14 Night Jungles & Volcanoes of Costa Rica

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Duration: 14 nights
Type: Worldwide walking holidays
Walking Grade: 2
from £3,899pp

Our Costa Rica holidays tick-off all the highlights of this ecologically rich wonderland. You’ll experience the steamy jungles of the 20,000-acre Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and sail down the Frío River searching for sloths and monkeys swinging from the trees. Head into the fog-shrouded landscapes of a Costa Rican cloud forest to spot rare tropical birds, and be wowed by walks along the lava fields and trails of Arenal Volcano National Park. Equally impressive is Rincón de la Vieja National Park where smoking craters and fumaroles hint at the massive geothermal forces at work below the earth. You’ll even squeeze in time to relax on the paradise beaches of Guanacaste.

What you’ll love

  • Admiring Costa Rica’s tropical birds including the rare quetzal
  • Discovering the active Arenal and Rincón de la Vieja volcanoes
  • Relaxing on a boat ride through Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
  • Tucking into a homecooked dinner with our local family hosts
  • A guided tour of Las Pumas Rescue Centre & Sanctuary
  • Visiting Santa Rosa National Park

What’s included

  • Full programme of guided walks led by local HF Holidays Leaders
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Half-board (breakfast and evening meal plus 8 lunches)
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees (as per itinerary)
  • Air-conditioned transport 
  • Return flights from the UK including hold baggage and airport transfers

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

There’s a 40-minute transfer from the airport to our hotel, which is set in its own private botanical gardens. We’ll enjoy a welcome dinner here, too.

Minimum altitude 1,200m
Maximum altitude 1,200m

Hotel Bougainvillea, San José - Costa Rica

Located just 10 minutes from downtown San José, the Hotel Bougainvillea is surrounded by large, beautiful tropical gardens – the ideal start to your holiday.


If you wake early, why not visit the botanical garden to start your day, before we drive into the mountains to the area known as the Quetzal Valley where Costa Rica’s rich birdlife thrives. With luck, we’ll spot the valley’s namesake bird, the resplendent quetzal. We’ll stop for lunch at Mirador de Quetzales, then walk along the cloud forest trails in search of rare wildlife and flora. The evening’s yours to enjoy before dinner back at the lodge.

Minimum altitude 2,700m

Maximum altitude 2,800m

Distance: 3km

Savegre Hotel Natural Reserve & Spa Lodge, San Gerado de Dota - Costa Rica

Savegre Mountain Lodge is an ideal place to rest and relax in the peaceful surroundings of a Costa Rican cloud forest. Rooms come with all mod-cons, plus a private terrace overlooking the tropical scenery.


You’ll experience the cloud forest of Reserva Savegre today, taking the Los Robles trail to reach the viewpoint, then returning along La Quebrada trail with a boxed lunch included for our journey. You can spend the afternoon relaxing back at the hotel or if you want to explore further in your own time, why not complete one of the shorter trails such as Canto de la Aves or Los Pioneros.

Minimum altitude 2,200m

Maximum altitude 2,600m

Distance: 7.8km total. Steep ascent at the start and over three hours’ walking time

Savegre Hotel Natural Reserve & Spa Lodge, San Gerado de Dota - Costa Rica

Savegre Mountain Lodge is an ideal place to rest and relax in the peaceful surroundings of a Costa Rican cloud forest. Rooms come with all mod-cons, plus a private terrace overlooking the tropical scenery.


We’ll drive across mountainous areas including the Braulio Carrilo National Park to Costa Rica’s Atlantic region and Sarapiqui. We’ll visit the Pierella Ecological Garden to have lunch and learn about this sustainable butterfly farm and conservation project. Once we arrive at the hotel, you’ll have free time before dinner.

Minimum altitude 100m

Maximum altitude 100m

Distance: 2km with multiple stops (two hours)

Selva Verde (Lodge), Sarapiqui - Costa Rica

Selva Verde is an eco-lodge featuring 45 comfortable rooms built on platforms so you can truly appreciate the surroundings of the Sarapiquí River. There are two restaurants, a swimming pool, plus a suspension bridge over the river and several forest trails.


