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What’s included

  • An experienced English-speaking tour leader plus local expert guides where stated.
  • 13 nights in good standard hotel accommodation
  • All excursions and entry fees as described in the itinerary
  • 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 5 dinners
  • All meals, drinks (including non-premium alcohol) and snacks at Casa Conde del Mar Hotel, Panama Beach
  • All road transport by private vehicle
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option)
  • Single, timed, group airport transfers for international flights on arrival and departure
  • Carbon offset flights (flight inclusive only)
  • The chance to attend one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms Water-to-Go bottle or a free Mountain Kingdoms fleece

Gentle Walking & Wildlife Costa Rica

Walking & Trekking

Costa Rica | Walking & Trekking

New for 2019
Gentle Walking & Wildlife Costa Rica
Gentle

Suitable for people who enjoy easy-paced walks or exploring the countryside on foot.

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Grade: Gentle ? Gentle
Duration:  14 days from the UK  
Walks on: 6 days

Flight inclusive from £3,545,
Land only from £2,695

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From the Caribbean to the Pacific via cloudforest, rainforest, rivers and volcanoes, this coast-to-coast journey explores an incredible world of pristine landscapes and exotic wildlife.

Highlights

  • Visit six of Costa Rica’s premier national parks and wildlife reserves
  • Enjoy a varied programme of walks that showcase Costa Rica’s incredibly diverse landscapes.
  • Spend time in Tortuguero renowned for its fabulous wildlife and laid-back Caribbean vibe.
  • Look for rare and exotic birds in the cloudforest of Monteverde and a take a boat tour along the wildlife-rich waters of Caño Negro Reserve.
  • Go hiking amidst the surreal and beautiful volcanic scenery of Rincon de la Vieja in the fiery northwest.
  • Relax at the end of your holiday on beautiful Panama Beach with the option to extend.

Reviews          

For a Central American country, Costa Rica defies preconceptions: it's politically stable, peaceful, well developed and has very high standards of hotels and service. But of course it’s the fantastic wildlife that steals the show. We saw so many wonderful birds and animals and yet we seem to have barely scratched the surface. Still, it’s always good to have a reason to return.
Mr P, South Gloucestershire

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On this brand new two week adventure we introduce you to Costa Rica’s great natural diversity as we take you coast-to-coast, across the country, stopping at national parks and wildlife reserves where you will encounter myriad birds and animals.

Starting on the Caribbean coast at Tortuguero you explore by boat along the waterways to discover an incredible abundance of birds and animals such as sloth, toucan, macaws, caimen and monkeys. Next you travel to La Fortuna, gateway to Arenal Volcano, and enjoy walks and waterfalls in the shadow of its striking conical peak. You will also head north for a day to Caño Negro Reserve and take a boat ride along the Rio Frio River, also renowned for its tremendous variety of birds, mammals and reptiles.

Leaving La Fortuna, you climb to the pristine cloudforest of Monteverde to walk in the cool environs of the Santa Elena Cloudforest Reserve and take a specialist birdwatching tour in Curi-Cancha Reserve. Here you may be lucky enough to see Resplendent quetzals, Three-wattled bellbirds and many of the other rare and exotic birds that reside in this lush, unspoiled environment.

Next you travel northwest to walk amidst the stunning landscapes of the volcanic Guanacaste region. Azure blue waterfalls, bubbling mud pots, steaming fumeroles and boiling rivers provide the surreal backdrop to your hikes here and a complete contrast to what you have already experienced.

Finally, you make the short journey west to reach the Pacific Ocean where you can kick back, relax and soak up the sun on beautiful Panama Beach. Pura Vida indeed!


