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Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

Price per person
from £2,303

Check availability and prices for your preferred airport below. To book, please call our travel specialists on 0330 058 8241

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 10 days

  • Central and South America

  • Comfortable pace

  • Globus escorted tours

Grab your camera and get ready for a wonderful holiday to Costa Rica! Witness bountiful wildlife in their natural habitat, enjoy relaxing dips in ecothermal hot springs, and learn about the Costa Rican culture on this thrilling adventure. Among the many highlights of this tour is Tortuguero National Park, where you'll take a boat ride along remote, unspoiled sections of the park to view wildlife. Your guide will look out for the wildlife—including freshwater turtles, egrets, toucans, and monkeys—so you can sit back, relax, and take plenty of pictures.

Another Costa Rican tour highlight is the Arenal Volcano, considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world. You may witness the red lava streaming down the sides as you hear the volcano’s grumbling. Relax as you soak in the ecothermal hot springs and perhaps watch the lava flow down the volcano—a spectacular sight! In Monteverde, visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, home to forest fauna such as jaguars, resplendent quetzal, monkeys, ocelots, and many species of birds—not to mention the large diversity of plant species.

On this Costa Rica tour, you'll also have a chance to visit local farms to learn about the local culture and industries. So be sure to grab your swimsuit and prepare yourself for a trip of a lifetime—a trip filled with wildlife, scenic waterways, tropical rainforests, and knowledgeable guides to help you learn about Costa Rica.

At a glance

  • Tortuguero National Park Cruise the Tortuguero Canals and spot ocelots and monkeys.
  • Arenal Volcano La Fortuna de San Carlos walking tour that includes excellent views of the volcano.
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Walk the Skywalk hanging bridges and trails through the forest canopy.
  • Trapiche Farm Enjoy a homemade lunch and learn about the farm's traditional cultivation methods.
  • Grecia Village Visit the Cathedral de la Mercedes: a church made from metal pieces imported from Belgium in the 1890s.

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 4 days: Manuel Antonio National Park stay

  • 4 days: Guanacaste stay

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Overview

Grab your camera and get ready for a wonderful holiday to Costa Rica! Witness bountiful wildlife in their natural habitat, enjoy relaxing dips in ecothermal hot springs, and learn about the Costa Rican culture on this thrilling adventure. Among the many highlights of this tour is Tortuguero National Park, where you'll take a boat ride along remote, unspoiled sections of the park to view wildlife. Your guide will look out for the wildlife—including freshwater turtles, egrets, toucans, and monkeys—so you can sit back, relax, and take plenty of pictures.

Another Costa Rican tour highlight is the Arenal Volcano, considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world. You may witness the red lava streaming down the sides as you hear the volcano’s grumbling. Relax as you soak in the ecothermal hot springs and perhaps watch the lava flow down the volcano—a spectacular sight! In Monteverde, visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, home to forest fauna such as jaguars, resplendent quetzal, monkeys, ocelots, and many species of birds—not to mention the large diversity of plant species.

On this Costa Rica tour, you'll also have a chance to visit local farms to learn about the local culture and industries. So be sure to grab your swimsuit and prepare yourself for a trip of a lifetime—a trip filled with wildlife, scenic waterways, tropical rainforests, and knowledgeable guides to help you learn about Costa Rica.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

UK - San José, Costa Rica

Day
1

Fly to San Jose where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Upon arrival, you will be met by your Tour Director, who will help you check into your hotel.

