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Guided Walking : Latin America

Costa Rica: Southern Rainforest & Coast

Moderate Terrain: 4-10 Miles Daily

Costa Rica: Southern Rainforest & Coast

Walking through chattering rainforests, where tapirs snuffle in the underbrush and iridescent quetzal wing from tree to tree, you’ll encounter a Costa Rica untouched by the crowds. In the company of naturalist guides equipped with high-power viewing scopes, you’ll explore the undiscovered corners of this wildlife fantasia. From the cool, mountainous cloudforests of Los Quetzales National Park to the virgin coastline of Playa Uvita, you’ll delight in daily sightings of exotic birds and verdant trails leading to waterfall-fed pools. Ever present will be the potential to spot sloth, ocelot, white-nosed coati, poison-dart frogs, spectacled caiman, four varieties of monkey, and much more. Enjoy warm Tico greetings from locals who welcome you into their homes for hot coffee or a garden-fresh meal. Walk among the towering 150-foot-tall trees of Corcovado National Park, one of the largest lowland tropical rainforests in the world (and one of the last). Relax on deserted beaches in a country that’s known for its bounty of natural beauty.


Tour Highlights:
  • Snorkel the brilliantly colored reefs of Caño Island, home to an abundance of marine life...as well as many pre-Columbian archaeological sites.
  • Walk through pristine oak forests on a private reserve accessible from your hotel in the Talamanca Mountain Range and marvel at flowering epiphytes, wild avocados, and orchids along the way.
  • Take a break from your adventures in Campesinos Reserve to splash in a freshwater pool beneath a waterfall—your guide knows just the spot.
Flight + Tour Combo

10 days, 9 nights

FROM $4,998 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour extensions available
Arenal | 2 nights $648

Tour Only

8 days, 7 nights

FROM $4,498 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Los Quetzales National Park

Head south from San José to Los Quetzales National Park, where you’ll walk through the cloudforest in search of the elusive, resplendent quetzal. This evening, gather for a welcome dinner of fresh-caught trout and homegrown fruit at your family-owned lodge.

Accommodation: Savegre Hotel, Natural Reserve & Spa, San Gerardo de Dota

Situated in a private reserve at over 7,000 feet in the midst of a cloudforest valley, this mountain hotel provides comfortable and spacious rooms surrounded by lush gardens, walking trails, and an excellent restaurant and facilities, adhering to high standards of environmental sustainability.

Day 2

Los Robles and Cascada trails

Spend today discovering the amazing variety of birds and mammals in your hotel’s private 1,000-acre cloudforest reserve.

Accommodation: Savegre Hotel, Natural Reserve & Spa, San Gerardo de Dota

Situated in a private reserve at over 7,000 feet in the midst of a cloudforest valley, this mountain hotel provides comfortable and spacious rooms surrounded by lush gardens, walking trails, and an excellent restaurant and facilities, adhering to high standards of environmental sustainability.

Day 3

Siberia de Pérez Zeledón

Today’s journey follows the Pan-American Highway past coffee and dairy farms to Uvita on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Pause along the way to walk down a traditional oxcart road, joining a local family for a typical Costa Rican lunch accompanied by blackberry wine.

Accommodation: Cristal Ballena, Uvita

Perched high above the beach, this four-star hotel provides stunning views over the Pacific Ocean and is cooled by downslope rainforest breezes. Spacious Mediterranean-style rooms, a large swimming pool with poolside restaurant and bar, and a spa are all contained in 30 acres of beautifully tended tropical gardens. Dedicated to marine and terrestrial conservation and environmental education, this recipient of 4 out of 5 leaves for sustainable tourism offers both sustainability and comfort.

Day 4

Campesinos Reserve

Hike into the Campesinos Reserve today, a rural tourism project that benefits local farmers. Look for toucans, parrots, and tanagers as you hike to the village of Londres, stopping en route at a natural swimming hole beneath a waterfall.

