Located in Central America, Costa Rica is bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the east and south, the Pacific Ocean to the west and south and the Caribbean Sea to the east.
It stands head and shoulders above its neighbours in terms of human development and environmental performance, and is considered by many to be the greenest country in the world.
For visitors, this translates into a safe and welcoming environment, with a well developed tourist infrastructure, a high level of conservation, and the greatest density of species in the world
So a fascinating destination for anyone interested in biology and wildlife.
Though quite a small country, there is huge diversity from the long Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, to the volcanoes and cloud forest.
Much of the country is a well protected national park with a huge range of creatures, plants and insects.
Day 1 - Fly London to San Jose, Costa Rica. Transfer to Real Intercontinental for a one night stay
Day 2 - San Jose to Puerto Limon. Visit the Gold Museum before a scenic drive to Puerto Limon
Day 3 - Bocas del Toro, Panama. The islands of Bocas del Toro are a part of a marine national park. Today is spent visiting the town of Bocas del Toro on Isla Colon
Day 4 - Transiting the Panama Canal. Enjoy a full transit of one of the manmade wonders of the world - The Panama Canal
Day 5 - Isla Cioba. Historically a prison island, Isla Cioba is now a National Park. Surrounded by 38 tiny islands the beaches and coral reefs are thriving with marine and birdlife
Day 6 - Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica. Visit the gardens at Casa Orquideas
Day 7 - At sea
Day 8 - Cocos Islands. Located between Costa Rica and the Galapagos, the Cocos Islands are untouched and offer excellent opportunities for walking, bird watching and snorkeling, with dolphins, turtles and rays abundant in the surrounding waters
Day 9 - At sea
Day 10 - Manta, Ecuador. Centre of Manta culture, the conquistadors arrived in 1535. You will see this Spanish heritage as you explore the Montecristi's central square
Day 11 - Machililla National Park. One of the world's largest tropical dry forests and haven for birdlife, Machililla National Park is a hidden gem
Day 12 - Guayaquil, Ecuador to London. Transfer to the airport for your flight to London
Day 13 - Arrive London
Due to the vast rainforest which covers much of Costa Rica, rain is experienced year round. However, as a general rule the year can be split into two periods, the dry season known to the residents as summer from December to April, and the rainy season, known locally as winter from May to November.
Tropical, lightweights and cottons are recommended. In the highlands, warmer clothing is needed. Rainwear is also advised.