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Gateway to Costa Rica

New for 2019

Price per person
from £1,889

Price based on
London Heathrow
9th Mar 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 8 days

  • Central and South America

  • Active pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

Welcome to a world of volcanoes, cloud forests, coral reefs, and a rich diversity of wildlife that make Costa Rica a nature lover's destination. From the artisans of Sarchi to the pristine National Parks of Arenal and Manuel Antonio, your 7-day expedition through the rainforest is accompanied by a naturalist to show you this remarkable part of the world. Explore the volcanoes of Poas and Arenal, walk through the treetops on Arenal Hanging Bridges, and venture on to Manuel Antonio on the Pacific Ocean shores—with dense mangrove swamps and pristine beaches favoured by iguanas and monkeys alike. You’ll have a wealth of activities availed to you, including kayaking, nature walks, snorkelling, and mountain biking. This environment of sparkling coral reefs, rainforests, tropical vegetation, and a spectacular variety of animal species is sure to spark the adventurous imagination of any budget-minded traveller.

At a glance

San José Visit Poás Volcano; Guided tour of Doka Coffee Estate and Butterfly Garden

Sarchi Visit the town of Sarchi

Arenal Guided tour of Arenal Hanging Bridges

Manuel Antonio Guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Make your own way

For more information please see our booking conditions for tour-only holidays.

Overview

Welcome to a world of volcanoes, cloud forests, coral reefs, and a rich diversity of wildlife that make Costa Rica a nature lover's destination. From the artisans of Sarchi to the pristine National Parks of Arenal and Manuel Antonio, your 7-day expedition through the rainforest is accompanied by a naturalist to show you this remarkable part of the world. Explore the volcanoes of Poas and Arenal, walk through the treetops on Arenal Hanging Bridges, and venture on to Manuel Antonio on the Pacific Ocean shores—with dense mangrove swamps and pristine beaches favoured by iguanas and monkeys alike. You’ll have a wealth of activities availed to you, including kayaking, nature walks, snorkelling, and mountain biking. This environment of sparkling coral reefs, rainforests, tropical vegetation, and a spectacular variety of animal species is sure to spark the adventurous imagination of any budget-minded traveller.

Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch

UK - San José

Day
1

Fly to San Jose where on arrival you will transfer to your hotel.

Welcome to Costa Rica. Upon arrival in San José, you will be met by your Cosmos representative, who will help you get acquainted with this fascinating city.

San José. Excursion to Doka Coffee Estate and Poás Volcano

Day
2

Start your day at POÁS VOLCANO, considered the largest active crater in the world, with frequent geyser-like eruptions. A walk along the incredible trails leads you through cloud forests filled with stunted and twisted vegetation from the volcanic emissions and cold, windy, high-altitude habitat. If weather conditions allow, you will have the chance to see Lake Botos, which fills an extinct crater. The area is also home to many cloud forest birds, like hummingbirds, tanagers, flycatchers, toucanets, clay-coloured robins, and the resplendent quetzal. Next, visit DOKA ESTATE, one of Costa Rica’s premium coffee plantations and producer of internationally acclaimed coffees. From the picking of the coffee berries to the roasting and grinding of the coffee beans, you will see how Costa Rican premium coffees are processed and prepared. Be sure to take a walk through the BUTTERFLY GARDEN, home to 15 species that undergo the complete metamorphosis within these walls.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

San José - Sarchi - Arenal

Day
3

Your journey continues to the Arenal area, with a visit of Sarchi town, known as the centre of Costa Rican hand crafts and where you will see the artists in their workshops making the famous ox-carts. Along the way, enjoy amazing views of the mountains as well as a major source of revenue in the area: agricultural crops that include pineapple, bananas, and sugar cane. This afternoon, arrive at La Fortuna Village, situated in the shadow of mighty Arenal Volcano. The evening is at leisure to do as you please.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Arenal

Day
4

Nature lovers from around the world come to visit the ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES. Journey through the rainforest with an expert Naturalist to learn about the surrounding wildlife and vegetation, and take in nature’s beauty at its most pristine state. With 15 bridges ranging from 5 to 100 meters long, one at a height of 45 meters, you will get a 360-degree view of the tropical rainforest. Plus, if the weather is on your side, you will see the most amazing views of Arenal Volcano. Tonight, you may opt to spend time relaxing in the thermal, healing waters at Tabacón Hot Springs. These natural springs are heated by magma found in the earth’s core and they carry minerals found in the earth’s rocky stratus, which your body absorbs as you soak in the natural pools here.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Arenal - Manuel Antonio

Day
5

Depart Arenal towards the Pacific Ocean to the Manuel Antonio area. Dense mangrove swamps, sheltering a variety of wildlife, back up to the pristine beaches in this area. It is not uncommon to see iguanas and white-faced monkeys on the beach. For the more active, there are jungle hikes suited to all levels. Other local activities include canopy tours, deep-sea fishing, diving, sea kayaking, and mountain biking.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Manuel Antonio

Day
6

Enjoy a Naturalist-guided WALK on the trails of MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK, considered one of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica. It combines a beach of crystal-clear waters with coral reefs bordered by exuberant tropical vegetation and rainforest. Once in the park, your Naturalist guides you along different trails to observe the abundant flora and fauna of the tropical forest. In particular, several species of monkeys, iguanas, birds and, possibly, even the three-toed sloth can be seen. One of the trails borders Cathedral Point, where the view of the park and the sea is spectacular. During the afternoon you can relax at your hotel, or you can participate in one of the optional activities offered in the area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Manuel Antonio - San José - UK

Day
7

This morning, bid adios to Manuel Antonio and travel back to San José for your homebound flight. The tour ends at the Juan Santamaria International Airport.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
8

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Things to note

2020 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in August 2019. If we have to modify an itinerary, you will have an opportunity to cancel without penalty. See our full terms and conditions for more details.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

San José - Country Inn & Suites

A welcoming haven in a bustling San Jose, the Country Inn & Suites is conveniently located near many attractions and provides quality service, comfortable accommodations, and all the elements you need to relax and enjoy your stay. The hotel offers a large pool, fitness facilities, a full-time business centre, and an on-site restaurant.

  • Location

    San Antonio de Belen San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Arenal - Arenal Paraiso

Located adjacent to the Arenal volcano and surrounded by natural scenic beauty, guests will leave feeling relaxed and connected to the natural world. The Arenal Paraiso features 2 restaurants, 13 hot spring pools, a freshwater pool with swim-up bar, and spa.

  • Location

    La Fortuna, Arenal Costa Rica

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Manuel Antonio - Parador Resort & Spa

Uniquely set among luxuriant coastal rainforest overlooking Costa Rica's famous Manuel Antonio National Park, Hotel Parador Resort & Spa sits atop a 400-acre secluded peninsula surrounded by wild beauty. Amenities include five restaurants, three bars, a spa, four pools, fitness centre, tennis court, mini golf, nature trails, business centre, gift shop, and an activities desk.

  • Location

    Manuel Antonio Norte, Puntarenas Province, Quepos, 6350, Costa Rica

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

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