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Essence of Costa Rica - Walking Holiday

Region: Rest of World // Dates: 02–19 November 2018 (17 nights)
Essence of Costa Rica Walking Holiday Merle Jensen

In this relaxed Central America country, national parks and private reserves protect an incredible array of flora and fauna in wetland ecosystems, cloud forests, volcanic landscapes and golden beaches. After exploring the markets and historical centre of the capital of San Jose, we cruise the jungle waterways of Tortuguero National Park. Located in the north east of the country, this Ramsar-listed wetland protects marine and land turtles, manatee, tapir, jaguar, sloth and a myriad of birdlife species. Nearby La Selva, an important rainforest research centre, we walk some of the extensive trails in search of unique wildlife and birds. We visit Monteverde and St Elena Cloud Forest Reserves, on the spine of Costa Rica’s continental divide. The biodiversity in this virgin tropical rainforest includes exotic orchid species and an incredible variety of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. We enjoy natural history walks and explore the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. Leaving behind the mist shrouded mountains we travel westwards to the Central Pacific Coast and stay two nights near the Carara National Park. We spend time in a rainforest eco-lodge and enjoy walks along trails within the last noteworthy portion of primary rain forest in the country. The wildlife which runs rampant through the park will impress any nature enthusiast. We continue to one of the country’s smallest but most scenic national parks, Manuel Antonio. This is renowned for its biodiversity of tropical plants and wildlife, from three-toed sloths and endangered white-faced capuchin monkeys to hundreds of bird species. On our return to San Jose we visit the charming town of Heredia for an immersion into coffee culture, and explore Poas Volcano National Park.

Overview

In this relaxed Central America country, national parks and private reserves protect an incredible array of flora and fauna in wetland ecosystems, cloud forests, volcanic landscapes and golden beaches. After exploring the markets and historical centre of the capital of San Jose, we cruise the jungle waterways of Tortuguero National Park. Located in the north east of the country, this Ramsar-listed wetland protects marine and land turtles, manatee, tapir, jaguar, sloth and a myriad of birdlife species. Nearby La Selva, an important rainforest research centre, we walk some of the extensive trails in search of unique wildlife and birds. We visit Monteverde and St Elena Cloud Forest Reserves, on the spine of Costa Rica’s continental divide. The biodiversity in this virgin tropical rainforest includes exotic orchid species and an incredible variety of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. We enjoy natural history walks and explore the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. Leaving behind the mist shrouded mountains we travel westwards to the Central Pacific Coast and stay two nights near the Carara National Park. We spend time in a rainforest eco-lodge and enjoy walks along trails within the last noteworthy portion of primary rain forest in the country. The wildlife which runs rampant through the park will impress any nature enthusiast. We continue to one of the country’s smallest but most scenic national parks, Manuel Antonio. This is renowned for its biodiversity of tropical plants and wildlife, from three-toed sloths and endangered white-faced capuchin monkeys to hundreds of bird species. On our return to San Jose we visit the charming town of Heredia for an immersion into coffee culture, and explore Poas Volcano National Park.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Explore historical buildings & museums in San Jose
  • Pontoon boat cruise on the Ramsar listed waterways of Tortuguero National Park
  • Visit La Selva, one of the world’s important tropical rainforest research centres
  • Hike Monteverde cloud forest trails in search of the local quetzal birds
  • Explore Carara National Park trails & waterways
  • Share the Pacific Coast views with sunbathing iguanas & Capuchin monkeys at Manuel Antonio National Park
  • View Scarlet macaws, White-faced monkeys & sloths from our eco-lodge
  • Support local co-operative businesses, organic farms & visit museums

Details

Details:

02–19 November 2018 (17 nights)

Twin share/person (ex San Jose)
Advanced Early Bird: A$8,850 until 23/02/2018
Early Bird: A$9,050 until 05/07/2018
Regular: A$9,350
Single Supplement: A$765
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 8 guests

Special Interest:
Wildlife, Botanical, History, Culture, Geology

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 3–15km per walking day (challenging options due to high humity, rugged & wet terrain). Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

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    Phil Cullen is an avid bushwalker, historian, explorer by heart and accomplished photographer. A former ABC broadcaster, IPT marketing manager and tour coordinator, Phil has led IPT tours in Australia and to the Loyalty Islands, Cuba, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Phil keeps himself busy bushwalking (including voluntary work with Wild Care and Parks Tasmania at Cradle Mountain), kayaking plus teaching media and communications students.

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