Land Journeys and Small Ship Cruises

Costa Rica

Pura Vida simply translated means "pure life" in Costa Rica, it's more than just a saying – it's a way of life. Our Costa Rica tours offer many opportunities for you to experience this expression of optimism which is what this eco-adventure is all about as you discover this peaceful soul of South America on a land journey, small ship cruise, or on a family-inspired adventure.

Jungles Rainforests Costa Rica Guided Family Vacation
Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica

Rafting on jungle rivers… exhilarating zip-lining… sky-walking in a cloud forest… a destination where the activities you'll experience will quite simply – make you happy.

You'll experience a sense of Pura Vida on all three of our Costa Rica journeys, and you'll see it in the faces of the locals you meet, from naturalist guides and conservationists to a rural family, and a coffee farmer… you'll see it when you visit the Toucan Rescue Center where you'll meet resident sloths, monkeys and parrots, and candy-striped toucans… during a float trip down the Peñas Blancas River surrounded by lush rainforest, natural volcanic hot springs, waterfalls, and soaring forested canyons… and in the Butterfly Garden, aflutter with some 50 different species of butterflies, as colorful as the Costa Rican hideaways that promise an authentic glimpse of paradise. Read Less

Manuel Antonio National Park

Exploring the eco-treasures of Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park

Although Manuel Antonio National Park encompasses the smallest land area of any national park in Costa Rica, it is home to more than a hundred species of mammals and nearly 200 species of birds, outranking virtually every other park in Costa Rica's richly biodiverse national park system. Mammalian residents include sloths (like the brown-throated three-toed sloth and Hoffmann's two-toed sloth), monkeys (mantled howler monkey, Central American squirrel monkey, and white-headed capuchin monkey), white-nosed coati and many more. Along with the rich tropical rainforests that all this wildlife calls home, the park also comprises coral reefs and miles of white sand beaches, considered among the most beautiful in Costa Rica... a virtual paradise!

Feathered friends at the Toucan Rescue Center

Wildlife friends on the mend

While they often tend to be elusive in the wild, you can see an exotic parade of animals and birds during your guided visit to the Toucan Rescue Ranch, dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of jungle and rainforest animals. You'll meet a variety of furred and feathered friends that reside at the ranch… including sloths, monkeys and parrots, and of course, the toucans they successfully breed here.

Eco-discoveries in Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero and its wonders

The canals of Costa Rica's Tortuguero National Park are lined by a wildlife-rich tropical rainforest that howler and spider monkeys, three-toed sloths, toucans, great green macaws, tapir, ocelots, jaguars, river otters, grisons, frogs and bulldog bats call home. As you cruise these waterways with our local guides, you'll also find coconut trees, orchids, heliconias and other flora that add tropical color everywhere you look. And since the park is also one of the world's top nesting grounds for endangered green sea turtles in summer, if you're traveling with us in July and August, you can make a special trip to the shore at night for a chance to watch these remarkable critters climbing out of the sea to lay their eggs on the black sand beach.

Artisan chocolate in San José

Indulgent discoveries at Sibú

What grows on trees, starts as fruit, is dried, roasted, ground up and enjoyed by visitors to Costa Rica? If you answered "coffee," you'd be correct, of course... but so would "chocolate." In San José, you'll see just how right you are as you watch how cacao fruit is transformed into artisan chocolate that melts in your mouth during a delicious experience that includes a hands-on demonstration, dinner, and chocolate tasting at Sibú, a noted organic artisan chocolatier.

Monteverde's Selvatura Hanging Bridges

A walk through the treetops of a cloud forest

Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve protects one of the most ecologically diverse – and famous – cloud forests in the world. On your visit to the Reserve's Selvatura Park – whose popular Hanging Bridges invite you to walk through the treetops of the cloud forest canopy – you'll take a guided two-hour nature walk with naturalists who provide an insider's perspective and informative overview of the cloud forest eco-system. Stroll past tall trees festooned with orchids, bromeliads, moss, and ferns... all the while keeping a sharp lookout for wildlife that might include jungle cats, monkeys, tapirs, and birds like the three-wattled bellbird.


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Guest Favorites in Costa Rica

"My husband, our granddaughter, and I returned yesterday from Costa Rica: Jungles and Rainforests. This is our 8th trip with Tauck and I have to tell you that this was the most incredible journey of them all. The trip ran with military precision, perfect timing, and amazing excursions, with fun for all ages, and sublime lodgings. It was a total success! Thank you again for a most memorable adventure. Our granddaughter is already perusing the Bridges book for our next memory-making voyage together."

Ferne, Jay, and Shayna S., Northridge, CA

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