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Caribbean Explorer

1 nt San Jose, 2 nts Tortuguero, 3 nts Selva Bananito, 4 nts Puerto Vieja de Talamanca

This holiday starts in the steamy, humid jungle canals of Tortuguero where you will see the diversity of wildlife and birds that frequent this unique and interesting habitat. Sightings may include caimans, howler monkeys and spider monkeys. If you travel between the months of April and October you can take a guided night walk on the Caribbean beach and may see nesting Atlantic Green Turtles.

Then travel on to the unique and remote eco-lodge Selva Bananito. Experience the natural beauty of this location, listen to the sounds of the tanagers and oropendulas from your hammock and undertake some active adventure in the grounds and rainforest. A variety of activities are available at this lodge, including horse riding, guided birdwatching, canopy adventure, natural history walk in the rainforest and waterfall rapelling.

End your holiday in an individual thatched bungalow at the Cariblue Hotel. Hike bikes and explore the local area and discover beautiful beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, and local culture. Included in your stay is a guided tour of Cahuita National Park where you may see Capuchin monkeys, two and three toed sloths, eyelash vipers, racoons, leafcutter ants and a variety of birdlife. *Snorkelling is optional for Cahuita tour, best months for snorkelling the reef are September and October.

Price guide

10 nights from £2,320 per person based on double occupancy

These prices are based on an average flight price of £650 per person and High Season room rates. Flight routes vary, there are direct flight options with British Airways from London Gatwick but also many alternative routes via the US. Please contact us for accurate flight pricing for your timings and place of departure.


  • International flights from UK to San Jose, Costa Rica
  • 1 night in San Jose
  • 2 nights at Evergreen Lodge, Tortuguero
  • 3 nights at Selva Bananito, Bananito
  • 4 nights at Cariblue, Playa Cocles
  • Boat tour of Tortuguero Canals
  • Visit to Tortuguero village
  • Choice of three onsite tours at Selva Bananito
  • Guided tour of Cahuita National Park
  • Daily breakfast
  • Five lunch and dinner

Day to Day

Below is an example day to day itinerary.

Day 1

Fly from UK to San Jose, Costa Rica. Overnight in hotel in San Jose.

Day 2

Vehicle and boat transfer to Tortuguero (approx. 4 hours). Overnight in the simple but comfortable Evergreen Lodge and relax to the sounds of the forest (BLD).

Day 3

Enjoy a guided boat tour on the Tortuguero canals, your guide will point out resident birdlife and you may spot caimans, iguanas and howler monkeys. In the afternoon you will take a trip to the village of Tortuguero (BLD).

Day 4

Transfer to Selva Bananito eco-lodge by private air-conditioned vehicle, the last part of journey requires 4x4 transfer along bumpy, unmade road (BLD).

Day 5 to 6

Select three activities onsite at Selva Bananito that could include guided hiking, guided birdwatching, horse riding, canopy treetop tour, natural history walk (BLD).

Day 7

Transfer to Puerto Vieja de Talamanca on the Caribbean coast and to the Cariblue Hotel. Stay in individual thatched bungalow surrounded by tropical foliage and where you may spot a monkey or a sloth on the grounds (B).

Day 8

Enjoy a guided tour of Cahuita National Park where you may spot sloths, monkeys, racoons, snakes, spiders and plentiful birdlife. *Option to snorkel weather permitting (B).

Day 9 to 10

Days at leisure. Relax on the beach, take a surfing lesson or hire bikes and explore the local area (B).

Day 11

Transfer in private air-conditioned vehicle to San Jose International Airport (approx. 4 hours). Depart San Jose on international flight (B).

Day 12

Arrive in UK

Capuchin Monkey Cabana at Evergreen Lodge Cahuita National Park Sloth in Cahuita National Park Punta Uva Beach Boat Billed Heron Horseriding Hammocks at Selva Bananito Selva Bananito Boat tour at Tortuguero