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Costa Rica - Nature's Paradise



The heart of Central America

Fly direct from Gatwick to join this unforgettable small group tour - an incredible opportunity to experience Costa Rica's amazing natural beauty. Explore the canopy of Monteverde's majestic cloud forest, see the brooding mass of the Arenal volcano, spend blissful days relaxing in a luxury hotel in Manuel Antonio, and encounter some the rarest and most colourful wildlife on the planet.

Costa Rica Tour Highlights

  • Return direct flights from Gatwick to San Jose with British Airways
  • Journey through the rainforest, by boat, to Tortuguero National Park
  • Encounter Tortuguero's wildlife from Mawamba Lodge
  • Late-summer visitors may see Green Turtles nesting
  • Enjoy dinner at a floating restaurant
  • Journey back through the jungle to La Fortuna, close to Arenal's 'perfect' volcano
  • Visit the hot springs at Eco Termales
  • See amazing birdlife on a Cano Negro marshland cruise
  • Selvatura's spectacular Hanging Bridges through the rainforest
  • Spend four idyllic nights on the edge of the Pacific

What does the price include?

  • Eleven nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at a series of carefully chosen hotels in San Jose (1 night), Tortuguero (2), La Fortuna (2), Monteverde (2) and Manuel Antonio (4)
  • Five lunches and three dinners (including a floating-restaurant dinner in Tortuguero)
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Costa Rica Tour Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Costa Rica

Fly to San Jose, the friendly, cosmopolitan capital of Costa Rica. Meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel, then rest and relax after your journey.

Day Two: Travel from San Jose to Tortuguero

Very early this morning, we'll board the coach and head east, through jungle landscapes. After an en-route stop for breakfast, you'll arrive at the pier in Cano Blanco or Pavona, and board a canal boat for the last part of the journey, to the very edge of the Caribbean Sea.

Spend two nights in Tortuguero National Park, at Mawamba Lodge. The park is a treasure trove of biological diversity - it's home to land turtles, monkeys and manatees, and some 375 species of bird - criss-crossed by canals and navigable lagoons.

Day Three: Optional and included Tortuguero wildlife tours

Early this morning you'll have the chance to see the astonishing wildlife of Costa Rica come to life as a new day begins on an optional canal tour in the company of an expert guide.

Return to the lodge for breakfast, then head out once more for a full-day tour of the park. Hidden within the landscape of waterways and tropical forest you may spot monkeys and manatees, sloths and caimans, tiny turtles and toucan, as well as macaws, iguanas and water-walking 'Jesus Christ' lizards.

The park is also a vital nesting site for both green and leatherback turtles, and visitors in September will have the opportunity to visit the hatching site where (with luck) newly hatched turtles will be emerging!

Complete your stay in this amazing place this evening with dinner at the lodge's floating restaurant.

Day Four: Included hot springs visit

Leaving Tortuguero behind, we'll travel across the Costa Rican lowlands to La Fortuna and the Arenal Paraiso Hotel for two-night stay with views of majestic Arenal. After 40 years, the eruptions of this exceptionally active volcano have finally died down, but the region is blessed with hot springs and thermal baths, including those at Eco Termales that you'll visit today.

Day Five: Included Cano Negro cruise

Today you'll travel north to the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy a canal cruise along the stunning Rio Frio during which you should hope to see more caiman and crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas and a variety of colourful birds. Keep a particularly sharp eye out for the camouflaged head of a Common Potoo peering over the top of its perch.

We'll return to the hotel in La Fortuna this evening.

Day Six: Optional Arenal foothills hike

This morning you'll have the chance to join a gentle optional hike around the lava formations and forests at the base of Arenal.

Later, we'll head around Lake Arenal and make our way to into the cloud forests of Monteverde, where private conservation sites and reserves protect wildlife communities quite unlike those elsewhere in the country. Our base for two nights, the El Establo Hotel, boasts extensive hillside grounds and offers spectacular views across the forested hills and - on clear days - all the way to the Nicoya Gulf.

Day Seven: Included Monteverde cloud forest tour

Today we'll follow the 1.9km trail over eight bridges through the lush rainforest canopy of Selvatura Park. Visit the Hummingbird Garden, and Butterfly Garden for a close encounter with these sparkling creatures, and perhaps dare to ride Selvatura Park's 15 zip lines (the longest of which is one kilometre long!) through the cloud-forest canopy on an optional excursion.

