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 to San José with United Airlines via the US.
Transfer to the Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel for
2 nights. (N)
Morning visit to INBioparque for an introduction
to Costa Rica’s ecosystems through exhibits and
trails. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Take a 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 en route. Stay at Mawamba Lodge for 2
nights. (B, L, D)
A 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)
Take a shared boat across Lake Arenal, taking
in the spectacular views of the lake and its
surroundings. Continue through the green
mountains to Monteverde for 2 nights at the
Trapp Family 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 the US and
on to London with United Airlines. (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.
Typically 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.
Jan-Mar 2016 departures include a 2-night stay at the superior Mountain Paradise.
This itinerary can
be taken privately, for which guideline prices are
shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your
exact requirements. Please call 020 7808 6783 or email email@example.com
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...
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...
The Trapp Family Hotel is a small family-run hotel located close to the entrance of the Monteverde Reserve. The alpine-style lodge features spacious rooms and suites offering views of the cloud forest. The property has a non-smoking policy throughout and there is a strong eco-friendly emphasis. Some rooms are located in a newer block behind the main building and access might be difficult for those with walking difficulties.
Features: 26 rooms, restaurant, lobby bar, fitness room, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, safe,...
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 and
stay at the Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel for 1
Fly to London via the US with United Airlines. (B)
Arrive in London. (N)
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals
Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.
Domestic flights have a luggage
allowance of 12kg per person.
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 125 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)
An extra free night can be added
at El Parador on 10 Nov & 1 Dec departures.
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
(approximately 7 hours). Stay 3 nights at the
Hotel Dario. (B)
Morning tour of Granada and take 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, or a
full-day visit to beautiful Ometepe island on
Lake Nicaragua (B)
Transfer to Managua for a flight to London via
the US with United Airlines. (B)
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 the US with United Airlines. (B)
In the afternoon, arrive in London. (N)
It is possible to further
extend your stay at one of the Pacific beaches
near to Panama City, the San Blas islands or the
Caribbean Bocas del Toro archipelago.
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
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 homecooked
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. (B)
Transfer to San José airport. Fly to London via
the US with United Airlines. (B)
In the morning, arrive in London. (N)
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 £125. (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)
Midday arrival in London. (N)
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NSR2016: 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
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...