We’ll head into the jungle to explore the tropical rainforest on Selva Verde's 500-acre private reserve with our expert naturalist guides. Then we’ll travel to the Arenal Volcano area and La Fortuna to check in to our hotel and relax for the afternoon.

Minimum altitude 100m
Maximum altitude 100m
Distance: between 3km and 5km. On the longer route, the last 200m has a steep incline

Volcano Lodge & Thermal Resort, Arenal Volcano - Costa Rica

Living up to its name, this tropical retreat puts you at the foot of the mighty Arenal Volcano. There are two swimming pools and two bubbling hot tubs, all backed by views of Costa Rica’s most famous volcanic giant. Superior rooms all have private terraces with outdoor seating, while Costa Rican dishes and a long list of drinks are served in the hotel’s restaurant and bar area.


Explore the western side of the volcano on the Arenal 1968 trail named after the year it dramatically erupted. Hike the old lava flow trails and enjoy a picnic lunch, before a relaxing afternoon at our hotel. In the evening we’ll drive to the neighbouring town of La Tigra where a local family will host us on a nocturnal rainforest nature walk followed by traditional homecooked meal.

Minimum altitude 600m

Maximum altitude 900m

Distance: 3.2km (1.5 hours) or 5.3km (2.5 hours) with an ascent of approximately 150m to a viewpoint

La Tigra night walk minimum altitude 500m and maximum altitude 600m. Distance: 1 km

Volcano Lodge & Thermal Resort, Arenal Volcano - Costa Rica

Living up to its name, this tropical retreat puts you at the foot of the mighty Arenal Volcano. There are two swimming pools and two bubbling hot tubs, all backed by views of Costa Rica’s most famous volcanic giant. Superior rooms all have private terraces with outdoor seating, while Costa Rican dishes and a long list of drinks are served in the hotel’s restaurant and bar area.


We’ll travel to Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, stopping off for a guided tour of Las Pumas Wildlife Sanctuary to discover the important work this big cat wildlife refuge is doing. Our lunch is included today and later you’ll we’ll head to our hotel which will be our base for the next two nights.

Volcano Lodge & Thermal Resort, Arenal Volcano - Costa Rica

Living up to its name, this tropical retreat puts you at the foot of the mighty Arenal Volcano. There are two swimming pools and two bubbling hot tubs, all backed by views of Costa Rica’s most famous volcanic giant. Superior rooms all have private terraces with outdoor seating, while Costa Rican dishes and a long list of drinks are served in the hotel’s restaurant and bar area.


Today we’ll hike to Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste. Then we’ll head to our hotel which will be our base for the next two nights.

Hacienda Guachipelín (Lodge), Rincón de la Vieja - Costa Rica

Located at the foot of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano, Hacienda Guachipelín offers the ideal setting to explore this fascinating region. Our Superior Rooms offer comfortable, down-to-earth accommodation set amongst the property’s ancient tempisque and cedro amargo trees.


Taking our packed lunch, today we’ll hike through the Rincón de la Vieja National Park today, home to over 300 species of birds. We’ll see part of the Colorado River and several active fumaroles of this geyser volcano.

Minimum altitude 1,400m

Maximum altitude 1,800m

Distance: from 2.8km to 7.6km

Hacienda Guachipelín (Lodge), Rincón de la Vieja - Costa Rica

Located at the foot of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano, Hacienda Guachipelín offers the ideal setting to explore this fascinating region. Our Superior Rooms offer comfortable, down-to-earth accommodation set amongst the property’s ancient tempisque and cedro amargo trees.


Today is a free day for you to relax and enjoy this diverse setting, with lunch included at the hotel if you plan to stay and relax here. There are waterfall hikes and volcanic mud baths to experience, or you can relax in the Rio Negro Hot Springs. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are a range of optional activities on offer including ziplining and canyoning.