Day Eight:Coach travel to Manuel Antonio

Stunning Manuel Antonio National Park, at the edge of the ocean on Costa Rica's central Pacific Coast, provides the perfect background for a relaxing pause in your travels as you enjoy the facilities of a secluded luxury hotel just a short walk from the beach and close to the park entrance.

Days 9-11: Relaxing in Manuel Antonio

Relax beside your hotel's delightful pool, head into Manuel Antonio National Park on an excursion or visit the nearby town of Quepos. The choice of how little or how much to do on these three days is entirely yours.

Day 12: Coach travel to San Jose

Today you'll return to San Jose and head to the airport to board your flight home.

Day 13: Flight home

Arrive back in the UK after an overnight flight.

Costa Rica Touring Hotels 

The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.

Further Information

Small group tours

Group sizes on each departure on this tour are restricted to a maximum of 24 people. The usual group size is between 16 and 20. As a result you'll be able to travel in smaller vehicles, enjoy experiences and encounters (and in some cases even stay in wonderful little places) that are denied to larger groups.

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.

Optional excursions on 2017 departures

The optional morning Arenal hike in the morning of Day Six will not be available.

Turtle hatching time in Tortuguero

Departures in September 2018 may have the chance to see baby green turtles hatching at the nesting sites along Tortuguero's 22 miles of beaches.

Passports and visas

British citizens do not require a visa to visit Costa Rica. Passports must be valid for one day beyond your stay in Costa Rica.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Departure tax

A departure tax of USD$29 per person is payable on departure at San Jose airport.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg. Please take an overnight bag, though, as luggage is limited to 11kgs for nights two and in Tortuguero National Park.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Travel vaccinations

Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

*Low deposit of £79 per person applies to new bookings made between 1st and 31st October 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected flight-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Costa Rica - Nature's Paradise reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Costa Rica - Nature's ParadiseScores 9.1 out of 10 based on 39 reviews
(9 out of 10)


Hudderfield Couple
A really enjoyable experience, lots of wildlife seen. Hotels overall were very good. Staff at hotels were friendly and service was very good. A good mix of varying environments. The only disappointment was Monteverde and that was due to the poor weather so the walk through the rain forest over the suspension bridges was a bit of an endurance test rather than a pleasure.
On the whole the tour manager was good, however, on the odd occasion he did not take account of the needs of all of the group.
I would highly recommend this holiday to anyone who enjoys wildlife as the there was so much to discover.
Confirmed traveller: 21 January 2018
Published on: 10 February 2018
(9 out of 10)


Marshall Couple
Great fun and very interspersed trip. Well thought out itinerary and excellent hotels. Minor criticism we would have liked to have had a day in San Jose and hotel in Monteverde was cold and had no heating
Confirmed traveller: 21 January 2018
Published on: 10 February 2018
(8 out of 10)


Beverley Single traveller
Excellent introduction to Costa Rica: well planned and interesting locations. Smashing group of people, but tour manager not inspiring and weather poor
Confirmed traveller: 21 January 2018
Published on: 10 February 2018
(10 out of 10)


London Single traveller
The locations chosen for this holiday provided us with the opportunity to sample the different regions of the country from the Caribbean Coast, to the Arenal Volcano, on to Monteverde and finally the Pacific Coast. Each area different and wonderful. The days were full and interesting with a guide who loved his Country. Each hotel was different but well placed to add to the holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 14 September 2017
Published on: 19 October 2017
(10 out of 10)


Hornsea Couple
This holiday proved a wonderful introduction to Costa Rica; the title Nature's Paradise being fully warranted. We enjoyed an excellent wildlife experience with a huge variety of birds,animals,butterflies etc.

Both our guide and driver were absolutely first class; the itinerary and choice of hotels was excellent. We found the staff in the hotels most helpful and friendly with a very high standard of service.
Confirmed traveller: 14 September 2017
Published on: 17 October 2017
(10 out of 10)


Portishead, North Somerset Couple
This was a superb holiday, packed with wildlife and based in interesting hotels. The Tour Guide (Geo) really made the holiday with his excellent knowledge of the country and it's wildlife. The small group (12 fellow travellers) worked very well and added to the enjoyment of the trip.
Confirmed traveller: 14 September 2017
Published on: 16 October 2017
(10 out of 10)


Absolutely amazing. The tour guide was very professional and informative. All hotels were excellent. The itinerary was great. A brilliant holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 14 September 2017
Published on: 15 October 2017