TAILOR MADE TOURS COSTA RICA
A Country with an Extraordinary Wealth of Things to Do
COSTA RICA - THE DESTINATION
Costa Rica is a country with an extraordinary wealth of things to do. World famous for having an incredibly high level of biodiversity throughout its tropical forests. There are impressive volcanoes, mountain areas, rivers, lakes, and beaches all throughout the country. Go for the wildlife, birdwatching, beaches, rafting, fishing, scuba diving, surfing, biking, zip-lining, golf or several other active/extreme sports besides the amazing nature and beaches. Read more...
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LIFE IN THE WILDERNESS
8 Days / 7 Nights
From £685 per person + flights / with standard hotels
Experience the best of Costa Rica during this week-long tour of the country. Discover the amazing tropical flora and fauna from Tortuguero on the Caribbean Coast, through the Arenal Volcano and the Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast.
QUETZALS AND WHALES
9 Days / 8 Nights
From £725 per person + flights / with standard hotels
Discover the paradise of flora and fauna in San Gerardo de Dota then head to the Ballena Marine National Park where you will hopefully be able to see humpback whales coming to the area to mate. In this region you will find activities such as whale and dolphin watching, horseback riding, bird watching, scuba diving, sport fishing, and hiking through the rainforest, which has a large number of waterfalls. Finally head to Manuel Antonio to enjoy the sun and white sand beaches of the Manuel Antonio National Park. Many adventures are available in the Manuel Antonio area, such as canopy tours, horseback riding, sunset cruises to see dolphins and whales, and whitewater rafting on the Savegre River.
PURA VIDA COAST TO COAST
10 Days / 9 Nights
From £920 per person + flights / with standard hotels
A comprehensive coast to coast tour of the country. Discover the Tortuguero National Park, head to Puerto Viejo for some of the best beaches and afro-caribbean culture. Visit the majestic Arenal Volcano and finally spend a few days at the Manuel Antonio National Park.
PURA VIDA WILDERNESS
10 Days / 9 Nights
From £1,420 per person + flights / with standard hotels
Visit the impressive Arenal Volcano, then head to Manuel Antonio to enjoy the sun and the beach, in addition to Manuel Antonio National Park. After this you will discover the “jewel of Costa Rica”, the Corcovado National Park. The southern lowlands of Costa Rica are home to the last rainforests of the Central American Pacific Coast, making it a unique experience.
ADVENTURES AND RELAXATION
11 Days / 10 Nights
From £900 per person + flights / with standard hotels
Visit the impressive Arenal Volcano, then head to the Monteverde Cloud Forests. You will be amazed by the area’s diversity and richness of nature. There are many activities in the area to complement your visit: adventure zip line tours, hanging bridges, hummingbird gardens, butterfly gardens, a Serpentarium (one of the best in the country), a nocturnal wildlife tour, horseback riding. Continue to Guanacaste where you will spend a couple of days relaxing at the beach.
COSTA RICA'S NATURAL JEWELS
11 Days / 10 Nights
From £955 per person + flights / with standard hotels
One of our most interesting tours with the most exciting destinations included on this itinerary. Take a boat through the canals of Tortuguero, visit the impressive Arenal Volcano, then head to the Monteverde Cloud forest before enjoying some time on the beaches around Manuel Antonio National Park.
BIODIVERSITY AND BEACHES
15 Days / 14 Nights
From £1,370 per person + flights / with standard hotels
On this 15 days tour you will have a chance to visit most of Costa Rica's amazing national parks and some of the best beaches. Start with a few days in the Southern Caribbean and discover the afro-caribbean culture. Explore Tortuguero's canals, visit the impressive Arenal Volcano, the Monteverde Cloud Forest, visit the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, dominated by two volcanoes and divided into two sections: Las Pailas and Santa Maria. Finally spend some time on the beaches of Guanacaste.
TOTALLY COSTA RICA
21 Days / 20 Nights
From £2,999 per person + flights / with deluxe hotels
An amazing complete tour of Costa Rica's national parks and some of the best beaches. Visit San José, explore Tortuguero's canals, then continue with a few days in the Southern Caribbean and discover the afro-caribbean culture. Visit the impressive Arenal Volcano, the Rio Celeste area, the Monteverde Cloud Forest, visit the Manuel Antonio National Park, before heading to Corcovado. Enjoy the diversity of landscapes and abundant biodiversity of the area during your journey.
COSTA RICA TO PANAMA
13 Days / 12 Nights
From £1,580 per person + flights / with standard hotels
An exciting multi-country tour of Costa Rica and Panama. Explore Costa Rica's national parks and some of the best beaches. Visit San José, the impressive Arenal Volcano, explore Tortuguero's canals, then continue with a few days on the country's southern Caribbean coast in Puerto Viejo de Limon and discover the afro-caribbean culture. From here we will take you to the archipelago of Bocas del Toro where you will spend a few days in a unique natural setting of living coral reefs in completely transparent waters. Finally discover the bustling Panama City before heading back home.
