BOULDER, CO, March 5, 2015 -- The world's premier nature travel company, Natural Habitat Adventures (Nat Hab - http://www.
nathab.com/), will host four departures of a new exploratory itinerary, Tropical Discovery: Costa Rica to Nicaragua, beginning in late 2015. Just 10 guests per departure will explore wild regions of Costa Rica and seldom-visited Nicaragua, a country many visitors believe represents what Costa Rica felt like 50 years ago. The inaugural departure of this new 11-day adventure is set for Nov. 26, 2015. The per-person, double occupancy rate is $4,995; single supplement is $895. âCosta Rica holds legendary status as a nature tourism destination,â said Ben Bressler, Nat Hab founder and president, âand Nicaragua is equally spectacular though far less known.â A combined exploration of the two countries' mosaic of tropical habitats showcases a vivid diversity of wildlife. Colonial Granada, established in 1524, is part of the mix too, adding a historical element as the first European city in mainland America. Bressler explained that this trip was designed in tandem with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to highlight a broad range of wilder, less-visited regions of these two nature-rich countries. From the highest point on the Pan-American Highway (11,322 feet) through Costa Rica's Talamanca Mountains guests access Savegre Mountain Reserve in a cloud forest rife with giant tropical oaks and some 600 bird species,including the rare and resplendent quetzal. A private boat cruise on the Sarapiqui River weaves through some of the best-preserved rain forest in Costa Rica, inhabited by a host of wildlife. And visits to two field research centersâ La Selva, an international biological research station, and Tirimbina Rainforest Center, where the focus is on bats â offer guests a chance to interact with scientists studying tropical habitats and wildlife. Just over Costa Rica's northern border, vast Lake Nicaragua and the volcanoes that flank it offer multiple opportunities to examine the impact of volcanic activity on the natural environment. The itinerary includes a cruise among lava islets on the lake, an excursion to view nesting parakeets in the crater of the active Masaya Volcano, and a walk through old-growth dry tropical forest growing out of lava rock. Morgan's Rock, a 4,000-acre nature preserve on Nicaragua's southern Pacific coast, provides a remote immersion in the tropical landscape. Nesting sea turtles are sometimes found along the mile-long beach while the forested reserve interior shelters spider, howler and capuchin monkeys, sloth, deer, agouti, reptiles, and indigenous and migratory birds. While the itinerary's focus is on nature and conservation, the history and culture of region's peoples embellish the experience. These include one of the world's best pre-Columbian rock art sites on Ometepe Island, the colonial textures of Granada, visits to handcrafted hammock and maraca workshops, and a home-cooked meal in the home of a Costa Rican family. Accommodations are selected for authenticity and eco-sensitivity. In Costa Rica's Talamanca Mountains guests stay at Savegre Mountain Lodge in the cloud forest. Another lodge, San Juan de la Isla, enjoys a lake front location on Nicaragua's Santo Domingo Beach in view of Isla Ometepe's towering twin volcanoes. The ecolodge at Morgan's Rock is part of a family estate engaged in low-impact agriculture and sustainable forestry practices. Trip rates include all transportation and activities as described in the itinerary, an internal charter flight, accommodations, all meals, non-alcoholic beverages and purified drinking water, services of a Nat Hab Expedition Leader, local guides and lodge staff, airport transfers, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes. The international gateway is San Jose, Costa Rica. For information on all of Nat Hab's trips, descriptive itineraries, date availability and reservations, call 800.543.8917 or visit http://www.nathab.com/. Click HERE to order a copy of the 2015 catalog. About Natural Habitat AdventuresNatural Habitat Adventures is a world leader in responsible adventure travel and nature-based ecotourism. Since its founding in 1985, the company has offered eco-conscious expeditions and wildlife-focused small-group tours to the planet's most remarkable nature destinations. Inspired and created from years of scouring the planet for the singular and extraordinary, Nat Hab's itineraries are artfully crafted experiences that are far from âtypical.â Trips are guided by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, and Nat Hab enjoys a longstanding reputation for hiring some of the world's best guides.Conservation is at the forefront of everything NHA does, and its philosophy is simple: tourism must work with and benefit local communities, which will in turn find value in protecting natural resources and wildlife. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, sharing a mutual commitment to travel as a means of helping to protect the world's wondrous natural places. # # # For photos and/or more information please contact:PR Contact: Widness & Wiggins PR Sara Widness / firstname.lastname@example.orgDave Wiggins / email@example.com