At a glance

Grade: Gentle
Gentle

Duration:  14 days from the UK  
Walks on: 6 days

Max. Altitude: 1,650m/5,413ft, Monteverde, Day 7

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: San Jose

Accommodation types: Hotels

Meal arrangements: 12 x breakfasts, 11 lunches and 5 evening meals

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-2
Fly to San José. Road and boat transfer to Tortuguero. Walking tour of Tortuguero town.
3
Early morning Tortuguero National Park boat tour. Hotel trails walk.
4-5
Transfer to La Fortuna. Walk in 1968 Park. Visit La Catarata Falls with optional swim.
6
Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge boat tour.
7
Transfer to Monteverde. Walk in Santa Elena Cloudforest Reserve.
8
Birdwatching walk in Curi-Cancha Reserve.
9
Transfer to Rincόn de la Vieja with Rio Celeste hike en route at Volcán Tenorio Park.
10
La Cangreja Waterfall walk at Rincόn de la Vieja National Park.
11-12
Walk the Las Pailas trail at Rincon. Drive to Panama Beach on the Pacific Ocean. Time at leisure.
13-14
Transfer back to San José. Fly to London.
Leader: Local Leader, Costa Rica
Local Leader, Costa Rica

Your walking holiday in Costa Rica will be led by a highly experienced and knowledgeable, English-speaking Costa Rican guide who will help you interpret the geography, geology, flora and fauna that you encounter on your journey across the country.

For some tours you will also be accompanied by a local, expert wildlife guide or ornithologist to enhance your experience.


  1. Day 1 - Fly London to San Jose

    Today you will fly from London to Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in central San José. The journey time can be anything between 45 minutes and 1½ hours depending on the traffic.

    At the hotel, you will enjoy a welcome drink and your guide will provide an initial briefing on the arrangements for your next couple of days in Tortuguero.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Casa Conde Hotel Or Similar, San Jose
  2. Day 2 - Transfer to Tortuguero by road and water, 255km – 5-6 hours. Tortugero town tour in the afternoon. Walk back to lodge – 15 minutes.

    It's an early start for your journey to Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast which, although long, is full of interest. Your expert guide from Mawamba Lodge will greet you onboard your coach and they will stay with you during your time in Tortuguero, alongside your Mountain Kingdoms local leader. Please note that other people staying at the lodge may join you here.

    Leaving San José behind, the scenery quickly changes as you drive through the lush surrounding hills, cross the Continental Divide, and descend through beautiful Braulio Carillo National Park. After about two hours you will stop near Guapilés at Rio Danta Restaurant for a typical Costa Rican breakfast, before continuing for a further 2-2½ hours to the pier at La Pavona. On this section of the journey you will pass numerous banana plantations and your guide will provide an insight into the banana industry in Costa Rica. At the pier, you will board your boat for an exhilarating ride that will take you to the delightful Mawamba Lodge whetting your appetite for the adventure ahead. Lunch will be waiting for you after you've settled into your room.

    The lodge is situated a mile or so north of Tortuguero Town on a thin strip of land between the palm-fringed waters of the Caribbean Ocean and the broad Totuguero Canal. You will certainly feel like you're in the tropics. Palm trees, bougainvillea and bird of paradise flowers give the quintessential feel of a tropical garden, whilst wandering iguanas, noisy frogs and chattering birds are your first introduction to the wonderfully exotic wildlife of the area.

    In the afternoon, your guide will take you into Tortuguero Town - a quiet, slightly ramshackle place with wooden houses and a typical Caribbean vibe. Here you will learn about the fascinating history of the town and the way of life of the inhabitants, a small community of around 1,500 people. There are several cafes and souvenir shops you may like to browse before returning on foot to your lodge along the dark-sand beach.

    Whilst staying at Mawamba lodge you will have the opportunity to participate in several optional activities. By choosing these once you have arrived you have maximum flexibility to select activities that meet your own interests. Options include night walks through the rainforest, extra boat tours or kayaking in the gentle waterways of Tortuguero. These are all payable locally and you will be given full information by your guide.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mawamba Lodge, Tortuguero
  3. Day 3 - Tortuguero National Park boat tour – 2 hours. Guided trail walk through the hotel’s grounds.
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    The focus on this first part of your holiday is very much on wildlife rather than walking. Tortuguero National Park is home to an astonishing array of flora and fauna with more than 350 species of bird including toucan and the endangered Green parrot, three out of the four species of monkeys to be found in Costa Rica, plus caimans, crocodiles, sloth and much, much more.

