Costa Rica holiday, coast to coast
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Description of Costa Rica holiday, coast to coast
Trips to Costa Rica are invariably going to feature wildlife, activities and an incredible array of landscapes, and this 16 day tailor made Costa Rica trip is absolutely no exception.
Starting on the Caribbean coast you’ll be treated to a range of outdoor activities amongst the rainforests and along the sparkling shoreline with zip-lining through jungle canopies and snorkelling over coral reefs certainly an early highlight of any trip to Costa Rica.
Followed up with boat rides and hot springs in Tortuguero and Arenal Volcano national parks and free time in Sarapiqui rainforest and Montverde cloud forest, this Costa Rica trip really packs a punch with the Pacific coast providing the perfect destination prior to heading to San Jose to prepare for the journey home.
Unlike other Costa Rica trips this is a tailor made tour and gives you the chance to choose your own adventure with a choice of accommodation, transport and additional guided tours and exciting activities adding to the freedom of travelling under your own steam and loving every minute.
11 Reviews of Costa Rica holiday, coast to coast
Reviewed on 10 Feb 2023 by Jackie SouthallConservation came across as very much part of the ethos where ever we went. The tour guides were all very keen to impress on us the projects being undertaken. It was very interesting... An excellent 2 weeks, we felt we saw a good part of Costa Rica. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Feb 2023 by Andy DaviesWe enjoyed the whole holiday exploring 4 different areas of this lovely country. Fabulous countryside, particularly in the Arenal and Osa Peninsula areas. Stunning wildlife, particularly the birds... Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Jan 2023 by Olivia QuinlanGreat, great and great Read full review
Reviewed on 23 May 2022 by Sarah FisherBrilliant Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Jan 2019 by Kathy HirstMost memorable was the visit to the cloud forest including seeing wildlife and visiting an organic coffee farm. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 May 2019 by Daniel ChaseThe white water rafting on the Pacuare River was the most memorable part of our holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Dec 2018 by Phil LinleyExcellent....Seeing nesting green turtles in the dark on a remote beach Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Jul 2018 by Jenny CramptonExcellent Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Aug 2015 by Adele BurrowAbsolutely fantastic. .. and this still doesn't come close! Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Mar 2014 by Dee StephensMonkeys. Saw all four species and such fun! All the wildlife was spectacular, lots of it up close and easy to see. The local wildlife guides are brilliant and everyone in the country seems to know about and care about wildlife - wonderful! Read full review
Reviewed on 23 May 2013 by Anton GillMacenque & Monteverde & Sarapiqui were the most memorable parts of the holiday. Read full review
PlanetAs an in depth specialist tour operator to Costa Rica responsible tourism is at the very heart of what we do. To us, this means much more than a simple donation to a charity for each client. We try to build long and constructive involvements with local guides, guest houses, wildlife lodges, and hotels, in the course of which we, and our clients, can make lasting wide-ranging contributions to the wonderful places and people we engage with. In this itinerary we use several lodges that fit with this philosophy perfectly, employing local guides and bringing long-term benefits to the local community. We are the first tour operator in the UK to form a partnership with the Rainforest Alliance to work towards the implementation of best management practices in sustainable tourism. In real terms this means that we are working with hotels who are making a positive impact on their local community – socially, environmentally and economically.
Outlined below are hotels we use that employ sustainable tourism methods.
Almonds and Corals is a good example of how a luxurious comfortable lodge can be built inside a wildlife refuge while complying with all the environmental measures to protect and display all the natural beauty that the Costa Rican Caribbean has to offer. The design of the entire lodge has been carefully thought to minimize power needs, noise, and contamination all together. Waste is carefully processed, recycled, and disposed. Only biodegradable soaps, detergents, shampoos, and conditioners are allowed in lodge. A custom made water system was built for this rainforest lodge to assure that there would be no contamination to the area. Additional to this, the owners of this lodge constantly work with the community to spread a consciousness of sustainable tourism in many different areas; such as recollection of trash on the shores, giving speeches and preparing activities in the surrounding schools to cultivate an early environmental consciousness, organizing police patrols on bicycles, and assembling a garbage recollection system for the entire area of Manzanillo, among many other activities that they have been involved in since this lodge was built.
On this trip you will visit National Parks at Tortuguero, Sarapiqui, Monteverde and Tamarindo. The entrance fee goes toward the conservation of these protected areas.
PeopleLa Quinta de Sarapiqui Country Inn provides jobs for people in the local community (95% of their positions go to local workers). They have developed collaboration programs with local schools, consisting of cultural exchanges with their guests and including donations for improvements to installations and the acquisition of educational materials. They sponsor local cultural and sports activities. They grant four scholarships to students from the local high school. They are involved in community development and local environmental associations and in all the activities meant to improve quality of life in the community of Sarapiquí. They have adopted environmental protection measures through programmes for recycling, saving resources, and the use of non-contaminating products, and they educate tourists about these programs.
Cariblue supports several non-profit institutions, including the Waldorf School at Playa Chiquita - making donations to the scholarship system for low-income children in the zone. Recicaribe - the business that sorts and recycles wastes. Pueblo limpio ("Clean village") is the programme that conducts clean-ups on the beaches and around the tourist attractions of Puerto Viejo. Playa Cocles has received the Ecological Blue Flag designation; this award is given to communities that meet standards for sea water quality, beach quality, access to portable water, wastewater treatment, environmental education, safety, and administration.
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