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Costa Rica/Panama
  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $2,998 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

The Best Luxury Costa Rica Tours!

Step in to a nascent paradise of rain forests, empty beaches, and small settlements. On this Costa Rica Vacation Package hike through Corcovado National Park, one of the most biologically intense places on earth according to National Geographic, with the possibility of espying jaguars, Scarlet Macaws, Harpy Eagles, and squirrel monkeys. Visit a biological marine reserve and then make your way to the mountains. Explore Savegre Cloud Forest and marvel at the distinction between ecosystems of Corcovado and Savegre.

  • Family Vacations
  • Hiking
  • Snorkeling / Swimming

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

About
This Tour

Costa Rica – “the rich coast” – is renowned not only for its white sand beaches and pristine waters teeming with aquatic life, but also for its virgin rain forest, home to countless species of flora and fauna. Experience the best of both worlds as you explore from coast to mountainous interior on this weeklong adventure.

  • Navigate the Sierpe River through the largest mangrove wetlands on the Pacific Coast of Central America before arriving at your Osa Peninsula jungle lodge, accessible only by boat
  • Spot tapirs, jaguars and scarlet macaws in Corcovado National Park, deemed “one of the most biologically intense places on earth” by National Geographic
  • Learn the history and mystery behind the perfectly spherical hand-carved stones at an ancient Indian burial ground on Caño Island
  • Snorkel among colorful coral reefs and picnic beneath coconut palms on a white sand beach
  • Come nose to beak with the magnificent quetzal on a private nature reserve in the Savegre Cloud Forest
Colourful Tucan on a branch
Photo: Colourful Tucan on a branch

Following the last Austin Adventures vacation, we knew our experience could not be matched; yet amazingly, this trip surpassed all!

Amy Vance Saverna Park, MD

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

7 days/6 nights

San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)

Day 1: San José
San José
Meals Included:  No meals

Arrive at the San Jose Airport where you will be greeted by an Austin Adventures representative before a short transfer to the charismatic Bougainvillea Hotel, your home for the night.

This evening you will have a chance to meet your guides and the rest of your group at the welcome meeting.

Enjoy dinner on your own tonight as you explore the area.

About the Bougainvillea Hotel
Set among 10 acres of lush gardens, the unique and comfortable Hotel Bougainvillea is a place where guests can truly experience the world famous beauty of Costa Rica.

Original pieces of Costa Rican art complement the stunning landscaped tropical gardens dominated by tall trees, plentiful flowers, ponds and mountain views.

Day 2: San José / Osa Peninsula
San José / Osa Peninsula
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Casa Corcovado

This morning, your guide will pick you up for your local flight to Palma Sur, near the beautiful Osa Peninsula.

  • Upon touchdown, a short transfer from Palma Sur airstrip to La Hacienda, the reception center in the town of Sierpe will bring you near where your boat journey begins
  • After boarding the vessel, you will embark on a 1 ½ hours ride down the Sierpe River, winding through the largest mangrove wetlands system on the Pacific Coast of Central America
  • Following the coastline south, we arrive at Casa Corcovado, near Corcovado National Park, the last remaining Pacific lowland rainforest of sustainable size in Central America

About Casa Corcovado
Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, tucked away in the trees and cooled by the Pacific Ocean, is a 170 acre private reserve bordering Corcovado National Park. Spanish colonial-style Bungalows are spread around a garden for maximum privacy.

Carefully designed and built by an American naturalist with over 30 years of local experience, Casa Corcovado exhibits luxury first class service and food. There are no roads to Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge as it is accessible only by motor launch. This unique lodge offers accommodations constructed with the highest concern for conservation in harmony with the landscape and the environment.

Day 3: Corcovado National Park
Corcovado National Park
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Casa Corcovado

Today, we set our sights on Corcovado National Park, cited by National Geographic as one of the most biologically intense places on earth!

Your guide will delve into the history of the Park as well as point out the flora and fauna along the way.

There is a good chance of spotting some of Costa Rica's shyest and most endangered inhabitants here:

  • Baird's Tapirs
  • Jaguars
  • Scarlet Macaws
  • Harpy Eagles
  • Red-backed squirrel monkeys
  • White-lipped Peccaries

Corcovado National Park, also known as the Amazon of Costa Rica, spans over 100,000 acres of virgin and secondary rain forest.

Tonight spend a peaceful evening back at the lodge.

Day 4: Caño Island
Caño Island
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Casa Corcovado

After an early breakfast, board the boat for a 45 minute jaunt over to Caño Island.

Along the way we hope to see playful dolphins swimming alongside the boat in the sparkling blue waters. Caño Island has been a biological reserve since 1978 and plays a significant role in Costa Rica’s natural history.

