What makes this trip special?
Lots of easy-to-see wildlife
Lush lowland rainforest
Costa Rica's most active volcano
Forest in the clouds
Stunning rainforest backed beaches
Manuel Antonio National Park
- Day Overnight
- For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.
Discover the wildlife of flooded forest, rainforest, cloud forest and dry forest, including the world famous sites of Monteverde and La Selva in a convivial small group. We also see two of the country’s largest and most active volcanoes, a cowboy ranch in Guanacaste, and visit both the Caribbean and the beautiful central Pacific coast.
We stay at good quality comfortable mid-range hotels and lodges and are escorted throughout by an experienced and knowledgeable professional naturalist guide with excellent English. An excellent way to experience Costa Rica.
Day-by-day itinerary for 'Costa Rican Odyssey'
Poas Volcano & Doka Coffee Estate
Tortuguero flooded forest
La Selva Biological Station, to Arenal
Arenal Volcano and hot springs
lake crossing, transfer to Monteverde cloudforest
Cloudforest Reserve and canopy walkway
Tropical dry forest & cowboy culture
Boat trip on the Tarcoles river & visit to Carara reserve
Manuel Antonio National Park
Garden & folk art, return to San José
Walking tour of San Jose, depart Costa Rica
The maximum number of passengers for this tour is just 12, which means we travel with ease and flexibility, group dynamics are relaxed, and we are better engaged with the places we visit and the wonderful experiences we will have. Wildlife experiences are a particular focus of this trip, and are much better with such a small number.
Departure dates and prices
||price per person
Prices are per person and include:
- all transport within Costa Rica
- all accommodation (sharing a double/twin room)
- meals as indicated B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
- shared services of an experienced English speaking local Natural History guide who accompanies the group throughout
- entry fees to all attractions and National Parks listed below
Prices do not include:
- international flights
- travel insurance
- items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
Customer reviews for
'Costa Rican Odyssey'
Tortuguero and Arenal Hot Springs
Wildlife watching in Tortuguero
The diversity of the country, 'the jungle' and the company of the group, we all gelled well.
Tortuguero and Monteverde.
La Selva, Carara and Monteverde.
Tortuguero and Monteverde.
Tortuguero & Monteverde.
Tortuguero, Selva and Palmar Sur
Fantastic holiday! I thoroughly enjoyed the trip
I really enjoyed turtle beach, the whole experience was magical.
Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, Central Pacific coast
Tortuguero and San Gerardo de Dota
We loved the wet rainforest in Tortuguero and Sarapiqui. The night and day boat trips were very good
Tortuguero, excellent guide, organisation, knowledge, manner. All brilliant
Mangrove boat trip on Tarcoles river
Mangroves by boat was amazing.
Canal trips, Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano and Ecotermales.
The night excursion at Tortuguero and the boat trip of Guanacaste.
We had a lovely introduction to Costa Rica, the only thing missing could have been some history/culture - perhaps a museum visit in the capital. A lovely trip. Thanks for organising it.
Boat trip and Carara Reserve. Would have liked more time there.
Difficult to say as so many highlights!
The night boat excursion at Tortuguero and the boat trip of the Guacalillo were particular highlights.
Well balanced. Best were Tortuguero, Monteverde& Arenal
Arenal, Rincon de la Vieja and Central Pacific Coast
Osa Peninsula was fantastic.
Seeing the wildlife and plants and a lot of different areas. Victor and Rafa were really excellent and helped make the holiday.
Mangrove boat trip, Monteverde Cloud Forest, hot springs.
Tortuguero and Tarcoles - wildlife seen from the water.
I enjoyed every day.
