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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 Irazú 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,
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 oxcarts. Stay overnight at the Crowne
Plaza Corobici Hotel. (B)
Transfer to the airport for a flight to London
with British Airways. (B) (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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.
Available on request.
Departures in April are based on
indirect flights via the US or Bogotá.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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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.