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Costa Rica’s Rainforest and Wildlife

A wonderland of stunning vistas and astounding wildlife diversity. Costa Rica has coastlines on the Caribbean Sea as well as the Pacific Ocean. Tropical coastal plains rise up to the mountain peaks and active volcanoes then run down to a more temperate central plateau. The country enjoys continuing stability after over a hundred years of uninterrupted democratic government. Over 25% of the land enjoys protected status and the beauty of the ancient rainforest harbours some of the world’s most intriguing species. A healthy agriculture produces coffee, pineapples, bananas and sugar, many of which are prominent exports


Costa Rica demonstrates an environmental sensitivity unparalleled in the world. Eco tourists are exposed to botanical and animal marvels found nowhere else on Earth containing 5% of the world's biodiversity. The Tortuguero National Park alone has 320 species of birds with a wide variety of reptiles. It is recognised for the annual nesting of the endangered Green turtle as well as the Giant Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is home to over 2,000 plant species, including numerous orchids, over 400 types of birds and more than 100 species of mammals can also be found there

What People Are Saying

"A spectacular destination with the highlights being the National Parks, the Belize Zoo, Butterfly Gardens, Turtle Sanctuary and the Howler Monkeys. Just what the tour promised, “Costa Rica’s Rainforest and Wildlife”. The markets we visited were also amazing and really, we just thoroughly enjoyed our fabulous and interactive tour of this incredible part of the world. Thanks Global Drift, we will see you again soon!"
Ian & Pat Scott, New Zealand

11 Day Itinerary
Departure:14th November 2024(Thursday to Sunday)


Day 1 - arrive San Jose
San Jose is situated in the central highlands at over 1200m above sea level. A lovely blend of colonial buildings and a small city feel awaits. If you arrive early there is much to explore and we will have a group meeting this evening
Day 2 - San Jose
We have an insightful walking tour of the capital today and will share the hidden secrets and the gorgeous architecture with you. San Jose is Costa Rica’s cultural centre and has an excellent range of craft and artisan markets
Days 3 - 4 - San Jose to Tortuguero National Park
We start the day with an exhilarating bus ride over the mountains to the Caribbean coast. On arrival we enjoy a boat journey which takes us to Tortuguero. There is often spectacular wildlife viewing on the way. Tortuguero National Park was created in 1975 in order to protect four species of sea turtles which nest along the beaches. We may see a variety of bird life including herons, egrets, spoonbills, as well as amphibians and reptiles such as caimans and the “Jesus Lizard” (yes, it walks on water). The tropical rainforest makes its way down to beaches as is and nesting ground for the Green, Loggerhead, Hawksbill and Leatherback turtles. We cruise the canals and keep a watch for howler monkeys and toucans as well as other wildlife. We also include a visit to the Caribbean Conservation Centre which is an outstanding source of information about the turtles and their tropical habitat
Day 5 - Tortuguero to La Fortuna
We depart from the Caribbean Coast and we travel by boat and road through lush rainforest and palm plantations to La Fortuna. Here we are at the base of the Arenal Volcano on the northern plains of Costa Rica. The Volcano sits on the southeast shore of artificial Lake Arenal was created by a hydroelectric dam. An active volcano there has been recent occasional eruptions which makes it a natural wonder to be respected. Geologists say that recently it has entered a resting phase! We enjoy an evening soaking in hot springs at its volcanoes base
Days 6 - 7 - La Fortuna to Monteverde Cloud Forest
Today we ascend to the cool mountain air and enjoy a horse ride around Lake Arenal to Monteverde. We explore the town and the Forest Reserve which covers over 1500 hectares and is home to a myriad of wildlife. There are more than 2,000 species of plants, over 300 bird species and 100 different species of mammals which inhabit this small area. We may be lucky enough to see the ‘Resplendent Quetzal’ which is one of the most elusive and beautiful birds in the world. The village of Monteverde was founded by Quakers in the 1950s and still has quite a few local cooperatives including a community cheese factory and artist collectives. There are plenty of optional activities including the Sky Walk through the jungle canopy, a butterfly garden, Ranarium and a thrilling canopy zip line
Days 8- 9 - Monteverde to Manuel Antonio National Park
We depart from the cloud forest with splendid views down to the sea and travel to the Pacific coast and the Manuel Antonio National Park. We are in the deep and lush forest and may spy of Squirrel and troupes of Capuchin Monkeys. We enjoy a morning guided tour of the park and the rest of the time here is ours to utilise. We can explore the national park, take a rafting trip down the Savegre River or maybe a kayak tour in the Damas mangrove estuary. Alternatively we can relax in the sun on beautiful Espadilla beach
Day 10 - Manuel Antonio National Park to San Jose
As the drive back to San Jose for your last night in Costa Rica is only a couple of hours we can choose to enjoy more time in the National Park, spend the morning at the pool and beach or perhaps explore the local town of Quepos. We enjoy a final dinner in San Jose to celebrate our amazing journey together
Day 11 - depart San Jose
Departure day

Trip Options

Single Travellers:USD$840Details
Extra Accommodation: Single USD$100Details
Double USD$110
Arrival Airport Transfer:USD$65Details


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