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Costa Rica is renowned for its abundant wildlife, varied ecosystems and spectacular scenery. Explore the country on this alternative itinerary with opportunities to disconnect from the hectic pace of life and immerse yourself into the surrounding natural environment. Stay in unique lodges that offer hideaway retreats among tropical rainforests, cool highland cloud forest, volcanoes and secluded beaches, and enjoy wilderness activities, fresh home-grown food, and optional revitalising nature-infused spa and wellness treatments.
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Fly from London to San José with British Airways and transfer to the Xandari Resort & Spa, overlooking Costa Rica's Central Valley, for 1 night. (N)
Travel to Monteverde for a 2-night stay at Senda Monteverde, ideally located just minutes from the famous cloud forest reserve. Take in the views of the tropical gardens and distant Pacific Ocean from the open-air porch of your casita or explore the hotel's network of nature trails to spot roaming coatis or agoutis. (B)
Take a walk through the cloud forest accompanied by an expert guide and observe a variety of wildlife such as toucans, sloths and howler monkeys amongst ferns, hanging vines and flowering orchids. If you're lucky you may spot the beautiful and elusive resplendent quetzal. (B)
Transfer to Origins Lodge, situated between Tenorio and Miravalles volcanoes, on the edge of a small rural community in Guanacaste province. Stay for 2 nights and enjoy panoramic views over the property's expansive grounds and towards Lake Nicaragua. Take a stroll or a horse ride around the estate to discover tropical gardens and fishing lakes, or hike through the rainforest with a naturalist guide and spot nocturnal wildlife. (B, L, D)
Day at leisure to appreciate the tranquillity of the lodge's mountainside location, or choose an optional excursion such as a boat trip through the Caño Negro wetlands to observe sloths, monkeys, turtles and caimans. Alternatively, visit a local coffee and cacao plantation and learn how coffee and chocolate are made. (B, L, D)
Travel to the Pacific coast for a 3-night stay at the luxurious tented Kasiiya Papagayo. This remote wilderness retreat is set on a small private island, with access to two private beaches and is surrounded by tropical dry forest. Relax and enjoy the surrounding nature for a perfect end of your holiday. It is possible to indulge in one of the wellness activities or nature-based spa treatments on offer or, if you're feeling energetic, explore various forest walking trails. (B, L, D)
Transfer back to San Jose for a final night in the Xandari Resort & Spa. (B)
Fly overnight to London with British Airways. (B) (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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ACR2019: 9 Nights
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