    An early morning open-topped boat tour will give you the best chance of seeing the wildlife at its most active and both your expert guide and eagle-eyed boat captain will help you spot and identify birds and animals, often camouflaged to the untrained eye, in the dense canopy and watery channels.
    You will probably be aware that Tortuguero is most famous as a breeding ground for green turtles but you need to be here during the wet season (and at night) for turtle sightings.

    After your boat tour you will return to the lodge for breakfast followed by some free time to enjoy the pool or relax in a hammock. In the afternoon your guide will walk with your group around the hotel's gardens where you will most likely discover tiny tree frogs, iguanas, colourful birds and lots of beautiful flowers and trees.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mawamba Lodge, Tortuguero
  4. Day 4 - Transfer by road and water to Guapilés – 3-4 hours. Lunch stop. Drive to La Fortuna - 2 hours.

    If you have signed up for an optional boat or kayaking tour this morning, you will do this before breakfast after which you will check out and make the return journey by boat and vehicle to Gaupilés. A buffet lunch will be waiting for you at Rio Danta Restaurant and you will then continue your journey west to La Fortuna through a green and fertile landscape rich with pineapple, yuca and other crops.

    As you get closer to La Fortuna (and if the weather is clear) you will see the unmistakable conical shape of Arenal Volcano rising up on the horizon in front of you. At 1,633m/5,358ft high, and only 6km outside of the town, Arenal dominates the scenery for miles around. Although still considered active there have been no eruptions since 2010 and its slopes are now covered in a thick green blanket of foliage.

    The gateway to Arenal, La Fortuna has developed as one of Costa Rica's most popular tourist towns with a multitude of adventurous activities on offer as well as hot springs, waterfalls and good walking trails. You will go straight to your hotel when you get to the town and have some time to rest and recuperate after your journey and before you head out for dinner.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel El Silencio De Campo Or Montana De Fuego Eco Resort Or Similar, La Fortuna
  5. Day 5 - Walk in Arenal 1968 Park, 4½km – 3-4 hours. Visit La Catarata Waterfall with optional swim.
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    After breakfast it is only a short 20 minute drive to reach the entrance to Arenal 1968 Park. This privately owned park at the foot of the volcano is named after the year Arenal erupted, and there is much evidence underfoot of the original lava flows. Although there hasn't been any volcanic activity since 2010 the volcano is still considered active, consequently you are not permitted to walk any closer to Arenal than the trails here. There are two trails in the park: the Forest Trail and the Lava Flow 1968 Trail and your walk will combine both taking you through good paths in secondary forest to the base of the volcano.

    After a briefing from your guide you begin by walking up to a viewing point where there are superb vistas of Arenal to be enjoyed, assuming the clouds aren't too low of course. You continue next to an area which has been planted with examples of Costa Rica's most important crops: pineapple, banana, sugar cane and coffee. Here your guide will tell you how these different crops are grown and harvested and the importance they play in the country's economy. You can even try pressing some sugar cane on a traditional hand press. Continuing on through the welcome shade of the tree-lined path, you walk to a pretty lake and follow around its banks before ascending on a rockier trail. As you gradually ascend you will really begin to feel the heat of the day and your guide will provide ample opportunities for water breaks. You will also, no doubt, have lots of questions about the flora and fauna that you encounter as you walk.

    Eventually you reach another good overview at the high point of your walk, where you can rest awhile and take in the views. There the large quantities of black, volcanic rock clearly indicates that you are standing on a former lava flow. Finally you head down the trail for a further 45 minutes to return to the park entrance.

