

Day 05: Corcovado National Park

Familiarize yourself with the intricate workings of the rainforest on a day hike to Corcovado National Park and spend the rest of the day exploring on your own, relaxing or on a scheduled activity.

Overnight at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, Deluxe Room, full board included.

Day 06: Caño Island

A 40-minute boat ride to the ‘Coral Garden’. At certain times of the year, you may also see pilot or humpback whales, and dolphin along the way. The snorkelling site is located within a marine reserve, and is a good place for spotting a wide variety of fish and marine mammals, including – if you are lucky – manta rays, turtles and small white-tipped sharks.


We usually snorkel for around an hour. Caño Island was once an important ceremonial site and burial ground for the pre-Colombian Indians. It’s possible they abandoned the area when pirates began arriving – the first, according to legend, being Sir Francis Drake back in 1579. The island is now a National Park.
There are no facilities, and visitor access to the interior is prohibited while important infrastructure work is carried out. However our boat can take you close to the shore, and you are welcome to wade ashore and stroll along the beach


Overnight at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, Deluxe Room, full board.

Day 07: Osa Peninsula - San José

Back to the city. Return to San Jose to the Hotel Presidente. Free time for shopping or to experience San Jose's nightlife.


Overnight at Presidente Hotel, Standard Room, breakfast included.

Day 08: Departure

Transfer to the international airport and flight home.


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