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It is hard to imagine a more beautiful place than Costa Rica, with its spectacular scenery, extraordinary profusion of wildlife and warm, hospitable people so committed to preserving their natural heritage.

This captivating tour journeys to the heart of the country, where the rich wildlife of the Americas meets in a wild landscape. The variety of scenery we will see is staggering, from the waterways and mangroves of the wetland reserves of Tortuguero on the Atlantic coast, to the Central Highlands and Arenal the country’s most active volcano beside Lake Arenal surrounded by sub-tropical cloud forest, lush rainforest and natural hot springs.

We continue to the Osa Peninsular, where the Corcovado National Park is a pristine tropical wilderness teaming with exquisite flora and fauna, and we end staying at a coffee farm just north of the capital, San José. The country has an unimaginable variety of wildlife such as monkeys, armadillo, caiman, sloth, minute vividly coloured frogs and other animals, though it is the profusion of bird life including macaws, parrots and the resplendent quetzal, along with rare butterflies, that will really capture the attention.

The tour will be limited to a maximum of ten participants.

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Tour Date:
20th March 2021 -
1st April 2021
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Day 1 London / San José
London / San José

Suggested flight (not included in the cost of the tour) British Airways flight BA2237 departing London Gatwick at 08.05 hrs arriving San José at 13.45 hrs. Transfer to the Hotel Finca Rosa Blanca where one night is spent. Encircled with coffee plantations, exuberant gardens and inspired by Gaudi’s architecture, the lodge has sweeping views of the central valley, Irazú volcano, villages, fruit trees and coffee plantations. There is a swimming pool and the opportunity for walks in the surrounding area. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 San José / Tortuguero
San José / Tortuguero

Transfer by road to La Pavona Dock and from there by boat to Tortuguero National Park adjacent to the Caribbean Sea with its prolific wildlife, vast network of canals and dense rainforest. Check in at Manatus Lodge where two nights are spent. Manatus is a small friendly lodge on the edge of a river adjacent to the national park with just 12 stylishly decorated airconditioned rooms. There is a good restaurant serving regional and international dishes and a small but refreshing swimming pool.

Lunch at the lodge. Afternoon guided boat tour through the canals of Tortuguero National Park which shelters a fabulous array of wildlife, including more than 309 bird species, among them the great green macaw, 57 species of amphibians, 111 species of reptiles, 3 species of marine turtles, 30 species of fresh water fish and 60 mammal species. Dinner at the lodge.

Day 3 Tortuguero
Tortuguero

Morning boat tour through the canals of Tortuguero National Park. A naturalist guide will accompany you and will help you to spot the animals and explain the functions of the rainforest ecosystem.

Lunch at the lodge. Afternoon at leisure with the option to relax by the pool, go bird watching, visit Tortuguero Village or go on a short walk through the forest trails behind the lodge – a great place to look for howler monkeys and colourful poison-arrow frogs. There are a number of additional activities available from the hotel (some at an additional cost) including fishing, kayaking and a canopy tour. Dinner at the lodge.

Day 4 Tortuguero / Arenal
Tortuguero / Arenal

Transfer to Tortuguero airport for a flight to La Fortuna. Transfer to the Amor Arenal Canyon Casitas where three nights are spent. Set in the foothills of the Arenal Volcano, on the edge of a virgin forest canyon, the hotel offers spacious, air-conditioned cabins made from precious tropical hardwoods overlooking the rainforest with direct views to Arenal Volcano and each with a spa plunge pool. The hotel has its own hot spring pools and spa treatment rooms. The restaurant serves an organic menu using only fresh, local produce.

Lunch under own arrangements. Afternoon at leisure with optional walks around the surrounding nature trails. The hotel has two of its own jungle trails through lush vegetation, streams, and waterfalls. Horse riding is also available at an additional cost. Dinner under own arrangements.

Day 5 Arenal
Arenal

Morning walking tour of the ‘Hanging Bridges’ through the rainforest canopy which bring you as close as possible to the birds, flowers and lush vegetation.

Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon visit to the beautifully landscaped hot springs on the Hidalgo family’s private farm Ecotermales. Dinner under own arrangements.

Day 6 Arenal
Arenal

Morning canopy tour of the rainforest by Sky Tram which takes you by gondola up to an Observation Platform to observe the volcano, Lake Arenal and the surrounding rainforest canopy. Take a short hike from the Observation Platform and option to descend either by zip line (at an additional cost) or Sky Tram. Return to the hotel via the Butterfly Conservation Centre.

Lunch under own arrangements. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner under own arrangements.

Day 7 Arenal / San José / Osa Peninsula
Arenal / San José / Osa Peninsula

Transfer to San José airport for an early afternoon flight to Puerto Jimenez. Lunch under own arrangements.

On arrival transfer to Lapa Rios which is located on the Osa Peninsula where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean close to the famous Corcovado National Park. The beaches are isolated and pristine. The 1,000-acre private reserve offers miles of uncrowded trails, wild with spectacular waterfalls. Lapa Rios is over 350 feet above the sea, with bungalows lining three ridges. Each bungalow is private and open to the sea and is equipped with mosquito net, overhead fan, indoor and garden shower and a deck overlooking the rainforest and the ocean. The main lodge has an observation deck which overlooks the forest canopy, breath-taking ocean vistas and the large swimming pool.

Afternoon guided walk in the private reserve which offers excellent opportunities to see the thousands of species of trees, plants, birds (over 315 bird species identified), insects and mammals in Central America’s largest remaining tropical lowland forest. Dinner at the lodge.

Day 8-9 Osa Peninsula
Osa Peninsula

Day 8:

Activities at the lodge. On-site tours are included in your stay such as Wild Waterfall, Local Medicine hike, Rain Forest Ridge Walk, Osa Trail, Matapalo Tour, Night Walk and “Twigs, Pigs and Garbage”. Early and Sunset Bird tours are at an additional cost. The lodge has four experienced local guides to make sure you get the most out of your experience.

Lunch and dinner at the lodge.

Day 9:

Activities at the lodge. Lunch and dinner at the lodge.

Day 10 Osa Peninsula / San José
Osa Peninsula / San José

Transfer to Puerto Jimenez airport for a morning flight to San José. Transfer to the Finca Rosa Blanca lodge and coffee farm where two further nights are spent.

Lunch under own arrangements. Visit the Finca Rosa Coffee Farm. Dinner under own arrangements.

Day 11 San José
San José

Day at leisure. Optional activities at the lodge (at an additional cost) including early morning bird watching; an excursion to one the nearby volcanoes of Barva, Poás or Irazú; river rafting; ziplining and hiking. Or relax by the pool and enjoy a massage.

Lunch under own arrangements. Farewell dinner at the lodge.

 

Day 12-13 San José / London

Day 12:

Morning at leisure with optional activities at the lodge.

Lunch under own arrangements. Transfer to San José’s Juan Santamaria Airport. Suggested flight (not included in the cost of the tour) British Airways flight BA2236 departing at 17.00 hrs.

Day 13:

Arrive London Gatwick at 10.35 hrs.

Important: The domestic airlines in Costa Rica impose a luggage restriction of 15 kg / 30 lbs per person and 5 kg / 10 lbs hand luggage, for safety reasons. The same situation applies to boat trips. You can store any excess luggage in San Jose with our ground agents.

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