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Costa Rica Wildlife Holiday: Puerto Jimenez + Corcovada, Osa Peninsula

Costa Rica by Air - including Osa Peninsula
RRA12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Costa Rica Wildlife Holiday Puerto Jimenez Corcovado Osa Peninsula

Explore Costa Rica by light aircraft on this wonderful wildlife holiday. Fly to Tortuguero, where green sea turtles nest, and Arenal Volcano with its rainforest wildlife, hanging bridges & thermal hot springs. Then fly to Puerto Jimenez, the gateway to Corcovado National Park on the spectacular Osa Peninsula. All transfers, park fees & light aircraft flights included.  

Costa Rica Wildlife Holiday Puerto Jimenez Corcovado Osa Peninsula
Day 1
You will be met at San Jose Airport and transferred to this capital city in the Central Valley, surrounded by the Talamanca Mountains to the south and the volcanoes of Poas, Irazu and Turrialba.
 
Check into your hotel and relax in this modern city.
Day 2
Day 3
Today you will explore the waterways and rainforests of Tortuguero National Park on a shared boat ride, accompanied by a lodge guide.
 
Tortuguero is a critical breeding ground for vulnerable Green Turtles, which lumber up these beaches in their thousands from July to October each year to nest, with their hatchlings emerging 45 days later - an unforgettable sight. Leatherback turtles - the largest of all sea turtles - nest here in March & April and a few Loggerhead turtles nest here in June & July. The critically endangered Hawksbill turtle may be found here in very small numbers in September and October.
 
Although these beaches are best know for their sea turtles, Tortuguero is also an excellent place to see two and three-toed sloths, mantled howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, basilisk lizards, green iguana, red-eyed tree frogs, spectacled caiman, black river turtles and over half of all bird species found in Costa Rica. These include the Great green macaw, Keel-billed toucan, Boat-billed heron, Blue heron, Laughing falcon, Bare-throated tiger heron, Yellow-crowned night heron, Green-backed heron, Osprey, Snowy egret, Northern jacana, Anhinga (snakebird), Green ibis, Green kingfisher, Southern mealy parrot, Turkey vulture, Social flycatcher, Montezuma oropendola and many more.
 
With eleven different habitats - including rainforests, mangroves, swamps, beaches and lagoons - this hot and humid park has a rainfall of up to 250 inches (6,400 mm) a year. As a result it sustains a wide range of wildlife and is teeming with birds, reptiles, small mammals and insects. Occasionally bottlenose dolphins swim up the river from the sea and you may also see crocodiles, anteaters, ocelots and more.
 
Your boat ride will either be in the morning or afternoon, depending on the scheduling done by the ranger station. Your second activity for the day is a shared guided walk through the grounds of your lodge - looking out for frogs, birds, sloths, butterflies and other wildlife.
 
In the evening, if you join an optional turtle tour, wear dark clothing to ensure you do not disturb the turtles, closed shoes and long trousers to protect your feet & legs from mosquitos. Flashlights are not permitted.
 
Note: As the park receives up to 250 inches (6,400 mm) of rain a year, it is very likely that it will rain during your visit - so bring rain gear with a hood and expect to get wet. Wear sports clothing that will dry quickly (not jeans, which take too long to dry).
Day 4
Transfer to Tortuguero Airport for your light aircraft flight to La Fortuna.
 
You will be met at La Fortuna Airport and transferred to your hotel within sight of the Arenal Volcano - one of the most active in Central America, with a perfect cone that on a clear day is visible from almost anywhere in the area. Check in and relax surrounded by rainforests, waterfalls and thermal hot springs.
 
Note: As you are flying in a small light aircraft, your baggage must not exceed 18 kg in weight or be outsized. If the plane is not full, you can purchase excess baggage at $1.50 per pound. However if the plane is already at its weight capacity, your bags will be left behind to follow on the next plane that has space. These weight restrictions therefore need to be taken seriously.
Day 5
This morning enjoy a privately guided tour to the Arenal Hanging Bridges - a series of nine fixed and six suspension bridges, located in a natural corridor followed by migratory birds travelling between North and South America and offering wonderful views of the lake and volcano.
 
This 2-mile (3-km) trail will allow you to enjoy the great diversity of flora and fauna inside this mountainous zone, as well as outstanding bird watching. Keep an eye out for howler monkeys, sloths, anteaters, coati, racoons and other rainforest wildlife. Birds you can hope to see include the Yellow-throated toucan, Crested guan, Grey-headed chachalaca, Baltimore oriole, Clay-coloured thrush and Red-throated ant tanager, amongst others.
 
