Costa Rica - At a Glance

One of the worlds most desirable emergent destinations, Costa Rica shares a coastline with both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It has a delicate, awe-inspiring eco system and a wealth of responsible tourism programmes and conservation projects., working with everything from turtles to howler monkeys. It also boasts some of the most impressive luxury eco-accommodation options in Latin America.

Ways you can help

Highlights

    • Make a difference caring for animals at a wildlife center
    • Gain a sense of satisfaction by renovating a children’s center
    • Marvel at Poas Volcano and compare with Arenal Volcano
    • Learn about coffee production on a Fair Trade farm
    • Go on safari in search of jaguar, sloth, puma, monkeys and more
    • Relax in hot springs, on the beaches, surf, snorkel or dive
    • Be in awe at turtle laying or hatching (seasonal)
    • Take canopy tours for tree top views
    • Thrill with zip lining, white water rafting, kayaking, mountain biking
    • Enjoy epic horse riding

Sample Pricing

The price for a 10 day trip to Costa Rica costs from $6,650 (£5,374, €6,306) per person, staying in 5* luxury accommodation. Flights are excluded, but we can arrange these for you.

Eco-luxury Hotels

Useful Information

Flight Time from
UK
13 hours
Flight Time from
New York
5.5 hours
Flight Time from
San Francisco
8 hours
Time Zone
GMT -6 hours
When to Visit
  • jan
  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • may
  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • oct
  • nov
  • dec

Did you know

  • Costa Ricans refer to themsleves as “Ticos” (males) and “Ticas” (females). Foreigners are often called “Gringos” (males) and “Gringas” (females)
  • There are more than 121 volcanic formations in Costa Rica, and seven of them are active. Poas Volcano has the second widest crater in the world and Arenal is one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world. Irazu is the tallest volcano in Costa Rica at 11,259 feet
  • More than 25% of Costa Rica’s land is dedicated to national parks, reserves and wildlife refuges. There are more than 100 different protected areas to visit.
  • Costa Rican food is simple, but heavy on oil and spices. Rice and beans are staples. A popular dish is Casado. This is rice and beans with cabbage and tomato salad, fried plantains, and meat. Generally, vegetables aren’t a large part of the diet.
  • There are about 52 species of hummingbirds in Costa Rica, making Costa Rica a true hummingbird capital. Monkeys are one of the most common mammals in Costa Rica – next to bats. The four common species are the Howler, Spider, White-Faced and Squirrel.
  • Heliconia, also called, Bird-of-Paradise, this exotic plant has bright red bracts (like leaves) that grow in opposite pairs and look like the claws of a lobster. These plants love the moist environments of warm climates like Costa Rica. They also grow well in South Florida and are related to banana plants. Several species of hummingbirds feed on the nectar of heliconia.
  • Bromeliads are a tropical plant, related to pineapples. Just like orchids, bromeliads are epiphytes, as they attach themselves to trees to obtain moisture. The curved, overlapping leaves of bromeliads act as tanks. They collect water, insects and debris that decompose to provide the plants with nutrients to absorb. In Costa Rica there are more than 2,000 species of bromeliads. Some of these have flowers, while many do not.
  • Costa Rica is known as one of the world’s top nations for conservation efforts. Approximately 25% of this country is protected wildlife. Given the fact that Costa Rica has 5% of the world’s biodiversity, conservation is crucial. Biologists and other scientists from all over the world share a great interest in Costa Rica’s wildlife.

Testimonial

"We loved our time in Costa Rica! It was so much fun helping look after the animals; our daughters especially enjoyed bottle feeding the babies. It was so good for us all to learn all about these wonderful creatures. We also loved our guides, the hotels, the beaches, zip lining, and the floating safari. Everything was perfect - we will be back!"

- Helen and her family, from Boston, MA

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