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COSTA RICA Ultimate Nature Tour: Expressions of Interest for March 2024

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The ultimate wildlife adventure for photographers, artists and nature-lovers to the most pristine rainforests of Central America!

Exotic Costa Rica, located in Central America, is famous for its biodiversity, lush rainforests, beautiful beaches and impressive volcanoes. In 2024 we will be offering another special custom-designed Costa Rica Ultimate Wildlife Eco-tour. Costa Rica contains nearly 6% of the world’s biodiversity, both in species and ecosystems and yet it is area is only 0.03% of the world’s surface! 

Our tour will take you through rugged mountains to the Caribbean lowlands, the cloud forests and volcanoes of the central mountains, the lush Pacific rainforests and an extended time in the Osa Peninsula, the most remote, wild and biodiverse region of Central America. We will be boating on the canals and lagoons that form the delta of the Estrella River, rafting on the Sarapiqui River, visit the world-famous La Selva Biological Research Station with hikes through the exceptionally lush rainforests, and a visit to the spectacular hot springs at the base of the Arenal Volcano.

Among many other mammals, get to know the two species of sloth, spider, capuchin, howler and squirrel monkeys, river otters, kinkajous, tapirs, coatis, and possibly pumas. Costa Rica is home to a myriad of bird species (921 species!), with over 314 and counting at the Cahuita National Park area alone. Visit La Selva Biological Station with hikes through the exceptionally lush rainforests. Parrots, toucans, oropendolas, kingfishers and many other birds can be seen along the rivers. Reptiles and amphibians also display a remarkable diversity. We will see caimans, American crocodiles, boa constrictors, the magnificent basilisks or Jesus Christ lizards that run over water, red-eyed tree frogs, translucent jewel-like glass frogs, and of course a diversity of the extremely colourful poison-dart frogs. The diversity of insects and plants is too overwhelming to even give a glimpse here. We offer you a chance to witness one of the world’s capitals of wildlife and nature.

See spectacular hummingbirds – around 50 species – and walk through the majestic forests of the Monteverde Reserve Cloud Forest. We will also be bird watching for Emerald Toucanets, MotMots and Quetzals (considered the most beautiful birds of the world). Our trip includes an opportunity to see the evening scarlet macaw migration at Carara National Park – with it’s old-growth forest of rare giant hardwood trees. We will also have time for relaxation with a stopover at some of Costa Rica’s famous beaches. Our program includes a short sea kayak paddle experience in the Golfito Bay in search of dolphins and whales, and an evening snorkel amongst bioluminescent plankton.

Our final destination is to Corcovado National Park – THE ultimate place in Costa Rica. It is the most remote and biodiverse location in the country to see many rare and endemic wildlife species. With an extended stay at this location, we will see beautiful birds such as the scarlet macaw, salty-tailed trogon; we may even see cats such as the jaguarundi, puma and rare mammals such tapir and tyra.

For those interested in wildlife photography, there will be opportunities for private tuition and mini-workshops throughout the trip with accompanying biologist and wildlife photographer Dr Damien Esquerré. NatureArt Lab Director and artist Julia Landford will facilitate sketching workshops for artists, and Alan Landford will provide entomological expertise throughout the trip.

 Prices and further details will be available shortly. 

- Visas are not required on entry to Costa Rica. Tourists can stay a maximum of 90 days.
- All adults and children require the following documents to enter Costa Rica:
• A current valid passport. The passport should be valid for six months from when you plan to leave the country.
• A return ticket to exit Costa Rica (either to return to your country or to go to another country) You may enter Costa Rica without visa for a maximum stay of up to 90 days.
- Check with your airline/travel agent in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Costa Rica. It may be the case that countries you pass through en route to your destination may require a separate transit visa. Please refer to visa requirements of the specific country. Our recommended travel agent is Jamison Travel, Canberra - 02 6251 5166.

- Travel insurance is required by all participants.
- Full details including itinerary and terms and conditions are available separately.

Fitness Levels

A moderate to high level of fitness is required to participate in this tour. In some destinations there are walking trails by foot. The program includes boat trips, optional white water rafting and kayak paddling as well as snorkeling opportunities. We recommend that you consult a doctor and dentist prior to your decision to participate.

Information and pre-departure briefing

NatureArt Lab will host a pre-departure information session for participants.

Poison Dart Frog by Damien Esquerre.