Flora & Fauna

Discover Costa Rica’s spectacular flora and fauna in two weeks on this affordable tour! Visit some of the best destinations for wildlife, stay at authentic Eco lodges and finish on the beach!

Places you visit: San Jose – Tortuguero – Sarapiqui – Arenal – Monteverde – Manuel Antonio

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“All our holiday experiences were great. Organisation at all levels flowed well and we were very happy with all the guides and all those we interacted with on our travels.”

Cushla Hughes, June 2019.

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Tour Itinerary

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Day 1: Meet & greet at airport

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You will be met at San Jose airport by your English speaking driver who will welcome you to Costa Rica and help you with your bags. They will take you directly to your hotel by private transfer (about 30 minutes depending on traffic). Start your trip with dinner on the rooftop restaurant of your hotel!

Meals Included: None today

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Presidente

Day 2: Journey to Tortuguero

tortuguero jungle canals boat tour in costa rica

You’ll be picked up early this morning to start your scenic trip through Braulio Carillo national park. A hearty breakfast is served at a local restaurant in the town of Guapiles. After breakfast continue by road past banana plantations, stopping to see how they are packaged. The final part of the journey is by boat arriving to the lodge in time for lunch. After lunch explore the jungle canals of Tortuguero national park by boat. You will see troops of monkeys, sloths, caiman, river turtles, iguanas and much more!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Aninga Lodge

Day 3: Nature Walk & Tortuguero Village

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This morning enjoy a guided nature walk along the private rainforest trails of your jungle lodge. Your guide will point out the different types of birds and other wildlife that can be seen here. After lunch you will visit the tiny village of Tortuguero where the 1200 inhabitants live. Visit the turtle museum and learn about why this is such an important site for Green Sea Turtles. Optional turtle tour at night available from July to October.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Aninga Lodge

Day 4: Tortuguero to Sarapiqui

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Depart the lodge after breakfast boat back to the dock and then by road to Guapiles. Stop for lunch here before taking the shuttle to Sarapiqui where you will be dropped at your lodge. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax by the river, explore the nature trails, do some bird watching, or take a dip in the pool.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Selva Verde Lodge

Day 5: Selva Verde Reserve

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Get up at the crack of dawn today for an early morning bird watching tour around the private reserve. A resident birding guide will help you spot some of the hundreds of species of birds you can see on the property. After breakfast spend the rest of the day exploring the private reserve. You could take several hiking tours, go white water rafting, take a boat trip, visit the La Selva Biological station and more!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Selva Verde Lodge

Day 6: Sarapiqui to Arenal

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Today you are picked up at your hotel by the shuttle that will take you directly to your hotel in Arenal where the famous volcano is located. The drive takes about 2 hours. After checking in the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Why not visit the hot springs, relax in the pool, or use our Trip Guidebook to look up a restaurant recommendation for dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Casa Luna

Day 7: Hanging Bridges

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Experience the primary rainforest up close from the tops of the trees. Enjoy a guided nature walk along a network of trails including 16 suspension bridges. Your naturalist guide will teach you about this unique eco system and point out the huge variety of flora and fauna that can be found in the reserve.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Casa Luna

Day 8: Day At Leisure In Arenal

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There are no activities scheduled for today so you can relax and enjoy the comforts of your hotel. There are many activities available in Arenal including chocolate tours, zip lining, horse riding, rafting tours, mountain biking and more!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Casa Luna

Day 9: Scenic Arenal Lake Crossing to Monteverde

monteverde cloud forest reserve

You will be picked up this morning and taken to the shore of Lake Arenal where you will board a small boat for the scenic crossing to the other side of the lake. The boat trip takes about 1 hour with wonderful views of the volcano and the surrounding area. Many migratory birds can be spotted along the way. On arrival to the other side you will be taken the remainder of the journey by shuttle bus to Monteverde. Afternoon at leisure in the cloud forest.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Trapp Family lodge

Day 10: The Monteverde Reserve

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The Monteverde Reserve is one of the most biologically rich in Costa Rica and supports a staggering variety of plants and animals including over 500 species of birds. There are 13 kilometres of nature trails that wind through the forest that is often shrouded in cloud creating a mysterious and unique atmosphere. There is also a hummingbird garden where you can watch these wonderful birds.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Trapp Family lodge

Day 11: Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

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You will be picked up at your hotel and taken by shuttle bus transfer directly to your hotel in Manuel Antonio. The drive takes about 4 hours. After checking in the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax by the pool or take a tour of the nearby wildlife refuge and butterfly atrium.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Si Como No

Day 12: Manuel Antonio National Park

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Manuel Antonio is arguably Costa Rica’s prettiest national park. It is a picture perfect tropical paradise with thick jungle emerging onto pristine white sand beaches. You start with an informative walk along the trails spotting troops of monkeys, sloths, coatis, iguanas and lots of other wildlife. After the walk enjoy some beach and a dip in the warm tropical waters before returning to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Si Como No

Days 13 & 14: Final days at leisure

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End your trip relaxing by the hotel pool, taking a trip to the beach, or indulging in a spa treatment. For the more active kayaking excursions, catamaran tours, horse riding and river rafting are all available. We can also organise a visit to a local wildlife sanctuary.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Si Como No

Day 15: Departure or extend your trip!

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Time to fly home, or extend your trip by adding on 4 nights in the Osa Peninsula! Get in touch with one of our experts to start planning your trip, tailored to your requirements.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Remember this trip can be customised to your particular tastes and interests!

Our Suggested Accommodation

This trip can be customised to your style of travel and preferred standard of accommodation. Below is our suggested accommodation for this trip.

Tour Inclusions

  • All accommodation
  • All internal flights
  • All tours as specified in the itinerary
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All transfers and transportation
  • All national park entrance fees
  • All other entrance fees
  • 24 hour emergency assistance
  • 100% financial protection with our ATOL license & ABTA membership
  • Our exclusive 100+ page trip guidebook, personalised to your trip
  • Full support from your dedicated specialist
  • International flights – we can include these for you, just ask us for a quote
  • Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides
  • Travel insurance

Destinations you visit on this tour

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