Overview & Highlights
This guided group tour combines Costa Rica’s natural highlights with a few less visited, up and coming destinations, offering a thrilling tropical adventure bursting with wildlife.
- boat trip down the canals of Tortuguero
- nature walk in Tirimbina Rainforest reserve
- Tenorio Volcano National Park and Rio Celeste hike
- Selvatura hanging bridges
- visit to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
- cooking class at local finca
Costa Rica is a compact, accessible country where visitors are mesmerised by the forest-mantled volcanic landscapes and the sheer volume of exuberant bio-diversity. There’s a peaceful, friendly ambiance throughout which lends itself to a truly relaxed group holiday of discovery.
To understand the complexities of the bewitching natural environment and the efforts to sustain it, on this group adventure you benefit from the services of well informed local guides, who are bursting with pride in Costa Rica’s achievements. You’ll be taken to the famous national park at Tortuguero where, boating through the mangroves, you’ll be overwhelmed by the number of species - including of course turtles – and the magical fairyland of the Monteverde cloud forest, a haven for birdlife.
To this we have added up and coming new destinations: tropical Sarapiqui and the turquoise pools and sparkling waterfalls of Rio Celeste. Finally spend time at Carara, a coastal reserve famed for its scarlet macaws and the huge crocodiles which lurk in the mangroves.
Owing to the wilderness locations, most of your meals are included, so this holiday is really good value as well.
Fly into San José and transfer to hotel.
Drive and boat to Tortuguero Jungle Reserve.
Guided exploration of the reserve by boat.
By boat and road to Sarapiquí.
Visit La Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve.
Drive to Bijagua.
Visit Rio Celeste and Tenorio Volcano National Park.
Drive to Monteverde.
Explore Selvatura Park and Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve.
Carara National Park.
Day at leisure.
Transfer to San José airport for international flight.
UK clients arrive home the following day.
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What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Very satisfied with Journry Latin Americas service in the UK and a wonderful tour which was turned into an excellent experience by our tour guide and driver.JE, Southwell
The birds were wonderful - especially the time spent looking for, and finding, the Resplendent Quetzal. Also the camaraderie and the laughs with the group members, the tour leader and the driver.FW, Dornoch
Overall, the whole JLA experience has been first class. Would have no hesitation in recommending JLA to friends and family.MH, Leighton Buzzard
I travelled with a great group of people, a fantastic Tour Leader and amazing Driver. One of my best JLA experiences.JH, Woking
Most memorable experience? - Boat trip at Tortuguero. Watching a falcon catch and eat a snake! Seeing Honduran White tent-building bats roosting under a Heliconium leaf.ST, York
A superb holiday for those with an interest in wildlife and environment. It is intense, but this results in a highly rewarding experience. The whole holiday was greatly enhanced by having a single guide throughout, who had extensive local knowledge and experience.
This tour showcases Costa Rica's natural diversity and amazing wildlife, covering everything from the jungle lowlands and mystical cloud forests the country is known for, to some less-visited areas such as Sarapiqui, Rio Celeste and Carara.
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
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