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Wheelchair Accessible Costa Rica Wildlife Holiday + Birding Vacation

Costa Rica Wildlife: Tortuguero + Arenal + Pacific
1PY12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £3,795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Wheelchair Accessible Costa Rica Wildlife Holidays Birding Vacation

If you have upper body strength, this wheelchair accessible Costa Rica wildlife holiday explores the amazingly diverse flora & fauna of this tiny Central American country & offer a superb birding vacation. See sloths, monkeys, turtles, tropical birds & other rainforest wildlfe in Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano, Carara National Park & Manual Antonio. All sightseeing, accessible transfers & hotels included.

Wheelchair Accessible Costa Rica Wildlife Holidays Birding Vacation
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San Jose
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Gold Museum
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Tortuguero Wetlands
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Arenal Volcano
• 
Hanging Bridges
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Sky Tram
• 
Hot Springs
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Tarcoles River
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Carara National Park
• 
Manuel Antonio
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San Jose
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Gold Museum
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Tortuguero Wetlands
• 
Arenal Volcano
• 
Hanging Bridges
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Sky Tram
• 
Hot Springs
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Tarcoles River
• 
Carara National Park
• 
Manuel Antonio
Day 1
You will be met at San Jose Airport and transferred to your hotel in this capital city in the Central Valley, surrounded by the Talamanca Mountains to the south and the volcanoes of Poas, Irazu and Turrialba.
 
On arrival enjoy a short tour of the city, starting with a drive through Sabana Park. We then visit the Pre-Colombian Gold Museum, situated beneath the Plaza de la Cultura. This small art museum has an intriguing collection of over 2,000 artworks and artefacts relating to the pre-Columbian era (500 AD to 1500 AD) and a large collection of coins, including the Media Escudo - Costa Rica’s very first coin.
Day 2
An early pickup from your hotel this morning for your scenic 4-hour transfer to the flooded forests of Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean Coast - known as the 'Amazon of Costa Rica'.
 
This remote wetland system covers an area of over 300 square km. Meaning 'Land of the Turtles', it is the largest nesting site for endangered Green sea turtles in the western hemisphere and supports a wide range of threatened flora and fauna. It is also a RAMSAR birding site of international significance.
 
After travelling 1.5-hours we stop at Guapiles for a Costa Rican breakfast, before continuing another 1.5-hours to the dock. Here we board the boat for our 1-hour ride along the La Suerte River and the wider Tortuguero River, to your lodge in the heart of these lush waterways.
 
On arrival check into your lodge. After a buffet lunch, your afternoon is at leisure.
  
Note: You need upper body strength for this holiday, as you will need to be lifted onto and off the boats at Tortuguero.
 
Please note that nocturnal turtle tours take place on the beach, which is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. Turtle tours run from July to October, as this is when green sea turtles nest and lay their eggs, with hatchlings emerging 45 days later. The timing of these tours (8-10pm or 10-12pm) and the beach zone are allocated by the park authority, so tours must be booked 24 hours in advance with your hotel reception on your arrival, as they cannot be pre-booked (approx. $40 per person).
Day 3
Today you will explore the waterways and rainforests of Tortuguero National Park on a shared boat ride, accompanied by a lodge guide.
 
Tortuguero is a critical breeding ground for vulnerable Green Turtles, which lumber up these beaches in their thousands from July to October each year to nest, with their hatchlings emerging 45 days later - an unforgettable sight. Leatherback turtles - the largest of all sea turtles - nest here in March & April and a few Loggerhead turtles nest here in June & July. The critically endangered Hawksbill turtle may be found here in very small numbers in September and October.
 
Although these beaches are best know for their sea turtles, Tortuguero is also an excellent place to see two and three-toed sloths, mantled howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, basilisk lizards, green iguana, red-eyed tree frogs, spectacled caiman, black river turtles and over half of all bird species found in Costa Rica. These include the Great green macaw, Keel-billed toucan, Boat-billed heron, Blue heron, Laughing falcon, Bare-throated tiger heron, Yellow-crowned night heron, Green-backed heron, Osprey, Snowy egret, Northern jacana, Anhinga (snakebird), Green ibis, Green kingfisher, Southern mealy parrot, Turkey vulture, Social flycatcher, Montezuma oropendola and many more.
 
With eleven different habitats - including rainforests, mangroves, swamps, beaches and lagoons - this hot and humid park has a rainfall of up to 250 inches (6,400 mm) a year. As a result it sustains a wide range of wildlife and is teeming with birds, reptiles, small mammals and insects. Occasionally bottlenose dolphins swim up the river from the sea and you may also see crocodiles, anteaters, ocelots and more.
 
Your boat ride will either be in the morning or afternoon, depending on the scheduling done by the ranger station. Your second activity for the day is a shared guided tour through the grounds of your lodge - looking out for frogs, birds, sloths, butterflies and other wildlife.
 
In the evening, if your travelling companion has booked an optional turtle tour, wear dark clothing to ensure you do not disturb the turtles, closed shoes and long trousers to protect your feet & legs from mosquitos. Flashlights are not permitted.
 
Note: As the park receives up to 250 inches (6,400 mm) of rain a year, it is very likely that it will rain during your visit - so bring rain gear with a hood and expect to get wet. Wear sports clothing that will dry quickly (not jeans, which take too long to dry).
Day 4
This morning depart after breakfast and transfer 1-hour by boat and 1.5-hours by road to Guapiles, where we stop for an included lunch.
 
