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Costa Rica is a nature lover’s paradise, and a geological wonder with an overwhelming range of scenery. Home to active volcanoes; misty cloud forests; and an amazing array of wildlife, from inquisitive monkeys to sleepy sloths, a holiday to Costa Rica is a truly unforgettable experience.

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Why go?

  • Many adventure activities
  • The magical rainforests
  • Visit the beautiful beaches 
  • Meet friendly locals
  • Costa Rica is home to the most interesting animals
  • Taste amazing food
  • Read our blog post for more captivating reasons to visit Costa Rica!

Itinerary

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Arrive into the vibrant capital of San Jose. Relax for the rest of the afternoon before a welcome drink and dinner.

  • Accommodation 4 * Hotel Presidente - San Jose
  • MEALS Dinner included

Making our way out of the city we head towards the fertile slopes of the Poas Volcano and the Doka Coffee Estate. Run by the same family for over 70 years, here we can gain an insight into the production and processing of these gourmet beans. At the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, we can explore some of the trails and take in the famous waterfalls. The private reserve also contains a Butterfly Garden and Hummingbird Garden with many beautiful species. The park is also a refuge for birds and wild cats who are now cared for by the centre.

Comfortable walking shoes (preferably with a thick tread for hiking the trails and hundreds of stairs), shorts or comfortable pants and a lightweight jacket or raincoat.


Please note: The Park ranges in altitude from 5,200 feet to 4,200 feet so it can get chilly when the clouds roll in.

  • Accommodation 4 * Hotel Presidente - San Jose
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

After an early morning start, we will head to the docks and transfer by boat to Tortuguero. After lunch we visit Tortuguero village.

Please note 

Luggage is limited to 25 pounds (12 Kg) per person. 

  • Accommodation 3 * Aninga Lodge
  • MEALS All meals included

Having had its boundaries extended three times, Tortuguero National Park is internationally recognised for its protection of the largest green turtle nesting beach in the Western Hemisphere. A place like no other, we glide along by small boats through a network of canals and freshwater lagoons, watched perhaps by curious monkeys, bright toucans, ancient iguanas, sedentary sloths and maybe even the glinting eye of a crocodile.

Please note 

The order and logistics of the itinerary may change depending on weather conditions

  • Accommodation 3 * Aninga Lodge
  • MEALS All meals included

After breakfast, we take the boat back to the port before transferring to Arenal.

  • Accommodation 3 * Arenal Volcano Inn
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

This is a perfect opportunity to discover a tropical rainforest. Our walk takes in 15 bridges, 6 of them hanging bridges all built with amazing views of the forest and with the shape of the trees allowing us to observe many species more closely. The park has more than 700 species of flora and 350 species of fauna. Look out for the bell bird, the emerald tucancito, whilst keeping your eyes peeled for the elusive jaguar and tapirs. This afternoon we move on to the Arenal Volcano National Park, one of the most visited destinations in the north of the country. While on the trails, we can observe much of the park's flora and fauna as well as the remains of lava tracts.

  • Accommodation 3 * Arenal Volcano Inn
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

We transfer to Monteverde today with a Trapiche Tour in the afternoon. This is a Costa Rican family project that offers visitors the opportunity to learn about traditional farming in the country, such as sugar cane, coffee, bananas, oranges, “arracacha” (a local vegetable) and macadamia. We will have the opportunity to ride in an oxcart and learn how to grow cacao to make chocolate. We can make our own “sobado”, a fudge-like candy and to try the “picadillo de arracache” (a traditional dish) with a delicious cup of coffee.

It is highly recommended to bring comfortable clothing, light jacket (according to the climate), sunblock, and camera. 

  • Accommodation 4 * El Establo Mountain Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today we take a hike in the famous Cloud Forest. One of the most famous conservation areas in Central America, it is tropical rainforest but because of its altitude (1,400 meters), it’s called a Cloud Forest. The cloud forest receives an incredible four meters of rain every year, and is home to rare and unusual wildlife.

  • Accommodation 4 * El Establo Mountain Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Today we will transfer to Tamarindo, where we will spend 2 nights on the beach!

Located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Tamarindo is a truly exotic paradise, one that just happens to be the perfect landscape for a vacation. Tamarindo Beach is a white sand bay beach, part of Las Baulas National Park.

Surrounded by exotic tropical gardens, our hotel offers outstanding international cuisine with six different restaurants and the five bars. You can enjoy the four swimming pools and the outdoor Jacuzzi.

 

 

 

  • Accommodation 4 * Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today, we have a full day at leisure to chill out on the beach or take a dip in one of the swimming pools at our resort.

  • Accommodation 4 * Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Final farewell as we head back to San Jose for our flight home.

  • Accommodation 4 * Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort
  • MEALS Breakfast included
  • Accommodation
  • MEALS No meals included
TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT - 6 hours

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:

San Jose Nov 19 °C

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

11 hours 

What's included?

