Our 4th Annual Costa Rica Adventure is open for registration. It will be December 26, 2016 through January 8, 2017 for a total of 14 days including the arrival and departure days.
We will visit lodges and locations with different unique environments. We will immerse us in the Pacific Lowland Rain Forest at Corcovado on the Osa Peninsula. This area contains some of the largest tropical trees in the Americas and has one of the highest levels of diversity of flora and fauna. We will also visit the-mid elevation Wilson Botanical Garden and Las Cruces Research Station near the small town of San Vito and the spectacular high-elevation Oak Cloud Forest in the Talamanca Mountains. In addition we will visit the indigenous village Boruca during their New Year's festival.
The tour will be an all around nature experience with special focus on plants and opportunities for tree climbing. Experienced and beginning tree climbers are welcome. Our method of climbing is not strenuous. You will be secure, move at your own pace and can rest any time and enjoy the surroundings.
Land cost: $ 1950.-, double occupancy.
Experienced climbers are encouraged to bring their own climbing equiment. Please contact us for guidelines and any questions. Beginning climbers will receive guidance and training and be charged an extra $ 100 if we provide the equipment.
Scroll down for a detailed program, pictures and links.
Treewolf Costa Rica Winter 2016-17 Program
Day 1. Monday, Dec 26, 2016. Day of arrival. We will meet at Hotel Bougainvillea near the village of Santo Domingo in the San Jose area. Shuttle from the airport can be provided depending on the time of arrival. Bougainvillea is a very pleasant place to begin and end our adventure. The large garden has a variety of trees and other plants, many with identifying signs. The garden is also a god place for bird watching and various frogs and toads can be seen in the ponds at night. Bougainvillea has a swimming pool. exercise room. There is a very good restaurant and lounge.We will gather for dinner in the evening at the hotel (not included)
Bougainvillea is a good place to spend an extra day or two if you want to explore the San Jose area.
Day 2. Tuesday, December 27, 2016. 7:00 am Breakfast at Bougainvillea. Depart to Osa Península. Lunch on the way (Uvita) Check in and dinner at La Leona Ecolodge. La Leona is our most rustic lodge but the location is exceptional, it is in primary forest by the beach right next to the southern border of Corcovado National Park. There is no road access, we will hike in (the luggage will be transported) There are large old growth trees to climb nearby and amazing wildlife viewing.
Day 3. Wednesday, December 28, 2016. 6:00 am. Optional Birding walk. 7:45 am. Breakfast. Tree climbing session, hiking, beach time. Special bat mist netting program.
Day 4. Thursday, December 29, 2016. 6:00 am. Breakfast. Day trip to Corcovado National Park with box lunch. Dinner and overnight at La Leona.
Day 5. Friday, December 30, 2016. 6:00 am. Optional Birding Walk. 7:45 am. Breakfast. Tree climbing session, hiking, beach time. Lunch at La Leona. Departure to Puerto Jiménez. Dinner and overnight at Agua Dulce Lodge.
Day 6. Saturday, Dec 31, 2016. 6:00 am. Optional Birding in the gardens. 7:45 am. Breakfast. There are various options this day, boat trip across the Golfo Dulce to visit a remote Botanical Garden and the town of Golfito, dolphin viewing, climbing a huge ceiba tree in Puerto Jiménez, free time to time to enjoy the beach. The beach at Agua Dulce is safe for swimming. Lunch in Puerto Jimenez or Golfito, dinner at Agua Dulce. Then Happy New Year! Celebrate with the locals in Puerto Jimenez.
Day 7. Sunday, January 1st, 2017 8:00 am Breakfast. Depart to San Vito. Lunch in San Vito and check in Las Cruces Research Station. Coffee Tour at La Lila Farm. Dinner at Las Cruces, and visit Agua Buena town, local festivities, Bull riding.
Day 8. Monday, January 2, 2017 Optional early birding at Observation Tower Breakfast 7:30 am. Tour for the Wilson Botanical Garden. Optional assist with volunteer project. Two years ago we performed a canopy reduction pruning of a tree by the observation tower, we will do follow up maintenance pruning on this tree. 11:00 am Depart to Boruca. Visit Los Diablitos Celebration at Boruca community. Visit Boruca Museum, and enjoy the spectacular fiesta with a local guide. Box Lunch. Dinner on your own. Late return to Las Cruces Station.
