Call 1-800-387-1483 or email us
SIGNATURE MOMENT
Experiencing the dramatic differences in flora and fauna at different elevations
SIGNATURE MOMENT
Witnessing first-hand the major role army ants play in the rainforest ecosystem
SIGNATURE MOMENT
Watching Scarlet Macaws feed along the Pacific coast beach as the sun sets
SIGNATURE MOMENT
Enjoying the aerial acrobatics of monkeys at Carara
SIGNATURE MOMENT
Observing Resplendent Quetzals feeding on fruit trees

Classic Costa Rica: Quest for the Quetzal

Mar 11-21, 2022

11 days | Costa Rica | Quest Nature Tours

The pulse of life beats faster in the tropics. For a dweller of northern latitudes, a visit to Tropical America is like an awakening of sorts. A commonly heard phrase upon one’s first visit is “there is just so much life everywhere.” Costa Rica is an ideal ‘first ambassador’ for this region, owing to its sheer ability to showcase the surprising abundance of diversity within a small country.

On this tour, we venture from the country’s Central Valley down the Caribbean foothills into the eastern lowlands; cross the Continental Divide to Carara National Park in the Pacific lowlands and the wetlands of the dry northwest; ascend to cloud forests, and climb even farther up into the stark páramo above the tree line. By visiting so many unique ecoregions, the landscape will always be changing, and the cast of animals and plants will change with it.

The attendant (and substantial) diversity of bird life will be readily apparent as we explore. Standouts will include macaws, toucans, trogons, motmots, tanagers, hummingbirds, antbirds and manakins. Butterflies are similarly impressive, with slick heliconians and giant blue Morphos catching our attention. Though more secretive or cryptic, we can expect to encounter numerous interesting mammals, reptiles and amphibians, especially on our exciting night walks. From the captivating beauty of a Resplendent Quetzal to the subtlety of a tiny orchid clinging to life in the canopy of a fallen rainforest tree, this essential tour will provide an invigorating experience for the senses.

Pura Vida!
Quest Nature Tours Worldwide Explorers Club
Tour Cost (per person):
US$4370  Includes all taxes and gratuities.
Group Size:
10 - 12 participants   

What’s included: Accommodations based on double occupancy; all activities, ground transportation and park entrance fees; airport transfers; most meals; services of local English-speaking guides; services of your Quest leader. Taxes and gratuities of US$275 are included.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive in San José
2Travel to the Caribbean Lowlands
3Exploring the Arenal region
4Travel to the Pacific lowlands
5Day trip to Hacienda Solimar
6Visiting Carara National Park, Pacific Coast
7Mangrove Tour and the Pacific Coast
8-9Los Quetzales National Park and Paraiso del Quetzal
10Travel to San José via Tapantí National Park
11Depart San José
Download Itinerary

Your Tour Leader

Chris Earley is the University of Guelph Arboretum’s Interpretive Biologist and Education Coordinator and a self-proclaimed 'nature geek'. He teaches workshops at the Arboretum, and participates in research around the world. Chris has led many previous Quest trips around the world.

Email Us

Or call 1-800-387-1483 with any questions or to reserve your spot!

Quest Nature Tours Worldwide Explorers Club
Tour Cost (per person):
US$4370  Includes all taxes and gratuities.
Group Size:
10 - 12 participants   

What’s included: Accommodations based on double occupancy; all activities, ground transportation and park entrance fees; airport transfers; most meals; services of local English-speaking guides; services of your Quest leader. Taxes and gratuities of US$275 are included.

View More Trips In...
You may Also be interested in...

Can’t make the dates of this tour?

Make it a Private Journey!

We can plan this tour:

  • For your dates
  • For your specific interests
  • And we deliver all our signature touches…

Please call us to get started.

Download the Detailed Itinerary
Download the Detailed Itinerary

Click the button to download the full detailed itinerary for the trip:
Classic Costa Rica: Quest for the Quetzal

Please fill in the following information and you will be directed to download the detailed itinerary.

First Name *
Last Name *
Email *
Confirm Email *
Address
Address 2
City
Province/State
Postal Code/Zip
Country
Yes, sign me up to receive your e-newsletter with announcements of new tours, invitations to special events and reports from the field.
Please let us know which e-newsletters you would like to receive:

I am interested in learning about cultural tours from Worldwide Quest

I am interested in learning about nature tours from Quest Nature Tours

Where did you hear about Worldwide Quest?



Reserve My Spot!

Thank you, your adventure awaits! We will be in touch very soon.

Please fill in the following form and we’ll get back to you soon to confirm your booking.

First Name *
Last Name *
Email *
Confirm Email *
Phone *