Colours of Costa Rica


The jewel of Central America and a biological haven, Costa Rica is a breathtaking destination. Tropical coastlines sandwich volcanoes, bountiful national parks, rainforest, mangroves and a lot of very friendly local people into an area smaller than Ireland – there is not a more spectacular paradise to explore

tour duration 16 Days from
tour price 3,790pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Santa Ana (2N) - Tortuguero (2N) - Sarapiqui (1N) - Arenal (2N) - Monteverde (2N) - Manuel Antonio (3N) - San Jose (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Discover the jungle, waterways and beaches of Tortuguero
Take a chocolate tour in La Tirimbina
Explore rainforest in the shadow of Arenal Volcano
Trail the elusive quetzal in Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve
Bathe off the beautiful Pacific beaches of Manual Antonio
Fly through the canopy on the Rainforest Aerial Tram

Day 1 Fly to San José
Fly to San José, Costa Rica’s vibrant, charming capital city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. (D)
Day 1 Fly to San José
Day 2 Poas Volcano National Park
This morning, head out of the city to explore Poas Volcano National Park. Located just an hour and a half from San José, the area is home to the 2,700 metre Poas Volcano. Wander the well-kept trails that encircle Poas’ two craters, passing through luxuriant cloud forest and admiring the steaming blue pool that has settled in one of the enormous depressions. Return to the city via the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a 70-acre natural paradise. Two miles of trails help you wend your through native flora in forest and gardens and five waterfalls, keeping your eye out for wildlife as you go.
Day 2 Poas Volcano National Park
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 - Tortuguero even means ‘turtle catcher’. Spend the afternoon in the village, with the jungle and waterways on one side and on the other, blissful Caribbean beach.
Day 3 Travel to Tortuguero Village
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 between July and September, whilst the rivers are home to caimans, crocodiles and manatees and the forest boasts jaguars, sloths, monkeys and 375 species of birds. Exploring it will be a real adventure! This morning walk the trails around your hotel, and in the afternoon take a boat trip on the area’s waterways.
Day 4 Explore Tortuguero
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 with abundant nature. Check in to your rainforest lodge accommodation and settle in.
Day 5 Travel to Sarapiqui
Day 6 Chocolate Tour
Embark on a tour all about chocolate at La Tirimbina. Crossing the suspension bridge, visit a former cacao-tree plantation where you’ll learn about the history of the tree and its lucrative fruit. Watch the chocolate-making process first-hand and have a taste of the final product. The chocolate is produced by the Asociacion de Mujeres Amazilia del Caribe, a group of local woman who are working to improve their lives through social enterprise and to rescue the native cacao tree. Transfer by road to the Arenal area, named for the magnificent Arenal Volcano.
Day 6 Chocolate Tour
Day 7 Mistico Park Hanging Bridges
In the shadow of Arenal, the Mistico Park gives a whole new perspective on the rainforest with a series of bridges and suspension bridges at canopy level. 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 7 Mistico Park Hanging Bridges
Day 8 Monteverde by lake
Depart Arenal and voyage across Arenal Lake to the little town of Rio Chiquito. This lake is Costa Rica’s largest and tripled in size with the construction of the Arenal Dam in 1979. The views of the 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. Here you’ll learn all about the coffee making process, from harvest to processing, and all about the humble coffee bean itself.
Day 8 Monteverde by lake
Day 9 Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Spend a full day exploring the natural wonders of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with a guide. This reserve covers 26,000 acres of virgin forest which a huge amount of Costa Rica’s native flora and fauna call home. Cloud Forest is a highland rainforest, characterised by the clouds and fogs that settle in the lush canopy – the humidity here hovers at around 100%! The reserve shelters jaguars, pumas and over 450 species of bird, including the quetzal.
Day 9 Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
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 Manual Antonio where you will spend the next two nights.
Day 10 Travel to Manual Antonio
Day 11 Manual Antonio National Park
Enjoy a guided tour of Manual Antonio National Park, Costa Rica’s most popular protected area. There is a huge range of breathtaking flora and fauna here – as you stroll the park’s trails, keep an eye out for white-face capuchin monkeys, raccoons and a range of beautiful bird species. There’ll also be time to have a dip in the warm Pacific waters.
Day 11 Manual Antonio National Park
Day 12 Day at leisure
Enjoy a day at leisure in Manual Antonio.
Day 12 Day at leisure
Day 13 Carara National Park
Depart Manual Antonio and begin the journey back to San José, stopping en route at the Carara National Park. Enjoy the diverse nature of a transitional forest, a mix of dry tropical reserve and humid jungle created by changes in topography. It is home to many mammals and plant and tree species as well as the rare Scarlet Macaw. Arrive in San José.
Day 13 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. The tram travels at a leisurely 2 kilometres an hour, coverings 2.6 kilometres, giving you the chance to examine the many layers of the rainforest canopy and the flora and fauna that call it home.
Day 14 Rainforest Aerial Tram
Days 15-16 Fly San José to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day.
Days 15-16 Fly San José to UK

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

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If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrade available on request
Land only from £3,290
Single room from £870

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrade available on request
Land only from £3,290
Single room from £870

What's Included

International flights and current taxes
Domestic transportation
Accommodation
All meals
Touring with guides and entrance fees

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