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Costa Rica with A&K

Timing is everything. And local knowledge. A returning guest recently told us how our guide gave her precise advice on when to head to her eco lodge deck to witness whales breaching off Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. Almost to the second, several humpbacks entered stage left for an afternoon matinee of joyous breaching and tail slapping.

Brilliant, passionate and highly qualified guides are, of course, de rigeur for A&K. Along with the best 4WD vehicles - crucial for accessing the superbly protected wilderness - and long established local contacts, we offer seamless travel through a country washed by both Pacific and Caribbean waters, and through its Central American neighbours.

Take an Abercrombie & Kent luxury holiday to Costa Rica and you'll discover a heaven for anyone interested in tropical wildlife, flora and fauna. It has several spectacular protected reserves, the result of the region's most enlightened conservation policies.

The cream of the crop is the Osa Peninsula's rainforest, surrounded by the beaches and inlets of the Corcavado National Park. Its jungle-swaddled lodges offer superb hiking with the chance of spotting tapir and ocelo; birding - hummingbirds, toucans and macaws are just the start - and dolphin and whale spotting trips in the Golfo Dulce.

Its Pacific coast also boasts the stunning Nicoya Peninsula with its mountain backdrop, and the small but perfectly formed Manuel Antonio National Park, threaded with forest trails. Expect to find everything from squirrel monkeys to two-toed sloths, super beaches and quiet riot of activities from rafting to canopy tours and sports fishing.

For those who prefer sunrise to sunset, the Caribbean coast's Tortuguero National Park offers a rare, carefully monitored, opportunity to watch green and leatherback turtles coming ashore at night to nest on the honey coloured sand. Combine it with day trips through the natural web of waterways that riddle the coastal forest and mangroves, watching out for iguanas and alligators.

And while it might be slim, you'll discover Costa Rica has a fascinating interior. The Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve, offering mellow mountains mist, verdant vegetation and well-marked trails, is a serene contrast to the famous Arenal Volcano, violently spewing rocks, lava and sparks. Yet another mesmerising act in Costa Rica's potent natural drama.


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Useful info

Best time to be there

December to March is generally considered the dry season. Temperatures rise in April and the rains arrive on the Pacific side from May to November. The Atlantic side has no specific dry season but there is less rainfall between March and September.

Fly to

San Jose - daily via Madrid

flying time

12 hours

time difference

GMT -6 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations required

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Guest Testimonial

This is the second trip we have done with A&K. (The first was in 1999.) We were very impressed with A&K on the first trip. We were even more impressed with A&K on the second trip. Consequently, we are already considering a third trip with A&K – to Egypt in March 2014.

- JK, Kenya


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