based on 10 nights inc. flights & selected experiences
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
Full Board and activities in Tortuguero
Full Board and activities in Corcovado
Guided tour to Manuel Antonio National Park
International economy flights and taxes from the UK
per person based on 2 people sharing, including domestic flights, accommodation, transfers and selected experiences.
Get away from the crowds and off the beaten track in wildlife-rich Corcovado
Go looking for turtles, sloths, monkeys and frogs in the Tortuguero National Park
Offers a chance to nature-watch while at a beach retreat in the Manuel Antonio National Park
Stay at charming small lodges and hotels in a variety of tropical settings
An itinerary that keeps travel times low and encompasses the natural highlights of Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s Central Valley enjoys a spring-like climate year round. In the tropical coastal areas the temperature is very warm and humid. Much of Costa Rica is covered by rainforest so expect rain at any time, but the drier season on the Pacific coast and Central Valley is from December to April and the rainier ‘green’ season is from May to November with the heaviest rainfall being in September and October. Christmas, New Year and Easter are incredibly popular so it is best to book well in advance.
Tortuguero can be visited year round for wildlife. The Green Sea and Hawksbill turtle’s nesting season runs from July to October with the peak in August, and the Leatherback turtles nest from February to April. The Caribbean side of the Cordillera Central has a different weather pattern to the Pacific. Tortuguero’s ‘drier’ season is February to June and September and October however being tropical please expect showers at any time.
Travel from coast to coast exploring Costa Rica’s wildlife rich natural highlights while staying at charming hotels in spectacular surroundings and enjoying a variety of outdoor activities. Unwind at the end at a boutique beach retreat on a lush hillside.
Begin your trip in the verdant Central Valley, where you’ll wake each day to birdsong and beautiful views and life just generally goes by at a slower pace. After a long flight, relaxation is often the order of the day and you’re in the perfect place: relax by the lovely outdoor pool or take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque coffee plantations.
From the Central Valley you head east across the Continental Divide down to Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast. Tortuguero is best known as one of the most important egg-laying places for Green Turtles from July to December nevertheless it teams with wildlife year-round. Surround yourself in jungle and keep your eyes peeled for the various monkey species, sloths, reptiles, amphibians and numerous tropical birds. Board a boat on the neighbouring canals and waterways and embark on day and night hikes with specialist naturalist guides, who will impart their expert knowledge of Tortuguero’s wonderful flora and fauna. In turtle laying and hatching seasons, nests are carefully monitored, but guests can visit with the National Park guides.
Fly by light aircraft back to San Jose and take a short connecting flight to Palmar Sur or Drake Bay. From here it’s a short drive to Sierpe, where you’ll board a boat that takes you to Corcovado National Park, a magical, off-the-beaten-track destination that offers a real jungle experience. Accessible only by boat, Corcovado is one of the world’s most biologically interesting places, where the natural world is king. The well preserved and dense tropical rainforest is home to a multitude of species and borders a fantastically rugged and wildly beautiful coastline. Maximise your time in this remote spot with a tour within the national park and a snorkelling excursion to Caño Island, both of which are included in your stay.
Jump back in the boat to the mainland and enjoy a private transfer along the coast to Manuel Antonio, a national park that has been popular for many years now and with good reason. Included in your stay is a guided tour through Manuel Antonio National Park, where you’ll observe sloths hanging in the trees, share the beach with monkeys and iguanas and the can take a dip in the ocean, which is suitable even for young or less confident swimmers. We recommend using Manuel Antonio as a base to explore this stretch of Pacific coastline. Tours and activities offered include white water rafting, mangrove kayaking and boat tours, guided rainforest hikes, ocean kayaking, catch and release sport fishing, canopy tours and horseback riding excursions. Restaurants and bars are within easy reach.
On your final day, enjoy a private back through Costa Rica’s central heartlands to San Jose in time for your flight home.
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