"Compact Costa Rica dazzles with its incredible biodiversity, and landscapes that range from idyllic beaches and mangrove swamps to towering volcanoes and mist-shrouded cloud forest."

Escorted Tours and Holidays in Costa Rica

If you’re a nature-lover or adventure-seeker, chances are high that you’ll thoroughly enjoy an escorted tour holiday of Costa Rica. In addition to being a land full of unspoiled beaches, lush rainforests, delightful wildlife and active volcanoes, Costa Rica is known for its great food, super-friendly people and an endless array of exciting activities.

Although a relatively small country, Costa Rica seems to have everything, so it’s impossible to do it all in just one trip. That said, you can easily pack a lot into an escorted tour to help make your dream Costa Rica holiday a reality.

The ‘Adventure Capital’ of Costa Rica is the Arenal Volcano area which offers so many adrenaline activities, such as rappelling, zip lining, waterfall jumping and white water rafting. It’s also a great place to go if you enjoy bird watching, trekking or hiking. Countless escorted holidays take place here and in the surrounding area, and you can even visit several volcano-heated hot springs to help you unwind after your adventures.

Another unique place to visit during your Costa Rica holiday is Monteverde, a mystical area that’s situated in the mysterious cloud forest. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is covered by a cloud-like mist and is home to hundreds of species of birds and an amazing variety of orchids and flora. On an escorted tour, you’ll be able to admire the orchids, go bird watching and learn about the frog population. Even if you choose a horseback riding tour, you’ll still get to look at the different plants and see Monteverde’s diverse wildlife. If you’re really lucky, you may even spot a puma, ocelot or jaguar. But there’s more. Monteverde also boasts a magical butterfly garden, numerous hiking trails and the Selvatura treetop suspension bridges.

One of the most popular attractions in Costa Rica is Tortuguero National Park, where most tourists head to see nesting sea turtles and all kinds of wildlife, including sloths, monkeys and squirrels. It’s a vast area of creeks, lagoons and canals, so the best way to get around and see the animals is by boat. There are, however, some hiking trails here too.

Despite being the smallest national park in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio National Park receives the most visitors each year. There is so much to explore here, from stunning beaches and park trails to jungle life and endangered species. The park wildlife and reptiles include toucans, sloths, racoons, anteaters, iguanas, lizards, rare squirrel monkeys and hundreds of bird species. Dolphins and migrating whales have been spotted offshore from time to time, and crocodiles have shown their faces here as well. It’s not essential to take an escorted tour, but it might be best to hire a guide to help you make the most of your time here.

 

Escorted Touring Holiday Highlights of Costa Rica

  • Arenal Volcano: The region surrounding the Arenal Volcano offers superb hiking routes, rejuvenating hot springs and all kinds of wildlife including sloths and coatis. Known as the ‘Adventure Capital,’ it’s also the place to go for a range of exciting activities, such as rappelling, zip lining and waterfall jumping.
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve: A unique ecosystem and a must-see for any wildlife enthusiast, Monteverde is home to many frogs, birds, butterflies and fun activities. It’s also one of few places where you can find most of Costa Rica’s native cat species. If you plan on hiking around the forest, we recommend you book an escorted tour so that you don’t miss anything!
  • Tortuguero National Park: A labyrinth of canals, Tortuguero is a significant turtle nesting site that is visited by tourists from across the globe. The area can be explored in different ways, but a boat tour is best if you want to discover as many animals, creeks and lagoons as possible.
  • Manual Antonio National Park: A top tourist attraction and a Costa Rica holiday highlight, Manual Antonio National Park is an experience like no other. Located on the Pacific Coast, the park includes beaches, forests, lagoons, mangroves and all kinds of birds, reptiles and mammals.

Tour Types in Costa Rica


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9 Nights

Costa Rica Family Holiday

Discover the incredible biodiversity of Costa Rica – and the culture shaped by the tropical wilderness – with your loved ones, on a trip that’s tailored for families

Starts:San Jose
Ends:San Jose
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£1570pp excluding flights £174 per night
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11 Nights

Real Costa Rica

If you want to discover the real Costa Rica, this is the tour for you

Starts:United Kingdom
Ends:United Kingdom
Group Size:15- 20
Operator:Just You

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£3849pp including flights £350 per night
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13 Nights

Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride

Cycle stretches of the Costa Rican Pacific coastline on this tour.

