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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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What our clients say

  • This was a great trip - wonderful scenery and amazing sites. It was well organised and allowed for some opportunity to do things on one's own away from the group.

    DS, London
  • The boat trip to the base of the Iguacu falls Argentinian side was exhilarating and awesome.  The visit to Machu Pichu was even more impressive than we expected - our…

    HJ, Potters Bar
  • "This holiday far exceeded our expectations and was truly a once in a lifetime experience!"

    CD, Plymouth
  • Several stand out moments; sierra maestra; tobacco farm walk; cocoa farm visit; catamaran trip; sancti spiritu walk round; evening meals outside for two weeks; eco farm visit in vinales; visiting…

    RE, St. Albans
  • "Hats off to the Ecuadoreans for reinstating this railway line! It really is one of the world's great train journeys, and all managed with such style and comfort."

    AD, Newcastle
  • A well planned trip covering all the highlights we wanted to see. A great trip, thoroughly enjoyed by a good group (of 8) that gelled well. We saw so much,…

    GP, Woking
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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.

Carrie
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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  • Heloise
    Heloise Buxton - Travel Expert

    Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

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    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

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    Sophie Barber - Travel Expert

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

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    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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    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!

  • Ben
    Ben Line - Travel Expert

    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

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