Hacienda Guachipelín (Lodge), Rincón de la Vieja - Costa Rica

Located at the foot of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano, Hacienda Guachipelín offers the ideal setting to explore this fascinating region. Our Superior Rooms offer comfortable, down-to-earth accommodation set amongst the property’s ancient tempisque and cedro amargo trees.


The beautiful Guanacaste beaches are in reach today. On the way, we’ll stop at Santa Rosa National Park. Explore the trails and learn more about its history before journeying through several picturesque towns to reach the coast and our final beach-side accommodation.

Papagayo Golden Palms Beachfront Hotel, Guanacaste Beaches - Costa Rica

This boutique beachfront property sits in 10-acres of tropical greenery and puts you on the doorstep of the Gulf of Papagayo. There’s a small pool surrounded by shade-giving palm trees, plus leafy garden paths that lead to the stretch of secluded white sand beach known as Playa Panama. On the dining scene, the thatched-roof restaurant offers a wide range of dining options while the bar serves up fresh cocktails.


You have a full day of free time and leisure. Relax by the pool, enjoy a refreshing dip at the beach, or discover one of the many optional activities.

Papagayo Golden Palms Beachfront Hotel, Guanacaste Beaches - Costa Rica

This boutique beachfront property sits in 10-acres of tropical greenery and puts you on the doorstep of the Gulf of Papagayo. There’s a small pool surrounded by shade-giving palm trees, plus leafy garden paths that lead to the stretch of secluded white sand beach known as Playa Panama. On the dining scene, the thatched-roof restaurant offers a wide range of dining options while the bar serves up fresh cocktails.


After a last morning at the beach, we’ll head to our final destination, the San Ramón Cloud Forest – an important area of biodiversity which is nestled between the picturesque mountains of Alajuela province in the Central Valley.

Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel, San Ramon Cloud Forest - Costa Rica

Built by former Costa Rican President Rodrigo Carazo, Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve, is a charming mountain hotel located adjacent to a working dairy farm. The 34 well-appointed casitas are comfortable replicas of traditional adobe farmhouses, complete with whitewashed walls, tile floors, cane ceilings, and wood-burning fireplaces. 


We explore one of the most remote and peaceful areas in Costa Rica today - the waterfalls of Bajos del Toro. Surrounded by jungle and misty rain clouds, these beautiful falls offer freshwater pools to bathe in mid-hike. We’ll take a packed lunch to enjoy as we take a break to soak up the scenery. In the evening, there’s a farewell dinner at our hotel.

Minimum altitude 890m

Maximum altitude 1,125m

Distance: 1km – 1.5km trail

Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel, San Ramon Cloud Forest - Costa Rica

Built by former Costa Rican President Rodrigo Carazo, Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve, is a charming mountain hotel located adjacent to a working dairy farm. The 34 well-appointed casitas are comfortable replicas of traditional adobe farmhouses, complete with whitewashed walls, tile floors, cane ceilings, and wood-burning fireplaces. 


Leaving the mountains today, we’ll head back to San José for our evening departure flight. On the way, we’ll visit the Poas Volcano for a short walk around the crater. Weather permitting, we’ll take in views of one of the largest volcano craters in the world. We’ll also visit Botos Lagoon, an extinct volcanic crater housing a huge variety of wildlife, plants, and flowers.

After enjoying a traditional lunch, we’ll transfer to the airport for our departure flight.

Minimum altitude 902m
Maximum altitude 2,708m
Distance: 1km with small number of steps


Hotel Bougainvillea, San José - Costa Rica

Located just 10 minutes from downtown San José, the Hotel Bougainvillea is surrounded by large, beautiful tropical gardens – the ideal start to your holiday.

Savegre Hotel Natural Reserve & Spa Lodge, San Gerado de Dota - Costa Rica

Savegre Mountain Lodge is an ideal place to rest and relax in the peaceful surroundings of a Costa Rican cloud forest. Rooms come with all mod-cons, plus a private terrace overlooking the tropical scenery.

Selva Verde (Lodge), Sarapiqui - Costa Rica

Selva Verde is an eco-lodge featuring 45 comfortable rooms built on platforms so you can truly appreciate the surroundings of the Sarapiquí River. There are two restaurants, a swimming pool, plus a suspension bridge over the river and several forest trails.