Accommodation: Cristal Ballena, Uvita

Perched high above the beach, this four-star hotel provides stunning views over the Pacific Ocean and is cooled by downslope rainforest breezes. Spacious Mediterranean-style rooms, a large swimming pool with poolside restaurant and bar, and a spa are all contained in 30 acres of beautifully tended tropical gardens. Dedicated to marine and terrestrial conservation and environmental education, this recipient of 4 out of 5 leaves for sustainable tourism offers both sustainability and comfort.

Day 5

Transfer to Corcovado National Park

Your destination today is Corcovado National Park, described by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on earth.” Watch for whales and dolphins on your boat trip to the park, then explore the primary rainforest around your luxurious eco-lodge this afternoon.

Accommodation: Casa Corcovado, Osa Peninsula

Combining luxury and the highest environmental standards, Casa Corcovado offers Spanish colonial-style individual bungalows in a beautifully landscaped jungle setting with two swimming pools, a private beach, fine dining, and an extensive network of walking trails. The jungle lodge has earned Costa Rica’s highest recognition for sustainable tourism, the coveted “five leaves,” awarded for its commitment to the environment and local communities.

Day 6

Casa Corcovado, Osa Peninsula

Wake to the sound of howler monkeys and continue discovering the magic of Corcovado, a natural paradise that is home to scarlet macaws, jaguars, tapirs, and countless other rare creatures. Today’s walk encompasses dense rainforest, unspoiled waterfalls, and a pristine beach.

Accommodation: Casa Corcovado, Osa Peninsula

Combining luxury and the highest environmental standards, Casa Corcovado offers Spanish colonial-style individual bungalows in a beautifully landscaped jungle setting with two swimming pools, a private beach, fine dining, and an extensive network of walking trails. The jungle lodge has earned Costa Rica’s highest recognition for sustainable tourism, the coveted “five leaves,” awarded for its commitment to the environment and local communities.

Day 7

Caño Island Biological Reserve

Playful dolphins may accompany your boat to Caño Island, where brilliantly colored tropical fish and coral make for some of Costa Rica’s finest snorkeling. Alternatively, relax at the pool and spa today before sharing tropical drinks and sunset views with your group at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Casa Corcovado, Osa Peninsula

Combining luxury and the highest environmental standards, Casa Corcovado offers Spanish colonial-style individual bungalows in a beautifully landscaped jungle setting with two swimming pools, a private beach, fine dining, and an extensive network of walking trails. The jungle lodge has earned Costa Rica’s highest recognition for sustainable tourism, the coveted “five leaves,” awarded for its commitment to the environment and local communities.

Day 8

Departure from the Osa Peninsula

Transfer to the local airstrip for your 45-minute flight back to San José.

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Flight from USA to San José, Costa Rica

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Accommodation: DoubleTree Cariari Hotel, San José

Conveniently located near Juan Santamaría International Airport, the DoubleTree Cariari Hotel is the perfect springboard for an adventure in Latin America. This sustainable resort hotel is beautifully designed in Costa Rica’s hacienda style, with lush landscaping and modern flourishes. It boasts an outdoor pool, in-room Wi-Fi, an alfresco restaurant, and a modern fitness room.

Day 1

Join your Country Walkers Costa Rica: Southern Rainforest & Coast tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your guide(s) will meet you at the DoubleTree Cariari Hotel at 8:00 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Please refer to the Costa Rica: Southern Rainforest & Coast (8-day/ 7-night) itinerary for full tour details.

Head south from San José to Los Quetzales National Park, where you’ll walk through the cloudforest in search of the elusive, resplendent quetzal. This evening, gather for a welcome dinner of fresh-caught trout and homegrown fruit at your family-owned lodge.

Accommodation: Savegre Hotel, Natural Reserve & Spa, San Gerardo de Dota

Situated in a private reserve at over 7,000 feet in the midst of a cloudforest valley, this mountain hotel provides comfortable and spacious rooms surrounded by lush gardens, walking trails, and an excellent restaurant and facilities, adhering to high standards of environmental sustainability.

Day 2

Los Robles and Cascada trails

Spend today discovering the amazing variety of birds and mammals in your hotel’s private 1,000-acre cloudforest reserve.