    In the afternoon you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the enticing, cool waters at the base of the Catarata de la Fortuna Waterfall, so make sure you have your swimsuit and a towel with you. Situated just outside the town, this picturesque waterfall plunges 75m from its rocky heights into a large pool of crystalline water. To reach the pool you have to climb down some 400 steps after which you'll be ready for a swim, although it is of course good manners to let your guide go first! There is also a second natural pool at the base of the steps that you can bathe in. If you'd prefer not to swim, you can just sit and relax on the surrounding rocks. Fully invigorated you return to your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel El Silencio De Campo Or Montana De Fuego Eco Resort Or Similar, La Fortuna
  6. Day 6 - Drive to Los Chiles – 2 hours. Caño Negro Widlife Refuge boat tour – 2-2½ hours. Lunch and return to La Fortuna.

    Today's boat tour is an absolute must for wildlife lovers as you head north to the Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve on the border with Nicaragua. A two hour drive past seemingly endless fields of pineapple, sugar cane, oranges and teak trees, takes you to a dock near the small town of Los Chiles where you board your boat along with other tour participants. Your boat ride is along the Rio Frio River which feeds into Lake Nicaragua on the other side of the border. Water levels can vary considerably throughout the year with a 3 metre differential between the wet and dry seasons.

    The Caño Negro Reserve is particularly renowned for its incredible variety of birds but is also home to sloth, caiman, lizards and monkeys who reside in the surrounding lush rainforest and wetlands. As you meander slowly along the river your specialist guide will introduce you to the wildlife, vegetation and ecology of this tropical paradise. You will see anhinga and comorants diving for fish alongside a variety of egrets, kingfishers and herons. Caiman may lurk beneath the banks whilst Basilisk lizards, turtles and iguanas sun themselves on the protruding logs. Above you may hear the unmistakable call of howler monkeys and see a troop of spider monkeys or white-throated capuchins playing noisily in the canopy or swinging from branch to branch. If you're very lucky you may even see a sloth curled up in a tree besides the water's edge. Every time there is something of interest your boat will slow or stop so that everyone gets a chance to see and take photos whilst the guide provides a fascinating commentary.

    Returning to the dock you drive to a nearby dining area where you will enjoy a traditional Costa Rican 'Costado' for lunch. You then make the return drive to La Fortuna arriving mid to late afternoon giving you time to relax and maybe head for the pool at your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel El Silencio De Campo Or Montana De Fuego Eco Resort Or Similar, La Fortuna
  7. Day 7 - Drive to Monteverde – 3-4 hours. Afternoon walk in Santa Elena Cloudforest Reserve - 3 hours.

    This morning you leave La Fortuna and drive past scenic Arenal Lake as you make your way high into the Cloudforest region of Monteverde. It's quite a long drive, the final stage of which is on bumpy, unpaved road so be prepared for your first Costa Rican massage!

    As you reach Monteverde you will notice a welcome drop in temperature, a rise in humidity and a distinct change in vegetation as you are now in one of the most pristine and extensive cloudforests in Central America. It is an almost mystical landscape of ancient trees, bromeliads, ferns and mosses often shrouded in mist and home to a staggering abundance of flora and fauna, much of it unique to this higher altitude, moisture-rich ecosystem. Over 400 species of birds live in the cloudforest along with more than 100 species of mammal, and 1,200 different types of amphibians and reptiles.

    This afternoon you will visit one of the jewels of the region, the Santa Elena Cloudforest Reserve - a private reserve dedicated to protecting the cloudforest environment. The reserve reaches an elevation of 1,650m/5,413ft and has several kilometres of interlocking trails, the longest being the Caño Negro trail at 4½ km. The dirt paths are well established and undulate through the plants and trees with some small amount of ascent and descent. Your guide will decide which route to follow as you go in search of exotic birds, unusual mammals and intriguing insects. Be aware that even in the dry season, you can experience rain showers in Monteverde so make sure you carry your waterproof jacket or poncho with you.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cloudforest Lodge Or Mar Inn Or Similar, Monteverde
  8. Day 8 - Birdwatching walk in Curi-Cancha Reserve – 3-4 hours. Afternoon at leisure.

