Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Northern lowlands

A wide triangle of low plains stretches between the Cordillera Central, the Caribbean, and the San Juan river on the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Until the railway between San Jose and Limon was built, Costa Rica's coffee was shipped to Europe and the eastern USA by a lengthy route from Puerto Viejo. Boats travelled the Sarapiqui river northwards to the San Juan river on the Nicaraguan border and thence to the Caribbean.

These days Puerto Viejo is a pleasant town whose importance has much declined. The area around it offers good access to lush rainforests that sweep up to the foothills of the mountains behind it.

This is one of the best locations in Costa Rica to experience lowland rainforest, mainly at the rainforest reserves of La Selva and Selva Verde.

Trips along the Sarapiqui river from Puerto Viejo are very pleasant ways to experience life on the river, passing by little hamlets and homesteads and with water birds to see from time to time.


North of Puerto Limón, the wide Northern Lowlands meet the Caribbean at the flooded forests of Tortuguero: one of Costa Rica's special places to see wildlife. The flooded forests of Tortuguero are one of the most important turtle nesting areas in the Caribbean.

Start planning your trip to Costa Rica

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Holiday designs that visit Costa Rica's Northern Lowlands

'Just a Week in Costa Rica'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

It’s amazing what you can see in just a week. Wildlife, volcanoes, and cloud forest make the most of a short visit.

7 nights from £815

'Costa Rica Nature Explorer'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

A wonderful trip visiting Costa Rica’s main locations for wildlife, staying in good quality mid-range lodges where nature is the focus.

14 nights from £2765

'Add-on: Tortuguero'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

For excellent wildlife, Tortuguero in north-east Costa Rica can easily be added to the start or end of almost any itinerary, and complement self-drive trips very well

2 nights from £270

'Costa Rica & Nicaragua Off the Beaten Track'

Nicaragua - Touring and wildlife

An adventurous and very varied trip, well beyond the normal routes. Rich wildlife experiences, wonderful scenery, evocative history, and vibrant local communities.

6 nights from £1960

'Coast to Coast'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

One of the best all-round experiences of Costa Rica, visiting the Caribbean and the Pacific, Arenal volcano, Tortuguero's wildlife, deep rain forest, and Monteverde.

15 nights from £1490

'Costa Rican Odyssey'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

This enthralling small group escorted tour has a strong accent on Costa Rica’s nature and wildlife, complemented by wonderful scenery and times when local life takes centre stage.

13 nights

'Route 4: Off the Beaten Track'

Costa Rica - Selfdrive touring

A 14 night itinerary with a focus on more off the beaten path destinations: the tropical dry forest, live volcano, quiet cloudforest, laid-back beaches and ranch/wetlands

14 nights from £1660

'Route 3: The Northwest'

Costa Rica - Selfdrive touring

A 14 night selfdrive itinerary concentrating on Costa Rica's Northwest region: cowboy ranchlands, active volcano, wildlife wetlands, cloudforest and Pacific beaches

14 nights from £1595

'Costa Rica Chill-out'

Costa Rica - Beach and relaxation

A relaxing getaway with a difference: a spa hotel, jungle rafting, some wonderful wildlife, and a beautiful Pacific beach

14 nights from £3015

'The Birds of Costa Rica'

Costa Rica - Birdwatching

A well-nigh perfect introduction to Costa Rica's birds. A mix of key habitats to give long lists, with comfortable lodgings and minimum travelling for maximum enjoyment.

15 nights from £2910

Here’s what our clients say about their experiences of Costa Rica with Geodyssey.

The tour was impeccably organised. It all went smoothly, the guides were terrific. Thank you for making our honeymoon so special. We loved it all.