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The heart of Central America

Experience eco-friendly wildlife encounters and some of the world’s most colourful birdlife in one of the world’s most breath-taking ecosystems.

Fly direct from Gatwick for an incredible opportunity to experience Costa Rica's amazing natural beauty. Encounter some the rarest and most colourful wildlife on the planet - including hummingbirds, sloths, monkeys and caiman - and stay in the heart of Tortuguero National Park on the jungle-clad banks of a glorious lagoon. see the brooding mass of the Arenal volcano, and explore the canopy of Monteverde's majestic cloud forest.

What does this price include?

  • Seven nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at hotels in San Jose (1 night), Tortuguero (2), La Fortuna (2) and Monteverde (2), plus one night on the aircraft
  • Four lunches and three dinners (including a floating-restaurant dinner in Tortuguero)
  • Return direct flights from Gatwick to San Jose with British Airways
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Your Itinerary

  • 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.

  • Very early this morning, we'll board the coach and head east, through the spectacular jungle landscapes of Braulio Carrillo National Park, towards the Caribbean. 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 fiercely protected Tortuguero National Park the very edge of the Caribbean Sea.

    You’ll spend two nights at Mawamba Lodge, in the heart of this exotic paradise, a ribbon of thick rainforest criss-crossed by canals and waterways, and home to an amazing diversity of bird and wildlife - turtles, monkeys and manatees, and some 375 species of bird. Settle in to your surroundings, which include colourful butterfly gardens, frog and iguana gardens, walking trails and a swimming pool.

  • 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 tour through the backwater canals in the company of an expert guide - a great opportunity for wildlife sightings.

    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 be lucky enough to see 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 with dinner at the lodge's floating restaurant, this evening.

  • Bidding farewell to Tortuguero, you'll travel back through the rainforest by boat, and then across the Costa Rican lowlands by coach to La Fortuna for a 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 this evening.

  • Learn about the secrets and history of chocolate production, from cacao pods to ceremonial drinks and confectionery bars, on a fascinating Rainforest Chocolate Tour, this morning. This afternoon, the energetic can burn off any overindulgences on a gentle hike through the volcanic landscape to the El Silencio look-out point where you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the volcanic slopes.

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

  • Today, you'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. Spend two nights amid lush, dense forests that are home to an incredible diversity of birds, including the exotic resplendent quetzal, as well as rare species like jaguars and pumas.

    Enjoy an excursion to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (so called because of the fine mist that shrouds it, this afternoon, then rest and relax at the hotel this evening.

  • Today we'll follow the 1.9km trail over eight bridges through the lush rainforest canopy of Selvatura Park, for the chance to encounter yet more of Costa Rica’s native species. Visit the Hummingbird Garden, which brings you into close contact with these sparkling creatures, and the wonderful Butterfly Garden. Enjoy lunch during the visit, 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.

    Afterwards, we'll return to the hotel for a last evening.

  • After breakfast, you'll return to the airport to board your overnight flight back to the UK.

  • Arrive back in the UK, at the end of an extraordinary glimpse of nature’s wonders and a thoroughly enjoyable stay in a truly stunning corner of the world.

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Hotels

Costa Rica - Nature's Paradise Touring Hotels

You will be staying in a series of comfortable hotels that are conveniently located for your tour itinerary.

Tour Extensions

(2 Available)

Costa Rica - Nature's Paradise with 4 night Beach Extension
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
  • 4.5 customer rating
  • 13 days from: £3085pp
Costa Rica - Nature's Paradise with 7 night Beach Extension
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
  • 16 days from: £3590pp

Further Information

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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