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About Costa Rica Expeditions
Pioneer in Central American Ecotourism

Created in 1978, Costa Rica Expeditions continues to set the pace with a year-round program of wilderness and nature adventures in one of the world's most biodiverse and richly-populated wildlife zones.

With appeal for most all travelers, particularly those seeking escape to remote wilderness areas with comfortable accommodations waiting at the end of the day, Costa Rica Expeditions blends adventure-packed itineraries led by expert, bilingual naturalist guides with surprisingly luxurious lodgings set in Costa Rica's wildest corners.

Costa Rica Expeditions is recommended by more guidebooks than any other company in Costa Rica. It has designed and guided travel within the tropical wild lands it knows so well for such respected institutions as the National Geographic Society, the National Audubon Society and the World Wildlife Fund. Costa Rica Expeditions also operates trips for Abercrombie & Kent, Wilderness Travel, Virtuoso and many other top-line tour operators.

Costa Rican Adventures

Costa Rica Expeditions offers a range of adventures, from the 9-day Quest for Pura Vida. Our newest fixed departure (group) to a customized itinerary especially tailored to your preferences.

Dozens of custom itineraries are available including one or more of the wilderness lodges run by Costa Rica Expeditions with guided tours - "Expeditions" and "Odysseys" - to surrounding habitats. Costa Rica's compact yet diverse topography enables the visitor to see active volcanoes, lush tropical forests, White Water Rivers, mountainous terrain and Pacific and Atlantic coasts in a week or less. Costa Rica Expeditions offers a varied and accessible brand of ecotravel, with as little or as much "roughing it" as the traveler desires.

The Guides

With university degrees in botany, zoology, biology, behavioral ecology and coastal ecosystems backed by extensive empirical experience in the field, the master naturalist and naturalist guides of Costa Rica Expeditions are more than qualified; they are expert at revealing the subtle mysteries of Costa Rica's magnificent wilderness.

"Without question, our guides are the single most important element of a successful trip," says Michael Kaye, Costa Rica Expeditions President and CEO. "After their trips, I have asked hundreds of people what was the most important factor that determined the quality of their trip. “The Guide” is far and away the most frequently heard, and passionately-held, response." The guides of Costa Rica Expeditions provide the interpretive elements necessary for a rewarding journey through the rainforest, share personal insight into local traditions and customs, and in every sense are a guest's "escort to exploration."

At minimum, guides take the hassle out of travel. Their maximum potential benefit is as hard to quantify as, say, the value of friendship. But the quality of Costa Rica Expeditions' guides comes with a money-back guarantee.

The Lodges

The wilderness lodges of Costa Rica Expeditions - Monteverde Lodge & Gardens and Tortuga Lodge & - feature architecture, levels of comfort and settings that are as varied as can be found in Costa Rica. Monteverde Lodge & Gardens: a post-modern building set in a world-class botanical garden in the misty mountains of Monteverde; Tortuga Lodge & Gardens: a deceptively simple tropical lodge on the edge of a slow-moving rainforest river that local people still ply in dugout canoe. Both share an underlying philosophy and integrity that sets them apart from other lodges.

The wilderness lodges of Costa Rica Expeditions are labors of love, love for the wild and beautiful places they help preserve and provide access to, and love for the ancient art of inn keeping. They are integral and organic with their settings, providing simple elegance and complex comforts. And they are staffed by people who are guided by four words: "Legendary Service and Unforgettable Memories."

Each lodge offers tours that take full advantage of its natural assets. The gardens at Monteverde Lodge steep visitors in the cloud forest, steps from their Forest View Rooms. Tortuga Lodge, situated on the Caribbean coast, is surrounded by water, and here you are immersed in a world where the rainforest merges with ancient rivers in lush, primeval rhythms.

Recommended Hotels

Costa Rica Expeditions also arranges lodging for its guests at more than 50 recommended lodges and hotels and several vacation rental properties in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica White Water

Costa Rica may have more world-class rafting rivers than any other country in the world. Costa Rica White Water was the first rafting company in Costa Rica and performed exploratory expeditions on all of the countries most popular and commercially run rivers.

Costa Rica White Water now offers Connoisseur Rafting, a different brand of river running experience, where quality never gives in to quantity and where clients are secure in the knowledge that their elite guides are the finest and most experienced in Costa Rica.

Children and Costa Rica Expeditions

Traveling as a family in Costa Rica gives children, parents and grandparents an opportunity to enjoy each other's company in beautiful, exciting surroundings. Costa Rica Expeditions offers trips for the adventurous family in search of fun, active learning experiences while on vacation. When kids arrive at a Costa Rica Expeditions property, they're instantly taken under the wing of the whole staff, and taken care of by waiters, guides, gardeners, receptionists and cooks. Costa Rica is still the "village" that raises children, and Costa Rica Expeditions offers customized itineraries for families for kids of all ages.

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