Why should you holiday in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica means “the rich coast”, and with a coastline of 1,290 km and a mountain range of volcanoes, surrounded by tropical rainforest which runs from north to south, Costa Rica is a veritable paradise for nature lovers.
More than a quarter of the country consists of national parks, and even though, size-wise, it is similar to Switzerland, almost 6 percent of the world’s biodiversity is found in Costa Rica.
The people (Ticos) live by the motto “Pura Vida”, which roughly translated means “the pure life” or “the simple life”. Pura Vida is a lifestyle and a life philosophy, which you will also experience when visiting the country.
Choose a tour to Costa Rica and enjoy outdoor experiences in a class of their own, with the opportunity to relax on some of the country’s 300 or so beaches.
Our tours to Costa Rica
We currently offer six different tours to Costa Rica – four classic round tours and two self-drive tours. Two of the round tours are also combination tours offering you the opportunity to visit Nicaragua.
All six tours start in San José, the capital of Costa Rica, where almost half the country’s population lives. The city offers shops, museums and cosy pavement cafés where you can enjoy Costa Rica’s amazing coffee, Grano d’oro.
Costa Rica also offers countless wonderful outdoor experiences.
Monteverde Cloud Forest
The rainforest in Monteverde, which is located at an altitude of 1,440 metres, is also known as “the forest in the clouds”. The location and the high humidity “capture” the moisture, giving the rainforest its characteristic mist.
The mist contributes to the complex ecosystem of the rainforest, which is home to more than 100 species of mammals and more than 2,500 different plant species, including 420 different orchids.
he forest is also home to more than 400 different bird species, making it a paradise for birdwatchers.
On our tour, you will experience the Monteverde Cloud Forest from the top of the forest on hanging bridges covered by moss, ferns and orchids.
Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero National Park consists of an area of 77,032 hectares and a coastline stretching 35 km. It offers mangrove forest, swamps, lagoons, rivers, tropical rainforest and beach.
The biodiversity and ecosystem of the national park give you every opportunity to experience its abundant wildlife, e.g. 300+ bird species, 3 species of monkeys, tapirs, sloths and many more besides.
However, the national park is perhaps best known for being one of the most important places in the world for sea turtles to lay their eggs in the sand. It is an incredible experience to witness the eggs hatching and watching the little turtles making their way into the sea for the first time.
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio is the smallest yet most visited national park in Costa Rica.
The park is one of the world’s most beautiful national parks, and known internationally to be one of the most biodiverse parks in the world, offering rain forest, lagoons, mangroves, beautiful white sandy beaches and abundant wildlife.
Between the town of Manuel Antonio and the national park, you will find the most beautiful beaches where you can relax or take part in some of the many activities offered there, such as scuba diving, snorkelling and mountain biking.
The Arenal volcano
Costa Rica’s most famous volcano Arenal, which measures 1,650 metres. The volcano became dormant in 2010, but it remains an incredible sight.
The volcano is located in the Arenal Volcano National Park, where almost three quarters of the 850 bird species that live in Costa Rica can be found.
At the foot of the volcano, you will find the local town, La Fortuna. A charming town from which you have easy access to surrounding waterfalls, hot springs and other exciting activities, such as:
- The waterfall La Catarata de la Fortuna, which drops 70 metres into a lagoon, where you can swim.
- Arenal’s hot springs, consisting of five pools with temperatures ranging from 37–41 degrees.
- Various activities such as rafting, horseback riding, kayaking and much more besides.
Other highlights in Costa Rica
In Costa Rica, you can also visit:
- Rincon de la Vieja National Park, located at an altitude of 600–1,916 metres.
The main attraction of the national park is its active volcano, Rincón de la Vieja, but you will also find Costa Rica’s national flower, the Cattleya skinneri orchid.
- The coastal town of Samara, which is especially well-known for its long, wide sandy beach Playa Sámara, which is said to be the most beautiful and safest beach in Costa Rica.
- Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica’s beautiful lowland area, 30 km from the border with Nicaragua. Here, you will visit a pineapple farm, but the town is also a great base for adventure activities.
Combine Costa Rica and Nicaragua
Two of our tours combine the best of Costa Rica with a tour to Nicaragua.
The two tours take you, among other places, to:
- The colonial city of Granada, named after Granada in Spain The city offers a thriving cultural scene with outdoor concerts, colonial churches and colourful markets.
- Lake Nicaragua, Central America’s largest lake at 8,150 km2, inhabited by the world’s only species of freshwater shark.
- Isla Ometepe, an island shaped like a figure eight, situated in Lake Nicaragua.
Ometepe (“the two mountains”) consists of two volcanoes: La Concepcion, which is 1,613 metres high and still active, and Madera, which is 1,394 metres high and inactive. Besides the volcanoes, Ometepe is known for its rich pre-Columbian past.
Choose a combination with Nicaragua if you wish to mix Costa Rica’s impressive outdoor experiences with the colonial beauty and nature of Nicaragua.
Want to know more about our tours?
To find out more about our tours, click on “Read more” under the different tours further up the page. On the tour’s page, you will find more information about:
- The highlights of the tour
- Current prices, which depend on the date of departure
- What is included in the price of the tour
- The daily itinerary of the entire tour
To learn more about the practical issues that may arise, such as the weather, visas, etc., visit our Practical information about Costa Rica page.
Obtain a quote on a tour
To obtain a quote for one or more of our tours, please complete the information under “ENQUIRE NOW”. We will then prepare a quote for you, based on the information you give about the departure date, etc.
If you then wish to accept the quote, simply follow the instructions in the quote.
If you have any questions about our holidays to Central and South America, please feel free to contact our travel consultants who have extensive experience of all our destinations.
Our travel consultants are on hand to help you from Monday to Friday on tel. 0800 121 4744. or by e-mail at email@example.com.
We look forward to helping you on your journey of a lifetime!
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