Ecological Travel

In an Ecological Travel you let the sounds of  the rainforest  wake you up for a day of natural wonders, from the mating sounds of the howler monkeys to the  calming waves of the ocean, from the whirling rhythm of the morning birds to the amazing raindrops falling on the leaves of the trees.

Amaze yourself with the thirst of life of the sea turtles on their journey to the ocean, every year, hundreds of turtles lay their eggs on the shores of Costa Rica hoping for their hatchlings a new life. Witness the little turtles race for their lives with the first rays of the sun until they reach the ocean.

Let your senses rejoice with the magical blends of colors, scents, flavors, sensations and sounds that will find you in the rainforest, be part of the “Pura Vida lifestyle of Costa Rica”

“We make dreams come true”

Tortuguero National park

Tortuguero (turtle area) is today the only green sea turtle nesting site in the western half of the Caribbean Sea and presents the visitor with a fabulous rich biological diversity and countless opportunities to see virgin rain forests, rivers, beaches and some of the most impressive wildlife in Central America. Sea turtles which seek refuge and nest in this huge park are the Hawksbill, leatherback and loggerhead turtles.

This enjoyable tour will allow the visitor to come into close contact with this unique tropical jungle, navigate through beautiful rivers, see marshes and mangroves and observe a great variety of birds and other animals.

Location:
North Caribbean coast

Duration:
programs of:  3 days/ 2 nights or  2 days/ 1 night

Difficulty:      
Easy

Recommended: 
Swim suit, sunscreen, sandals, walking shoes, raincoat, light clothes,  and some dark clothes in order to see the turtle nesting.

Arenal Volcano National park

Enjoy the most extraordinary view of the Arenal Volcano on a gentle hike along the base of this marvelous “Mountain of Fire”.  The hike begins on the active side of the volcano that takes you through the forest over recent lava flows to the destroyed area, now in the process of regeneration. The three and a half hour hike on the trail will take you as close as five hundred meters from the lava flows.

Location:
This tour operates from San Jose, Guanacaste or from La Fortuna (home of the Arenal volcano )

Duration:
4 hours (operated from La fortuna) or 8 hours (departing from San Jose or Guanacaste area)

Difficulty:
Easy

Recommended:
Walking shoes, raincoat,  light clothes, mosquito repellent and sunscreen.

Monteverde Cloud forest reserve

Explore the enchanted Monteverde cloud forest as if you had a set of expert eyes during this guided walk and feel like as if you are walking through a splendid green cathedral.  We will treck through various trails in search of birds, mammals and discuss the amazing diversity of plant life you will encounter.

Location:
This tour operates from  Guanacaste or Monteverde

Duration:
4 hours (operated from Monteverde) or 8 hours (departing from Guanacaste area)

Difficulty:
Easy

Recommended:
Light clothes, walking shoes, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and rain coat.

Caño Negro wildlife refuge

Caño Negro consists of a lake of the same name in the southern sector of the refuge. A swamp and marshland formed by alluvial sediments make up the rest of this protected area.

The abundance and variety of birds is what inspired this area as a wildlife refuge.  Flocks of birds are extremely numerous during the dry season.  Among the most prevalent or attractive birds are the Anhinga, Roseate Spoonbill, White Ibis, Northern Jacana, Wood Stork, Jabiru, which is the largest bird in the region and in great danger of extinction, Black Bellied Tree Duck, Cattle Egret, which perches in the hundreds in the trees that line the Frio River and the Neotropic Cormorant which is the most prevalent bird in the refuge as Caño Negro has the largest colony in the country of this species.

Location:
This tour operates from La Fortuna (Arenal area)

Duration:
6 hours

Difficulty:
Easy

Recommended:
Light clothes, walking shoes, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and rain coat.

