Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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Once a sleepy backwater surfing town, Puerto Viejo has become a stop-off for travellers looking to party. While it can be raucous on the main strip, head a couple of blocks out of town and you’ll be able to stay with families in quiet houses with only the sounds of the rainforest for company.

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  • Monteverde


    Boasting an incredible ecosystem and home to approximately 5% of the planet’s total bird species, 130 mammal species and more than 3,000 plants, the cloud forests of Monteverde are a nature lover’s dream...Read more
  • Cerro Arenal Volcano

    Cerro Arenal Volcano

    For several decades, the Cerro Arenal Volcano was the most active in Costa Rica, spewing molten lava and red hot boulders into the surrounding darkness...Read more
  • Manuel Antonio National Park

    Manuel Antonio National Park

    If you imagine Costa Rica to be a paradise of pristine beaches, exotic flowers, thick rainforests, and crystal-clear waters, where monkeys and sloths and scarlet macaws frolic freely, then you have Manuel Antonio National Park in mind...Read more
  • Guanacaste


    Once part of Nicaragua, Guanacaste in Costa Rica’s northwest is home to some of the country’s most beautiful beaches...Read more
  • Cocos Island

    Cocos Island

    The uninhabited Cocos Island is known as one of the world’s best scuba diving destinations...Read more
  • San Jose

    San Jose

    At first glance, San Jose might not seem like the prettiest of cities but delve a little deeper into the colonial mansions of Barrio Amon, the restaurants of Barrio Escalante and the many live music clubs, and you’ll soon uncover the beating cultural heart of Costa Rica’s capital...Read more
  • Tortuguero


    Impossible to reach by car, Tortuguero on the north east coast of Costa Rica can only be accessed by boat...Read more

Classic Costa Rica

Pristine beaches and nesting turtles
Approx. 10 days
San Jose (1 days) → Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (3) → Tortuguero (1) → San Jose (1) → Guanacaste (3) → San Jose (2)
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Ultimate Costa Rica Adventure

Wildlife, beaches and rainforests
Approx. 15 days
San Jose (1 days) → Manuel Antonio National Park (2) → Monteverde (2) → Cerro Arenal Volcano (5) → Tortuguero (2) → Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (2) → San Jose (2)
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Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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Snorkelling in Cahuita
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Snorkelling in Cahuita

The protected coral reef in Cahuita National Park is home to 35 species of live coral and hundreds of species of fish, including angelfish, parrotfish and stingray. You can also explore a protected area for nesting sea turtles.

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