The Road Less Travelled

14 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:

 

£3,670 pp

3-4 star & low season

£4,895 pp

4-5 star & mid-high season

 

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Day 1
Fly to San Jose today. Upon arrival you will be met and driven to your hotel in the tranquil cloud forest region of San Ramon.
Day 2
This morning we have included a guided nature walk in the cloud forest. The afternoon is free for you to relax, explore independently or arrange activities such as zip lining.
Day 3
Today you will travel north east to sleepy Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, an area of primary rainforests and pristine river valleys.
Day 4
We have included an excursion today which includes horse riding and zip lining through some beautiful forest scenery, but this can easily be changed to bird watching, rafting or perhaps a chocolate tour depending on your specific interests.
Day 5
Travel to the verdant region of Turrialba to slow the pace for a few days in this off-the-beaten track gem.
Day 6
Take a guided tour of the Guayabo Monument, Costa Rica's only remaining archaeological site set in lush forests.
Day 7
Today we have recommended a cycling tour through the beautiful botanical gardens and tropical plantations of the CATIE research centre.
Day 8
Head south today for the cloud forest region of San Gerardo de Dota, home to excellent hiking, nature walks and a true hideaway feel.
Day 9
We have included the scenic hike down the Cerro de la Muerte ('Hill of Death') today, but this could be substituted for a more gentle walk to a waterfall or some bird watching in search of the Resplendent Quetzal.
Day 10
Transfer overland to the wild and beautiful Osa Peninsula on the Pacific coast. The remote tented camp at La Leona gets you completely off-the-beaten-track, but more established lodges are available for those wanting more creature comforts.
Day 11
Free time in the Osa Peninsula to arrange activities. This is the best place in the country to view wildlife, so we recommend spending as much time as possible on the jungle trails in search of species such as anteaters, four types of monkey, poison dart frogs and scarlet macaws.
Day 12
Further time in the Osa Peninsula - in addition to wildlife tours you could take a surfing lession, go horse riding, bird watching or kayaking.
Day 13
Travel to San Jose by light aircraft in time for your onward flight back to the UK.
Day 14
Arrive home today.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

Costa Rica’s main national parks attract ever-increasing numbers of visitors throughout the year and, whilst these regions are popular for good reason, it is still possible to experience a somewhat quieter side of the country for those wanting explore some less-frequented areas. Beginning in San Ramon, you can enjoy a much quieter experience of the cloud forest than can be found in better-known Monteverde. After time to take in the peaceful forest trails here and perhaps add on a canopy zip lining tour, you will move on to the northern region of Turrialba. You will notice considerably few visitors here compared to other volcanic regions, and it offers more options for cultural touring than elsewhere in the country – you can visit Costa Rica’s main archaeological site, Guayabo, during a stay here, as well as some fascinating local plantations. Move on to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui where you can horse ride, zip line and raft through pristine forests, before continuing your journey to San Gerardo de Dota. The cloud forest here is simply beautiful and, again, offers a much quieter experience. We have suggested a hike down the dramatic Cerro de la Muerte, but you can swap this activity for horse riding to waterfall, or perhaps birdwatching to look for the stunning Resplendent Quetzal. Your final stop is the isolated wildlife paradise of the Osa Peninsula. The remote tented camp of La Leona offers a true wilderness experience where you can gaze up from your hammock at scarlets macaws soaring above the wild black sand coastline (though upgrades to more established lodges are available for those who would prefer more amenities).

2 nights San Ramon –  2 nights Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui – 3 nights Turrialba – 2 nights San Gerardo de Dota – 3 nights Osa Peninsula                         


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