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Birdwatching Holidays

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Discover Costa Rica

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15 Days from 3 499 €

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Experience the Costa Rican rainforest, mountains and coast

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Costa Rica's Coastal Secrets

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15 Days from 4 349 €

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Unrivalled wildlife viewing and Costa Rica's coastal wonders 

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Natural Highlights of Costa Rica

Toucan
8 Days from 2 349 €

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Jungles, mountains and coast: Costa Rica is a natural paradise

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Galapagos Voyage: Pirates & Darwin – Premium Adventure

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Galapagos on the Evolution
9 Days from 8 849 €

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Voyage in the wake of Charles Darwin

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Galapagos Voyage: Back in Time – Premium Adventure

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Galapagos
9 Days from 8 849 €

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A once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos adventure like no other.

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Borneo Wildlife Discoverer

Borneo Orangutan
15 Days from 4 549 €

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Showcasing the best of Borneo – wildlife, rainforests and beaches

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Hanging bridges
15 Days from 3 649 €

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Natural highlights from the Caribbean to the Pacific Coast.

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Whales & Bears of British Columbia

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10 Days from 5 079 €

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Rugged scenery and wildlife of Western Canada

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Bulgaria: Realm of the Brown bear

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8 Days from 1 979 €
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Brown bear conservation project in the remote Rodopi Mountains

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The Napo Lodge Wildlife centre lodges are amazing and very comfortable. Lots of wildlife to see from the open canoe up the various creeks and the easy walking through the jungle.
In Galapagos we did the western itinerary (B) this time having done the eastern itinerary 10 years ago. We found the two to be quite different in some ways with noticeably fewer seabirds on this trip compared to 10 years ago although they were slightly different times of year. However this itinerary is much better for penguins and turtles and the flightless cormorant can only be seen on itinerary B. B is said to be better for whales but we didn’t see any – just dolphins. Either way it is a tremendous wildlife experience but don’t expect an idyllic tropical island paradise, the islands can be quite stark and barren and the water is cold despite it being on the equator.

Tony Teperek Galapagos & Amazon – Cachalote Explorer

This is certainly a trip for wildlife lovers, and on that score it certainly does not disappoint, though a good pair of binoculars is probably more important than a good camera. However, I think marketing this trip as something which can be enjoyed in the rainy season is misleading at best. It doesn’t just rain for a bit then the sun comes out – when it rains it can rain for hours and hours. While we were lucky in that in rained mostly at night on our trip, on a few occasions we were caught in it, and our trip was at the beginning of the rainy season.
The early starts were too early at times, and when you’ve just come on two long flights involving twenty four hours of airports, security checks, passports, flights . . . being told you need to get up for a 6.00am breakfast seems just cruel.
Our tour leader argued that because of the early sunset around 5.30 – 6pm we needed to make the best of the day light, which is a fair point, but our afternoon trips invariable finished well before dinner, so a later breakfast at say 8am would not really have created a problem.

John Colverson Discover Costa Rica

Costa Rica is well known for its biodiversity, and this itinerary is well designed to show it off given the wide range of habitat visited over the 2 weeks. Starting on the Caribbean coast, we spent our first 2 days exploring the waterways of the Tortuguero National Park. From there, we visited various rain forests and then cloud forests as we increased altitude, climbing the central mountain range that divides the country and then descending to the Pacific coast.
Be prepared for contrasting weather as go, from hot and (very) humid to much cooler at the greater elevations, and be sure to pack accordingly. It’s interesting to see the flora and fauna vary with these different ecosystems as you progress through the trip.
As previous reviewers have already commented on, the range of wildlife we saw (and heard) was huge, and included birds, mammals, reptiles, and invertebrates. Highlights for me include the toucans, humming birds, quetzal, sloth, and some impressively sized crocodile.
The accommodation was very comfortable and very well presented and the various eco-lodges certainly fitted the focus of the trip, helping you to feel immersed in the forest. Most had wildlife walking trails that you are able to explore without a need for a guide. I’d highly recommend the optional (guided) night walks as an opportunity to see the tree frogs and other amphibians and snakes.

I visited at the end of May, and decent waterproofs were essential – If, like me, you’re taking cameras, make sure you have a waterproof bag for these too. Having said that, the weather was kind to us and although it rained frequently, it was pretty predictable and tended to be limited to the evenings so didn’t impact on the excursions – but be prepared and aware that the itinerary is flexible to account for the weather if required.

Christian Pulham Discover Costa Rica