Tailor-Made Holiday

Wildlife Holiday to Costa Rica

Green Turtles and Humpback Whales

14 days

from £4,995pp

This holiday idea showcases some of the best areas of Costa Rica where the wildlife is prolific and the accommodation is first class.  

  • Stay in Tortuguero in time for Atlantic Green Sea Turtles nesting season
  • Snorkel in one of the most biologically intense places on earth
  • Take whale watching trips to view the humpbacks and their calves
  • Opportunity to see bottlenose and spotted dolphins
  • Hike in the national parks full of monkey, scarlett macaws and a wide variety of amphibians
  • Stay at the luxury hotels: Kura Design Villas and Playa Cativo 

This holiday idea is designed to coincide with two wonderful wildlife spectacles in Costa Rica.  On the Caribbean coast the Atlantic Green Sea Turtles can be seen coming ashore to lay their eggs.  Tours are conducted at night and an exciting beach walk may uncover more than just turtles. It has been known to see Jaguar prints along the beach who are also in search of the turtles. By day, take boat rides out along the canals for excellent wildlife opportunities. 

Meanwhile on the Pacific Coast the annual migration of Humpback whales is in full swing. The humpbacks stop off in rich waters of the Golfo Dulce to reproduce and give birth to their calves.  Here they nurse the young before continuing their journey.  The gulf also harbours spotted, bottlenose and spinner dolphins making this area one of the most exciting regions for boat tours.

The southern pacific coast of Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful areas of Central America. When on land you will be able to experience the incredibly  dense primary forest that flanks the blue ocean, home to a wealth of birdlife, monkey and amphibians.  Take guided or self-guided walks, learn to surf or relax on the rugged beaches.  

Now, lets talk about the weather. Many avoid Costa Rica in the summer months as it has been cleverly marketed as the green season, which, for the cynics amongst us means, it rains. However, there are two things to bear in mind. The first is that tropical rains are heavy but short (and often welcome) and they are usually confined to the afternoons. Secondly, due to the continental divide that runs through the middle of Costa Rica the weather patterns on the Caribbean and Pacific sides are quite different, so in a touring itinerary you are unlikely to ever get consistantly poor weather. So don't let the weather put you off, this is a fantastic time to visit and experience some of the finest wildilfe encounters. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to San Jose

You will be staying at Finca Rosa Blanca

Day 2

Poas, Doka & La Paz full day tour
You will be collected from your hotel at 08:00 for a full day tour of Poas Volcano, the Doka Coffee Plantation and La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Animal Rehabilitation Centre.

The crater of Poas Volcano, at 1.6km across, is the largest active crater in the world. You can drive to the visitor centre, which is just a ten minute walk from the peak. If the cloud cover and mist banks part, you will be treated to epic views from the look-out point of the bubbling green crater lake that is surrounded by smoking and steaming fumaroles.After viewing the crater, you may wish to walk a short trail that will take you to a lookout point at nearby Botos Lagoon.

Continue from Poas to Doka Coffee Plantation. Located on the fertile slopes of Poas Volcano.The bean-to-cup tour concludes with the opportunity to taste the various coffees and related products produced by the estate.

Continue towards the Caribbean Coast to visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens to observe a fantastic range of Costa Rican wildlife that has been rescued from illegal private collections and rehabilitated at the centre. There are also 3.5km of trails that wind through lush forest past 5 waterfalls, including a 120 foot drop. This is a terrific introduction to the flora and fauna of Costa Rica. Lunch can be taken at the centre and after your tour, return to your hotel in or around San Jose.

Most visits to Costa Rica start and finish in San José, the country's capital. This bustling city lies in Costa Rica's Central Valley and enjoys a year round, spring-like climate and a cosmopolitan feel. And while it may lack the impressive colonial architecture of other latin cities, it offers a handful of good museums, regular cultural events and excellent day trips into the surrounding countryside. In the central highlands above San Jose, you will find the small towns of Alajuela and Heredia as well as numerous coffee plantations located on the fertile slopes of the Poas Volcano. The accommodation in this area is a great alternative offering a peaceful retreat from San José's city centre.

