Costa Rica

Northwest Costa Rica and the Nicoya Peninsula

Dry ranchlands and authentic rural life. Stretching into the Pacific is the Nicoya Peninsula where wild beaches are seperated by dense forests.

North from the Central Valley, the Central Cordillera gives way to lower ranges that continue into Nicaragua. A morning's drive from the capital brings you to the cloud forests of Monteverde or, on the other side of the mountains, the lava-spewing Arenal Volcano.

Guanacaste ranch lands

Beyond them are the ranch lands of Guanacaste, the cultural soul of Costa Rica, and the dwelling place of the country's sabañeros (cowboys).

The seasonally parched landscape with its herds of grazing Brahma cows seems a far cry from the lush forests of the south and east.

Here you can experience a slice of an authentic rural Costa Rica, an area that retains its quintessential Tico feel. In fact the national dish, gallo pinto, consisting of rice, beans and herbs, originates from the Guanacaste region.

At weekends it is not unusual to come across a village fiesta with be-hatted riders on their proud-stepping horses kicking up the dust. Bull-fighting Latino style (where the bull is harried but unharmed) is as popular here as baseball.

Liberia, the regional capital, is a very pleasant country town worth a stop. Near its centre there are atmospheric colonial streets, partly restored, and a great many small shops providing everything from groceries, haberdashery and haircuts to complicated brightly painted agricultural machinery.

Pacific coast and Nicoya Peninsula

Beach resorts speckle the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula in the far west of the region.

For further details about the beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula read this


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Holiday designs that visit Northwest Costa Rica or the Nicoya Peninsula

'Secret Costa Rica'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

Step into the natural side of Costa Rica to experience country life and meet the people, visit some wonderful wildlife locations, and relax at out-of-the-way beaches.

14 nights from £1555

'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 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 £1765

'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

'Bribri and Chira Islands Communities'

Costa Rica - Communities

Be welcomed by, learn from and contribute to two special communities. Experience the Bribri's forest world, and the Chira's island life in the beautiful Gulf of Nicoya.

7 nights from £1165

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.