Itinerary Overview

See what it means to travel expedition-style

An extraordinary, land-based expedition
Discover the wild, rugged beauty of Costa Rica’s mountains, the Caribbean coast, and much more on an inland adventure inland to a mist-shrouded cloud forest, volcano, lake, and a car-free, jungle village. Travel Costa Rica on this expedition and you’ll:

  • Explore the Pacific and Caribbean sides of Costa Rica, inland rain forests, mountains, and see wonderful wildlife
  • Walk suspension bridges in the dense forest surrounding Arenal Volcano and relax in nearby hot springs
  • Hike through the mist-shrouded cloud forest reserve in Monteverde with great bird watching
  • Visit the remote, car-less town of Tortuguero and venture into the rain forest via green-canopied canals

Take a walk in the clouds of Monteverde
Cloud forests are unique habitats with persistent, canopy-level mist or clouds that brings moisture, allowing vegetation to thrive. Hike the lush reserve of Monteverde and be on the lookout for unique birdlife, including the legendary resplendent quetzal. Enjoy spectacular views on naturalist-guided walks through the diverse vegetation.

Hike at Arenal Volcano
Cross Lake Arenal in small boats before exploring Arenal Volcano, which has been active since 1968. Walk a series of suspension bridges surrounding the smoldering volcano, and relax in natural hot springs near its base. Visit a family owned, third-generation coffee farm with a chance to pick coffee cherries during a tour of the grounds.

Wild Tortuguero: The Caribbean coast
Entering an entirely different biogeographical region, we cross from Arenal to remote, wild Tortuguero National Park. Stay in a rustic lodge at the water's edge, wander the narrow streets of the car-free village where the rain forest pushes in from all sides. Experience the wildness on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica by venturing into the narrow rain forest shrouded canals that let us navigate deep into the park in search of monkeys, caiman, and tropical birds.

Travel with an exceptional team
Explore with the largest, most knowledgeable expedition team in the region. With one naturalist for every 12 guests, you’re ensured more access and varied points of view. With no assigned groups, you are free to experience the different personalities and specialties of our staff. They know these trails and coastlines well, adding insight, depth, and clarity to each landing. Our naturalists are adept at spotting wildlife and on certain departures, photo instructors will help you with camera settings in the rain forest and aboard ship. Their enthusiasm for the region and its biodiversity is contagious. Meet the team.

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