Day 9. Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017 Breakfast. Optional birding. Depart to San Gerardo de Dota. 12:00 md Lunch at Savegre Lodge 2:00 pm. Check in at Savegre Lodge. Time to enjoy gardens/ Tree climbing 6:30 pm. Dinner Overnight at Savegre Lodge.
Day 10. Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017 6:00 am. Optional Birding on the gardens, looking for the great Quetzal 8:00 am. Breakfast. Tree Climbing session. Box Lunch. 6:30 pm. Dinner
Day 11. Thursday, Jan 5, 2017 6:00 am. Birding, Quetzal viewing. 7:45 am. Breakfast. Tree Climbing trees session/ Paramo exploration. Box Lunch 6:30 pm. Dinner Savegre Lodge.
Day 12. Friday, Jan 6, 2017 6:00 am. Birding. 7:45 am. Breakfast Tree Climbing Session/ Paramo exploration Lunch at Savegre 2:00 pm. Optional activities: Horse back riding / Spa (Not included) 6:30 pm. Dinner at Savegre Lodge.
Day 13. Saturday, Jan 7, 2017 Optional Birding 8:00 am. Breakfast 9:00 am. Depart to San José. Visit Orosi Colonial City. Lunch at Orosi. 2:00 pm. Back to San José. Check in Bougainvillea Hotel. 7:00 pm. Farewell Dinner. Overnight at Bougainvillea
Day 14. Sunday, Jan 8, 2017 7:00 am Breakfast. Departure, Shuttle to Airport.
The Treewolf Costa Rica Rain Forest Experience trip will be a one-of-a-kind 14 day exploration trip visiting three distinct tropical forest environments with experienced and knowledgeable tree climbing and naturalist guides. During our visit at the Boruca Indigenous Village with will have a guide from the local community. We will spend time in the hot and humid tropical rain forest by the Pacific as well as the cloud forest. Please join us to climb trees, explore the forest canopy up close, learn about the environment, have fun and contribute to conservation and research.
Talamanca Mountain Range
Our first location will be in the high elevation cloud forest in the Talamanca Mountain Range in a virgin oak forest that is part of the largest protected natural zone of Central America. This area, which includes parts of both Costa Rica and Panama, has been designated a World Heritage Site. The large native oaks grow to a height of 70 meters and rival the largest lowland tropical trees in size. The range is home for many endemic plants and animals and is habitat for five species of big cats: pumas, ocelots, margays, jaguars and jaguarundis. There are 600 species of birds including the three-wattled bellbird, bare-necked umbrella bird and resplendent quetzal. The quetzal is generally considered the most spectacular bird of the Americas and there will be good opportunities to observe and photograph them.
We will stay at the Savegre Nature Reserve in a very comfortable and pleasant lodge owned and operated by the Chavez family, a local family who were the original settlers in this area. They recognized the importance of conserving this unique beautiful forest and the role of eco-tourism to make this happen.
There are large wild old growth trees to climb and explore in the forest and also smaller trees with lower branches for novice climbers.
Optional activities at this location include a nearby zipline, horseback riding, a waterfall hike, and a visit to the spa.
Savegre Cloud Forest
On this trip there will be lots of opportunities to learn and have your questions answered. Our Costa Rican guide, Carlos Chavarria is a very knowledgeable naturalist, he has a degree in forestry and is experienced in managing eco-tourism.
There will be lots of tree climbing but also plenty opportunity for other activities and relaxation. This group is for adult responsible climbers of all levels who come together to enjoy nature and share new experiences with friends. You will decide your own activities and level of involvements within some general guidelines subject to the instructions of the guides. The large old forest trees generally have no lower branches, the canopy structure is high. The “first ascent” of the wild trees requires experienced climbers with guides. Beginners can start with guided climbing of “tamer” trees with a lower branch structure. Please consult with a guide before the trip regarding your experience, climbing methods and equipment as well as guidelines to follow.
Contribution to Conservation.
We will stay at places that actively work for conservation and research.
Link to Petrina Robins' pictures from our 2014 trip to Guaria de Osa: