With so much biodiversity in a small geographic region encompassing 12 climatic zones and numerous micro ecosystems, 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 cloud forest, Caribbean lowland rainforest, 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, and plays an active part in preserving Costa Rica’s natural resources. As a result of leading many guided birding tours to view some of the country’s 900-plus bird species, including toucans, 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.

Trips to Join

From $2,175

Natural History

Experience Costa Rica with OTS!

A special opportunity for the friends and supporters of the Organization for Tropical Studies
Feb 6, 2022 - Feb 13, 2022
From $2,945

Birding

Costa Rica Birding Expedition

with Jerry Wayne Davis
Mar 30, 2022 - Apr 9, 2022
From $2,775

Professional Development

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

with Page Keeley and Joyce Tugel
Jul 11, 2022 - Jul 20, 2022

Trips to Plan

Buildout