Costa Rica Multi Sport IVS

10 Days

Costa Rica Multi Sport IVS

Costa Rica | Corcovado National Park | Cano Island Biological Reserve | Manuel Antonio National Park

We begin our IVS adventure in San Jose. Then we fly to world-famous Corcovado National Park and the Cano Island Biological Reserve.

Corcovado is a paradise of tropical wilderness and beaches, catalogued by the National Geographic Society as “one of the most biologically intense places on Earth!” It has truly spectacular wildlife, including many species of monkeys, crocodiles, exotic parrots, toucans, and an incredible diversity of species. Resident naturalists lead several hiking and boat excursions with snorkeling options, all  included in the trip price.  Our accommodations in Corcovado will be the spectacular La Paloma Lodge, regarded as one of the best eco-lodges in Costa Rica.

We travel by boat, through beautiful mangroves to the remote village of Sierpe. From Sierpe we travel up the west coast to the beautiful Savegre River Valley, where we stay at the Rafiki Jungle Lodge, which is patterned after deluxe Africa Wildlife Lodges. During our stay at Rafiki, you can do hiking with a naturalist, horseback riding, bird and wildlife watching, and enjoy a whitewater raft trip on the  Savegre River. Perfect for first time or seasoned rafters!

Then we travel to the beautiful coastal town of Manuel Antonio, where we stay at the exclusive Parador Hotel. You’ll have time to explore the lovely beaches or do a host of multi-sport day adventures there.

International Veterinary Seminars Course Information

Costa Rica multi-sport adventure

Day 1: Arrive and overnight in San Jose. (No Meals.)

Day 2-6: Our group will fly to Drakes Bay on the Osa Peninsula. The next four days are spent at the spectacular La Paloma Lodge which nests atop a high bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and nearby Cano Island. A naturalist will guide us on a tour of Corcovado National Park. The National Park has been cited by National Geographic as “one of the most biologically intense places on earth”. Our group will also enjoy snorkeling and beachcombing on a guided trip to the beautiful marine biological reserve of Cano Island.

The remaining days at LaPaloma you can choose from an exciting menu of optional activities. Options include: sea kayaking, horseback riding, guided natural history tours, hiking, bird watching, deep sea fishing, scuba diving or snorkeling. (B+L+D)

Day 6: Early morning spectacular wildlife tour / boat transfer up Sierpe River from La Paloma to town of Sierpe. Van transfer of guests to beautiful Rafiki Lodge on the Savegre River. This romantic lodge is patterned after an African Safari Lodge. It is in a breathtaking setting and wildlife abounds

Day 7: Choice of activities at Rafiki Lodge including guided nature walks, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, world class birding; Overnight Rafiki Safari Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 8: Transfer to the spectacular Parador Hotel in Manuel Antonio, overlooking the Pacific Ocean – This secluded hotel is close to Manuel Antonio’s renowned beaches and wide array of adventure activities.

Day 9: Enjoy the Parador Hotel and choose between the following multi-sport options: Guided natural history and wildlife tours; Horseback riding, rafting, Catamaran Boat tour, Canopy Ziplining, relaxing on the beach, Jet skis, Manuel Antonio National Park, Surf lessons, Scuba diving and Sport Fishing! (Activities at the Parador Hotel are not included in trip price.)

Day 10: Transfer to airport in Quepos, fly to San Jose and home.


Our beautiful accommodations are situated in the spectacular landscapes of Costa Rica.

Please visit their websites for more information and photo galleries:

La Paloma Lodge

Hotel Parador

Rafiki Lodge

Departure Dates:

April 15-24

April 19-28

Trip Length: 10 Days
Trip Price:

2023 Pricing
$4,730 per person, based on double occupancy

2024 Pricing
$5,100 per person, based on double occupancy

CE Credits (optional): $825

Dr Debra Horwitz will provide 14 CE hours.


Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
Veterinary Behavior Consultants, St. Louis MO

Dr. Debra Horwitz received her DVM from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and is currently its president. Dr. Horwitz has had a referral practice for behavioral problems in companion animals since 1982 and presently her behavioral practice is located in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Horwitz has also taught third year veterinary students and seen clinical cases at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She serves as a behavioral consultant for the Veterinary Information Network, a teaching and clinical resource for veterinarians. She is an editor and contributor to the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Behavioural Medicine published in July 2002 and she is the behavior section editor for the The 5-Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline, Third Edition, and Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline, Fourth Edition and co-author of the Lifelearn Behavior Client Handouts.

Her newest book, Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Canine and Feline Behavior co-authored with Jacqui Neilson was published in June 2007. In addition she is the veterinary resource for Nestle Purina PetCare Purina ONE Ask the Vet and Kitten Chow Mentor program.

A frequent lecturer she has spoken at the North American Veterinary Conference, the American Animal Hospital Association annual meeting, the American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Convention, the Western Veterinary Conference and many other local and state veterinary meetings. In 1999 she was chosen “Technician Speaker of the Year” at the North American Veterinary Conference and Dr. Horwitz was the 1999 AAHA Friskies PetCare award recipient for excellence in companion animal behavior.

Her articles on companion animal behavior have appeared in JAVMA, Veterinary Forum, NAVC Clinicians Brief, Breeders Forum, Purina Today’s Breeder, Compendium publications as well as other publications including books for pet owners on behavior. She serves on the Advisory Board of Veterinary Forum magazine and is a member of the AVMA committee on the Human Animal Bond. She appears locally and nationally on both radio and television as well as in local print publications and lectures.

Deposit: $600

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2 reviews for Costa Rica Multi Sport IVS

  1. Justina Codde – Costa Rica IVS April 2022

    Please comment on your overall impression of the trip. Did it meet your expectations?


    What did you think about the quality and the knowledge of your guide staff?

    Off the charts- fantastic!

    Please share with us any improvements you would suggest for future trips.

    While Covid remains an issue, I would recommend that people are advised to bring along a Covid home test kit. Didn’t think about it myself and it sure made a difference to be able to test and know I was negative after being exposed!

    Would you consider traveling with Bio Bio Expeditions again? If so, which trips interest you most?
    Yes, definitely! Machu Picchu

    If you were to tell a friend or colleague about your overall experience on this trip, what would you say?
    Definitely go!!!! La Paloma was absolutely amazing and wonderful. An adventure in itself just getting there!
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  2. Hello All

    We (Gary and I) made it home – the entire 10 hour plane ride divided into 2 legs. It is refreshingly cool here – 26C (79F). I hope everyone had an uneventful journey home or onward in your travels.

    Gary and I would like to thank Tory and Bio Bio for their hard work in organizing this trip and ensuring it ran as smoothly as it did. How wonderful to have a jungle adventure in luxury accommodations with gourmet meals! Bio Bio organized some great guides for us and the quality of the trip is to be commended.

    But as we have all said already, what made this trip especially amazing were the people. I feel truly honoured to have met each and every one of you.

    I will start editing photos soon and will share them when I finished (it may be a week or so as I head back to work on Saturday). As my camera is best suited to vistas and plants – there will mainly be photos of those. I am excited to see the animal photos.

    Wishing everyone many more adventures!

    Elizabeth / Costa Rica IVS April 2017