You will be staying at Finca Rosa Blanca

Day 3

Fly to Tortugero
Fly to Tortuguero today. Arrive at the lodge for lunch. Afternoon guided boat tour through the canals lining the Atlantic coast, in search of toucans, parrots, monkeys, caimans and herons

Please note if you are flying to Tortugero there is a luggage restriction of 12 kg/20 pounds and one small hand luggage. Arrangements can be made for any additional luggage to be left in San Jose or transferred to your next hotel.

You will be staying at Tortuga Lodge

Day 4

Tortuga Lodge Day 2
Your stay at Tortugua Lodge includes a boat tour through the park, a visit to Tortuguero Village and access to the trails around the lodge.
After breakfast you can begin your day with an optional hiking trip around the hotel property. It is amazing how so close to your accommodation you can find different kinds of monkeys, sloths, iguanas, poison arrow frogs and many birds and insect, including the blue butterfly (Morpho peleides).
Visit the canals within the National park to discover a large variety of birds and receive detailed information on the flora and fauna of the area.

Incorporating dense rainforest, lagoons and a network of rivers and canals fed from the slopes of the Central Highlands, Tortuguero National Park is one of Costa Rica's most popular eco-tourism destinations and a complete study in rainforest, freshwater and marine biology. Home to over half of the bird and reptile species found in Costa Rica, Tortuguero is also one of the world's major nesting sites for Atlantic green turtle.

You will be staying at Tortuga Lodge

Day 5

Day at Leisure

You will be staying at Tortuga Lodge

Day 6

Fly Tortuguero to San Jose

Fly San Jose to Quepos

You will be staying at Kura Design Villas

Day 7

Shared Whale Watching & Dolphin Encouters Tour
Today visit the Ballena National Marine reserve which covers 110 hectares of land and a further 5,375 of sea. Humpback whales migrate from both hemispheres to the warm tropical waters of Costa Rica. They arrive mid July and remain in the area until October. Opportunity to see pilot whales as well as humpbacks and even some bottle nose and spotted dolphins. Snorkelling is possible on this tour and the equipment is provided.

You will be staying at Kura Design Villas

Day 8

Shared Corcovado National Park Tour
Just 45 minutes from Kura is the Corcovado National Park, once described as 'the most biologically intentse place on earth' and has the largest area of primary forest on the pacific coast. Opportunity to see white faced, spider and howler monkeys as well as sloth, coatis, tapir and for a very lucky few, the odd puma sighting has been recorded. The forest hosts an incredible variety of birds, particularly the striking scarlett macaw, which does not fail to charm even the most reluctant of birders.

You will be staying at Kura Design Villas

Day 9

Drive from Uvita de Osa to Golfito (Road Journey)

You will be staying at Playa Cativo

Day 10

Dolphin and Whale Watching
Golfo Dulce is a tropical fjord-like bay and home to a variety of marine mammals. With large mangrove areas and many rivers flowing into the gulf from the surrounding rainforest the ocean is rich in minerals and a great food source. For this reason, spinner, bottlenose and spotted dolphins cruise the area and humbpack whales can be found here between July and October. Manta rays, whale sharks and sea turtles also call this bay home.

You will be staying at Playa Cativo

Day 11

Half Day Snorkelling the Golfo Dulce
The Golfo Dulce is a wonderful area for snorkelling. The calm and warm waters are a haven for the colourful tropical fish. At low tide snorkellers have a wonderful view of the brain coral reef.

You will be staying at Playa Cativo

Day 12

Fly Golfito to San Jose

You will be staying at Xandari Resort & Spa

Day 13

Fly San Jose to London


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Xandari Resort & Spa

Xandari Resort & Spa

The Xandari Resort & Spa consists of 24 spacious villas in a 40 acre coffee and fruit plantation overlooking Costa Rica's Central Valley....

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Finca Rosa Blanca

Finca Rosa Blanca

Finca Rosa Blanca is a graceful countryside mansion set on a hilltop in Costa Rica's Central Valley....

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Tortuga Lodge

Tortuga Lodge

Set within 50 acres of private grounds, Tortuga Lodge is a wonderful place to stay in Tortuguero....

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Kura Design Villas

Kura Design Villas

A collection of beautifully designed luxury suites and villas incorporating cutting edge modern design and the best materials in a primitive and wild natural setting....

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Playa Cativo

Playa Cativo

Playa Cativo is a luxury eco lodge offering excellent accommodation comprising of deluxe, luxury and premium rooms....

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