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Costa Rica Monteverde

Monteverde is a town in mountainous northwestern Costa Rica, renowned for its biodiverse forest reserves. The famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is home to countless species of wildlife including jaguars, three-wattled bellbird and the colourfully plumed resplendent quetzal. It also shelters hummingbirds, howler and capuchin monkeys, amphibians and reptiles. Guided hikes of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve follow marked trails while canopy tours on suspended bridges allow for further immersion into the outdoors.

In Arenal Volcano visit Arenal Hanging Bridges, for a natural history walk accompanied by a local naturalist guide. Try Sky Tram canopy tour, or horseback riding tour to La Fortuna Waterfalls. Spend evening, relaxing at the hot springs. In Tortuguero National Park, take a jungle cruise to observe Howler and Spider monkeys, sloth, and caimans. Other activities offered are night time turtle watching, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and village tours. 

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 09 DAY MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST TOUR…
And, experience San Jose, Arenal, Tortuguero National Park.
 

What We Love
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • Some activities on this tour may be on shared basis.
  • 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’s reputation for low crime and friendly people has been luring independent travellers and families who enjoy jungle trekking and seeking natural beauty and diversity. You can find trips that explore the outdoors by foot, bike, kayak or white-water raft for every level of fitness.  Discover the splendour of Costa Rica’s natural treasures that range from the fiery active volcano; Arenal, to one of the most interesting Monteverde Cloud Forest with more than 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds and 2,500 species of plants. Costa Rica is indeed a nature lover's paradise with an overwhelming breadth of scenery and wildlife.    
 
The area protected by Tortuguero (turtle catcher) National Park was an archipelago of volcanic islands until alluvial sediments from the interior mountains, filled in the spaces and formed a network of marshy islands. Sand piled up where the river deposited land met the sea, and the turtle nesting beaches of Tortuguero formed. The exceptionally high rainfall and rich environment where the freshwater meets the sea makes the beaches, canals, lagoons and wetlands of Tortuguero areas of exceptional biodiversity, and opportunity for nature lovers.  The best time for turtle mating observation is June-October and baby turtle hatching is August-November.
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 Monteverde

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


Day 01 – Arrive
San Jose, Costa Rica Meet and greet on arrival and take a private transfer to your selected hotel.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice

Day 02 – Transfer
Monteverde Reserve Take a private transfer to the cloud forest community of Monteverde via a picturesque mountain route on a gravel road (4/5 hours). Located in the Tilaran Mountain Range at 4,600 ft on the edge of the world's best-known mid-elevation cloud forest, Monteverde is the ultimate experience for the discerning nature traveller.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)  

Day 03 – Cloud Forest
Monteverde Reserve Private transfer to Monteverde Biological Cloud Forest Reserve. This shared morning walk will take you along easily negotiable trails, which lead past majestic trees laden with dew-dripped bromeliads, orchids, mosses and ferns. The forest is home of the legendary Resplendent Quetzal and melodious Bellbird. The spectacular Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a very important and popular ecotourism destination in Costa Rica. With its unique cloud canopy, this biological reserve located is one of the most stunning and breathtaking nature reserves in the entire world. Return to your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)  

Day 04 & 05 – Transfer & Explore
Arenal Volcano Private transfer via combined land and boat transportation to Arenal Volcano area and your lodge for check-in. The Lost Iguana Resort is a premiere, upscale retreat nestled gently in the jungle, its rooms have large private balconies overlooking the Arenal Volcano and Arenal River Gorge. This afternoon, you will join a scheduled tour of Arenal Hanging Bridges, where you will enjoy a natural history walk accompanied by a local naturalist guide. Return to your hotel and enjoy your evening by relaxing in your private hot tub and witness the spectacular lava flows and eruptions from the volcano.  

Next day, enjoy a full day at leisure. You may stay at the hotel to enjoy its facilities or join optional activities such as the Sky Tram canopy tour, a horseback riding tour to La Fortuna Waterfalls or a visit to Ecotermales Hot Springs.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)  

Day 06 & 07 – Transfer & Explore
Tortuguero National Park Take a private land transfer to Cayo Blanco dock, where you will take a shared boat transfer to the rain forested waterways and inland channels of Tortuguero. Arrive at Tortuga Lodge, accessible only by boat. After lunch at the lodge, take a jungle cruise to observe Howler and Spider monkeys, sloth, and caiman in Tortuguero National Park. One of the wettest regions in the country, it is also one of the areas with the greatest biological diversity. The wildlife is rich and varied.

Next day, enjoy at leisure in the wild environs or choose from the many activities offered by the hotel such as night time turtle watching, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and village tours.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B, L, D)  

Day 08 – Transfer
San Jose After breakfast at Tortuga Lodge, a boat transfer will be provided to the Tortuguero airstrip for a scheduled flight to San Jose. Upon arrival, take a private tour to Doka Coffee Plantation, Poas Volcano’S; La Paz Waterfall Gardens.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)  

Day 09 – Depart
San Jose Transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport for you home bound 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