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Costa Rica holidays
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 from London (regional connections available)
to Panama City, via Madrid, with British Airways.
Transfer to Hilton Garden Inn for 2 nights. (N)
Take a shared partial transit and cruise
through the various locks of the Panama Canal.
In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a
traditional restaurant. (B, L, D)
Morning city tour including the ruins of old Panama and the historic colonial district. In
the afternoon fly to San José for 2 nights at the
Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel. (B, D)
Morning visit to a coffee plantation on
the slopes of the active Poas volcano and,
subject to volcanic activity, see its crater lake.
Afternoon at leisure. (B, L)
Travel by shared overland transfer to Caño
Blanco on the Caribbean coast. Take a
boat ride along the backwaters that lead to
Tortuguero, looking for wildlife en route. Stay
at Pachira Lodge for 2 nights. (B, L, D)
Full day of shared excursions exploring the
tropical forest and waterways. (B, L, D)
Return to Caño Blanco by boat and drive
to Arenal. En route, visit La Selva Biological
Station to 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
with views of Arenal volcano. (B, L)
Morning tour of the circuit of trails and
suspension bridges, which allow an up-close
view of the rainforest floor and treetop
canopy. Optional evening visit to the hot
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 2 nights at
Monteverde Country Lodge. (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 a visit to the Santa Elena
Drive to the central Pacific coast and visit
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.
Continue to Tarcoles and stay for 2 nights
at the Villa Lapas Hotel, set on a private
rainforest reserve. (B)
Morning visit to Carara National Park, home
to crocodiles, monkeys and scarlet macaws. In
the evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a local
restaurant near your hotel. (B, D)
Transfer to San José and fly to London with
British Airways. (B) (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
These small group tours have been specially created for solo travellers. Benefits include single occupancy of double / twin rooms as standard and at sensible prices, plus the company of like-minded travellers. View the complete collection at solo travellers.
All the lodges are comfortable,
but do not always have a large range of
facilities. This tour also includes some long
drives on unpaved roads.
This tour is led in each country by a local tour guide.
This itinerary 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 to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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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
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...
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 accessible only by boat or plane.