Even in a region well known for its natural diversity, Costa Rica is still a stand out. Thanks to a longstanding tradition of preserving its natural assets, much of the country’s verdant rainforest still stands, opportunities for nature-based adventures abound and the beaches on both coasts are in exceptional nick. As a result, the nation’s cultural riches can oft end up overlooked – but here too the country has much to offer. Costa Ricans are widely regarded as some of the world’s friendliest people and on this trip – in between exploring the country’s most famous national parks –you’ll get to know them while lending a hand on a rural farmstay and kicking back in the rustic beach town of Quepos.

Highlights

Wander through the artisan stalls of San Jose’s Plaza de la Cultura

Learn some home-cooked recipes on a visit to the Juanilama agricultural community

Hike the forested jungle trails of Manuel Antonio National Park

Take a soak in La Fortuna’s lava-heated thermal springs

Try to spy the resplendent quetzal in Monteverde’s cloud forest

Chill out amid Quepos’ blissed out surf town vibe