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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.


Costa Rica & Nicaragua - XII Festival Binacional de las Lapas

May 13, 2014 - May 19, 2014

The festival of the Great Green Macaw has taken place every year since 1997. This year the event is taking place May 16-18th in El...


Costa Rica - Natural History, Adventure, & Fun!

June 10, 2014 - June 18, 2014

If you’ve ever wished to travel to a country where you can see a great array of wildlife in a short period of time and experience...

Active Adventure, General Natural History

Costa Rica - Field-Based Learning Seminar for Educators

June 20, 2014 - June 24, 2014

Join Holbrook Travel for an exciting five-day professional development workshop as you explore the habitats, wildlife, and natural...

Professional Development

Costa Rica - Family Birding and Nature

June 21, 2014 - June 28, 2014

Costa Rica, though small in size, is a bird-rich region with almost 900 resident, migrant, and endemic species. This 8-day program...

Birding, General Natural History, Intergenerational

Costa Rica - with Venetia Butler

June 21, 2014 - June 27, 2014

Join Venetia Butler for an adventure in the tropical rainforest of Costa Rica. While this small country has only about 0.25% of the...

General Natural History

Costa Rica - Exploration of Costa Rica`s Ecosystems with Johanna Ullrich

June 25, 2014 - July 04, 2014

Experience the diverse terrain of a tropical paradise on this 10-day adventure. Set in the heart of Central America, Costa Rica is...

Adventure Travel, Natural History, Professional Development

Costa Rica - Operation RubyThroat East

November 08, 2014 - November 16, 2014

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

Biology, Birding, Citizen Science, Natural History, Professional Development

Costa Rica - Digital Photography in Nature with Gustafson Photo Safari

December 01, 2014 - December 10, 2014

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


Costa Rica - Birding & Culture with Alan Gubanich

December 26, 2014 - January 04, 2015

The rich variety of habitats in Costa Rica make an ideal home for a large variety of birds and wildlife, including endemic species such...

Birding, Conservation, Cultural, General Natural History

Costa Rica - Photography Workshop with Milton Heiberg

February 04, 2015 - February 10, 2015

Capture the natural beauty of Costa Rica’s rain and cloud forests under the guidance of professional photographer Milton Heiberg....

General Natural History, Photo

Costa Rica - Artistic Adventure Tours with Mindy Lighthipe & Nancy Richmond

February 06, 2015 - February 15, 2015

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...

Botany, Photo

Costa Rica - Birding with San Diego Audubon Society

March 02, 2015 - March 09, 2015

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


Costa Rica - with Friends of the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge

March 28, 2015 - April 03, 2015

Experience the abundant tropical bird life of Costa Rica’s Selva Verde Rainforest Reserve and the cloud forests at Savegre. With the...

Birding, General Natural History

Conserving Wild Costa Rica

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

Conservation, Natural History

Costa Rica - A Tropical Ecoventure

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, Natural History

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 Northern Highlights

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


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 - Girl Scouts: Discover, Connect and Take Action in the Rainforest

Discover Costa Rica’s biodiversity and culture during this 10-day adventure in the rainforest designed especially for Girl Scouts....

Natural History, Voluntourism and Service Learning

Costa Rica - Green Sea Turtle Ecovolunteer Adventure

One of the features that makes Costa Rica unique is its rare and abundant wildlife. On this trip, visitors not only have a chance to...

Citizen Science, Conservation, Natural History, Voluntourism and Service Learning

Costa Rica - Green Sea Turtles & Fall Birds in Tortuguero

Come face to face with sea turtles and neotropical birds in Tortuguero National Park. Assist the

Birding, Citizen Science, Conservation, Natural History, Voluntourism and Service Learning

Costa Rica - Jungles & Peaks

Explore the biodiversity of lush rainforests, venture to the famous Arenal Volcano, and zip over the treetops of Monteverde Cloud...

Biology, Conservation, Cross-Cultural

Costa Rica - Jungles, Peaks & Shores with Manuel Antonio

Explore the diverse terrain of a tropical paradise on this 9-day program in Costa Rica. Discover geological history while visiting...

Earth Science, Natural History

Costa Rica - Leatherback Turtle Ecovolunteer Adventure

The black sand beach of Tortuguero draws the largest nesting population of sea turtles, Chelonia mydas, in the Atlantic Ocean. Join...

Citizen Science, Conservation, Natural History, Voluntourism and Service Learning

Costa Rica - Leatherback Turtles & Spring Birds in Tortuguero

Tortuguero, "The Land of the Turtle" is also home to an array of exotic birds. In partnership with the

Birding, Citizen Science, Conservation, Natural History, Voluntourism and Service Learning

Costa Rica - Managing Paradise: National Parks & Private Reserves

Delve into the lush biodiversity of Costa Rica’s national parks and private reserves on this 10-day expedition, spanning some of the...

Conservation, Natural History

Costa Rica - Rainforest Discovery at El Centro Natural de Selva Verde

Selva Verde Rainforest Reserve, Holbrook Travel, and the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center have joined together to create El...

Biology, Conservation, Natural History, Research and Investigation

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 - Tropical Ecosystems: Exploring Biodiversity

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

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

Costa Rica Birding - Central, South Pacific, and Highlands

This 11-day program focuses on the many endemic and migratory bird species of Costa Rica’s South Pacific region. Explore the...


Jewels of Southern Costa Rica - Rainforest, Cloudforest & Marine Ecosystems

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

Natural History