Rise early today as we have a long drive to get to the South Pacific. We will break the long drive at Manuel Antonio National Park looking for diurnal wildlife. The next two days we will be Based North of Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula. It is one of the most biologically diverse places on the Planet. Explore the rainforest and its herpetofauna. Visit the Black-headed bushmaster project and learn about the ongoing conservation efforts.
We are leaving the majestic Osa Peninsula today and we will be heading towards the mountains. Before we reach our accommodation we stop at a spot to look for some rare species like, Metlapilcoatlus mexicanus, Anolis aquaticus. We stay overnight at San Vito and will observe the fauna near the foothills of the Talamanca Mountain Range.
We are slowly making our way towards the Caribbean-side of Costa Rica. We will have another stop near the capital, San Jose. We will have another chance to look for the Mexican jumping pit viper and other colourful snakes.
Today we will reach the Caribbean side of the country. En-route we will be visiting Cahuita National Park. With its crystal clear waters and forest it is a beautiful place to spend some hours of the day. We will have the chance to see sloths, capuchin monkeys and the famous Eyelash pit viper. In the afternoon we will head to Kekoldi where we spend our next two nights. Here we will learn about the Bushmaster Conservation Project.
Day 11: Discover the Frogs of the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Centre
After leaving Kekoldi, we will still stay at the East of Costa Rica, on the Caribbean-side. We spend the night at the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Centre, where we will be looking for iconic frog species, coral snakes and the infamous Fer-de-lance.
Accommodation in simple hotels for 13 nights on a twin share basis
All meals from Dinner on Day 1, till breakfast on Day 14
Transportation as per the itinerary
Local Herpetologist experts throughout the holiday
Guided daily walks as per the itinerary
Full financial protection by Protected Trust Services
Meals not mentioned in the program
Your Expedition Guides
Max Benito Smeele
Max is a biologist from the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. His main interests are around amphibian and reptile conservation, as well as in nature photography as a way to spread knowledge and awareness about these animals. He has worked as a researcher in Spain and Costa Rica, to which he travelled 5 times, with the aim to explore its overwhelming biodiversity. Currently he resides in Spain were he works as photographer for the Exsitu Project, tour leader, teaches courses about Iberian herpetofauna and studies a masters in tropical biodiversity. Moreover he speaks Spanish, Dutch and English fluently.
Esteban E. Arrieta
Esteban, from an early age, due to him living in the Caribbean slopes of the Talamancan mountain range, he has been passionate about herpetofauna. Since them he acquired a lot of field experience, focusing on finding rare species. He has been able to rediscover lost species and even find new ones for science. He now works as a private guide through Costa Rica to show people the wonders that inhabit this amazing and biodiverse country.
Costa Rica is in Central America between Nicaragua and Panama; it is bordered from the East by the Caribbean Sea and from the West by the Pacific Ocean.
Volcanoes, high mountain ranges, and lush tropical forests are dominating the landscapes. It also provides beautiful golden beaches for those who want to relax at the end of their holiday.
This Central American country is one of the leaders in eco-tourism and sustainability. They have more than 190 biological reserves and national parks. The country has 12 different life zones, and despite its small size, it is home to nearly 5% of the total living species of the Earth.
It is a perfect place for wildlife watching, birding (over 900 species of birds), wildlife and nature photography, and for families who can combine nature, adventure, and the beach.