Costa Rica Corcovado Tour

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Costa Rica Corcovado Tour

Corcovado National Park is a reserve along Costa Rica's South Pacific coast, in the Osa Peninsula. Protecting over 13 major ecosystems, the Corcovado National Park is considered as one of the world's most biodiverse regions. Hiking in the Corcovado National Park is permitted with a certified guide. Hiking trails follow coastal path and inland routes take 2-3 days to get from one side of the park to the other, camping in ranger stations. 

The Corcovado National Park’s coastline has a number of beaches including Playa Madrigal, Playa Sirena and Corcovado beach. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is known for its cloud forest, home of the Resplendent Quetzal and other denizens. Sky Trek a high adrenaline tour on ziplines high above the forest floor, travel from platform to platform, just above the treetops. Nicoya Peninsula, on the Pacific Coast, northwest of Costa Rica, take guided walks through the forest trails.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 11 DAY NATIONAL PARK AND BEACH ADVENTURE...
And, experience Corcovado, Monteverde cloud forest and beach on Nicoya Peninsula.  
 

What We Love
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available.
  • Depart whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Review

Costa Rica is practically synonymous with eco-tourism travel that incorporates education about the environment and promotes preservation of natural resources. The country has a large number of national parks and nature preserves that boast a rich array of birds, mammals, reptiles and rain-forest plants. The variety of birds, in particular, is astounding: Some 850 species are packed into a relatively small area. Approximately 25% of the country's land has been set aside in protected areas, earning Costa Rica a reputation as an environmentally sensitive country and leader in ecological conservation. You will explore:
 
Corcovado National Park is often cited as the “crown jewel” of Costa Rica’s vast park system and “the most biologically intense place on earth.” It embraces the largest swatch of primary forest on the Pacific coast of America, as well as one of the few substantial areas of lowland tropical rainforest remaining in the world. Remote and comparatively un-touristy, this is the most likely place to see elusive creatures such as jaguar, puma, river otters, scarlet macaws, toucans and orchids. 
 
Monteverde – “Green Mountain”: Situated northwest of San Jose, Monteverde with over 2,500 types of plants, 400 species of birds and 100 species of mammals is a place for nature lovers. Here, one can experience the unique cloud forest environment—hike and horseback ride with a guide, take a canopy tour or walk on suspended bridges. Visit children’s eternal forest, frog ponds, living-snakes museum, bat jungle, orchid gardens and a butterfly farm. The forest is famous for the gloriously feathered resplendent quetzal, best viewed during the mating season between April and May.
 
Nicoya Peninsula in the northern Pacific coast is a favourite destination year-round. The peninsula has dozens of tiny beach towns, each with a spectacular strand, but with its own special flavour. This is the place to find your perfect beach, one wrapped around a crescent-shaped bay, framed by towering rock formations and backed by tropical forest; many beach areas are served by small air strips.
Getting There

There are no direct flights from the UK to Costa Rica. You need to change in either Europe or the US. Your best option is to fly via the US or Madrid, where you can connect with flights to San José. Continental has flights from the UK via Newark and Houston, while American Airlines flies via JFK, Dallas or Miami, and United via New York or Houston: of the three, Continental generally has the lowest fares (from £545 in high season) and offers an excellent service, with swift connections. Iberia’s flights via Madrid are one of the quicker routings, and avoid the US, but start at around £650. Indirect flights can still take as little as thirteen hours, including changes.
 

 
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Costa Rica Corcovado Tour

San Jose, Corcovado, Monteverde, Nicoya Peninsula
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 01 – Arrive
San Jose Meet and greet on arrival and take a private transfer to your hotel for your one-night stay. Our recommended hotel is Melia Cariari, located in the town of Heredia, just 5 minutes away from the International Airport. Or to Grano de Oro Hotel located in San Jose city and about 30 minutes away from the International Airport.
Overnight at Melia Cariari or Grano de Oro Hotel  

Day 02 – Transfer
Corcovado National Park Take a private transfer to the airport for your 60-minute flight to Palmar Sur. Upon arrival, private transfer by land to Sierpe dock, where you will board the boat to your resort. Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, tucked away in the trees and cooled by the Pacific Ocean, is a 170-acre private reserve bordering Corcovado National Park. This unique lodge offers accommodations constructed with the highest concern for conservation in harmony with the landscape and the environment. Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge provides the ideal base for your in-depth rainforest experience.
Overnight at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge (B, L, D)  

Day 03 – Nature Walk
Corcovado National Park Starting out from the lodge with your naturalist guide you journey into Corcovado National Park. The cool morning hours offer a good opportunity to spot wildlife and to observe some of the incredible variety of birds that abound in the park. The animal life in this section of the National Park is quite vibrant, with frequent sighting of monkeys, coatimundis, squirrels, spiders, macaws, bats, leaf cutting ants, and other animal species. As well, much will be mentioned about the plant and tree species, which is lush, and teeming with life.