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Hotels for 'Costa Rican Odyssey'
Days 1 - 2
Hotel Bougainvillea is a very nice 3-4 star hotel set among ten acres of lush flower filled gardens and surrounded by coffee plantations and citrus orchards. Situated in Heredia it provides a quiet first/last night hideaway just 15 minutes from the international airport and from downtown San José. Bedrooms are rather bland, but spacious with two double beds, a sitting area and the full range of facilities. Most of the rooms have free wi-fi internet access. Every room has a balcony offering marvelous views of the mountains on one side and the San José skyline on the other. There is a light and pleasant dining room, a large inviting swimming pool and 2 tennis courts. This is a good option for gardeners, birdwatchers and those who prefer to stay out of the city centre. It is not ideal if you intend travelling around Costa Rica by shuttle bus transfers.
Days 3 - 4
Evergreen is located in the northeastern corner of Tortuguero, 5 minutes by boat from the main entrance to Tortuguero National Park. The lodge has 55 comfortable rooms, with private bathrooms, hot water, and ceiling fans. Facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant and bar, canopy platforms on-site.
La Quinta de Sarapiqui Lodge
This is a pleasant, small, mid-priced hotel, with good sustainable tourism credentials. It is run by a Costa Rican family who do everything they can to make their guests' stays enjoyable. Accommodation is in 25 rather uninspired concrete bungalows, each with private bathroom, tiled floors, ceiling fans and a/c, a small private terrace with rocking chairs and views of the garden. Built on a former working farm the owners have planted an attractive garden on this deforested, riverside site. There is a swimming pool, children's' play area, butterfly garden, a poison dart frog garden and an interesting exhibition room about tropical insects. This is a good sensible choice particularly for families, people with mobility problems and those non-birding spouses who would like an open, sunny base while in the Sarapiqui area. Great home cooking - the best we've tasted in Costa Rica.
Days 6 - 7
Hotel Arenal Paraiso is a motel style accommodation set at the base of the Arenal volcano. Rooms are clean and spacious and feature lovely views of the volcano and surrounding gardens. The hotel has onsite hot springs set in tropical gardens where guests can relax and enjoy volcano views. There is also a bar, restaurant, and a spa and wellness centre offering a variety of treatments. Local activities and excursions can be booked locally from the lodge including canopy zip lines and horseback riding.
pools and hot springs onsite
Days 8 - 9
Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge
Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge is located on approximately 70 acres of primary and secondary forest with 5 km. of private trails where over 180 species of birds have been spotted.
The lodge comprises 18 wooden rooms in separate buildings with hot water and private bathrooms. There is a bar and small restaurant on-site. Horse riding and bike-riding can be arranged, etc. Ideal for birdwatchers.
N.B the lodge is around a 7 minute drive from Santa Elena town - you either need to have a hire car or be content spending your whole time based at your hotel as there are no nearby restaurants unless you get a taxi to Santa Elena
Cabins in the grounds
Cerro Lodge located on a farm in Tarcoles just 10 minutes from the Carara National Park.
Described by themselves as an intense birdwatching spot, the lodge is in a prime position to spot scarlett macaws on a daily basis.
A small lodge, they pride themselves on operating as sustainably as possible.
Days 11 - 12
Hotel Club del Mar
Club del Mar is a beachfront hotel set in landscaped tropical gardens located at the far end of Playa Jaco just along from Playa Hermosa. Deluxe rooms have king or two queen-sized beds, covered balconies with ocean view, A/C, fans, telephone, coffee maker, hair-dryers and safe. Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, volleyball court, open-ailargr 'Las Sandalias' restaurant serving international and local cuisine, beachside 'Tiki' bar, spa treatments such as facials and massage and tours desk.
Hotel Presidente is located in the heart of downtown San José, on the corner of Central Avenue Boulevard and 7th Street, just 20 minutes from the San Jose international airport. Each of the 80 guest rooms split between standard and superior rooms and suites have either two queen-sized beds or a king-sized bed, A/C, wireless internet, hair-dryers, mini-fridge, 32" cable LCD T.V, safe. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, honesty bar in reception, spa services, 24/7 gym, casino, concierge service, computer for guest use, rooftop bar and terrace with panoramic city views.