F O R R E S E R V A T I O N S C A L L U S O N 0845 130 6982 COSTA RICA CARIBBEAN SEA PACIFIC OCEAN Nicoya Gulf Tortuguero National Park Corcovado National Park Braulio Carrillo National Park Arenal National Park Santa Rosa National Park Monteverde Tamarindo Quepos Limon Irazú Volcano Poás Volcano Alajuela Manuel Antonio National Park Cañas Cano Negro National Park San Jose Jaco 134 Costa Rican Odyssey 13 days London to London Day 1. Depart London Depart London for San Jose. On arrival late in the evening, you will be met and transferred to the San Gildar Hotel for the night. The San Gildar Hotel is located in an historic and picturesque area, approximately ten minutes drive from downtown San Jose. With its 30 en-suite rooms, restaurant, art gallery, lush tropical gardens and swimming pool, it provides a wonderful base for your stay. Day 2. Braulio Carrillo National Park [B] This morning, you will be driven to Braulio Carrillo National Park for a ride on the Rainforest Aerial Tram. From here you will be able to view the rainforest below where over 340 species of bird have been recorded, together with Howler, and White-faced Monkeys, Tapir, Jaguar, Puma, Ocelot and Paca. There will also be opportunity to take a hike in the beautiful primary rainforest. Spend the night at the nearby Rainforest Lodge. Days 3 & 4. Tortuguero [B, L, D] Transfer by road and boat, exploring the canals and lagoons on the way to Tortuguero National Park. In this vast area of untouched tropical rainforest there will be plenty of time for jungle walks and boat trips, and you have the opportunity to see sloths, monkeys, manatees and fishing Bulldog Bat, the largest in the country. Between July and September, night walks are organised to view Atlantic Green Turtles which come ashore to nest. You spend two nights at Pachira Lodge, which provides comfortable accommodation in wooden cabins, each with en-suite bathroom. Days 5 & 6. Arenal [B, L (Day 5 only)] This morning you return to Guápiles for lunch, collect your 4-wheel drive vehicle and head off to Arenal National Park and the world's most active volcano. After dark the opportunity to watch volcanic activity may include explosions and flowing lava! Spend two nights at Arenal Lodge, from where you have magnificent views of Arenal Volcano on a clear night. During your stay you may wish to visit Tabacon Hot Springs, Venado Caves and Negro Wildlife Refuge. Days 7 & 8. Monteverde [B] Continue to the protected Monteverde Cloud Forest today, a reserve of some 4,500 hectares. The Resplendent Quetzal, sacred bird of the Mayans, considered by many to be the most beautiful bird in the world, is regularly seen between January and July, together with Emerald Toucanet and both White-faced, and Howler Monkeys. You spend two nights at the Hotel El Sapo Dorado. Days 9 & 10. Abangaritos/Gulf of Nicoya [B] Drive on to the Pacific Coast today to the Gulf of Nicoya and La Ensenada Lodge. La Ensenada provides comfortable accommodation with twenty rooms, each with en-suite facilities and a terrace. Guided birding excursions in the tropical dry forest and seasonal marshes provide excellent opportunities to see vast concentrations of herons, ducks, and spoonbills gathering during the dry season. Costa Rica Arenal Volcano Courtesy of Mark Carwardine
S E E U S O N T H E W E B AT wildlifeworldwide.com Day 11. San Jose [B] Today you return to San Jose for your final night at the San Gildar Hotel. (Alternatively continue to Tamarindo for a relaxing beach stay) Days 12 & 13. Homeward [B (Day 12 only)] A transfer will be provided to San Jose airport for your homeward flight. You arrive home on day 13. Luxury Costa Rica 16 days London to London Day 1. Depart London Depart London for San Jose. On arrival late in the evening, you will be met and transferred to the Hotel Xandari for a 1-night stay. Set on a high hilltop only 20 minutes from San Jose, Xandari commands wonderful views of the surrounding coffee farms and the Central Valley below. The villas are huge private affairs with high-curved ceilings, stainedglass windows, and fine handmade furniture. Days 2 to 8. [Meals as ‘Costa Rican Odyssey’ itinerary] Our itinerary here follows that of the 'Costa Rican Odyssey', with the exception of private transfers which are provided in this itinerary and some accommodation upgrades. Casa Turire is used in Guapiles, Mawamba Lodge is used at Tortuguero, a Smithsonian Wing Room at Arenal Observatory Lodge is used at Arenal, and the Fonda Vela is used at Monteverde. Days 9 to 11. Corcovado National Park [B, L, D] Early this morning you will be transferred to the airport for your afternoon flight to Puerto Jimenez. You will be met on arrival and transferred to Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge for a 3-night stay. Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge offers the closest accommodations to Corcovado National Park and provides the ideal base for your in-depth rainforest experience. Corcovado National Park is tropical wet forest at its best. With numerous habitats, 500 species of tree, 104 species of mammal, 367 species of bird, 117 species of amphibian and reptile, and 40 species of freshwater fish, this area is a naturalist's paradise! The park is home to Tapir and crocodile (both frequently seen at Corcovado Lagoon), Ocelot, Puma, Giant Anteater and Harpy Eagle. Other protected species are Howler, Spider, Squirrel, and White-faced Capuchin Monkeys, Great Tinamou, Silky Anteater, Poison Dart Frog, Glass Frog (with transparent skin), caiman, Bushmaster Snake, and Leatherback, Olive Ridley and Green Turtles that nest at Llorona beach. Also along this stretch of coastline, Humpback, and Sperm Whales can be seen between December and January, with Pilot Whales present throughout the year. Your days are free for you to do as you wish. Guided tours to both the park and Cano Island are included. There is a a beautiful tropical beach perfect for swimming or snorkelling. Scuba-diving and fishing trips can be also arranged, or enjoy a kayak excursion to San Josecito. Days 12 to 14. Jaco [B] For a brief sojourn of utter luxury, your next port of call is Villa Caletas on the Pacific coast, where you will be based for three nights. The tropical setting receives constant, cooling breezes from the Pacific and the spectacular 360-degree panoramic view offers an unsurpassed vista of the Nicoya Peninsula, gulf islands, the crescent beaches of Jacó, Herradura and Punta Leona as well as the mountains. The accommodation consists of 28 rooms, all with ensuite facilities. Public areas include a couple of restaurants, a swimming pool and even an amphitheatre where concerts are often held. Day 15. Homeward [B] After a morning at leisure transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. Day 16. Arrive home 135 Cost per person: Jan to 13 Mar, 24 Mar to Apr, Nov to 9 Dec £2,695 14 to 23 Mar, Jul to 20 Aug £2,795 May & Jun, 21 Aug to Oct £2,595 Dec £2,895 Single supplement: Available on request What is included: Flights, meals as indicated, private transfers & guided activities Accommodation: Hotels & lodges Departure dates: Daily, throughout the year Central America / Costa Rica Cost per person: Jan to Apr, 21 to 31 Aug, Nov to 9 Dec £1,595 May & Jun, Sep & Oct £1,495 Jul to 20 Aug, 10 to 31 Dec £1,795 Single supplement: Available on request What is included: Flights, meals & transfers as indicated, hire of 4-wheel drive vehicle (days 5 to 11) & guided activities. Car insurance at approximately $20 per day payable locally. Accommodation: Hotels & lodges Departure dates: Daily throughout the year Pachira Lodge, Tortuguero National Park Collared Aracari At Wildlife Worldwide we specialise in tailor-making our holidays. It is what we started doing in 1992, it has been our philosophy right from the start. A tailor-made journey gives you the freedom and flexibility to travel how, when and where you want to. And of course, you are unconstrained by the wishes of a group. Throughout the brochure we show a series of itineraries to whet your appetite. These are all suggestions and ideas, none are cast in stone. We can change the properties, extend or shorten your trip, combine destinations and countries, fly you in Business Class, organise car rental and of course offer advice and suggestions from a wealth of experience that we have gained over many years. Call us on 0845 130 6982 and we will be happy to discuss the options with you! Tailor-made holidays – a unique journey designed just for you!