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Coast to Coast in Costa Rica

15 Day Escorted Tour

Costa Rica, Latin America

Explore laidback coastal cities, wildlife-rich national parks and dramatic volcanic landscapes on this tour through the natural wonders of Costa Rica. Spot unique wildlife and colourful underwater reefs in Puerto Viejo, walk among the treetops in the Monteverde Reserve, and journey from smouldering volcanoes to cascading waterfalls in La Fortuna on this breath-taking 15-day tour.

2020 Dossier

2021 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Witness the smouldering peak of Costa Rica's mighty Arenal Volcano and visit La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Snorkel past coral reefs teeming with fish in Cahuita National Park
  • Spot wildlife on a safari float down the Sarapiqui River
  • Treetop walkways through Selvatura Park
  • Explore Rincon de la Vieja National Park on horseback
  • Hike to the spectacular Oropendola Waterfall
  • Birdwatching and butterfly gardens in Punta Leona
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Itinerary

Day 1
UK to San Jose

Dinner

Depart London on your scheduled direct flight to San Jose where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2
San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Limon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing city tour of Costa Rica's vibrant capital city. Witness the city's main historical landmarks, starting in the eastern part of the city at Democracy Plaza and the National Museum then journeying through the city centre to the parks, museum and stadium to the west. After lunch, travel to Puerto Viejo, a laidback coastal city with a strong Afro-Caribbean influence and stunning stretches of beach.

Day 3
Puerto Viejo de Limon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Experience fantastic snorkelling and scenic nature walks as you take in Costa Rica's famed wildlife and nature reserves. Board a boat and travel to Cahuita National Park where you can snorkel along the 600-acre-long coral reef - a gloriously colourful haven for marine life. Snack on fresh tropical fruit as your boat returns to shore then take a leisurely guided hike through Cahuita's vivid rainforest, enjoying far-reaching ocean views and the chance to spot howler monkeys, sloths, armadillos, toucans and macaws. At the end of your picturesque hiking trail, feast on a Costa Rican-Caribbean lunch before returning to your hotel in Puerto Viejo.

Day 4
Puerto Viejo de Limon to Sarapiqui

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, transfer to the Sarapiqui tropical rainforest, crossing valleys and mountains dotted with picturesque villages before checking into your lodge nestled in the heart of the rainforest reserve.

Day 5
Sarapiqui

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Wake to the singing of birds and the relaxing sounds of the tropical rainforest and enjoy breakfast in your verdant surroundings. Make your way to the Sarapiqui River where you will float down the river in a raft, surrounded by incomparable jungle beauty. Enjoy two hours immersed in the lush tropical rainforest, floating along the Sarapiqui River which lies next to important reserves renowned for their biodiversity. Exotic amphibians, countless tropical birds, otters, fish, sloths, iguanas, and incredible flora will make this experience unforgettable. Disembark and journey to a nearby pineapple plantation where you'll travel into the fields on a specially designed coach pulled by a tractor. Learn about the growth of organic pineapples and other sustainable crops produced here, including yucca, lemon, guanabanas, and peppers. Enjoy delicious smoothies and slices of fresh, organic pineapple as you listen to Costa Rican folktales then return to your lodge.

Day 6
Sarapiqui to La Fortuna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Journey through lush plantations and cattle ranches, finally arriving at your hotel in La Fortuna. Marvel at the fantastic views of the mighty Arenal Volcano which forms a dramatic backdrop and enjoy the remainder of the day to explore this tranquil mountainous town

Day 7
La Fortuna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Hike through the cool undergrowth of La Fortuna, a scenic 40-minute walk that ends at the site of the thundering La Fortuna Waterfall. Witness the natural beauty of the cascading water as it emerges from the dense jungle, falling into the emerald pool at its base. Relax or swim in the refreshingly cool waters before lunch at a nearby restaurant. In the afternoon, follow the lava trails around the base of the Arenal Volcano, formed by the lava flow of the 1968 eruption. The hike provides extraordinary views of the Arenal Volcano and Monteverde mountains, and the chance to spot local flora and fauna and enjoy some birdwatching.

