Discover the hidden gems of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region, exploring thermal canyons, volcanoes, wetlands, and reefs in private rainforest reserves and wildlife refuges. 

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Costa Rica: Rainforests, Volcanoes, and the Pacific Coast

8 days from $4,995

Discover the hidden gems of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region, exploring thermal canyons, volcanoes, wetlands, and reefs in private rainforest reserves and wildlife refuges. 

Accommodations

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Rio Perdido

San Bernardo de Bagaces, Costa Rica

Set within a thermal gorge and surrounded by unusual dwarf forest, Rio Perdido offers access to outdoor adventure as well as relaxation in the natural hot springs. The 30 bungalows are contemporary and sustainably built, and each features an elevated terrace with a hammock. On the resort grounds and surrounding reserve are three mineral pools of varying temperatures, a mineral mud bath, a full-service spa, a yoga platform, ziplining and tubing opportunities, and 15 miles of hiking and biking trails. There is a swim-up pool bar and grill and the main lodge restaurant, which serves creative, well-prepared cuisine.  

Number of nights: 2

Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel

National Park Alajuela, Costa Rica

Tucked into the rainforest next to Tenorio National Park, Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel is an eco-conscious property that offers adventure activities and easy access to major sites. Its 26 spacious casitas feature private patios and outdoor showers as well as upscale, modern amenities. The hotel grounds include hot tubs and a pool as well as a restaurant and two bars, a game room, a spa, and yoga classes. 

Number of nights: 3

Casa Conde Beach Front Hotel

Golfo Papagayo Provincia de Guanacaste Playa Panama, Costa Rica

Casa Conde Beach Front Hotel is nestled between the Gulf of Papagayo and the tropical dry forest, a secluded getaway with a 2 swimming pools, a hot tub, and direct beach access. Rooms are spacious, with patios looking out at the coast or the gardens; and guests can choose from as a selection of restaurants and bars. The hotel offers massage services, and rents equipment such as snorkel gear, kayaks, and saiboats.

Number of nights: 2

Activity Level

Activity Level 2: Moderate  

Expectations:  A few long touring days with full-day motor coach excursions.  Extended periods of standing and walking for during outdoor activities. Walking over sometimes difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, stairs without handrails, an absence of elevators), and short hikes (up to 2 miles) which may entail slippery or muddy forest conditions over uneven terrain.  There are additional opportunities to choose more active activities (snorkeling, sea kayaking, zip lining). 

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Reading List

Highly Recommended

The Wildlife of Costa Rica: A Field Guide (Zona Tropical Publications)
By: Reid, Fiona, Leenders, Twan, Zook, Jim, Dean, Robert
Nature of the Rainforest: Costa Rica and Beyond (Zona Tropical Publications)
By: Adrian Forsyth
Costa Rica: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Traveler's Literary Companions, 1)
By: Barbara Ras, Oscar Arias
A Brief History of Central America (Brief History Of... (Checkmark Books))
By: Foster, Adjunct Faculty Member Hispanic Studies Department Lynn V

Also Recommended

The Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics (The Latin America Readers)
Costa Rica - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (40)
By: Koutnik, Jane, Culture Smart!
Lonely Planet Costa Rican Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary 5
By: Kohnstamm, Thomas
The Ticos: Culture and Social Change in Costa Rica
By: Mavis Hiltunen Biesanz, Richard Biesanz, Karen Zubris Biesanz
Wild Costa Rica: The Wildlife and Landscapes of Costa Rica (The MIT Press)
By: Hepworth, Adrian
Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rain Forests of Central and South America
By: Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide (Zona Tropical Publications)
By: Garrigues, Richard
Costa Rica: A Journey through Nature (Zona Tropical Publications)
By: Hepworth, Adrian
The Monkey's Bridge: Mysteries of Evolution in Central America
By: Wallace, David
24x36 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (24x36 Laminated)
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