Wildlife holiday in Costa Rica

“A nine day wildlife holiday, travelling in a small group, with two days in each of the three greatest national parks: Arenal, Tortuguero and Cahuita. Covering the gamut of gorgeousness. ”

Highlights

San Jose | La Fortuna | Arenal Volcano | Tortuguero National Park | Cahuita National Park

Description of Wildlife holiday in Costa Rica

This wildlife holiday in Costa Rica is a nine day, small group tour divided between three main wildlife nirvanas and national parks: Arenal Volcano National Park, Tortuguero National Park and Cahuita National Park. They also proffer a perfect mix of Costa Rican landscapes for you to enjoy.

Starting and ending in the countryís capital city, San Jose, we then head north to the town of La Fortuna, gateway to the great Arenal region and national Park. The centrepiece is Arenal volcano, and hiking here takes you into a world of spider and howler monkeys, sloths and a bevy of beautiful birds.
Moving further north by bus, and then by boat to Tortuguero National Park which is only accessible by water, we have a couple of days to enjoy this stunning protected coastal area, famous for the sea turtles which it is named after.

The last couple of days are on the southern coast at Cahuita National Park. Here you have time to chill out on its Caribbean beaches where sandy shores are intertwined with tropical forest, all home to monkeys, sloths, lizards, frogs and many more.

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Small group adventure holiday

Whether you are travelling alone or with friends/family its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is plenty of free time to explore at your own pace. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places.

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
On this trip, we visit several areas of natural beauty and ecological significance, including Tortuguero National Park, renowned for its biological diversity. Within the park, there are many different habitats supporting varied wildlife including swamps, rainforest, mangrove forests, beaches and lagoons. Through education of our travellers and support through entrance fees, we help ensure the continued protection of this precious natural area.

We use varied local transport, such as local buses, minibuses, boats and pooled taxi services. By sharing this widely-available transport we are able to reduce our impact on the local environment and reduce emissions while maximising our contact with local people.
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The Impacts of this Trip

We stay at locally owned accommodation throughout this tour. One of the most exciting places we visit is Tortuguero. Here we stay at All Rankinís Lodge, the Rankin family being one of the first settlers in Tortuguero. The accommodation is still locally owned, and the owner enjoys taking our clients around the local community, village and national park .

Our expert tour leaders also encourage our passengers to try different responsible optional excursions. For instance from Cahuita you can visit the Jaguar Rescue Centre, a rehabilitation and rescues centre with the goal of releasing wildlife back into the wild. The entry fees and tour money here goes back into the organisation and is a great example of sustainable tourism.

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


Seeing magnificent rainforest from high bridges on flanks of a volcano, seeing a turtle laying her eggs, giving bottle of milk to young spider, howler and capuchin monkeys at a rescue centre.

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


Don't miss out on tours which give you full experience of the natural history of Costa Rica.

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


I think the money I paid for my tours helped support the conservation and wildlife work and that my tour helped the businesses of the hotel and restaurant owners. I am not sure my consumption of water and the waste I produced was good but as all hotels had signs to reduce water use and I was careful as I could be about waste, recycling where facilities allowed, I hope it was not too great. Obviously there is carbon to consider from the flights...

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


Very good - what I'd hoped and more. Tour leader was excellent, other members were nice and thoroughly enjoyed.

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