Beyond the Stars
Of course, our tour in Costa Rica takes in more than the night sky. Join us, and discover for yourself why travelers from around the world celebrate this beautiful country in the heart of Central America for its rich biodiversity, dramatically varied landscapes, and the warm hospitality of its people. Experience the best of this safe, accessible paradise on North America’s doorstep.
Our naturalist guides will show you the best of the country’s diverse ecosystems—from primeval rainforests to mangrove-lined waterways along the Pacific coast. Spot monkeys and sloths in the forest canopy, crocodiles and exotic frogs in the wetlands, and myriad species of jungle and water birds soaring overhead. On the ground is a host of plant life, from orchids and bromeliads to mosses, ferns, and flowering vines. Our guides locate otherwise-missed species in veiled dwellings, and teach you to recognize concealed shelters and telltale signs of life in some of the most fascinating natural habitats on the planet.
We’ll visit Arenal, the youngest of all Costa Rican volcanoes. Rising more than 5,200 feet (1,600 meters) above sea level, it’s the most active of all Costa Rican volcanoes. Arenal last erupted in 1998, and eruptions can be traced back more than 7,000 years. Nearby is a rainforest canopy, with a series of “hanging bridges” that span the treetops of this lush corridor. The breathtaking 360° views include (jungle mists permitting) a unique vantage point on Arenal’s fissured slopes and classic conical profile. Farther on is the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, named for the near-constant mists that create a moist, warm environment where exotic plants thrive. On the trails through this lush ecosystem, our naturalist points out a remarkable array of flowers, animals, and especially birds. The bare-necked umbrellabird, the three-wattled bellbird, and, if we’re lucky, the fabulously colorful quetzal are all there, somewhere in this amazing forest. It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise.
In Costa Rica, environmentalism and tourism go hand in hand. The country has become a model nation for its environmental sustainability and stewardship. This care is evident throughout the countryside. During our numerous trail walks, our naturalist guides will reveal the country’s diverse ecosystems that range from rainforests and forest canopies to mangrove-lined waterways, wetlands, and jungle. Our Costa Rica tour will reveal a paradise of biodiversity and spectacular natural beauty.