Costa Rica wildlife holidays

“A two week tailor made wildlife treat in Costa Rica, exploring its flora and fauna from coast to coast, with hikes, boat rides, birding and snorkelling.”

Highlights

San Jose | Tortuguero National Park | Tortuguero village | boat excursion | Sarapiqui rainforest | chocolate tour at Tirimbina Rainforest Centre | Bajos del Toro Cloudforest | Manuel Antonio National Park | Osa Peninsula | Corcovado National Park | Cano Island | snorkelling | guided walks

Description of Costa Rica wildlife holidays

On this Costa Rica wildlife holiday, you will journey in two weeks across Costa Rica from the Caribbean to the Pacific coasts, through rainforest and cloudforest and down to the incredible Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park.

You’ll travel by road, by boat and on foot as you explore the flora and fauna of this amazing country. Monkeys, toucans, macaws, red-eyed frogs and dolphins are just some of the species you might spot.

Throughout the holiday you’ll be staying at comfortable lodges and hotels.
This is a truly special wildlife and nature holiday in one of the world’s most biodiverse countries.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Costa Rica is known as one of the most environmentally-friendly countries in the world. They practically invented ecotourism, and over 25% of the country is a protected reserve. During this trip you will be visiting a good selection of these important reserves.

The country runs a successful conservation initiative called the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST). This recognises services committed to preserving the environment and sustainability of the country. Costa Rica also has a Blue Flag programme.

Selva Verde has 5 leaf (top) certification, and Bosque de Paz has 3 leaves. Evergreen Lodge is Rainforest Alliance certified.

The gardens of Bosque de Paz at Bajos del Toro Cloudforest are a haven for wildlife and birdlife including large numbers of hummingbirds. There are 22kms of nature trails in the grounds letting you experience different aspects of the forest. There is also an orchid garden here, created in 2000 and showcasing over 200 species.

For every person that travels with the company, it plants trees through The Travel Forest initiative. Depending on where they plant and the requirement of the specific area, they plant either indigenous trees or a mix of indigenous and non-native species. Planting non-native seedlings may seem counter-intuitive but doing this can often help any remaining indigenous forest from being cut down (e.g. for fuel) as some non-native trees grow much more quickly than indigenous types. They particularly aim to save ancient or older indigenous forest, through offering an alternative option for fuel requirements of local communities. In addition to this benefit, their Travel Forest initiative helps with such things as planting for water-course retention, soil erosion, shade and even food – all depending on what is planted and where. They have planted almost 100,000 trees to date in various degraded locations including the Andean mountains in Peru, northern Tanzania and Malawi. This has always been done in conjunction with the local communities who plant and then tend the seedlings. Trees are far more important to the health of this planet (and us) than many people imagine. This global Travel Forest initiative can and does make a big difference.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Local guides and drivers are used throughout this trip, and lodges which promote using local staff.

We've weaved in visits to local villages on this trip. The visit to Tortuguero village for example, gives a good insight into local life and culture, and an understanding of how the villagers back the turtles protection projects.

In San Jose and elsewhere, we always encourage and advise visitors to try local restaurants, and buy locally made products.

The company offering trip works with partners on the ground in each destination, and only uses local guides. They also primarily promote locally-owned services (hotels etc). They are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveller wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues.

The also back a charity with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. They are currently raising funds for 9 different grassroots projects in nine different counties, which travellers are encouraged to donate to if they would like to give something back.

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


Very difficult to pick, all 4 areas visited were full of wildlife and adventure. Corcovado was the best part and the 2 hour boat transfer in was a lovely surprise. Zip lining and tarzan swing in Monteverde was exciting. Seeing first tucan.

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


Leave long enough at each location so that you can fit everything in and wait for changes in the weather.
Take a dry bag (back pack)
Take bags to separate out damp/wet clothes in the suitcase as things don't dry in the humidity.

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


Not the process of having the holiday itself, but staying in hotels that care about that environment was good.

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


Excellent, really enjoyable and varied, with great wildlife.

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