A rustle beside the trail, and again. Stop and look, move a little closer, hold aside a leaf and slowly as eyes adjust the source is clear. The mound of green vegetation moves, imperceptibly slowly and now it turns to look at you. A sloth, not even his mum would call him good looking. Take your time; there is no need to hurry sloth watching.
With more than a quarter of the country’s landscape protected and a variety of distinct climatic zones caused by high mountains separating its Pacific and Atlantic coasts, the forests are alive with a multitude of brilliantly coloured creatures. We include a good mix of walks, wildlife watching and travelling.
We arrive in the capital San José, then down to the Caribbean coast for the wildlife, beaches and swimming. Then back through the coffee and pineapple fields to the volcanoes that straddle the continental divide which runs through the country.
Next the tropical paradise of Rio Celeste and then the volcanic Rincon de la Vieja region to walk the trails in the tropical dry forest past mud pools and sulphur springs. We’ll walk the densely vegetated trails of the Monteverde Cloud Forest biological reserve atop the Tileran Mountains.
Continuing to Manuel Antonio on the Pacific coast with its adjacent National Park, we’ll explore the coastal trails and wind down in this paradise of tropical sandy beaches backed by forests and with wonderful sunsets.
In Costa Rica we will have a highly trained and knowledgeable local guide to accompany us. Please feel free to discuss any aspect of ‘Tico’ life with our guide. From the birdlife to the education system our guides are a mine of information which they love to share.