Natural Wonders of Costa Rica Small Group Tour 2019/2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
10 day tour
Prices from
£2845 - £2945

Tour Highlights

  • Coffee Plantation visit in the Central Valley
  • Iconic Arenal Volcano
  • Tortuguero's Canals & Backwaters
  • Canopy Walkways in Monteverde
  • Wildlife spotting opportunities at Caño Negro
  • Chocolate Tour in Sarapiqui
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Natural Wonders of Costa Rica Small Group Tour 2019/2020

Costa Rica

One of the most ecologically diverse places on Earth, Costa Rica is home to an astonishing amount of wildlife and diverse habitats. Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, its landscapes range from steaming volcanoes, mist shroud cloud forests, pristine rainforest and stunning beaches.  On this small group tour, take in Costa Rica's best bits from the fertile central valley, the backwaters of Tortuguero's canals, Arenals imposing conical volcano to Monteverde's canopy walkways. With more than 800 bird species, thousands of plant varieties, colourful butterflies; discover a wealth of wildlife. 

Dates of operation - based on UK departure & arrival:
 
Thursday 21st November 2019 - Sunday 1st December 2019
 
Thursday 30th January 2020 - Sunday 9th February 2020
 
Thursday 13th February 2020 - Sunday 23rd February 2020
 
Thursday 26th March 2020 - Sunday 5th April 2020
 
If you would like to extend your holiday and spend 3 nights in either Manuel Antonio or Corcovado National Park, please enquire for details.

Day 1
Day 1
UK - San Jose
Depart the UK today on a direct British Airways flight to Costa Rica's capital of San Jose. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the next 2 nights.
 
No meals included except those served on your international flight.
Accommodation: Studio Hotel
             
Day 2
Day 2
Half Day Doka Estate and Poas Volcano
Today explore the breathtaking Poas Volcano and learn about the coffee-farming industry that thrives on its fertile slopes. At Poas Volcano National Park, trek to a viewpoint overlooking the cloud forests and aquamarine lake within its crater. As the billowing smoke and steam escape from its fumaroles and sulphuric lake, watch out for erupting geysers. Next stop is the Doka Coffee Estate. The Vargas family has been growing and harvesting coffee on the Doka Estate for 3 generations. The volcanic rich soils provide the perfect environment for the cultivation of the coffee bean. Learn about the process from bean to cup; from production, harvesting, roasting and packaging. Take a guided tour of the historic coffee mill and sample the plantations blends.
 
Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Studio Hotel
             
Day 3
Day 3
San Jose - Tortuguero
Head to Tortuguero National Park, on the Caribbean coast, to explore the many channels and wildlife habitats that exist here. Stay at the Evergreen Lodge in the heart of the national park. This vast area offers exceptional wildlife spotting opportunities; discover tropical rainforest, mangroves, wetlands and coastline. Navigate its network of canals and channels discovering abundant flora and fauna as you go. En route, admire the biodiversity of the Braulio Carrillo National Park, stop for a delicious breakfast and look out for the many pineapple and banana plantations. The final leg of the journey is aboard a boat to travel through the canals to reach your home for the next two nights.
 
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Evergreen Lodge
       
Day 4
Day 4
Tortuguero
Explore Tortuguero's many trails accompanied by an expert local guide, one of the last protected areas of tropical rainforest in Central America, there is a huge range of endemic wildlife in the area. Navigate the canals and creeks behind the beaches in small, open boats; ideal for spotting wildlife. The lakes, rivers and canals are home to countless birds, monkeys, sloths, crocodiles and caiman.
 
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Evergreen Lodge
       
Day 5
Day 5
Tortuguero - Arenal
After breakfast, board the boat to leave Tortuguero and continue by road to Arenal. En route, stop for a chocolate tour in La Tirimbina. The cacao plant is native to Central America and was one of the most important products within the Mayan and Aztec cultures. Visit a cacao-growing farm and discover the history of this incredible plant. Learn about the artisanal process in which the cacao fruit is transformed into chocolate through harvest, fermentation and dying. Of course, tasting is involved! In the afternoon, continue by road to Arenal. In the evening, we recommend to try out the hot springs on site at your hotel.
 
Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Arenal Springs Resort & Spa
       
Day 6
Day 6
Arenal
Today visit the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, considered one of the best wildlife and bird watching areas in Central America. Close to the Nicaraguan border, in a large wetland area, Caño Negro is home to many resident and migratory birds, four species of monkeys, sloths, turtles, caimans and lizards to name a few. On a floating safari along the Rio Frio, spot the rich flora and fauna along the river banks. After the river trip, return to Arenal.
 
Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Arenal Springs Resort & Spa
       
Day 7
Day 7
Arenal - Monteverde
Cross Lake Arenal today en route to Monteverde and take in spectacular views of the Arenal volcano. Arenal Lake is the largest and most important lake in the country, it was man made to provide hydroelectric energy for the country. Around the lake, several different resident and migratory birds can be spotted. After the lake crossing, continue by road to Monteverde.
 
Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Heliconia
         
Day 8
Day 8
Monteverde
Explore the treetop canopies today. Within the Monteverde National Park traverse the network of hanging bridges and discover wide variety of flora and fauna present in the cloud forest. Visit one of the largest butterfly gardens in Central America; home to more than 50 species. In the hummingbird garden, spot up to 14 different colourful species.
 
Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Heliconia
         
Day 9
Day 9
Monteverde - San Jose
This afternoon return to San Jose for your final night before departing back home the following afternoon.
 
There is the option to extend your holiday to Manuel Antonio and spend 3 nights at the Parador Resort & Spa before flying home. Alternatively, spend 3 nights in the Corcovado National Park at Casa Corcovado. Please enquire for further details, prices from £695 per person.
 
Breakfast
Accommodation: Studio Hotel
             
Day 10
Day 10
San Jose - UK
Transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight back to the UK.
 
Breakfast

Pricing Information & Dates

10 day tour, from £2845 - £2945 per person
Price Includes
International flights, local guides in each destination, transfers, meals and excursions as per itinerary.
Price Excludes
Tips, optional excursions and meals not included in the itinerary.
Price Notes
Prices are per person.

Dates of operation - based on UK departure & arrival:

Thursday 21st November 2019 - Sunday 1st December 2019

Thursday 30th January 2020 - Sunday 9th February 2020

Thursday 13th February 2020 - Sunday 23rd February 2020

Thursday 26th March 2020 - Sunday 5th April 2020

Single supplement is an additional £545 per person.

There are possible extensions to the group tour.
Spend 3 nights at the Parador Resort & Spa before flying home from £695 per person.
Spend 3 nights in the Corcovado National Park at Casa Corcovado from £1395 per person.
Please enquire for further details.

This tour is operated by local guides in each destination.

Price is subject to change and based on best flight availability.

The standard of accommodation throughout this itinerary is 3*- 4*.

Maximum group size is 16.

Tour Route Map

  1.   San Jose, Central Valley & Central Highlands
  2.   Tortuguero & Caribbean Coast
  3.   Arenal & the North
  4.   Monteverde & the Cloudforests

Accommodation on this Tour

Arenal Springs Resort & Spa
Arenal Springs Resort & Spa
Arenal & the North, Costa Rica
Arenal Springs Resort & Spa Arenal Springs Resort & Spa offers the perfect combination of relaxation, comfort and tropical scenery with wonderful views of the Arenal volcano. The hotel has 87......
       
Evergreen Lodge
Evergreen Lodge
Tortuguero & Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica
Evergreen Lodge Ideal for guests who wish to be immersed in the diverse wildlife of Tortuguero National Park is Evergreen Lodge. The 55 rustic jungle style bungalows have been built to coexist with......
       
Hotel Heliconia
Hotel Heliconia
Monteverde & the Cloudforests, Costa Rica
Hotel Heliconia Located in Monteverde, Hotel Heliconia is surrounded by extensive lush gardens. The family run property is designed to offer home-style comfort in an all wood construction. Its 55......
         
Studio Hotel
Studio Hotel
San Jose, Central Valley & Central Highlands, Costa Rica
Studio Hotel Located in the small town of Santa Ana, just on the outskirts of San Jose, Studio Hotel is a 20 minute drive from the international airport. Santa Ana has a tranquil, small town feel to......
             

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