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8-Day Costa Rica Private Bubble Corcovado Luxury Adventure

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Costa Rica

8-Day Costa Rica Private Bubble Corcovado Luxury Adventure

Travel within your social bubble! This fully self-contained Corcovado wildlife tour features a choice of breathtaking ocean-view buy-out properties (giving you the whole property for as few as 2 travelers!) or ultra-small eco-lodge. Includes private transportation and expert naturalist or biologist guide –tested for COVID-19 within 3 days of your arrival! We limit close contact with other people in every way possible and adhere to Costa Rica’s COVID-19 protocols for maximum safety. Includes a wide choice of activities each day in the most remote and wildlife-rich part of the country.

Destinations

  • Peninsula de Osa
  • Puerto Jimenez
  • Corcovado National Park

Highlights

  • Choice of Unique, Private Jungle Accommodations
  • All Inclusive Package - No Hassle or Worry, all Play!
  • Your Choice of Exclusive Wildlife Activity Each Day

Itinerary at a Glance

  • DAY 0: Pre-Trip Arrival Day in San Jose (Optional)
  • DAY 1: Arrival on the Osa Peninsula
  • DAY 2-7: Enjoy Activities or Relaxing Each Day
  • DAY 8: Puerto Jimenez / San Jose / Home

Choice of Activities Available Each Day:

  • Osa Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Whale & Dolphin Watching

  • Corcovado National Park

  • Chocolate Tour

  • Bioluminescent Kayaking Tour

  • Golfito Bay Mangroves & Kayaking

  • Night Tour

  • La Tarde Private Reserve

  • Horseback Riding

  • Drake Bay Safari

  • Waterfall Hike

  • Rio Claro - beaches, hike & snorkeling

  • San Josecito Beach Sunset

8-Day Costa Rica Private Bubble Corcovado Luxury Adventure

This unique experience offers Wild Planet Adventures' signature exclusive wildlife adventures and sightings coupled with the greatest degree of freedom and choice available. Take things at your own pace and enjoy Costa Rica to its fullest by choosing how you prefer to spend each day. Each day enjoy your choice of adventure from among numerous day activities we have available or take a down day to relax on the beach or back at your luxury accommodations. Whether it be relaxing on the veranda, enjoying spectacular views of the Osa Peninsula or setting out on another wildlife packed expedition, you will be able to really make your time in Costa Rica your own!

Detailed Itinerary

Please Note: Our exact itinerary is subject to minor changes based on conditions and our guide’s judgment of what is best for the group. Meal times, travel times, and activity times are coordinated to the best of the guide’s ability but cannot be exact.

DAY 0: (Pre-Trip Arrival Day) Arrival in San Jose (Optional)
Upon arrival in San Jose you will be met by a hotel representative who will transfer you to the hotel where you can rest and refresh yourselves. Remainder of the day is free at leisure. Overnight Hotel Buena Vista or Alternative Lodge. (No Meals)

DAY 1: San Jose / Osa Peninsula
Transfer to Juan Santamaria International Airport via hotel shuttle service, arriving in time for your domestic flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez. If you are arriving to Costa Rica from abroad, please arrive by 1:00PM to ensure adequate time to collect your bags, clear customs, and then check in for your onward domestic flight to the Osa Peninsula.

Upon arrival in Puerto Jimenez you will be met by your guide and driver. After an initial orientation, you will be assisted with your bags and transferred to your home for your stay. (D)

DAYS 2-7: Enjoy Activities or Relaxing Each Day (See Activities Tab)
Choose from one activity each day. Additional activities available at extra charge. (B,L,D)

  • Osa Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Whale & Dolphin Watching

  • Corcovado National Park

  • Chocolate Tour

  • Bioluminescent Kayaking Tour

  • Golfito Bay Mangroves & Kayaking

  • Night Tour

  • La Tarde Private Reserve

  • Horseback Riding

  • Drake Bay Safari

  • Waterfall Hike

  • Rio Claro - beaches, hike & snorkeling

  • San Josecito Beach Sunset

DAYS 8: Puerto Jimenez / San Jose
Depart your lodge for the Puerto Jimenez Airstrip in time for your morning flight to San Jose. Continue to USA or overnight in San Jose (extra charge). (B)

 

Costa Rica Lodging

Unique among Wild Planet Tours, choose from a selection of Luxury accommodations as per your preference and budget:

CORCOVADO

Private Luxury Oceanview House Rental

Located at 24km from Puerto Jimenez, Matapalo is the hotspot for surfers and wildlife lovers. This off-grid private and secluded resort-style escape located on 25 acres of prime rainforest. The property borders one of the largest National Parks in Central America, Corcovado. National Geographic, referred to Osa as one of the most bio-intense places on earth.

