COSTA RICA

 

 

 

 

 

 

No other country offers such a diversity of beauty and wildlife in so small an area as does the friendly and peaceful nation of Costa Rica. About the size of Tasmania, it is small enough to allow the visitor to enjoy all of its riches in one very short stay. Costa Rica is a nature lover's dream, with lush vegetation and spring like weather, here you can ride a jungle train, see exotic birds, stand on the rim of an active volcano, fish for trout or try your hand at some of the best deep sea fishing in the world, or just shop for bargains in the many outdoor markets. Costa Rica is ecology. 

 

SAN JOSE

3 days / 2 nights 

Day 1: San Jose

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. 

Day 2: San Jose

Half day sightseeing tour of the capital of Costa Rica. You will visit the famous Teatro Nacional, Supreme Court Building, Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Museum at Villa Bellavista (containing the world's second largest collection of pre-Colombian Art), the University of Costa Rica, commercial and residential districts. 

Day 3: San Jose

Transfer for onward travel. 

 

TORTUGA JUNGLE LODGE ODYSSEY 

(Sundays Year Round) 

(Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays Dec 15 - Apr 30) 

3 days / 2 nights 

Day 1: San Jose - Limon

Mid morning transfer from San Jose via railroad to the picturesque coast city of Limon, on the Caribbean Coast. The train will wind through mountain plateaus offering panoramic views of Costa Rica's thundering Reventazon River, and eventually wind down to the coastal plain with its rich banana plantations. There will be brief stops enroute in small towns and villages. (L,D) 

Day 2: Limon - Tortuga Lodge

After breakfast, you will board a river boat for a 3 - 6 hour ride through quiet river and canal systems that connect Limon with the isolated settlements of Costa Rica's rich tropical rain forest. There are no roads or cars north of Matina. You are likely to glimpse birds of startling beauty, including toucans and brilliantly coloured parrots. Costa Rica has more than 800 species of birds and your guide will help you identify them. In the afternoon you will arrive at Tortuga Lodge, situated at the river's edge, adjacent to Tortuga's National Park. The lodge is a world famous fishing resort known for its tarpon and snook angling, and is the site of three world records in previous years. (B,L,D) 

Day 3: Tortuga Lodge - San Jose

You will wake to the sounds of howling monkeys in the rain forest behind the lodge. Later this morning fly by light aircraft to San Jose and transfer for onward travel. (B) 

 

MONTEVERDE LODGE

(Tuesdays Year Round) 

(Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays Dec 15 - Apr 30) 

3 days / 2 nights 

Day 1: San Jose - Monteverde

Departure to Puntarenas to board the 50 foot Calypso boat for a full day cruise among the islands in the Gulf of Nicoya. Upon arrival back in Puntarenas, a jeep will await you for your two hour climb to the cool mountains of the cloud forest area of Monteverde Lodge. (D) 

Day 2: Monteverde

Morning guided 4 hour walk of the cloud forest where some 16 ecosystems abound. Some 2000 species of flora and fauna are preserved in this forest, also 320 varieties of birds and over 100 different types of mammals. (B,L,D) 

Day 3: Monteverde - San Jose

Visit the nearby cheese factory created by the Quakers, with a brief stop at a traditional ox-cart factory in Sarchi, renowned for its handicraft and colourful woodworks. Return to San Jose for onward travel. (B) 

These are just some of the magnificent features of Costa Rica. Call Destination Holidays or your travel agent for more details on farm stays, deep sea fishing, bed and breakfast and resort stays.