Costa Rica: Hidden Highlights

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Caño Island Reserve

Costa Rica's unspoilt south, from the Caribbean to the Pacific

Toucans on Costa Rica's Pacific coast

Get close to wildlife in nature-rich jungles

A three-toed sloth in Cahuita

Take photos like this, snapped by a Pura Aventura guest

Cacao farm in Turrialba

Meet cacao farmers, coffee harvesters and conservationists

Exploring Gandoca-Manzanillo Reserve

Explore with the help of our nature guides

Meeting locals in Cahuita

Experience the joy of 'Pura Vida' with locals

Luxury hotel near Cahuita

Stay in small, locally-owned hotels

Driving in Costa Rica

And navigate with ease in your 4x4

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Walk the forest trails of Corcovado National Park

Corcovado national park

Enjoy the delights of nature

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And the pleasures of a stroll on the beach

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Experience all of the wonderful hidden highlights of our 14-day trip, from the culture and beaches of the South Caribbean to the amazing biodiversity of Osa via the volcanoes, and plantations of the highlands, adding bird-rich cloud forests on the way.

  • Caribbean to Pacific
  • Epic wildlife encounters
  • Unforgettable hikes
  • Coffee & chocolate farms
  • Tropical snorkelling
  • Beaches & relaxation
  • Memorable places to stay
  • Packed with local flavour
  • 100% Travel Positive
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What's Included

Key Inclusions

18 nights small independent hotels

4x4 vehicle

Domestic flight - Drake Bay to San Jose

Private airport transfers

Guided experiences (see activities)

All breakfasts

4 x lunches

4 x dinners

Guided Activities

Cultural highland tour

Gandoca-Manzanillo tour

Jaguar Rescue Center tour

Cacao farm visit

Coffee & community tour

Turrialba Trek

Cloud forest hike


Corcovado National Park tour

5* Service

We have personally experienced & loved every aspect of this trip

Holiday Guide with advice, background information and recommendations

ABTOT / ATOL Financial protection

Local support throughout

24/7 emergency support

Industry-leading 160% carbon capture

Exclusive departure date

Please note: International travel & fuel for vehicle hire not included.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

Head for the coffee hills

A warm welcome awaits on arrival, followed by a short transfer up into the hills above San José. Your first two nights are spent on Teri and Glenn's beautiful coffee farm and luxury inn.

Day 2

Explore the highlands with your guide

Day 3

Travel down the Caribbean coast

Day 4

Get close to exotic wildlife

Day 5

Enjoy a day of conservation and culture

Day 6

Hike and snorkel in Cahuita National Park

Day 7

Visit a community-based cacao farm

Day 8

Explore a historic coffee community

Day 9

Hike in the volcanic foothills

Day 10

Travel into the foothills of Chirripó

Memorable moments to look forward to...

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Get close to...

All four monkey species

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In peaceful forest lodges

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Exotic fruit smoothies

Gandoca beach, Southern Caribbean


Off idyllic wild beaches

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With shoals of tropical fish

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Linger over...

Prize-winning coffee & chocolate

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The Caribbean's colourful culture

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