    Your day will begin very early to maximise your bird-spotting opportunities but you will probably be woken at first light anyhow by Monteverde's incredible dawn chorus; a raucous symphony of piercing bird calls and melodic song punctuated by the echoing bark of howler monkeys; nature's very own alarm clock!

    Not long after daybreak you will be taken to Curi-Cancha Reserve located in the Arenal-Tempisque conservation area in the heart of Monteverde, just 15 minutes from your hotel. Covering an area of 83 hectares (205 acres) and spanning an elevation of almost 200m (from 1,450m to 1,615m) it bisects both montane and cloud forest protecting a mixed landscape of 50% virgin forest, 45% secondary growth and 5% open pasture. This diversity of habitat houses an impressive number of bird species and makes it a true birdwatcher's paradise. The sought after Resplendent quetzal, Three-wattled bellbird, Blue-crowned motmot, Orange-bellied Trogon and many others are frequently seen here together with toucans and numerous hummingbirds. Indeed, over 250 species of birds have been observed making their home in Curi-Cancha. Your walk today will be led by an expert local ornithologist giving you the very best chance of spotting a good variety of these rare and beautiful birds.

    When you enter the park the first thing you are likely to do is simply stand and listen as your guide begins to teach you how to identify the different bird calls you are hearing. Soon, you will be able to distinguish between the frog-like call of the toucan, the distinctive tones of the Three-wattled bell bird, the melodic song of the Clay-coloured thrush and the weirdly alien call of the Montezuma oropendola. The chase will then be on as you follow the trails through the reserve, seeking out the birds you can hear above - often close but remaining frustratingly hidden in the high canopy and dense foliage. At times the trails pass open areas of grassland with several good viewpoints and you will also come across clearings where you can just sit and watch as brilliant hummingbirds and butterflies flit through the surrounding flowering bushes, and small, brightly coloured birds dart in and out of the trees. Here you may also encounter agoutis, squirrels and coatis, the most commonly seen mammals in the area.

    After three to four hours in Curi-Cancha your bird tour will end and you will head into the small town of Santa Elena to enjoy an early lunch in one of the many cafes that line the streets. It's also a good opportunity for some souvenir shopping or to stock up on any essentials. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cloudforest Lodge Or Mar Inn Or Similar, Monteverde
  9. Day 9 - Drive to Tenorio Volcano National Park – 3-3½ hours. Walk the Rio Celeste Trail, 6km - 2½-3 hours. Drive to Rinco de la Vieja – 2 hours.

    Today you leave the cloudforest behind and drive to Rincon de la Vieja situated in the Guanacaste region in the far northwest of the country. For this stage of your adventure the focus switches away from wildlife and more towards landscapes as you explore the surreal scenery of this hot, dry and fiery region of Costa Rica.

    The first part of your drive today is a scenic treat as you follow a ridgeline with panoramic views to both the west and east - as far as the Pacific Ocean on a clear day. You then join Costa Rica's main arterial highway before turning east for a final 45 minutes (on and off of unpaved road) to arrive at the entrance to Parque Nacional Volcán Tenorio. Like Arenal volcano, Tenorio is considered an active volcano although without the eruptive displays previously experienced by its more southerly cousin. The area surrounding Tenorio was designated a National Park in 1995 and its major attraction is the dazzling blue water of the Rio Celeste River which flows through the park.