Along the trail your guide will tell you some of the fascinating stories about life in the rainforest and point many things of interest to you. Wind your way down the river until you reach the Park Station at San Pedrillo. Situated just off shore is Picaros Island, which serves as a refuge for several species of marine birds including the Brown Boobie, Blue Heron and Brown Pelican. At the Station under shade trees on the beach you will enjoy a sumptuous picnic with fresh fruit and ice-cold drinks. After lunch there will be time to explore the beach or to just relax in the afternoon. It’s a short distance along the coastal trail to return to the lodge.
Overnight at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge (B, L, D)    

Day 04 – Explore Cano Island
Corcovado National Park Full day excursion to Cano Island. For those who want to explore the coral reefs around the Island it’s a great opportunity to see a fantastic number of fish, rays and sometimes turtles. This is one of the best dive spots in Costa Rica. On most days there will be a chance to snorkel at the Coral Garden, which is an excellent spot for beginners or more experienced guests.

There is a beautiful beach sheltered by coconut palms and a great spot for lunch. There will be time to hike in the interior of the island, swim and try your luck at snorkelling in the cove or to just contemplate awhile at the viewpoint. Around mid-afternoon return to the lodge.
Overnight at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge (B, L, D)  

Day 05 – Transfer
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Transfer by boat and then by land to Palmar Sur and board your return flight to San Jose. Upon arrival, your private driver-guide will take you to the highlands of Monteverde. En route, stop at Poas Volcano National Park and peer into the crater of this steaming volcano from an observation deck. Overnight at a family-run hotel, known for the hospitality of its owners, superb food and large comfortable rooms. The afternoon is free to explore with your guide or relax in charming environs of Fonda Vela.
Overnight at Hotel Fonda Vela (B)  

Day 06 – Nature Tour
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Explore with your private guide the magical cloud forests of Monteverde Reserve on easy trail through this home of the Resplendent Quetzal and other denizens. After, visit the Hummingbird Gallery Art and Souvenir shop, where these tiniest of birds frequently come to feed. This afternoon you will enjoy the Sky Trek canopy Tour, a high adrenaline tour on ziplines high above the forest floor. Zip from platform to platform, just above the treetops. This is a pure adrenaline tour for adults and older children. Less adventurous travellers may opt for Sky Walk nature tour.
Hotel Fonda Vela (B)  

Day 07 – Transfer
Nicoya Peninsula Depart this morning to the Pacific coast town of Islita, near the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. Hotel Punta Islita, an award-winning hotel and member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is known for exceptional service, creature comforts and a top-notch spa. Spend the afternoon swimming in the infinity pool, set upon a perch overlooking the coast, or in the other located beachside.
Overnight at Punta Islita Resort (B)  

Days 8 & 9 – Forest Walk
Nicoya Peninsula This morning you will enjoy a pre-scheduled guided walk through the forest trails that surround the hotel's grounds. Enjoy a 60 minutes Honey and Milk Massage, by the experts of Punta Islita's spa or just relax on the beach. Active enthusiasts can take option horseback riding through a tropical dry forest or guided walking tours.
Overnight at Punta Islita Resort (B)  

Day 10 – Transfer
San Jose Transfer to Islita airstrip, for return flight to San Jose. You are met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Head into nearby towns for last-minute shopping, or simply to enjoy a last afternoon of peace and quiet in this relaxed mountain setting.
Overnight at Melia Cariari or Grano de Oro Hotel (B)  

Day 11 – Depart
San Jose
You are transferred to the airport for your homebound flight. (B)
 

 

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


When to go December through April: This is the tourist high season in Costa Rica when the weather is at its most pleasant. It is also the dry season, and one can mostly depend on clear, sunny days. There is a brief dry spell from February to April but it's worthwhile to visit in April-May.

May through October: The rainy season takes a while to get started in May, often diminishing for a couple of weeks in June or July. The brunt of the rain however falls on the Caribbean coast, giving the Pacific a much more arid climate. The only really rainy months in Guanacaste on the Pacific coast are October and November, and on the Atlantic coast, the only predictably dry months are September and October.

October to December: This is also a good time to visit Costa Rica when things are much quieter and when the weather is still good.

Visas British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Costa Rica. You can stay as a visitor for up to 3 months, although the exact period is at the discretion of the immigration officer on arrival. The immigration authorities are strict about foreigners who have overstayed.

Passport validity: Your passport should have at least one day’s validity from the date you are leaving Costa Rica. If you hold a passport other than a British Citizen passport, different regulations may apply.

Visa information source: www.gov.uk