Costa Rica: See green turtles, birds, howler monkeys and more on this coast-to-coast adventure

Special to the Los Angeles Times

Caravan’s 10-day “Costa Rica Natural Paradise” takes participants from coast to coast, where they can learn about efforts to save green turtles on the Atlantic and then relax on the Pacific. There is plenty of wildlife to see, including howler monkeys on the trail of Hacienda Pinilla, butterfly swarms (and 300 species of birds) in Tortuguero National Park and crocodiles during the end-of-the-trip Tarcoles River cruise.

Itinerary: San Jose to the Poas volcano, Cloud Forest, Butterfly Garden, Tortuguero National Park, Fortuna, Cano Negro, Arenal volcano, Hanging Bridges, Guanacaste, the Tarcoles River and back to San Jose

Dates: Departures available through 2011.

Price: From $995 per person, double occupancy ($1,245 for a single traveler), including lodging, most meals, all transportation (including transfers), guides and entrance fees. The price excludes international airfare, certain taxes and fees ($199), departure fees ($26), visa fees and gratuities.


Info: Caravan Tours, Chicago, (800) 227-2826