    From the park entrance you follow the well-maintained Rio Celeste trail initially through lush rainforest where birds, insects and butterflies are plentiful and you may also see, or at least hear, monkeys in the trees above. The first main point of interest you reach is a picture-perfect waterfall where the waters tumble into a pool of brilliant, sapphire-blue water. The amazing colour is the result of a natural chemical reaction occurring further upstream where two rivers join together creating a mixture of sulphur, copper sulphate and calcium carbonate. You next come to an overview with great views of the peaks of Tenorio and neighbouring Montezuma Volcano. Continuing along the banks of the alluring river, where at times you will see the waters bubbling due to geo-thermal activity, the trail eventually ends at a gloriously coloured azure blue pool, a lovely spot to sit and enjoy a drink and snack. Rested, you retrace your steps back along the trail to the park entrance. Although not particularly long at just 6km, the undulating trail and high temperatures mean that it will take up to 3 hours to complete the walk. You can then enjoy a late lunch before continuing by road for another 2 hours to reach your accommodation at Rincon de la Vieja.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hacienda Gauchelpin Or Similar, Rincon De La Vieja
  10. Day 10 - La Cangreja Waterfall walk, Rincon de la Vieja National Park, 10km – 4-5 hours. Hot springs visit.
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    Your hotel is located just a few kilometres away from the entrance to Rincon de la Vieja Park so it will take only 15 minutes to get there. When you reach the park entrance keep an eye out for Blue-crowned motmots and toucans which are often spotted in the surrounding trees.

    Rugged Rincon de la Vieja National Park is dominated by its namesake volcano and the park encompasses savannah, dry forest and rainforest giving a splendid variety of landscapes and habitats for the many birds and animals that reside here. Today's walk is a good opportunity to observe many of the smaller creatures of the forest including the fascinating insect world of multi-hued beetles and leaf-cutter ants as well as various lizards, iguana and perhaps even snakes.

    Your trail begins a short walk from the entrance at around 800m in elevation and the path quickly enters lush forest above a stream which you can hear below. You cross a solid bridge, your first of three along the trail, before walking fairly steeply uphill, carefully picking your way through gnarly tree roots, rocks and stones. The path then descends and rises through atmospheric groves of towering strangler figs, immense Guanacaste trees and spiny cedars interspersed with many different types of palms and other foliage. After an hour or so you reach a split in the path and continue, mainly downhill now, through a grove of massive agave plants before emerging into a startlingly different landscape. Suddenly the canopy lowers and you walk out into the more open ground of tropical dry forest, flanked by brown, barren hills. Soon you will gain expansive views reaching out to the Pacific Ocean.

    The final section of the trail to the falls is quite tricky to negotiate in places as the path goes steeply downhill over big, uneven rocks, roots and then boulders. You will hear the roar of the water ahead of you before scrambling down to reach La Cangreja (the Crab) Waterfall. Spilling 40m in a ribbon of water out of the forest above, the water forms a clear blue pool at its base with dissolved copper minerals from the volcano giving the water its 'celestial' blue colour. This is particularly noticeable when the sun hits the surface.

    Once you've had ample time to enjoy the scene and some refreshments you will begin the hike back along the same path. Later there will be an opportunity for a soothing dip in the nearby natural hot springs. The rest of the day yours to relax and enjoy the facilities at your hotel.

    Please note that as this walk is quite long, with an ascent/descent of approximately 200 metres, you may prefer to opt out and spend the day at your hotel instead. Your guide will discuss options and arrangements with you beforehand.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hacienda Gauchelpin Or Similar, Rincon De La Vieja
  11. Day 11 - Walk the Las Palais Trail in Rincon de la Vieja National Park, 6km – 2 hours. Transfer to Panama Beach – 1 hour.

    After breakfast you return to the park entrance but this time to follow the Las Pailas Trail. Rincon de la Vieja National Park is a hotbed of geo-thermal activity - Costa Rica's answer to Yellowstone in the States - and on this walk you will see (and smell!) a range of unusual volcanic features.

    Las Pailas translates as 'the cauldrons', and this walk through the area on a man-made path, takes you close to many geo-thermal features. Steam and sulphur pour out of yellow and rust coloured earth from natural fumaroles; clay and coffee-coloured pools boil, like cauldrons, with hot volcanic water and smooth grey volcanic mud bubbles and explodes in large pits. It takes about two hours in total to complete the circular trail after which you will return to your hotel to pack and check out.

