Overview

There is a saying the “Ticos,” or Costa Ricans, use to describe their country – “pura vida,” which loosely translates to “pure life.”  We can’t think of a more appropriate description of this country or the attitude of its people. Costa Rica can be best described as a perfect sampler for the eco-traveler.

Only 2 hours from Miami and only the size of New Hampshire, friendly Costa Rica boasts four distinct eco-systems all of which can easily be experienced. Here you can witness an “active” volcano, stroll through cloud forests and lush lowland rainforests. On a Caribbean beach, you can watch as a Green Turtle returns to lay her eggs on the same beach she was hatched 30 years earlier. You can wander through beautiful orchid gardens as hummingbirds and butterflies feast on tropical flowers. You can stay in enchanted jungle lodges in the cloud forest, viewing toucans, the resplendent quetzal and listening to the screech of holler monkeys. And for those who wish to mix sporting adventure with viewing nature, there are all levels of white-water rafting, kayaking, wind surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving, mountain biking and more.

Most of our accommodations are in small, distinct hotels within beautiful, secluded settings or quaint, intimate jungle lodges located in areas considered to be the best for viewing birds and other wildlife. Each has its own character and charm and adds to your experience.

Costa Rica is truly the destination for nature lovers of all ages. So whether you have an interest in birding, natural history, honeymoons, family trips, beach vacations, rafting, surfing, sea kayaking, hiking, biking, fishing or any combination, Email or call Cregor Adventures, we’re your Costa Rica specialists!

Come to Costa Rica, a land of unparalleled biodiversity, a land where life thrives in astonishing abundance and with thrilling exuberance. Explore verdant cloud forests, where heavy mists blanket towering trees, tangled vines, and countless orchids. Watch from the safety of a cozy rainforest lodge as fiery magma spews from an active volcano, illuminating the night sky.  Bask in the serenity of the immaculate white-sand beach and find underwater wonders just off-shore. With much of Costa Rica protected from development, getting off the beaten path is not difficult to do.

Cregor Adventures specialists will work with you to customize the perfect experience, whether you want a completely private tour throughout the entire country, whether you want to luxuriate in beautiful hotels, or whether you prefer to camp and “rough it” a bit.  We are there to make the experience truly a Trip of a Lifetime.”

There are so many options when planning your Costa Rica adventure. The following pages offer you information on a number of spectacular regions to choose from.

Monteverde Cloud Forest
Rising 4,757 feet into the misty skies, and straddling the continental divide, Monteverde is the most famous wildlife spot in Costa Rica. Monteverde is home to 400 species of birds, over 100 species of mammals and an estimated 2,500 species of plants.

Among the dense vegetation in the towering forest you will find many wild relatives of familiar tropical houseplants including philodendrons, ficus trees, bromeliads and ferns, and orchids abound with over 300 species. Guided walks through the reserve offer an introduction to this tiny country’s amazing biodiversity.

Arenal Volcano
Few natural phenomena rival the excitement of witnessing the rumblings, lava flows, and eruptions of one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

At Arenal Volcano, that thrill is compounded by the proximity of your accommodations to the volcano, as we stay at the Arenal Observatory Lodge, just 1.8 kilometers from the cone’s crater. From here, we can see, hear, and even feel the ground shake as smoking cinders the size of houses are ejected from the crater and sent crashing down the mountain. On clear nights, we may be awed by brilliant red lava spewing from the top and flowing down the sides. The protected rainforest surrounding the volcano provides great hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities as well.

Central Valley
Strikingly beautiful with a mild and dry climate all year round, Costa Rica’s Central Valley offers fantastic nature experiences just outside of San Jose, where our travels usually begin and end.

The area dominates a large portion of the interior of Costa Rica with lush forests and fruitful farmland. The soil here has been made fertile by two volcanoes, Poas and Irazu, both of which are perpetually active on a low level.

Osa Peninsula / Corcovado
Far removed from the larger population centers, and encapsulating some of the country’s most stunning natural areas, this region is blessed with an abundance of exotic and diversified flora and fauna.

It is situated in the southern Pacific part of Costa Rica, and boasts the largest remaining stretches of Pacific coastal rainforests in Central America.

The forest here is particularly lush and dense, due to high rainfall throughout the year. A stay at one of our carefully selected lodges in this region affords access to secluded beaches and beautiful national parks.

Tortuguero
Tortuguero National Park consists of a sprawling series of deltas, forming brackish canals through lowland tropical rainforest along the northern Caribbean coast. This 19,000-hectacre park embraces eleven different habitats, supporting a thrilling array of wildlife, and a spectacular stretch of white-sand beach.

The park is named for the green turtles that nest on its protected beaches from July to September.

Explorations of the park include boat rides through the canals, where spider, howler, and white-faced capuchin monkeys, crocodiles, tree sloth, and a host of over 300 bird species provide arguably the best wildlife viewing in Costa Rica.

Sarapiqui
The Sarapiqui region, named for the river that drains this area, lies at the foot of the Cordillera Central mountain range. To the west is the rainforest of Braulio Carrillo National Park, and to the east are Tortuguero National Park and Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge. In between these protected areas lie thousands of acres of banana, pineapple, and palm plantations interspersed with forest.

The area is renowned for its conservation efforts, centered primarily at OTS (Organization for Tropical Studies) La Selva, a protected rainforest area and state-of-the-art research facility.

 

Sample Itinerary

These itineraries, specifically made for some of our clients, are meant as samples for your reference.  You may choose a trip that suits your needs in terms of number of days, time of year for travel and price.

8-Day Costa Rica

Day 1: Arrive San Jose
Days 2 & 3: Arenal Volcano
Days 4 & 5: Monteverde Cloud Forest
Days 6 & 7: Manuel Antonio
Day 8: Fly to San Jose/Depart San Jose

10-Day Costa Rica

Day 1: Arrive San Jose
Days 2 & 3: Tortuguero
Days 4 & 5: Arenal Volcano
Days 6 & 7: Monteverde Cloud Forest
Days 8 & 9: Manuel Antonio
Day 10: Fly to San Jose/Depart San Jose

12-Day Costa Rica

Day 1: Arrive San Jose
Days 2: Fly to Osa Peninsula/Corcovado area
Days 3 & 4: Osa Peninsula/Corcovado area
Day 5: Fly to San Jose/Arenal Volcano
Day 6: Arenal Volcano
Days 7 & 8: Monteverde Cloud Forest
Days 9 & 10: Manuel Antonio
Day 11: San Jose
Day 12: Depart San Jose

14-Day Costa Rica

Day 1: Arrive San Jose
Days 2 & 3: Tortuguero
Days 4: Sarapiqui
Day 5 & 6: Arenal Volcano
Days 7 & 8: Monteverde Cloud Forest
Days 9 & 10: Pacific Coast
Day 11 – 13: Osa Penninsula
Day 14: Return San Jose/Depart San Jose

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Dates/Pricing

This is a custom trip departing anytime on demand and is priced according to length of trip, accommodations chosen and time of year. Cregor Adventures will be happy to assist you in choosing or creating the perfect itinerary.

 2014 Fees
8-Day Costa Rica
From $3,695 per person
10-Day Costa Rica
From $4,895 per person
12-Day Costa Rica
From $5,895 per person

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars. Please note: Custom private departures booked during the Green Season (May 1 – June 30 and September 1 – October 31) may be eligible for discounted Green Season rates. 2015 prices may change slightly.

Family Departures 
We have scheduled family trips which are specially designed so parents, children and grandparents can enjoy the wonders of the Costa Rica in a manner that best meets families’ needs. For Family Departures, please see our Special Family Itinerary.

 

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