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Guanacaste's Coral Reefs & Volcanic Peaks
December 5-10, 2019

Costa Rica is known for its rainforest biodiversity, from exotic plants to brilliantly colored birds to exquisite aquatic species. But the northwest province of Guanacaste is home to one of Central America’s largest tropical dry forests, a rare ecosystem that contains substantially less water than a rainforest—yet still teems with flora and fauna. Experience this unique region up close and with all your senses.

Wild Costa Rica trip map

On this 6-day, action-packed voyage you’ll explore Guanacaste your way, as you choose the activities you like best. Try canyoning for the first time, or zipline through the jungle canopy. Horseback ride near a volcano, and kayak or paddleboard in crystalline waters. Spend an afternoon enjoying Isla Tortuga’s palm-shaded beaches before a barbecue dinner on the sand. Visit the volcanic landscapes of Rincón de la Vieja National Park to soak in hot springs and search for exotic wildlife like tapirs, monkeys, and toucans. Go deeper into the authentic pura vida of Costa Rica.

Traveling aboard the expedition ship National Geographic Sea Lion ensures you’ll have experiences you couldn’t otherwise have—discovering Guanacaste as an active explorer, not a tourist. The ship is equipped with expedition landing craft, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and snorkeling gear—all key to experiencing this unique region. A veteran expedition team aboard will help you spot the multitude of mammals, birds, and insects hidden in the dense forest canopy, while the Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor will help you capture your best shots ever.

Join us to experience the rare wildness of Costa Rica on this exceptional expedition. To make your reservation, please return the enclosed reservation form or call 800-252-4910.


Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions, Inc.
For AAAS Travels, ACS, and Sigma Xi Expeditions

Starting at $3,740 plus air

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