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COSTA RICA BLT

13 days from SAN JOSE

DEPARTS SAN JOSE to SAN JOSE

Costa Rica is a true adventurer's paradise filled to the brim with wildlife where you can brave river rapids, cycle through awesome scenery, walk through old growth cloud forests, swim on tropical beaches and even be taught a little of the local lingo to help you get the most from your Costa Rican adventure. From stunning jungle-lined beaches to barren and active volcanoes, you'll be amazed by the sheer diversity that Costa Rica has within one country. Experience it from the road, on foot, and by boat; and with so many national parks, ample wildlife and sparkling coastlines, this all-encompassing Costa Rica holiday could be the trip for you. Prices below are land only, let us know if you require a flight inclusive quote.

Jan-Dec from £1279

Price of tour vary depending on date of departure.

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As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

 

Day 1: San Jose, Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve & Sarapiqui Leaving the bustling capital of San Jose, experience changing landscapes and temperatures as you cross the Braulio Carrillo Cloud Forest National Park en route to Sarapiqui. This is your first introduction to what an incredible and diverse country Costa Rica is. Upon arrival, take a guided hike in Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve which protects 865 acres of pristine forest. The reserve's habitats include river banks, islands, forest edge, gardens, and this area is often a favourite amongst travellers. Walk across one of the longest hanging bridges in Costa Rica to admire many of the 420 species of bird including parrots, herons, toucans and other cheeky residents. Optional night bat tour: If you're looking for something different to do in the evening then bat viewing should be at the top of your list! Bats represent almost 50% of the mammals in Costa Rica with over 100 different species, but they're not as creepy as you might think! Learn more about these fascinating creatures and seize the opportunity to get up close and personal. Accommodation: Rainforest Lodge included

 

Day 2: Guapiles & Tortuguero Canals Pass by Guapiles, made famous for its banana plantations across the Caribbean lowlands before stepping aboard your boat through the Tortuguero Canals towards Tortuguero. During the cruise you'll more than likely see wildlife such as sloths, monkeys, crocodiles and turtles. Stop by the Green Turtle Information Center and find out why Tortuguero beach is the most important nesting site of the endangered green turtle in the Western Hemisphere. Accommodation: Caribbean Eco Lodge included

 

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park & Cahuita on the Caribbean Experience nature at its very best during your sunrise boat tour through the small canals of this National Park. Framing your view will be an incredible rainforest with over three hundred bird species, swamp forest and floating aquatic plants. Watch and listen as the forest comes alive to the sound of birds and other animals, and don't forget your camera! Wildlife spotted on previous trips includes the fishing bulldog bat, keel billed toucans, anurans, seven species of turtles, West Indies manatees, crocodiles and the gar, considered a living fossil. All this before you've even eaten breakfast! With full bellies after breakfast, you enjoy your last ride through the canals on your way back to La Pavona/Cano Blanco. Hit the road again and continue along the coastal road to the small town of Cahuita, with its incredible Caribbean feel. Accommodation: Lodge included

 

Day 4: Cahuita Marine National Park & Turrialba You'll be delighted to wake up in Cahuita; often referred to as one of the most beautiful palm tree beaches in the country with golden sand and warm clear seas. Today you'll have the morning to explore this massive national park by foot or take to the water for snorkelling in the only "living" coral reef on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast. In the early afternoon we take the scenic route along a picturesque old road lined with large coffee and sugar cane plantations to our next destination, the Turrialba Volcano area. Accommodation: Lodge included

 

Day 5: Turrialba For those seeking adventure we suggest and exhilarating white water rafting adventure! Set off from the banks of the Pacuare River where our rafts are loaded into the water and where our 14 mile rafting adventure begins. The scenery today is quite simply amazing and it's a really unique way to see the parts of Costa Rica that other travellers don't. Travel deep into the heart of densely vegetated gorges, passing gushing waterfalls and serene pools, but don't get too comfortable - the river's rapids will keep you on your toes. Those not rafting can opt to walk through the forest, past sugar cane and coffee plantations all the way to the Reventazon River for stunning views. Accommodation: Lodge included

 

