Despite its somewhat diminutive size, few countries anywhere in the world can come close to Costa Rica’s staggeringly rich biodiversity. With some 25% of its total area being devoted to an incredible collection of protective refuges, national parks and biological reserves, its rainforests and mangrove swamps, turtle nesting grounds and volcanoes make it a natural paradise of breathtaking scope and diversity.
Fly to San José with United Airlines via US. You will be met by a guide and transferred to the Corteza Amarilla Art Lodge & Spa for your overnight stay.
Set out for Cano Blanco Dock, followed by a 2-hour boat ride to Tortuguero National Park – 312sq km of astounding natural landscape. The park is a natural system of canals and lagoons and is the most important natural hatchery in the western Caribbean for green turtles, whilst its rivers and forests are home to rare manatees, caimans, sloths and Jaguars. After lunch, visit Tortuguero Village and the Turtle Museum. Overnight at Pachira Lodge for 2 nights. (B/L/D)
Enjoy the backwater canals of Tortuguero in greater depth on a guided boat tour to explore the jungle waterways. Afternoon at leisure to explore the fascinating flora and fauna of this area, rich in wildlife including monkeys, iguanas and colourful tropical birds. (B/L/D)
Continue your journey to Sarapiqui, visiting a local Tico family palm plantation en-route to learn all about and taste the delicate heart of palm. You will have the afternoon free for wildlife viewing and other rainforest adventures such as white-water rafting, canopy ziplining and hiking. Overnight at Selva Verde Lodge. (B/L)
Enjoy a birdwatching tour in the morning where you will be able to see various species of birds such as the keel-billed toucan, great green macaw, wood thrush, grey-necked wood rails, sun bitterns and violet crowned woodnymphs to name a few. Transfer to Arenal, where the afternoon is free to explore the area home to Arenal Volcano – a must see on any visitors itinerary. Stay 2 nights at Arenal Springs Resort. (B)
Enjoy a walking tour of the Arenal Hanging Bridges in the morning. Set in 250 hectares of primary forest, there are 15 bridges from 5-100m long covering a 3km circuit from which to enjoy the forest. Visit the Arenal Volcano National Park and experience the relaxing Ecotermales Hot Springs. (B/D)
Transfer to the Manuel Antonio area on the Pacific Coast for a 2-night stay at La Foresta Nature Resort. The area is home to the Titi (squirrel) monkeys found only in this lush tropical part of the world. You will have the opportunity to observe 50 species of mammals and 15 species of reptiles and butterflies in the resort’s own trails. (B)
Morning tour to Manuel Antonio National Park, a stunning combination of sandy white beaches and lush tropical forest. Admire the lagoons and mangrove swamps habitat to 184 species of birds and 109 species of mammals, including sloth, iguana and squirrel monkey. You will spend the afternoon on a mangrove tour through the Damas Island. (B/L)
Return to San José – the capital and the largest city of Costa Rica. You can spend the rest of the day at leisure, further exploring the city. Overnight at Corteza Amarilla Hotel. (B)
Transfer to San José airport for your return flight home via US with United Airlines. (B) Alternatively you may wish to extend your stay at one of the stunning Pacific beach resorts.
Arrive in London this morning.
Please note the above prices are a guide only as the final prices is dependent on flight availability at the time of booking. Please call our travel experts on 0844 417 3382 for our latest prices and offers. Prices shown are per person based on 2 people sharing a twin room. Single room and flight upgrade prices available at a supplement. The prices shown includes any applicable saving mentioned.
Group departure dates:
2013: 17 Apr, 15 May, 12 Jun, 10 Jul, 07 Aug, 04 Sep, 09 Oct, 06 Nov, 04 Dec
2014: 12 Feb, 12 Mar, 09 Apr
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Extend your stay on the beautiful Pacific coast of Costa Rica or stop en-route to London with an exciting stay in New York. 3 nights at el Parador Resort and Spa in Costa Rica on bed & breakfast basis from £345pp. 3 nights at the Empire Hotel in New York on room only basis from £325pp. Please call for details.