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Costa Rica

Southern Highlands

Steep valleys swathed in cloud forest, high paramo, and rich farmlands.

The long Pan American Highway heading south from San José ascends the highest pass in Costa Rica, Cerro de la Muerte, a cold and windy place of Andean-type páramo vegetation and low oak trees. The tranquil cloud forests of San Gerardo de Dota are tucked away close by below.

Descending through the Talamanca mountains, the road continues south to the border with Panama. This little visited region is home to the Wilson Botanical Gardens, where the Organisation for Tropical Studies has a research centre in well-planted grounds with beautiful flowers and plantings of gingers, lilies, heliconias, bromeliads, agaves and bamboo. The star of the show is the garden's collection of over 700 palms.

A large part of the Talamanca range is protected by La Amistad International Park which continues into Panama.

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 order a copy of our special 'Costa Rica, Panama & Nicaragua' brochure here.

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Costa Rica, Panama & Nicaragua
Our brochure for Costa Rica, Panama & Nicaragua is packed with ideas and information to help you plan your trip.
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Holiday designs that visit the Southern Highlands

'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

'Route 2: South Pacific Explorer'

Costa Rica - Selfdrive touring

A 14 night selfdrive itinerary focusing on Costa Rica's South Pacific region: lush, wild coastline, biodiverse Osa Peninsula, remote cloudforest and paramos habitat

14 nights from £1655

'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.