Overview

San José - 2 nights
Tortuguero - 2 nights
Sarapiqui - 2 nights
Arenal - 1 night
Monteverde - 2 nights
Carara area - 1 night
Flight - 1 night

CENTRAL AMERICA'S GARDEN OF EDEN

Using specialist naturalist guides and charming small-scale accommodation in the heart of Costa Rica

Imaginings with regard to what the Garden of Eden might have been like generally describe a tropical abundance of brightly coloured fruits and flowers set against a lush and varied backdrop of vigorously thriving greenery. Populating this paradise, the most noticeable presence would probably be a chorusing panoply of brightly coloured birds feeding on the fruits and flowers. The friendliest of primates, monkeys, would play in the forest canopy and a closer inspection of the undergrowth would reveal a lively, surprising and delightful diversity of flora and fauna. Little in mankind’s garden of recreation would be of menace (apart from the snake) and reciprocally mankind would nourish and protect it.
Costa Rica is a kaleidoscope of vivid natural colour and corresponds more closely to the above description than any other country in the Americas. Offering for example over 2,000 species of orchid, more than 850 species of birds, thousands of species of butterflies and a scenic diversity comprising volcanoes, rainforests, cloud forests, plantations, farmlands and Atlantic and Pacific coasts, it is also a country which has legally protected over a quarter of its countryside, has disbanded its armed forces and enjoys a 95% literacy rate. For a more comprehensive tour of this fascinating country see our 'Grand Tour of Costa Rica'.

Key Features

Culture & Wildlife 
Jules Verne Sightseeing
'Eco-friendly Accommodation'
Local Guide Throughout
Small Group Size: 5 - 18

 

Special Events

Tortuguero Cruise & Cookery Class

Enjoy a cruise on the waterways of Tortuguero, with a complimentary drink, and a cookery class at La Quinta de Sarapiqui.

Day 1 Fly from Gatwick direct to San José. Transfer to the Park Inn Hotel for two nights.

Day 2 Visit the National Theatre and the Gold and Jade museums. Afternoon at leisure for independent exploration. (B)

Day 3 Drive to the Atlantic coast via the Braulio Carrillo National Park. By boat to the Evergreen Lodge or Pachira Lodge in Tortuguero for two nights. Visit the Turtle Museum. (B, L, D)

Day 4 A boat tour exploring the Amazonesque channels surrounding the Tortuguero Lagoon. Afternoon at leisure. Tortuguero cruise. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Transfer by boat to Caño Blanco or La Pavona and continue by road, to La Quinta de Sarapiqui for a two-night stay. Enjoy a cookery class. Evening talk by your naturalist guide. (B, L)

Day 6 A morning walk through the intriguing La Selva Nature Reserve with a resident naturalist guide. The reserve is home to nearly half of the 850 species of birds in Costa Rica as well as monkeys, peccaries, agoutis and coatis. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 7 Drive to Arenal Volcano to bathe in the hot springs at Ecotermales La Fortuna. Overnight at Volcano Lodge or similar. (B, D)

Day 8 Traverse the scenic Tilarán Mountains to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (3 hrs). A high elevation cloud forest offers miles of trails and excellent opportunities for bird watching, including the Silverthroated Tanager and Collared Redstart. Afternoon tour of walkways and bridges built high in the cloud forest canopy. Spend two nights at Poco a Poco Hotel. (B)

Day 9 A guided walk explores the trails of the reserve. Time at leisure prior to a night walk in the grounds of the lower altitude of the Bosque Eterno de Los Niños. (B)

Day 10 Travel to the Carara area for overnight at the Macaw Lodge or similar. (B)

Day 11 Travel to San José . Return flight to London. (B)

Day 12 Arrive London in the morning.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

This is a full itinerary with some uneven surfaces.

Notes
The hotels and lodges are 'eco-friendly'. Whilst precise definition will vary from property to property, it generally implies a scenic setting, environmentally sensitive architecture and operation, an active involvement in schemes to protect and regenerate Costa Rica's indigenous fauna and a desire on the part of an establishment's management to facilitate in some way its guests' enjoyment and appreciation of Costa Rica's superb natural world heritage. Our local agent has been awarded the prestigious Costa Rican Sustainable Tourism certificate and has recently been upgraded to the highest level, 'five leaves'. On occasion hotels of a similar standard may be substituted.

Notes
The hotels and lodges are 'eco-friendly'. Whilst precise definition will vary from property to property, it generally implies a scenic setting, environmentally sensitive architecture and operation, an active involvement in schemes to protect and regenerate Costa Rica's indigenous fauna and a desire on the part of an establishment's management to facilitate in some way its guests' enjoyment and appreciation of Costa Rica's superb natural world heritage. Our local agent has been awarded the prestigious Costa Rican Sustainable Tourism certificate and has recently been upgraded to the highest level, 'five leaves'. On occasion hotels of a similar standard may be substituted.

2019

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick 

Date Price
November 2 £2345
November 16 £2495
November 23 £2345

2020

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick

Date Price
January 11 £2345
January 18 £2395
January 25 £2395
February 8 £2395
February 15 £2395
February 22 £2395
March 7 £2295
March 14 £2245

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £425

Flight Options

British Airways World Traveller Plus from £595
British Airways Club World from £2275

Extension Options

Extension - Manuel Antonio
Hotel Parador 
4 nights £745

Single supplement £525

Privately Guided

Add £995 per person

Independent Arrival

Save £700 
Arrival transfer add £25
Departure transfer with group included

Accommodation Upgrades

For an even more special experience, stay in upgraded boutique hotels in each location whilst following the same itinerary.

Available on Feb 2 and Nov 16 2019.

Price Includes
Air travel and UK departure taxes, transfers, 10 nights' accommodation in 3 or 4-star hotels and lodges, breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 3 dinners, itinerary as described, services of a naturalist guide and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, overseas departure taxes, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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