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

Let us know what kind of trip to Costa Rica you are most interested in, and when you are thinking of travelling. Our travel experts know Costa Rica exceptionally well, and will be delighted to offer some initial ideas and advice, and to develop a more detailed design for your holiday as your ideas evolve. You can download a copy of our 48-page Costa Rica brochure here. It includes lots of helpful travel information and detailed outlines of many of the trips we have designed for Costa Rica.

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Holiday designs that visit Costa Rica's Northern Lowlands

'Along the Caribbean'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

A wonderful tour visiting the highlights of the Caribbean coast- the flooded forest of Tortuguero, Cahuita National Park, jungle backed beaches and the Bocas del Toro archipelago in Panama.

17 nights from £3395

'Costa Rica Nature Explorer'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

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

14 nights from £3230

'Life in Costa Rica'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

Experience local life and culture. Get to know the real San Jose, visit indigenous communities, explore the rainforest and delve into the heart of rural life in 'Chayote Country'.

14 nights from £2715

'A Quieter Costa Rica'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

An inspiring trip spending time in upmarket lodges in just three areas. Experience authentic country life, step out in beautiful mountain scenery and explore the rich wildlife of quiet wetlands.

9 nights from £2655

'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 £1885

'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 £1090

'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

'Costa Rican Nature Odyssey'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

This enthralling small group tour, escorted by a local naturalist guide, visits all Costa Rica’s key habitats for wonderful wildlife experiences, lovely scenery and times when local life takes centre stage.

14 nights

'Costa Rican Adventures'

Costa Rica - Walking and active

Get ready for a heady mix of action-packed adventure, all different, all over Costa Rica.

14 nights from £2365

'Young Explorer's Costa Rica'

Costa Rica - Walking and active

A wonderful opportunity for young explorers to get their first experiences of the natural worlds of the American tropics, with all sorts of active adventures along the way

14 nights

'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.

14 nights from £3530

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

We would strongly recommend your company and travel with you again. Well run tour and had a great holiday. Thank you.