The tropical rainforest, a realm that you have dreamed of, but have never experienced. Or maybe… Yes! And cannot wait to come back?
This program of five nights and six days will allow you to live the fantastic tropical rainforest of Costa Rica on its Pacific side.
For the first night in San Jose, you will stay at a wonderful hotel close enough to the airport in case of late arrival. But far enough as to be able to see the areas surrounding the capital city. If you arrive early, make sure to tell us about it. There are great activities that you may want to do in the Central Valley!
On the second day, you will have an early local flight to the majestic Osa Peninsula, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. And in the Osa Peninsula, you will delight for three days, in one of the best choices to see the jungle of Costa Rica at a prime spot: Your room in Villa Lapas Resort, part of the exclusive Cayuga Collection.
In Villa Lapas, the rainforest is right at your feet, with three species of monkeys, two species of sloths and an amazing amount of bird species Villa Lapas is a mixture of sustainability, remoteness, luxury, and nature that is hard to forget. Offering breathtaking ocean views and surrounded by the pure life of Costa Rican rainforest, you will find in Villa Lapas a new way of luxurious accommodations, exuberance, adventure, rest and great service
1. EARLY BIRDS TOUR:
Share the cool early morning air with over 319 bird species inhabiting the Osa Peninsula. For keen birders and animal lovers, this guided tour guarantees numerous species of birds, some mammals, and exuberant creatures as morpho butterflies. Some of the birds that you may see are Black-throated Trogon (Trogon Rufus), Slaty-tailed Trogon (Trogon Massena), Chestnut-mandible toucan or Swainson’s toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus swainsonii), several types of tanagers, hummingbirds, wrens and warblers and, of course, the Scarlet Macaw (Ara Macao).
High-quality binoculars are included with the tour.
Easy, 2 hours.
2. WILD WATERFALLS:
Hike through the virgin rainforest into a pristine environment filled with the sound of wild waterfalls. Get in and splash back along the Carbonera River. A fun wilderness experience with adventurous hiking and a chance to swim under the waterfall.
For hardy hikers looking for a challenge (wet walking and some climbing involved). Medium to difficult,
3. LOCAL MEDICINE TOUR:
Follow local guides through the primary rainforest as they explain traditional medicinal uses of plants and seeds. A fascinating tour for all nature lovers interested in indigenous culture and traditions of Costa Rica.
Medium hike with hills
4. STARFISH WALK:
Learn about the marine biology of the Golfo Dulce, one of only four tropical fjords in the world, as you tour pristine waters and coconut-shaded beaches. An excellent opportunity to see land crabs, starfish and sea cucumbers.
Tide dependent tour. Don’t forget your sunscreen and a hat.
5. RAINFOREST RIDGE WALK:
Hike down along the cool ridges of Lapa Rios’ most impressive primary and secondary forest as your guide highlights the hidden treasures of the rainforest. An excellent opportunity to see rare and unusual flora and fauna, and a great hike to truly immerse yourself in the wonders of the rainforest.
Medium to difficult.
3-3 ½ hours.
6. THE OSA TRAIL:
The complete rainforest experience! This tour descends through the reserve’s most remote and pristine forest filled with enormous trees and breathtaking views of the rainforest; The Osa Walk is an unforgettable experience for all hardy hikers.
Medium to difficult, some hills.
3 ½-4 hours.
7. MATAPALO TOUR: Hike along nearby beaches and secondary forest as your guide points out some of the most lively and active creatures of the rainforest. A great tour for wildlife lovers who also want to explore nearby beaches.
8. SUNSET BIRDS TOUR:
Walk through an unforgettable sunset as you search for rare and exotic birds. Highly recommended for all wildlife enthusiasts. High-quality binoculars are available with your tour guide.
9. NIGHT WALK:
Experience the magic of the rainforest at night! Use your flashlight, and the help of a guide, to uncover unusual nocturnal creatures and their habitats. A great opportunity to see frogs, bats, insects, kinkajous and other wonders of this hidden, nocturnal world. Don’t worry: you’ll make it back before dinner!
Medium walk, some hills.
1 ½ to 2 hours.
10. SELF-GUIDED TRAIL:
Beginning at the main lodge and looping through the primary and secondary forest, this trail features eighteen marked points of interest that correspond with a biologist’s guidebook available at the reception.
A great way to experience the natural beauty of the Osa Peninsula at your own pace.
11. PLANT A TREE:
Contribute to the Lapa Rios reforestation program by transplanting a primary rainforest seedling to an area of secondary growth. Participants will learn about their tree, its role in the ecosystem and receive a certificate to commemorate their efforts. Gift certificates can be purchased on behalf of others, and the trees can be planted in their honor. Planting usually takes place in the early morning or late afternoons when the soil is cool.
12. TWIGS, PIGS, AND GARBAGE: INTERPRETING SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES:
This highly recommended tour winds around the lodge premises, giving the first-hand witness to our commitment to a greener and more sustainable way of life. From renewable building materials to the biogas produced by our pigs, learn why Lapa Rios is an award-winning sustainable property.
Not to be missed, a unique experience highly praised by guests.
05 nights / 06 days
$1.600* per person in double occupancy.
*Apply conditions and restriccions. Rates are subject to change without previous notice based on availability at time of booking. See more details with your Terranova Costa Rica Travel Agent.