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Costa Rica - Nature's Showcase 

A holiday for the discerning lover of nature and good walks. Its geography ensures that Costa Rica hosts an amazing array of eco-systems and micro-climates with a wealth of captivating flora and fauna and brimful of natural beauty.               

2017 Dates:  Feb 15  - 11 nights  March 15 - 11 nights   Nov 15 - 11 nights 
2018 Dates:  Jan 09
- 11 nights   Feb 13 - 11 nights       March 13 - 11 nights

Price:  2,779 GBP  (Great Britain Pounds)
Price is per person
 for 11 nights based on double occupancy without airfare.                Supplement for a single room  590 GBP

Guided Walks:  A mixture of sightseeing , a lazy boat ride and a choice of walks. Easier walks range from 3-6 miles with up to 600 ft of ascent; harder walks are from 6-12 miles with up to 2,000 ft of ascent.  Some paths are narrow and muddy. Options are offered each day.

Hotels:  Hotels are 4-star quality, have air-conditioning and swimming pools; with the exception of the mountain lodge at San Gerado de Dota rustic lodge in the mountains which is basic but comfortable, with heated rooms, hot running water and en-suite facilities.  

Included: 11 nights' accommodation in  en-suite rooms.  All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on  the day of departure.  Services of an experienced tour conductor and a local guide.   Walks, sightseeing, entrance fees and travel by air conditioned coach.

Itinerary:

Day 1: To San Jose - Fly to San Jose. Meet your tour director and the local guide. Hotel Buena Vista for 2 nights.

Day 2: Poas Volcano - Visit the Poas Volcano National Park, with its spectacular crater filled with emerald green water. Walk by a hummingbird observation area and a refreshing waterfall.

Day 3: To Arenal - Travel to the lush San Carlos valley, stopping en route in the traditional town of Sarchi. Stay at the Tilajari Resort for 3 nights. This afternoon there will be time to relax and explore the lovely natural surroundings.

Day 4: Arenal - Today there are choices of walks around Arenal volcano, with extraordinary views, or the amazing experience of the Arenal Hanging Bridges in the primary rainforest canopy.

Day 5: Caňo Negro Wildlife Reserve - Take a slow river boat ride through the 20,000 acre Caňo Negro Wildlife Reserve on the lookout for howler monkeys, caimans, turtles, sloths, brightly coloured butterflies and exotic birds.

Day 6: To San Gerardo de Dota - Journey south, stopping at the Gold Museum with its collection of pre-Colombian artefacts, into the mountainous spine of Costa Rica near the Cerro de la Muerte and the Savegre Mountain Lodge for 2 nights.

Day 7: San Gerardo de Dota - A variety of trails is possible in the cool mountains, winding around the cloud forest of the Talamanca mountains and by the Savegre river. This is an area of wonderful bird life, including the rare resplendent quetzal and a large variety of hummingbird species.

Day 8: To Dominical - Cross over the continental divide, where on a clear day itís possible to see both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Take a walk in the coastal mountains before heading to the Cristal Ballena resort near Dominical for 3 nights.

Day 9: Marino Ballena National Park - Explore this quiet and relatively undiscovered national park, with its large sandy beaches, tidal pools, and great marine and bird life. Coastal trails offer views of the Pacific Ocean not easily forgotten.

Day 10: Marino Ballena National Park - A further day for exploration of the national park and also to relax in the peaceful surrounds of the hotel. This area is renowned for its visiting whales and dolphins and it is possible to take an optional whale watching cruise, as well as an optional mangrove cruise.

Day 11: To San Josť - Travel overland back to San Josť, calling in at various places on the journey including an area where itís possible to see scarlet macaws. Stay at the Buena Vista Hotel for 1 night.

Day 12: Departure


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