Accommodation: Savegre Hotel, Natural Reserve & Spa, San Gerardo de Dota

Situated in a private reserve at over 7,000 feet in the midst of a cloudforest valley, this mountain hotel provides comfortable and spacious rooms surrounded by lush gardens, walking trails, and an excellent restaurant and facilities, adhering to high standards of environmental sustainability.

Day 3

Siberia de Pérez Zeledón

Today’s journey follows the Pan-American Highway past coffee and dairy farms to Uvita on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Pause along the way to walk down a traditional oxcart road, joining a local family for a typical Costa Rican lunch accompanied by blackberry wine.

Accommodation: Cristal Ballena, Uvita

Perched high above the beach, this four-star hotel provides stunning views over the Pacific Ocean and is cooled by downslope rainforest breezes. Spacious Mediterranean-style rooms, a large swimming pool with poolside restaurant and bar, and a spa are all contained in 30 acres of beautifully tended tropical gardens. Dedicated to marine and terrestrial conservation and environmental education, this recipient of 4 out of 5 leaves for sustainable tourism offers both sustainability and comfort.

Day 4

Campesinos Reserve

Hike into the Campesinos Reserve today, a rural tourism project that benefits local farmers. Look for toucans, parrots, and tanagers as you hike to the village of Londres, stopping en route at a natural swimming hole beneath a waterfall.

Accommodation: Cristal Ballena, Uvita

Perched high above the beach, this four-star hotel provides stunning views over the Pacific Ocean and is cooled by downslope rainforest breezes. Spacious Mediterranean-style rooms, a large swimming pool with poolside restaurant and bar, and a spa are all contained in 30 acres of beautifully tended tropical gardens. Dedicated to marine and terrestrial conservation and environmental education, this recipient of 4 out of 5 leaves for sustainable tourism offers both sustainability and comfort.

Day 5

Transfer to Corcovado National Park

Your destination today is Corcovado National Park, described by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on earth.” Watch for whales and dolphins on your boat trip to the park, then explore the primary rainforest around your luxurious eco-lodge this afternoon.

Accommodation: Casa Corcovado, Osa Peninsula

Combining luxury and the highest environmental standards, Casa Corcovado offers Spanish colonial-style individual bungalows in a beautifully landscaped jungle setting with two swimming pools, a private beach, fine dining, and an extensive network of walking trails. The jungle lodge has earned Costa Rica’s highest recognition for sustainable tourism, the coveted “five leaves,” awarded for its commitment to the environment and local communities.

Day 6

Casa Corcovado, Osa Peninsula

Wake to the sound of howler monkeys and continue discovering the magic of Corcovado, a natural paradise that is home to scarlet macaws, jaguars, tapirs, and countless other rare creatures. Today’s walk encompasses dense rainforest, unspoiled waterfalls, and a pristine beach.

Accommodation: Casa Corcovado, Osa Peninsula

Combining luxury and the highest environmental standards, Casa Corcovado offers Spanish colonial-style individual bungalows in a beautifully landscaped jungle setting with two swimming pools, a private beach, fine dining, and an extensive network of walking trails. The jungle lodge has earned Costa Rica’s highest recognition for sustainable tourism, the coveted “five leaves,” awarded for its commitment to the environment and local communities.

Day 7

Caño Island Biological Reserve

Playful dolphins may accompany your boat to Caño Island, where brilliantly colored tropical fish and coral make for some of Costa Rica’s finest snorkeling. Alternatively, relax at the pool and spa today before sharing tropical drinks and sunset views with your group at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Casa Corcovado, Osa Peninsula

Combining luxury and the highest environmental standards, Casa Corcovado offers Spanish colonial-style individual bungalows in a beautifully landscaped jungle setting with two swimming pools, a private beach, fine dining, and an extensive network of walking trails. The jungle lodge has earned Costa Rica’s highest recognition for sustainable tourism, the coveted “five leaves,” awarded for its commitment to the environment and local communities.

