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With so much biodiversity in a small geographic region encompassing 12 climatic zones and numerous microecosystems, Costa Rican wildlife is virtually on display in its natural habitat. In fact,...

With so much biodiversity in a small geographic region encompassing 12 climatic zones and numerous microecosystems, Costa Rican wildlife is virtually on display in its natural habitat. In fact, it is possible to see more wildlife in one day in Costa Rica than in a whole Amazon experience.

Whether in cloudforest, humid Caribbean lowlands, arid mountain peaks, dry Pacific forests, mangroves or coral reefs, the beauty of Costa Rica is authentic and accessible. The country`s natural wealth is no accident. In the mid-20th century Costa Rican leadership took to the idea of conservation as the future of the nation. Now 23 percent of Costa Rica`s land mass is under preservation. Rather than devote resources to developing a military, Costa Rican officials chose to build educational and social security programs. Despite the ensuing growth of tourism, the country remains peaceful, friendly and open. Costa Ricans continue to exude appreciation and joy for the treasures of their country.

Holbrook shares that appreciation. So much more than a Costa Rica tour company, Holbrook is an active participant in preserving the country`s natural resources. As a result of leading many guided birding tours to view some of the country`s 870 bird species, including toucans, scarlet macaws, motmots, quetzals and trogons, Holbrook founded the Selva Verde Lodge in the mid-1980s. Today the lodge protects 500 acres of primary forest in the Sarapiquí region. Travel with Holbrook and you benefit from the company`s close relationship with the country. Knowledgeable local experts, who are enthusiastic about showing the intricate beauty of their country, lead Holbrook`s Costa Rica guided tours.

Costa Rican officials continue to address conservation issues that may stem from their initial success in drawing international attention to their country`s astounding biodiversity. Experts are examining and setting carrying capacities and creating platforms of regulations so that the natural wealth is not harmed by visitors or by development but rather protected for the future. Holbrook seeks to ensure that sustainable tourism, authentic exchange, rich local knowledge, and environmental service are imparted and paramount to our travels in Costa Rica.


Operation RubyThroat Hummingbird Expedition to Costa Rica (East)

December 05, 2015 - December 13, 2015

Each winter since 2004-05, Dr. Bill Hilton Jr., executive director of Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History, has offered...

Birding, Citizen Science, Natural History, Professional Development

Costa Rica | Birding & Natural History with Julie Zickefoose & Mario Cordoba

February 21, 2016 - March 02, 2016

This program is full to capacity. Please contact Debbie Sturdivant Jordan at

Birding, General Natural History

Costa Rica | Birding with Audubon Alaska

February 21, 2016 - March 02, 2016

Pack your binoculars and embark on the birding trip of a lifetime. With approximately 900 bird species, Costa Rica provides countless...

Birding, General Natural History

Costa Rica | Artistic Workshop with Mindy Lighthipe and Nancy Richmond

February 26, 2016 - March 06, 2016

The rich landscapes of Costa Rica are home to a unique and interesting array of flora and fauna, making this the perfect setting for an...

General Natural History, Photo

Costa Rica Birding | Swarovski Optik Workshop with Eagle Optics

March 12, 2016 - March 19, 2016

Make your reservation to see spectacular avian diversity, and then leave your binoculars and spotting scope at home. Sound crazy? Not...


Costa Rica | Bird Photography with Rick Greenspun

March 13, 2016 - March 20, 2016

With almost 900 recorded species, Costa Rica’s avian biodiversity is surprisingly rich, especially in relation to the country’s small...

Birding, Photo

Digital Photography in Nature: Capturing the Best of Costa Rica | Gustafson Photo Safari

November 28, 2016 - December 07, 2016

Costa Rica’s vibrant flora and fauna offers photographic opportunities you will see nowhere else. This small, friendly country is home...


Costa Rica & Nicaragua | A Journey Through the Jewels of Central America

Nicaragua and Costa Rica are beautifully diverse countries with rich history, vibrant culture, and abundant natural beauty to offer....

Natural History

Costa Rica | A Tropical Eco-Adventure

Costa Rica’s dedication to the preservation of its diverse environments and fauna make it a one-of-a-kind classroom for lessons in...

Adventure Travel, Conservation, Cross-Cultural, Earth Science

Costa Rica | Beaches, Volcanoes, & the Blue River

This 7-day journey goes beyond the scenery of this beautiful country and reveals the extensive efforts underway to preserve and protect...

