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 Panama City
Day 2 – Barro Colorado. Tour the island and its Nature Monument in Gatun Lake and visit Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
Day 3 – Gulf of Panama Islets. Explore the islands and its turquoise waters via Zodiac or kayak, where dolphins and whales have been spotted.
Day 4 – Isla Coiba National Park. Explore one of Panama’s most remote national parks, hike tropical and moist forest trails, swim and snorkel in turquoise waters.
Day 5 – Golfo Dulce. Privately owned garden accessible only by boat. See orchids, tanagers, parrots and toucans in Casa Orquideas, kayak, cruise and swim in the bay of Golfo Dulce.
Day 6 – Osa Peninsula & Corcovado N.P. Trek through the Corcovado National Park and the rain forest, ride a horse and swim in waterfall pools.
Day 7 – Manuel Antonio National Park. Explore the abundant wildlife, where you can see monkeys and vividly colored birds.
Day 8 – Herradura. Visit Carara National Park and Bat Jungle exhibition.
Day 9 – Monteverde – Tour the Monteverde reserve with trained Naturalists.
Day 10 – Monteverde, Arenal. Visit a family owned coffee farm and cruise the Lake Arenal below smoldering Arenal Volcano.
Day 11 – Arenal Volcano. Walk the Arenal Hanging Bridges strung more than 3 kilometers through the rain forest canopy, relax in thermal pools naturally heated by the volcano
Day 12 – Arenal, Sarapiqui. Visit La Selva Biological Station and tropical rain forest.
Day 13 – Sarapiqui. Cruise & explore the Sarapiqui River and join the adventurous whitewater rafting trip.
Day 14 – San Jose. Visit Sibu Chocolatier, makers of some the most finest organic chocolate, join the workshop about the Aztec and Mayan history of the cacao plant and enjoy the making of chocolate.
Day 15 – Fly San Jose to London
Departures: 23rd November 2013; 7th/21st December 2013; 4th/18th January 2014; 1st/15th February 2014; 1st/15th March 2014
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
This is not all we can offer. If you would like to discuss more ways to visit this destination give us a call. Contact us for more options.
Day 1 – Panama City
Day 2 – Barro Colorado
Day 3 – Gulf of Panama Islets
Day 4 – Isla Coiba National Park
Day 5 – Golfo Dulce
Day 6 – Osa Peninsula
Day 7 – Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 8 – San Jose
Departures: 16th/23rd/30th November 2013 (16th/30th operates in reverse); 7th /14th/21st/28th/ December 2013 (14th/28th operates in reverse); 4th/11th/18th/25th January 2014 (11th/25th operates in reverse); 1st/8th/15th/22nd February 2014 (8th/22nd operates in reverse); 1st/8th/15th March 2014 (8th March operates in reverse)
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.