come visit the incredible biodiversity
Costa Rica is a small country with an extensive national parks system that covers 25 percent of the land, and an incredible biodiversity: tropical rain forests, dense cloud forests, and active volcanoes. It also has beautiful beaches on its two coasts: the Caribbean and the Pacific. Costa Rica is basically where eco-tourism began, and it stands as the most visited nation in the region.
Explore Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio National Park, and fine resorts amid incredibly varied topography—cloud forests, volcanoes, hot sandy beaches and more.
What Our Clients Are Saying
"Had a great time in Costa Rica. We did get stuck in San Jose for a few hours when that volcano erupted, but that just adds to the story.
The sloth sanctuary was amazing. What wonderful people with such a wonderful story. Doing the insiders tour was the way to go, getting to go behind the scenes into the nursery with all the baby sloths. I would not recommend any other tour to anyone. When the people who ran the facility found out it was Nicole's birthday, they gave us both t-shirts that we picked out from the gift shop. I also really enjoyed the two people that transferred us to the sanctuary and back to San Jose!
I also enjoyed the day in Manual Antonio. By far El Remanso was the highlight. I am glad Wendy recommended it when Bosque del Cabo could not fit us in. The owners make it a point to get to know you, and the staff was top notch and knew what we liked and our names quickly. The food was some of the best I have had at a lodge! That is a property you should recommend again and again!! Nicole also really enjoyed the whale watching. She had never seen a whale before and being in such a small boat the whales came right up. The captain also worked hard to find them for us!
We did not end up doing the wildlife sanctuary because even though we did not sign up for a private tour, because we were the only tourists that had planned to go that day, the owner decided we should pay 100 dollars to get in. I thought (as well as El remenso) that was super shifty and she should not be able to do that to tourists, so we cancelled. It just gave us more time with the whales. We also ended up changing our tour to Corcavado to where we flew into Sirena Station,. Our guide at El remanso use to work there and knew that was the spot for tapirs (one of my main targets). He found me 3 within 50 minutes. That was also the most wildlife rich part of the trip. They told me doing the beach walk that we were signed up for, there would be a slim chance of tapirs."
"Thank you for the thoughtful fruit plate that was awaiting us here at the Hotel Belmar. What a treat. Everything is going well, and we are having a great time. We appreciate the attention to detail by you and your colleagues in preparing and implementing such a nifty itinerary.
Just about time for the night walk... hope the mosquitoes have gone to bed."
"My son and I, no strangers to travel (South America, the Middle East, Iceland, etc.) enjoy hiking and photography in "off-the grid" locales that are as comfortable and safe as they are exotic. The more remote, the better; the more animal life, the better. So our travel company Yampu arranged a week in Costa Rica that packed a lot into our six days, which provided us with more of a "jungle punch" than, ironically, any of our other jungle experiences--Ecuadorian, Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon jungles.
This is because the company's co-owner, whom we met in the Peruvian Amazon, makes it a point of business and honor to travel herself to check out the lodges and hotels. We were confident that wherever we ended up would be perfect for us. So we left everything to her and we were not let down. Every place was wonderful.
"I am recently returned from my third trip organised by Yampu, this time to Costa Rica. As always, it was fabulous from start to finish!
I do look around initially when planning my holidays but each time Karolina offers the best customer care & arranges by far the best itineraries. Value for money is excellent & they keep in constant contact before during & afterwards to make sure everything is going well.
The standard of accommodation & guides they use is superb & they actually listen to your requests as opposed to copying a generic page from their website.... Do I highly recommend Karolina & Yampu? YES! Will I use them again? YES! Save time & effort & just use Yampu is my travel tip :)"
"Stunning time and still in Costa Rica so I will tell you all about it in May! Seamlessly wonderful tour and an amazing country!"
"We had a wonderful time and it was so nice to have everything coordinated for us. It took a lot of stress out of things to know that our drivers would be there and our tours were planned. All the guides that we had were wonderful and really helped us enjoy our experience. We all had an amazing time and I would definitely book another trip with you and Yampu tours. Thank you so much!"
"We had the most amazing trip! Everything was great. I am truly in love with Santa Teresa, and so are the other girls. We kept thinking about how we would have never found such a secret gem on our own, so thank you for that. We watched the sunrise, had surfing classes every day and rented the quads to explore nearby waterfalls and other beach towns. We also discovered some great hidden restaurants in the area"