    From Rincon de la Vieja you drive to Panama Beach (Playa Panama) on the Pacific Ocean. Your all-inclusive hotel here is ideally situated on a bay sheltered by the Papagayo Peninsula giving calm waters for swimming and a lovely dark sand beach. The hotel also has two large swimming pools - saltwater and freshwater. The rest of the day is yours for sunbathing, swimming and idle relaxation.

    As we offer a two-night extension at Panama Beach, tonight may be the last night your group is together. You will therefore enjoy a farewell dinner with your guide with the chance to reflect on your many exciting experiences in Costa Rica.

    If you are interested in extending your stay for a further two nights, an information leaflet is available from our office or can be downloaded from our website.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Casa Conde Del Mar Hotel, Panama Beach
  12. Day 12 - Time at leisure. Late afternoon transfer to San Jose – 4 hours.

    You can enjoy most of the day at leisure before leaving with your guide in the afternoon for the journey back to San José. The drive will take around four hours although traffic congestion around San José can make this somewhat longer.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Casa Conde Hotel Or Similar, San Jose
  13. Day 13 - Group transfer to Juan Santamaria Airport. Depart Costa Rica.

    The day is free to relax at your hotel before transferring to the airport in good time for your overnight flight back to London.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Departure Day
  14. Day 14 - Fly From San Jose To London

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What’s included

  • An experienced English-speaking tour leader plus local expert guides where stated.
  • 13 nights in good standard hotel accommodation
  • All excursions and entry fees as described in the itinerary
  • 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 5 dinners
  • All meals, drinks (including non-premium alcohol) and snacks at Casa Conde del Mar Hotel, Panama Beach
  • All road transport by private vehicle
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option)
  • Single, timed, group airport transfers for international flights on arrival and departure
  • Carbon offset flights (flight inclusive only)
  • The chance to attend one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms Water-to-Go bottle or a free Mountain Kingdoms fleece

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Optional sightseeing/activities
  • Locally paid bar bills and laundry
  • Evening meals on 6 days


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Overall score:           (Based on 2 reviews)

Wonderful walking & wildlife          

For a Central American country, Costa Rica defies preconceptions: it's politically stable, peaceful, well developed and has very high standards of hotels and service. But of course it’s the fantastic wildlife that steals the show. We saw so many wonderful birds and animals and yet we seem to have barely scratched the surface. Still, it’s always good to have a reason to return.

Sloths and surprises!          

Long on my travel wishlist, Costa Rica didn’t disappoint. From seeing a smiling sloth on my first day to walking through the weird and wonderful landscape of Rincon de la Vieja on my last, it was a trip of constant surprises and delights.


Extend your holiday

Panama Beach, Costa Rica

Panama Beach, Costa Rica
  • Two extra nights at the deluxe Casa del Mar Hotel on secluded Panama Beach
  • All-inclusive resort with all meals, drinks and snacks included
  • Wide range of optional local activities and tours available
  • Choose from Standard rooms or upgrade to Superior Suites
  • Transfer back to San Jose included

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The attractive 4* Casa Conde del Mar is located next to Panama Beach (Playa Panama) which is sheltered by the Papagayo Peninsula. The dark sand beach and calm waters are perfect for swimming or paddle boarding. The hotel has pretty landscaped gardens with two large swimming pools, a hot tub and ample terracing with sun loungers. The hotel also has a tour desk offering a wide range of activities and tours that you can book locally.

The generously proportioned standard rooms offer mini bars, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, safety deposit boxes and coffee makers, and they may be garden or ocean facing. Superior suites have their own terrace or balcony and offer more contemporary styling and facilities.

An all-inclusive resort, you will enjoy buffet-style breakfasts, lunches and evening meals together with a range of snacks available throughout the day. Soft and alcoholic drinks are also included.

The extension fits with our Gentle Walking & Wildlife Costa Rica group tour and has been arranged to fit with the British Airways direct flights from San Jose.


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