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Costa Rica

Stunning beaches, an abundance of incredible and diverse wildlife, dramatic landscapes, lush rainforest, eerie cloud forests, volcanoes, plantations, fast-paced adventure, boutique hotels….for a country the size of Wales, Costa Rica has it all.

You are assured of a warm and friendly welcome from the local Ticos (Costa-Ricans) who are renowned for their hospitality and who are justifiably proud of their beautiful country.

In terms of travel, this is one of the safest and easiest countries to explore in Latin America, making it a perfect introduction to a wonderfully diverse and endlessly fascinating continent.

The hardest choice is deciding where to go and what to see. Below are some of the highlights but we are very happy to make suggestions for a tailor-made itinerary for you.

San Jose

The capital city is probably not somewhere you will want to linger, but if you do have an overnight here there are plenty of nearby attractions, including Poas Volcano and La Paz waterfall.

Cloud Forest

The lush green cloud forest has a unique, almost primeval feel to it thanks to the high humidity which leaves it covered in fog and mist. You will be enchanted by the vast number of bird and mammal species on show, and in awe of the stunning natural scenery.

Arenal Volcano

Active since 1968, Arenal volcano is very impressive with an almost perfect conical peak. Great for exploring with children as volcanoes often appear on the primary syllabus and what better way to learn about them! Active families will love the range of adventure activities on offer too- both water and land based.

Tortuguero

Take a boat trip through mangroves to the Caribbean coastal village of Tortuguero, on Costa Rica’s North-Eastern coast. See the rustic Caribbean architecture and explore the stunning national park, teeming with wildlife including monkeys, toucans, crocodiles and frogs. Turtles come here every year to lay their eggs on the beach….an amazing sight to behold.

Southern Caribbean Coast

One of the most charming areas of the country, still relatively unspoilt and with beautiful palm-fringed beaches The local Afro-Caribbean population give this region a distinctly different cultural feel to the rest of the country and of course, there is great Creole cuisine. There is plenty for nature lovers too with the surrounding rainforest teaming with birds and animals. Snorkelling on the small reef at Manzanillo National Park is among the best in the country.

The Osa Peninsula

One of the more remote and unspoilt places in Costa Rica, the whole region is breathtakingly beautiful and wild. You really will feel like you have found a little piece of paradise, especially as access to the lodges is usually by boat only. You will have a better chance of spotting wildlife here than probably any other part of Costa Rica. The flora is stunning too – with spectacular trees as high as those in the Amazon. In a few days you should be able to take in everything from the waters where whales come annually (Dec- March) to deserted beaches and untouched rainforest.

Manuel Antonio

A stunning national park on the Pacific coast with wonderful wildlife and lovely beaches, with hotels, shops and facilities set back into the forest…easily reached by road from San Jose in a few hours.

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