Day 8
La Fortuna to Monteverde

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Travel to Monteverde, a small community located at the top of the Tilaran Mountain Range that boasts spectacularly diverse cloud forest reserves. On arrival, enjoy a free afternoon to explore the town or relax in your hotel.

Day 9
Monteverde

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

A full day observing Monteverde's natural beauty starts with a tour along the treetop walkways of Selvatura Park, which stretch over 1.9 miles. Follow the trail into the heart of the cloud forest and witness colourful birds and unique flora then visit the nearby Insect Museum. In the afternoon, gain insight into Costa Rica's greatest agricultural produce. Learn more about the wonderful world of coffee before you participate in a chocolate-making session and taste the region's cacao beans. A sugarcane demonstration follows, allowing you to extract sugarcane juice the traditional way before enjoying a glass of fresh juice and pieces of cane.

Day 10
Monteverde to Rincon de la Vieja

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Depart Monteverde and travel to Rincon de la Vieja, home to the majestic Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Check into your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 11
Rincon de la Vieja

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Set out on today's tour of the majestic Rincon de la Vieja National Park, dominated by two active volcanoes. Friendly ranch horses will carry you on a 45-minute to the Las Pailas entrance of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Meaning 'The Cauldrons' in Spanish, the Las Pailas area shows off the awesome power of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, and you'll witness steam and sulphur pouring out of the ground while nearby pools bubble with hot volcanic water. After this unique experience, ride to a nearby canyon then walk along a short trail to the base of the canyon where the picturesque Oropendola Waterfall plunges into a turquoise pool. After a relaxing swim and time at the waterfall, travel back to your hotel on horseback.

Day 12
Rincon de la Vieja to Punta Leona

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Journey to Punta Leona, a protected nature reserve located on the gorgeous Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, where you will enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 13
Punta Leona

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Discover the extraordinary variety of Punta Leona's flora and fauna on a morning hike through the reserve. Don't forget your binoculars - over 330 species of birds are resident in the area. Next, immerse yourself in the butterfly gardens where you'll learn about their particular way of living in this ecosystem before viewing the vivid array of butterflies housed in this sanctuary.

Day 14
Punta Leona

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today is free for you to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of Punta Leona's pristine, palm-fringed coastline.

Day 15
Punta Leona to UK or Extension

Breakfast & Lunch

Transfer to the airport in San Jose, stopping for lunch along the way. Board your return flight to the UK or continue on to your chosen extension.

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Dates & Prices

Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
November 2020
from £3,029
1 Date
21st Nov - 5th Dec
£3,029
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529

Accommodation

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
Sleep Inn Hotel
1 nights
San Jose, Costa Rica
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Namuwoki Lodge
2 nights
Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
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Extend Your Tour

Coast to Coast in Costa Rica with Punta Leona Beach Stay

4 Day Extension
from

£299

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Coast to Coast in Costa Rica with Manuel Antonio Beach Stay

4 Day Extension
from

£419

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Coast to Coast in Costa Rica with Tortuguero National Park Extension

6 Day Extension
from

£469

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Important Information

A Visa is not required for your trip to Costa Rica. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding 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 £49pp 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.

Baggage allowance (per person): Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding 56cm x 35cm x 22cm in size and one personal item (such as a handbag or laptop case) not exceeding 43cm x 22cm x 25cm. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your 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, www.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 in-volves moderate days of walking on uneven paths and small hills and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date, then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival and will have a guide with you for the duration of your trip, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

The currency in Costa Rica is the Costa Rica Colon, known as CRC, but US Dollars are also widely ac-cepted in the major cities. It is preferable if you have smaller denominations. Cash machines will also be available throughout the tour in order to withdraw money in the local currency.

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£400 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour.