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Walks and Wildlife Holiday in Costa Rica

Starts: San José, Costa Rica
Finishes: San Jose, Costa Rica

Visit: San José, Arenal, National Park Arenal, Rincon de la Vieja., Rincon de la Vieja, Rancho los Campesinos, Manuel Antonio, Corcovado National Park, San Pedrillo, Corcovado National Park, Siberia, Tapanti National Park, San José, San Jose

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Sightseeing,Trekking

Overview

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Costa Rica is well named the jewel of Central America', with its tropical rainforest, active volcanoes, deserted beaches, colourful wildlife, perfect climate and friendly people; experience it all on this exciting wildlife and walking adventure holiday. We begin our amazing adventure in Costa Rica with some scenic walking beneath Volcan Arenal and on Rincon de la Vieja. We have three days to explore the trails and enjoy the mud pools, hot springs, waterfalls and abundent wildlife. Heading south, we stop off at the Pacific beach town of Dominical, before embarking on a 3-day trip to the Osa Peninsula, the gateway to the Corcovado National Park. Journeying by boat, we will be on the lookout for dolphins, whales and turtles; stopping off for walks and snorkelling opportunities. Our wildlife bonanza holiday is rounded off as we go in search of quetzals and other exotic bird species at San Gerardo de Dota and in the El Copal Reserve. This walking and wildlife holiday is designed to take us to the lesser-known places away from the crowds and main stream tourists, yet allows us to experience the best of this remarkable country.

Highlights

    • Trek the slopes of Arenal Volcano & visit Corcovado NP by boat
    • Rainforests, waterfalls and beaches on this Costa Rica holiday
    • Walk amongst abundent birdlife, including the elusive quetzal
    • Wonderful wildlife, including coatis, sloth and tapir

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 127632
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private##Private
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: San José, Costa Rica
Finishes: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 15 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • An experienced English speaking local leader
  • A single timed airport transfers
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All transfers on private vehicle or boat
  • Boat trips in Drake Bay and Corcovado
  • Entrance fees at the National Parks: Volcan Poas / Volcan Arenal / Volcan Rincon de la Vieja / Isla del Cano and Corcovado
  • Visit of the private reserves at Los Campesinos and San Gerardo de Dota

Excludes

Price

Price person (sharing double) $3,370 ($225/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Itinerary

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Costa Rica Poas Volcano National Park, Laguna Botos, Arenal National Park, Las Pumas, Rincon De La Vieja, Las Pailas Trail, Tarcoles, Los Campesinos, Rio Sierpe, Cano Island, Corcovado, San Isidro Del General, Quetzal, El Copal Reserve
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Anne  

What an excellent holiday which delivered walks and wildlife galore. Highlights included swimming and snorkeling in the warm Pacific whilst staying at 'Poor Man's Paradise', and in natural waterfall pools along the way. Also seeing sloths, agouti, humming birds and the resplendent quetzel. Our group leader was excellent -inspiring, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and keen to show us his country. I must also mention our driver, Carlos, who kept smiling no matter how wet and smelly we made his minibus! Thank you and Pura Vida both.

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William  

This was an excellent trip with good company and a first class leader in Joe Bernini. He was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and did all he could to make the holiday a success apart from lingering over lunch and accordingly starting a walk at 5pm which was largely undertaken in darkness and pouring rain. I gave him my views and have forgiven him! We saw the quetzal (incredibly beautiful and patient with its birders) but no jaguars or tapirs.

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Arthur  

We went Costa Rica expecting to see rainforest and wildlife. We were not disappointed. Our guide is an excellent guide, his knowledge, enthusiasm and leadership is a model for others. We would strongly recommend this trip.

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Christina S  

The trip was well organised and we didn't have to worry about anything. Our guide was really excellent, knowledgable and happy to share his knowledge with us, he never tired of trying to find the animals for us.My original holiday had to be cancelled and I was rebooked on this one. I got really great help from the staff (thanks a lot!) and the holiday was really a success!A friend recommended youto me. I picked this trip as it was a nice combination of hiking, getting to know the country and wildlife. I really enjoyed the holiday and would highly recommend this trip to anyone!