Day 6: Talamanca Mountain Range & Manuel Antonio National Park This morning's early start will see you passing through towns including Juan Vinas and Paraíso before hitting the Pan American Highway to begin your climb of the Talamanca Mountain Range. Make a stop to hit the trails, high up in the high mountains at Mirador de Quetzales; one of the richest biological zones in Costa Rica. Here you'll have the chance to see more than 400 species of birds, including the Resplendent Quetzal, phoenix of the forest. Afterwards as you descend towards the city of San Isidro de El General, admiring the beautiful mountainous landscape you'll pass by the city of Quepos before arriving in Manuel Antonio, just in time for a golden sunset on the Pacific coast. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 7: La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano Area Lace up your walking shoes and enjoy a guided morning hike around Manuel Antonio National Park - famed for being an excellent combination of beach and nature. The white sandy beaches Espadilla Sur and Manuel Antonio are known for their calm, crystal clear water slowly lapping against the shoreline. With over 100 species of mammals including the endangered squirrel monkey and nearly 200 bird species you'll be giving your camera a serious workout. Bring your underwater camera too, if you have one, as there's an amazing array of marine life to admire too. Later, cross the Aguacate Mountains to La Fortuna, at the foot of the famous Arenal Volcano. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 8: La Fortuna (Arenal) Today is a free day however we suggest to saddle up for a biking tour through the rain forest where the Volcano and the Lake meet, all the way to the Arenal Volcano National Park. With an almost perfect cone and a 140 meter deep crater formed over an ancient caldera, it's like something out of a movie set. Optional Arenal Hanging Bridges Enjoy the breath-taking walk over the hanging bridges, accompanied by a naturalistic guide who will explain and show you the multi-colour world of the tropical rain forest together with the awesome view from the some of the highest bridges in Costa Rica. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 9: Arenal Lake crossing & Monteverde Cloud forest Make a beeline for Arenal Lake, the largest and the most important fresh water lake in Costa Rica. What better way to experience it than to board a boat for a scenic ride across while your guide explains about this lush rainforest, farms and mountains? Next up, continue by land along a dirt-track road to Monteverde, founded by a group of Quaker farmers in the 1950's and today a town which oozes charm. Take a hike inside the humid grounds of Monteverde Private Reserve. The high humidity is thanks to the warm winds that come from both oceans (the Pacific and the Caribbean) and collide together, so it's a great spot for diverse and plentiful flora and fauna. See if you can spot mangoes, purple mayflowers, coyol palms and wild cottons. Different species of trees, orchids and lichens are easily found, as well as bird species including the Resplendent Quetzal, hummingbirds, black guans, toucanets and many more. Some mammals, such as howler monkeys, agoutis and coatis have also been seen on previous trips. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 10: Monteverde & Rincon de la Vieja Travel the Pan American Highway north, passing by the city of Liberia Canas before arriving in Rincon de la Vieja. Do you dare experience the thrill of the 1300 foot mountain waterslide which cuts its way through some of Costa Rica's tropical forests? It's a totally refreshing experience; pure adventure and excitement which you won't forget in a hurry! Accommodation: Hacienda included

 

Day 11: Rincon de la Vieja National Park & Hermosa Beach With the first half of the day to explore Rincon de la Vieja National Park (maybe try that waterslide again?) before setting off for the beach, today feels as though you're experiencing two very separate worlds. If you want to explore more of Rincon de la Vieja, there's loads to see, including an active strata Volcano at 1916m above the sea level, giant old growth trees and an abundance of wildlife. At the foot of the southern flank of the volcano you can enjoy Las Pailas; over 133 acres of hot springs, solfataric lakes and holes that expel clouds of steam. This afternoon, the beach calls, so we answer with a trip to Hermosa Beach on the Papagayo Gulf. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 12: Hermosa Beach Today is a totally free day for you to spend at leisure relaxing and swimming in the Pacific Ocean. Hermosa meaning "beautiful" in Spanish, is aptly named, as you'' see from the champagne colour sands and location between two mountains. Seldom as crowded as its neighbouring beaches, Playa Hermosa is a fantastic getaway for those seeking quality relaxation. The town offers excellent shopping, restaurants, bars and activities, or if you prefer to stick to the beach, you can snorkel, try a bit of sport fishing and scuba diving or saddle up for some horse riding along the beach. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 13: Hermosa Beach & San Jose Enjoy one last morning at leisure on the beach before returning to San Jose with a bag full of wonderful memories and whole bunch of new friends! This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 in San Jose on day 13. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00.

Activities

Boat trip through the Tortuguero National Park and Canals

Mountain water slide at Rincon de la Vieja

Guided hike through Manuel Antonio National Park

Sunrise boat trip through the rainforest

Informal Spanish lessons from your tour leader

Swimming & snorkelling on Caribbean & Pacific beaches

Ample exotic bird and wildlife viewing

Experience Monteverde's stunning cloud forest

Relaxation time on Hermosa Beach at Papagayo Gulf

Rincon de la Vieja National Park volcanic geothermal visit

Guided scenic ride across Arenal Lake

Visit the Green Turtle Information Centre

National Parks and reserves - Tirimbina Rainforest, Tortuguero, Cahuita Marine, Manuel Antonio, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde & Tenorio

 

Plus you get...

Services of a professional bilingual tour leader

Private transportation - vehicle and boats

All accommodation - 12 nights hotel, lodges & eco lodges. Meals: 12 x Breakfast, 1 x Lunch, 1 x Dinner.

There are loads of exciting optional activities for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip, these can be arranged once you are on tour via your Tour Leader and are paid for locally.

> Surfing lessons, Cahuita US$55-$75

> Snorkeling tour, Manuel Antonio US$60-$75

> Sea kayaking, Manuel Antonio US$55-$65

> Canopy zipline tour, Manuel Antonio US$60-$75

> Hanging bridges canopy walk, Monteverde US$35-$55

> Canyoning, Rincon de la Vieja US$50-$65

> Night hiking in Monteverde US$27

> Chocolate Factory & Museum, Cahuita US$25-$35

> Canopy zipline tour, Monteverde US$40-$50

> Rio Negro Tubing Adventure US$47

> Frog Pond Museum, Monteverde US$15

> Horseback ride, Manuel Antonio US$60-$75

> Damas River mangrove tour, Manuel Antonio US$55-$65

> Ecological Farm - Plant a tree, Monteverde US$15-$20

> White-water rafting on the Pacuare River (boat shoes required) US$100

> Arenal Biking tour US$75

You only need to pay a 10% deposit

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

You must have adequate travel insurance to join this trip.

BLT Accommodation

We use comfortable twin or triple share hotels, lodges and eco lodges on the Costa Rica Grand BLT. All rooms have separate beds with private bathrooms and you will share with another passenger of the same sex. A sleeping bag is not required on the trip.

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