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Coast to Coast in Costa Rica


Route:
  • UK
  • San Jose
  • Puerto Viejo de Limon
  • Sarapiqui
  • La Fortuna
  • Monteverde
  • Rincon de la Vieja
  • Punta Leona
  • UK

15 DAYS from £2599pp

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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Coast to Coast in Costa Rica

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.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to San Jose

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

  • Dinner
2
San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Limon

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3
Puerto Viejo de Limon

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Puerto Viejo de Limon to Sarapiqui

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Sarapiqui

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Sarapiqui to La Fortuna

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

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
La Fortuna

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
La Fortuna to Monteverde

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Monteverde

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Monteverde to Rincon de la Vieja

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Rincon de la Vieja

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Rincon de la Vieja to Punta Leona

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Punta Leona

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Punta Leona

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

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Punta Leona to UK or Extension

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.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

Important Information

Visas

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.

Insurance

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.

Payment

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.

Flight Information

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.

Health and Vaccinations

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.

Physical Accessibility

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.

Group Size

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.

Tour Guide

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.

Currency Information

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.

Personal Expenses

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.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
2018 Dates
2019 Dates
05 Jan 201919 Jan 2019£2999Book Now
16 Feb 201902 Mar 2019£3199Book Now
16 Mar 201930 Mar 2019£2899Book Now
27 Apr 201911 May 2019£2699Book Now
11 May 201925 May 2019£2599Book Now
01 Jun 201915 Jun 2019£2699Book Now
14 Sep 201928 Sep 2019£2799Book Now
05 Oct 201919 Oct 2019£2899Book Now
02 Nov 201916 Nov 2019£2999Book Now
16 Nov 201930 Nov 2019£2949Book Now
30 Nov 201914 Dec 2019£2999Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Colon

Min/Max temperature

22 °C / 25 °C

What to pack
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent and hat
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Lightweight clothing (jeans are not recommended)
  • Sweater
  • Swimwear
  • Camera and charger
  • Small day pack for hikes/treks
  • Lightweight/travel towel
  • A plug adaptor - the electricity supply is 120 volts and 2 or 3 flat pin plugs
  • Binoculars
  • Personal first aid kit containing travel pills, rehydration powder, plasters, stomach settlers, antiseptic creams, aspirin etc
Tour Map
Coast to Coast in Costa Rica Route Map
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Extensions

Punta Leona
Tour Route
  • UK
  • San Jose
  • Puerto Viejo de Limon
  • Sarapiqui
  • La Fortuna
  • Monteverde
  • Rincon de la Vieja
  • Punta Leona
  • UK

Located on Costa Rica's western coastline, Punta Leona is a 750-acre private nature reserve. Populated by unique flora and fauna, the area provides insight into the country's rich biological diversity while its white sandy beach is one of the best in Costa Rica.

3 nights
from £329pp
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Manuel Antonio Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • London
  • San Jose
  • Tortuguero
  • La Fortuna
  • Monteverde
  • San Jose
  • Manuel Antonio
  • London

Extend your stay in Costa Rica and spend three nights relaxing on the white sandy shores or choose to take part in some of the various activities on offer in the local area including hiking, guided tours and canopy walks.

3 nights
from £449pp
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