Private Journeys

Value Costa Rica: The essential highlights

12 days from £1,750pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Costa Rica

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Overview & Highlights

An economical holiday including the top experiences: boating through tropical mangroves on the Caribbean, exploring volcanic landscapes and lodging in mountain cloud-forest before lazing on a Pacific coast beach.

This short budget holiday saves you money by using modern, shared minibuses for transport between hotels. Combine outdoor adventures with beach wind-down time on the Pacific coast. Costa Rica is bursting with an extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna and its people are among the friendliest in Latin America. The comprehensive network of national parks with their extensive trails is very accessible.

Begin your trip visiting the Caribbean jungle waterways and mangrove forests of the wildlife-rich Tortuguero reserve; Move on to Arenal and chose from a variety of activities in the shadow of the picture-perfect volcano; Discover the densely packed canopy in the Monteverde cloud forest, with its rich bird and animal life in view; before travelling to the Pacific coast for a couple of days’ relaxation at a hotel close to Manuel Antonio National Park. 

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  • Discover the wildlife-rich waterways of Tortuguero
  • Hike in the foothills of Arenal volcano
  • Explore the cloud forest of Monteverde
  • Visit Manuel Antonio National Park & relax on the Pacific Coast

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Our Expert's Opinion

For a great-value introduction to Costa Rica, I believe this trip is an excellent choice. As one of Central America's more expensive destinations, we wanted to create a holiday that visits the highlights, such as Tortuguero, Monteverde, and Arenal, without breaking the bank. That's exactly what this trip offers.

Millie
Millie Davies Travel Expert Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.

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    Sally Dodge - Travel Expert

    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

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    Maggie Wilson - Travel Expert

    Maggie visited Latin America on her first backpacking trip when she was 19. Since then, she has taken every opportunity to travel, and has managed to explore a lot of the region in subsequent trips.

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    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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    Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert

    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

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