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Tailor-Made Tour
12 Days
From £3155
GEOIP Not Available
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Tour Introduction

12 Days from £3155
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you

Book this itinerary if you wish to experience the best of Costa Rica’s wildlife and diverse habitats while staying in quality accommodation. Starting off with the Caribbean jungle-fringed waterways of Tortuguero to spot three species of monkey, three-toed sloth, caiman and many bird species, we next climb into the mountains for misty cloud forest atmosphere, the resplendent quetzal and the high paramo. Back again to sea level, but this time the south west Pacific coast and the most pristine rainforests in Costa Rica. Wildlife-rich jungle walks, scarlet macaws and snorkelling off Cano Island will be a fitting finale to your wildlife trip of a lifetime.

Full Itinerary

Price from £3155
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Arrive in San Jose

Arrive San Jose, capital of Costa Rica in the late evening. Met and transfer to your hotel, not far from the airport

Staying at Bougainvillea Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 2
Tortuguero

Morning pickup at your hotel and transfer through Braulio Carillo National Park to a Caribbean lowlands river dock to embark on a boat transfer to Tortuguero. Arrive at your lodge and settle in. In the afternoon, go on a guided visit to little Tortuguero Town.

Staying at Evergreen Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 3
Tortuguero

Morning boat trip through the jungle-fringed waterways and rivers of the Tortuguero region. It is possible to see howler, spider and white-faced capuchin monkeys, three-toed sloth, river turtle, caiman, iguana, basilisk lizard, freshwater turtles and many bird species. After lunch, venture out for a guided wildlife walk through the rainforest. Night- time turtle watching trips are arranged in season.

Staying at Evergreen Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4
Savegre

Morning departure to the Tortuguero airstrip. Fly to San Jose. Met and transfer to the Cordillera de Talamanca mountains. Arrive at your lodge in a hidden cloud forest valley at 7000ft altitude.

Staying at Savegre Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 5
Savegre

Early morning guided birdwatching in the lodge’s private primary cloud forest reserve. You have an excellent chance of seeing the resplendent quetzal, as well as multiple other high altitude species such as three-wattled bellbird, and many trogon and hummingbird species. Afternoon at leisure, perhaps to walk the marked trail to a hidden waterfall and take in the atmospheric cloud forest.

Staying at Savegre Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 6
Savegre

Morning departure for a guided tour of the ‘paramo’ of Costa Rica’s newest national park, Los Quetzales, to experience the high elevation scenery, stunted vegetation and particular birdlife.

Staying at Savegre Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Osa Peninsula

Drive down to the Pacific lowlands, then southeast to Palmar Sur. Connect with a boat transfer through miles of mangrove-lined river to the Pacific Ocean, then along the shoreline to your seaside lodge adjoining Corcovado National Park.

Staying at Casa Corcovado. Includes All Meals.

Day 8
Osa Peninsula

Today enjoy a guided tour (with box lunch) of Corcovado National Park which has the largest concentration of scarlet macaws, sloths, howler, spider and squirrel monkeys, crocodiles, jaguars, tapirs and reptiles in Costa Rica, and boasts eight different habitats including true wet primary rainforest. Corcovado is one of the most important wildlife regions in Central America.

Staying at Casa Corcovado. Includes All Meals.

Day 9
Osa Peninsula

After breakfast, take a boat for a trip to Cano Island for snorkelling and swimming. Manta rays and plenty of fish can be seen when you snorkel offshore.

Staying at Casa Corcovado. Includes All Meals.

Day 10
Osa Peninsula

Enjoy the pristine environment of the Osa before flying home. Swim in the pool, walk the beach or the trails through the lodge’s private reserve or opt for a boat ride to a deserted beach for a private picnic.

Staying at Casa Corcovado. Includes All Meals.

