5 Night Exploring Costa Ricas National Parks and Preserves Guanacaste Santa Rosa and Rincon de la Vieja

From Puerto Caldera to Puerto Caldera

National Geographic Quest

Lindblad Expeditions
4 Stars
  • Cruise #: 6264840
  • Departs: Thu, Jan 23, 2025
  • Returns: Tue, Jan 28, 2025
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    Thursday - Jan 23, 2025
    Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
    • Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
    After arrival in San Jose this afternoon, we transfer to the Pacific Coast town of Puerto Caldera. This evening, we embark our ship National Geographic Quest and chart our course north to Costa Rica's Guanacaste Region.
    Friday - Jan 24, 2025
    • Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica
    Drop anchor off the remote Papagayo Peninsula, where we'll spend the day soaking up the sun and enjoying beach time alongside waters fringed by offshore islets, which create outstanding habitat for a variety of tropical fish. Or we can choose to walk along a rarely used four-wheel drive track, which takes us back into a beautiful gallery forest. The area is rich with bird and plant varieties, and our naturalists describe the intricate web of life in these oceanside ecosystems. After lunch onboard, we continue to explore the coastline of Bahia Huevos and Playa Celestia. Our Zodiacs take us on an exploration of the bay and the peninsula. If conditions permit, we drop kayaks and paddleboards and explore the nearby mangroves. ...
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    Saturday - Jan 25, 2025
    Santa Elena Bay, Costa Rica, Costa Rica
    • Santa Elena Bay, Costa Rica, Costa Rica
    Weather permitting, don a snorkel and fins to discover a rich underwater world or hike into the upper reaches of the Guanacaste Conservation Area for commanding views over the full length of this rarely visited archipelago. Back onboard, we sail toward the mainland while enjoying a delicious lunch. Depending on conditions, we may choose to explore Santa Elena Bay in Santa Rosa National Park, Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge, or Cuajiniquil Bay, all part of the extraordinarily biodiverse Guanacaste Conservation Area. While venturing out by kayak or taking a relaxing Zodiac cruise, we immerse ourselves in the tropical environment, alive with color. Yellow and black great kiskadees sally from exposed perches looking to capture a flying insect for an evening meal, and orange-fronted parakeets chatter overhead. Predators such as mangrove hawks may take wind, setting out on a late afternoon hunt, while ringed kingfishers, richly colored in brick red and deep blue, wait patiently, watching the shallows for a fish's silvery flash. ...
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    Sunday - Jan 26, 2025
    • Cuajiniquil, Costa Rica
    • Bus Travel
    • Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, Costa Rica, Costa Rica
    • Bus Travel
    • Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin, Costa Rica
    • Bus Travel
    • Cuajiniquil, Costa Rica
    Our adventure today continues as we set off inland to explore Rincon de la Vieja National Park. This mountainous region is also a part of the Guanacaste Conservation Area and encompasses more than 34,000 acres. The area, with its forests carpeting the sides of two active volcanoes, is alive with geothermal activity as gurgling, bubbling mud pots spout and steam rises above the canopy. Choose between several enticing options today including a hike through the transition zone where tropical dry habitat meets the temperate cloud forest. Here, we keep an eye out for exotic wildlife, with the possibility of encountering mantled howler monkeys and regionally special birds including the noisy and conspicuous white-throated magpie-jay. Alternatively, after a short hike into the forest, opt to swim below Las Chorreras Waterfall or soar through the canopy by zipline. Afterwards, enjoy a sumptuous lunch served poolside at Hacienda Guachipelin, including fresh ceviche. ...
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    Monday - Jan 27, 2025
    • Curu Reserve, Costa Rica
    • Tortuga Island, Costa Rica
    Along the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, and in many ways demarcating the line between the wetter jungles of the south and Guanacaste's drier environment, sits Curu National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica's first private national wildlife reserve. Learn about the hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, and mammals that inhabit this thriving ecosystem while exploring the park's tracks and trails. Here we look for white-faced capuchin monkeys, turquoise-browed motmots, and with luck, scarlet macaws. The northern tamandua resides here, and while often elusive and quiet, this primarily arboreal member of the anteater family may be spotted. Later, as we enjoy lunch onboard, we cruise to a cluster of offshore islets collectively called Isla Tortuga. Choose to stand-up paddleboard, kayak, or simply relax on the beach shaded by swaying palms and tropical vegetation. Celebrate the finale of our Guanacaste adventure with afternoon refreshments and hors d'oeuvres on the beach. ...
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    Tuesday - Jan 28, 2025
    Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
    • Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
    Disembark after breakfast in Puerto Caldera. Drive to the airport in San Jose for flights home.

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