Eight nights in Costa Rica, two economy class flights from London to San Jose, airport transfers, tours and all meals plus, £500 worth of Berghaus vouchers.
Visit some of the most iconic parts of the country during this eight night adventure.
Take in the capital San Jose, raft the Sarapiqui river, explore Manuel Antonio national park, visit the Hanging Bridges of Monteverde and enjoy the hot springs and waterfalls of La Fortuna.
This is just the start!
Starting and ending in the capital, San Jose, enjoy the cultural museums, theatres, cinemas and recreation centres. Some of the most popular sites to visit during the day are the Gold Museum, showcasing Pre-Columbian, Costa Rican art; the National Museum.
During the night San Jose has it all. Spend the evening at the National Theatre or Teatro Melico and enjoy class artists, including Flamenco dance performances, operas and orchestras. Or take part in Costa Rica’s cultural activities by learning salsa at the hot night spots such as Castro’s Bar and Discotheque, a classic Costa Rican dance club.
Locals say you can get anything you need from San Jose Central Market especially for those who love to eat and drink. Stroll through the market on your way to dinner, the smell of the roots, herbs and fruit used for authentic local cuisines will build an appetite for authentic street food. Soda Tapia is a popular visit, the 120 year old corner café serves one of the city’s best tamales and casados (a traditional melange of rice, beans, plantains and meat).
Away from the market visitors can experience Costa Rican ingredients in a fine dining setting. Restaurants such as Grano de Oro offer fine dining cuisine using European techniques.
One of the country’s most famous parks is Manuel Antonio. This small biological peninsula on the country’s Pacific Coast is the perfect place to encounter white-faced and squirrel monkeys, a variety of birds and two and three-toed sloths. Iguanas, pelicans, frogs, butterflies and crabs are just a few more critters that can be appreciated during a visit to its hiking trails.
The dense vegetation of the jungle spills onto the beaches’ clean sand, offering a rejuvenating swim for explorers as they exit the lush maze of the rain forest.
Some of the country’s most breath-taking landscapes are hidden amongst the in-land regions. Two very popular regions are the Monteverde and La Fortuna (Arenal) regions.
Many believe happiness resides in the protected Monteverde cloud forest. The Biological reserve is one of the most well-known cloud forests in the world for its wide variety of biodiversity, home to 400 birds, 100 mammals, 1200 reptiles and amphibians and over 2,500 species of plants will capture the heart of anyone enthralled by nature.
Enjoy the unique experience either by land or air. By land, try horseriding or hiking, giving the chance to get up close with the wildlife and visit local butterfly conservatories. By air, visitors can take a canopy bridge or zip line tour and appreciate a bird's eye view of the national park.
Named after the country’s most famous and active volcano, Arenal National Park offers spectacular views of the volcano. Excursions range from hiking and waterfall rappelling to canopying and exploring via a hanging bridge tour. Visitors can also take in the spectacular La Fortuna Waterfall as it plummets 200 feet out of the dense forest into a tranquil pool below.
Predominately a rain forest, the park lays within the Arenal Conservation Area - a territory that spans more than 200,000 hectares. Filled with rivers, thermal hot springs, waterfalls and of course wildlife, Arenal is a dream come true for all who enjoy outdoor exploration.
There are a number of natural hot springs throughout the area. Warm and soothing, these springs offer visitors an ideal way to relax after a day spent exploring Arenal. Each hot spring facility is unique in its own right - some have both hot and cold pools, others have waterslides or swim up bars.
Find fun on the rapids on the picturesque Sarapiquí river, located near Puerto Viejo towards the Caribbean Coast. Regardless of skill level, the rivers of Costa Rica promise a memorable ride with eye-opening views of jungles, forests and the thousands of species that inhabit them.
All other expenses are the responsibility of the prize winner/s.
Travel dates must be between May and November 2017. The prize is available until November 2017, subject to availability and must be taken in full by this date.