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Costa Rica Tours
Tour Dates: Year-round

Our Costa Rica Tours are the perfect blend of relaxation and exciting activities!

Get ready for a great winter vacation! Costa Rica literally means “the rich coast” and rich it is in breathtaking scenery and fascinating natural history. On our Costa Rica Tours, you will spend an unforgettable week in a tropical paradise at Drake Bay Wilderness Lodge, one of Chuck and Judy Nichols’ favorite places. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the remote Osa Peninsula, the lodge borders world renowned Corcovado National Park. The accommodations of Drake Bay Wilderness Lodge feature individual charming, tropical cabins complete with hot water showers, bathrooms, porches, and a ceiling fan. A beautiful open-air bar and dining room face the ocean with a jungle river flowing behind.

Costa Rica Tours have it all – whitewater rafting, uncrowded beaches, snorkeling, sea kayaking, rain forest tours, canopy tours and unique wilderness lodges. Costa Rica Tours are perfect vacations for families, couples and single travelers. Each day you can select a different day tour, and then return to your comfortable lodging to relax poolside before dinner is served. Costa Rica is the ideal year around location for your next vacation adventure!

2018 Price:$1750 /per person
Price of trip is based on double occupancy for couples. Children under 16 receive a discount based on age when sharing a room with parents.

Single Supplement: $300

Price Includes:
  • Lodging (2 nights in San Jose, 4 nights at Drake Bay)
  • Meals (all meals at Drake Bay)
  • Flights within Costa Rica
  • 3 guided tours at Drake Bay
Price Does Not Include:

Air transportation to and from the U.S., Meals in San Jose, Taxis to/from the airport
Alcoholic beverages, Gratuities to local guides

Whitewater Rafting Extension:

2018 Price: $500 /pp, can be arranged at beginning or end of trip, minimum age 12 Dec-May, 14 June-Nov due to water levels.

Price Includes:
  • Roundtrip transportation to river
  • 2 days rafting
  • 1 night lodging on river
  • All meals on river
  • 1 night hotel in San Jose
“Again, you have outdone yourself with a great trip! Everything was perfectly orchestrated thanks to you and all the time you put into the details before we departed. We loved each aspect of our trip – adventures, guides, hotels & bungalows.”
~ Dean & Donna P.

Tour Overview

This week has the perfect blend of relaxation and exciting activities. Daily journeys to the outlying beaches and hidden waterfalls of Corcovado National Park will give you access to miles of exploration and wildlife viewing opportunities in one of the tallest jungles of Central America. Daily guided trips are led by resident naturalists into the heart of Corcovado National Park, where there are 500 species of trees and 360 types of birds, including a large population of scarlet macaws. Hiking and snorkeling at Cano Island, horseback riding, sea kayaking, mountain biking, swimming with dolphins and early morning bird walks are all available. There is excellent swimming and canoeing just steps from your cabin, as well as many hiking trails ranging from easy to challenging. Comfortable oceanside hammocks let you lie back and listen to the rhythm of the waves.

Costa Rica is known for its wealth of natural beauty, stunning wild life and a dedication to its unique and diverse ecology. Travel in Costa Rica is easy, the Costa Rican people are friendly and the food is wonderful. Visit Drake Bay Wilderness Lodge and see how one location can provide so many adventures, and you won’t have to repack your bags for a whole week!

Tour Map

7-Day Drake Bay Lodge Itinerary & 2 Day Whitewater River Trip Extension

Day 1

Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica, and taxi (on your own) to your hotel. Hotel lodging in San Jose.

Day 2

Taxi (on your own) to the International Airport for a morning flight to Drake Bay Wilderness Lodge on the Osa Peninsula. You will board a 40 min. charter flight to the Drake Bay Airport and then a boat ride across the bay will take you to the Resort. You arrive by lunch and the afternoon is open for relaxing on the beach, canoeing or kayaking on the river,or hiking in the rainforest. Lodging at Drake Bay Resort.

