Wild Guanacaste and Monteverde: Costa Rica’s Mangroves, Mists, and Mountains on National Geographic Quest
Monteverde + Guanacaste's Coral Reefs and Volcanic Peaks
Spend three days inland in Monteverde’s cloud forest, a rarified, mountain rain forest strung with suspension bridges, and then explore the unique landscapes, climate and wildlife of one of Costa Rica’s richest regions, Guanacaste.
Bathed in cool, year-round moisture, Monteverde’s private reserve is covered with mosses and 300 species of orchids. Walk trails rich with butterflies and bird life. Ascend the Skywalk, a series of suspension bridges, for a birds-eye view of the rain forest canopy and the chance to see resplendent quetzals. Learn about life in the early Monteverde community from an original Quaker homesteader. Spend each night at a charming, family-owned lodge.
Then board your ship for a remarkable exploration of Guanacaste’s towering active volcanos, intricate mangrove and coral systems, and pristine beaches. On this expedition you’ll…
- Glide through a mangrove forest to see reddish egrets, spoonbills, white ibis and crocodiles.
- Snorkel the rich underwater world near Islas Murcielagos.
- Venture through the Guanacaste Conservation Area by kayak or Zodiac, or on foot
- Explore Rincón de la Vieja National Park alive with active volcanos and gurgling mud pots, replete with howler monkeys, waterfalls, and an optional zipline.
- Search for elusive northern tamandua (anteater) at Curu National Wildlife Range.
When she rolled out of Nichols Brothers shipyard and into the bay on Whidbey Island, the 100-guest National Geographic Quest became the third ship in the Lindblad fleet built at this storied Pacific Northwest shipyard. In the 1970s, Nichols Brothers built the twin ships National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion, which continue to sail the waters of the west coast of North America and Central America.
National Geographic Quest was purpose-built to explore the fast-moving channels and narrow straits of Alaska, along the coast of Costa Rica, and into the gray whale nursery lagoons of Baja, her design and engineering informed by our nearly 40 years of experience in these regions. Her twin boarding platforms, for example, were suggested by a veteran staffer. Enabling our team to load two Zodiacs at once means guests get off the ship quickly to take advantage of wildlife sightings and maximize exploring time.
Larger than her siblings Sea Bird and Sea Lion, Quest has the same shallow draft, allowing her captain to navigate the same inner reaches and provide the same intimate, "insider" experiences in these charismatic regions. Modern cleaned-lined, with large expanses of glass to keep you connected to the extraordinary views, National Geographic Quest enables you to see, do, and experience the best of her geographies.
Lindblad Expeditions goes to the most amazing places on the planet—40+ geographies in all. And they’ve planted a flag in many of them, deeply committing to remote wild places—like South Georgia and the Falklands; Patagonia, where they opened up Staten Island, ‘the island at the end of the world,’ for eco-tourism; and remote and beautiful regions of Polynesia, including the Marquesas Islands where few go.
Teams that do whatever it takes
Lindblad’s teams will do whatever it takes to ensure you unforgettable experiences. Whether it’s manning the spotting scopes all night to ensure a polar bear sighting, orchestrating a landing at an extraordinary wildlife site to coincide with a magnificent sunrise, or sending waitstaff out with gourmet ice cream bars to refresh you as you explore a Polynesia atoll, their commitment creates thrilling moments for you.
A core value of Lindablad Expeditions is to positively impact the geographies where the fleet sails. Leaders in the travel industry for over 50 years, Lindblad has built ground-breaking programs in education, empowered local artisans, protected wild areas, and so much more. By bringing travelers into wilderness and inspiring them to care, Lindblad creates planetary stewards every day.
|1||San José, Costa Rica|
|2-3||Monteverde Cloud Forest|
|4||Monteverde / Puerto Caldera / Embark Ship|
|5||Zapotal Beach / Bahia Huevos|
|6||Santa Rosa National Park / Guanacaste Conservation Area|
|7||Rincón de la Vieja National Park / Hacienda Guachipelin|
|8||Curú National Wildlife Refuge / Isla Tortuga|
|9||Puerto Caldera / Disembark / San José|