Adventure Travel, Citizen Science, Conservation, Voluntourism and Service Learning

Costa Rica | Birding Central, South Pacific & Highland Regions

This 11 day program focuses on the diverse birds of Costa Rica’s Central, South Pacific, and Highland regions.

Explore the...


Costa Rica | Conserving Wild Costa Rica: Pacific Coast & Forest Ecosystems

Discover the brilliant biodiversity of Costa Rica through visits to the tropical wet forest, botanical gardens, national parks, a...

Conservation, Natural History

Costa Rica | Cultural Immersion & Service Learning in Rural Communities

Journey to northern Costa Rica to become fully immersed in the culture of a small rural community. Experience typical daily life during...

Cross-Cultural, Human Geography, Voluntourism and Service Learning

Costa Rica | Cultural Immersion: Spanish & More!

Costa Rica’s rich tropical landscape and friendly people provide an ideal setting for Spanish language studies. Students will be fully...

Cultural Travel, Natural History

Costa Rica | Exploring the Rainforest and Cloud Forest of Selva Verde and Savegre

Immerse yourself in Costa Rica’s renowned nature and beauty during visits to two extraordinary ecosystems, the lush rainforest of the...

Conservation, Natural History

Costa Rica | Family Getaway to Rainforest, Cloud Forest and Beaches

From deep river valleys to towering mountains and the sweeping coast, Costa Rica’s ecosystems are diverse, enchanting, and...

Natural History

Costa Rica | From the Caribbean Coast of Tortuguero to the Lowland Rainforest of Sarapiquí

Explore the winding canals and black sand beaches of Tortuguero and the lush primary rainforests of Sarapiquí with this package...

Natural History

Costa Rica | Garden Tour: Selva Verde Rainforest & Arenal Volcano

Walk through lush rainforest, get up close to a volcano, and observe tropical plants and wildlife during this 10-day Costa Rica tour....

Garden Expeditions, Natural History

Costa Rica | Jungles & Peaks

Experience the fascinating biodiversity, geology, ecology, and culture of Costa Rica during this 8-day learning discovery. From...

Adventure Travel, Biology, Conservation, Earth Science

Costa Rica | Jungles, Peaks & Shores with Manuel Antonio

Climb a volcano, hike in a rainforest, and search for monkeys at the beach! One of our most popular programs, Jungles, Peaks, and...

Biology, Conservation, Earth Science, Natural History

Costa Rica | Northern Birding Highlights

Covering Caribbean and Pacific slopes, lowlands, highlands, and tropical dry, humid, and transitional habitats, the Northern Costa...


Costa Rica | Rainforest Discovery: Tropical & Transitional Forests

Make the rainforest your classroom and laboratory while exploring the fascinating plants and wildlife of one of the world’s...

Biology, Conservation, Natural History

Costa Rica | Rainforest, Cloud Forest, & Botanical Gardens

From towering ancient trees in thick transitional forests to well-maintained collections of ornamental plants in formal gardens, Costa...

Garden Expeditions

Costa Rica | Rainforest, Cloud Forest, & Marine Jewels of Southern Costa Rica

Witness Costa Rica’s natural diversity on this nine-day adventure of a lifetime! From hiking and horseback riding to snorkeling and...

Natural History

Costa Rica | Riches of the Rainforest, Arenal Volcano, & the Pacific Coast

Discover the treasures of Central America’s “rich coast” during this comprehensive introduction to Costa Rica. From the primary and...

Biology, Conservation, Earth Science, Natural History

Costa Rica | Studying Endangered Sea Turtles

Since 1959, the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s research and conservation initiatives have been instrumental in saving the Caribbean green...

Biology, Citizen Science, Conservation, Voluntourism and Service Learning

Costa Rica | Tropical Ecosystems: Exploring Biodiversity

Explore Costa Rica’s abundant biodiversity on this 7-day expedition into the rainforest. Observe tropical flora and fauna, discover the...

Biology, Cross-Cultural, Human Geography

Costa Rica | Ultimate Garden Tour

Rainforest. Cloud forest. Volcanoes. Botanical gardens. The lush and varied ecosystems of Costa Rica are abundant with tropical plants,...

Garden Expeditions, Natural History