Costa Rica luxury nature tour

Enjoy a taste of Costa Rican ‘pura vida’ as you explore one of the world’s most biodiverse and beautiful countries. This thrilling luxury tour, accompanied by a team of expert naturalist guides, takes in all the must-see wildlife-watching destinations while staying in a range of premium hotels.
Admire the wildlife of Tortuguero National Park including turtles, monkeys, caiman and butterflies Take a dip in the natural hot springs around Arenal Volcano Walk across moon-like lava fields created by past volcanic eruptions Refreshing swim beneath La Fortuna waterfall Explore the Monteverde cloud forest with wildlife hikes and treetop walkways Range of optional adventure activities on Rio Perdido: tubing, mountain biking, ziplining Spend a few days in Tamarindo on one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches
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14 Days
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Small group
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From £4399 - £4499 excluding flights.
Optional single supplement £1300.
Minimum age 16.
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Description of Costa Rica luxury nature tour

Spend any time in Costa Rica and a phrase you’ll hear a lot is ‘pura vida’. It encapsulates a spirit of taking life as it comes. Relax, live in the moment, be happy. It’s an ethos that also runs through this luxury nature tour in Costa Rica, as you take your time exploring the highlights of this extraordinary country in the company of a sociable small group, led by friendly and knowledgeable naturalist guides. Staying throughout in premium, eco-friendly accommodations, enjoy a taste of pura vida, with plenty of adventure thrown in too.


After arriving in the capital, San Jose, you’ll travel straight to the magnificent Tortuguero National Park. So-named because of the many species of sea turtle that come here to lay their eggs on the beaches, the park is a network of canals and swamps, accessible only by boat or small plane. You’ll take a small motorboat out to a lodge that’s ideally situated for wildlife walks in search of everything from monkeys to iguanas, and colourful butterflies and birdlife.


After Tortuguero, another destination that’s high on the list of every Costa Rica traveller: Arenal Volcano. No longer as active as it was, the volcano and the surrounding landscape shaped by years of volcanic activity still make for a thrilling backdrop as you soak in natural thermal pools and trek across lava fields.


The real highlight of a Costa Rica holiday is understanding the country’s intricate web of ecosystems and how they provide habitats to support a spectacular range of species. Perhaps nowhere is this more clearly on display than the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where treetop canopy walks enable you to see life at different levels of the rainforest, and how precipitation from the clouds is vital to Costa Rica’s biodiversity. Besides pointing out various flora and fauna, such as the many species of orchid found here, your local naturalist guides can also explain the dangers of climate change to such delicate ecosystems.


After a few more days of trekking through Costa Rica’s lush rainforest, tracking capuchin and howler monkeys, snakes, lizards and bugs, you’ll enjoy a few days of relaxation on the Nicoya Peninsula. Tamarindo, once a quiet fishing village, has become one of the country’s premier surf and beach resorts. The sunsets and seafood here are equally special.

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£5499To£5849including UK flights
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From £4399 - £4499 excluding flights.
Optional single supplement £1300.
Minimum age 16.
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Watching turtle hatchlings making their first trip to the ocean; the loud and crazy scarlet macaws and the toucans; all the amazing wildlife ...

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take a camera with a good zoom!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Mostly yes, although some of the accommodations could perhaps do more to reduce their environmental impact e.g. on products/packaging, actively encouraging sustainable behaviours, etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The only thing I would say wasn't perfect was the single room supplement accommodation in some hotels (already explained in my feedback form). That's why I gave four stars. Everything else was worthy of five stars

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

By travelling in a small group, led by a local guide, we ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment.

Our trips adhere to ABTA’s industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regard to working animals and wildlife viewing. Our local operator has a policy of Animal Welfare that requests suppliers to comply with the minimum conditions of animal welfare.

Our local operator has been awarded by the Costa Rican Tourism Board for their sustainable tourism practice & dedication to improving sustainability standards. This means that efforts are made to rationally use water and electricity, provide adequate waste management, and positively impact communities, among many other actions.

To reduce our carbon emissions, we use a shared coach at the beginning of the tour to transport clients from San José to Tortuguero rather than an internal flight. During the trip, we travel responsibly using appropriate methods of transport; therefore, depending on group size, a minibus/coach will be used.

We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste, for example eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and instead providing refills for re-usable bottles.

Most of the accommodation and restaurants we visit on this trip use locally sourced food such as fruit which is always sourced locally and abundant. Vegetarian options are available if notice is given which include a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, and rice.

Examples of eco-friendly accommodation used on this trip:

Aninga Lodge - Aninga is an ecolodge in the region of Tortuguero; committed to sustainable development and environmental awareness that will generate a positive impact on the community, the environment, and customers. The hotel is constructed 1.5 m (5 feet) above the ground. Restaurant, bungalows, and walking trails are built on stilts, it allows not only to protect the natural habitat of animals but also lets guests enjoy the panoramic view of the tropical rainforest.

Rio Perdido Hotel - From the start, the commitment has been to keep the land's topography as close as possible to its original state. The hotel elected for structures to be founded on existing geological formations and, when that was not possible, to be elevated by pylons. This style of raised architecture was ideal in conserving the natural hydrology of the terrain. The result is the ultimate respect for the natural environment. Rio Perdido focuses on sustainable transplanting. Because Rio Perdido is in the region's most sun-drenched area, it must irrigate the younger transplants. To accomplish this, the hotel uses most of treated residual water as well as circulated pool water.

People

The use of a local guide means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural and social sensitivities.

This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally-owned hotels and restaurants, the emphasis on eating locally produced food and support of other local enterprise. We use fairly small, family run and locally staffed establishments which ensures that we are benefiting local communities.

Our local guides are careful to explain that any souvenirs on sale over the duration of the trip which are made from animal parts, shells or local hardwoods should not be purchased.

This is a small group tour, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.

Our local operator is very involved in supporting community projects. Our local operator cares about our impact on the destination, which is why we carry out several actions. For instance:

The celebration of the International Tourism Day of 2019 by cleaning a beach at Guacalillo, that allowed to recollect 150 Kg of waste.

Plastic lids collect and donation them to Fundación Proparques, to develop walkways to improve accessibility for people with mobility problems, in the country's protected wild areas.

The establishment of an alliance with the Recycling Program of the Municipality of San José, since May 2015 until December 2020, that led to recycle 43 tons of recoverable resources during that period. During pandemic, staff members continued with the recycling process from their homes. Collection and recycling include paper, cardboard, plastic items and lids, batteries, and electronic devices, among others.

The purchase of souvenirs from local artists, to promote local benefits.

Days have been held on the beach with older adults living in care homes.

Elimination of single use plastics in our operation

Reduction of printed documents by having all the information in a secure drive.

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