Starts:San Jose (near to)
Ends:San Jose (near to)
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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£3049pp excluding flights £235 per night
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31 Nights

Epic Mexico to Costa Rica

From cloud-shrouded volcanic peaks to sun-drenched beaches, lost temples to charming colonial towns, Central America is bursting with natural wonders and converging cultures

Starts:Playa del Carmen
Ends:San Jose
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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7 Nights

Costa Rica: Ocean Waves & Sunsets

Enjoy adrenaline sports like whitewater rafting and surfing, take in the views of Arenal Volcano towering over La Fortuna, chill out by the Pacific Ocean.

Starts:San José
Ends:San José
Group Size:14- 18
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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£399pp excluding flights £57 per night
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16 Nights

Real Guatemala to Costa Rica

From the Guatemalan highlands to the cloud forests of Costa Rica and all the adventure towns and surf spots in between, roll through four Central American countries for a taste of what this incredibly diverse region is plating up

Starts:Antigua
Ends:San Jose
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£1285pp excluding flights £80 per night
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8 Nights

Costa Rica Family Experience

Explore and experience adventure on this Costa Rica Family Experience tour

Starts:San José
Ends:San José
Group Size:10- 20
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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£919pp excluding flights £115 per night
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6 Nights

Costa Rica: Monteverde and La Fortuna

Explore White beaches and species diversity you can enjoy in the Manuel Antonio Nationalpark.

Starts:San José
Ends:San José
Group Size:12- 16
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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£679pp excluding flights £113 per night
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14 Nights

Costa Rica Canopy and Coast

Costa Rica forests teem with life, from toucans to sloths. With adventure and beautiful beaches to boot, this two-week trip won't disappoint.

Starts:San Jose
Ends:San Jose
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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£1990pp excluding flights £142 per night
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11 Nights

The Best of Costa Rica

Nature-lovers will be enchanted by Costa Rica, taking in wonderful wildlife to volcanoes

Starts:United Kingdom
Ends:United Kingdom
Group Size:15- 35
Operator:Travelsphere

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11 Nights

Trek Hidden Costa Rica

Discover the emerald core of a diverse land while bunking down behind a massive waterfall in a hidden cave.

Starts:San José
Ends:San José
Group Size:10- 16
Difficulty:4 - Demanding
Operator:G Adventures

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£1039pp excluding flights £94 per night
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14 Nights

Costa Rica Adventure Family Holiday

Experience Costa Rica's beautiful beaches, lush rainforest and plentiful wildlife

Starts:San Jose
Ends:San Jose
Group Size:6- 20
Operator:Exodus

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£2499pp excluding flights £179 per night
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16 Nights

Real Guatemala to Costa Rica

From the Guatemalan highlands to the cloud forests of Costa Rica and all the adventure towns and surf spots in between, roll through four Central American countries for a taste of what this incredibly diverse region is plating up

Starts:Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Ends:San José Province, San José, Costa Rica
Group Size:1- 16
Difficulty:Low
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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8 Nights

Natural Highlights of Costa Rica

Explore multiple wildlife habitats in one week: verdant rainforest, lush mangroves, lava fields and serene cloud forests

Starts:San José
Ends:San José
Group Size:12- 16
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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£1399pp excluding flights £175 per night
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8 Nights

Premium Costa Rica

Verdant rainforests give way to ancient volcanoes and glittering beaches on a nine-day Premium journey through Costa Rica

Starts:San Jose
Ends:San Jose
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£2395pp excluding flights £299 per night
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3 Nights

Tortuguero National Park Tour – 4-Day Independent Adventure

Explore Tortuguero National Park is an ecological treasure trove buried in northeastern Costa Rica.

Starts:San José
Ends:San José
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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£459pp excluding flights £153 per night
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13 Nights

Basic Costa Rica: Coastlines & Cloud Forests

Discover Costa Rica may it conceals mysterious cloud forests, quiet beaches and extraordinary wildlife.

Starts:San José
Ends:San José
Group Size:14- 18
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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£543pp excluding flights £42 per night
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32 Nights

Central American Adventure

Explore colourful worlds – both on land and underwater – on an vibrant Lonely Planet Experience from the sunny beaches of Mexico through jungle and Caribbean coastline to the volcanic mountains of Costa Rica

Starts:Playa del Carmen
Ends:San Jose
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£2375
£1781pp excluding flights £56 per night
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14 Nights

Costa Rica's Coastal Secrets

Unrivalled wildlife viewing and Costa Rica's coastal wonders and enjoy on this tour.

Starts:San Jose
Ends:San Jose
Group Size:5- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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16 Nights

Central American Journey

From tropical cloud forests alive with jungle melodies to vast freshwater lakes and active volcanoes, this pocket of Central America is a pure, unrefined paradise

Starts:Antigua
Ends:San Jose
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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