Costa Rica wildlife vacation, Coastal Secrets

“A two week vacation, traveling in a small group with expert guides, from coast to coast, national park to nature reserve. This is where wild dreams come true.”

Highlights

Tortuguero National Park | Cahuita National Park | Sloth Sanctuary | La Marta Wildlife Refuge | Turrialba Valley | Savegre Cloud Forest | Osa Peninsula | Drake Bay | Caño Island | Dolphin and whale watching in season | Sierpe | Corcovado National Park

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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.
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Accommodation and Meals:
We spend two weeks in a combination of hotels and eco-lodges around Costa Rica. We use fairly small, family run and locally staffed establishments which ensures that we are benefiting local communities. Our local operator is a leading member of the Rainforest Alliance and has been awarded a "4 Leaf" award from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute for their sustainable tourism practice & dedication to improving standards. An example of eco-friendly accommodation on this trip is the Drake Bay Wilderness Resort, a family run business in a stunning location on the Osa Peninsula – the first resort of its kind in the area.

Activity:
Being a wildlife based tour, we are very conscious of our effects on the environment and how we can reduce negative impact and aid conservation. On this trip we visit national and private parks, including Tortuguero and Corcovado, where entrance fees directly support conservation efforts. We also visit Aviarios del Caribe, the sloth sanctuary, an educational visit to increase awareness of the dangers that sloths face and the rehabilitation process for those injured animals coming into the center.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.


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The Impacts of this Trip

Local Craft and Culture:
Although this is a largely nature based trip, we incorporate as much benefit to local people as possible. One of the ways to support local people and boost the economy is to buy crafts in some of the remote regions that we visit, such as Tortuguero and Cahuita. Having the opportunity to purchase locally made handicrafts encourages cultural exchange and provides a significant form of alternative income. Guides are careful to explain that any souvenirs on sale over the duration of the trip which are made from animal parts, shells or local hardwoods should not be purchased.

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Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was the wild life and diversity of the country. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Feb 2020 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was seeing the country Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2019 by

Great/ fantastic wildlife. Country is stunning and trip well organised with very knowledgeable guide. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2019 by

The moat exciting part of the trip was the walks. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019 by

I loved the boat rides and seeing the humpback whales, and also the humming bird garden. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Feb 2019 by

A full-on trip! Wildlife galore. I will definitely be back in Costa Rica soon. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2019 by

I loved the Cloud forests and the rainforests especially being able to walk some of the trails on my own as then I can experience the forest more quietly and directly... Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2019 by

Didn't see as many birds as I expected; one needs to be interested in lichen, lizards, termites, ants, spiders etc as well! And I was also disappointed by the lack of mountain scenery. Read full review

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