San José-Cariari-Tortuguero National Park

Day
2

Journey east to the Caribbean shore and TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK. On the way, stop at a BANANA PLANTATION to see one of Costa Rica’s main exports being harvested. Later, board a boat for your CRUISE along the Tortuguero Canals, waterways crisscrossing a national park dedicated to the protection of endangered turtles. The trained eyes of your guide and boatman help you spot freshwater turtles, caimans, herons, toucans, egrets, and monkeys. An afternoon at leisure lets you explore Evergreen Lodge until you meet for an informative slideshow presentation on the area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tortuguero National Park Tour & Canal Cruise

Day
3

A local Naturalist accompanies you on a leisurely BOAT RIDE along remote, unspoiled sections of the park’s waterways, explaining the bountiful flora and fauna. Enjoy a fascinating stroll through an accessible portion of the nearby RAINFOREST. During the peak nesting season (mid-July to mid-October) you may be lucky enough to observe an endangered green turtle laying her eggs under the starlight on an optional tour. Later this afternoon, meet a local Naturalist for an informative talk on the ecology of the area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tortuguero-Sarapiqui-Arenal

Day
4

A morning boat transfer begins your journey to the Sarapiqui area. Tour a PINEAPPLE FARM, owned by a local family, and learn about the history, cultivation, and industry of pineapples. Continue to your hotel in the lush town of Arenal, located in the shadow of Arenal Volcano. After settling in, experience the magic of the resort’s pool and hot spring-fed jacuzzi, or consider a walk in the nearby nature trail in search of 300- to 400-year-old trees, poisonous frogs, monkeys, birds, and possibly small animals native to the area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arenal. Excursion to La Fortuna & Arenal Volcano National Park

Day
5

During your morning at leisure, you may wish to go on an optional horseback ride or float trip. Or, you can take advantage of your resort’s amenities by walking along the shaded trails nearby. Later this afternoon, visit ARENAL VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK, where your guide takes you on a walk through lava trails of the volcano and shows you how nature has found a way to recover from past lava flows. Next, enjoy a walking tour of the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos, offering spectacular views of the active Arenal Volcano. This evening, drive to nearby famous TABACÓN HOT SPRINGS for a dip in the curative and relaxing pools. Later, enjoy a dinner at the hot springs.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Arenal-Monteverde

Day
6

After breakfast, continue to MONTEVERDE, where you will enjoy two days in the cloud forest. This afternoon, take a guided tour on the SKYWALK hanging bridges, which combines trails and suspension bridges through the canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest, to search for flora and fauna.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Monteverde

Day
7

This morning, visit CHILDREN’S ETERNAL RAINFOREST for a guided walking tour. Over 600 species of butterflies and 400 species of birds have been recorded inside this private reserve, along with 100 reptile and 120 mammal species that hide within the dense vegetation. Later, visit the family-owned ECOLOGICAL SANCTUARY, where you will explore the trails through coffee and banana plantations filled with endemic wildlife and beautiful scenery. After the walk, enjoy a COOKING CLASS to learn how to prepare authentic Costa Rican food like hand-made tortillas, picadillos, and gallo pinto. Dine on your creations for a homemade lunch! Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner, toasting an unforgettable discovery of Costa Rica.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Monteverde-Sarchi-San José

Day
8

En route to San José, visit SARCHI Village, known as the centre of Costa Rican handcrafts and where you will see the artists in their workshops making the famous oxcarts. Next stop is Grecia Village to see the metal church that was imported from Belgium to Puerto Limon in 1897. The church was transported by oxcarts to its present-day location, but sat in the plaza for 10 years before being reconstructed.

For guests who have booked an optional tour extension, this morning they will depart on alternative schedules.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

San José - UK

Day
9

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Land home in the UK.

Day
10

Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Monteverde - Quepos - Manuel Antonio National Park area

Take a morning drive to the Pacific Ocean to the town of Quepos, gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park. Dense mangrove swamps sheltering a variety of wildlife back up to the pristine beaches in this area. It is not uncommon to see iguanas and white-faced monkeys on the beach. For the more active, there are jungle hikes suited to all levels. Other local activities include canopy tours, deep-sea fishing, diving, sea kayaking, and mountain biking.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Manuel Antonio National Park area

Enjoy two days at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Manuel Antonio National Park area

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Monteverde–Guanacaste

Take a morning drive to Guanacaste. This part of Costa Rica’s North Pacific region offers hundreds of unspoiled beaches lining the shores, but Guanacaste is far from a traditional beach destination. Activities in the area include rainforest canopy tours, river rafting or floating down the Corobici River, horseback riding, fishing, snorkelling in the Pacific Ocean, or just relaxing on the beach.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Guanacaste

Enjoy two days at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Guanacaste

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

San José - Doubletree Cariari

Featuring an outdoor pool surrounded by a garden and luxurious facilities, Doubletree offers a casino and a beauty salon. Breakfast can be enjoyed in the many poolside shaded areas. Guests can enjoy sports on TV, cocktails and other drinks at Bar Chiquiri or gourmet Costa-Rican dishes at Las Tejas.

