Poas Volcano National Park is readily accessible from San Jose just 30kms away. There’s a 15-minute path from the visitor centre to the crater rim where there’s a viewing platform from which you can see geysers sending water high into the air and can smell the sulphur. Away from the main caldera you can take walks in the cloud forest and rainforest.
Botos cater lake, reached by a 1.4km trail near the viewing platform, is a popular destination with beautiful jade-coloured water and abundant bird life. A walk along the Escalonia cloud forest trail is usually rewarded with sightings of birds and squirrels.
A small cloudforest lodge with abundant bird life, an enchanting orchid and enthusiastic hosts with excellent eco-credentials.
This bright, airy and modern boutique hotel commands sweeping views over the central valley, Gulf of Nicoya, and 4 of Costa Rica's volcanoes.
Stylish, all-suite hotel set in gardens full of fragrant fruit trees and surrounded by a working coffee plantation 30 minutes from San Jose.
A welcoming lodge in Sarapiqui rainforest with a choice of accommodations, just a two hour drive from San Jose.
Time: GMT -6
The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.
Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica
Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
There are no compulsory vaccinations.