Off the beaten track Costa Rica private tour
Private tailormade tour of Costa Rica’s lesser visited national parks for an adventurous taste of wilderness, with a huge variety of optional activities.
Carara National Park Crocodile spotting on river safari Drive the Pacific Coast Highway San Gerardo de Dota Optional activities including canopy ziplining, scuba diving and white water rafting Hiking and bird watching Ojochal Dominical Playa Uvita Whale watching (in season) Ballena Marine National Park
Description of Off the beaten track Costa Rica private tour
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetTravel and tourism can have positive as well as negative impacts on the environment, the economy and the social and cultural structures of communities. Sustainable tourism -the travel trade’s principles of using tourism to benefit local communities, conserve natural resources, and bolster the survival of cultural heritage – lies close to our heart. Our love and passion for Latin America makes us strive to protect the destinations we take you to visit. As members of AITO, we’re committed to AITO’s Sustainable Tourism Guidelines, which means that we ensure that environmental and cultural demands are kept as low as possible.
We cooperate with local operators, some of who we work with over 25 years. They have a proven record in training guides to set a good example in their respect for the surroundings and pass on advice and encouragement to visitors on how to preserve the environment. Simple recommendations, including refilling water bottles, disposing rubbish in a responsible way and not buying arts and crafts made from endangered plants and wildlife, are only a few examples of shared advice by our guides in order for us to all contribute to minimise the impact of tourism on the surroundings.
Furthermore, we work with local foundations, including the LATA Foundation, which is a UK-based charity with social and environmental projects throughout the continent. In Costa Rica, they support a solar heating project run by the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) at La Selva Biological Station in the ecologically diverse ecosystem of La Selva – one of the premier sites in the world for ongoing research in lowland rain forest. Work on climate change and its impact on biodiversity in tropical wet forests has become a significant area of study at the station. The project aims to cut electricity usage by 50% within five years, by providing a solar water heater for the two cabins used by visitors. This project saved costs for OTS, promotes sustainability to visitors, and is more environmentally friendly.
For decades Costa Rica has been leading in conservation, and as a result over a quarter of its territory is given over to well-managed national parks and private nature reserves, several of which will be visited during this trip. When selecting accommodation, we prefer to work with hotels and lodges which have a verifiable commitment to eco-friendly practices. You will stay at small, intimate and mostly family-run eco-lodges, rustic but comfortable, with a wildlife and outdoor activity focus as well as offering peaceful relaxation. On the Pacific Coast for example you stay at La Cusinca Ecolodge, a private jungle reserve overlooking the ocean. It is a family-run eco-lodge, accredited for its conservation and environmental efforts. As the lodge is part of a private nature reserve, they are dedicated to marine and terrestrial conservation, as well as environmental education.
During your trip, you will visit several conservation projects and sanctuaries. Carara National Park for example hosts a wide range of ecosystems and is where many endangered and threatened species live and are protected. These include the American crocodile and many bird species, such as the scarlet macaw, tiger herons and toucans. We also recommend taking a trip out to the marine reserve at Caño Island, where you can snorkel in clear, sapphire blue water lapping suntanned beaches. It’s home to 19 species of coral, and 60 different species of water creatures, including white-tipped reef sharks, sea turtles and manta rays. During your trip, you can also visit Ballena Marine National Park, one of only two nationally protected marine zones in the country. Here you may observe abundant wildlife on gentle trail hikes and take a dip in natural swimming holes.