This villa offers views of the Pacific Ocean and the Golfo Dulce. Panama is in the distance to the south and east, world famous surf spot Pavones to the east and Playa Zancudo to the north. Enjoy a walk to the beach down our walking path through a beautiful rain-forest jungle, where it's common to see monkeys, macaws, toucans, sloths, anteaters, coati to name a few. At the end of your walk you will come to a road which will lead you to the three of the most exotic beaches the southern zone of Costa Rica has to offer.

Private Budget House Rental

This two-acre rental property is tucked into the hillside just above Backwash Beach, offering privacy and comfort in an extraordinary jungle setting. There is a peekaboo view of the water through the palms and almond trees.

The home is situated at the base of the mountain, approximately 40 meters above the water and 150 yards from the sand. The property stretches across a section of lush tropical gardens backing up to a mountainside draped in abundant rainforest.

The open-air design of the home takes advantage of both mountain and ocean breezes throughout the day. The house design optimizes outdoor living space. The pool deck is located in front of the kitchen, which is adjacent to the main living space. There are two bedrooms, each with their own sitting area, and full bathroom. In front of the bedrooms is a large covered patio that consists of a dining area and living room. Just off the patio is another open-air deck surrounded by foliage for shade.

This delightful home is perfect for couples or a small family on a budget looking for adventure and relaxation in a remote jungle setting.

Shared Deluxe Oceanview Lodge

Overlooking Playa Carate and a freshwater lagoon, this lodge is a gateway to Corcovado National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places on our planet and a popular area for eco-tourists. The Mediterranean style villas are solar powered and eco-friendly, providing conscientious accommodations in a luxury setting. From your villa deck, take in the panoramic views of the rainforest, lagoon, beach, ocean and sky.

Please Note: This is a shared lodge rather than a private house rental. The lodge is closer to Corcovado National Park but farther from Golfito Bay, which will require limiting activities accordingly, and extra transfer supplements for Golfito Bay activities.

 

Costa Rica Activities

Exclusive Wildlife Activities

Osa Wildlife Sanctuary

Osa Wildlife Sanctuary (Fundacion Santuario Silvestre de Osa), located on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, is a local enterprise wholly committed to providing wildlife rescue and rehabilitation for orphaned, injured, and displaced animals indigenous to the southern zone of Costa Rica.

Working with the local community, local businesses, and government, the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary provides the best care possible for the animals in their care while striving to be an active and valuable member of their local community.

Meet the may animal residents at the sanctuary while learning about their care and assisting the local staff in developing enrichment activities for the residents.

Whale and Dolphin Watching

Drake Bay is a privileged place for marine wealth, including whales and dolphins. (whale watching is seasonal). This tour offers you the opportunity to observe these marine mammals with a better perspective, during the migration of humpback whales, it becomes a very common tour for people that visit us as it is a unique experience. Humpback whales migrate from both hemispheres during the winter, fleeing from the low temperatures to the warm waters of the Osa Peninsula to reproduce.

Corcovado National Park Hike

Explore one of Costa Rica's premiere national parks via hiking along a selection of beautiful trails throughout the park. Led by your personal naturalist, biologist guide; seek out Costa Rica's hidden gems while learning about the many flora and fauna that makes Costa Rica one of the most prolific biodiversity hotspots on earth!

Bioluminescent Kayaking

This is guided evening/night tour into one of the most amazing natural phenomena of the world!

Launching before sunset, we paddle along Puntarenitas beach to view the sunset and usually a few wild bottle nose and spinner dolphins.

Once it is dark enough, watch how every stroke of your paddle leaves behind a glowing swirl of light or swim in glowing warm water from the beach. This adventure can only be described as magical.

Bioluminescence is "life emitting light" is a common occurrence in this region; however, finding an area with high concentrations on a regular basis is something not to be missed.

