On this eight-day trip, travel through four different life-zones, from the Caribbean Lowlands through the Highlands and Middle Elevations and ending in the Southern Pacific Lowlands. Costa Rica’s vast biodiversity will be revealed through mangrove boat rides and cloud forest hikes, and you’ll gain first-hand insight into efforts being made to conserve it. 

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 Male Crowned Woodnymph Hummingbird  The Resplendent Quetzal  The elusive Resplendent Quetzel  Red macaw  Emerald Toucanet  Banding Station   The luscious cloud forest from the forest floor  Colorful orchid  Colorful Heliconia   Coffee field

Costa Rica: Nature’s Laboratory

8 days from $5,580

On this eight-day trip, travel through four different life-zones, from the Caribbean Lowlands through the Highlands and Middle Elevations and ending in the Southern Pacific Lowlands. Costa Rica’s vast biodiversity will be revealed through mangrove boat rides and cloud forest hikes, and you’ll gain first-hand insight into efforts being made to conserve it. 

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Accommodations

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Hotel Bougainvillea

San Jose, Costa Rica

The Hotel Bougainvillea was chosen for its award-winning, 10-acre botanical garden containing more than 600 plant species.  The garden is home to a large variety of butterflies and birds, including tanagers, hummingbirds, and the Blue-crowned Motmot with its distinctive call. The hotel is also working to protect endangered frog species in its garden ponds.  Our garden-view rooms each have private balconies, flat-screened TVs, and free Wi-Fi.  This independent hotel follows sustainable practices, including running a charitable foundation in support of local causes. 

Number of nights: 1

Mawamba Lodge

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Mawamba Lodge is situated on a thin strip of land between Tortuguero's canals and the Caribbean Sea. The accommodation consists of 58 simple but comfortable rooms with private bathrooms, hot water, and ceiling fans. There is a swimming pool with Jacuzzi, two family-style restaurants serving local and international cuisine, a barbecue area, a bar, a souvenir shop, a sand volleyball court, and a conference room where daily lectures on Tortuguero's natural history are presented. There is also a frog garden and butterfly sanctuary on site.

Number of nights: 2

Trogon Lodge

San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica

Perched on a hillside in the pristine mountain valley of San Gerardo de Dota, Trogon Lodge is a paradise for bird lovers and nature enthusiasts. The hotel is surrounded by the majestic Talamanca Mountains and the Savegre River runs through its grounds. Standard Rooms overlook beautiful gardens that attract myriad hummingbirds and feature a terrace for relaxing. Rooms are equipped with heating units and hairdryers, but there are no telephones or TVs to allow for a quiet connection with nature. The hotel’s restaurant features traditional Costa Rican farm-to-table dishes, including fresh-caught rainbow trout from an on-site pond. 

Number of nights: 2

Las Cruces Research Station

Las Cruces, Costa Rica

Las Cruces Research Station is near the Panamanian border in southeastern Costa Rica and is located on the grounds of the Wilson Botanical Garden. Part of the Organization of Tropical Studies (OTS), the station hosts researchers who come from around the world to observe and experiment in this unique locationIts simple but comfortable rooms are set in the heart of the garden and are steps away from the research laboratory, library, and family-style dining hall. Wilson Botanical Garden displays hundreds of bromeliads and orchids, endangered plants from Costa Rica and other parts of the world, and has the most important collection of palms in Central America.  The garden and adjacent forest comprise 900 acres, which contain myriad bird, butterfly, mammal and reptile species.

Number of nights: 2

Activity Level

 Activity Level 3:  Moderate / Active 

Travelers should be in relatively good shape to fully enjoy this trip.  They should be steady on their feet and be able to keep pace with a full day of activity.  They should be agile enough to get in and out of motorboat, and able to walk & stand for two hours at a time, as there are few places to sit and rest on the trails.

Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.