  • Location

     Pan American Highway, Heredia Province, Heredia, Costa Rica

  • Facilities

    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Spa

Tortuguero National Park - Evergreen Lodge

This property is 12 minutes walk from the beach. The Evergreen Lodge is located amid Tortuguero National Park and offers spacious rooms, complimentary meals, free Wi-Fi and massage services. The rooms feature an elegant décor with wooden furniture, a seating area, ceiling fan, and private bathroom with shower offering free toiletries.

  • Location

    Parque Nacional Tortuguero, Limón, Costa Rica

  • Facilities

    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Fitness centre

Arenal - Volcano Lodge & Gardens

Set in lush tropical gardens, at the foot of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano, Volcano Lodge & Gardens offers an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi zone. Air-conditioned rooms have a terrace.

  • Location

    7km Oeste del centro de la Fortuna, 21007 Fortuna, Costa Rica

  • Facilities

    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Spa
    • Fitness centre

Monteverde - El Establo

Located in Monteverde, Costa Rica, offering rooms with balconies and views of Monteverde Cloud Forest, El Establo Mountain Hotel has a beautiful setting within attractive grounds. This family-run hotel features 2 restaurants, a spa and an outdoor swimming pool.

  • Location

    1km East of Santa Elena, Monteverde, 60109 Monteverde Costa Rica, Costa Rica

  • Facilities

    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Spa

Antigua - Porta Antigua

Located on the historic town of Antigua Guatemala, this hotel is within walking distance of main churches and colonial buildings. 

  • Location

    8 Calle Poniente, 1, 03001 Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

  • Facilities

    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Spa

Lake Atitlán - Porta del lago

Set next to Lake Atitlán, Porta Hotel del Lago offers views of the Guatemalan Highlands. Each attractive room has a terrace with lake and volcano views. All rooms have cable TV and a private bathroom. Cakchiquel and Tocoyal restaurants offer a range of Guatemalan cuisine. Xocomil Bar serves drinks and snacks throughout the day.

Guests can make use of Porta Hotel del Lago’s natural sulfured cold tub and sauna.

  • Location

    2 Avenida 6-17 zona 2, 07000 Panajachel, Guatemala

  • Facilities

    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Fitness centre

Guatemala City - Hotel Barcelo de Guatemala

Barceló Guatemala City offers classic-style rooms with flat-screen cable TV, air conditioning and a safe. Each spacious room has a terrace with views over Guatemala City or the surrounding volcanoes.

  • Location

    7A Avenida 15-45, Guatemala City 01009, Guatemala

  • Facilities

    • Indoor swimming pool
    • Spa
    • Fitness centre

Manuel Antonio National Park - Parador Resort & Spa

This property is 4 minutes walk from the beach. The resort is located on the Punta Quepos promontory in Costa Rica, surrounded by 12 acres of wildlife-rich tropical rainforest with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antonio. Each bright, air-conditioned room at the Parador Resort and Spa has a balcony with ocean, garden or jungle views.

  • Location

    Manuel Antonio Norte, Puntarenas Province, Quepos, 6350, Costa Rica

  • Facilities

    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Fitness centre

Guanacaste - Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort

The attractive rooms at Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort offer garden, pool or ocean views. All accommodation has a seating area, a minibar and a flat-screen TV.Set overlooking the ocean, Diriá Restaurant offers a varied buffet for breakfast and dinner, while Matapalo serves Costa Rican dishes, steak and seafood on its terrace. 

  • Location

    Calle Central, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, 50309, Costa Rica

  • Facilities

    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Spa
    • Fitness centre
    • Tennis

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