On land we see bioluminescence in fireflies, glowworms and occasionally glowing fungi. However, in the ocean bioluminescence is much more common but extremely rare to be seen in high concentrations. Tiny microorganisms are responsible for the display.

The bioluminescence is best seen when there is less ambient light from the environment, is best on moonless nights, however this does not mean you cannot see this effect during a full moon. The optimum days for viewing are based not only on the phases of the moon but also the actual rise time of the moon and rain.

No experience necessary, our adventures are for everyone. Our trips are designed to cater to all levels of experience and abilities. Life jackets, paddles, kayaks and a knowledgeable guide are provided.

Golfito Bay Mangroves & Kayaking

Welcome to our guided tour through the Preciosa Platanares Wild Life Refuge, the mangrove is both relaxing and amazing.

The mangroves are small forest with plants and animals adapted to live immerged in brackish water, influenced by the tides, hosting lots of life, this wonderful forest will be explore in the tour.

The trip is guided by an experienced local guide who will briefly interrupt the peace and wild silence with explanations of the interrelationships that exist here between plants and animals at different levels.

The mangrove kayak tour leaves one or two hours before high tide (there is a tour schedule for you to check). This trip explores the mangrove estuaries in Platanares River delta in the the Preciosa Platanares Wild Life Refuge. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you up and down a river under the canopy of 70-foot tall mangrove trees. Learn about the mangroves and look for all types of wildlife -- monkeys, raccoons, iguanas, Jesus Christ lizards, crabs, crocodiles, caimans, snakes, all types of birds, butterflies!

The trip takes 3 hours, and we supply, snacks (tropical seasonal fruits), Kayak with back rest for comfort and dual blade paddle, life jacket , instructions before the trip and a knowledgeable guide. dry bags (for all your gear, even cameras and video gear. No previous experience required.

Night Tour

This 3-hour tour starts at 6 p.m. on a farm in the vicinity of Drake Bay and is the best tour to see amphibians and reptiles and other creatures that are only observed at night. In addition to the wonderful experience of walking at night in the forest, some of the encounters can be red-eyed tree frogs, snakes, poisonous frogs, glass frogs and a lot of insects.

La Tarde Private Reserve

ECOTURÍSTICO LA TARDE is a remote, off-grid Eco-lodge, surrounded by a private reserve of primary rain forest, on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. La Tarde is located only five kilometers from the Corcovada National Park's Los Patos Ranger Station; making it the ideal base for exclusive treks into what National Geographic Magazine has called, "one of the most biologically intense places on earth." Dedicated to conservation and sustainability, La Tarde is offers unpresidented access to virgin forest for wildlife photographers, adventure seekers and nature-lovers alike to discover the heart of Costa Rica. Have the opportunity to see some of the Peninsula's rarest inhabitants, including jaguar, puma, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and all four of Costa Rica's monkey species.

Waterfall Hike

If you prefer a relaxed day this is the recommended tour. With only two hours of walking or 25 minutes by car you can reach the waterfalls of the Agujitas river where you can immerse yourself in the refreshing waters and spend a day of relaxation surrounded by nature.

Rio Claro - Beaches, Hike, & Snorkeling

The perfect tour to relax on the best beach in Drake Bay. These off the beaten path beaches offer a combination of snorkeling and hiking to the stunning Rio Claro river.

Other Activities

Chocolate Tour

Visit a local farm to experience the marvelous manufacturing process of Cocoa.

Visit an area of a “traditional cacao plantation”, an untouched and mystical area, where we can have first impressions of the “cacao forest”, the flowers, and fruit. The history and culture of this tropical crop is highly interesting, reaching back to the Mayas. You will get information about the origin of the cacao tree, the history, the first contact with Europeans, and the principal disease called “Monilia”.

On the way to the organic cacao plantation we will pass a “biological corridor” where your guide can teach you about its purpose and its benefit to the animals living near the farm, like monkeys, coatis, sloths, and many more. These corridors allow them to linger and move from one farm to another safely and without interference. We will also pass the secondary forest with its pioneer plants and its typical flora and fauna.

After learning about the history of the cacao plantations and their impact on local fauna we will learn about the various steps of making good chocolate. First visiting the fermentation area, then passing the drying area, and later observing the transformation of a roasted cacao-bean into pure chocolate. Last but not least we'll enjoy a tasting of the wonderful, local chocolate via fondue with fresh fruit and homemade banana bread.

