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
visits some of the major national parks in
the country and explores 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
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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.
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.
San Gerardo de Dota is located near Cerro de
la Muerte, the ‘mountain of death’, and one of
Costa Rica’s highest peaks. Found in the narrow
Savegre river valley, it is a birdwatcher’s paradise
and its cloud forest is home to more than 150
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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...