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Natural Splendours of Costa Rica

Group Tour | General interest | Wildlife 11 Days & 9 Nights Lead-in price: £1995 Current prices from: £1995

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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • View the Arenal volcano from your hotel
  • Cruise the canals of Tortuguero & cross Lake Arenal by boat
  • Caño Negro boat trip
  • Explore hanging bridges at Monteverde
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
  • Small group size - average 16 people (max 18)
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Standard Private Tour in brief

Days 1-2: Fly to San José

Fly from London (regional connections available) to San José with British Airways. Transfer to the Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. In the morning, visit Poas or Irazú Volcano and see its impressive crater and surroundings. (N) (B)

Days 3-4: Tortuguero

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 and enjoy a full day of shared local excursions. From July to September, an option is available to observe turtles nesting on the beach. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Arenal

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, with views of Arenal Volcano. (B, L)

Day 6: Caño Negro

Full-day tour to Caño Negro, an important wetland habitat for a range of bird species. (B, L)

Day 7: Lake Arenal • Monteverde

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)

Day 8: Monteverde

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)

Day 9: Sarchí • San José

Return to San José via the town of Sarchí, home to traditional handicrafts and colourfully painted oxcarts, and final overnight. (B)

Days 10-11: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport for a flight to London with British Airways. (B) (N)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Standard tour

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.


Departures in April are based on indirect flights via the US or Bogotá.

Private & tailor-made travel

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 enquire online.

Standard private tour accommodation

  • Mawamba Lodge Tortuguero
    Mawamba Lodge Tortuguero

    Mawamba Lodge is located in 15 acres of rainforest grounds, offering views of the Tortuguero canals. Perfect for nature lovers, there are a number of boat and walking tours available (some at additional cost) and the lodge is a short walk from both the little village of Tortuguero and the beaches that are visited by nesting green turtles between July to October. Please note the beaches are not suitable for swimming due to strong currents. The outdoor pool is surrounded by beautiful gardens and trails, where one can visit two butterfly gardens and a frog project. The pool-side restaurant offers buffet style meals and the floating Katonga restaurant offers lunches and dinners on board (additional costs applied). Features: 56 rooms, 2 restaurants, bar, coffee lounge, pool, nature trails, butterfly & frog garden, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Safe, ceiling fan, screen windows, limited number of hairdryers available from reception, porch with hammock.

  • Hotel Fondavela
    Hotel Fondavela

    The alpine-style Fonda Vela is set in 35 hectares of gardens and forested grounds and within walking distance of the entrance to the Monteverde cloud forest reserve. The property features 40 rooms with large windows, a restaurant decorated with the work of artists, and a bar.

  • Crowne Plaza San Jose Corobici
    Crowne Plaza San Jose Corobici

    The Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel is located 25 minutes from the international airport, next to San Jose's largest metropolitan park and close to downtown. Guestrooms are spacious and equipped with modern amenities. The main onsite restaurant serves both local and international dishes, with a second restaurant specialising in Japanese cuisine.

  • Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa
    Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa

    The Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa offers 118 comfortable bungalow-style rooms with spectacular views of the majestic Arenal volcano, as well as air conditioning, refrigerator, cable television and either a balcony or terrace. Facilities include two restaurants, a swimming pool and 13 pools of natural thermal spring waters, as well as a laundry service, gift shop, and nature trails.

Standard private tour extensions

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £2395 per person

High season from £2495 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

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