Immerse yourself in nature’s wonders along the coast of Costa Rica and Ecuador. This incredible voyage will leave from Puntarenas and will sail via Cocos Island –UNESCO World Heritage- to Isla de la Plata and mainland Ecuador. Hike Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park to view rare flora and fauna, and explore national parks, reserves and wildlife refuges on mainland Costa Rica before seeing Cocos Island. In Ecuador visit Isla de la Plata, known as a small version of Galapagos, and see one of three reserves near Machala. This voyage is a birdwatcher’s dream, with several endemic species visible in these regions. Birds that can be expected include Magnificent Frigatebirds, Blue- and Red-footed Boobies, Scarlet Macaws, toucans, egrets, hummingbirds, and many others. You can also go snorkelling to see the diverse sea life at Isla Tortuga and Isla de la Plata. Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of these locations from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
Curu National Park, Costa Rica –
Curu National Wildlife Refuge is located on the southern Nicoya Peninsula. We will explore this area teaming with abundant wildlife and one of the most unspoiled beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula. Curu National Wildlife Refuge is managed sustainably and protects tropical moist and dry forests, mangroves and coral reefs. Some 200 species of birds thrive in the area and during a guided walk we will look for Scarlet Macaws, Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds and Blue-gray Tanagers, as well as capuchin and howler monkeys.
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica –
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica’s emblematic national park and a crucial wildlife sanctuary, is home to many of Costa Rica’s endangered species. While this is Costa Rica’s “smallest” national park, it spans 1,700 acres of land and 136,000 acres of ocean! The site is known for its wildlife-rich hiking trails and gorgeous white sand beaches.
Osa Peninsula and Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica –
We will visit the forests of the Osa region and Corcovado National Park, the most exuberant in Central America, and have the chance to see the famous gardens at Casa Orquideas (Orchid House) where we find a profusion of over 100 varieties of orchids along with heliconias, bromeliads, ornamental and fruit trees. Keen birders can also keep an eye out for parrots, hummingbirds, and colorful toucans attracted by the plants.
Cocos Island, Costa Rica –
Cocos Island is also known as “Treasure Island”, as it is supposed that several treasures have been buried there. The Costa Rican government has prohibited all treasure hunts as Cocos Island supports the only humid tropical forest on an oceanic island in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.
Isla de la Plata, Ecuador –
Spend time on Isla de la Plata, or the “Island of Silver”, where legend says that hundreds of tons of silver and gold were hidden and never recovered by Sir Francis Drake. Hike across the spectacular island, compared to the Galapagos Islands for its fauna, making it ideal for bird-watching and snorkelling.
• Visit islands that are said to be treasure islands.
Wildlife Watch List:
• Toucans, Black-necked Stilt , Cattle and Great Egrets, Turkey and Black Vulture, Tropical Kingbird, Lemon-rumped, Blue-grey, White-shouldered, Beryl-spangled and Palm Tanager, Rufous-tailed and Violet-bellied Hummingbird, White-necked Jacobin, Long-tailed Mockingbird, Rufous Motmot, Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Ornate, Boat-billed and Olive-striped Flycatcher, White-bearded Manakin
• Magnificent Frigatebirds, Brown Pelicans, Brown, Blue-footed, Red-footed and Nazca Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds
• Sloths, spider and howler monkeys
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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