Costa Rica: Wild Osa – The Last Frontier, May 1-9, 2022
May 1st – May 9th, 2022
This is a fundraiser for Blue – Green Connections, a nonprofit based in Dunedin, Florida, working toward Sustainable Use of Our Land and Waters. A donation of $300 at checkout is required to join this adventure – 100% of this donation goes directly toward the nonprofit and is tax deductible.
Although our partnership may have started over a couple of beers, Eat the Peach Travel and Blue-Green Connections have been working behind the scenes to make sustainable group travel a reality that not only gives back to the places we travel, but also our new home of Dunedin, Florida.
Dunedin is quite special in being a cozy, coastal town that shares the Florida Gulf Coast, home to many unique and threatened wildlife. Blue-Green Connections stepped up to the plate in 2019 with concerns of unsustainable human practices, climate change, and the newly appointed Florida Gulf Hope Spot (an area scientifically identified as critical to the health of the ocean). From there they developed the non-profit organization to educate, inspire and motivate local individuals, businesses and organizations to protect our land and waters.
As the world gears back up for travel, we feel confident in our new direction of sustainable group travel AND partnership with Blue-Green Connections to create travel that’s healthy for the people, planet, and prosperity.
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Join us on a small group, sustainable wildlife tour through Costa Rica! A Jurassic Park + Cloud Forest adventure through one of the last frontiers…the Osa Peninsula. From Cloud Forest, to Tropical Rainforest, we’ll travel in the comfort of friends, expert guidance and enjoy a ton of laughs along the way!
Fun facts…Did you know?
Costa Rica embodies 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity + contains the greatest density of natural species of any country in the world.
Boasts miles of white, black, pink, and golden sand are hugged by undeveloped jungle teeming with life.
Monkeys + nature’s wildest creations; lizards, sloths, toucans, tapir, armadillos, scarlet macaws, and so many more everywhere
San Jose + San Gerardo De Dota + Osa Peninsula!
San Gerardo De Dota, Cloud Forest, land of the amazing Quetzal!
Irazu active volcano + a coffee plantation + lunch in Cartago
Osa Peninsula + Drake Bay + guided hike to Corcovado + Snorkeling at Cano Island
Jaco + Zipline adventure + Boat tour to ancient mangroves…
This stunning video by award-winning designer & travel filmmaker Neftali sums it up much more eloquently than words ever could.
Book this tour
- 2 nights lodging in San Jose – Park Inn by Radisson.
- 2 nights lodging in San Gerardo de Dota – Savegre Hotel Natural Reserve & Spa
- 4 nights lodging in Drake Bay, Drake Bay Wilderness Resort.
- Private transportation for the entire trip.
- Boat transfers: Sierpe – Drake Bay – Sierpe
- Private English-speaking local guide during the entire trip.
- Daily breakfasts + 5 lunches + 5 dinners.
- Tour to Irazu Volcano National Park (entrance fee included).
- Coffee tour at Coopedota, coffee plantation.
- Quetzal bird watching tour in San Gerardo (cloud forest).
- Guided Corcovado National Park walking tour – San Pedrillo Station.
- Guided Cano Island snorkeling tour
- Guided boat tour to Sierpe Mangrove & Bird Island
- Zipline adventure at Jaco
- Hotel taxes.
- High-quality tour bag stuffed with goodies!
Private, luxury shuttle. Met at the airport for arrival/departure transfers. Accompanied throughout the entire tour.
We choose our hotels based on the following priorities:
COMFORT, LOCATION, AMENITIES!
This is a sustainable wildlife tour. We shall be visiting a cloud forest, before heading down to the tropical rainforests of the Osa Peninsula. Our choice of accommodations in the Osa Peninsula are based on: location. The Drake Bay wilderness Resort has the capacity to host our group size (the majority do not), and is family owned and operated. It also has A/C – no small thing in a tropical rainforest!
*The Park Inn Radisson, San Jose – great location to both San Jose/ airport.
*Savegre Nature Preserve and Spa – comfortable room facilities, breathtaking grounds & surroundings.
*Drake Bay Wilderness Resort – best location in the area! Beachfront, pool, A/C
This tour will be accompanied by Sharon & Tom and led by a full-time, professional guide.
*We aim to deliver above and beyond your adventure expectations. Always. Every time.
*Encourage individual discovery time through education. We find the contacts, the cool spots, and the inside knowledge. We do the grunt work so you don’t have to!
*Whether you come solo or as a couple, you’ll leave with like-minded friends.
