8 Night Wild Guanacaste and Monteverde Costa Ricas Mangroves Mists and Mountains and Land Tour

From San Jose to San Jose

National Geographic Quest

Lindblad Expeditions
4 Stars
  • Cruise #: 4835342
  • Departs: Sat, Dec 2, 2023
  • Returns: Thu, Dec 7, 2023
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    Land Segment of Itinerary

    Wednesday - Nov 29, 2023
    San Jose, Costa Rica
    • San Jose, Costa Rica
    Upon arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica, a short drive brings us to the Costa Rica Marriott Hotel.
    Thursday - Nov 30, 2023
    • Monteverde, Costa Rica
    A scenic drive takes us to Monteverde Cloud Forest, an acclaimed private reserve. Bathed in cool, year-round moisture, the forest is covered with mosses and 300 species of orchids. Walk trails rich with butterflies and birdlife. Ascend the Skywalk, a series of suspension bridges, for a bird's-eye view of the rainforest canopy. Learn about life in the early Monteverde community from a family member of one of the original Quaker homesteaders. Spend each night at a charming, family-owned lodge. ...
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    Friday - Dec 1, 2023
    • Monteverde, Costa Rica
    Saturday - Dec 2, 2023
    • Monteverde, Costa Rica
    • Bus Travel

    Cruise Segment of Itinerary

    Day 4 - Saturday - Dec 2, 2023
    Cruise Begins
    • Cruise Begins
    • Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
    Transfer to Puerto Caldera and embark National Geographic Quest. Enjoy a sunset dinner on board as we chart a course for the Guanacaste region on Costa Rica's Pacific coast.
    Sunday - Dec 3, 2023
    • Zapotal Beach, Costa Rica
    • Bahia Huevos, Costa Rica
    We drop anchor off remote Zapotal Beach, where we spend the morning soaking up the sun or snorkeling in waters fringed by offshore islets which create outstanding habitat for a variety of tropical fish. Or, 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 life, and our naturalists describe the intricate web of life in these oceanside ecosystems. After lunch on board, we cruise north to the Papagayo Peninsula, dropping anchor in Bahia Huevos. 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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    Monday - Dec 4, 2023
    • National Park Santa Rosa, Costa Rica
    Depending on conditions today, 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 into 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 to the sky on a late afternoon hunt, while ringed kingfishers, richly colored in brick-red and deep blue, wait patiently, watching the shallows for a silvery flash of a fish. ...
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    Tuesday - Dec 5, 2023
    Captain's Choice, United States
    • Captain's Choice, United States
    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, choose to ride on horseback across lush meadows, or soar through the canopy by zip line before enjoying a sumptuous lunch served poolside at Hacienda Guachipelin while local musicians play and fresh ceviche is prepared. ...
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    Wednesday - Dec 6, 2023
    • 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 Reserve, 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 by fortunate visitors. Later, as we enjoy lunch on board, 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. As the sun begins to set on our Guanacaste adventure, a waterside barbecue dinner awaits-the perfect way to finish our voyage. ...
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    Thursday - Dec 7, 2023
    Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
    • Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
    • Cruise Ends

    Land Segment of Itinerary

    Day 9 - Thursday - Dec 7, 2023
    • Bus Travel
    • San Jose, Costa Rica
    Disembark after breakfast in Puerto Caldera. Drive to the airport in San Jose for flights home.

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