For many adventurers, the allure of travel is in the land itself.
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Costa Rica has the most forward thinking approach to conservation in Latin America. As a result, protected areas comprise almost 12% of the total land area and more are planned. Specific environments are being carefully preserved, including varied kinds of forests, mangrove swamps, marshes, paramós, rafia swamps and coral reefs. Many of the places... Read more
One of the major attractions of Costa Rica , Arenal was Costa Rica's most active volcano until fairly recently, when it entered a resting phase and can no longer be seen spitting ash, smoke or lava. However there is still a lot of geothermal activity in the area and Arenal Volcano can be viewed while relaxing in the soothing waters of one of the area's many hot springs. Aside from the volcano, there are plenty of adrenaline activities on offer, from canyoning to canopy tours, and the surrounding countryside is perfect for walks, cycling and horseriding.
The cloud forests of Monteverde are a misty, verdant paradise, home to countless plant species and an amazing array of wildlife, including the notoriously shy Resplendent Quetzal. The local reserves have miles of trails for the nature lover to discover this unique ecosystem, and the more active traveller can try their hand on the zip lines for an exhilarating ride through the forest canopy.
Although Manuel Antonio is the smallest national park in Costa Rica, it boasts some of the country's best and most beautiful beaches. The dry coastal rainforest comes right down to the Pacific Ocean and provides a home for White-faced and Squirrel Monkeys, iguanas, sloths and toucans, most of which can be readily spotted while walking along the sandy paths.
The remote town of Tortuguero, on the Caribbean coast, is one of the world's major nesting grounds for both Green and Leatherback Turtles, and in the nesting seasons (April to May and July to October respectively) it's possible to see groups of turtles laying eggs in the sand. The Tortuguero National Park is criss-crossed with river channels, which can be explored by motor boat or canoe to discover the wealth of plant and animal life in the surrounding rainforest.
The Osa Peninsula is an unspoilt region of primary rainforest in the far southwest of the country and is one of the country's least visited areas. Over half the species native to Costa Rica can be found in its forests, and expert guides from our ecolodge will accompany you on walks where you may catch sight of the brilliant flash of a Blue Morpho butterfly as it flutters through the trees, or hear the distant and distinctive cries of Howler Monkeys high above the forest floor.
You can take in the best of Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio and much, much more when you join like-minded travellers on your pick of several adventure holidays to Costa Rica.
As well as our range of fixed departure group holidays to Costa Rica listed below, did you know we can also arrange adventures for you, your friends and family on dates to suit you? In many cases we can modify our standard itineraries, upgrade the accommodation, or add on a few days for relaxation at the end. See our Private Adventures page for more information.
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You may be a total beginner or an experienced cross-country skier. Many destinations offer different level weeks or multi-grade skiing on the same week. Choose from ‘Classic’ and ‘Skate’ style holidays, or even a ski marathon race for the ultimate winter challenge. See below for more grading details.
You are healthy, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip. No experience is required.
You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.
You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.
You are moderately fit and have an interest in remote or challenging environments. Some previous experience is required for activity based trips.
You have a good level of fitness and are looking for a physically challenging holiday. Previous experience is essential for activity based trips.
As well as our range of fixed departure group holidays, did you know we can also arrange adventures for you, your friends and family on dates to suit you? In many cases we can modify our standard itineraries, upgrade the accommodation, or add on a few days for relaxation at the end. See our Private Adventures page for more information.
We booked our trip 6 months in advance and Paula was extremely helpful and efficient in arranging a private trip for our 2 families on dates that we requested. Our local guide Antonio and driver Alan were friendly, helpful, professional and went to infinite trouble to give us a fantastic holiday.
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