Costa Rica Adventure

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Costa Rica Adventure

Costa Rica is an adventure traveller’s Mecca, offering up all kinds of outdoor activities. These may vary from high-octane physical activities to relaxing on a beach or in a volcano-heated hot springs. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, northwest Costa Rica, is a bird-watcher’s paradise with possibilities to see the colourful plumed quetzal. Arenal Volcano, further north, with easy access to rainforest, waterfalls, and the country’s largest lake, offer adventure activities ranging from hiking, zip-line tours to relaxing in hot-springs. 

Adventure through the canals to Tortuguero National Park on the Pacific Coast. Take boat ride through the National Park and explore its wildlife along the scenic waterways, home to over 60 mammals and 300 bird species. At night, see green turtles nesting on the beach. In Arenal Volcano, take a hike up the volcano, canopy tours, mountain biking, or relax in hot springs at Tabacon.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10 DAY COSTA RICAN ADVENTURE…
And, experience Tortuguero, Arenal & Monteverde National Parks. 
 

What We Love
  • Watch turtles nesting on the beaches of Tortuguero.      
  • Enjoy a natural fireworks show at the active Arenal Volcano.      
  • Look out for the colourful Quetzal bird in the cloud forests of Monteverde.  
  • 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
  • Some activities on this tour may be on shared basis.
  • 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 a paradise for nature-lovers, and its size belies the amazing variety of ecosystems found within its borders. There are tropical beaches, humid rainforests, fiery volcanic peaks, steaming hot springs and mossy cloud forests which are home to a huge array of birds and mammals. Adventurous travellers will also love the range of activities on offer, with rafting, trekking, horseback riding and mountain biking available countrywide from the Pacific coast to the Caribbean. 
 
The country is justifiably famous for its fine coffee, best enjoyed in a hammock on one of the secluded beaches or fresh from the plantation itself. The Ticos, as Costa Ricans are commonly known, are famous for their hospitality and are keen to make your stay a memorable one.    
 
San Jose is a sprawling metropolis, located at 3,800 ft and enjoys spring-like temperature year-round. Travellers may not see grand, historical buildings here but there is plenty to do in and around the capital. The best way to see San José is by foot in the downtown district whose treasures are its museums; history, jade collection, art and everyone’s favourite, the Museum of Pre-Columbian Gold whose superstar is a life-size warrior adorned with gold ornaments.
 
Arenal also offers easily accessible, maximum-adrenalin experiences, for it’s an activity-fest centre for windsurfing, fishing, kayaking, canopy tours, horseback riding, mountain biking, ATV excursions, canyoning and caving
 
Tortuguero National Park, which can be translated as Land of Turtles, is located on the Northern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica in the Limón Province. The park offers some of the country’s best wildlife-viewing: monkeys and sloths, crocodiles and caiman, as well as more than 450 species of birds, including toucans, oropendolas and as many as eight parrot species—all from the comfort of a small boat or on jungle hikes. Green turtle nesting season is July to November and leatherback turtles roughly mid-February to mid-June.
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 Adventure

San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 01 & 02 – Arrive
San Jose Meet and greet on arrival at San Jose International airport and private transfer to your chosen hotel for a two-night stay.  

Next day enjoy a tour of Poas Volcano and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. After a traditional Costa Rican breakfast, you will visit a coffee plantation and then continue to the active volcano which has a steaming crater and crystal blue sulphur pools and is surrounded by lush vegetation. Continue to La Paz for a guided walk along its trails and a tour of the butterfly observatory and hummingbird garden. Enjoy a wonderful buffet lunch before returning to San Jose.
Overnight at Real Intercontinental Costa Rica (B)

Day 03 & 04 – Tour
Tortuguero Today we leave early and have breakfast en route to the primary forests of Braulio Carrillo National Park. After visiting a banana plantation, take a boat transfer through the beautiful Tortuguero canals before arriving at your chosen lodge. After lunch and a refreshing cocktail, you will have a tour of the town, museum and there will be a short stop at the beach before returning to the lodge for dinner and a two-night stay.

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the trails surrounding your lodge, or to take optional excursions, including a sunrise boat ride and wildlife exploration tour through the forest and along the scenic waterways which are home to over 60 mammal and 300 bird species. After dinner at the lodge, you can walk along the beach and, in season (July to September), see the green turtles nesting.    
Overnight at Pachira Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 05 & 06 – Transfer & Tour
Arenal This morning you will have an early boat transfer to Tortuguero airstrip for a flight to San Jose (included) and a three hour private transfer with an English-speaking driver to Arenal, one of Costa Rica’s main attractions. The Arenal volcano is very active and on clear nights provides a spectacular light show. On arrival, check into your hotel for a two night stay.

Next day, enjoy the day at leisure or take optional activities available in the Arenal region, which include hikes to the volcano, canopy tours, mountain biking, horse riding to La Fortuna waterfall or a visit to the local hot springs at Tabacon.
Overnight at Arenal Kioro (B)    

Day 07 & 08 – Transfer & Tour
Monteverde Travel by boat on Lake Arenal to Rio Chiquito, before transferring by jeep or minibus to your chosen hotel in Monteverde, your base for the next two nights. The town of Monteverde is set in humid and temperate cloud forest and was founded in the 1950s by a group of Quakers who still produce quality cheeses and other dairy products in the region. The protected Biological Reserve is home to many species including the endangered golden toad and the colourful Quetzal bird, along with almost 500 butterfly species.

Today you will have a day at leisure to take one of the many optional excursions available in the area. You can explore the cloud forest reserves of Monteverde and Santa Elena, visit hummingbird, orchid and butterfly gardens, see the forest canopy from the bridges of the Sky Walk or take an exhilarating harness and zip line ride through the treetops.
Overnight at Fonda Vela (B)

Day 09 – Transfer
San Jose After breakfast at your hotel, you will have a private transfer back to San Jose for an overnight stay. Alternatively, continue on to one of Costa Rica’s lovely beach resorts (see page 87 for a choice of hotels and prices).
Overnight at Real Intercontinental Costa Rica. (B)

Day 10 – Depart
San Jose Transfer to San Jose Airport for your return 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