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Essential Costa Rica

From toucans to arrow frogs, Central America’s rainforest is rich with colourful treasures. Our Essential Costa Rica tour features Tortuguero National Park, the Arenal Volcano area, and Monteverde Cloud Forest.

This 12 day trip covers three distinct regions of Costa Rica, offering the perfect introduction to a country unmatched for biodiversity.

From the attractive, modern capital of San Jose, you’ll be transferred past banana plantations and sweeping rainforest areas to Tortuguero National Park. Covering over 21 miles of coastline, Tortuguero is famous for numerous species of beach-resting turtles, as well as manatees, crocodiles and 30 species of freshwater fish. Further inland, caimans, sloths, jaguars, three species of monkey and 375 species of birds are also known to inhabit the park. The option of a canal tour lets you meet the wildlife up close.

Your hotel at Arenal Volcano National Park sits on 11 spectacular hectares. In addition to being Costa Rica’s adrenaline capital, this is another great wildlife area, particularly for birdwatchers, as most of Costa Rica’s 850 species can be found here. Amateur (and indeed professional) botanists will also find much to enjoy with a truly staggering variety of orchids, ferns, palms, bromeliads and other life on show.

On the other side of the mountain, the cloud forests of Monteverde await. Enjoy a hike through this stunning wilderness, where over 100 species of mammals, over 400 birds and 120 amphibians and reptiles make their home.
End your journey with a little relaxation at Tamarindo Diria Beach and Golf Resort. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this world-class property offers all the facilities of a modern resort while retaining the sense of being surrounded by the rainforest. Consider renting a car if you wish to see more of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. (gw)