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Wild Costa Rica Escape: Guanacaste’s Coral Reefs & Volcanic Peaks

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Duration: 6 Days, 5 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip San Jose, Costa Rica

From: $3,740

Season: January, Novmber - December

Activities: Wildlife

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Lindblad Expeditions in Partnership with National Geographic

Natural Wonders Up Close In the Dry Tropical Forest

Discover the treasures of one of Costa Rica’s richest regions, Guanacaste, on a six-day voyage. Snorkel and kayak among untouched corals and palm-lined beaches in the Guanacaste Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hike, ride horseback, and zipline amid mist-shrouded volcanic peaks in Rincón de la Vieja National Park, where intriguing archaeological sites provide insight into Costa Rica’s ancient past. As we venture from uninhabited isles to wildlife-rich jungles and friendly surf towns, bask in the “pura vida” that infuses this ecologically-rich country.


  • Navigate the pristine coastline of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region, snorkeling crystalline waters and exploring wildlife-rich parks and preserves.
  • Discover diverse tropical ecosystems while exploring via kayak and paddleboard, on foot, on horseback, and soaring by zipline.
  • Spend an afternoon enjoying Isla Tortuga’s palm-shaded beaches before a barbecue dinner on the sand.
  • Explore the volcanic landscapes of Rincón de la Vieja National Park, soaking in hot springs and searching for exotic wildlife, from tapirs to toucans.

Each expedition is crafted to offer you the most in-depth experience of Costa Rica possible and maximize your time in the company of this region's immensely rich biodiversity. Flexibility is a hallmark of our expeditions, and we will change course or linger in our expedition landing craft to take advantage of amazing birds and marine life sightings. Extraordinary adventure is a guarantee.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 — San José, Costa Rica/At Sea

Arrive in San José, the capital of Costa Rica, and embark the National Geographic Sea Lion. Enjoy a sunset dinner onboard as we chart a course for the Guanacaste region on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. (D)

Day 2 — Bat Islands/Santa Rosa National Park

Today we set our sights on the Bat Islands in the World Heritage-designated Guanacaste Conservation Area. Weather permitting, don a snorkel and fins to discover a rich underwater world, spotting rays, turtles, and tropical fish. Back onboard, enjoy a delicious lunch as our ship glides into a secluded cove in Santa Rosa National Park. The first park established in Costa Rica, Santa Rosa is home to countless bird species, including toucans, ospreys, and parrots. Venture out by kayak or stand-up paddleboard to explore the coastline or relax on a white-sand beach. (B/L/D)

Day 3 — Cuajiniquil/Rincón de la Vieja National Park

After an optional morning yoga session, go ashore to explore Rincón de la Vieja National Park, encompassing more than 34,000 acres and housing two active volcanoes. Hike through a dense green woodland, dotted with bubbling mud pots, keeping an eye out for exotic and rare wildlife, including monkeys, sloths, emerald toucanets, and the curious kinkajou. Soak in the Rio Negro hot springs or choose between several exciting excursions. Ride horseback across lush meadows, strap on a harness for a canyoning expedition, or soar through the canopy by zipline. If you wish, explore archaeological sites around Hacienda Guachipelín, featuring ancient petroglyphs and tomb markers. (B/L/D)

Day 4 — Zapotal Beach/Tamarindo

Drop anchor off remote Zapotal Beach, where we’ll spend the morning soaking up the sun, snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, and exploring the coastline by kayak or paddleboard. Head off in search of local flora and fauna with our naturalists, then return to the ship for lunch. Cruise south to the surfing town of Tamarindo, where we hop into expedition landing crafts to explore a coastal maze of dense mangrove forests. Navigate a secluded estuary where crocodiles and sloths can be spotted. Or, choose to spend the day relaxing on the beach or strolling the streets of Tamarindo, lined with craft shops and cafés. (B/L/D)

Day 5 — Curu National Wildlife Refuge/Isla Tortuga

Along the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, delve into a hotspot of biodiversity at Curu National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica’s first private national wildlife reserve. Learn about the hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, and mammals that inhabit this thriving ecosystem while exploring the park’s winding trails. Later, as we enjoy lunch onboard, cruise to a cluster of offshore islets collectively called Isla Tortuga, named for their turtle-like shape. Explore idyllic white-sand beaches shaded by swaying palms and tropical vegetation. Cap off the day with a sunset barbecue dinner on the beach. (B/L/D)

Day 6 — San José - Dismbark

Disembark in San José and transfer to the airport to connect with your flight home. (B)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

Wild Costa Rica Escape itinerary map

Dates & Rates

Dates 1 2 3 Single 1 Single 2
Nov 30, 2019 $3,740 $4,370 $4,930 $5,620 $6,550
Dec 5, 2019 $3,740 $4,370 $4,930 $5,620 $6,550
Dec 10, 2019 $3,740 $4,370 $4,930 $5,620 $6,550
Dec 15, 2019 $3,740 $4,370 $4,930 $5,620 $6,550
Dec 23, 2019 $3,740 $4,370 $4,930 $5,620 $6,550
Dec 28, 2019 $3,740 $4,370 $4,930 $5,620 $6,550
Jan 2, 2020 $3,740 $4,370 $4,930 $5,620 $6,550


National Geographic Sea Lion

National Geographic Sea Lion

Our expedition ships National Geographic Sea Lion can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to its small size, yet each comfortably accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. The feeling, we’re told, is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Accessibility means freedom. Our captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions we explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours. View ship details...

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