Afterwards continue 2-hours towards the Arenal Volcano - one of the most active in Central America, with a perfect cone that on a clear day is visible from almost anywhere in the area. Your route crosses a large cattle and agricultural area, where chocolate is grown. Cacao was very important in the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations and today it is enjoyed throughout the world.
 
Check into your hotel in La Fortuna, where you can relax surrounded by rainforests, waterfalls and thermal hot springs.
Day 5
This morning your guide will take you to the Arenal Hanging Bridges - a series of 9 fixed and 6 suspension bridges located in a natural corridor followed by migratory birds travelling between North and South America, offering wonderful views of the lake and volcano.
 
This 2-mile (3 km) trail will allow you to enjoy the great diversity of flora and fauna inside this mountainous zone, as well as outstanding bird watching. Keep an eye out for howler monkeys, sloths, anteaters, coati, racoons and other rainforest wildlife. Birds you can hope to see include the Yellow-throated toucan, Crested guan, Grey-headed chachalaca, Baltimore oriole, Clay-coloured thrush and Red-throated ant tanager, amongst others.
 
In the afternoon relax at the Hot Springs at your resort.
 
Note: This trail is not suitable if you have a fear of heights. Bring a sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars, as well as raingear.
Day 6
Today we ride the Sky Tram, which offers wonderful views of Arenal Volcano and the lake.
 
We ascend for 6-minutes by gondola to the top of the mountain. After spending some time on the observation platform, we return down again by gondola. A great variety of plants, wildlife and lava rock formations are found in these rainforests, as well as much bird life.
 
Your afternoon is at leisure to relax at your resort.
 
Note: The gondola is large enough to take one manual wheelchair, but is not suitable for power chairs.
Day 7
Today we drive 3.5-hours from La Fortuna to the small town of Tarcoles situated on the Gulf of Nicoya, near Carara National Park.
 
On arrival we stop at the bridge over the Tarcoles River, one of four rivers flowing out into the Nicoya Peninsula and home to one of the world’s largest populations of American crocodiles, with some up to fifteen feet long. There are also over 50 different bird species here, including the rare scarlet macaw and a great variety of resident and migrant waterfowl, iguana and Jesus Christ lizards.
 
Then check into your hotel and enjoy the surrounding rainforest birds and wildlife.
Day 8
Today enjoy a half day privately guided tour to Carara National Park, the northernmost Pacific coastal rainforest in Costa Rica.
 
This Central Pacific coast consists of transitional lowland forest, with the more humid forests of the southern Pacific blending and overlapping with the drier forests of the northern Pacific. As the ranges of many birds found to the north extend to here, but not much beyond, it is no surprise that the bird list for this area exceeds 300 species. The result is a unique zone of overlap, where both northern and southern species can be seen in the same place.
 
You can also hope to see iguanas, monkeys, sloths and other rainforest wildlife, whilst exploring the accessible trail at this park.
Day 9
This morning enjoy a boat ride along the Tarcoles River.
 
The boat will take you to the Guacalillo Mangrove Estuary, where you will see many American crocodiles sunning themselves on the sandbanks, as well as many different bird species, including freshwater birds, waders and shorebirds, as well as the rare scarlet macaw.
 
Your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the wildlife surrounding your lodge.
Day 10
Today transfer 2-hours from Tarcoles to Manuel Antonio, a busy tourist town known for its sandy Pacific beaches surrounded by lush coastal rainforest.
 
On arrival check into your hotel and relax in your verdant surroundings.
Day 11
Rise early this morning to avoid the heat of the day for a 2-hour private tour with a naturalist guide, through the tropical humid rainforest of Manuel Antonio National Park - the oldest and most visited national park in the country.
 
Situated on the Pacific Coast, this wildlife sanctuary consists of four protected white sandy beaches bordered by verdant tropical jungle. An accessible boardwalk offer a direct 2-mile (3.2 km) route towards the main beach, or a longer 3.5-mile (5.6 km) route that detours to a second spectacular beach.
 
Over 100 mammals can be found here, as well as over 350 different bird species. You can hope to spot an adorable sloth - a tree-dwelling animal that sleeps for over 15 hours a day, whilst hanging from the branches of trees. The two-fingered sloth is largely nocturnal, so you are more likely to see the three-fingered sloth, although both species have excellent camouflage so can be hard to spot. These cute creatures move so slowly that algae grows on their fur. Look out for white-faced capuchins and cute squirrel monkeys and listen out for howler monkeys calling across the trees. You should see hermit crabs scurrying across the sands, halloween crabs (with their bright orange & black colouring) and may even see a bull frog, helmet basilisk (type of lizard), black spiny-tailed iguana, caiman, American crocodile, wish moth or spectacular blue morph butterfly.
 
Birds you can hope to see include the Brown pelican flying in formation over the sea, Yellow-throated toucan, Tendin fruit bat, Long nosed bat, Mangrove hummingbird and Bananaquit amongst others.
 
At the end of your hike you will be given the option of relaxing at the cafeteria for about an hour, before returning to your hotel (as the paved road down to the beach is extremely steep). Your afternoon is at leisure.
 
Note: Manuel Antonio Park is closed on a Monday. Wear shorts & T-shirt, as it will be very hot & humid. Bring water, binoculars, raingear, sun hat, sunscreen, swimwear & towel (if you intend to go to the beach) & insect repellent and expect this park to be very busy.
Day 12
Today is free to explore more of Manuel Antonio with your guide (pay any entrance fees locally).
 
Many activities are available in this bustling town - from returning to Manuel Antonio National Park for a second visit to relaxing near the beach.
Day 13
Transfer 3-hours to San Jose Airport for your flight home.

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