Small in size yet possessing a superb
biodiversity, Costa Rica and Panama
offer a wide variety of eco-systems
including volcanoes, rainforest and cloud
forest, lakes, lagoons and beaches. This
tour visits the incredible Panama Canal
as well as a selection of Costa Rica’s
most renowned national parks, from the
Caribbean coast to the Pacific coast.
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Fly to San José with United Airlines via the US.
Transfer to the Crown Plaza Corobici Hotel for 2
Morning visit to a coffee plantation on the
slopes of the active Poas volcano and see its
crater lake. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening,
enjoy a welcome dinner at a traditional
restaurant overlooking the city. (B, L, D)
Travel by shared overland transfer to Caño
Blanco on the Caribbean coast. Take a boat ride
along 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 to explore
Tortuguero’s tropical forest and network of
waterways. (B, L, D)
Return to Caño Blanco by boat and drive to
Arenal. En route, visit La Selva Biological to learn
about the scientific and conservation work of
the researchers. Included is a short walk in the
protected rainforest surroundings. Stay 2 nights
at the Volcano Lodge or the Arenal Paraiso with
views of Arenal volcano. (B, L)
Morning tour of the hanging bridges, where a
circuit of trails and suspension bridges allow
an up-close view of the rainforest floor and the
treetop canopy above. Optional evening visit to
the hot springs. (B)
Drive along the shores of Lake Arenal, taking
in the spectacular views of the lake and its
surroundings. Continue through the green
mountains to Monteverde and stay for 2 nights
at the Heliconia Hotel. (B)
Morning tour of the Monteverde cloud forest,
a habitat for rare flora and fauna, such as the
colourful quetzal bird. Afternoon at leisure or
take one of the optional excursions on offer,
including the Santa Elena Reserve. (B)
Drive to the central Pacific coast and visit the
Carara National Park, home to crocodiles,
monkeys and scarlet macaws. Stay for 2
nights at the Villa Lapas Hotel set on a private
rainforest reserve. (B)
In the morning, drive to Manuel Antonio for
a walking tour of the national park, where the
rainforest extends right down to the beautiful
beaches. This small park is home to a surprising
concentration of wildlife including sloths,
iguanas, endangered squirrel monkeys and
various colourful birds. In the evening, enjoy a
farewell dinner at a local restaurant near your
hotel. (B, D)
Transfer to San José and fly to London via the
US, with United Airlines. (B)
Arrive in London. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
group tours have been specially created
for single travellers. Benefits include single
occupancy of double / twin rooms as standard
and at sensible prices, plus the company of likeminded
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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.
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 Heliconia Hotel is a charming family run property built in an alpine style and surrounded by lush gardens. The 55 rooms and suites are furnished in a cosy rustic style and most have a balcony. The suites are located further up the hillside and on clear days offer views of the Gulf of Nicoya. The hotel has an excellent restaurant offering international food, a bar, internet access and a tour...
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...
Located only five minutes from the headquarters of Carara National Park and a short drive from Tarcoles, the Villa Lapas lodge is situated in its own private reserve with nature trails winding through secondary forest. Inside this reserve you can find the Tarcolitos river, which attracts a large variety of wildlife, along with trails and hanging bridges ideal for birdwatching. The resort offers 58 air-conditioned rooms with balconies and either river, garden or pool views, a swimming pool and...
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.
Stay three nights at Manuel Antonio to relax
or take optional excursions, such as rainforest
walks and boat tours in search of dolphins.
Clients taking this extension will stay at Villa
Lapas for 1 night only.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
CSG2016: 10 Nights
Many inspirational moments in spotting wildlife of amazing diversity in the nature reserves and alongside the road, thanks to our hawk-eyed guide. I would also mention the wonderful swim on the beach at Manuel Antonio on the last full day of the tour. You'd have to go a long way to find a better sea-swim.Mrs Fiona Anderson
First designated in 1972, the cloud forest reserve of Monteverde is one of...
One of the first cities in the Americas, in the 1500s, Panama City was...
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...