Day 3-5

Awake to the incredible sounds of the rainforest, enjoy a tasty breakfast and you are off on the adventure of your choice. Each day the resort staff will advise you on what different half-day and full-day tours are available based on tour minimums, weather and sea conditions. Late afternoons are reserved for relaxing in a hammock, a walk to the beach or having a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres at the open-air bar while chatting with new friends with whom you shared the day’s adventures. Dinners are served family style in the dining room, and afterward you can enjoy an evening stroll beneath a canopy of brilliant stars and flickering lightening bugs. Lodging at Drake Bay Resort.

Day 6

Morning flight to San Jose, taxi (on your own) to your hotel and have the afternoon for shopping and visiting the city. Hotel lodging in San Jose.

Day 7

Taxi (on your own) to airport for return flight home OR stay and go White Water Rafting! (Please see description below.)

2 Day Whitewater River Trip Extension

This exciting whitewater river trip may be arranged at either the beginning or end of your tour to Drake Bay. The Pacuare River is the quintessential tropical river! It is a trip of pure magic, unsurpassed beauty, wildlife and exhilarating rapids. Located on Costa Rica’s Atlantic slope, the Pacuare River borders the Talamanca mountain range, home to native the Cabecar Indians and an incredible variety of wildlife.

Day 7

You will be picked up at your hotel in San Jose and stop en route for a delicious breakfast. Once at the river, your guides will load your gear into dry bags, and after a complete safety and paddling orientation you will shove off on the Pacuare and raft deep in the heart of the rainforest. While your guides prepare lunch on the riverbank, you will be led through the jungle to an enchanting waterfall and pool to swim. Before you know it, you will arrive at a wonderful Eco-lodge on a 1,000-acre private reserve where you can spend the afternoon relaxing, hiking or soaking in the waterfall and pools or enjoy a canopy tour. The lodge has all the comforts – private single and double bungalows with clean linen, modern bathrooms and showers. Happy hour will put you in the mood for a tropical evening with a luscious candlelight dinner and wine served by your guides. Lodging in private bungalows.

Day 7

After a hearty breakfast, you will prepare to paddle down the Pacuare gorge past gushing waterfalls, serene pools and adrenaline-packed Class-III & IV rapids that will have you cheering ecstatically. Lunch will be served where you finish your river trip and there are showers available. On the return drive to San Jose you will enjoy remarkable views of Braulio Carrillo National Park and Irazú Volcano. Hotel lodging in San Jose.

Day 9

Taxi (on your own) to airport for return flight home.

The following tours are available at Drake Bay

  • Sea Kayaking: This full day guided tour takes you to the scenic coastline and isolated beaches of Violin Island and Bird Island.
  • Mangroves and Birds: This boating and hiking tour visits the ancient mangroves on Bird Island and will introduce you to a large number of shore birds including the magnificent frigate bird.
  • Off-shore Fishing: Try your luck on the large variety of game fish with an experienced fishing guide. Half and full day tours are available.
  • Corcovado National Park: Join an interpretive hike with an experienced naturalist in the spectacular Corcovado rainforest to observe and learn about the wildlife and plants. Enjoy a fun hike in the afternoon to a spectacular waterfall for a swim.
  • Canopy Tour: Take an exciting look at the Costa Rican rainforest from a different perspective. A Canopy Tour allows people to safely pass from tree to tree high above the forest floor via a specially designed rope and cable system.
  • Dolphin Tour: Observe and swim with wild dolphins in the beautiful blue water of the Pacific Ocean. All equipment is provided. Encounter over twenty species of dolphins and whales on the tour.
  • Skuba Diving: This all day charter includes 2 dives, lunch and all equipment is furnished. For certified divers.
  • Horseback Riding: Explore jungle trails or ride on the beach with a guide. This is a fun way to experience the beautiful scenery of Costa Rica.

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About Costa Rica

Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island. ~ Wikipedia

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