"Tour a country synonymous with eco-tourism and biodiversity. Enjoy the freedom to explore while safe in the knowledge that you will visit all of Costa Rica's most memorable sights!"
With so much to offer, Costa Rica is the dream destination for environment junkies! The country boasts a huge wealth of natural beauty, as well as a people dedicated to protecting and preserving their country’s natural resources. This tour will take you to some of the most picturesque and memorable parts of the stunning country. With plenty of freedom to explore, you can have the perfect holiday for you. Get lost in the beautiful towns, surf and zip-wire, or simply relax in the hot-springs. This will be a trip you will never forget.
Tucan Travel are proud providers of incredible tours that cater for the adventurous souls of the world, whilst keeping one very simple thing in mind: sustainability. Their aim is to make adventure travel sustainable for the long term. To achieve this, Tucan Travel have implemented measures that respect the delicate ecosystems, wildlife and natural habitats that they are exploring, following strict rules to minimise the effects of tourists' presence. They have developed waste management solutions to help recycle, repair and reuse materials, and have also introduced a carbon offset scheme that encourages the use of public transport wherever possible, further helping to minimise their carbon footprint.Many of Tucan Travel’s tours include opportunities to view local wildlife in national parks or at dedicated conservation centres. Animal welfare is big focus for Tucan Travel who even have their own policy which includes only working with suppliers who meet their animal welfare standards, and offering wildlife encounters only insofar as they directly benefit that species. With so many sustainability initiatives and more, such as contribution to local community schemes, supporting the work of World Land Trust and LATA in Latin America, Tucan Travel are truly committed to eco-tourism and their long term target of sustainable tourism.
Arrive in San Jose: Arrive at San Jose at any time, there are no pre-organised activities and after you check into the hotel you are encouraged to explore the city for the day. The capital city of Costa Rica was once a colonial city, and although many of the buildings have been damaged by earthquakes some still survive. So visit the 1897 National Theatre, and if you are lucky you will be able to catch a show too.
Manuel Antonio: Travel to the Manuel Antonio National Park, located on the Pacific coast. It is one of the most popular parks in the country and is recognised for its stunning lagoons, beaches lined with palm trees, green forests, and wide variety of wildlife. You might also decide to rent a surfboard, take a guided tour of the park, or visit the Butterfly garden!
Santa Elena: Make your way through the old town of Quepos, before winding up a scenic mountain path to reach the Quaker town of Santa Elena. From here enjoy a visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve; traverse through the forest in the clouds as you explore by zip-wire, and try to spot some of the reserve’s stunning wildlife. Keep an eye out for the Quetzal in particular – this beautiful, timid and endangered bird is renowned for its unique plumage.
La Fortuna: Head to La Fortuna, journeying through the mountains and across Lake Arenal to reach the town. From La Fortuna, be sure to arrange a visit to the Arenal Volcano, the main attraction of the area – the volcano has been constantly erupting since 1968 and only stopped recently. You can also take an optional evening tour to sample the local alcoholic spirit by the volcano; if you do so, please proceed with caution!
Tortuguero: Travel by bus to the port of Moin near Limon, where you will board a boat and sail along the inland jungle canals into Tortuguero National Park, located on the Atlantic/Caribbean coast. Teeming with wildlife along its banks, you are sure to spot a large variety of animals including the ‘Jesus Lizard’, aptly named for its ability to walk on water. Between July and October, you will be able to observe the Green Sea Turtles arrive at the beaches to lay eggs or event hatch and make their way back to sea.
Cahuita: Continue to the small beachside town of Cahuita. Take an optional excursion to the dazzling Cahuita National Park, which boasts beautiful beaches and an off-shore coral reef. Enjoy a stroll through the forest, keeping an eye out for the variety of creatures that call this nature reserve home. Take your swimsuit with you and soak up the sun at one of the beaches within the park. From Cahuita you can catch a small bus journey down to the coast of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, the laid back Caribbean village and one of the best surf spots in the country.
San Jose: Return to San Jose for a final night, where you can explore the city by evening or take this evening to relax.
Depart San Jose: Your Costa Rican adventure has come to an end. If you have a late night flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation, you will have more time to explore the city’s sights.