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


Using specialist naturalist guides and charming small-scale accommodation in the heart of Costa Rica, be amazed by the variety of birdlife and animals including sloths, monkeys and reptiles

Costa Rica is a kaleidoscope of vivid natural colour and offers 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.

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.

Key Features

Culture & Wildlife 
Jules Verne Sightseeing
Eco-friendly Accommodation
Local Guide Throughout

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 in Tortuguero for two nights. Afternoon boat tour exploring the Amazonesque channels surrounding the Tortuguero Lagoon. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Take a walk through the tropical forest of Tortuguero. Afternoon visit to the Turtle Museum and later enjoy a 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 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 Silver-throated 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


This is a full itinerary with some uneven surfaces.

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.


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

Date Price
November 19 £2845


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

Date Price
January 14 £2895
January 28 £2845
February 4 £3125
February 18 £2865
February 25 £2845
March 4 £2845
November 4 £2875
November 18 £2875

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £395 (2023 £435)

Flight Options

British Airways World Traveller Plus - On request
British Airways Club World - On request

Extension Options

Extension - Manuel Antonio
4 nights £695 (2023 £965)
Single supplement £615 (2023 £745)

Extra nights - San Jose
Park Inn (per night) £60
Single supplement £50

Privately Guided

Add £995 per person

Tour Only

Save £850
Arrival transfer add £25
Departure transfer with group included

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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