Day 8

Departure from the Osa Peninsula

Transfer to the local airstrip for your 45-minute flight back to San José.

Post-Night

Tour Departure from San José

After saying goodbye to your group in Juan Santamaría International Airport, you transfer via complimentary shuttle to the DoubleTree Cariari Hotel for your post-tour night. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)

Accommodation: DoubleTree Cariari Hotel, San José

Conveniently located near Juan Santamaría International Airport, the DoubleTree Cariari Hotel is the perfect springboard for an adventure in Latin America. This sustainable resort hotel is beautifully designed in Costa Rica’s hacienda style, with lush landscaping and modern flourishes. It boasts an outdoor pool, in-room Wi-Fi, an alfresco restaurant, and a modern fitness room.

Departure

This morning, after a complimentary breakfast, you transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport via free shuttle.

Add a Tour Extension to Your Flight + Tour Combo
Post-Tour Extension: Arenal

2 nights from only $648

  • Two nights at the Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa*
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • Two breakfasts

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in Costa Rica with an additional two nights near one of the 10 most active volcanoes in the world, Arenal is a breathtaking cone bursting from lush Costa Rican jungle. What better setting for a tropical adventure? From a beautiful five-star hotel packed with vibrant gardens and dramatic views, you can set out to explore the rainforest canopy on a network of hanging bridges. With abundant wildlife in the area, you can hope to see spider, howler, and white-faced monkeys, coatis, agoutis, peccaries, and a symphony of bird species: keelbill toucans, jacamars, tanagers, honey creepers, and hummingbirds. Use your free time to follow old lava flows, stop by natural hot springs, and learn all about the region’s unique geology.

Single Supplement: $148

Flight + Tour Combo plus Post-Tour Extension Dates: February 13-24, 2016, March 18-29, 2016, November 19-30, 2016 & December 10-21, 2016

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • Two nights at the DoubleTree Cariari Hotel in San José*
  • Two breakfasts
  • 8-day/7-night Costa Rica: Southern Rainforest & Coast guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Tour Extension Available

Arenal
2 nights from only $648

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Dates & Prices

Tour Only

2016 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Nov 20 - Nov 27 $4,598 $598
Dec 11 - Dec 18 $5,498 $598

Flight + Tour Combo

2016 Dates MIAMI Change Departure Airport
Flight + Tour Combo
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Flight + Tour Combo
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Single Supplement
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Nov 19 - Nov 28 $4,998
$748
Dec 10 - Dec 19 $4,998 $748

Private Adventure

Make this Tour a Private Adventure

You can transform this itinerary into an exclusive experience for you and your fellow guests. Enjoy all the same walks and inclusions as on our traditional tours, in the company of the same expert guides. Simply gather your friends, choose your preferred departure date, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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2016 Dates Number of Travelers
6 - 9 10 - 16 Single Supplement
Oct 1 - Dec 31$4,798$4,598$598

Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Cota Rica Walking Tour Guide Cesar Sanchez
Cesar Sanchez

A talented naturalist and avid birder, Cesar Sanchez has been passionate about the outdoors for as long as he can remember. The Osa Peninsula native spent the last six years at Louisiana State University, working on a doctorate degree and researching the origins and biogeography of lowland rainforest birds. He has traveled extensively in the United States and South America and has lead expeditions in various regions around Latin America. Out on the trail, he speaks knowledgeably and passionately on topics ranging from natural history to evolution and conservation. In his free time, he enjoys spending quality time with his daughter, Lia, cooking, and reading up on new ecology-related topics

Pavel leads walking tours in Costa Rica
Pável Sancho

Pável Sancho (called Pav) is a trained biologist fluent in Portuguese as well as English. Working as a guide for over a decade, Pav loves introducing our guests to the flora and fauna of his native country. A former dance teacher, he often participates in dance festivals and when not guiding, his other interests include Latin percussion, reading, international travel, and music.