In the afternoon relax at the magnificent Tabacon Hot Springs, with its many natural waterfalls and pools, as well as a large swimming pool with swim-up bar. Dinner at the hot springs is included this evening.
 
Note: This trail is not suitable if you have a fear of heights. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring binoculars & raingear. Also sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, swimwear and water shoes.
Day 6
This morning you will be collected from your hotel for a privately guided half day excursion, walking for 3-miles (5-km) along one of the trails around the base of the volcano.
 
Arenal Volcano rises to 5,250 ft (1,600 m) and towers over the village of La Fortuna. On the morning of 29 July 1968, after having been inactive for three thousand years, it erupted in the most spectacular way. The earth started shaking, clouds of ashes rose into the sky, women washing clothes by the river felt the water becoming hot, and lava started pouring down the side of the volcano.
 
Your guide will explain more about this eruption as you walk along one of the trails through the rainforest, where you can see large lumps of sandy lava rock and view the many plants now growing here, as the rainforest has recovered. At the top of the trail, on a clear day you will have beautiful views over Lake Arenal. There is also a deck at the end of the trail, with postcard views of the volcano.
 
The afternoon is at leisure to relax at your lodge or explore the town. If pre-booked, there is also the option of visiting La Fortuna Waterfall, which plunges down nearly 250 ft (75-m) from a cliff outside the town. Surrounded by lush foliage, the climb down to the waterfall is tough (500 steps) but the view once you get there will be worth the effort. At the bottom there is the opportunity to swim in the cold waters of the surge pool and shallow river at the bottom.
 
Note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring binoculars & rain gear. Also sun hat, sunscreen and insect repellent. Bring swimwear and water shoes for the waterfall climb, which is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.
Day 7
At leisure to explore more of the magnificent surroundings of La Fortuna and Arenal National Park, with its many natural hot springs (pay any entrance fees locally).
 
Optional activities include hiking, mountain biking, zip-lining, horse riding or a gentle cruise down the Penas Blanca River. If you are adventurous, you can try canyoning or thrilling white water rafting down the Rio Balsa (grade 2 & 3 rapids) or Rio Toro (grade 3 & 4 rapids).
 
Day tours are available to the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, the rainforests of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, the turquoise waters of the Rio Celeste, or across the border into Nicaragua to view the Penas Blancas Massif.
Day 8
This morning transfer to La Fortuna Airport for your light aircraft flight to San Jose and connecting flight to the small town of Puerto Jimenez on the spectacular Osa Peninsula.
 
Here you will be met and transferred in a 4x4 vehicle to your lodge. With the Golfo Dulce ('Sweet Gulf') to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Osa Peninsula is a paradise of primary rainforest, empty beaches and backwater settlements.
 
Check into your lodge surrounded by the lush vegetation and wildlife of Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve and Corcovado National Park.
 
Note: As you are flying in a small light aircraft, your baggage must not exceed 18 kg in weight or be outsized. If the plane is not full, you can purchase excess baggage at $1.50 per pound. However if the plane is already at its weight capacity, your bags will be left behind to follow on the next plane that has space. These weight restrictions therefore need to be taken seriously.
Days 9 To 11
It is not necessary to leave the grounds of your lodge to enjoy the wildlife of the Osa Peninsula, as birds and rainforest wildlife are all around you.
 
There are many nature trails for you to explore, as well as miles of pristine beaches. Birdlife is colourful and abundant with scarlet macaws, toucans, parrots, tanagers and so much more. Other wildlife you can hope to see include the sloth, howler monkey, white-faced capuchin, spider monkey, squirrel monkey, poison dart frog, tyra, coati and agouti.
 
Optional activities vary by lodge (pay locally) but usually include nature walks, bird watching, night walks to discover noctural wildlife, treetop canopy tours, waterfall canyoning, horse riding, fishing, boat rides to search for dolphins and two seasons of whale watching (mid July to mid October for humpback whales migrating from Antarctica; and December to March for northern hemisphere whales travelling down from Alaska, but they tend to pass much further offshore so are much harder to see).
 
You can also book additional visits to Corcovado National Park - but these require wildlife permits, so must be booked in advance.
Day 12
Transfer to Puerto Jimenez Airport for your light aircraft flight to San Jose.
 
You will be met at San Jose Airport and transferred to your hotel situated in a location convenient for the airport.
 
Note: As you are flying in a small light aircraft, your baggage must not exceed 18 kg in weight or be outsized. If the plane is not full, you can purchase excess baggage at $1.50 per pound. However if the plane is already at its weight capacity, your bags will be left behind to follow on the next plane that has space. These weight restrictions therefore need to be taken seriously.
Day 13
Transfer to San Jose Airport for your flight home.
 
Note: Your driver will only speak Spanish.

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