Horseback Riding

Our Horseback Riding tour, rather than just a horseback ride, is an ecological tour where you can see a lot of wildlife through the local areas of Drake Bay. The group rides through rivers, forests or pristine beaches. The tour always end in a beautiful beach or in a waterfall where you can take a refreshing swim.

Drake Bay Safari

Easy, different and anyone can do it! The tour is done in 4×4 in the surroundings of Drake Bay, passing through beautiful views, and enjoying a huge amount of wildlife that is found during the way at the end of the crossing you can observe the sunset from strategic points.

San Josecito Beach Sunset

By boat we take you to experience a sunset at one of the most beautiful beaches in Drake Bay. The sunset from San Josecito beach is considered among the 10 best in the world.

 

Costa Rica Wildlife

Rare or Endangered Possible Sightings

Other Mammals: Jaguar & other cats, Tapir, Porcupine, Silky Anteater, Grey Fox, Olingo, Paca, Grison
Reptiles: Caiman, Fleishman's Glass Frogs (see-through), Leatherback Turtles, Green Turtles, Hercules Beetles
Birds: Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Harpy Eagle, Great Green Macaw, King Vulture, White Hawk, Great Potoo, Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, Royal Flycatcher, and many more

Prolific Sightings

Wild Planet's wildlife eco-tours are designed for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Our "Ultimate Wildlife" eco-adventures are specially designed for maximum wildlife viewing. We take care to seek out wildlife that is rare, off the beaten path, and in greater numbers than you will see on conventional tours. Our expert naturalist guides will educate you in the field so your experience is intimate and unparalleled. Still, wildlife viewing can unpredictable and requires patience and sensory awareness. A partial list of some of the animals you are likely to see is below.

Primates: Howler Monkeys, White-Faced Capuchin Monkeys
Other Mammals: Three-Toed Sloth, Two-Toed Sloth, Coatimundi, Bats
Reptiles & Insects: Crocodiles, Caiman, Blue Morpho Butterflies, Basilisk (Jesus Christ Lizards), Poison Arrow Frogs
Birds: 600 species including Parrots, Trogons, Mot-Mots, Tanagers, Montezuma's Oropendolas, Hawks, Squirrel Cuckoos, Owls, Herons, Kingfishers, 60 species of Hummingbirds and much more.

Likely Sightings

Primates: Squirrel Monkeys
Other Mammals: Tamandua (Anteater), Kinkajou, Agouti, Dolphins, Tayra, Peccaries (collared & white-liped)
Reptiles, Amphibians & Insects: Red-Eyed Tree Frogs, Walking Sticks, Eyelash Pitviper, Fer-de-lance, Leaf-Cutter Ants
Birds: Resplendent Quetzals, Scarlet Macaws, Lovely Cotingas, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, Green Honeycreepers, Roseate Spoonbill, Woodstorks, Crested Caracara, Purple Gallinule, Northern Jacanas, Great Curassow

 

Costa Rica Guides

Jose Ortiz

Jose Ortiz - Naturalist Guide

José is certified & experienced naturalist guide trained in CPR and first aid. Having explored the Osa Peninsula for more than 15 years, José is passionate for adventure and nature. When not leading tours through Costa Rica's wild jungles, José is yoga instructor & sound therapist. While always putting safety first, his unique experience, responsible professionalism, and infectious love for Costa Rica's wildlife will ensure a phenomenal experience while exploring the Osa Peninsula.

Rayner Araya

Rayner Araya Biologist & Naturalist Guide

I grew up in the forest where I spent my time exploring and discovering nature, playing with poison dart frogs, ants, butterflies, beetles and many other jewels, soon I became fascinated about natural history and science. Since very early in life I Knew I wanted to spend my time doing something that involved nature. I think I was very lucky because I happened to be in one of the hotspots for biodiversity and international conservation efforts, this combined with the educated and friendly Costa Rican people make a suitable destination for travelers from all over the world. As a Naturalist Guide I get to share my passion for wildlife and conservation and I get to explore many different ecosystems constantly in my trips. I went to school for Tourism and Biology, I think this makes a great combination to work in the always growing tourism industry. Before working as a Naturalist Guide I worked for OTS, a worldwide known organization dedicated to Tropical Biology Research which is featured in Wild Planet Adventures' Ultimate Wildlife eco-tour. It was here that I met Josh Cohen and began guiding for Wild Planet Adventures.