Marco leads walking tours in Costa Rica
Marco “Tex” Fallas

Born and raised in Costa Rica, Marco “Tex” Fallas has worked in the tourism industry for more than 15 years, where his unmatched enthusiasm and energy level feed from his love of nature. Marco leads groups in exploration of the diverse regions of this country, always eager to share his knowledge with our guests and leaving them with unforgettable memories-leading them to refer to him as Pura Vida! (full of life).

Leonardo is a walking tour guide for Country Walkers
Leonardo Chaves

After attending the University of Costa Rica and Costa Rica’s National Institute of Learning, Leonardo Chaves has dedicated himself to guiding groups for 15 years. Leo is an expert birder, having spent the past five years recording bird songs all over Costa Rica and working on surveying and banding projects. Leo is well-known and respected by other guides as one of the best birding guides in the country, he is never shy to share his knowledge with fellow guides, students and visitors when guiding trips.

Jimmy is a walking tour guide for South American tours
Jimmy Tosso

A native of Costa Rica, Jimmy Tosso has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Latin America – but his heart remains in Costa Rica, where his engaging personality and commitment to professional guiding is well known. Jimmy has enjoyed sharing his knowledge of Costa Rica’s natural history, ecology, wildlife and culture for the past 14 years.

Onik Morisson
Onik Morrison

From a young age, Onik Morrison has been fascinated and inspired by the natural beauty of Costa Rica. She has traveled extensively, exploring almost every corner of Costa Rica, on to the Galpagos and as far as Asia, Europe, and Africa! Onik completed her BA in biology and is currently working on her master’s degree with an emphasis on environmental interpretation and a special interest in birds. Onik’s enthusiasm is as contagious on the trail as off!

Jackie is a seasoned walking tour guide for country walkers
Jackie Garcia

Born in San José, Jackie Garcia grew up with a blend of Costa Rican culture, having a mother from Guanacaste and a father from the Osa Peninsula. She has a passion for conservation, local culture and music, and sports that bring her in contact with nature, such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, rafting and especially surfing! Jackie also practices Capoeira Angola, combining Afro-Brazilian elements of martial arts, playful games, dance, and music. She is proud to be “tica” and loves showing visitors the culture and beauty of Costa Rica.

Rocio guides south american walking tours for country walkers.
Rocio Madrigal

Rocio Madrigal grew up with her playground being the forests and rivers surrounding her home and decided almost ten years ago to pursue her passion and become a Certified Naturalist Tour Guide from Costa Rica’s Institute of Biodiversity. This mother of three has been able to travel the world, with visits to Germany, Colombia, Peru, Panama, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and sixteen US states! Energetic and charismatic, Rocio loves sharing the wonders of her tropical land making every journey an enriching experience full of lasting memories.

Leonardo-Garrigues
Leonardo Garrigues

A birder since the age of six, Leonardo Garrigues has been accumulating natural-history experience all his life. In addition to studying Biology and Forest Engineering at the Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica, he has been involved in various projects on the Osa Peninsula, where he has helped monitor jaguars, white-lipped peccaries, and harpy eagles. He is also part of a team of recording bird calls and other animal vocalizations in the Osa. His guiding experience began on the peninsula and he now leads birding and natural history tours all over Costa Rica. Along with birds and wildlife Leo is glad to share his knowledge about Costa Rican history and culture as well.

Alexander-Arias
Alex Arias

Alex Arias is a passionate outdoorsman and has been leading tours throughout Costa Rica since 1994. His interests include photography, travel (having visited the US, Canada, Mexico, and France), and all types of adventure, including mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, canyoning, and rappelling. In fact, he has competed with adventure teams in Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama and has lead groups of friends to the top of Costa Rica’s highest peack, Chirripo, more than 20 times. Alex lives in Cartago with his wife, Vivian, and his daughter, Avrill.

Roy-Valverde
Roy Valverde

Roy Valverde was born and raised in San Ramón, Alajuela, a city known as the birthplace of many Costa Rican poets and presidents! A nature guide for the past ten years, Roy has conducted research studies and bird counts in different parts of the country. When not leading tours or assisting with studies, Roy enjoys nature photography, mountain biking, and traveling throughout Costa Rica and Panama.

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