  • Scheduled return flights from London Gatwick/San Jose with British Airways and transfers
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Tour of Coffee Estate
  • Entrance to La Paz Waterfalls Gardens
  • Visit of Tortuguero Village
  • Morning boat tour of Tortuguero National Park
  • Walking tour of Arenal Hanging bridges
  • Guided visit of Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Costa Rican family Trapiche tour
  • Hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches & 6 dinners

What’s extra?

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Flight upgrades 
  • Insurance - see here

Airline Information BA

  • All bookings featuring flights with British Airways are part of a group allocation which unfortunately means you will be unable to manage your reservation directly with BA online; The following actions can only be carried out on check in at the airport. 

  • Online Check in.
  • Pre-reserved seat selection
  • Seat Request
  • Baggage Extras eg, Golf Bags, Ski Carriage.

Useful Information

Visas
British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Costa Rica. You may stay as a visitor for up to 90 days under a tourist visa waiver, although the exact period is at the discretion of the immigration officer on arrival.

Your specific passport and visa requirements, and other immigration requirements are your sole responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates of the countries in which you are planning to travel.

Passport validity
Your passport should have at least one day’s validity from the date you are leaving Costa Rica. If you hold a passport other than a British Citizen passport, different regulations may apply.

Evidence of onward travel
Entry to Costa Rica may be refused if you are unable to produce evidence of return or onward travel (for example a return air ticket).

Yellow fever certificate requirements
Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.

Vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory for all tourists coming from geographical areas considered at risk. All passengers should have received a vaccine at least 10 days before arrival and must show a valid certificate of vaccination to be allowed in the county.

Hotels
We stay in comfortable hotels throughout the tour.

Transfer Time
The transfer time for the main tour between Juan Santamaria International Airport San Jose and the hotel is approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

Included Programme
A sightseeing programme is included in your touring package.

More to Explore
There may be optional activities available to you during the course of your holiday, full details of which will be given out at the Information Meeting by your Tour Leader. Your Tour Leader will arrange these for you but may not necessarily accompany you.

Gratuities
We suggest a Group Collection to cover guides, transfer drivers, and hotel staff. We recommend $ 10.00 per person per day for the guide and $ 5.00 per person per day for driver.

Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % to add on.

Currency
Costa Rican colón

Credit cards accepted: Visa, Master Card & American Express.

US$ are well accepted at restaurants and stores (Preferably $10 & $20 bills) and must bring US$.

Dress Code
During the day when sightseeing, we recommend casual, lightweight cotton clothing, shorts or comfortable trousers. We recommend to bring at least 2 sets of clothes that dry quickly (jeans not recommended).

You will find that smart casual wear is acceptable, even in the best hotels during the evening. We would recommend a lightweight raincoat and an umbrella or hat for protection against rain or sun. Comfortable walking shoes are a “must” for sightseeing and for hiking trails and stairs (preferably with a thick tread). Please take a zip-lock plastic bags for personal belongings protection in case of rain, small day pack or fanny pack for hikes, sweater or light jacket, sunglasses and swimwear.

Please Note
The La Paz Waterfalls Gardens is located in a Park which ranges in altitude from 5200 feet to 4200 feet so it can get chilly when the clouds roll in.
A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling, sometimes with early starts. Please refer to Medical Conditions in Important Information.
There is a luggage restriction in Tortuguero to 12 kg per person and you can travel with a small bag and leave the luggage at our partner's office.

Costa Rica General Facts
The sunset in Costa Rica is between 5:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. all year around.
Drinkable bottled water available at every village.
The electrical current throughout Costa Rica is the same as US-110-volt AC. Outlets are generally 2 pronged. A voltage converter is necessary in order to use 240/250-Volt AC-powered items.

Choose an overseas holiday with confidence.  All holidays include flights and transfers in resort and are fully ATOL protected.

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From regional flights available COMMENTS  
07 Nov 2020 17 Nov 2020 10 All Ages £3,485 BOOK

What's included?

  • Scheduled return flights from London Gatwick/San Jose with British Airways and transfers
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Tour of Coffee Estate
  • Entrance to La Paz Waterfalls Gardens
  • Visit of Tortuguero Village
  • Morning boat tour of Tortuguero National Park
  • Walking tour of Arenal Hanging bridges
  • Guided visit of Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Costa Rican family Trapiche tour
  • Hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches & 6 dinners

What’s extra?

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Flight upgrades 
  • Insurance - see here

Airline Information BA

  • All bookings featuring flights with British Airways are part of a group allocation which unfortunately means you will be unable to manage your reservation directly with BA online; The following actions can only be carried out on check in at the airport. 

  • Online Check in.
  • Pre-reserved seat selection
  • Seat Request
  • Baggage Extras eg, Golf Bags, Ski Carriage.

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