Costa Rica

Cloudforests and Coasts

Highlights

Los Quetzales cloudforests - Corcovado biodiversity - Manuel Antonio beaches - Carara - Bocas del Toro, relaxation in Panama

Introduction

Outline Itinerary

Day
1. Depart UK. Arrive San Jose.
2. To Los Quetzales National Park.
3. Walks in the valley.
4. To Corcovado.
5. Corcovado activities.
6. Corcovado activities.
7. Return to Uvita.
8. Morning mangrove tour. Afternoon whale watching.
9. To Manuel Antonio.
10. Explore Manuel Antonio.
11. To Carara and on to San Jose.
12. To Bocas del Toro, Panama.
13. At leisure.
14. At leisure.
15. Morning at leisure. Afternoon fly to San Jose.
16. Depart Costa Rica.
17 Arrive UK.

Cost

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

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Description

This tour is a little more unusual as it concentrates mostly on coastal wildlife, but with surprising diversity. You will of course visit the highlands, the quiet cloudforests of Los Quetzales National Park around the Savegre Valley where flora undergoes marked changes across a broad range of altitudes. The orchards in the valley also encourage resplendent quetzals after which the park is named and other trogons. Next you head to one of Latin America's most remarkable parks, Corcovado on the Osa Peninsula. Here biodiversity among the flora is barely comprehendable. You will have guided walks in the reserve as well as the opportunity to take a boat to Cano island.

Moving on you head up to Uvita where, from a lovely hotel, you can explore the mangroves and also enjoy a whale watching cruise, this whole coastal region is known as the whale coast. Further north is the famous Manuel Antonio National Park with its beautiful crescent-shaped beaches backed by forest. A great place to walk and relax. After visiting Carara National Park which is important for its flora with both north American and south American influences and where you might be lucky to see scarlet macaws you return to San Jose.

A short flight brings you to the Caribbean archipelago of Bocas del Toro. A small private lodge on one of the islands is perfect for naturalists, set in the heart of the forest yet overlooking quiet bays. There is time to explore - Dolphin Bay, Coral Cay with its myriad of fish and great little sea food restaurant and a tour to the manatees (this is dependent on a set number of tourists). There are also some lovely beaches including the deserted Zapatilla Islands which are a reserve and this is an great location to while away a few days at the end of a tour.

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