Nestled between the Caribbean Sea & the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica possesses a wealth of natural beauty and wildlife that belies its diminutive size. Join us to discover its pristine landscapes & learn about the unique environments of cloud & rain forests.

Starting at: $4,081 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Oak Tiger Butterfly. Credit: Phil Parsons  The luscious cloud forest from the forest floor  Arenal Volcano  The elusive Resplendent Quetzel, Monteverde National Park  White-faced Capuchin monkey  A brilliantly colored morpho butterfly  One of many butterfly species of Costa Rica  Hanging bridge in the canopy  Male Crowned Woodnymph Hummingbird  Costa Rica hummingbird  One of Costa Rica's delightful hummingbirds  Dart frog in Costa Rica  A sloth at home in the tree tops  Red-eyed tree frog crawling between leaves in the jungle  Colorful Heliconia   Costa Rica orchid  One of Costa Rica's many species of orchids  Poás Volcano  Costa Rica coffee field  Beach along the coast of Guanacaste  Sunset in Guanacaste

Costa Rica's Natural Treasures

11 days from $4,081 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Nestled between the Caribbean Sea & the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica possesses a wealth of natural beauty and wildlife that belies its diminutive size. Join us to discover its pristine landscapes & learn about the unique environments of cloud & rain forests.

or Call 855-330-1542

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This was an exceptional first time tour group experience. Smithsonian gets an A+ for combining learning and fun as a way to see new lands.

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The diverse perspectives and knowledge shared by and with the fellow travelers makes each trip unique, special, and memorable in ways words cannot express.

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Jan 16 - 26, 2020 Departure
Thomas Mirenda

Thomas Mirenda

Tom Mirenda has been cultivating plants since his early childhood and lives to create beauty with plants in botanic Garden settings for more than half of his adult life. Originally trained as a Marine Biologist, Tom moved to Hawaii in his early 20s to pursue a MB career and worked on the Trophic relationships of denizens of Coral reefs in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands (Midway and French Frigate Shoals). There he realized he was better suited to Horticultural pursuits and took positions at New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanical Garden and at the Incredible Greentree Estate in Long Island where he cared for a first class Orchid collection. Eventually Tom accepted the Orchid Collection Specialist Position at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC where he cultivated and curated a huge diverse orchid collection for 17 years. The collection was used to create massive 4 to 5 month long educational orchid exhibits displayed to literally millions of visitors each year.

Recently, Tom decided to take a leadership position at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, an exceptionally beautiful jewel on the lush Hamakua coast just north of Hilo on the Big Island. What Tom found there was an Orchid Paradise where myriad spectacular orchids of all types, both lowland and montane species and hybrids seem to thrive, simply planted in the trees, placing them thoughtfully in the landscape.

Tom looks forward to sharing his love of plants and nature with you on this tour.

Mar 16 - 26, 2020 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.