Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

Price per person
from £2,256

Price based on
London Heathrow
2nd Mar 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 10 days

  • Central and South America

  • Comfortable pace

  • Platinum escorted tours

A natural kingdom paradise of tropical forests, smouldering volcanoes and sleepy lagoons: skywalk through the Cloud Forest, crisscross the Tortuguero Canals, take a restorative dip in the Tabacon Hot Springs and keep an eye out for jaguars and freshwater turtles.

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.

What's included

  • VIP 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.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP 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.

Overview

A natural kingdom paradise of tropical forests, smouldering volcanoes and sleepy lagoons: skywalk through the Cloud Forest, crisscross the Tortuguero Canals, take a restorative dip in the Tabacon Hot Springs and keep an eye out for jaguars and freshwater turtles.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

UK - San Jose

Day
1

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

Your tour starts today.

San Jose - 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 motor launch 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

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.

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 Volcano National Park

Day
5

During your morning at leisure, you may wish to go on an optional horseback ride or boat trip. Or, you can take advantage of your resort’s amenities by walking along the shaded trails nearby. Later this afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos, offering spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano. Visit Natura Park, where a Naturalist takes you on a guided tour of this ecological park that is home to a wide variety of plants and animals from the region. During your walk, keep an eye out for the toucans, iguanas, frogs, birds, butterflies, and caimans commonly seen here. Next, drive to nearby famous Tabacon 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 Cloud Forest

Day
7

This morning, visit Santa Elena Cloud Forest, reserve for a walking tour. Located on the Continental Divide of Costa Rica, the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve comprises an area of 765 acres, and is home to forest fauna such as the resplendent quetzal, jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, and numerous species of birds. With almost 100% humidity throughout the year, the cloud forest experiences almost 12 feet of rain per year. Later, visit the family-owned Trapiche Farm, where you will enjoy a homemade lunch. While here, learn about the production of sugar cane, coffee, and the traditional ways of cultivating bananas, arracacha (a local legume), avocado, macadamia nuts, as well as other products. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner, toasting an unforgettable discovery of Costa Rica.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Monteverde - Sarchi - San Jose

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

San Jose - UK

Day
9

Your tour ends today.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Land home in the UK.

Day
10

Things to note

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • San Jose: Wyndham Herradura;
  • Tortuguero: Evergreen Lodge;
  • Arenal: Volcano Lodge & Gardens;
  • Monteverde: El Establo.

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