Private Tour - Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

  • 13 Days

  • Costa Rica

Pristine white beaches, cloud forests, colourful wildlife and volcano-dotted landscapes await you on this private tour. A treat for all nature lovers, on this tour you will visit lush coffee plantations, volcanic national parks and saltwater wetlands home to sea turtles, not to mention tree-top canopies offering a unique view of the rainforest landscape teeming with wildlife. Costa Rica is a truly magical experience waiting to be discovered.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a local representative
Accommodation
Selected meals
All airport taxes

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  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • 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

Meals included: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

Overview

Pristine white beaches, cloud forests, colourful wildlife and volcano-dotted landscapes await you on this private tour. A treat for all nature lovers, on this tour you will visit lush coffee plantations, volcanic national parks and saltwater wetlands home to sea turtles,  not to mention tree-top canopies offering a unique view of the rainforest landscape teeming with wildlife. Costa Rica is a truly magical experience waiting to be discovered.

At a glance

  • Poas Volcano National Park
  • Tortuguero National Park
  • Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Lake Arenal Selvatura Park
  • Tree-top Canopy Walkways
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Manuel Antonio National Park

Extensions

  • 3 night Manuel Antonio beach extension

Please call out 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 two 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 (1.5 km 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 3

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. (B,L,D) NOTE: 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 activities at the lodge are subject to change.

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

Explore the incredible Arenal Volcano National Park. Arenal is Costa Rica's most active volcano and, weather permitting you may see trickles of steaming lava erupting from its picture perfect cone. 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 eight hanging suspension bridges reach 170 metres in length and hang 60 metres above the forest floor. At five 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 sugarcane 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, raccoons, 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

Home landing 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

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

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