Costa Rica wildlife vacation, Coastal Secrets
This bestselling Costa Rica vacation is run by a rainforest alliance-certified local operator, and guided by conservation experts who know all the best places to view wildlife – from waterfront ecolodges accessible only by boat to biodiverse forests and jungles.
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
US $5449ToUS $5849excluding flights
Optional single supplement from £1104 - £1112.
Minimum age 16.
Minimum age 16.
Late availability on these dates: 08 Oct, 22 Oct, 05 Nov, 19 Nov
Description of Costa Rica wildlife vacation, Coastal Secrets
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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.
9 Reviews of Costa Rica wildlife vacation, Coastal Secrets
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 21 Feb 2022 by Karen AshendenExcellent guide who shared his loved of Costa Rica and supported us to be environmentally aware everywhere we went. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020 by Rosie MorganThe most memorable part of the vacation was the wild life and diversity of the country. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Feb 2020 by Robert LisneyThe most memorable part of the vacation was seeing the country Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Nov 2019 by Jane BaileyGreat/ fantastic wildlife. Country is stunning and trip well organised with very knowledgeable guide. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Oct 2019 by Linda RockliffeThe moat exciting part of the trip was the walks. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019 by Julia CalvertI loved the boat rides and seeing the humpback whales, and also the humming bird garden. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Feb 2019 by Jenny AbbottA full-on trip! Wildlife galore. I will definitely be back in Costa Rica soon. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Jan 2019 by Alison PelikanI 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 Maryanne RoachDidn'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
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.
PlanetAccommodation 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.
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.
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.
PeopleLocal 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.