I love traveling and travelers, I truly believe that by traveling and being exposed to different cultures, languages and life styles we become more tolerant, we learn to accept our differences and that can only make the world a better place!

 

Costa Rica FAQ

Costa Rica Facts for Visitors

Climate/Best Time to Go:

Costa Rica boasts 12 climatic zones, surprising travelers with a wide variety of temperature and rainfall conditions year-round. In general, temperatures in the lowlands range from the low 70's to the high 80's, cooler at elevation. The temperature on top of the continental divide can vary from the mid 50's to low 80's in Monteverde to the 30's on Chirripo, with enveloping clouds drifting over the mountains and bringing mist and occasional rain. December through May is the dry season in most places except the Caribbean coast, which is dryer January through March, but has no real dry season. The "green season" begins very slowly in June and tapers off in July for about 3 weeks which native Costa Ricans call "Little Summer". So don't let rain scare you away from the rainforest! Even in the green season there is plenty of sunshine and great weather for your vacation. Best time to go: late December through early August

Government:

A stable democracy for more than 100 years, Costa Rica is a peaceful nation in the midst of a region that has been troubled by turmoil for centuries. Costa Rica also has the highest standard of living of any Central American country, including literacy rates, medical standards and facilities are all quite high. Costa Ricans are extremely proud that they do not have an army.

Location:

Costa Rica lies on the southern part of Central America, bordered on the south by Panama and on the North by Nicaragua. It's land mass is referred to as an isthmus, which is bordered by the sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean and contains the mountains of the continental divide.

Size:

Approximately 51,100 square mile--about half the size of the state of Kentucky. Only 120 km wide in some points, Costa Rica would be easy to traverse were it not for the extreme variation in ecosystems and the continental divide. Over 27% of the country's 12 distinct ecological zones are in protected areas.

Population:

The population of Costa Rica is approximately 5 million, mostly of Spanish descent. Costa Rican people call themselves "ticos" (male) or "ticas" (female.) They are extremely friendly, polite, well educated, and enthusiastic about their country. Costa Rica is home to a large international community as well.

Language:

Spanish is the official language and is spoken, thankfully, at a speed that is much easier to understand than many other countries. English is widely understood, especially in tourist areas, hotels, lodges and restaurants.

Entry Requirements:

A passport and return ticket is required to enter Costa Rica. No visas are required for citizens of the US, UK, Canada, Japan and many others.

Customs:

US residents are permitted a $400 per person (or $1,100 per family) duty-free tax exemption upon returning to the US

Departure Tax:

Approximately US $35.00

Currency:

Local currency is the Colon. One US dollar is worth approximately 375 Colon. US dollars are accepted in many places in Costa Rica. Credit Cards/Travelers Checks: Nearly all hotels, restaurants and shops in the major towns and tourist areas take all major credit cards. Street vendors and smaller establishments in remote areas may accept only cash or travelers checks. Its important to keep travelers checks in a waterproof pouch, as they are considered void if they get wet.

Telecommunications:

All telecommunications services (direct dial phones, fax, telex, cable) are available; but calls from Costa Rica are much higher than an equivalent call to Costa Rica. The country code for Costa Rica is (506) Remote jungle lodges usually have short wave radio communications linked to cellular service.

Time Zone:

Costa Rica is in the Central Standard Time zone, and does not utilize daylight saving time. There is very little seasonal variation between dawn and dusk due to the proximity to the equator, dawn is usually 6:00 am and dusk 6:00 pm.

Sales Taxes:

Costa Rica has high taxes, roughly 15% sales tax and there may be 15% service charge in many hotels and restaurants.

Tipping:

Tipping is voluntary; tips of 15% are acceptable; more if the service is exceptionally good. Some hotels and restaurants add a 15 percent service.

Water:

While the water is said to be safe in most of Costa Rica, we recommend bottled water in most places. Do not eat fruit you have not pealed yourself, stay away from leafy vegetables like lettuce, and avoid ice cubes. These are common causes of amebic dysentery and giardia, both of which are unpleasant enough to be worth avoiding at all costs.

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