13 day safari

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Designed specifically for full on Tapir action

Small group boat safaris for Humpbacks and Dolphins

Quetzal paradise at Trogon Lodge

Tour can be tailored to your requirements

Our quest for not only a good location in Costa Rica to see Tapir, but also how to organise the day by day activities, has been a long but enjoyable one for Wildlife Trails. There are many companies who talk about 'the chance' to see Tapir, but 90% of the time you are going to be disappointed. We realised that the Osa Peninusula was one of the best places to see Tapir in Costa Rica, but without our clients pre-booking specific wildlife trails with expert guides, their chances would still be quite low. So, this tour not only gives you the best chance to see Tapir when visiting Costa Rica, but also includes some amazing Humpbacj, Dolphin and Quetzal action enroute. Enjoy the ride!

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Best time to visit - APR


Day 1

Best luxury hotels in San Jose Costa Rica
Arrive in San Jose and overnight in a luxury hotel
Arrive into San Jose international airport and enjoy a private transfer to your luxury hotel. San José is perched at an elevation of 1150m, with the Poás, Barva, and Irazú volcanoes rising gracefully over the city to the north, and the rugged Talamanca mountains to the south.

Accommodation : Grano de Oro

Day 2

Best place for Quetzal watching in Costa Rica
Private car transfer to San Gerardo de Dota
After breakfast you will be transferred by road to San Gerardo de Dota. Situated in a valley furrowed by Río Savegre, it is famous for being one of the best sites for Quetzal watching

Accommodation : Trogon Lodge

Day 3

Best birding tours to see the Quetzal in Costa Rica
Early morning walk with expert guide for the Quetzal
San Gerardo de Dota is home to a large population of one of the most beautiful birds in the Americas, the Resplendent Quetzal. From the Trogoniade Family and sacred bird to the ancient indigenous cultures, Quetzals have a peaceful and tranquil living in the area and reside here year round. The climate and good amount of food (Aguacatillo tree) provide a great habitat for these birds.

Day 4

Best rainforest lodges in Costa Rica Tikivillas
Private transfer to To Bahia Ballena
Bahía Ballena lies within the marine boundaries of the Marino Ballena national park, which was created in 1990 to protect coral and rock reefs in 5375 hectares of ocean around the Isla Ballena. The island has nesting colonies of magnificent frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, and other seabirds, as well as many green iguanas and basilisk lizards.

Accommodation : Tikivillas Rainforest Lodge

Day 5&6

Best places to see humpbacks in Costa Rica
Multiple marine small boat safaris
During the tour we search for Humpback Whales (seasonally) and two different species of resident Dolphins. When granted the opportunity, you might see and hear the song of the Humpback Whales and/ or observe the acrobatic displays of the dolphins making this trip the best whale watching tour in Costa Rica for consistent quality sightings.

Day 7

Best places to see tapir in Costa Rica Casa Corcovado
Private car transfer to To Sierpe
Enjoy one of the most spectacular boat transfers and hotel arrivals in Central America with your boat safari to Corcovado National Park from Sierpe. Enjoy the stunning scenery, the wet landing and beach arrival and walking into paradise.

Accommodation : Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

Days 8-11

Best places to see tapir in Costa Rica Osa peninsula
4 days looking for Tapir and other amazing wildlife
If you could pick any Costa Rica jungle lodge to stay at for 6 days when your focus is mammals and 'more open' photography opportunities then it is 100% certain that the chose would be Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge; located on the stunning and mammal rich Osa Peninsula. For this tour, we include two full day visits by boat to Sirena Park station. This trail, which is not included by many companies, provides you with one of the best chances to see Tapir anywhere in Costa Rica!

Day 12

Best Costa Rica wildlife tours and holidays photo of a Paca
Flight from Palmar Sur to San José
Sadly, this is the last day of your Costa Rica wildlife holiday and after a thrilling 5 nights and 6 days in Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, you will fly back from Palmar Sur to San José.

Pricing Info & Dates

Cost £3490 based on two people sharing and not including flights

Valid for travel from October 2020 until December 2022


  • £100 donation to Panthera to protect Jaguars
  • Breakfast at the city hotels
  • All meals at the rainforest lodges
  • All transfers and activities as described


  • Cost of international flights
  • Cost of visas if applicable
  • Gratuaties for hotel staff
  • Main tips for your naturalist/photography guide


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