PANAMA, COSTA RICA & NICARAGUA
17 Days / 16 Nights
From £2,840 per person + flights / with standard hotels
Discover the best beaches and the amazing nature these Central American countries have to offer.
Start with the crystal clear waters of the Bocas del Toro archipelago, then continue to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and the Cahuita National Park. Hike to the impressive Arenal Volcano, explore the Monteverde Cloud Forests, then head to the colonial city of Granada in Nicaragua. Finally spend a few days on Costa Rica's Pacific coast.
COSTA RICA - THE DESTINATION
Costa Rica is a country with an extraordinary wealth of things to do. World famous for having an incredibly high level of biodiversity throughout its tropical forests, around 25% of its national territory is protected by a system of conservation areas and national parks. It has been stated that Costa Rica may contain as much as 6% of the world's plant and animal species. There are tropical mammals such as monkeys, sloths, tapirs, and wild cats as well as an amazing assortment of insects, birds and other animals. There are impressive volcanoes, mountain areas, rivers, lakes, and beaches all throughout the country. Most of the popular beaches are on the Pacific side but the Caribbean has many excellent beaches as well.
Go for the wildlife, birdwatching, beaches, rafting, fishing, scuba diving, surfing, biking, zip-lining, golf or several other active/extreme sports besides the amazing nature and beaches.
CLIMATE AND WHEN TO GO
Because Costa Rica is located between eight and 12 degrees north of the Equator, the climate is Tropical year round. However, the country has many microclimates depending on elevation, rainfall, topography, and by the geography of each particular region.
Costa Rica's seasons are defined by how much rain falls during a particular period and not to the four seasons in the Northern Hemisphere. The year can be split into two periods, the dry season known to the residents as summer, and the rainy season, known locally as winter. The "summer" or dry season goes from December to April, and "winter" or rainy season goes from May to November, which almost coincides with the List of Atlantic hurricane seasons, and during this time, it rains constantly in some regions.
The location receiving the most rain is the Caribbean slopes of the Central Cordillera mountains, with an annual rainfall of over 5000 mm. Humidity is also higher on the Caribbean side than on the Pacific side. The mean annual temperature on the coastal lowlands is around 27°C, 20°C in the main populated areas of the Central Cordillera, and below 10°C on the summits of the highest mountains.
Since the late 1980's Costa Rica became a popular nature travel destination, and its main competitive advantage is its well-established system of national parks and protected areas, covering around 23.4% of the country's land area, the largest in the world as a percentage of the country's territory, and home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, in a country that has only 0.03% of the world's landmass, but that is estimated to contain 5% of the world's biodiversity. The country also has plenty of world renowned beaches, both in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea,
within short travel distances between both coasts both by air and land,
and also several active volcanoes that can be visited with safety.
By the early 1990s, Costa Rica became known as the poster child of ecotourism. According to the Costa Rican Tourism Board, 46% of international tourists visiting the country in 2009 engaged in activities related to ecotourism, including trekking, flora, fauna, and bird watching, and visits to rural communities. However, most visitors look for adventure activities, which Costa Rica offers as well. Costa Rica was included by Ethical Traveler magazine in the 2011 and the 2012 list of The Developing World's 10 Best Ethical Destinations.
Costa Rica historically managed to stay away from the political turmoil and violence from which neighbouring nations still suffer. The nation constitutionally abolished its army permanently in the 1940s. It has also managed to be the only Latin American country included in the list of the world's 22 oldest democracies, paying homage to its stance as a peaceful and politically stable nation. Costa Rica has also consistently been among the top Latin American countries in the Human Development Index, and is cited by the UNDP as one of the countries that has attained much higher human development than other countries at the same income levels.
Costa Rica is ranked third in the world and first among the Americas in terms of the 2010 Environmental Performance Index. And the New Economics Foundation (NEF) ranked Costa Rica as the happiest nation in the world, both in 2009 and in 2012. This same organization (NEF) ranked Costa Rica as the "greenest" country in the world. Among budget travelers and increasingly among ordinary tourists Costa Rica is ranked as the most expensive country in Central America and perhaps in the whole of Latin America. Wine, chocolate, coffee, entrance fees for national parks, are expensive compared to prices in Western Europe and North America.
This nation has bewilderingly diverse culture, climates, flora, fauna, and landscapes. From rain forests, to dry tropical and temperate forests, to volcanoes, to Caribbean and Pacific beaches, to high mountains, and marshy lowlands.
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