13-day trip

Four Corners of Costa Rica

From 5605 PP


Volcanoes, rainforests, wildlife and oceans

Dive into the 'Pura Vida' of Costa Rica, a narrow sliver of Central America with magnificent coastlines, pristine rainforests and lush volcanic interior harbouring diversity unlike anywhere else.

Start a short way from the capital, San Jose, in the verdant Cloud Forests, visiting waterfalls and billowing volcanoes. Then head by road and boat to Tortuguero in the northeast where you'll explore mangroves from a wonderful ecolodge and watch at turtles come ashore to nest.

Following the Caribbean coast south, your next stop is Puerto Viejo and Cahuita National Park. Snorkel on coral reefs and try to spot sloths, howler monkeys and toucans. End at the wonderful Playa Cativo, on the edge of the Golfo Dulce – one of the most biodiverse spots on earth – to spot incredible marine and rainforest species.


Trip highlights

  • Discover four diverse ecosystems

  • See hundreds of turtles nesting in Tortuguero National Park

  • Afro-Caribbean meets Tico culture in Puerto Viejo

  • Incredible marine wildlife in the Golfo Dulce


What's included

  • 12 nights of luxury accommodation

  • Tours, experiences and adventure activities

  • Internal flights and private transfers

  • Price per person based on two adults sharing

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    Tortuguero National Park
  • Aguas Claras17
    Hotel Aguas Claras
  • Scahuita 2
    Cahuita National Park
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    Traditional chocolate making
  • Playa Cativo 23
    Golfo Dulce
  • Tortuga Lodge2
    Tortuga Lodge
  • Birdwatching costa rica
    Quetzal in the Cloud Forest

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Days 1 — 4

Into the Cloud Forests

You’ll be met at San José’s and driven north into the heart of Costa Rica, where coffee plantations and charming rural towns give way to spectacular volcanic and mist-cloaked forests. Staying at a lodge with panoramic views, there a huge variety of excursions and experiences we can arrange here.

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Days 4 — 6


Take scenic drive northeast and a motorboat through verdant mangroves into Tortuguero National Park. Originally intended to protect an important nesting beach for turtles, Tortuguero now includes a swath of tropical rainforest and eleven habitats. Staying at its best lodge, explore the with guided walks in the reserve, boat rides and excursions to learn about the local history. If you're here during nesting season which peaks in July and August you can watch as hundreds green sea and hawksbill turtles come ashore to lay eggs in the sand.

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Days 6 — 9

Cool Caribbean coast

On the South Caribbean side of Costa Rica, Puerto Viejo is a relaxed spot between gorgeous beaches and protected jungle where Afro-Caribbean culture blends with the Tico ‘pura vida’. The town itself has a great energy, with cool cafes and bars a favourite among visiting surfers and those in the know taking a break from San Jose, while the stretches of sand outside and coastal national parks are ripe for exploring.

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Days 9 — 13

The Sweet Gulf

After touching down in Puerto Jimenez, board a traditional boat to cross the Golfo Dulce. Formed by the Osa Peninsula curving out into the Pacific, the 'Sweet Gulf' is a stunning tropical fjord surrounded by pristine lowland rainforest. The waters themselves are a vital nursery and feeding ground for all manner of marine life – sharks, whales, dolphins, rays and more – while the mangroves and jungles of Corcovado and Piedras Blancas National Parks are one of the most biologically diverse places on earth.

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Cativo boat

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