Natural Splendours of Costa Rica

Resort:Natural Splendours of Costa Rica
Operator: Cox and Kings
Destination: Central America, Costa Rica
Price From: £2695.00


Located between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the small country of Costa Rica is one of the most ecologically diverse places on Earth. This journey explores some of the major national parks and the astonishing variety of wildlife and contrasting habitats found here, including rainforest, cloud forest, volcanoes, lakes and canals.


Day 1: Fly to San Jos

Fly from London (regional connections available) to San Jos with British Airways. Transfer to the Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel for 2 nights. (N)

Day 2: San Jos

In the morning, visit Poas or Iraz volcano and see its impressive crater and surroundings. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 3: Tortuguero

Shared overland transfer to Cao Blanco on the Caribbean coast. Cruise through the canals and backwaters that lead to Tortuguero, looking for birdlife, monkeys, sloths and other wildlife. Stay for 2 nights at Mawamba Lodge or similar. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Tortuguero

Full day of shared local excursions in Tortuguero. From July to September, an option is available to observe turtles nesting on the beach. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Arenal

Return to Cao Blanco by boat and drive to Arenal, visiting La Selva Biological Station en route. Learn about the scientific and conservation work of the researchers and take a short walk in the protected rainforest surroundings. Stay 2 nights at Arenal Paraiso, with views of the Arenal volcano. (B, L)

Day 6: Cao Negro

Full-day tour to Cao Negro, an important wetland habitat for a range of bird species. (B, L)

Day 7: Lake Arenal Monteverde

Shared boat across Lake Arenal, taking in the spectacular views of the lake and its surroundings. Continue to Monteverde for 2 nights at the Fonda Vela Hotel. Afternoon visit to the Selvatura Butterfly Garden & Walkways and explore the treetop canopy from its hanging bridges. (B)

Day 8: Monteverde

Morning tour of the Monteverde cloud forest, a habitat for rare flora and fauna, such as the colourful quetzal bird. Afternoon visit to a typical family-run farm to learn about coffee and sugar cane production. (B, L)

Day 9: Sarch San Jos

Return to San Jos via the town of Sarch, home to traditional handicrafts and colourfully painted oxcarts. Stay overnight at the Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel. (B)

Days 10-11: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport for a flight to London with British Airways. (B) (N)