Popular Costa Rica With A Difference

13 Days from £3090 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
13 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Birding
Beach
Luxury

We are delighted to present this highly varied and stimulating journey in which we feature many popular Costa Rican locations, but use appealingly alternative accommodation and mix up the luxury levels in a way that works wonders. We combine good value, impressive volcanoes, hot thermal springs, three types of forest, jungle waterfalls, tropical wildlife, zip lines and fine Pacific beaches with some extra special lodges displaying a high degree of sustainability and carbon neutrality to create a holiday far greater than the sum of its parts.

Itinerary

Price from £3090 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - San Jose

Arrive San Jose, capital of Costa Rica. Met and transfer to your hotel, in the hills not far from the airport.

Staying at Bougainvillea Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 2 - Arenal

Pickup and transfer to your lodge, located in full view of Arenal volcano and boasting its own nature reserve. Rest of day at leisure.

Staying at Arenal Observatory Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 3 - Arenal

Day for independent exploration of the lodge’s private nature reserve with its extensive network of marked trails, rated from easy to difficult. Also perhaps choose an optional off-site activity such as horse riding to La Fortuna waterfall, a visit to a thermal springs, massage, quad biking, zip lining or a canopy walkway tour.

Staying at Arenal Observatory Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 4 - Monteverde

Depart Arenal and transfer up into the mountains to Monteverde. Check in to your hotel near the main reserve and settle in.

Staying at Trapp Family Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 5 - Monteverde

Early morning transfer to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve for a guided walk through the atmospheric forest. See many hummingbirds and trogons and, with luck, the beautiful resplendent quetzal and three-wattled bellbird. In the afternoon, perhaps opt for a canopy tour or zip lining adventure.

Staying at Trapp Family Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 6 - Carara

Transfer from the mountains down to the Pacific lowlands to Carara National Park and a sustainable jungle lodge, set in transitional forest and using only solar energy and hiring local villagers. In the afternoon, you can visit the botanical garden and walk in the private 265-acre forest reserve to a waterfall.

Staying at Macaw Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Carara

Early morning guided tour of nearby Carara National Park, seeking scarlet macaw and other bird species within this Pacific primary transitional forest. You may also see crocodile, sloth and iguana. Return to the lodge for a free afternoon - perhaps opt to ride horses or mountain bikes through the forest.

Staying at Macaw Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Manuel Antonio

After breakfast, transfer the short distance to Quepos, then on towards Manuel Antonio National Park and your luxury beachfront resort, recipient of a coveted award for sustainability.

Staying at Arenas del Mar Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 9 - Manuel Antonio

Perhaps visit Manuel Antonio National Park for a morning nature walk, then go to the beach to relax, swim or surf.

Staying at Arenas del Mar Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 10 - Manuel Antonio

Day at leisure for Pacific beach relaxation

Staying at Arenas del Mar Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 11 - Manuel Antonio

Last day at leisure before returning home

Staying at Arenas del Mar Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12 - San Jose

Pickup for your private transfer to San Jose airport for your flight out.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London and certain regional airports to San Jose, via the USA or Madrid.

Best visited:
Novemberto April

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris
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It can get cool and wet in Monteverde, so take some warm, waterproof clothing. Also in Monteverde, the zip lining tour is one of the best in the world.

For a quieter time in a cloud forest with fewer visitors than Monteverde, ask us about Savegre.

There are many restaurants from which to choose in Manuel Antonio, and a regular shuttle bus plying the main road to the park.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

This is the second trip with reef and Rainforest and it certainly met all of our expectations. (Your representatives) were excellent as were all the lodges generally. There was a good balance of organised tours and time to ourselves – this was just what we wanted. Your choice of locations in Costa Rica was again excellent sharing your local knowledge and expertise and assessing what we wanted. Thank you very much for your help and organisation. We look forward to using you again and will happily recommend you.

Mr D M - Gwynedd

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Arenal Observatory Lodge: 10.434784, -84.701071
Arenas del Mar: 9.397408, -84.163483
Macaw Lodge: 9.702241, -84.543187
Trapp Family Lodge: 10.300965, -84.801691
Bougainvillea Hotel: 9.999105, -84.109250