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Our Highlights of Costa Rica holiday takes in the country's highlights and most dramatic scenery on a 13-day action-packed holiday.
After a night in San Jose, your adventure will start in Tortuguero, on the Caribbean coast. Made up of a series of canals and waterways, take a boat trip through the National Park to spot a range of wildlife. Continue to Arenal, known for its imposing volcano and natural hot springs, where you will take an evening nature walk to learn about the area’s nocturnal wildlife. Next, head to Monteverde by crossing the Arenal Lake Dam, for a further walking tour through the highland cloud forests.
Manuel Antonio National Park will be your final destination where you will have the opportunity to observe the wonders of the wildlife and beautiful scenery in the most popular of Costa Rica's national parks.
Day 1 - San José
Days 2 & 3 - Tortuguero National Park
Days 4 & 5 - Arenal
Days 6 & 7 - Monteverde
Days 8 – 11 - Manuel Antonio
Day 12 - San Jose
Day 13 - Depart San Jose
Any element of this holiday can be tailormade to your requirements, including the places you want to see and the things that are important to you. Just contact one of our Travel Specialists today.
Arrive in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica for a night
This National Park is located on the Northern Caribbean Coast and is only accessible by boat or light aircraft. The area is diverse as it has canals, rivers, lagoons and even beaches in a dense rainforest. It is one of the rainiest areas in Costa Rica and home to abundant wildlife as you can observe monkeys, sloths, jaguars, or turtles such as Hawkbills, sea turtle and Leatherback sea turtle.
You will leave Tortuguero by boat and continue by road towards Arenal, where you will spend two nights. The area is renowned for its natural hot springs, fed by the majestic volcano, which dominates the landscape. Enjoy time at leisure to relax in the springs or there are plenty of more adventurous activities on offer. In the evening, a nature walk is included for you to learn about and spot some of the region’s nocturnal wildlife.
Head to Monteverde by crossing the Arenal Lake by boat. The artificial lake is the largest in Costa Rica and provides hydroelectric energy for the country. On reaching Monteverde, you will spend two nights in the cloud forest. The area is renowned for its biodiversity and is home to countless wildlife species. In fact, approximately 2.5% of the worldwide biodiversity can be found in this part of Costa Rica. The wildlife includes jaguars, ocelots and the colourful quetzal bird. Enjoy a walking tour through one of the area’s reserves where your expert guide will point out some of the native flora and fauna.
Head to Manuel Antonio, located on the central Pacific coast and home to one of Costa Rica’s most famous national parks. Renowned for its vast diversity of tropical plant and wildlife, the area hosts more than 109 different species of mammals such as the howler monkey, the two-toed sloth and the squirrel monkey. Enjoy time at leisure to relax on the coast and explore the national park at your own pace.
Today you will head back to San Jose for your final night in Costa Rica.
Transfer to San Jose airport for your onward flight.
(2021 departures, based on 2 people sharing a room)
International flights to Costa Rica from the UK start from £499 per person
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12 nights’ accommodation as detailed
Boat trip and walking tour in Tortuguero National Park
Evening nature walk in Arenal
Half-day walking tour in Monteverde Cloud Forest
Transfers as per itinerary
Meals as per itinerary
Services of Latin Routes Guides throughout your stay
International flights if not added
Meals not indicated in your itinerary
Local departure taxes payable locally
Items of a personal nature such as laundry and drinks etc
Tips for guides and drivers (discretionary)
Camera or video fees at any sites
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