Costa Rica adventure and wildlife vacation

US $4479US $4349ToUS $4899excluding flights
16 Days
Small group
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Optional single supplement from £1120 - £1162.
Minimum age 16.
Up to US $130 off selected dates.
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Description of Costa Rica adventure and wildlife vacation


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US $4479US $4349ToUS $4899excluding flights
Optional single supplement from £1120 - £1162.
Minimum age 16.
Make enquiry

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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.


1 Reviews of Costa Rica adventure and wildlife vacation

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2023 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Visit to Drake Bay

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

This vacation is rated leisurely/moderate.
There is absolutely nothing moderate about it. Many many hours are spent sitting in a bus or a boat. Given the heat and humidity- this is medically challenging for some travelers.

The humidity meant that any clothes made of cotton were permanently damp.

Clothes made from quick dry fabrics should be included on the packing list.

Mosquito repellent was ESSENTIAL.

Colones were the currency of choice -
very poor exchange rates were used for payment in in $.

Most people got diarrhoea- many whilst in Cahuita. Given the frequency of journeys - bring Imodium.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Benefits to local people: According to the Costa Rican embassy, tourism is the
main source of income. Local people benefitted from tourists in the hospitality and retail sectors. Exodus employs local guides/drivers. They select places to stop at.

Environmental Impact: We drove around a lot - I assume the engines were petrol or diesel - not great. We all flew long distances. Not great for the environment. Water bottle refil is good. I hope food waste was fed to animals.

Conservation Support: visiting national parks, visiting local museums, staying in eco lodges. Nature-based tourism should support biological diversity.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Disappointing - Expectations were created that could not be met - let alone managed. One of the main reasons I booked when I did was because the trip notes state

“…during November to January baby turtles hatch…”. During a conversation
with an Exodus employee - I was reminded to take black clothing so I could go onto the beach to see the turtle hatchlings. This was a huge disappointment right at the beginning of our trip. Our poor guide looked nonplussed as he said the hatchling had finished.

The country is amazing.

Our guide was excellent.

The expectations were mainly not met due to inaccurate detail in the trip notes.

Read the operator's response here:

We’re grateful for your review, Judy, and are glad you found Costa Rica to be an amazing
country to visit, and your tour leader to be excellent. We are sorry, however, that you
were disappointed with a few aspects of the trip, and would like to provide a response to your
concerns below.

We rate this tour as Leisurely/Moderate (Level 2) based on fitness levels required to safely
partake in the included walks and activities, and while we mention in the trip notes that there
can be slow drives due to occasionally poor weather conditions, the feedback we have
received over our years of operating this trip does not indicate that our customers find this to
be a challenge. Naturally, Costa Rica is a hot and humid country, and we expect our clients to
inform us of any concerns they may have about dealing with this prior to traveling.

We do agree that it would be helpful to add a note about bringing quick-drying fabrics, and to
move insect repellent up to ‘Essential Equipment’ in our trip notes, and have passed this on to
the Exodus product manager for Costa Rica to make the relevant changes.

While there is a lot of driving on the itinerary, we do have to cover a lot of ground to see the
full variety of sights the Costa Rica has to offer, and alternative ‘greener’ travel options such
as public transport are limited in the country. While CR is looking to reduce their carbon in
the same way the UK is, it’s a long term project rather a quick fix, and you can be assured that
Exodus will remain at the forefront of this effort, in regards to tourism, going forward.

We are sorry that you were disappointed not to have been in Costa Rica at the same time that
baby turtles were hatching; while hatching season is indeed November to January, as
indicated by our trip notes, as it is a natural phenomenon no tour operator nor Costa Rican
wildlife authorities can precisely predict when hatchings will happen. We do not mention
that viewings are guaranteed, but are very sorry if this was the impression you received prior
to departure.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


Accommodation and Meals:
As one of the leading countries for sustainability ecotourism, eco-friendly accommodation options hold an integral approved by the Costa Rican Tourists Board with a Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST), a program that aims to certify tourism businesses according to the degree of which their operation approaches a sustainable model. One of those certified is the El Establo Hotel in Monteverde where more than 80% of its area is covered with plants and forest. They also have three water treatment plant as well as an efficient computerized system that manages all energy resources. Los Lagos Hotel, Spa and Resort is another property that has most of the area comprised of rainforest to retain the natural ecosystems. In general, the accommodations used on this trip employs local staff and uses local produce wherever possible which eventually benefits the local community.

Though our local guides will always advise clients not to purchase any items made from endangered species, there is a huge emphasis placed on preserving natural resources and wildlife, so we are very conscious of our effects on the environment and how we can reduce negative impact and aid conservation.

As an adventure vacation, there are plenty of activities that highlight the natural treasures of Costa Rica. In Tortuguero, clients will visit the national park and have a boat tour experience through the waterways. We will also visit the Tortuguero village where there is a possibility of visiting the Sea Turtle Museum as the area is one of the most famous nesting sites for the endangered green turtle as well as the Hawksbill, Loggerhead and Giant Leatherback turtles. There are also some exciting activities on one of the evenings where we take a walk through Tirimbina Bilogical Reserve to explore the rainforest in the dark and spot nocturnal species. The entrance fees to all our visits to the national and private parks will directly contribute to conservation efforts of the area.


When meals are not provided, our local guides will recommend and encourage clients to visit local restaurants and cafes to try local specialties. Costa Rican specialties include ‘Gallo Pinto’, a black bean and rice dish known as a staple part of the local diet. Soups, stews and fresh fish are also common.

Local craft and culture:
On this trip, we will discover and understand the role agriculture plays in Costa Rica’s economy. We visit a pineapple plantation to discover the organic philosophy of the farm and the concept of rural agri-tourism. Subsequently, clients will also visit an organic farm to get a farm to table culinary experience to learn how staples are grown. Clients can try some fresh fruits and have a go at harvesting some produce. These visits to the agricultural sites are a great introduction to Costa Rican heritage and clients can also use this opportunity to support local production.

Alternatively, our visits to Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde and Carrillo are great opportunities to support local craft.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help clients understand how they can help reduce their impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from our visit.

Group Size:
This is a small group tour, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

UK Office:
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.

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