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Discovering Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a superb destination for biology tours, having both Pacific and Caribbean coasts, and with a remarkable array of flora and fauna in a compact and friendly country.

Here are more details of a sample tour as a starting point, but at Kipling Tours, we can customize any program just for you.

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  • Day 1

    Fly to San Jose

    On arrival you will be met by your guide and then transfer to your hotel.

  • Day 2


    This morning you depart from San Jose and drive east towards the vast Tortuguero National Park. In the afternoon you can explore the local village. In the evening, after dinner, you head down to the beach for a night time opportunity to see the Giant Turtles nesting, laying their eggs or coming ashore, or depending on the season you may see the young baby turtles making their first venture into the waves.

  • Day 3


    Today is a full day in Tortuguero. In the morning you go on a boat excursion on the canals to see the wildlife of the forests which comes down to the riverbank, including sloths, monkeys, great blue herons, iguanas and colourful lizards. In the afternoon you go on a hiking tour in the forests.

  • Day 4

    Travel to Arenal

    Today is a travel day. This morning you transfer out of Tortuguero by boat and are reunited with your vehicle at Cano Blanco where you have lunch. You then drive westwards to the Arenal Volcano area and your hotel. A long day on the road and a leisurely evening to relax.

  • Day 5


    This morning you do the Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour which involves a series of suspension bridges and walkways which go through the canopy allowing you to get up close to the upper elevations of the forest. We then continue to the nearby hot springs at Baldi. Situated beneath the Arenal volcano, Baldi has a variety of different hot springs ascending in temperature and situated amidst green, verdant forests and is a wonderful place to take in the fabulous views of Arenal.

  • Day 6


    This morning you transfer by road to the Monteverde area. You have lunch at a local restaurant and then in the afternoon you do the famous zip line canopy tour. This involves a series of high wires which you zoom along through the forests whilst clipped into a harness. The activity is supervised by experienced guides and all safety equipment is provided.

  • Day 7

    Travel to Jaco

    This morning you depart from your hotel in Monteverde and transfer south to the town of Jaco on the Caribbean coast. After checking into the hotel and having lunch you head out in the afternoon for a Crocodile Safari by boat on the Tarcoles river. This is a crocodile hotspot and crocs will definitely be seen, from babies right the way up to giant 17 foot monsters.

  • Day 8

    Caribbean Coast - Turtle Project

    Today we take part in a community conservation project which monitors turtles in the Pacific area. The Pacific hosts one of the world’s most endangered species, the Eastern Pacific Leatherback. Since 1991 the project has been protecting the turtles who lay clutches of eggs every year from July to December. We will be able to help build nurseries to protect the eggs from predators and looting, take part in egg collection, scientific measuring and tagging turtles.

  • Day 9

    Manuel Antonio National Park

    This morning you drive south to the famous Manuel Antonio National Park. In the company of an experienced wildlife guide you will walk through the forests and see the wildlife unique to this area. Despite being one of the smallest national parks in Costa Rica, the variety of wildlife is extraordinary and includes tropical forests, lagoons, mangroves and pristine white sandy beaches.

  • Day 10

    Return to San Jose for homeward flight

    The morning will be leisurely as you prepare for departure and you homeward flight from San Jose

Prices start from

$1795 for a 10 day tour

Including a tour manager, all admissions and good quality hotels. Prices do not include flights. Contact us for a customized program and quote which includes flights from your chosen departure city.

excludes flights

  • Country Inn and Suites - San Jose

    Convenient 4 star hotel close to the main airport

    The Country Inn and Suites is located close to San Jose’s international airport and is the perfect place to rest and relax after the long flight.  The hotel has 92 air-conditioned rooms, all with large bathrooms with shower. The hotel grounds are surrounded by tropical plants and there are two swimming pools.

  • Pachira Lodge

    Relaxed lodge on the edge of Tortuguero National Park

    The Pachira Lodge is located on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica and is just 5 minutes from the Tortuguero National Park’s main entrance.  The lodge has thirty four comfortable rooms furnished with bamboo furniture and all with private bathrooms, and there is also a turtle-shaped swimming pool.

  • Cipreses Hotel

    In the heart of the Monteverde Cloud Forest

    The Hotel Cipreses is centrally located in Monteverde just five minutes’ drive from the National Park. The hotel boasts delightful and extensive gardens, whilst all the rooms have a fan, dining area, cable TV and a terrace with garden views. The bathrooms have a shower and free toiletries. The on-site restaurant serves regional Costa Rican cuisine.

  • Monte Real Hotel

    Perfectly located hotel at the foot of Arenal Volcano

    Situated in the town of La Fortuna, the Monte Real Hotel offers easy access to the sights of the Arenal region including the volcano itself and the hot springs at Baldi.   The hotel borders the scenic Rio Burio where visitors can escape into a forest to view colourful birds and iguanas, or relax by the poolside.

  • Playa Bejuco Hotel

    Family run hotel close to the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antono National Park

    The Hotel Playa Bejuco is located on the Central Pacific Coastline between the popular destinations of Jaco Beach and Manuel Antonio National Park. Situated by a small fishing village, the hotel is  just steps away from the ocean. There are well-maintained grounds including a tropical garden, beautiful pool, and open-air restaurant serving both lunch and dinner.

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