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Costa Rica, Spanish for ‘rich coast’, is especially well-named if you consider the extraordinary wealth of plant, bird and animal life found within this small Central American country.

It is also one of the most eco-conscious countries in the world and has an innovative policy of paying its citizens to protect the rainforests and restore local eco-systems, which has reversed decades of deforestation. This was recognised when it won the Protect and Restore Nature award (plus a prize fund of £1m) at the inaugural Earthshot Prize ceremony, launched recently by the Duke of Cambridge.

The term ‘biodiversity’ might have been coined with Costa Rica in mind, such is the range and number of different species that flourish within its pristine, tropical forests. Add some truly spectacular scenery and resplendently laid-back, happy people to the mix, and you have the makings of a life-affirming holiday experience. 

We visit a broad range of gardens both public and private, such as the Else Kientzler Botanical Gardens with its world class collection of plants.

In such a beautiful setting, we spend plenty of time taking in the spectacular natural features of the country. Lake Arenal is Costa Rica’s largest body of fresh water, and was enlarged to three times its original size when a hydro-electric dam was built here. The Poás Volcano is another highlight and is one of Costa Rica’s most spectacular volcanoes, with an enormous crater and a steaming lake at the bottom. We also seek sub-tropical wildlife in the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.

Please note it is possible to link this tour with our Southern Costa Rica tour 8 - 17 February 2022 – please ask for details

Tour highlights:

  • World’s largest butterfly garden at La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • The imposing volcano of Arenal
  • Explore the cloud forest at Monteverde
  • Spotting subtropical wildlife in the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
  • Visits to private gardens

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Julia Corden

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Julia Corden, formerly Garden Manager at the Explorer's Garden in Pitlochry and currently President of the Scottish Rock Garden Club, has led numerous Brightwater tours to every corner of the globe.

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Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Offer Availability
28 January 2022 BCOS220128 28 January 2022 (Friday) 8 February 2022 (Tuesday) Julia Corden $4,755
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$475 $1,395 $4,475
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28 January 2023 BCOS230128 28 January 2023 (Saturday) 8 February 2023 (Wednesday) Julia Corden $5,035
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