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Best of Costa Rica

8 Day Escorted Tour

Costa Rica, Latin America
Intermediate Pace

Explore mystical waterways and wildlife rich National Parks emerging from this biodiverse wonderland. Trace along old lava flows at the foothill of Arenal Volcano, walk above rainforest canopies in Selvatura Park.

2022 Dossier

2023 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Witness flora and fauna in Tortuguero National Park, including Turtles nesting upon the beaches.
  • Sample traditional Costa Rican Cuisine
  • Spectacular views of Arenal Volcano
  • Nature trail along a private path at the base of Arenal Volcano
  • Visit a coffee plantation in Monteverde
  • Treetop walkways and wildlife spotting in Selvatura Park
Number of nights


Day 1
UK to Alajuela Province


Depart London on your scheduled flight to San Jose and meet your tour guides upon arrival. Transfer to tonight's hotel and become acquainted with your fellow travellers during a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 2
Alajuela Province to Tortuguero

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Savour your first taste of traditional gallo pinto (black beans and rice) during breakfast at the hotel before travelling to the enchanting town of Tortuguero on Costa Rica's biodiverse Caribbean Coast, stopping en route in Guapiles. Arrive at your lodge for a lunch before departing on your first excursion visiting Tortuguero, the 'home of the turtles'. With the rest of your afternoon at leisure, explore Tortuguero's exotic beaches and be sure to look out for endearing turtles who are renowned for nesting upon the sandy shores (from July through mid October).

Day 3

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Embark on a captivating nature hike through well-established rainforest trails, nestled within Tortuguero National Park; watch as mantled howler monkeys swing through the treetops, and listen to the tuneful changing of green macaws during this truly unforgettable experience. This afternoon, cruise Tortuguero's intricate rivers for the best glimpse of the park's most famous residents.

Day 4
Tortuguero to La Fortuna

Breakfast & Lunch

Return through a system of snaking canals before continuing to Arenal, whose dramatic landscape is spectacularly dominated by the mighty Arenal Volcano. Pause en route to enjoy a traditional Costa Rican lunch.

Day 5
La Fortuna


A verdant haven framed by the grandiose Arenal Volcano, enjoy a scenic morning tour of the town of La Fortuna before tracing old lava flows around a private 4.5km hiking trail at its base. Along the way, discover wild sloths, monkeys and toucans inquisitively peer out of their fertile habitats, and relish in vistas overlooking the imposing Volcano. Return to your hotel for some time at leisure, or alternatively, relax in a serene web of natural thermal springs at Tabacon Hot Springs (at a fee).

Day 6
La Fortuna to Monteverde

Breakfast & Lunch

A picturesque journey from Arenal zigzags through a landscape of surpassing beauty; from rustic villages, rolling hills and the panoramas of stunning Lake Arenal, arrive in time for lunch at a hospitable ranch in the small community of Monteverde Cloud Forest. Dine on a flavourful traditional meal whilst enjoying a folklore dance presentation, before visiting a prospering coffee plantation which harvests one of Costa Rica's greatest agricultural produces. Prior to arriving at tonight's hotel, stop off in the town of Santa Elena, known as the home to one of South America's most mesmerising birds, the Quetzal.

Day 7

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Soaring high above the clouds, bask in a vision of tranquillity in Monteverde Cloud Forest this morning, observing a hazy mist which drifts under the cloudforest; teeming with an astonishing 3000 species, witness some of nature's most stunning creatures, ranging from vibrant butterflies to prowling primates who reside in this biodiverse oasis. Delight in awe-inspiring jungle views from the dizzying heights of Selvatura Park's Treetop walkways before indulging in a delicious lunch, freshly prepared in front of your eyes. Laden with an enormous selection of colourful orchids, conclude today with a gentle hike in the tropical lowlands of the Ecological Sanctuary, a small patch of rainforest with an incredible variety of birds, mammals, plants and insects.

Day 8
Monteverde to the UK


Transfer to San Jose airport for your return flight to the UK.

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Dates & Prices

Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2023
from £2,199
1 Date
17th Jan - 24th Jan
February 2023
from £2,199
1 Date
14th Feb - 21st Feb
March 2023
from £2,099
1 Date
18th Mar - 25th Mar
April 2023
from £1,849
1 Date
22nd Apr - 29th Apr
May 2023
from £1,799
1 Date
13th May - 20th May
June 2023
from £1,899
1 Date
10th Jun - 17th Jun
July 2023
from £2,599
1 Date
22nd Jul - 29th Jul
August 2023
from £2,499
1 Date
19th Aug - 26th Aug
September 2023
from £1,999
1 Date
23rd Sep - 30th Sep
October 2023
from £1,969
1 Date
17th Oct - 24th Oct
November 2023
from £1,949
1 Date
14th Nov - 21st Nov


The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Buena Vista Hotel
1 nights
Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
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Pachira Lodge
2 nights
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
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Important Information

UK passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa for Costa Rica prior to travel. You must also pay a departure tax of USD $29 when leaving the country. This must be paid before you check-in at San Jose airport and must be paid in USD cash. Further visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up to date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Your flight is to San Jose Airport will be direct with British Airways, departing from London Gatwick. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage and hand luggage Size and weight restrictions will be finalised on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Currency is Costa Rican colon. Prices in Costa Rica are frequently listed in US dollars, especially in hotels and restaurants, where you can expect to pay international prices. US dollars are widely accepted and some ATMs dispense dollars. Credit cards are also accepted as a form of payment. It is very important that you budget carefully and ensure you have the right form or currency before you arrive in the country.