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Caribbean to Pacific Coast - 14 Nights

1 nt San Jose, 2 nts Tortuguero, 3 nts Sarapiqui, 3 nts Arenal, 5 nts Tamarindo

This holiday starts in the steamy, humid jungle canals of Tortuguero where you will see the diversity of wildlife and birds that frequent this unique and interesting habitat. Sightings may include caimans, howler monkeys and spider monkeys. If you travel between the months of July through October you can take a guided night walk on the Caribbean beach and may see nesting Atlantic Green Turtles.

Then travel on to the Sarapiqui region, where you will take guided day and night walks within a primary rainforest reserve and may have the chance to see red eyed tree frogs, bats, snakes, spiders and the infamous 'Blue Jeans' frog and other poison dart frogs.

Continuing on to the Arenal region you will see a different landscape that includes the majestic and dominant Arenal Volcano. Here you can explore the rainforest in a variety of active ways that could include hiking, ziplining, mountain biking and horse riding.

Then finish the holiday with some beach relaxation on Playa Tamarindo, where you can learn to surf, take a catamaran sail or snorkel and dive.

Price guide

14 nights from £3,065 per person based on double occupancy

These prices are based on an average flight price of £650 per person and High Season room rates. Flight routes vary, there are direct flight options with British Airways from London Gatwick but also many alternative routes via the US. Please contact us for accurate flight pricing for your timings and place of departure.

Includes

  • International flights from UK to San Jose, Costa Rica
  • 1 night in San Jose
  • 2 nights at Pachira Lodge, Tortuguero
  • 3 nights at La Selva Verde, Sarapiqui
  • 4 nights at Arenal Springs, Arenal
  • 4 nights at Tamarindo Diria, Tamarindo
  • Boat tour of Tortuguero canals
  • Visit to Tortuguero village
  • Night Walk at Selva Verde Rainforest Reserve
  • Guided walk at Selva Verde Lodge
  • Sky Tram (zipline)
  • Mistico Hanging Bridges
  • Daily breakfast
  • Three Lunches and five dinners

Day to Day

Below is an example day to day itinerary.

Day 1

Fly from UK to San Jose, Costa Rica. Met on arrival and transferred to hotel to overnight in San Jose.

Day 2

Vehicle and boat transfer to Tortuguero (approx. 4 hours). Overnight in the simple but comfortable Pachira hotel and relax to the sounds of the forest. (BLD)

Day 3

Enjoy a guided boat tour on the Tortuguero canals, your guide will point out resident birdlife and you may spot caimans, iguanas and howler monkeys. In the afternoon you will take a trip to the village of Tortuguero (BLD).

Day 4

Transfer to the Sarapiqui region to stay at La Selva Verde an original eco-lodge that protects nearly 500 acres of primary rainforest in a reserve situated to the back of the lodge that is reached by a hanging bridge across the Sarapiqui river. Included in your stay is a guided night walk into the reserve to get close up with the insects, amphibians, reptiles and possibly mammals that come out at night (BLD).

Day 5

Guided walk in the Selva Verde Rainforest Reserve. One of the expert guides from the lodge will take you across the Sarapiqui River via a hanging bridge and walk around the reserve where you may see howler monkeys, spider monkeys, toucans, kingfishers, motmots. Your guide will also point out the interesting trees and plants within a primary rainforest environment, such as the walking palms, Ceiba trees, Gumbo Limbo tree and variety of palms (BD).

Day 6

Day at leisure. *Optional extras could include white water rafting at Pozo Azul, river float on Sarapiqui river, guided tour of La Selva Biological Station, Chocolate tour at nearby Tirimbina Reserve (BD).

Day 7

Private air-conditioned vehicle transfer to Arenal Region to Arenal Springs (approx. 1.5 hrs). Arenal Springs is a very comfortable hotel with views of the Arenal Volcano, pools and hot springs on the grounds. Afternoon at leisure (B).

Day 8

Today you will do the Sky Tram Tour at Arenal, travel in a gondola to the observation point and then there are 7 ziplines through the treetop canopy. Overnight at Arenal Springs (B).

Day 9

A guide will accompany you on a Hanging Bridges walk through the forest and point out flora and fauna, you may see monkeys, agoutis and a variety of tropical birdlife. Overnight at Arenal Springs (B).

Day 10

Private air-conditioned vehicle transfer to Tamarindo Diria hotel in Tamarindo (approx. 3.5 hrs). This hotel is opposite Playa Tamarindo and has a variety of restaurants and several swimming pools (B).

Day 11 to 14

Days at leisure. (B).

Day 15

Private air-conditioned vehicle transfer back to San Jose International Airport. Depart San Jose on international flight to UK (B).

Day 16

Arrive in UK

Curious Capuchin Monkey Spiny Glass Frog Tamarindo Beach Arenal Volcano Tamarindo Diria Eco Glide Zipline Pachira Lodge Cabin Hanging Bridge at Selva Verde Yellow Crowned Night Heron Boat tour at Tortuguero