Toucan in Costa Rica

Tailormade: Costa Rica Adventure

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Discover the National Parks of Costa Rica

Treat this sample itinerary as inspiration, your trip can be created specifically for you by one of our Tailormade experts and we will help you choose how you wish to travel through this destination. Maybe add in an extra day’s sightseeing, take time out to relax or we can change accommodation to your budget. It will be your adventure, your way!

Costa Rica is renowned for having proportionately more protected land than any other country, making it ripe for wildlife tourism. What is less known is the marvellous, often bizarre variety of animals from catatonic sloths, screaming Howler monkeys, screeching toucans and nesting Green turtles. Throw in the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines and it is easy to see why so many return.

Highlights

  • 3 days / 2 nights cruise
  • Tortuguero National Park
  • La Marta Wildlife Refuge
  • Savegre Cloud Forest
  • Drake Bay
  • Manuel Antonio

What's included

  • 12 nights hotel & lodge accommodation
  • 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 3 dinners
  • Air conditioned transfers
  • Entry into Tortuguero NP, La Marta Wildlife Refuge & Manuel Antonio NP
  • International flights (If booked FI)

What's not included

  • Any visas required
  • Tips for leaders, guides and drivers
  • Personal Insurance
  • Optional activities
Call for general departures:
0800 643 997
Call for tailormade trips:
+61 3 9998 9052

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart UK. Arrive in San Jose

    Welcome to Costa Rica! You will be met at Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore San Jose.

     

    Accommodation: Presidente Hotel

  • Days 2-3

    Land and Daily Cruise Package

    Day 2: Today you will be picked up from the hotel and drive approximately 3 hours to start your 3 day/2 night cruise package. You will be transferred to the boat. Once checked in you will have free time to relax.

     

    Day 3: Today you will visit Tortuguero National Park. Accessible only by boat or light aircraft, Tortuguero's vast network of waterways, canals and swamps are remarkably tranquil, unspoilt and devoid of noise pollution. Tortuguero is probably most famous as a nesting site for the endangered Green turtle, which can be seen arriving onto the beach to lay eggs from late July to October (as part of an optional excursion). Hawksbill, Loggerhead and Giant Leatherback turtles also nest in this region, and during November to January baby turtles start to hatch and make their way towards the ocean. You will also enjoy a Kayak tour through the National Park.

     

    Accommodation: Mawamba Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    La Marta Wildlife Refuge

    Today is the last day of the cruise. You will visit La Marta Wildlife Refuge, an area of both primary and secondary forest within La Amistad Biosphere (recognised as a UNESCO World Patrimony of Humanity). The topography of this region is mountainous, with waterfalls, rivers and caves - the varied elevation supports a wide range of plants (such as orchids, bromeliads, lichens and mosses) and animals (such as anteaters, ocelots and tapirs). 

     You will later continue on to Turrialba Valley and check in to your hotel.

     

    Accommodation: Guayabo Lodge

     

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Days 5-6

    Turrialba to Savegre

    After breakfast you will transfer from Turrialba to Savegre Valley. Bring your binoculars to spot some of the 170 bird species, trek through the tropical cloud forest or simply relax in the grounds of the lodge. Savegre Cloud Forest is said to be one of the best places in the whole of Costa Rica to see the beautiful, colourful and notoriously shy Resplendant Quetzal and we have two nights here to discover the region. These endangered birds rely on the cloud forest for their habitat - the males in particular are striking with a green crest, red breast and tail feathers that can reach a metre in length. 

     

    Accommodation: Savegre Hotel Nature Reserve & Spa

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Days 7-9

    Savegre to Drake Bay via Sierpe

    Your journey continues towards the small town of Sierpe, where we board a small motorboat to Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula. Passing the huge mangrove swamps that line the Sierpe River, our boat crosses the ocean before arriving into Drake Bay. This region is very remote and with extremely limited road access, which means the majority of supplies, as well as visitors and locals, must arrive by boat. Originally discovered by Francis Drake, getting here is part of the adventure! The bay is spectacular, with just a handful of lodges scattering the horizon and the rest thick verdant forest and rocky coves as far as the eye can see. Our next three nights will be spent at the Drake Bay Wilderness Resort, a family run property positioned close to the 'town' of Drake Bay and with ocean views from every corner.

     

    Accommodation: Drake Bay Wilderness Resort

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 10-12

    Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio

    Transfer back to Sierpe before continuing to Manuel Antonio for the next three nights.

     Manuel Antonio National Park, on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, encompasses rugged rainforest, white-sand beaches and coral reefs. It’s renowned for its vast diversity of tropical plants and wildlife, from three-toed sloths and endangered white-faced capuchin monkeys to hundreds of bird species. The park’s roughly 680 hectares are crossed with hiking trails, which meander from the coast up into the mountains.

     

    Accommodation: Parador Ocean Resort & Spa

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Depart San Jose

    Today marks the end of your Costa Rica adventure. After breakfast you will be transferred back to San Jose for your international flight onwards. 

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

Costa Rica

Holders of British, US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and most EU passports can enter Costa Rica for a stay of 90 days without a visa. Proof of onward travel may be required when entering Costa Rica - we suggest you take a print out of your flight details in case officials ask to see them.
All passengers flying via the USA will have to clear immigration during transit. Prior to travel you must apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (USD14) under the Visa Waiver Programme. Please see www.exodus.co.uk/USVisa for more information. If you are not a UK citizen please check with your local U.S. Embassy.

Vaccinations

Costa Rica

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Hepatitis A.

The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

Included:

  • 12 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 3 dinners

Weather

Costa Rica is located 10º north of the equator and has a tropical climate. The average temperature range is 10ºC - 13ºC in the highlands, and from 22ºC - 26ºC in the lowlands. There is a rainy season from May to November when there are daily downpours, though these are usually quite short and there is still plenty of bright sunshine, so midsummer is not necessarily a bad time to go. December to April is the driest time of the year but you should still expect some rain.

Costa Rica

Is this trip for you?

There’s a world of life-changing experiences out there, and all our trips are hand-crafted to showcase the best, wherever you’re headed. But what happens if you want to take a detour? Linger a while longer? Or want something completely unique to you? With Exodus’ Tailormade Adventures we can tailor almost any holiday to suit you, creating a bespoke adventure. Every element can be tailored to suit your requirements: we can sort flights and hotel upgrades, extra nights, regional departures, beach extensions, stop overs and more.

Call for general departures:
0800 643 997
Call for tailormade trips:
+61 3 9998 9052

Accommodation

Tailormade Accommodation

Whether the destination is more important than the accommodation, or you would like to overnight in comfort, our Tailormade team can offer a wide variety of accommodation options from camping and village houses, to some of the finest hotels around. We do this so we can offer accommodation to suit every budget. The team will listen to your requirements to insure we find the right accommodation to suit you.

Call for general departures:
0800 643 997
Call for tailormade trips:
+61 3 9998 9052

Experts

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Call for general departures:
0800 643 997
Call for tailormade trips:
+61 3 9998 9052

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Your Tailormade adventure starts here!

Send us your requirements and we will create your bespoke itinerary just for you. To speak to one of our dedicated tailormade team, simply enter your details below and tell us when it’s convenient for you.  

Your Tailormade adventure starts here!

Send us your requirements and we will create your bespoke itinerary just for you. To speak to one of our dedicated tailormade team, simply enter your details below and tell us when it’s convenient for you.  

Call us on 0800 643 997