Costa Rica at its Natural Best

Travel a scenic road through rainforest, cloudforest and tropical montane forest, learning about Costa Rica’s rich flora & fauna and witnessing Nature in all its glory.

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Costa Rica at its Natural Best - sample holiday itinerary

Day 1

Private transfer from San Jose airport to your San Jose hotel for a 2-night stay.

Day 2

Today visit Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Plantation and La Paz Waterfall Gardens where you can enjoy the Butterfly Observatory, Hummingbird Garden, Serpentarium and Frog Exhibit.

Days 3-4

Depart early from San Jose by road then by river launch to Tortuguero where you stay for 2 nights. The region is famous as the most important nesting site in the Western half of the Caribbean for the Green Sea turtle (season is from July – Sept). During your stay at Tortuguero go on an early morning bird-watching trip and your choice of guided wildlife boat tours.

Days 5-6

Transfer by boat and land to Sarapiquí for 2 nights. Included during your stay are a half-day guided walking tour of the rainforest, to learn about the ecosystems of the rain forest and its flora and fauna, as well as a bird-watching tour. The next day go white-water rafting on the Sarapiquí River, covering more than 20 rapids (Classes II and III).

Day 7

Transfer to the La Fortuna area, famous for Arenal Volcano, a region where rich volcanic soil supports primary and secondary rainforest.

Day 8

Enjoy a guided hike at the base of Arenal Volcano as well as a Hanging Bridges guided walk and a soak in the local naturally-occurring Hot Springs.

Days 9-10

Private transfer to the Carara National Park area, staying for 2 nights. Here it's possible to observe over 400 species of birds as well as exotic animals such as the poison dart frog, deer, jaguar, wild pigs, bats, raccoons, anteaters, lizards and several types of monkeys (spider, howler & capuchin) and other jungle creatures.

Day 11

Private transfer to the Manuel Antonio National Park area on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, where you stay for 2 nights.

Day 12

Enjoy time on the beach or by the pool, plus a guided tour of the National Park, one of the country’s smallest National Parks but one which boasts a high degree of biodiversity.

Days 13-14

Private transfer to the cloudforest area of San Gerardo de Dota, an ideal place for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Some of the activities on offer include bird watching, nature walks, waterfall tour and horseback riding.

Day 15

Private transfer to San Jose International airport for your flight home.

The above sample Costa Rica holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.


Costa Rica has a wide variety of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made holiday to Costa Rica.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Costa Rica Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample Costa Rica holiday itinerary are just a selection of what is available in each location. The itinerary can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Costa Rica holiday.

Duration of your Costa Rica Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your Costa Rica holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the itinerary until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from this holiday in Costa Rica.