Naturally Costa Rica

  • 13 Days

  • Costa Rica

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Walk above a rainforest canopy, cruise the turtle-infested waters of the Tortuguero Canals, and explore Costa Rica's farming methods on this tropical adventure for lovers of the great outdoors.

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VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Individual audio system
All airport taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 2

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

of 13 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 5th December 2017

Meals included: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

Overview

Walk above a rainforest canopy, cruise the turtle-infested waters of the Tortuguero Canals, and explore Costa Rica's farming methods on this tropical adventure for lovers of the great outdoors. 

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.
  • Manuel Antonio National Park Follow lusious nature trails through the forest. 

Extensions

  • 3 nights hotel stay Manuel Antonio

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - San Jose

Fly to San Jose where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for 2-nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

San Jose - Poas Volcano National Park - Doka Coffee Plantation - San Jose

This morning, drive amongst lush coffee plantations and burgeoning flower farms to Poas Volcano National Park, a haven of exotic birds and rich tropical verdure. The Poas Volcano is one of the world's largest geysers (1.5km wide) and you can marvel at its misty crater before taking a stroll through the emerald forest to a stunning tropical lagoon. Later, continue to the Doka Coffee Estate, located in the heart of Costa Rican coffee country. The estate was founded 70 years ago by the Vargas Ruiz family, pioneers in coffee growing. Learn about the coffee production process and the estate that has twice been awarded 'Best Coffee Farm in the World'.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

San Jose - Tortuguero National Park

Travel to Tortuguero National Park and board a canal boat for a leisurely cruise along its beautiful waterways. Abundant in lush rainforest teeming with wildlife, Tortuguero, meaning 'turtle catcher', is located on the Caribbean Coast. After lunch, enjoy an included orientation tour of Tortuguero Village, which is surrounded by exotic gardens and nature trails, perfect for relaxing and observing the wildlife.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Tortuguero National Park

Today explore the breathtaking canals and waterways of Tortuguero on an included canal boat ride. With fresh and salt water contributing to the wetlands, the biodiversity found here is among the most amazing and unique in the world. The stunning beaches, canals and lagoons are home to incredible wildlife, including river and nesting sea turtles, Capuchin and Howler monkeys and a variety of colourful birds and fish. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Tortuguero - La Fortuna

Leave Tortuguero National Park via the canals this morning and drive along the beautiful Caribbean Coast and Northern lowlands towards the town of La Fortuna, situated in the Arenal Volcano area. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

La Fortuna - Arenal Volcano National Park - La Fortuna

This morning, visit a local elementary school to enjoy a cultural exchange with the children and learn about Costa Rica's education system. Afterwards, explore the incredible Arenal Volcano National Park. This evening, relax in the warm and soothing, thermo-mineral springs that flow amongst the tropical gardens of your hotel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

La Fortuna - Lake Arenal - Monteverde

Begin with a drive to picturesque Lake Arenal - Costa Rica's largest lake. A small pontoon boat will take you on a relaxing journey across the lake towards the small town of Rio Chiquito (Monteverde area). Later, continue to Selvatura Park where you will walk on some of Costa Rica's finest treetop canopy walkways. Spanning almost three kilometres, the 8 hanging suspension bridges reach 170 metres in length and hang 60 metres above the forest floor. At 5-feet in width, the Selvatura Bridges are the widest and strongest in Costa Rica. Experience local flora and fauna from a magnificent new perspective as you explore amidst the treetops.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Monteverde Cloud Forest

This morning, visit Monteverde Cloud Forest, one of the most famous conservation areas in Central America. Located on the Continental Divide, the Cloud Forest is one of the most ecologically unique areas in the world and is home to rare and unusual wildlife such as jaguars, pumas and over 450 species of birds. In the afternoon, visit El Trapiche, a traditional sugar mill and farm. Your guided tour includes interactive demonstrations of sugar cane and coffee production and the traditional cultivation of bananas, local legumes, avocado and macadamia nuts.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Monteverde - Manuel Antonio National Park

Journey along the Central Pacific coast towards one of the smallest yet most popular national parks in Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio National Park. Outside the park is a vibrant town with many bars and restaurants but the park itself provides a peaceful haven of rich rainforest with plenty of wildlife, and pristine beaches with cool palm-fringed canopies.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Manuel Antonio National Park

This morning, explore these luscious lowlands and follow some of the nature trails through the forest. Experience the intense beauty of the exotic vegetation, the gentle sea breeze and perhaps catch a glimpse of some native creatures that share their natural habitat with the park. Search for Capuchin and Squirrel monkeys, sloths, coatis, agoutis, racoons, colourful crabs and a myriad of exotic birds. Take a dip in the warm waters of the Pacific and in the afternoon enjoy Manuel Antonio at your leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Manuel Antonio National Park - Grecia - Sarchi - San Jose

This morning, visit the town of Grecia and its gothic style church, constructed of metal pieces shipped from Northern Europe in the late 19th century. Afterwards, visit the small town of Sarchi, famous for producing colourful wooden ox-carts and other traditional Costa Rican woodcrafts. Overnight in San Jose, or extend your stay at your hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

San Jose - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Land home in the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • San Jose: Aurola Holiday Inn
  • Tortuguero: Pachira Lodge
  • La Fortuna: Arenal Paraiso Resort
  • Monteverde: El Establo
  • Manuel Antonio: Hotel Parador

Notes

  • Vox Tour Guide System included with this tour
  • Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard
  • Day 3- Luggage allowance travelling to Tortuguero is 11kg. Your main luggage will be stored safely in San Jose, and collected en-route to La Fortuna on day 5. The order of activites at the lodge are subject to change. 

Latest customer reviews

15th March 2017

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15th March 2017

A good trip, but it could be improved by a review of the itinerary. The title was "Natural Wonders of Costa Rica", so why did this include a visit to a local school and a couple of walks that were clearly not going to show anything?

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