Ten nautical miles from the resort, this beautiful island and marine sanctuary, with waters containing vast numbers of coral-building organisms, and some of the most varied and abundant marine life on the planet, is a world-class diving and snorkeling site.

Offering good to excellent visibility all year round (it can reach up to 80 feet during the dry season months of December through April), the island’s reefs provide an underwater landscape of caves, cliffs and canyons, and are home to 19 species of corals, including brain, head and sea fans, 60 species of mollusks, lobsters, giant conchs, white-tipped reef sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, devil rays, large schools of jackfish, parrotfish, and much more!

After your amazing snorkeling experience in this tropical paradise, go back to the hotel’s beach for lunch.

Day 5: Osa Peninsula / Savegre
Osa Peninsula / Savegre
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Savegre Lodge

Today, after enjoying your last breakfast at Casa Corcovado, you and your guide will board the boat to return to Sierpe port.

  • Upon arrival your van awaits, ready to transfer you to the Savegre area, nestled in the central mountain range of Costa Rica
  • En route you will stop for lunch at a local restaurant

Tonight you will sleep well at the Savegre Lodge, an ideal base for exploring Costa Rica’s Savegre Cloud Forest.

About the Savegre Lodge
Savegre Mountain Lodge is the ideal spot to explore the high elevation habitats in Costa Rica.

Hosted by the Chacón Zúñiga Family, you will be able to experience all the hospitality of these pioneers who settled in the valley by 1955.

Efraín Chacón and his family developed their interest for nature early on allowing them to preserve 70% of their 400 hectares of property. An extensive trail system reveals all of this ancient tropical cloud forest.

The grounds of the hotel are quite entertaining: hummingbird feeders, beautiful gardens, and the charming Savegre River attract a great number of bird species around the facilities.

The lodge is privileged to be submerged in the Talamanca Mountain Range, supporting a pristine high elevation oak forest as well as traces of Sub-Alpine Rain Paramo (habitat over 10,000 feet) making this area a very unique birding spot to observe many species found only in the highlands of Costa Rica and the very western part of Chiriquí in Panamá.

Day 6: Savegre
Savegre
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Savegre Lodge

This morning, explore the Quetzals Trail and its wondrous vegetation and wildlife.

  • The trails of Savegre are distinguished for their variety of bird species that can be spotted, especially the magnificent Quetzal, one of the most representative birds of the area.
  • At the end of the tour feast on a delicious Costa Rican typical lunch
  • Later, take in the sights and sounds of the Savegre Reserve, a private nature reserve of great tranquility and beauty, through a network of trails near your hotel

The reserve, a scientific field research site, has a spectacularly high level of biodiversity that attracts visitors from all over the world.

Part of the reserve is secondary forest regrowth, once felled for cattle grazing, the owners decided years ago to return the forest to its natural state.

Day 7: San José
San José
Meals Included:  B

On the 7th and final day, transfer to the international airport for your post trip departure.

We hope you'll join us again soon!

* This trip is operated in partnership with Costa Rica Sun Tours.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Sun Tours.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $2,998 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Departure Dates

    Additional Trip Information

    Departure
    • Your trip begins with your arrival in San José at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport.
    • After passing through Immigration, take the right hand side exit door and look for the Sun Tours representative who will direct you to customs.
    • When you leave the building after clearing customs, look for a Sun Tours representative, who will be holding a sign that says “Costa Rica Sun Tours” with your name on it.
    • Your guide will take you to your hotel, Bougainvillea. Your trip ends with a drop-off at the San José airport three hours prior to your flight departure.
    Activities
    • Hiking: Easy to moderately strenuous hikes ranging from 3 to 10 miles.
    • Snorkeling: Calm waters, equipment provided, no experience necessary.
    Meals

    The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. Meals are included as indicated in the daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

    Included in Trip Price
    • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
    • All breakfasts. Lunches and dinners as listed by day. Snacks along the route.
    • Fully trained, first-aid certified, bilingual professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
    • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
    • One way flight from San Jose to Palmar Sur.
    • Austin Adventures T-shirt & luggage tags.
    • Pre-departure and packing information.
    • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local guide and expert gratuities.
    Not Included in Trip Price
    • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
    • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
    • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
    • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
    • Airport departure taxes.
    • Extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service, etc.)
    • All types of personal insurance.
    • Personal expenses.
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    A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

    • 1. The Osa Peninsula has the largest proportion of national parks in Costa Rica.
    • 2. In Pavones they have one of the longest surf breaks in the world.
    • 3. One of the things you can count on from Austin Adventures is consistency. Consistently giving our guests fun and memorable experiences is something we strive for. Costa Rica is also consistent: the sun rises and sets at the same time every day!
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