Highlights of Costa Rica tour
US $1660ToUS $2060 excluding flights
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
Late availability on these dates: 20 Aug, 08 Oct, 22 Oct, 16 Nov, 26 Nov
Description of Highlights of Costa Rica tour
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Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled 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 Highlights of Costa Rica tour
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 27 Jan 2020 by Lisa Bassett
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Our group, guide and driver were amazing. Seeing a white nosed coati barrelling down the footpath and a sloth and it’s baby. The zip wire and Tarzan swing were really good!
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Take waterproof shoes/boots and jacket, an umbrella and a warm fleece. Expect lots of rain in the volcano and cloud forest area. If you’re not used to the sun, a high waterproof sunscreen is essential. At Manuel Antonio if you want to dry swimwear etc, hang them inside your room but right by your patio door to avoid the white faced monkeys stealing your stuff! Expect to be woken up at 4am by the howler monkeys.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
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.
PlanetCosta Rica is well known for being dedicated to conserving the environment, having long ago set aside protected areas for conservation activity. Our visits to National Parks and protected areas help to encourage and expand the ongoing effort to preserve and protect the environment, through the payment of entry fees. For example, in Monteverde proceeds from the entry fees to the cloud forest reserve help to protect the highly endangered habitat of the Resplendant Quetzal, of which only 300 pairs remain in the world. Monteverde houses 2.5% of worldwide biodiversity; income collected through visits are used directly to fund preservation, research and educational programmes to ensure this pristine environment is preserved for future generations.
Our entry fees for Manuel Antonio and Arenal National Parks also go towards park maintenance, staff salaries, training programmes and the research and monitoring of the plethora of rich wildlife here. These funds also contribute towards the effort to expand the amount of land and sea given a protected status
Our local partner were one of the first tour operators in Costa Rica with the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST), achieving five leaves (level 5) out of a maximum possible of five with all staff given regular training and support to promote environmental best practices including recycling, water and energy conservation.
As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.
PeopleOur local partners in Costa Rica have been leading the way in promoting gender equality within the tourism sector; recognising that gender equality is a key element to guarantee social well-being and sustainable development, they are a vocal advocate of the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) mission, which looks forward to achieve equal pay between women and men for work of equal value by 2030.
We employ local guides and encourage our clients to use restaurants, shops, and other local businesses along the way in order to benefit the communities we visit directly. We try to ensure that we have minimum impact on the flora and fauna that we see when we are exploring, so that their lives and surroundings are not affected.
In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.