- National Parks
Costa Rica currently has 27 National Parks which include rainforests, tropical forests, marine areas and wetlands, all of which provide important habitats.
- Penas Blancas River
Take the opportunity on an optional boat excursion to meander down the river for unparalleled views of animals and birds in their natural habitat.
- Scarlet Macaw
The brilliantly coloured Scarlet Macaw, is only found on the Pacific side of Costa Rica and can live up to 75 years.
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The Jewel of Central America
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Discover Costa Rica's diverse landscapes and amazing wildlife on this exciting tour
The secrets of Costa Rica are unravelled during this exciting, all-inclusive tour.
A friendly and peaceful country set between the Caribbean Sea and North Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica offers a diverse ecosystem, from lush jungles inhabited by monkeys, sloths and tropical bird life to the sombre beauty of its active volcanoes.
Please note: This tour includes one night aboard aircraft.
14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight
42 meals: 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners
Free bar open up to 16 hours a day serving local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the tour
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga Tour Manager
- Welcome drink
- Porterage at all hotels
Excursions and visits
- San José city tour
- A wildlife tour in Carara National Park
- Rainforest walk
- La Paz waterfall gardens
Day 1 UK to San José
After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart in the morning for your daytime flight to San José and stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Barceló San José. The hotel's free bar is open from 10am to 10pm. D
Day 2 San José
Perhaps join an optional visit to Irazu Volcano and Orosi Valley, or spend the day at leisure. B, L, D
Join a trip to Irazu Volcano in the Central Volcanic Range. The summit has several craters, one filled with a green lake. Continue to Orosi valley and the Ujarras for a photostop at a viewpoint, then after lunch at a local restaurant, visit La Basilica church.
Day 3 San José-Tárcoles
An included morning tour of the capital visits the National Museum and the National Theatre. Spend four nights at the 3+-star Hotel Villa Lapas in a private reserve on the River Tarcolitos, staying in basic, bungalow-style lodges. Free bar from 10am to 10pm daily. B, L, D
Day 4 Tárcoles
An optional excursion visits one of Costa Rica's most beautiful reserves where turquoise waters lap white beaches fringed by lush rainforest. You may see sloths, iguanas, howler and white-faced monkeys. B, L, D
Enjoy a walk in the rainforest in the company of a naturalist guide. The dense forest here camouflages toucans, parakeets and hummingbirds. You may see some of the park’s monkeys – the endangered Mono Titi, or Central American squirrel monkey, white-faced capuchin monkeys, and the vociferous howler monkeys. Lunch is included on this excursion.
Day 5 Carara National Park
Look out for scarlet macaws and flycatchers on an included excursion to one of the finest birdwatching sites in Costa Rica. There's also an optional aerial tram ride in the afternoon. B, L, D
The Pacific Rainforest Aerial Tram (a suspended cable car) is set in 90 hectares of forest. You can also go for nature trails (there are ratings for the varying degrees of difficulty), visit the medicinal plants garden, the heliconias gallery and the snake exhibition.
Day 6 Tárcoles
At leisure. B, L, D
Enjoy a full day excursion to picturesque Turtle Island, located 20-miles off the coast of Costa Rica. Here you can partake in a range of activities included hiking, snorkelling and water sports, or simply relax on the stunning white-sand beach.
Day 7 Tárcoles-Muelle de San Carlos
You can join an optional boat ride this morning, venturing onto the river in search of crocodiles. You leave Tarcoles later today and travel to the locally rated 4-star Tilajari Resort Hotel for a seven-night stay. The hotel is set in 35 acres of gardens with orchids and a butterfly garden dome. The free bar here is open from 10am to 10pm daily. B, L, D
Enjoy a two-hour mini-cruise on board a pontoon boat on the Tárcoles River. This river is considered to have the highest number of American crocodiles in the world along the last ten miles before the delta! But crocodiles are only one of the attractions, because the river is also one of the best places in the country to spot tropical birds.
