Tailor made Costa Rica wildlife holiday
Hike, bike and horseback ride through Costa Rica's national parks in search of volcanoes, coral reefs, cloud forests and some of the most wildlife abundant habitats on the planet.
San José Brauillo Carillo National Park Tortuguero Canal Tortuguero National Park Caribbean coast Guapiles Arenal Volcano mountain biking or horse riding in Arenal NP natural thermal baths Monteverde aerial walkway Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Osa Peninsula Corcovado National Park guided bird watching Caño Island Biological Reserve Optional activities include zip-lining or horse riding in Monteverde and snorkelling or diving within Caño Island Biological Reserve
Price includes accommodation, meals as per itinerary, transfers, guided activities as specified, equipment for all activities and park fees.
Description of Tailor made Costa Rica wildlife holiday
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Our top tip:
Listen to instructions when encountering wildlife, especially when helping out at the Leatherback Turtle Reserve. We would highly recommend to bring a waterproof day pack and wearing some jungle level insect repellent.
Tailor made. All year round.
Leisurely/Moderate. Rainforest walks, boat rides and choice of activities.
Jungle lodges and city hotels.
Accommodation, transport, listed activities, park fees, tour guides.
14 brks, 5 lunches, 6 dinners.
Single travellers welcome. Single room supplements apply.
1 Reviews of Tailor made Costa Rica wildlife holiday
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 29 Mar 2018 by Nick Howard
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Don't bother with the thermal baths - if you really want a mineral bath, use the free "locals" spa instead... look on Mr G's map for Free Natural Hot Springs River opposite Tabacon.
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?
Really good - well organised, worth every penny.
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.
PlanetAt the Tortuguero National Park we utilise a lodge that promotes sustainable practices such as the use of bio-digesters to recycle organic waste products and harness the natural bi-products for example methane gas is used for cooking fuel and remaining residues for food crop fertilisers. They are also active within the local community promoting the use of local guides and better education to help deter the poaching of turtles for meat and eggs.
In the Corcovado National Park we stay at an eco-lodge which on an ongoing basis contributes financially to the Corcovado Foundation. The foundation was established specifically to protect one of the world's most abundant terrestrial and marine life havens.
The leatherback turtle project site you will visit on this trip is one which we have been active in the management and fundraising for since 2000. Your visit not only gives the chance to see marine turtles and some excellent wildlife, but provides a behind the scenes view of a research and conservation project in action. It also enables us to make donations to the conservation of highly endangered turtles and expand the reserve to protect more of the world’s stressed habitats: litoral rainforest.
Nesting leatherback turtles are protected by law in Costa Rica and projects like these help to protect leatherback eggs from poachers and dogs. You will have the opportunity to play your part by joining these anti-poaching patrols. When you find a turtle laying her eggs, you will be asked to take great care in watching the process. Once a female has begun this process it is unlikely she will stop, but before she begins it is particularly is important to avoid upsetting her with noise, torches or camera flashes. Disturbance can cause a female turtle to return to the sea and either seek a new nesting point, or even jettison her eggs into the sea.
This wildlife, birdlife and marine life journey to Costa Rica visits some of the most important protected areas of the country, using accommodation which is part of an ‘ecotourism’ solution integral to the conservation of these areas. As a company we continually assess the accommodation we use to make sure it meets our high environmental standards. The elements we look for includes waste water treatment facilities, recycling of waste materials, benefits to local communities and support for local conservation efforts.
In the Tortuguero National Park, our lodge promotes sustainable practices such as the use of bio-digesters to recycle organic waste. Products include methane gas which is used as a cooking fuel, whilst solid waste is recycled into a organic food crop fertiliser. The lodge is also active with the local community through projects focused on developing local guides and better education to help deter the poaching of turtles for their meat and eggs. Community
When you visit the La Selva Research Station, you will be helping us to support one of the country’s foremost tropical rainforest research stations. Over 240 scientific research projects are untaken here each year, continually improving our knowledge and understanding of this precious natural resource. It is quite likely that when you visit the station with us it will be a resident scientist who shows you around, to provide you with an expert insight into the workings of the rainforest.
Unfortunately, like many places in the world child prostitution is a problem in Costa Rica. Our main partner hotel in San Jose is a member of a group of hotels who operate under a code of conduct which is part of a global initiative to tackle increasing exploitation.
PeopleThis wildlife, rainforests, marine life and volcanoes journey to Costa Rica visits some of the most important protected areas of the country, using accommodation which is part of the 'ecotourism' solution which is integral to the conservation of these areas. As a company we continually assess the accommodation we use to make sure it meets our high green standards. The elements we look for includes waste water treatment facilities, recycling of waste materials, benefit local communities and support local NGO's such as the Endangered Wildlife Trust.
When visiting Monteverde we include the Santa Elena Cloud forest reserve which is a locally run private reserve. This reserve has been set up by locals who want to preserve their local rainforest through low level tourism. They achieve this by raising money through entrance fees, guided tours and the souvenir shop. This is a prime example of how low level eco-tourism can benefit and conserve local rainforest.
An example of our partners in Costa Rica supporting local initiatives is one of our hotels in San Jose. Unfortunately like many places in the world child prostitution and sex tourism happens in Costa Rica. Our hotel works in cooperation with other hotels who operate under the code of conduct banner, which is part of a global initiative to tackle the increasing exploitation.