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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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Saving up to £250 on specific departures when booked by 12 Jan 19
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Panama City via Madrid with British Airways. Transfer to the Crowne Plaza Hotel for 2 nights. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a traditional restaurant. (D)
Take a shared partial transit and cruise through the various locks of the Panama Canal. (B, L)
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)
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 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 2 nights at the Heliconia Hotel or 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 Reserve. (B)
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
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
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
CSG2019: 12 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
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.