Late in July, Antarctic humpbacks arrive en masse in Costa Rica to wallow in the warm coastal waters and breed. These playful, acrobatic creatures are a wonder to observe.

The villages of Ojochal and Uvita, which are part of the protected Marino Ballena National Park, are superb places to see whales – and are also lesser known, meaning you don’t have to compete with hordes of tourists to witness these magnificent cetaceans.

The 17-day Local Costa Rica trip, featuring Ojochal, costs from £1,580 pp. Prices are based on two sharing. TravelLocal trips include B&B accommodation, transfers, excursions and the services of a local guide. Travel to the destination is not included, giving more flexibility and allowing customers to book their flights via points schemes if preferred.

For more information, or to plan a tailor-made trip to suit your personal interests and to match your budget, call TravelLocal on +44 (0)117 325 7898 or visit Photo courtesy of Costa Rica Tourism Board (