Costa Rica… for Jurassic Park
One of the safest and friendliest countries in Latin America is Costa Rica. National parks make up 25 per cent of the country’s total land, and these unspoiled nature reserves are magical places to visit with children. Here you can see jaguars, ocelots, many species of monkey, sloths, toucans, macaws, tapirs and turtles – so no wonder it was the location chosen for Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. Hotels are also becoming increasingly swish, with the likes of the Four Seasons setting the bar high.
At Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast, a boat excursion takes you out to spot parrots, monkeys and sloths in the trees above and herons, otters and turtles along the shoreline.
Journey Latin America specialises in group tours and tailor-made holidays in the region, and offers a nine-night holiday in Costa Rica visiting Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve, the Póas volcano and Tortuguero National Park. It costs from £7,333 for a family of four sharing two rooms, including flights, accommodation, most meals and most guide excursions.
Another trip of a lifetime is cruising the Galapagos Islands, where Charles Darwin developed his theory of evolution. Here, you can still step amongst giant sea lions and copy the dance and prance of the rare blue-footed boobie bird, or snorkel alongside a giant 100-year-old turtle and a handful of nosey penguins. A cruise is the most convenient option and Abercrombie & Kent offers an excellent seven-night cruise around the Galapagos from £3,865 per person.