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  • Land of contrasts: dramatic volcanoes, emerald lagoons, world famous Monteverde Cloud Forest, masses of rare flora
  • Perfect spot to relax: tiers of waterfalls, thermal springs, sandy beaches, sweeping ocean views
  • Mountain lodge hotels, all with private swimming pools
  • Superb wildlife: tree frogs, iguanas, spider monkeys and over 850 species of birds
Starting and ending in Santo Domingo, the Headwater - Costa Rica Wildlife Walk tour is a guided explorer tour that takes 12 days. You will travel through Santo Domingo in Costa Rica. Headwater - Costa Rica Wildlife Walk is a group tour which includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

This exciting holiday explores Costa Rica's most dramatic contrasts: cloud forests, volcanoes, lakes, waterfalls and the Pacific coast. You'll be amazed at the amount of wildlife you'll encounter. From quetzals and tree frogs to agoutis and iguanas, each day is memorably different.Our local guides have an expert knowledge of Costa Rica's flora and fauna and are passionate walkers. With them, our tour is even more remarkable as we learn about Costa Rica's unique natural inheritance. Walking on forest paths and some country tracks, you'll spot wildlife along the way with agoutis and coatis scrambling across the path in Monteverde and monkeys swinging through the trees at Rincon de la Vieja. Awe-inspiring panoramas abound with balcony views to the distant Pacific Ocean and sweeping vistas over Lake Arenal and to the magnificent volcano.
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5 - Excellent
“We have just returned from Cuba having done the Cuban highlights cycle & a beach extension in Cayo Levisa. This is a fantastic trip with very pleasant cycling, trips to places of cultural & historical importance & some down time. The bikes were much better than we expected, the cycling was relaxed & not too demanding & the motorists very mannerly. The roads were quiet. Full backup with the bus is there at all times which is great. It was nice to be able to leave all our things on the bus while cycling.”
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5 - Excellent
“Other than the timing of flights to/from Bilbao everything was excellent. We were very lucky with the weather but the walks, food (both in the hotel and on our free evening), the walking company were excellent.”
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5 - Excellent
“Great 2 weeks trip round Ecuador seeing of the many facets of the country. It has so much to offer in terms of views, volcanoes, wildlife, walking etc. Can't recommend it enough”
Arrive at your hotel in Santo Domingo, just outside San Jose - Hotel Bougainvillea - and receive a snack on arrival.
Today we head to Monte de Barva, a private property in the mountains where we explore forests with views over the Central Valley. Our walk ends with a typical Costa Rican lunch cooked on a wooden stove. We return to the hotel via the town of Barva, one of the oldest settlements in Costa Rica, famous for its colonial architecture and its dedication to retaining its culture. There's time to explore the hotel gardens and have a swim before dinner. *(Staying at Hotel Bougainvillea)*
It's on to Monteverde, where we follow a forest trail through soaring ridge oak decked with bright orange clusia, in search of the resplendent quetzal, then onwards through the emerald forest canopy to the Continental Divide where the Caribbean and Pacific meet. Our next 2 nights are spent here. *(Staying at Hotel Poco a Poco)*
Walking through lush pastures with balcony views over curving Nicoya Peninsula, we soon reach the hamlet of Canitas. A gradual climb through forest then brings us to the pretty mountain village of Cebadilla. Before dinner, we take a fascinating evening stroll through the cloud forest spotting tree frogs and hummingbirds. *(Staying at Hotel Poco a Poco)*
We wind through farmsteads bright with blue-flowered St Lucia trees overlooking the western shore of Lake Arenal. We'll pass cattle ranches, stud farms and dairies before continuing along the shore, spotting scarlet tanagers flitting through the reeds. We then take a boat to the western side of the lake for superb views over Arenal Volcano. *(Staying at Arenal Observatory)*
Today's tour takes us first by road then by boat through the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge close to the Nicaraguan border. It's a birdwatcher's paradise and is also home to a number of endangered mammals and reptile species - look out for caimans, turtles and tapirs. *(Staying at Arenal Observatory)*
Today we visit the Arenal butterfly and frog gardens and stop off at an indigenous Malecus village. It's then on to the famous La Fortuna Waterfall before continuing on to relax in the hot springs at Eco Termales! *(Staying at Arenal Observatory)*
We move onwards to Rincon de la Vieja, beginning our walk through rainwood and Spanish cedar, maybe spotting turkey vultures flitting above us. We reach Las Chorreras and Victoria Falls, a 35m high torrent thundering through a verdant gorge. There's time for a paddle before going on to our hotel for dinner. We spend two nights here. *(Staying at Hacienda Guachipelin)*
Look out for toucans and white-fronted amazons, as we descend to La Cangreja Waterfall. Its blue lagoon is so inviting we have to take a dip before our picnic. Then we walk through woodland, where violet guaria morada (Costa Rica's national flower) grows, to Las Pailas, an eerie landscape of bubbling mud and geysers. *(Staying at **Hacienda Guachipelin)*
Today we walk through Central America's largest protected dry forest. We may spot coatis, tapirs and iguanas as we descend to continue along the Indio Desnudo Trail - there are superb photo opportunities here! Then it's on to Playa Hermosa where our final two nights are spent overlooking the Pacific Ocean. *(Staying at Bosque del Mar)*
Bosque del Mar is on Playa Hermosa, a blue flag beach and is the perfect end to our tour. There's the option to stay on here for extra nights. *(Staying at Bosque del Mar)*
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what’s included
Accommodation
  • 11 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 3 and 4, hotels , Luggage transfers between hotels
Meals
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
Transport
  • 8 days of walking and 1 of activity (includes 2 boat trips)
  • 2 boat trips (days 5 and 6)
Others
  • Departs on selected Saturdays
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Luggage transfers
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Santo Domingo are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Headwater - Costa Rica Wildlife Walk tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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A deposit of 505 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 69 days before departure. For any departures within 26 October 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Headwater - Costa Rica Wildlife Walk 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.

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For this Headwater - Costa Rica Wildlife Walk 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.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Headwater - Costa Rica Wildlife Walk tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.
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