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Ecology Tours
River & Rainforest Adventure
8 (Days / 7 Nights)

Considered one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world, Costa Rica is divided in 20 natural parks, 8 biological reserves, and a series of protected areas that captivate ecotourism lovers. The variety of activities includes boat trips, hiking mountainous paths in the cloud forests, and guided bird-watching tours. Enjoy all this on this tour!!!


Price includes:

- Meet & Greet at the airport.

- Arrival & departure transfers
- 1 nt Hotel Presidente. Standard room (B)

- 2 nts at Maquenque Eco Lodge. Bungalow (B)

- 1 nts at Selva Verde. Sarapiqui room (B)

- 2 nts at Mawamba Lodge. Standard rooms (FB

-2 nts at Volcano Lodge. Superior. (B)
- Shared hike at Mawamba Park

- Shared boat tour in Tortuguero

- Entrance fees to the Tortuguero National Park

- Private transfers as mentioned

- All taxes and service charges

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 - San Jose

Arrival. A representative from Costa Rican Trails will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the Hotel Presidente in downtown San Jose

Overnight at the  Presidente Hotel, standard room. Breakfast included.

Day 02: San José – Tortuguero (B-L-D)

Early departure to the town of Guapiles where you will enjoy breakfast and will meet the representative of Mawamba Lodge. After breakfast, you will continue by bus & boat to Tortuguero.


Arrive at the lodge for lunch. The lodge will then schedule a tour to the village in the afternoon. This tour will provide detailed information on its history, culture and work in favor of conservation of the sea turtles and the flora and fauna in general.

A visit to the Sea Museum of the “Caribbean Conservation Corporation” is also included, but the donation of USD 2 per person has to be paid directly to the CCC.


Overnight at Mawamba Lodge. Standard room. Full board included.

Day 03: Tortuguero National Park (B-L-D)

After breakfast guests will enjoy a guided visit through the Mawamba Park, which includes a butterfly farm, a frog garden, an iguana park and the hotel’s bio-digestor, all located in the lodge’s grounds.

Afterwards continue on the El Manakin trails along the beach on the hotel`s property. It is amazing how so nearby your room you can find different kinds of monkeys, sloths, iguanas, poison arrow frogs and many birds and insects including the blue butterfly (Morpho peleides).

Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon a boat tour through the canals within the National Park of Tortuguero is scheduled. During this excursion, you discover a large variety of birds and receive detailed information on the flora and fauna of the area.

Entrance fee to National Park included.

Overnight at Mawamba Lodge. Standard room. Full board included.


Day 04: Tortuguero – Sarapiqui (B- L)

Departure from Guápiles on a shuttle transfer to Sarapiqui


Selva Verde is a rainforest lodge built on stilts over the Sarapiqui river. This expansive complex stands on the edge of a 2-square km private reserve of rain forest. Its 40 rustic but comfortable rooms are raised on pillars over the jungle and they are all connected by covered walkways that lead to a riverside dining room were meals are served buffet-style and an open lounge area with wide verandas.

Selva Verde has received a green raiting from the new key to Costa Rica for its commitment to enviromental education and community support. Its owners, long concerned with the wellbeing of the local community, have established the Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center, with the only library in the area, a day-care center, and English environmental classes.

Around the area guests can enjoy hiking with one of the lodges naturalist guides and learn about the primary rain-forest environment, glide down the Sarapiqui River in search of caimans, howler monkeys, iguanas birds and horseback riding or take an early morning tour to explore the prolific fauna around the Sarapiqui region.

Overnight at Selva Verde, Standard, B incl


Day 05: Sarapiqui – Boca Tapada (B)

Private transfer to Boca Tapada area    


Maquenque Eco-lodge is a new 60 hectare reserve located just north of Boca Tapada, San Carlos and offers easy access to the newly created Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge, of 60.000 hectares in size.

Surrounded by tropical rainforests, and bordering the Majestic San Carlos River, it has become famous for being a unique region for ecology, wildlife observation, unique birding and adventure tours.


Overnight at Maquenque Ecologe, Bungalow. Breakfast included.

Day 06: Boca Tapada (B)

Day at leisure.

Activities included:

Naturalistic hike, canoeing in the lagoons of the hotel, plant a tree, visit to the school of Boca Tapada (except during vacation time)


Overnight at Maquenque Ecologe, Bungalow. Breakfast included

Day 07: Boca Tapada – Arenal (B)

Private transfer to Arenal area    

Volcano Lodge is located in La Palma de la Fortuna de San Carlos, at the north side of the country. This beautiful area offers a panoramic view to the Arenal Volcano and the rainy tropical forest, characteristic of the area, where you can find great variety of flora and fauna species. The hotel is built in an area of wide natural scenarios. Our property is in a safe area where visitors can spend the night in a hotel with majestic view of an active volcano.


Overnight at Volcano Lodge, Superior. Breakfast is included.

Day 08 Arenal (B)

Day at leisure

Overnight at Volcano Lodge, Superior. Breakfast is included

Day 09: Departure (B)

Departure. Private transfer will be provided to the International airport.

End of services.

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Canada: 1-866-865-7013

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