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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 explores some of the major national parks and 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 or Irazu volcano and see its impressive crater and surroundings. Afternoon 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 for 2 nights at Mawamba Lodge or similar. (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)
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.
All the lodges are comfortable but do not always have a wide range of facilities. The tour also includes some longer drives on unpaved roads.
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NSR2019: 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...
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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.