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Natural Highlights Experience

12 days fr £1,729pp

San Jose • Osa Peninsula • Manuel Antonio • Arenal Volcano • Naranjo

Save £100pp plus car hire included · 11 nights fr £2,175 pp (Including flights)

See nature like you never have before with an unforgettable tour of Costa Rica's colourful highlights. Discover this tropical paradise in style as you venture through national parks, lush rainforest and gorgeous coastlines - all in search of the vibrant wildlife that calls Costa Rica home. Seek out beautiful birds, marvellous monkeys, dolphins and humpback whales before you venture to the towering Arenal Volcano.

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11 nights fr £2,175pp (including flights) Valid 01/06/2019 - 30/06/2019

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TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Standard fr £1,729pp
Validity:
  • 01/05/2019 - 30/09/2019
Also included:
  • 11 nights BB Accomodation
  • Full Board & activities in Osa Peninsula
  • All trasnfers up to Day 5
  • Domestic flight to Osa
  • Car Hire from Day 5 SUV
Not included:
  • International Flights (unless otherwise stated)
  • Daily Car Insurance approx $25 usd per day
Overview
If you picture an ideal holiday destination, then Costa Rica is it. The 'Rich Coast' has earned its name and stands apart from its Central American neighbours on the cutting edge of so many trends like surfing, farm-to-table restaurants and green tourism. It's also one of the world's most bio-diverse countries and while there is no regular army you almost always feel safe. Great beaches, simmering volcanoes, lush rainforest . . . you'll find it all on this wonderful 12 day tour.
Day 1
Arrival San Jose
Your adventure begins when you fly into the capital San Jose. You will be met at the international airport by one of our tour representatives who will give you all the documentation you will need throughout the trip and tell you about the exciting things you will be seeing and doing over the next 12 days as you tour this fascinating country. Then you will be taken to your hotel in the city to relax before going out to explore on your own. Overnight at the Sleep Inn Downtown.
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Day 2
San Jose to Osa Peninsula
After breakfast, you will be taken to the local airstrip about 30 minutes away to catch a flight to Palmar Sur. On arrival you will be taken to the Aquila de Osa Inn, which stands on a high bluff overlooking the Agujitas River, where you will be staying for the next three nights. Reaching out into the Pacific Ocean along the southwest coast, Osa was once described by National Geographic as one of the most biologically intense places on earth. Rooms offer spectacular views of the lush, tropical jungle.
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Day 3
Osa Peninsula
Today you visit San Pedrillo Ranger Station to see both primary and secondary rainforest, as well as a wide variety of plant and animal life. On route to Corcovado National Park, you pass Piques Island which is an important refuge for several species of rare marine birds. Then begin a guided hike into the park seeing monkeys, coatimundis, squirrels, spiders, macaws, bats, leaf-cutting ants, and other animal species. Also see unusual plant and tree species, which are lush and teeming with life.
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Day 4
Osa Peninsula
Today you visit Caño Island by boat, which is a paradise for snorkellers, scuba divers, swimmers, and sunbathers alike! On the 45 minute trip you may see humpback whales or dolphins frolicking in the ocean! On the island you can relax or take part in any of the watersports before a picnic lunch is served under the shade of the coconut trees. Then take a walk on the beach seeing plenty of Macaws in the almond trees and white face monkeys before taking the boat back to your hotel.
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Day 5
Osa Peninsula to Manual Antonio
Today after breakfast you say farewell to the Osa Peninsula when you are picked up from your hotel and driven to Sierpe then along the Pacific Coast to Manuel Antonio region where one of the area’s main attractions is Manuel Antonio National Park, which is one of the icons of ecotourism in Costa Rica. During the afternoon, you will pick up a rental car and the rest of the day is free for you to explore on your own.
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Day 6
Manual Antonio
The first of two full days of leisure in this beautiful part of Costa Rica. You have a car so can go out and explore or take one of the many organised tours that are on offer. But you may prefer to just relax at your hotel or soak up the sun on the beach. No trip to Costa Rica’s mid-Pacific region is complete without a visit to the Manuel Antonio National Park which is so popular because of its expensive white sand beaches backed by an evergreen forest that grows right up to the high tide line.
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Day 7
Manual Antonio
Another free day when you can do as much or as little as you like. The stunning Manuel Antonio National Park is home to primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove swamps, lagoons and beach vegetation. There is a varied fauna with 109 species of mammals and 184 of birds. In addition, you will have a number of different adventure options like kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, diving, horseback riding and walks through the canopy.
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Day 8
Manual Antonio to Arenal Volcano
This morning you may have time for more sightseeing in this beautiful national park before driving on to the area around the majestic Arenal Volcano. On the way you will pass diverse agricultural plantations, ornamental plants and cattle ranches before arriving at La Fortuna where the mighty Arenal Volcano will welcome you with its impressive perfect conic shape. Check in to your hotel where you spend the next two nights.
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Day 9
Arenal Volcano
Today is free for you to enjoy the different tourist attractions around the volcano. You can take the Sky Tram and Sky Trek - a tour that combines the ascent to the top of the mountain by an aerial tram, enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the Arenal Lake, and a descent through the famous canopy on a tour which takes you from one mountain to another. If you prefer a more relaxed trip you can visit the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, which offers boat tours seeing birds, mammals and reptiles.
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Day 10
Arenal Volcano to Naranjo
Today you may have more time to explore the volcano and the surrounding countryside before leaving the area and driving the two hours to Naranjo where you will stay at the Chayote Lodge for the next two nights in a hotel with lovely architectural highlights. From here you can visit the famous coffee stores that characterise this coffee producing region of Costa Rica and learn all about the beans and how they get from here to your cup.
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Day 11
Naranjo
You will wake up this morning in the middle of coffee plantations with a beautiful view of the central valley of Costa Rica, before tucking in to a delicious Costa Rican breakfast with, of course, plenty of fresh local coffee. The rest of the day is free and you can take a trip to visit Poas Volcano, which is a two hour drive from the hotel, or take one of the optional tours such as the popular Naranjo Coffee and Town Experience.
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Day 12
Depart San Jose
Depending on your flight times and onward itinerary, you may have more time today to explore the coffee growing region of the country before driving back to the international airport outside the capital San Jose where you can stay on for a few days or begin your journey home. Costa Rica is one of the world's most beautiful tourist destinations and has so many natural wonders that it is bound to leave you wanting to return to see more.
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