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Costa Rica is a nature lover’s paradise, with an astonishingly diverse range of landscapes, habitats, flora and fauna. This itinerary is ideal for those wishing to discover the ecologically diverse country by getting off the beaten track and staying in remote locations to fully appreciate the unspoilt landscapes and abundance of wildlife.
Stay in eco-lodges within enigmatic cloud forest, alongside serene rivers and close to majestic waterfalls. You will have the chance to admire the beautiful scenery and stunning birdlife and immerse yourself in your natural surroundings.
Day 1 - San Jose
Days 2 & 3 - Tenorio
Days 4 & 5 – Boca Tapada
Days 6 & 7 - Bajos del Toro
Days 8 & 9 - San Gerardo de Dota
Day 10 - Transfer to San Jose Airport
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.
On arrival in San Jose, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel for one night.
Tenorio National Park was formed in 1995 to help protect the Tenorio Volcano. As well as the volcano, which is still active, the park also boasts a variety of ecosystems from the Rio Celeste, an aqua-hued river with waterfalls, to rainforest and cloud forest. It makes for some fantastic hiking trails and wildlife spotting. Pumas, Jaguars, howler monkeys, toucans and bear-necked umbrella birds are just a small selection of the different animal and bird species that can be found in this wildlife paradise.
Enjoy a morning hike through the National Park to the famous waterfalls of the Celeste River. The fast-flowing stream runs through the hill before it falls 65 feet into a stunning sky-blue pool.
Meals: Days 2 & 3 - B
Boca Tapada, best known as a bird-watching destination, is part of the Maquenque Wildlife refuge, offering hope to the endangered greet green macaws that nest in the area. Take a boat trip along the San Carlos River with opportunities to spot wildlife such as crocodiles, turtles, bats, herons, kingfishers and king vultures.
Meals: Days 4 & 5 - B
A reserve in the central highlands of Costa Rica, Bajos del Toro is still somewhat of an off the beaten track paradise, full of lush primary forest, volcanic mountain ranges, highland grasslands and numerous waterfalls that create a plethora of habitats for a wide range of species.
Enjoy a gentle hike to Fatima waterfall, the longest trail in the Bosque de Paz Biological Reserve, which provides around 5km of stunning natural habitats to explore with a range of flora and fauna.
Meals: Day 6 - B & D, Day 7 - B, L, D
Tucked along the Savegre River Valley, San Gerardo de Dota is a small mountain village surrounded by lush green forested hills. This tropical cloud forest environment is a pristine paradise for nature lovers, birdwatchers, hikers and trout fishers alike. Enjoy a guided walk through the Los Quetzales National Park which has one of the largest populations of quetzal birds in Costa Rica as well as over 200 other bird species including tangers, trogons and a dazzling array of hummingbirds.
Meals: Days 8 & 9 - B
You will be transferred to the airport in San Jose for your onward flight.
(Valid for 2021 departures, based on 2 people sharing a room. 2022 prices start from £1,899pp)
International flights to Costa Rica from the UK start from £499 per person
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9 nights’ accommodation as detailed
12 meals; 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Waterfall hikes in Tenorio and Bajos del Toro
Boat trip on the San Carlos River
Guided walk through the Los Quetzales National Park
Transfers & domestic flights as per itinerary
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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