Wild Costa Rica
|Resort:||Wild Costa Rica|
|Destination:||Caribbean and Central America|
Do you dream of meeting a sleepy sloth? Have you wondered where the unusual-looking tapir lives? Do you long to tick the beautiful ocelot off your wild cat list? Costa Rica is home to all these incredible creatures, plus impressive reptiles, colourful frogs, unique beetles and hundreds of bird species. This is your 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.
19 excursions and visits
Day 1 UK – San Jose
Titans 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 includes the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum – which holds precious objects from different Columbian civilisations over the last 2,300 years – and the Costa Rica National Theatre. 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 river banks 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 organisations 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 were 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 youll 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 hotels pool.
Day 5 Sarapiqui
After breakfast well 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 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 at a cooking class. Enjoy your creations for lunch, before we 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.
Day 9 Monteverde
We take a walk at Bajo del Tigre Reserve, a rare rain shadow forest with 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 – Tarcoles
Spend this morning in the Monteverde Orchid Garden – more than 450 types grow here. Then head to Tarcoles for lunch, after which we regroup for a crocodile safari. Iguanas and basilisks might also be spotted. Well 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 – Dominical
Our exploration continues at Manuel Antonio National Park. With luck, on a leisurely hike, youll watch sloths and monkeys in the trees, anteaters rummaging on the ground, and various birds circling above.
Please note: A limited number of visitors can access Manuel Antonio National Park each day and entrance is not guaranteed. Well start early to ensure our best chances, however If were unable to gain entry, an alternative and similar excursion will be arranged.
Day 13 Corcovado National Park
Rise early for a boat trip to Corcovado National Park. We hike amongst the beautiful flora with the hope of spotting howler, spider and white-faced monkeys. After about 1.5 hours, youll be rewarded with lunch, before a second, 2.5-hour hike to see more wildlife amongst the ancient trees.
Day 14 San Gerardo de Dota
The resplendent quetzal, acorn woodpecker, sooty robin and dozens of different hummingbirds are some of the species to look for on this mornings excursion into San Gerardo de Dota. We walk through paramo forest with a guide wholl talk you through the trails. Afterwards, well head to our hotel for our final nights stay.
Day 15 San Jose – In flight
One last opportunity to search for birds on a walking tour, before we transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 16 UK
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.