Tortuguero National ParkTortuguero is a vast area of untouched rainforest on a remote part of the Caribbean coast where beaches, canals, lagoons and wetlands create an extraordinary biodiversity. Activities here centre on boat trips through the extensive network of freshwater creeks and lagoons. The park is home to seven species of river turtle, spectacled caiman, southern river otters, spider, howler and capuchin monkeys, three-toed sloths and over 300 species of birds. But most visitors' attention turns to the beaches when, at night, green and hawksbill turtles come ashore to nest between July and September (peaking in August) and leatherback turtles between February and April. Pachira Lodge MID The lodge has 88 comfortable rooms in wooden cabins, each with en-suite bathroom and ceiling fans. The lodge is on the main canal in Tortuguero town, just fi ve minutes from Tortuguero National Park. It has a restaurant serving three buffet-style meals a day, and a bar.Mawamba Lodge MID The lodge has 54 comfortable rooms and four superior rooms. This beachfront property is surrounded by rainforest and exotic gardens and located on a sand bar between two canals. From here guests can easily visit the park, walk to the beach, hike on trails or just relax in hammocks beside the pool and lagoon. Monteverde Cloud ForestMonteverde Cloud Forest is a reserve of some 4,500 hectares straddling the continental divide at 1,440 metres. Here, weather patterns from both the Caribbean and Pacifi c oceans create a cloud forest ecosystem; it is considered to be one of the most outstanding wildlife reserves of Central America, home to over 100 species of mammal (including fi ve species of cats), over 400 species of bird (including 30 species of hummingbirds), tens of thousands of insect species (including over 5,000 species of moths) and 2,500 species of plants (including 420 kinds of orchids). El Establo HIGH Situated on a private farm, the Cloud Forest Lodge offers a relaxing spot with a great emphasis on nature. The two swimming pools and restaurants are set amidst the 50% protected primary rainforest on the farm, with the canopy walkway giving a great vantage point from which to observe the forest. Hotel Fonda Vela HIGH There are nine buildings nestled in serene landscaped grounds with more than a kilometre of nature trails. There are 21 standard rooms and 18 junior suites, all with modern amenities. Parrots, toucans and numerous other birds feed from the wild fruit trees and resplendent quetzals are seen here in season. The Cloud Forest Reserve is just two kilometres away and a terrace overlooks the Gulf of Nicoya. Cloud Forest Lodge MID Cloud Forest Lodge is a comfortable option, surrounded by 5kms of private trails where you'll fi nd 180 species of birds. In the evenings you can enjoy beautiful sunsets from the restaurant and bar, while enjoying a relaxing drink at the end of the day. The bungalow-style rooms feature all modern amenities.120Talk to an expert 0845 130 6982SUGGESTED ITINERARYDay 1 Depart London for San José (via Miami). 1-night, The Alta Hotel Day 2 Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, 2-nights, Almonds & Corals Hotel. Unique environment of reef and forest to explore (BD) Day 4 Sarapiqui, 2-nights, Hacienda La Isla. Various adventure activities on offer (B) Day 6 Arenal, 2-nights, Arenal Manoa. See the volcano from your room! (B) Day 8 Tenorio Volcano National Park, 2-nights, Celeste Mountain Ecolodge. True Costa Rican wilderness (B) Day 10 Tamarindo, 2-nights, Jardin del Eden. Beach stay to relax at the end of your adventure (B) Day 12 San José, 1-night, The Alta Hotel (B) Day 13 Return to the UK (via Miami) (B) Day 14 Arrive homeDeparture dates Daily, throughout the yearCost per person From £2665 (Jan - Apr), £2595 (May - Jun, Sep - Oct), £2895 (Jul - Aug) What's included Flights (fl ight inclusive package only), transfers, meals as indicated, twelve nights hotel accommodation, guided activities UNTAMED COSTA RICAExplore the wild side of Costa Rica on this adventure to some of the little-visited national parks and natural areas, from the reefs and forests of Cahuita National Park to the unique landscapes of the Tenorio Volcano National Park. We've also chosen your accommodation with nature in mind - your accommodation at Sarapiqui has butterfl y and frog gardens.TAILOR-MADEFact!The resplendent quetzal, the sacred bird of the Mayans, is considered by many to be the most beautiful bird in the world, and is regularly seen between January and July in Monteverde Cloud Forest.
121ITINERARYDay 1 Depart UK for San Jose Day 2 Travel to Tortuguero National Park for a two night stay at Laguna Lodge (BD) Day 3 Boat journey to see numerous monkeys and prolifi c birdlife (BD) Day 4 To Arenal Volcano National Park to see the world's most active volcano (B) Day 6 Two days exploring Santa Elena Cloud Forest - canopy walkways are one of the best ways to explore the region (B) Day 8 In Rincon de la Vieja you'll enjoy various trail walks and swim in waterfalls (B) Day 10 After your explorations, there's time to relax on the white sand beaches of Tamarindo from the beach-front Diria Hotel (B) Day 12 A fi nal night in San Jose, visiting Carara National Park en-route (B) Day 13 Depart San Jose for UK Day 14 Arrive UKDeparture dates Sat 12 Feb - Fri 25 Feb 11 Sat 16 Apr - Fri 29 Apr 11 Sat 13 Aug - Fri 26 Aug 11 Sat 12 Nov - Fri 25 Nov 11 Fri 10 Feb - Thu 23 Feb 12 Sat 14 Apr - Fri 27 Apr 12 Sat 11 Aug - Sun 24 Aug 12 Sat 10 Nov - Fri 23 Nov 12Flight inclusive cost per person From £2295Land only cost per person From £1425Single room supplement From £455What's included Flights (fl ight inclusive package only), transfers, meals as indicated, ten nights hotel/lodge accommodation and two nights in a haciendaTour code WCRWMax group size 12COSTA RICA'S NATURAL HIGHLIGHTSHighlights. See prolifi c wildlife in a unique natural environment. Take in the world's most active volcano - Arenal. Relax on tropical, white sand beaches Wildlife abounds on this wonderful trip exploring Costa Rica's natural highlights. You'll discover nesting turtles, monkeys, prolifi c birdlife and much more besides, amidst a tapestry of forests, beaches, lagoons and waterfalls. Exploring by foot, boat and high above the trees on canopy walkways, this tour visits our favourite places, from Tortuguero National Park to Monteverde Cloud Forest and the white-sand beaches of Tamarindo. GROUP TOURPacificOceanAtlanticOceanCOSTARICAARENALSPRINGSRINCON DE LA VIEJANATIONAL PARKTORTUGUERONATIONAL PARKCararaNational ParkMONTEVERDECLOUD FORESTTAMARINDOSAN JOSESiquirresOr visit us on the web www.wildlifeworldwide.comTHE AMERICAS | COSTA RICAinwhiteand 12A ight 13Depart Sanose ggnightssize12t