Located between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the small country of Costa Rica is one of the most ecologically diverse places on Earth. This journey explores some of the major national parks and the astonishing variety of wildlife and contrasting habitats found here, including rainforest, cloud forest, volcanoes, lakes and canals.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to San José with British Airways.
Transfer to the Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel for
2 nights. (N)
In the morning, visit Poas volcano and its
spectacular turquoise crater lake. The afternoon
is at leisure. (B)
Shared overland transfer to Caño Blanco on the
Caribbean coast. Cruise through the canals and
backwaters that lead to Tortuguero, looking for
birdlife, monkeys, sloths and other wildlife. Stay
at Mawamba Lodge for 2 nights. (B, L, D)
Full day of shared local excursions in Tortuguero.
From July to September, an option is available
to observe turtles nesting on the beach. (B, L, D)
Return to Caño Blanco by boat and drive to
Arenal, visiting La Selva Biological Station
en route. Learn about the scientific and
conservation work of the researchers, and
take a short walk in the protected rainforest
surroundings. Stay 2 nights at Arenal Paraiso
hotel, with views of the Arenal volcano. (B, L)
Full-day tour to Caño Negro, an important
wetland habitat for a range of bird species. (B, L)
Shared boat across Lake Arenal, taking in the
spectacular views of the lake and its surroundings.
Continue to Monteverde for 2 nights at the
Fonda Vela Hotel. Afternoon visit to the Selvatura
Butterfly Garden & Walkways and explore the
treetop canopy from its hanging bridges. (B)
Morning tour of the Monteverde cloud forest,
a habitat for rare flora and fauna, such as the
colourful quetzal bird. Afternoon visit to a typical
family-run farm to learn about coffee and sugar
cane production. (B, L)
Return to San José via the town of Sarchí,
home to traditional handicrafts and colourfully
painted ox carts. Stay overnight at the Crowne
Plaza Corobici Hotel. (B)
Transfer to the airport for a flight to London with
British Airways. (B)
Morning arrival. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
in San José.
This tour is based in 3- and
4-star accommodation. All the lodges are
comfortable, but do not always have a large
range of facilities. The tour includes some longer
drives on unpaved roads.
30 March 2017 departure is based
on flying with United Airlines via the US.
can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call 020 7808 6783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arenal Paraiso has comfortable bungalow style rooms which offer spectacular views of the majestic Arenal Volcano, as well as a private bath, air conditioning, refrigerator, cable television and a private terrace. There is a host of services and activities, including a restaurant, swimming pool, jacuzzi, laundry service, gift shop, and nature...
The 4-star Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel is located 25 minutes from the international airport, next to San Jose's largest metropolitan park and close to downtown. There are 213 comfortable guestrooms equipped with all modern conveniences, two restaurants, lobby bar, gym and an outdoor...
The alpine-style Fonda Vela is set in 35 hectares of gardens and forested grounds and within walking distance of the entrance to the Monteverde cloud forest reserve. The property features 40 rooms with large windows, a restaurant decorated with the work of artists, and a...
Mawamba is a 15 acre beachfront lodge offering views of the canals. It is the ideal hideaway for nature lovers. Two family style restaurants serve international and local cuisine and the pool-bar is surrounded by beautiful gardens where you can enjoy exotic tropical cocktails. The lodge facilities include, swimming pool, relaxation areas with hammocks and rocking chairs, nature trails, beach access and a conference room, where lectures on Tortuguero natural history and videos are presented...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
Corcovado National Park is a lowland primary
rainforest described by National Geographic as
‘the most biologically intense place on Earth’.
Explore the trails to spot a plethora of exotic
creatures including monkeys, toucans, scarlet
macaws and other species. A reasonable level of
fitness is required.
Fly to Palmar Sur. Transfer by road to Sierpe
and take a boat to Casa Corcovado Lodge for 3
nights. (B, L, D)
Local shared excursions, including a tour to
Corcovado National Park, a boat trip to Caño
island and rainforest walks around the lodge.
(B, L, D)
Transfer by boat and aeroplane to San José.
Optional transfer to Xandari Hotel for lunch
before boarding your overnight flight to London
with British Airways. (B)
Domestic flights have a luggage
allowance of 12kg per person.
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.
The smallest of Costa Rica’s national parks,
Manuel Antonio is also one of the most visited
due to the remarkable diversity of its wildlife. Its
rainforest extends right down to the beautiful
beaches where it is possible to see a surprising
concentration of animals, including monkeys,
sloths and armadillos.
Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio
(5 hours). Stay 3 nights at El Parador, which
features panoramic views of the ocean, beach
and jungle. Please see page 132 for hotel
At leisure or take optional excursions, such as
rainforest walks and boat tours in search of
Transfer to San José and stay at the Crowne
Plaza Corobici Hotel. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London with
British Airways. (B)
Arrive in London. (N)
Extend your trip with a visit to neighbouring
Nicaragua. Marvel at its beautiful volcanic
scenery and explore Granada’s rich colonial
heritage on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. Take
a boat trip on the lake, see the smoke and
glowing lava of the active Masaya volcano, or
take optional hikes.
Drive to the border and cross into Nicaragua
(approx 7 hrs). Stay 3 nights at Hotel Colonial. (B)
Morning tour of Granada and a short boat
trip on Lake Nicaragua. Late afternoon visit to
Masaya handicraft market and the Masaya
crater to see the glowing lava. (B, L)
At leisure. Take optional excursions such as a
morning hike along the cloud forest trails on the
summit of the Mombacho volcano. (B)
Transfer to Managua for a flight to London via
the US with United Airlines. (B)
Clients taking this extension will fly to
San José with United Airlines via the US, rather
than British Airways.
Travel along the Panama Canal, one of the
wonders of modern engineering, explore
the colonial heritage of Panama City or go
birdwatching in the tropical rainforest.
Return to San José and fly to Panama City.
Transfer to the Crowne Plaza for 3 nights. (B)
Half-day transit on the Panama Canal. (B, L)
Half-day tour of colonial Panama and the
Miraflores canal locks. Add an optional
excursion, such as a visit to Soberania National
Park, which offers some excellent birding. (B)
Fly to London, via Madrid / Miami with British
In the afternoon, arrive in London. (N)
San Gerardo de Dota is located near Cerro de
la Muerte, meaning the ‘Mountain of Death’,
which is one of Costa Rica’s highest peaks.
Located in the narrow Savegre river valley, this is
a birdwatcher’s and hiker's paradise. The cloud
forest is home to more than 150 bird species,
including a plethora of hummingbirds and
Fly to San José and transfer to San Gerardo de
Dota in one of the most beautiful regions of
Costa Rica and stay 2 nights at Trogon Lodge,
surrounded by nature trails. The lodge has 23
rooms and a family-style restaurant serving
delicious home-cooked meals. (B)
Early morning shared birdwatching tour. The
surrounding primary forest is one of the best
places to spot resplendent quetzals, considered
to be among the world’s most striking birds. The
rest of the time is at leisure. (B)
Transfer to San José and join the rest of the
Tamarindo is situated in Guanacaste on the
Pacific coast, with an abundance of sandy
beaches and crystal-clear waters. Take boat
trips through the mangroves and excursions to
see leatherback turtles at Playa Grande beach
(November to March).
Drive to Tamarindo (approximately 3 hours) and
transfer to Esplendor Hotel with ocean views
for 3 nights. Supplement for the beachfront
Capitan Suizo from £165. (B)
At leisure to relax by the attractive beach or
take optional excursions. Nearby is one of
Costa Rica’s most important nesting sites for
endangered leatherback turtles, the largest of
the sea turtle species. (B)
Morning transfer to Liberia airport
(approximately 1.5 hours) and fly to London via
the US, with United Airlines. (B)
Tamarindo extensions will fly with United
Airlines via the US, rather than British Airways.
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NSR2017: 9 Nights
The highlights were seeing the rainforest for the first time, the knowledge of our local guides was also amazing. Costa Rica has been the holiday of a lifetime for me…I cannot fault the service.Mrs Tooley
We really enjoyed Trogon Lodge at San Gerado de Dota. Lovely location, friendly staff and excellent local guides.Mr Colin Dickinson
Among many, including crossing the walkways at Monteverde in driving rain and a strong wind, the real highspot was the visit to La Selva. We felt privileged visitors, had a superb guide and saw an amazing range of animals and birds within a remarkably short time. If only we had had longer there.Mr Paul Langridge
The riverboat trips were marvellous, both in Tortuguero and Los Chiles. Huge amount of wildlife and excellent local guides and drivers.Mr Roger Piggin
The two highlights of the holiday were Tortoguero and Cana Negro. The wildlife was fabulous, and varied. The forests were beautiful. We were very lucky to see an enormous migration of vultures. Mrs Geraldine Stevens
The Arenal volcano, until recently one of the world's most active, is surrounded by beautiful scenery...
First designated in 1972, the cloud forest reserve of Monteverde is one of...
San Jose is located in a broad, fertile valley at an altitude of 1,150 metres and...
Tortuguero National Park is located on the remote northern Caribbean coast and is accessible only by boat or plane.