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One of the most ecologically diverse places on earth, Costa Rica has a vast array of ecosystems, including tropical rainforest, cloud forest, canals, beaches, lakes and mountains. These habitats are home to an incredible variety of wildlife, including monkeys, sloths, tapirs and coati, not to mention hundreds of species of colourful birds and butterflies. This 12-day itinerary includes some of the best wildlife-spotting destinations in the country to where the fauna is most abundant.
Day 1 - San Jose
Days 2 - 4 - Arenal
Days 5 & 6 - Manuel Antonio
Days 7 & 8 - San Gerardo de Dota
Days 9 - 11 - Osa Peninsula
Day 12 - 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.
On arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel in the heart of downtown San Jose.
Journey to Arenal, where you will see the tall and imposing Arenal Volcano. The area surrounding the volcano is home to a huge diversity of wildlife.
The next day, visit the Místico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, the perfect spot to observe the wildlife and majestic landscapes from a different perspective. It is ideal for birdwatching due to the height of the 15 bridges, 6 of which are hanging. About 350 species of birds have been observed in the area, mostly due to a variation in microclimates throughout the reserve.
An extra day is included to explore the area at your own. Perhaps visit the Arenal Lake, take a day trip to the wetlands of Caño Negro, or simply relax in some of the area’s natural volcanic hot springs.
Travel to Manuel Antonio on the central Pacific coast, famous for its national park, comprising of lush rainforest, small lagoons and pristine white sand beaches. It has over a hundred species of mammals, like the white-faced, howler, squirrel and spider monkeys, two-toed sloths, coatis and anteaters. Visit the national park, accompanied by a local guide who will expertly spot wildlife in the rainforest foliage and allow you to get a closer look through their binoculars.
Transfer to San Gerardo de Dota – a small mountain village surrounded by lush cloud-forested hills. The region is a little paradise for nature lovers and birdwatchers, as it is home to the Quetzales National Park. This national park is the natural habitat of hundreds of bird species, such as tanagers, trogons and hummingbirds, and has one of the largest populations of the resplendent Quetzal in Costa Rica. Take a guided walk through the park with an expert guide who will point out some of the many species of flora and fauna.
Transfer back to San Jose, where you will take a 30-minute flight to Puerto Jimenez, in the Osa Peninsula. Transfer to your eco-lodge in the heart of the rainforest.
Located in southwestern Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula is nestled between the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Golfo Dulce to the east. This wild region is one of Costa Rica’s most remote destinations and was declared ‘one of the most biologically intense places on earth’ by National Geographic. Its pristine rainforests and the rugged natural beauty shelters Costa Rica’s largest remaining population of jaguars and tapirs and a wide range of other species can be observed here, including seasonal whale watching.
Enjoy time at leisure or follow self-guided nature trails from your lodge to spot resident wildlife. Alternatively, upgrade to include extra tours such as hiking, kayaking or horse riding as part of your package.
Meals: B, L, D
This morning you will take the short flight back to San Jose to connect with your onward international flight.
(Valid for 2021 departures, based on 2 people sharing a room. 2022 prices start from £2,499pp)
International flights to Costa Rica from the UK start from £499 per person
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11 nights’ accommodation as detailed
11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Return domestic flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez
Half-day tour to Mistico hanging bridges in Arenal
Half-day visits to the Manuel Antonio and Quetzales National Parks
Transfers as per itinerary
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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