Volcano Lodge & Thermal Resort, Arenal Volcano - Costa Rica

Living up to its name, this tropical retreat puts you at the foot of the mighty Arenal Volcano. There are two swimming pools and two bubbling hot tubs, all backed by views of Costa Rica’s most famous volcanic giant. Superior rooms all have private terraces with outdoor seating, while Costa Rican dishes and a long list of drinks are served in the hotel’s restaurant and bar area.

Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa Hotel, Arenal Volcano - Costa Rica

Every Superior Room features a large terrace with rocking chairs to take in the views of Arenal Volcano. Arenal Paraiso Resort has two onsite restaurants and 14 pools – 11 of which are mineral water pools springing from a natural underground river heated by geothermal energy.

Hacienda Guachipelín (Lodge), Rincón de la Vieja - Costa Rica

Located at the foot of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano, Hacienda Guachipelín offers the ideal setting to explore this fascinating region. Our Superior Rooms offer comfortable, down-to-earth accommodation set amongst the property’s ancient tempisque and cedro amargo trees.

Papagayo Golden Palms Beachfront Hotel, Guanacaste Beaches - Costa Rica

This boutique beachfront property sits in 10-acres of tropical greenery and puts you on the doorstep of the Gulf of Papagayo. There’s a small pool surrounded by shade-giving palm trees, plus leafy garden paths that lead to the stretch of secluded white sand beach known as Playa Panama. On the dining scene, the thatched-roof restaurant offers a wide range of dining options while the bar serves up fresh cocktails.

Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel, San Ramon Cloud Forest - Costa Rica

Built by former Costa Rican President Rodrigo Carazo, Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve, is a charming mountain hotel located adjacent to a working dairy farm. The 34 well-appointed casitas are comfortable replicas of traditional adobe farmhouses, complete with whitewashed walls, tile floors, cane ceilings, and wood-burning fireplaces. 

Essential information

It's best to be prepared for all weather conditions. To make it easier, here is a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Walking boots 
  • Waterproof jacket 
  • Waterproof trousers 
  • Insulated jacket/top 
  • Walking clothing  
  • Walking socks (plus spares)  
  • Sunhat 
  • Gloves/mitts and warm hat
  • Water bottle (minimum 2 litre capacity)  
  • Headtorch 
  • High-factor sunscreen (minimum SPF 30)  
  • Sunglasses with a dark lens 
  • Rucksack (15-30 litres)  
  • Mobile phone 
  • Personal first aid kit (containing your medication, blister plasters, etc.) 
  • Passport 
  • Visa (if applicable) 
  • Copy of your travel insurance policy 
  • UK Global Health Insurance Card (formerly known as EHIC

Recommended

  • Collapsible walking poles 
  • Swimwear and travel towel
  • Snacks
  • Dry bags
  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent

Optional extras

  • Camera 
  • Sit mat
  • Flask for hot drinks 
  • Durable lunch box
  • Gaiters 
  • GPS device 

Guest reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Supplements may apply.

Non-member fee: £30 per person.

All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised prices listed below show the lowest economy flight price option for that departure. On holidays where we offer local UK airports, details will appear in the “Important Information” section below and available alternative flight options will be offered when you book. Seating upgrades may be available on request and at an additional charge, please call 020 3974 8865 for a quote.

Date (Start - End) Itinerary Double / Twin Room Single Room Notes / Offers Trip Notes Book
2024

03 Dec - 18 Dec 2024

14 nights

Itinerary
Flight from London Gatwick Airport

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£5,849

Double from

£4,699 pp

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£4,699 pp

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£5,849

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2024

03 Dec - 18 Dec 2024

14 nights

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Single from

£5,049

Double from

£3,899 pp

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£3,899 pp

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£5,049

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Important information

  • With flight holidays: Price includes return flights to San Jose, hold baggage and airport transfers
Duration:
14 nights
Type:
Worldwide walking holidays
Walking Grade:
2

14 nights from £3,899pp

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