*Optional Excursions are not included in the tour price. However, we do our very best to get you the very best deal around!
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120 days from departure = 100% refund
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All group trips are accompanied by one of our representative, or an expedition team. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it’s the best of both worlds.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However, it is subject to change and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at the time of printing. It may differ slightly from the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travelers, comments, and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal to the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
- Departure San Jose International Airport, Costa Rica
- Departure Time May 1st, 2022
- Return Time May 9th, 2022
- Included BreakfastDeparture TaxesEntry FeesGoodie BagGroup MealsPersonal GuidePrivate Ground TransportationPrivate Tours
- Not Included 4 Star AccommodationAirfareAirport Transfers
*Upon arrival, met by our English-speaking guide
*Private transfer to the hotel located in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.
*Walk around San Jose, grab some dinner!
Overnight in San Jose.
*Depart for the Irazu Volcano National Park. guided walk to the main crater of this active volcano... an experience of a lifetime!
*Lunch in Costa Rica's original capitol, Cartago
*Enroute to our destination, we stop for a tour at Coopedota, the best coffee cooperative in Costa Rica - lots of delicious coffee tasting!
*Our final stop for the day San Gerardo de Dota, a Tropical Cloud Forest, an altitude of nearly 8000 ft
Meals: breakfast and lunch.
Overnight in San Gerardo de Dota, Savegre Lodge
*An early morning guided walking tour, around the spectacular private trails of our hotel. Even non-birders will appreciate looking at the fantastic avifauna of the area and will be thrilled with the stunning views of the Resplendent Quetzal, plus over 200 exotic species.
*Afternoon at leisure to rest at your hotel/hike the trails, or enjoy an optional excursion.
*Dinner included at your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner.
Overnight in San Gerardo de Dota.
(Optional excursions CANOPY TOUR)
*Drive to the South Pacific area of Costa Rica, our first destination is Sierpe, where we jump on a boat down in the Osa Peninsula- one of the wildest and most biodiverse places on Earth. The one hour boat ride takes you along the main river of the Térraba-Sierpe mangrove forest park and then along the spectacular coastline. Our final destination is a rustic, though comfy lodge at the Agujitas River Mouth, Drake Bay - our base for the next four nights
Note: it is a wet landing so, wear shoes easy to remove, sandals or water shoes
Upon arrival to the Lodge you will enjoy a refreshing fruit cocktail and lunch. The afternoon is free to rest you can explore the trails around, hotel pool, the property is also beachfront therefore you can also just relax - cocktail in hand.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner Overnight in Drake Bay
Today you will visit the Corcovado National Park, San Pedrillo Station offers you a wonderful, unparalleled opportunity to see both primary and secondary rainforest, as well as a wide variety of plant and animal life. You will take a short, 30- minute boat ride, that may include whale and dolphin sightings.
Once in the park you will have a nature walks to admire the beautiful dense forest, waterfalls and rivers.
*Leisure time in late the afternoon.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner Overnight in Drake Bay
You will visit Cano Island that is a paradise for snorkelers, scuba divers, swimmers, and sunbathers alike, the island is just a boat ride away, the boat ride takes approximately 45 minutes. The boat will anchor at two different sites close Cano Island, and your snorkeling guide will point out the diverse species living just below the surface. The dark, volcanic rock and the open water around the Island are home to a variety of marine life including Olive Ridley and Hawksbill Sea Turtles, White-Tipped Sharks, several species of Moray Eels, Mobula, Eagle or Sting Rays, big Cubera Snapper, schools of Horse-Eyed Jacks, King Angelfish, Grunts, and Barracudas.
*Late afternoon/evening, leisure time
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner Overnight in Drake Bay
Enjoy the mangrove boat tour with the visit to Bird Island. Full of legends and rich history, this isolated and unexplored wilderness area will inspire everyone who visits it. Start the tour by entering the Sierpe River into a large mangrove forest and have then explored the forest by boat.
You will see ancient mangrove trees and return to the ocean by another river to a large beach. Later, your guide will take the boat to Bird Island to see nesting and frigate birds. Lunch is included in this tour.Or, option to relax at the hotel, or take a horse riding excursion!
Overnight in Drake Bay
(Optional excursions: Horseback ride along the beach and explore the jungle, this is not included in the tour and is arranged by the hotel) Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner Overnight in Drake Bay
*Begin our ride towards San Jose.
*Enroute: ZIPLINE adventure in Jaco!
*Farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner Overnight in San Jose.
*Private transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport.
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