Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Natural Elements

Highlights

Manuel Antonio - Arenal - Pacuare River - Savegre Valley - Golfo Dulce

Outline Itinerary

Day
1. Depart UK. Arrive San Jose.
2. To Manuel Antonio & afternoon guided walk.
3. At leisure.
4. To Arenal via Carara.
5. Morning hanging bridges & afternoon national park hike, hot springs to relax.
6. To Sarapiqui.
7. Morning guided walk.
8. White water rafting on the Pacuare River.
9. Continue rafting and to Los Quetzales.
10. Guided hike in the national park.
11. To Golfo Dulce.
12. Nature activities or at leisure.
13. Nature activities or at leisure.
14. Return to San Jose.
15. Depart Costa Rica.
16. Arrive UK.

Cost

This suggested itinerary is an example of our Costa Rica holidays. Price is dependant on season, standard of accommodation and length of stay. Please contact us for more specific pricing.

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Description

We've designed this itinerary for those that want to relax a little at the start in an idyllic area before spending the rest of the holiday seeing some of the best wildlife locations in this small country.

So, following a night in San Jose on arrival in Costa Rica we whisk you down to Manuel Antonio National Park for a couple of days on the Pacific Coast. The reserve is known for its beautiful crescent-shaped white sandy beaches just perfect for unwinding; and its lowland forest where a good variety of wildlife can be found. For the more active there is a great range of activities too.

You start your travels more thoroughly with an early morning walk in Carara National Park which is a biologically very important area and scarlet macaws are often seen here, a good indication of the health of the forest. Later the same day continue to Arenal volcano where you will have another guided walk, experience the hanging bridges and enjoy relaxing in the hot springs.

Moving on again you descend to the Caribbean lowland rainforest and the Sarapiqui region for a nature walk and then explore deep into the forest by white water rafting down the Pacuare River to the beautiful Pacuare Lodge.

After a second day of rafting you will transfer high into the mountains of Cerro Muerte to the hidden valley of the Savegre River. Here is one of our favourite locations in Costa Rica, Los Quetzales National Park surrounding the Savegre River. Around this verdant valley there is a network of walking trails and plentiful wildlife in the high cloudforest. Birding here is particularly good and whether you are a keen birdwatcher or not you will be enthralled by the brilliance of the resplendent quetzal after which the park is named. This elusive bird, a member of the trogon family, appears here in reasonable numbers together with other species of the family.

Leaving the verdant mountains behind you travel back to San Jose for a scenic flight down to the Golfo Dulce and Corcovado National Park. This is a beautiful area to relax and enjoy nature in the company of expert naturalists in what has been described as one of the most biodiverse areas of the world and will surely end your holiday with one of its highlights.

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