Discover exotic flora and fauna as you traverse treetop bridges, float along the Tempisque River, trek to a volcano, and take guided walks at Monteverde's biological reserve.

Starting at: $3,681 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Red-eyed tree frog crawling between leaves in the jungle  The luscious cloud forest from the forest floor  The elusive Resplendent Quetzal found in Monteverde   Oak Tiger Butterfly. Credit: Phil Parsons  White-faced Capuchin monkey  A brilliantly colored morpho butterfly  One of many butterfly species of Costa Rica  Male Crowned Woodnymph Hummingbird  Costa Rica hummingbird  One of Costa Rica's delightful hummingbirds  The jungle canopy from a tree-top skyway. Credit: Amy Cline  Dart frog in Costa Rica  A sloth at home in the tree tops  Colorful Heliconia   One of Costa Rica's many species of orchids  Costa Rica orchid  Poás Volcano  Arenal Volcano  Costa Rica coffee field  Beach along the coast of Guanacaste  Sunset in Guanacaste

Costa Rica's Natural Treasures

12 days from $3,681 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Discover exotic flora and fauna as you traverse treetop bridges, float along the Tempisque River, trek to a volcano, and take guided walks at Monteverde's biological reserve.

or Call 855-330-1542

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- Judith H.

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Oct 31 - Nov 11, 2016 Departure; Oct 30 - Nov 10, 2017 Departure; Nov 27 - Dec 8, 2017 Departure
Dennis Wille Sáenz

Dennis Wille Sáenz

Dennis became enamored of wildlife as a youngster in his native Costa Rica. Living in Central America, it is not difficult to see how biology could become the favorite science for any nature enthusiast, as there are several thousand species in the region. He has a passion for bird sounds and has a collection of them — recently he worked on the creation of a DVD that mixes the piano with the sounds of the birds.

His experience and knowledge has taken him to lead groups in other countries in Central America, South America, Africa, New Zealand, South East Asia, Australia, Russia, Alaska, the Arctic, the Antarctic, and the Caribbean. When he is not lecturing, Dennis travels to remote areas in Central America explaining to young students how fragile the ecosystems are where they live. He also works on several projects to monitor endangered species in order to improve conservation efforts.

Jan 5 - 16, 2017 Departure
Howard Topoff and Carol Simon

Howard Topoff and Carol Simon

Howard Topoff and Carol Simon are biologists specializing in the fields of Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology. After receiving their Ph.D. degrees, they spent their scientific careers as professors at The City University of New York, and as Research Associates at The American Museum of Natural History. Their field research on animal behavior is conducted in Central and South America, Africa, and the southwestern corner of the United States. As study leaders on Natural History tours for over 35 years, they have developed an extensive series of educational and entertaining multimedia presentations, which they offer to vacationing guests who enjoy location-specific enrichment programs.

Jan 16 - 27, 2017 Departure
James Karr

James Karr

Jim Karr is professor emeritus of aquatic and fishery sciences with the University of Washington, as well as a former professor of biology and adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering, environmental health, and public affairs. He has been a naturalist since boyhood. After earning a B.S. in fish and wildlife biology, and a Ph.D. in zoology, he traveled the globe’s tropical regions, studying forest birds in Central and South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and New Guinea. As a professor at Purdue University, the University of Illinois, and Virginia Tech—and as deputy director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama—Jim took his love of natural history beyond tropical ecology to the ecology of rivers, streams, and other fresh waters. He developed a tool, used worldwide, for looking at the biology of waters to assess their health. During the 1990s, Jim directed UW’s Institute for Environmental Studies, and his teaching and research broadened still more. Since then, he has focused on environmental policy and the ties binding human with nonhuman nature. Now, with more than 300 published works behind him, Jim continues to be a naturalist and teacher around the world with Smithsonian Journeys.

Feb 9 - 20, 2017 Departure
Hugh Neighbour

Hugh Neighbour

As a U.S. diplomat who specialized in political and economic affairs, and as an officer in the U.S. Navy, Hugh Neighbour’s duties took him almost everywhere in Latin America, as well as elsewhere in the world.  He brings over 40 years of experience, mostly overseas, earning the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award.  Hugh has never tired of travel and meeting people – he loves to share his enthusiasm.

Hugh became an instant fan of Costa Rica, appreciating how unique and special it is, when in the 1970s he traveled by public bus from one end of Central America to the other. Having lived and worked in Central America as a diplomat, he returned to Costa Rica many times and continues to do so.

Since retiring from the U.S. State Department in 2010, Hugh has worked as a consultant in both Washington and the Latin America/Caribbean region, served as an official observer for several elections overseas, and lectured aboard high-end cruise ships in waters off Latin America and elsewhere. Several times a year, Hugh teaches Latin America area studies to select groups at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center.

Mar 20 - 31, 2017 Departure
Patricia Hostiuck

Patricia Hostiuck

Patty Hostiuck has roamed the globe as a naturalist for nearly three decades, seeking out wildlife-rich niches, investigating breathtaking landscapes, and sharing her insights with thoughtful travelers. Her academic background in Biology and Geography shape a perspective that spotlights the importance of place, the abiding interdependence of living things, and the critical influence of nature on human cultures. She has served as a National Forest Ranger and National Park Ranger, worked extensively leading eco-travel and expedition trips from the tropics to both polar regions, and has led, on seven continents, over 100 Smithsonian Journeys from Antarctica to Zimbabwe. Patty has an amazing breadth of knowledge and her passion to untangle nature’s secrets through her engaging presentations and informal commentary make her a favorite among Smithsonian travelers.