12 day safari

Prices from

£2250

Excluding international flights

Tour Highlights

  • Chance to see Margays in Arenal
  • Experience the true Cloud Forest of Costa Rica
  • We time this tour for the chance to see Green Turtles
  • Night walks and Sloth walking tours

Cloud Forest, Margays & Turtles

The timing of this Costa Rica wildlife holiday is crucial if you have a strong desire to see turtles. Tortuguero is one of the most important sites on the Western Hemisphere for the nesting of sea turtles. Four out of the seven sea turtle world species come to Tortuguero to nest, but because three of these species are highly endangered, there are only tours permitted to see the Green Turtles and these are managed by the park authorities. July to October is the best time to see the Green Tutles nesting, so this provides the window for our tour. As well as turtles, we visit the ‘real’ higher altitude cloud forests for sloth, monkeys and endemic birds like Orange-bellied Trogon. Here at Wildlife Trails we love to see what the animals are doing at night, so there are some very cool night walks for Costa Rica wildlife which comes alive in the dark.

When to Go:
  • Jan
  • Feb
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  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Best time to visit -

JUL

Safari Style -

Bespoke Wildlife

DAY 1

ARRIVE IN SAN JOSE AND OVERNIGHT IN A LUXURY HOTEL

Arrive into San Jose international airport and enjoy a private transfer to your luxury hotel. San José is perched at an elevation of 1150m, with the Poás, Barva, and Irazú volcanoes rising gracefully over the city to the north, and the rugged Talamanca mountains to the south.

Accommodation : Grano de Oro

DAY 2

PRIVATE TRANSFER TO ARENAL VOLCANO

Arenal Volcano national park spreads over 120sq km. Rising from the San Carlos Plains, the majestic Arenal is one of Costa Rica’s most rewarding sights. Arenal ceased activity between the 13th and 16th centuries, and stayed inactive until July 29, 1968, when an earthquake awakened the sleeping giant. At the moment the volcano is not presenting any activity. Night walking tour looking for nocturnal mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Accommodation : Arenal Observatory Lodge

DAY 3

MARGAYS AND SLOTH TOURS

Very early start to try and glimpse the rare and elusive Margay before heading out straight away (packed breakfast included) on a small group Sloth tour. The aim of the trip is to see as many sloths as possible, but also we have good chances to see toucans, frogs, iguanas and monkeys.

DAY 4

CELESTE RIVER AND TENORIO VOLCANO HIKE

Leave at 7:00 a.m. from La Fortuna. After a typical breakfast in route to Rio Celeste, arrive at Tenorio Volcano National Park, where you will begin a 5-mile hike (approximately 4 hours) through the tropical rain forest. Arrive to “Los Teñideros” of the Rio Celeste, the site where two streams of crystalline water come together and form the heavenly color blue that gives the river its name.

DAY 5

DRIVE FROM ARENAL TO TO SAN RAMÓN

We leave Arenal and climb up to the beautiful Villa Blanca cloud forest hotel, which will be our base for the next 3 nights. Starting at dusk, an exceptional night walk takes place along the hotel’s comfortable trail network and is led by a nocturnal forest specialist guide. You’ll be provided with a flashlight and be led into the cloud forest to discover a world rarely seen by visitors to other parts of Costa Rica. You’ll see dozens of nocturnal species representing the countless variety of insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals that comprise this amazing jungle.

Accommodation : Villa Blanca cloud forest hotel

DAY 6

CLOUD FOREST BIRD WATCHING TOUR

Enjoy the cool dawn air of the cloud forest surrounding Villa Blanca, along with its gentle sloping pastures, where you will have the opportunity to spot a variety of birds from an inventory of over 300 recorded species, including certain endemic birds, such as the orange-bellied Trogon (Trogon aurantiiventris).

DAY 7

EL SILENCIO DE LOS ÁNGELES NATURE WALK

As a part of only 2.5 % of the planet´s remaining cloud forests, this unique forest habitat continues to amaze the visitors and guides, as well as the trained research scientists from INBio (The National Institute of Biodiversity), who established the first research station to operate on a hotel property in Costa Rica, This small group walking tour led by an expert guide lasts approximately 2 hours. Recommended: Hiking shoes, camera, long pants, a light jacket or poncho, water.

DAY 8

PRIVATE TRANSFER TO TORTUGUERO AND BOAT SAFARI

Tortuguero, One of Costa Rica’s most popular ecotourism destinations, the canals, rivers, beaches and lagoons of Tortuguero National Park are a study of Rainforest, freshwater and marine biology. The park and small town of Tortuguero are accessible by boat or small aircraft. Rather than the town visits most people will do on their first afternoon, we have booked you a private boat safari on the Tortuguero canals, which is known as an excellent place to see primates in more open forest.

Accommodation : Mawamba Lodge

DAY 9

BUTTERFLIES, FOGS AND SECOND PRIVATE BOAT SAFARI

Breakfast available from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. This morning and a time you will confirm with your naturalist guide (usually around 9.30 a.m.) go on a visit to the “Mawamba Park”, a private facility in our Lodge’s gardens that features two butterfly farms, a frog garden, our bio-digester and river turtle’s area. In the afternoon you will enjoy a second private boat safari on the famous Tortuguero canals, with the chance to see otters, monkeys and large caimans.

DAY 10

FOCUS ON GREEN TURTLES NESTING SITES

Although this is a free day and we can look at kayaking tour (park entrance fees not included) and a gentle walk into the very interesting town , our focus in the evening will be the turtles. Mawamba lodge offers nesting tours for the green sea turtles that come to nest between June/July and October. Turtles nest in the evening, to avoid predators. Guided nesting tours are available during this time and these are regulated by the National Park and conditions for participation apply.

DAY 11

PRIVATE TRANSFER BACK TO SAN JOSE

A gentle start to the day with breakfast and a short stretch of the legs before packing up and driving back to the capital San Jose. We can easily include a short afternoon tour of your preferred attractions (cost not included), or simply drop you off at the stunning Grano de Oro, where you will be enveloped in luxury and can enjoy a final nights Costa Rican cuisine.

DAY 12

PRIVATE TRANSFER TO THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Sadly, this is the final day of your Costa Rica wildlife holiday; unless of course you want to extend it and stay longer in this beautiful country and since all our tours are tailor made we can talk you through all the possible options.

Pricing Info & Dates

Costs £2250 based on two people sharing and not including flights. Valid for multiple departures in 2021 and 2022

Includes:

  • £100 donation to Panthera to protect Jaguars
  • Breakfast at the city hotels
  • All meals at the rainforest lodges
  • All transfers and activities as described

Excludes:

  • Cost of international flights
  • Cost of visas if applicable
  • Gratuaties for hotel staff
  • Main tips for your naturalist/photography guide

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