Day 11
Depart San Jose

Early morning transfer to Palmar Sur or Drake Bay airstrip for your flight to San Jose. Met and transfer to San Jose’s international airport. Catch your flight out.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Tour Accommodation

Casa Corcovado

Overview

Casa Corcovado is situated right next to the Corcovado National Park on the Osa peninsula, within a short distance of miles of uninhabited beaches and small, secluded bays. The lodge is spectacularly set atop a small bluff just back from the rocky beach. Surrounding the lodge are acres of rainforest and fruit trees that attract many birds and animals, including white-faced capuchin monkey and three-toed sloth. There is a 170-acre private reserve with trails, a swimming pool and wonderful ocean views to enjoy. The main building is full of character and offers a good restaurant and bar as well as a communal lounge area.

Accommodation is in 14 spacious tile-floored bungalows each with private bathrooms, mosquito-netted beds, ceiling fan, lounge area, dry mini bar, safety deposit box, hammock and ample wardrobe.

There is a private forest reserve at Casa Corcovado with trails, a swimming pool and wonderful ocean views. Excursions to the park can begin at the ranger station and end at the lodge, making a very enjoyable natural history circuit.

There is no road access to the lodge and guests must take a journey from Palmar Sur by boat through miles of mangrove along the Sierpe River and along the Pacific coast to reach the lodge.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
14
Facilities

Private bathrooms, restaurant, bar, lounge, mosquito net beds, ceiling fan, mini-bar (non-alcoholic), safety deposit box and hammock.

Local Wildlife

Corcovado National Park has the greatest variety of wildlife to be found in Costa Rica, including the largest concentration of scarlet macaws, sloths, howler, spider and squirrel monkeys, crocodiles, jaguars, pumas, Baird’s tapirs and reptiles. It also boasts eight different habitats including true wet primary rainforest, montane forest, cloud forest and swamp forest. Because of its relatively unspoilt nature, it is one of the most important wildlife regions in all of Central America.

Optional Activities

Guided wildlife and birdwatching walks in the National Park and private reserve. An excursion to Cano Island, which offers snorkelling and diving, can also be arranged. Manta rays, dolphins and other large pelagic species are frequently seen, and the island reveals signs of pre-Columbian native habitation in the form of mysterious spherical orbs of granite which can be found both underwater and on the island itself.

Evergreen Lodge

Overview

Evergreen Lodge is one of the newer properties in the Tortuguero area and just five minutes by boat from the entrance to Tortuguero National Park. The resort was built to blend in with the natural environment: it has neutral rustic furnishings and a friendly ambience.

The lodge has 55 attractive but quite basic rooms which include comfortable double or twin beds, private bathrooms and ceiling fans. The rooms are connected by a series of walkways through the forest where wildlife is often spotted. There is a large communal building which houses a restaurant serving tasty buffet meals – a bar and lounge is also available for relaxation. Other facilities include a turtle-shaped swimming pool plus a short canopy walkway through the lodge’s two hectares of gardens and forest.

Evergreen Lodge offers a range of spa treatments taken in the treatment room looking out on to the lush forest.

Kayaks are free for guest use plus the lodge offers guided river cruises through the rainforest canals.

The lodge runs its own eleven- platform, seven-cable zip-line tour through the rainforest canopy, including four suspension bridges, one Tarzan swing and a climbing wall.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
55
Facilities

Private bathrooms, ceiling fan, restaurant, bar, lounge, swimming pool, spa,

Local Wildlife

Over 300 bird species, abundant three-toed and two- toed sloths, mantled howler and white faced capuchin monkeys, central American agouti and white-nosed coati. Colourful frogs and reptiles such as basilisk lizard, iguanas, spectacled caiman, American crocodile and exciting snakes are all frequently encountered. Between mid-July and October green and hawksbill turtles nest on the beaches.

Optional Activities

Guided boat trips, kayaking, hiking and canopy walkway tours. Turtle watching occurs between mid-July and October.