Day 8 Muelle de San Carlos
Spend today at leisure, either relaxing at your hotel or exploring your surroundings. B, L, D
Day 9 Rainforest walk
Explore the foliage, flora and wildlife of the rainforest on a half-day included guided jungle walk, with a further optional guided walk of the lava trails. B, L, D
An experienced naturalist guide will lead you on a walk through rainforest to an area near an active volcano. Observe the volcano from the safety of an observation point close to its base.
Day 10 Muelle de San Carlos
Enjoy the next four days at leisure to take advantage of the hotel's facilities, with a choice of excursions you might like to join. Today's optional excursion is a boat ride down the Peñas Blancas River, with unrivalled opportunities to spot hummingbirds, monkeys, sloths, anteaters and rare butterflies. B, L, D
This guided excursion takes you by a flat-bottomed boat on a gentle journey down the Peñas Blancas River, home to a variety of wildlife, such as monkeys, sloths, iguanas and crocodiles.
Day 11 Muelle de San Carlos
Today you can join a thrilling optional excursion to the rainforest and cross bridges and walkways suspended high above the ground in the canopy. Alternatively, indulge your sweet tooth with a visit to a chocolate plantation. B, L, D
The rainforest canopy walk covers 3100 metres and enables you to enjoy the great diversity of birds and plants. You'll make your way across hanging bridges for an unforgettable experience.
Discover the art of chocolate production with a visit to a chocolate plantation. Learn more about the cacao tree and the production process, from harvesting the fruit, to drying and grinding the seed.
Day 12 Muelle de San Carlos
Visit the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and enjoy a two-and-a-half-hour floating safari on an optional excursion. At dusk there's an optional excursion to a hot springs complex in the middle of the rainforest. Take a dip in the pools, naturally heated by the Arenal Volcano, stand under a cascading waterfall and enjoy a drink at the bar. B, L, D
The Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is an important area of wetlands in northern Costa Rica and is home to three species of monkey, iguanas, sloths, turtles and caymans.
You'll travel to the village of Los Chiles to board a boat for a two-and-a-half hour floating safari through the rainforest and pastures until you reach the birdwatchers' paradise.
Treat yourself to a dusk trip to the middle of the rainforest to enjoy a dip in ecothermal hot springs naturally heated by Arenal Volcano.
Day 13 Muelle de San Carlos
See how a Costa Rican family grows pineapples, papayas and medicinal plants on this optional excursion. Enjoy a farewell dinner and live marimba music this evening. B, L, D
Meet a rural Costa Rican family who'll show you the most important facets of a self-sufficient farm. Your tour of the farm also shows you how waste material is recycled in order to produce methane for cooking.
Day 14 Muelle de San Carlos-San José
Return to San José and the Barceló San José where you stay overnight. En route there will be an included tour of La Paz waterfall gardens. B, L, D
Day 15 San José to UK
Travel to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK. B, L
Day 16 UK
Arrive in the UK this morning and take your included UK door-to-door travel service home.
Post-holiday extension. All inclusive
Please note, this extension may not be available on all departures. Please call for details.
On day 14 of the main tour, following the included excursion to La Paz waterfall gardens, set off on a journey of around five hours to Guanacaste. Relax on a seven-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Bosque del Mar on Playa Hermosa, home to a sandy, blue flag beach fringing the warm Pacific. If you enjoy exploring, further afield lies Costa Rica's oldest national park, Santa Rosa and Guanacaste's Area de Conservacion. It's around 30 kilometres from Liberia airport with Liberia city, the regional capital beyond, and at the conclusion of your extension in Guanacaste, you will fly from Liberia airport back to San Jose.
The 32-room hotel has a swimming pool and jacuzzi area, spa (charges apply), restaurant and lounge bar. All rooms are air-conditioned and have television, telephone, mini bar, coffee maker, safe and hairdryer. Spend a final night at the locally rated 5-star Barceló San José. Single room supplement (per person, per night).