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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 Birding with Julie Zickefoose and Mario Córdoba

February 21, 2015 - March 03, 2015

Experience the burgeoning life, color and warmth of Costa Rica’s varied habitats with Julie Zickefoose! Julie is one of natural...


Costa Rica Birding - Swarovski Optik Workshop with Eagle Optics

March 02, 2015 - March 09, 2015

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


Costa Rica Birding with Rick Greenspun & Barry Rossheim

March 06, 2015 - March 14, 2015

Isolation and connection are keys to understanding why Costa Rica, though small, is big when it comes to biodiversity. Under the expert...


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

Costa Rica Birding with Clearwater Audubon Society

June 17, 2015 - June 24, 2015

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


Costa Rica - Rainforest Ecology & Field Science Education

June 26, 2015 - June 30, 2015

For educators, this unique professional development workshop is an excellent introduction to the many field science opportunities...

Biology, Conservation, Professional Development

Costa Rica Birding with Clearwater Audubon Society (Group #2)

July 01, 2015 - July 08, 2015

In recent decades, Costa Rica has become a leader in conservation: more than 25% of the country’s land is protected, resulting in...

Birding, General Natural History

Costa Rica Photography with Paul Abravaya

July 11, 2015 - July 18, 2015

The Caribbean lowland rainforest and the cloud forest are perfect backdrops for nature photography — vibrant poison dart frogs, buzzing...


Costa Rica Tropical Ecology & Sea Turtle EcoAdventure with Mike Tally

July 11, 2015 - July 20, 2015

Enjoy the opportunity to explore one of the world’s most diverse natural resources, the ecosystems of Costa Rica. Costa Rica ranks...

Professional Development

Costa Rica - Operation RubyThroat 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 with The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

April 06, 2016 - April 13, 2016

Experience the pristine beauty of Costa Rica during this unforgettable expedition to explore the botanical treasures of the country....

Garden Expeditions, Natural History

Birding Costa Rica`s Central, South Pacific & Highlands

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


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 | Riches of the Rainforest, Arenal Volcano, and 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 - 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 - Exploring the Rainforest and Cloud Forest

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

Birding, Conservation, 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 - 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 & Shores with Manuel Antonio

Climb a volcano, hike in a rainforest, and search for monkeys at the beach — Jungles, Peaks, & Shores features the essential highlights...

Biology, Conservation, 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 - 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 - Tortuguero & 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 - 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

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 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`s Northern Birding Highlights

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


Cultural Immersion & Community Service in Rural Costa Rica

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

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

Jungles & Peaks of Costa Rica

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

Adventure Travel, Biology, Conservation, Earth Science

Rainforest Discovery in Costa Rica`s 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

Study Abroad in Costa Rica: Selva Verde Lodge & Private Rainforest Reserve

Host a study abroad course at Selva Verde Lodge’ & Rainforest Reserve, a 500 acre private tract of tropical lowland primary and...

Biology, Conservation, Natural History

Studying Endangered Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

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