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Nan P  

I am thrilled with this holiday. It gave an excellent and varied introduction to Costa Rica. Wonderful!The aspects I most enjoyed were: variety of locations from tropical rainforest to 'alpine' conditions, quality of our leader, different types of accommodation, including log cabins - particularly close to the forests / Pacific / the wild, meeting Ticos, especially those who are endeavouring to improve their lot with ecotourism off the beaten track, swimming in plunge pools, hot springs, the Pacific ocean (and hotel pools), walking through a wide range of ecosystems and landscapes, observing birds, mammals, sea-life, Gallo pinto! small group, sunsets.Walter (our leader) was enthusiastic to show us as much as possible. His knowledge of wildlife and love of his country are exemplary. He appreciated our different needs and interests and tried effectively to engage us all.There was even more diverse habitats than I expected. The level of walking was never too difficult - I feared it may have been. This was a superb experience. I loved every moment, even when I was physically stretched.

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Hazel M  

Just back (April) from an amazing holiday in Costa Rica. Costa Rica was stunning but our guide really made our holiday. He was inspiring, enthusiastic, a good friend to everyone (a great achievement as the group was made up of different personalities), very organised and kind. We trusted him completely and had an emergency arisen I know he had the strength of character and authority to deal with it. His talent as a cook ensured the sandwiches we enjoyed were amongst the best meals we had. He would ask politely of an available kitchen and cook imaginative fillings; a sort of ratatouille, an aubergine dish, handfuls of fresh herbs and more conventional ingredients - all stored in ziplock bags to be produced at lunchtime. The ultimate delicacy was a chocolate coconut biscuit topped with Nutella and chocolate nibs (his own personal supply). I dream about them still! As a linguist he not only had perfect English, but on the few occasions we had a longish journey in the minibus, he taught us Spanish with humour and patience. He played recordings of individual Costa Rican birds to us so we could learn their language too. These journeys were always fun as he also ensured there were frequent stops; for photos, for some empanadas (little pasties), fresh strawberries, chilled coconut drinks etc using any opportunity available. When snorkelling he explained different techniques we could try. When we needed a post office or a supermarket, he found one.

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Kathy D and Dave H  

We've finally done another exciting adventure! Just returned from the Costa Rica Walks and Wildlife trip which we would highly recommend. We saw over 150 species of bird, mammal, amphibian, reptile, fish and invertebrate, not to mention the plants! We had an excellent guide and the itinerary was fantastic. The animals are very easy to see and photograph as there are so many national parks and they are not afraid of humans as they have not been disturbed there for decades. My favourite was the Corcovado National Park, followed closely by Los Campesinos. So many great places to explore - will have to plan for next year now!

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Linda H  

Loved all the eco lodges. Often basic but clean and comfortable and had the freedom of being without the impact of all modern technology. (Although wifi was mostly available for those who needed it). Particularly loved El camposino and Marenco Hotel in the Corcovado. The last 2 nights at Laguna Lodge in Tortoguero National Park went smoothly and we saw wildlife that we hadn't seen in the rest of the trip. e.g. 2 toed sloths and red eyed tree frogs.

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Alan H  

The nature of the accommodation varied from hotel to more basic eco-lodges but all were clean and friendly and the food excellent. Our guide)cares deeply about his country and its natural history. His enthusiasm was infectious and he regularly went out of his way to improve the quality of the experience. He regularly bought local foods and drinks for the group so that we could experience the tastes of the country outside of the main trip itinerary. The driver was also very helpful to the group as well as being an excellent driver.I would recommend this trip to anyone interested in wildlife. The guides expertise in spotting birds and mammals in the tree canopy was excellent and he made a great trip into an unforgettable one. The trip exceeded expectations due mainly to the enthusiasm of the guide and his extensive knowledge of Costa Rican wildlife.

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Gorden E  

I have been on many, many walking holidays and have had some excellent guides on past trips with other companies, but The guide is far and away the best guide I have ever had on any trip. He has a passion for nature, for his country and its history. All good guides are knowledgeable, but Joe shares his with a warmth and excitement that is truly infectious. Everybody simply gets caught up in it and becomes excited about each new thing the group encounters. I can remember numerous occasions when one of his explanations started with "Remember when we saw". It is like he was born to work in the tourism and hospitality field. Joe went far, far beyond any guide I have ever experienced in keeping his promise and most of the time we did not even have to directly ask for what we wanted. Somebody mentioned they wanted to try Costa Rican chocolate. Next thing we knew we were in a chocolate outlet where we could taste and purchase local chocolate. I said I didn't really like cassava (a type of tapioca/arrowroot) ...next thing I knew, Joe had bought some fresh cassava and then that night he had the hotel kitchen prepare it in a way he knew we would all really like. Two people in the group caught a cold and were coughing. Joe bought herbs, honey and lemon and personally made them a herbal throat tea, not just once, but each night. At lunch one day, somebody asked if the restaurant had guacamole. They didn't. Joe disappeared and a few minutes later came back with fresh avocados he had boug

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