Bougainvillea Hotel

Overview

The Bougainvillea Hotel is situated in a quiet location in Santo Domingo de Heredia, about 20 minutes from central San Jose. The hotel has elegant and spacious rooms with private hot water bathrooms, two double beds, flat-screen cable TV, ceiling fan, tea and coffee facilities and a safety deposit box. The rooms have been well designed with wide windows affording pleasant garden views.

There is a good restaurant and bar that serves a la carte international cuisine and caters well for special dietary requirements.

Other facilities include a gift shop, business centre, swimming pool, gym, sauna, tennis court and large, attractive tropical gardens.

The hotel’s location makes it ideal for a stopover before and after your international flights but it is far enough from the city centre to provide a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
81
Facilities

Private bathrooms, hot water, restaurant, bar, lounge, sauna, tennis court, safety deposit box, ceiling fan, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities, room service, massage service, laundry service, luggage storage and currency exchange.

Local Wildlife

An array of tropical birds and insects

Optional Activities

Tennis, gym and sauna on site and bird watching excursions can be arranged.

Savegre Mountain Hotel

Overview

Set at 7000ft near San Gerardo de Dota on the Cerro de la Muerte highway, the simple yet comfortable lodge is owned and well run by the original settler Chacon family, charming Costa Ricans who arrived back in 1954. The small Tico hotel they developed has rooms with heaters for the cool climate and an intimate, friendly atmosphere.

The 50 rooms and suites have private bathrooms with hot water (the suites have tubs), electric heating, safety deposit box, telephone, hair dryer and radio alarm clock and terrace on which to relax and watch birds.

The traditional restaurant serves local dishes as well as some international cuisine with a choice of buffet or a la carte dining. The hotel also has a communal bar and lounge where guests can watch hummingbirds at the feeders while enjoying a drink.

Guests walk the forest trails to spot quetzals, trogons and many other cloud forest bird species and visit nearby waterfalls. The lodge has been awarded the fourth level Certification in Sustainable Tourism (CST). NB: Please take some light warm clothing as evenings can get quite cool at the lodge.

Savegre also has its own private nature reserve where guests can enjoy bird watching and exploring. Of the 400 hectares of the farm, 250 are primary cloud forest in which one has the best chance in Costa Rica to see the resplendent quetzal – perhaps the most beautiful bird in Central America. The guiding is often done by family members and you are almost certain to see the quetzal as well as many other colourful birds.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
50
Facilities

Private bathrooms, hot water, electric heaters, restaurant, lounge, bar, safety deposit box, in room telephone and hair dryer.

Local Wildlife

The cloud forest reserve is home to 170 species of bird including some range-restricted species and of course the dazzling resplendent quetzal. Other avian highlights include the volcano hummingbird, collared trogon and the golden-browed chlorophonia.

Optional Activities

Guided birdwatching and walking in the reserve and excursions into the high altitude paramo.

Route Map

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Savegre Lodge : 9.564326, -83.801552
Casa Corcovado: 8.631568, -83.726030
Evergreen Lodge: 10.542707, -83.511758
Bougainvillea Hotel: 9.999105, -84.109250

Departure Dates

This tour has no set departure date and can be tailored to suit your travel requirements. Contact us for more details.

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Best Visited:

December to April

John Melton

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

[My girlfriend] suggested I ‘write up’ our impressions of our recent trip to Costa Rica.. .here goes! Starting at the very beginning, our arrival at San Jose…was a really good introduction to the general efficiency of the country and of [your representatives] in particular…The [hotel] was a great choice…our guide on our mountain walk was exceptional… Once again our timetable was spot-on… [The Dominical lodge] is a magical place.. .a definite must in our book… [The Osa lodge] is located in a beautiful situation and the accommodation is really amazing…the meals are good…the trips well worth doing…If you have any clients who would like to ask us for our impressions don’t hesitate to suggest they contact us, we’ll be only too pleased to let them know of such wonderful places and delightful people. Again, thank you for putting together a memorable fortnight for us.

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