Wilderness Medicine
Wilderness Medicine

January 19 - 28, 2019
January 18 - 27, 2020

Wilderness Medicine
Scarlet macaws are commonly seen at Corcovado
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Lovely Manuel Antonio Beach

Costa Rica Multisport Adventure
Wilderness and Travel Medicine

January 19 - 28, 2019
January 18 - 27, 2020
Approved for 16.5 AMA PRA
Category 1 Credits

This exciting Wilderness and Travel Medicine CME Conference combines two world- class adventures in one trip!

We begin our Wilderness Medicine 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 which are included in the trip price.

Cano Island has beautiful snorkeling and scuba. Exciting day trips to view pods of wild dolphins can also be arranged.

Our accommodations in Corcovado will be the spectacular La Paloma Lodge. regarded as one of the best eco-lodges in Costa Rica.

After leaving La Paloma, 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, or an optional whitewater raft trip on the exciting Savegre River.

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

The Wilderness Medicine Educational lectures will take place every evening before dinner.

  • Visit Corcovado National Park and Cano Island Biological Reserves
  • Resident naturalists lead several hiking and boat excursions which are included in the trip price.
  • Optional Whitewater Rafting on the Savegre River- a tropical gem with excellent wildlife!
  • Visit Manuel Antonio Beach State Park-exceptionally beautiful tropical beach reserve
  • Multisport activities include rafting, hiking, snorkeling, scuba
  • Stay at fabulous Rafiki Jungle Lodge and famous La Paloma Lodge

Trip cost: $4,390* (include internal flights, lodging, most meals, activities)
Additional CME cost: $695 (Approved for 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)
*per person, based on double occupancy

Itinerary - Costa Rica
Wilderness and Travel Medicine
CME Course

Day 1: Arrive to San Jose. Overnight at the beautiful Marriot Hotel. (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. You will explore the world of tropical insects and arachnids with Tracie "The Bug Lady" on a one of a kind Night Hike. Tracie will transport you to a realm where reality rivals science fiction.

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 Hotel Parador 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 Hotel Parador 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 Hotel Parador are not included in trip price.)

Day 10: Transfer to airport in Quepos, fly to San Jose and home.
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Whitewater Rafting on the beautiful Savegre River
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Corcovado is known for it's pristine, wild beaches and fantastic wildlife

Faculty for Costa Rica Wilderness and Travel Medicine CME Course:


Professor of Emergency Medicine and Chief, Division of Medical Toxicology, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard School of Medicine. Core faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Founder and former Director of the UIC Center for Global Health, Boston, MA.

For detailed itinerary or to register for the Costa Rica Seminar please call
Bio Bio Expeditions at 1(800)246-7238

Wilderness Medicine


  • Altitude Illness
  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries
  • Environmental Heat Illness
  • Snake Envenomation
  • Traveler's Diarrhea, Giardia & Other Waterborne Wilderness Infections
  • Surviving the Unexpected Night Out
  • Lightning Injuries
  • Improvised Medical and Trauma Care
  • Management of Fractures and Dislocations
  • Preparing for Foreign Travel
  • Backcountry Medical Kits
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Wild Animal Attacks
  • Patient Assessment in Wilderness Settings
  • Wilderness Dermatology
  • Marine Hazards & Envenomations


"This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Center for Emergency Medical Education and Wilderness and Travel Medicine. The Center for Emergency Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians."

The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of
16.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This trip is planned, outfitted and conducted by Bio Bio Expeditions, or subcontractors arranged by Bio Bio Expeditions. Please note that Wilderness and Travel Medicine, LLC is responsible for the CME Educational content only.
Wilderness and Travel Medicine reserves the right to change or substitute the faculty for any CME course without advance or prior notice to participants.