- Costa Rica is home to more than 50 species of hummingbird
Wild Costa Rica
- Small Group 18 or less
- VIP door to door
See, hear and encounter spectacular bird, plant and wildlife
Do you dream of meeting a sleepy sloth? Have you wondered where the unusual-looking tapir lives? Do you long to tick the resplendent quetzal off your ‘incredible birds’ list?
Costa Rica is home to all these fascinating creatures, plus impressive reptiles, colourful frogs, unique beetles and hundreds of bird species.
Our Costa Rica wildlife tours give you the opportunity to trek through cloud forests, sail along crocodile rivers, be surrounded by a kaleidoscope of butterflies, and let the nocturnal creatures sing you to sleep.
14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight
32 meals: 14 breakfasts (days 2-15) 6 lunches (days 3-5, 8, 10 and 13) 12 dinners (days 1, 3-8 and 10-14)
Local tour manager
- International flights as detailed†
- Travel in destination by coach
Excursions and visits
- Tour of San Jose
- Visits to Tortuguero and Turtle Preservation Centre; Ecotermales Hot Springs; Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve; Monteverde Butterfly Gardens; Monteverde Orchid Garden; Carara National Park; Manuel Antonio National Park
- Tortuguero Canals wildlife cruise
- La Tirimbina Biological Reserve night walk
- Arenal Lake boat trip
- Mount Arenal base walk in Arenal National Park
- Cultural experience at Rancho Heliconia
- Curi-Cancha Cloud Forest Reserve night walk
- Crocodile safari
- Hiking day at Corcovado National Park
- Paramo forest walk and birdspotting walking tour, San Gerardo de Dota
- Hummingbird garden and walk
†Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
- Day 1 UK to San Jose
- Day 2 San Jose
- Day 3 Tortuguero
- Day 4 Tortuguero National Park
- Day 5 Sarapiqui
- Day 6 Sarapiqui
- Day 7 Day 7 Arenal
- Day 8 Monteverde
- Day 9 Monteverde
- Day 10 Monteverde to Tarcoles
- Day 11 Carara National Park
- Day 12 Manuel Antonio National Park to Dominical
- Day 13 Corcovado National Park
- Day 14 San Gerardo de Dota
- Day 15 San Jose to UK
- Day 16 UK
Park Inn by Radisson
Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge
Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa
Monteverde Country Lodge
Hotel Punta Leona
Villas Rio Mar Hotel
Day 1 UK to San Jose
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to San Jose.
Day 2 San Jose
Our tour of San Jose takes us through both residential and business areas of the city, including Plaza de la Democracia (Democracy Square) and the National Park.
We'll also see the central market, cathedral, Supreme Court of Justice, and University of Costa Rica. Entrance is included to the National Opera House Theatre and the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. The afternoon is free to explore further.
Day 3 Tortuguero
Costa Rica wildlife holidays are all about seeing incredible creatures in their natural habitat. After a drive through banana plantations to the Tortuguero Canals, we'll board a boat, looking out for sea turtles, crocodiles and other inhabitants on the riverbanks as we sail along these natural waterways.
We arrive at our lodge for lunch, then take a short boat ride to Tortuguero village. Glimpse rural life as we walk through the village to the Turtle Preservation Centre. Exhibitions focus on the organisation’s work to protect green, hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles, which lay their eggs on the village beach.
Turtle nesting season is usually July to October and they hatch from September to December, so we may catch a glimpse if we’re lucky.
Day 4 Tortuguero National Park
This morning we take to the canals to view the 50 shades of foliage within the tropical rainforest. Hopefully you’ll also see monkeys, toucans, green macaws or caimans.
This afternoon is at leisure to take a guided hike along the beach, or through acres of trees and botanical gardens. Or relax by the hotel’s pool.
Day 5 Sarapiqui
After breakfast we’ll journey by boat and coach to our lodge in Sarapiqui, stopping for lunch on the way. Relax before we take a 4km guided night walk at La Tirimbina Biological Reserve, within walking distance of our lodge.
At night, the tropical forest comes alive with an orchestra of nocturnal birds, insects and frogs. Your guide will help you look for sloths, porcupines and more.
Day 6 Sarapiqui
Today is free to learn about indigenous cultures at the ecolodge or follow a nature trail.
Alternatively, choose an optional excursion to a traditional cacao or pineapple plantation, or learn about dozens of native bat species at La Tirimbina Biological Reserve.
Day 7 Day 7 Arenal
We journey to Arenal National Park to walk along the base of the active volcano, with views of lava that flowed in recent decades.
Later, we head to the EcoTermales hot springs. Relax in mineral-rich water naturally heated by volcanic rocks, before a traditional Costa Rican dinner.
Day 8 Monteverde
As we cross Lake Arenal, keep your camera ready for views of Arenal volcano. On reaching Rancho Heliconia, learn about Costa Rican culture, try home-grown coffee and enjoy a traditional home-made lunch. We then plant a native tree to help reforest the area.
In Monteverde, we follow a guide into the Curi-Cancha Cloud Forest Reserve for a night walk. Watch out for armadillo, coati, two-toed sloth and over 200 bird species.
You stay at Monteverde Country Lodge (3*) or Montana Monteverde (3*).
Day 9 Monteverde
We take a walk at Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, with its unique eco-systems and lots of endemic species, before visiting Monteverde Butterfly Gardens to observe these beautiful insects.
Then, maybe join an optional excursion in the forest canopy.
Day 10 Monteverde to Tarcoles
Spend this morning in the Monteverde Orchid Garden - more than 450 types grow here.
Then head to Tarcoles for a crocodile safari, after which we regroup for a late lunch. Birds, iguanas and basilisks might also be spotted.
We’ll stay for two nights in Tarcoles.
Day 11 Carara National Park
Visit Carara National Park, populated by over 400 bird species of every shape and colour, like the scarlet macaw and collared aracari.
The afternoon is at leisure - maybe spend it on the sweeping Pacific Coast beach.
Day 12 Manuel Antonio National Park to Dominical
Our exploration continues at Manuel Antonio National Park. With luck, on a leisurely hike, you’ll watch sloths and monkeys in the trees, anteaters rummaging on the ground, and various birds circling above.
You stay at Villas Rio Mar Hotel (3*) or Vista Ballena (3*).
Please note: A limited number of visitors can access Manuel Antonio National Park each day and entrance isn’t guaranteed. We’ll start early to ensure our best chances, however if we’re unable to gain entry, an alternative and similar excursion will be arranged.
Day 13 Corcovado National Park
Rise early for a boat trip down the Pacific Coast to Corcovado National Park. We spend the morning hiking amongst the beautiful flora with the hope of spotting howler, spider and white-faced monkeys amongst the ancient trees.
After another short boat ride, you’ll be rewarded with lunch, before taking the boat back along the coast and returning to your hotel.
Day 14 San Gerardo de Dota
The acorn woodpecker, sooty robin and dozens of different hummingbirds are some of the species to look for on this morning’s excursion into San Gerardo de Dota. We walk through paramo forest with a guide who’ll talk you through the trails.
This afternoon we’ll continue our exploration with another walk on the scenic trails around the hotel and visit a hummingbird garden.
You stay at Savegre Hotel (4*) or Suria Hotel (3*).
Day 15 San Jose to UK
One last opportunity to search for the resplendent quetzal on a walking tour, before we transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 16 UK
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.