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One of the planet’s most biodiverse destinations and a poster child for eco-tourism, Costa Rica is a colourful, peaceful and bountiful country. From the tropical beaches to lush rainforest, you will explore this natural paradise, spending time in beautiful national parks, viewing volcanoes and meeting the friendly local people.
Discover the jungle and waterways of Tortuguero
Stand in the shadow of Arenal Volcano ▪
Trail the elusive quetzal in Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve
Bathe off the Pacific beaches of Manuel Antonio
- Return international flights
- All Accommodation
- All meals
- All transportation & transfers
- All sightseeing & entrance fees
- English speaking National Escort & local guides
- Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Day 1: Fly to San José
Fly to San José and transfer to Santa Ana. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 2: Poas Volcano National Park
This morning, head out of the city to explore Poás Volcano National Park. Located just an hour and a half from San José, the area is home to the 2,700 metre Poás Volcano.
Day 3: Travel to Tortuguero Village
Transfer to San José Dock and take a boat to Tortuguero. Only accessible by boat or plane, Tortuguero exudes a relaxed Afro-Caribbean vibe and is famous for Green Turtles that nest here.
Day 4: Explore Tortuguero
The Tortuguero area is full of biological diversity, with habitats including rainforest, swamp and lagoon. The beaches are a nesting ground for Green Turtles, whilst the rivers are home to caimans, crocodiles and manatees and the forest boasts jaguars, sloths, monkeys and 375 species of birds.
Day 5: Travel to Sarapiqui
Depart Tortuguero by boat. After lunch at a local restaurant, journey to Sarapiqui at the heart of Costa Rica’s northern lowlands, nestled amongst lush rainforest.
Day 6: Chocolate Tour
Embark on a tour dedicated to chocolate at La Tirimbina.
Day 7: Mistico Park Hanging Bridges
As you walk through the trees, you’ll be able to spot all sorts of wildlife, birds, flowers and vegetation. Spend the day walking the easy trails and taking in your beautiful natural surroundings.
Day 8: Monteverde by Lake
The views of Arenal volcano as you cruise will be fantastic. Transfer the rest of the way to Monteverde by road and enjoy an afternoon tour of the Don Juan coffee estate.
Day 9: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Explore the hanging bridges of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with a guide.
Day 10: Travel to Manual Antonio
Travel down from Monteverde to the lush lowlands and dazzling white sands of the Pacific coast. Here, set amongst verdant nature is the oceanside village of Manuel Antonio where you will spend the next three nights.
Day 11: Manual Antonio National Park
Enjoy a guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica’s most protected area.
Day 12: At Leisure
Enjoy a day at leisure in Manuel Antonio.
Day 13: Carara National Park
Depart Manuel Antonio and begin the journey back to San José, stopping en route at the Carara National Park.
Day 14: Rainforest Aerial Tram
Today you will glide gently through the rainforest canopy aboard the Rainforest Aerial Tram, located in a private reserve.
Day 15: Fly from San José to the UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day.
‘Colours of Costa Rica’ is a moderate tour. This means that the itinerary requires a good level of fitness.
- There is a lot of walking on this tour, particularly through national parks and rainforest. Whilst walkways as well maintained you will spend a lot of time on your feet, and there will be some walking on an incline.
- You will be required, on several occasions, to climb on and off boats without assistance.
Your accommodation is selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from business hotels to rainforest lodges.
Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers between destinations.
Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more, there will usually be no more than 29 travellers in each group.
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