Travel Challenge Costa Rica
Saturday 03 December 2011
Each week we invite three travel companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a two-week trip to Costa Rica. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together. All prices include 14 nights' accommodation and flights from Heathrow in early February next year.
£2,978: Tailor-made self-drive
Includes Iberia flights via Madrid on 1 February with five days' car hire and transfers. Accommodation with breakfast is included in San José, Arenál, Monteverde and Tamarindo, with full-board in Tortuguero. Excursions include a visit to Braulio Carrillo national park and two boat trips along the canals of Tortuguero. "This itinerary highlights the wonderful diversity of Costa Rica, from canals and active volcanoes to cloud forests and relaxing beaches," says Rebecca Butler of Last Frontiers (01296 653 000; lastfrontiers.com).
£3,079: Tailor-made self-drive
Includes Iberia flights via Madrid on 7 February with 10 days' car hire and transfers. Accommodation with breakfast is included in San José, Arenál, Carara, Manuel Antonio and Central Valley, with full board in Tortuguero and San Gerardo. Excursions include tours of Carara and Manuel Antonio national parks, a bird-watching trip and a group excursion to Arenal volcano. "This itinerary offers excellent wildlife watching opportunities and visits the full gamut of Costa Rica's riches, from inland canals and volcanoes to cloudforests," says Lloyd Boutcher of Sunvil Traveller (020-8758 4774; sunvil.co.uk).
Cox & Kings
£2,695: Private tour
Includes BA flights via Miami on 3 February. Accommodation with breakfast is provided in San José, Arenál, Monteverde and Manuel Antonio, with full board in Tortuguero. Excursions include a visit to the Doka estate's coffee plantation, a boat and walking tour of Tortuguero's canals, a tour of the Cano Negro wetlands and guided visits to Montverde and Santa Elena cloud forests. "This journey allows the traveller to discover the astonishing diversity of wildlife and habitats found in Costa Rica from the Caribbean coast to the Pacific Ocean in two fascinating weeks," says Vessela Baleva of Cox & Kings (020-7873 5000; coxandkings.co.uk).
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