www.tripsworldwide.co.uk Tropical rainforests, active volcanoes, bands of inquisitive monkeys and vivid macaws - the small but incredibly diverse country of Costa Rica offers numerous thrilling sights.
Trips Worldwide, has organised a new, excellent value 14-night exploration of one of their all-time favourite destinations with stays in San José, Arenal, Monteverde, Tortuguero and Manuel Antonio. Discover Costa Rica departs Heathrow daily throughout the year.
The tour explores some of the country's most exciting and geographically diverse regions, commencing with a visit to the cosmopolitan capital of San José.
It is possible to come face to face with turtles in Tortuguero National Park, one of the world's most important nesting sites for endangered green sea turtles and home to 50 kinds of fish, countless birds and 160 different mammal species.
There is a transfer by boat and minibus to Arenal via Guápiles. Incredible to look at but inadvisable to climb, Arenal is the most active volcano in Costa Rica. At night the orange glow of lava lights up the dark, as it blows out of the top and courses down the side of the volcano.
Next comes the cloud forests of Monteverde, the steamy habitat of around 2,500 species of plant, 100 different mammals, nearly 500 types of butterfly and 400 bird species. The two most exciting ways to view the wildlife are on the Skywalk, a walkway allowing treetop wanderings through the forest canopy (binoculars essential), or on the exhilarating Sky Trek that whizzes through the canopy on a system of zip wires. Finally, there is time for some R&R on the Caribbean beach at Manuel Antonio before returning to San José for homeward flights.