Tortuguero waterways, Costa Rica

4 Must-do Trips in Costa Rica

From the endemic wildlife to the rich scenery that lies beneath a canopy of cloud forests and smoking volcanoes, Costa Rica is a kaleidoscope of untamed beauty. The diverse landscape provides a vast playground for hikers, bikers and nature lovers wanting to discover its unique charms.

Taking you on incredible journeys that go beyond the guidebooks, our leaders share their expertise and profuse knowledge of the local areas to bring you extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. For 2022 and beyond we have a comprehensive and immersive range of trips to Costa Rica that take you deep into the heart and soul of this biodiverse country.

 

Manuel Antonio National Park

Best for cyclists 

Cycling along beautiful stretches of the Pacific coastline, besides dense rainforests and past imposing volcanoes, this magnificent Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride steers you among Costa Rica’s most stunning highlights. Go in search of the indigenous wildlife at Manuel Antonio, Cahuita, and Tortuguero national parks, and enjoy a thrilling drive high up into the cloud forest at Cerro de la Muerte. On this trip, you’ll witness heavenly coastal views and the sprawling banana and coffee plantations that make up much of the landscape of the Orosi Valley.

Best time to visit: The best months for cycling Nicoya are January to March. During this time, the rainy season is a distant memory, which means river crossings are much more manageable.

Sloth and her cub in Costa Rica

Best for family getaways 

Give the family something to look forward to in 2022 when you book this exciting Costa Rica adventure holiday. Discover tropical landscapes, walk along the Caribbean and Pacific beaches and explore the wildlife-teeming landscapes with your family. On our action-packed  Costa Rica Family Adventure Holiday, you’ll also sail along the waterways of Tortuguero, visit the sloth sanctuary at Aviarios del Caribe, and take a dip in the thermal pools that lie in the shadow of Arenal Volcano. During the trip, keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, toucans, green turtles, caiman, and iguanas.

Best time to visit: To ensure the kids enjoy their holiday to the fullest, it’s best to visit during the dry season (mid-December to April) when they can take part in additional activities such as zip-lining and white-water rafting.

Spider monkeys, Costa Rica

Best for boat tours and nocturnal safaris 

Nature lovers will be in their element on this epic tour of mountains, jungle and coast. Spilling over with tropical landscapes and native wildlife, including three-toed sloths, spider monkeys, toucans and over 850 species of birds, Costa Rica is a natural and biodiverse paradise. From the colourful rainforests and peaceful cloud forests to the remote waterways of Tortuguero, you’ll discover diverse habitats on both land and water on our Natural Highlights of Costa Rica trip. You’ll also enjoy a night walk in Monteverde Wildlife Refuge.

Best time to visit: Between July and October the turtle nesting season is in full swing at Tortuguero and you can take an optional tour to see green, leatherback, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles.

 Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Best for exploring the coastline

Make 2022 a year to remember by securing a spot on our Costa Rica's Coastal Secrets trip. Starting in San Jose and travelling to Tortuguero, along the Pacific and Caribbean coastline, visiting several national parks en route, you’ll be introduced to the country’s most spectacular nature destinations. As well as exploring the green turtle nesting site along the hushed waters of Tortuguero, you’ll also stay at the remote Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula. Corcovado National Park will take your breath away with its extensive eco-systems that are home to monkeys, anteaters, sloths, pumas, jaguars and scarlet macaws.

Best time to visit: If you’re not averse to short afternoon showers, the rainy season is a great time to go wildlife spotting owing to the absence of crowds. Known as the green season, May to mid-November is when the national parks are at their quietest. 

If this has inspired you to book a spot on one of our Costa Rica adventures, why not browse our full collection of trips here. 

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