Corcovado National Park & Caño Island

You will take a comfortable 90 minute boat ride through the largest mangrove swamps in Central America to Caño Island. The mangroves are inhabited by crocodiles, snakes, four species of monkeys and a great variety of birds. Once through the mouth of the Sierpe River our boat will pass through two of the most scenic areas in the country, Drake Bay and the Marenco Biological Reserve.  If you are lucky you will spot Humpback, Pilot and Killer Whales along the way.

When you get to the park your bilingual naturalist guide will lead you on a 3 hour walking tour through the virgin primary forest. The hike ends at the ranger station where we will provide a delicious picnic lunch surrounded by a rich natural atmosphere.

Location:
This tour operates from Corcovado area and Dominical beach

Duration:
6 hours

Difficulty:
Easy

Recommended:
Light clothes, walking shoes, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and rain coat.

Ecological Travel

Irazu Volcano National park

Known by Costa Rican Indians as the “rumbling and trembling mountain” with its four awesome craters, the Irazu is the highest volcano in the country soaring 11,259 feet (3232 ms)  above sea level.  On the way up we will drive through villages and typical Costa Rican farms.  Once at the summit the volcano will show you its moonscape-like terrain, the result of frequent eruptions.  From its peak, on a clear day, visitors can see and admire the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans.  On the way down we will stop at the Basilica of the Virgin of Los Angeles, the shrine  dedicated to our patron saint and site of miracles and pilgrimages.

Location:
This tour operates from San Jose

Duration:
4 hours

Difficulty:
Easy

Recommended:    
Light clothes, walking shoes, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and light jacket.

Palo Verde National Park

Palo Verde is the region with the greatest ecological variety in the country.  There are more than 12 habitats in this wilderness area, 148 species of trees have been identified. The natural network of waterways in Palo Verde provides the ideal conditions for the largest concentration of waterfowl and wading birds (both endemic and migratory) in all of Central America. From September to March, hundreds of thousands of herons, storks, egrets, grebes, ibis, ducks and jacanas flock to the lakes to feed and mate.  Some of the most numerous mammals are the howler monkey; white-faced capuchin monkey, white-nosed coati, white-tailed deer, tree squirrel, Mexican tree porcupine and coyote. Palo Verde is also a wilderness area of extraordinary scenic beauty, a paradise for the birdwatchers and nature lovers.

Location:
This tour operates from Guanacaste area

Duration:
4 hours

Difficulty:
Easy

Recommended:
Light clothes, comfortable shoes, sunscreen and mosquito repellent

Poas volcano National park

Located in the sunny and warm province of Alajuela, the impressive Poas Volcano rises 9000 feet (2708 m) above sea level. Upon our arrival we can visit the Parks museum or continue directly to the volcano. The volcano manifests the largest active geyser-type crater in the world with active steaming fumaroles that emit sulfurous gases and an ever changing yellowish-green hot crater lake that hurls columns of boiling mud and jets of steam high into the air. The crater is surrounded by a deep green cloud forest; rich in native species and a trail that takes the visitor through a forest to Botos Lake, a dormant crater filled with cold, emerald green colored water.

Location:
This tour operates from San Jose

Duration:
4 hours

Difficulty:
Easy

Recommended:
Light clothes, walking shoes, sunscreen, mosquito Repellent and light jacket

Carara National park

Due to its emplacement as a transition zone between a drier region to the north and a more humid region to the south, Carara offers an incredible variety of flora, especially evergreen species.   During the hour and a half hike through the trails of Carara, visitors will have the chance to admire the magic of a transitional forest and see the Ara Macao, one of the most exquisite birds in the forests of Costa Rica.  The brilliant colors of its feathers, its happy, noisy chatter and the fact that these species had disappeared from several zones where it used to live, make these species a symbol of the fight to save the biological wealth of Costa Rica.

Location:
This tour operates from Central Pacific Coast (Jaco beach, Los Sueños) or from Manuel Antonio.

Duration:
4 hours

Difficulty:
Easy

Recommended:
Light clothes, walking shoes, sunscreen, mosquito repellent.