Natural Highlights of Costa Rica

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4.5 Based on 12 Reviews
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  • Safari
  • Bird watching
  • Wildlife
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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Ends San Jose, Costa Rica
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Visit multiple wildlife habitats in one week: verdant rainforest, lush mangroves, lava fields and serene cloud forestsAbundant wildlife viewing with sightings of monkeys, birds and sloths expectedDiscover the tranquil waterways of Tortuguero, an important nesting site for Green turtlesComfortable ecofriendly lodges and hotels throughout Two boat trips included at Tortuguero and a boat safari in the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge 
The tour Natural Highlights Of Costa Rica starts and ends in San Jose. It is a wildlife trip that takes 8 days taking you through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve, Tortuguero National Park and San Jose in Costa Rica. Natural Highlights Of Costa Rica is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport and others.

A tropical paradise bursting with wildlife! Costa Rica his home to 6% of the world’s plant and animal species, many endemic. The country's rich biodiversity is extremely colourful. Over 850 bird species have been recorded here - far more than found anywhere in North America, Europe and Australia. A cornucopia of exotic flora and fauna, Costa Rica is a nature lover’s delight.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 12 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Mar 31 2019
5 - Excellent
Fantastic Holiday!
“Considering we only had a week, the holiday had a packed itinerary, was brilliant and just went too quick! A stunning country with a wealth of wildlife, trees and plants made even better by a terrific guide!”
  • Anonymous
  • On Mar 08 2019
5 - Excellent
Wonderful wildlife
“Wonderful wildlife, great guide, highly recommended”
  • Anonymous
  • On Feb 05 2019
5 - Excellent
Fab trip with great guide and driver but be prepared for long journey times and chaotic airport
“Very enjoyable holiday with similar minded folk with a superb guide and driver. Thoroughly recommend but be prepared for chaos at the airport on arrival and exit - took us over 2 hours both times and long travel distances and early starts. But overall worth it. Thanks”
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 28 2018
4 - Very Good
Fabulous trip!
“Great trip! There is a lot of time spent travelling on this trip but it's a necessary evil to fit so much in!San Jose is nothing very exciting but is fine for an overnight stay before you start the proper adventure. I wouldn't spend any extra time here. Tortuguero is amazing, you head out on a boat to the hotel where you can see all kinds of wildlife. The hotel is a lodge in amongst the waterways and forest, you can see birds and reptiles in the hotel grounds. The boat safaris are good, particularly the first one, the earlier you go out in the day the more you see so the early starts are worth it.La Fortuna is another lovely place to visit. The town is small and has some good restaurants, all against the backdrop of the volcano makes it rather special. The hotel here is another wooden lodge style place, really liked it, very peaceful. The optional trip to the hot springs is the perfect antedote to a long day of travelling, we got lucky and had 30 mins alone before the Americans descended on us! The food in the restaurant at the springs was good.Monteverde wasn't quite what I expected. The walks in the cloud forest were lovely, I wish we had started earlier in the day so we might have seen more. Really didn't like the hotel here, great view but felt like a business hotel and not amongst the forest which was a shame as you missed the wildlife. Pizza place our guide took us too was fabulous!We saw lots of birds and were very lucky with the weather given that I was there in the middle of the rainy season. Even when it rains it's too hot to zip up a jacket unless you're in Monteverde where it is much cooler and rather chilly at night. Don't forget the insect repellent.You cannot avoid the rice and beans, or beans and rice and why would you want to! It's the staple dish so stock up. If you're avoiding carbs this is not the trip for you, it's carb tastic! I now have a new found addiction to fried plantain!”
  • Day 1: Start San Jose.
  • Day 2: To Tortuguero N.P.
  • Day 3: Boat tour around Tortuguero waterways.
  • Day 4: To La Fortuna, near Arenal.
  • Day 5: Boat tour of Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.
  • Day 6: To Monteverde in the Tilaran Mountains; nocturnal wildlife walk.
  • Day 7: Visit Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve; to San Jose.
  • Day 8: End San Jose.
  • Travel by air-conditioned bus and boat7 nights in comfortable hotels and lodgesAll breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners includedGreen turtle nesting season: July to October ,All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinnersAll accommodationAll transport and listed activitiesTour leader throughout (if booking incl. flights)Arrival and departure transfers
  • Any international flights to/from San Jose are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Natural Highlights of Costa Rica tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Natural Highlights of Costa Rica tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 25 September 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 25 September 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Natural Highlights of Costa Rica tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Natural Highlights of Costa Rica tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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