Costa Rica highlights holiday
Tailor made, fully flexible itinerary to suit your departure dates with local assistance included. Travel by transfers or hire car. Ask for an international flight quote.
Description of Costa Rica highlights holiday
This Costa Rica holiday is a thirteen day tailor made itinerary, starting and ending in San Jose, but taking in a panoply of paradise landscapes in between. These include the extraordinary cloud forests at Monteverde or Arenal Volcano which is just one of sixteen volcanoes in Costa Rica, and where walkways suspended above the forest floor are a truly wonderful experience, where you are literally able to be away with the birds.
Costa Rica is famous for its highly sustainable approach to nature conservation, which you also get to experience at Manuel Antonio National Park, with Pacific coastal forest which is habitat to over a hundred species including howler monkeys and three toes sloths. As well omnipresent tropical birdlife.
This holiday also celebrates the fact that Costa Rica has two coastlines, one on the Caribbean and the other on the Pacific, and you get to visit and stay in both, enjoying the Creole culture around Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean and the vast swathes of beach on the Pacific, each seascape topping and tailing this wonderful Costa Rican journey.
1 Reviews of Costa Rica highlights holiday
Reviewed on 12 Feb 2019 by Sue Deeley
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Seeing sloths close up in the wild
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Travel light and be organised with your packing (as you never have time to unpack). Bring a
good camera and binoculars, appreciate the wildlife, the flora, the scenery and the kind
generous people that you'll meet.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Better than excellent!
PlanetWe work with a local partner in Costa Rica who is committed to sustainability and protecting the flora and fauna. They have achieved the highest sustainability accreditation possible in country as part of the Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program , this is based on complying with a sustainable model of natural, cultural and social resource management. This program combines sustainable tourism, good management practices, the environmental and social impacts of services. Our partner provides documentation to our customers in a welcome pack when they arrive in Costa Rica detailing how best to treat the flora and fauna, tips on social norms like dress codes and photography.
Our accommodation in this trip offers great benefits to the local environment too. Our small lodge accommodation in Samara included in this itinerary has this accreditation with Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program and they are 100% carbon neutral. They have a sustainability manual which details their aim to follow the guidelines of good practices when it comes to the environment. Their objective is to reduce the negative effects on the environment and use these guidelines to choose external suppliers also for maintenance work or laundry facilities.
The eco-lodge we use in La Fortuna are committed to protecting local wildlife, recycling, environmental education for the local community, energy saving and the use of biodegradable products at the eco-lodge.
PeopleThroughout our trips we use local guides and drivers so you can take advantage of their local knowledge of the areas you are visiting. This allows a more authentic experience for our customers and helps put money directly into the pockets of the local people. We encourage our customers to eat at small restaurants and buy souvenirs from local stalls.
We use locally-owned accommodation throughout Costa Rica. During this itinerary your accommodation in Samara on the Pacific coast is one such place. There are no large hotels in this area and instead you'll stay in a small family lodge, bringing money from tourism into the local area and providing jobs in the hotels for local people.
During our trip to Tortuguero you will have a local guides who know all about the people, day-to-day life and the flora and fauna. They will be able to tell you all about the turtles and how best to respect them during your visit, e.g. not overcrowding the beach and wearing dark clothing. We feel this knowledge and expertise really helps our customers gain a better insight into the wildlife. These excursions are run by local guides, for the forest walk we use a local villager (often with his son who is learning from him) which help the community benefit from tourism. The lodge used during this trip also runs educational programs for locals on the turtles and how to protect them from being hunted and how tourism can benefit them.