Explore the jungles, mountains and coasts of this natural paradise
With its rich volcanic soil, the tropical climate of Costa Rica supports a range of incredibly rich and bodiverse ecosystems encompassing thick jungle, cloud forest, mangrove swamp, Pacific and Caribbean coastline and a handful of active volcanoes. The result is a destination with abundant wildlife.
In the hilly interior sloths lay dormant, Howler monkeys swing amongst the canopy and flamboyant toucans screech and soar overhead.
During the nesting season at Tortuguero National Park thousands of Green turtles arrive to lay their eggs on the beaches of the Caribbean coast - an unforgettable sight. Costa Rica's appeal lies in its sheer variety. Our journey takes us through national parks and reserves to see the very best of this ecological paradise.
This year we have introduced a number of departures that will be accompanied by a specialist bird-watching guide for those with an interest in ornithology - see dates and prices page for more details.
What makes this trip responsible?
With its abundant natural diversity, Costa Rica has a world-renowned tradition of conservation. On this trip we visit national and private parks, including the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, one of the first community-managed reserves in the country. Entrance fees directly support conservation efforts in the areas we visit. We also visit a typical rural school to meet the children and deliver a gift of educational supplies (donation included within the trip cost).
Our local operator is a leading member of the Rainforest Alliance and has been awarded a "4 Leaf" award from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute for their sustainable tourism practice & dedication to improving standards. The majority of accommodation that we use is in family-owned lodges. An example is Esquinas Rainforest Lodge, a model project combining conservation, environmental research and community development in a rural area of Costa Rica. It provides employment for the local community and helps to fund local healthcare and education.
Keel-billed Toucan, Costa Rica