This 9 days itinerary includes 2 nights at Pacuare Lodge, magnificent Ecolodge that can be reach by a rafting ride. There, visit an indigenous tribe and learn about its culture. Then, visit la Fortuna, experience the hanging bridges over the rain forest, and enjoy natural hot thermal pools. Finish by 3 days at the beach in Tamarindo, in an intimate property located steps to the beach. Perfect for those looking for adventures and time at leisure and to experience local boutique hotels stays.
Destinations and highlights: Pacuare Lodge, part of the “Unique Lodges of the World” by National Gepgraphic; arenal volcano and Tamarindo in Guanacaste.
On your arrival at the International Airport in San Jose, our driver will be waiting for you for a private transfer to your Hotel Grano de Oro 4*, a converted tropical Mansion, considered a true oasis in the heart of the city… After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to relax at your hotel or visit the city on your own.
Overnight at Hotel Grano de Oro 4*, 1 Superior double room, breakfast and taxes included.
Early departure from your hotel in San José, traveling east towards the Caribbean and crossing the amazing Braulio Carrillo National Park. On route, stop for a hearty “Tico” traditional Costa Rican breakfast before arriving at the river. After safety instructions, the first day’s rapids are ready to welcome you to the fun of the Pacuare River, rated as one of the top rivers in the world! Before you know it you’ll arrive at the unique Pacuare Jungle Lodge, where the enormous trees and wildlife live in harmony next to the lodge. As the sun dips behind the hills and the twilight fades, you will be treated to a delicious freshly prepared dinner at the lodge.
Accommodation at Pacuare Lodge 4* for 2 nights, 1 River Suite room, breakfast, lunch, dinner and taxes included.
Since time immemorial, the Cabécar Indians – Costa Rica’s largest indigenous group – have lived in harmony with the rainforest in the mountains near the Pacuare River. These indigenous people traditionally live in small family groups scattered across the jungle. Their remote location has helped them to maintain their customs, language and culture. Today you will have the opportunity to experience their way of life in relative comfort and without invading their privacy. The Lodge helped members of a clan that lives in the nearby Nairi Awari Indigenous Reserve to build a typical Cabécar rancho (thatched house), where the son of a local shaman provides visitors with an introduction to his people’s culture and customs. There are two options for visiting the Cabécar rancho. You can start with a moderate, 30-minute hike through the rainforest, which allows you to see some of the flora and fauna that these indigenous people have long relied on. Or you can take a more direct route, which entails a short walk from the Lodge. Breakfast will be served at the rancho, where you will have the opportunity to learn about this ancient culture. This is an easy hike that takes between one and one-and-a-half hours.
Overnight at Pacuare Lodge 4*, 1 River Suite room, breakfast, lunch, dinner and taxes included.
After yet another serving of Costa Rica’s tastiest coffee and a hearty breakfast, you will pack up and load the rafts in preparation for paddling down the Pacuare gorge past gushing waterfalls, serene pools and pounding rapids. Your morning will be adrenaline-packed, running Class III rapids. You will then be picked up and transferred to La Fortuna, home to the iconic Arenal Volcano.
Arrival and check-in at Hotel Arenal Kioro 4* for two nights, double Suite, breakfast and taxes included.
This morning, you will be picked at your hotel and will be transferred to view points of the Arenal Volcano to enjoy a half day in the rainforest. Transportation, entrance fee, bilingual guide (English-Spanish) & taxes included. Shared tour!
Start your day off with a relaxing ride in an open-air gondola. The breathtaking view will get wider and more breathtaking as you get higher up onto the mountain. Your knowledgeable naturalist guide will educate you about Costa Rica’s nature and wildlife, while pointing out tropical birds and wildlife species. When you reach the observation platform at the top, you’ll realize that you really are in the middle of paradise!
Later, enjoy a walk in the famous hanging bridges. There are trails and bridges that bring you as close as you could ever hope to get to see the birds, flowers, and the lush vegetation of this primary rainforest. The trails are designed for all ability levels and cover a total of 2 miles. Once you are on them you will be able to admire the great diversity of flora and fauna typically found in the tropical rain forest and also have the opportunity to see may different bird and plant species. Transfer back to your hotel and afternoon at leisure in La Fortuna to enjoy the hot springs of your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Arenal Kioro 4*, double Suite, breakfast and taxes included.
Breakfast and private transfer to the beautiful Playa Tamarindo in Guanacaste. From a quiet fishing village, Tamarindo has turned to one of the most famous beach towns in Costa Rica. Surrounded by pristine Langosta beach in the southern part and Playa Grande in the northern part (divided by an estuary), the beach is now world famous for surfing, its bustling town offers plenty of restaurants, bars and discotheques, boutiques and other services. Activities to enjoy in the area, besides surfing, are sport fishing, sailing and snorkeling tours, swimming, diving, zip line, and visit national parks such as Palo Verde or Rincon de la Vieja. Transfer time ~2h30.
Arrival and check-in at hotel Cala Luna 4* in Playa Langosta for 3 nights – 1 Deluxe room. Meals: B
Day at leisure in Tamarindo. Many optional activities are available in the area.
Overnight at hotel Cala Luna 4* – 1 Deluxe room. Meals: B
Today we take you on tour in the wetlands of Palo Verde. On a well-equipped boat you will navigate in the waters of inthe Tempisque River and observe an incredible number of tropical birds. Also enjoy unique opportunities to observe wildlife such as crocodiles, green iguanas, coatis or the always expected white throated capuchin monkeys. To complete the experience, you will be delighted by an invigorating typical Costa Rican buffet lunch. Activity duration: ~6 hours.
Overnight at hotel Cala Luna 4* – 1 Deluxe room. Meals: B,
Today we will provide a private transfer to the International Airport in Liberia (LIR) to take your flight back home. Transfer time ~1h20.
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My husband I and got married back in June 2018 and always wanted to visit Central America, especially Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Therefore we saved hard after our wedding and decided to travel out to this beautiful region over Christmas and the New Year, with 3 weeks in total to play with! We looked at numerous companies of whom to travel with, with the main aim of our funds going to a local travel agent, rather than a big corporate English / US angency. This is when we came across Costa Adventures. From reading through the numerous itinerary’s they had to offer and reviews, we were very impressed with what we saw. We sent an email expressing our interest and what kind of things we were looking to do / achieve whilst away. In no time at all we had Pierre, the company’s main man on the phone talking us through all the options available to us, asking us our interests and trying to gain a feel for what kind of people we were. Whether we wanted an adrenaline packed itinerary, or a more beach and chill out or cultural experience! We decided we wanted todo abit of everything, but loved the fact that they could tailor our honeymoon to what we wanted to do! It wasn’t very long till everything was organised and paid for, which was all hassle free and done via email, which Pierre and Katia (business partners) were very responsive with. On our arrival into Costa Rica, we were very tired after a long time travelling. However following our instructions we managed to find our courier very quickly and safely and got to our first hotel of the trip, welcomed by a wonderful 5 star room, a bottle of wine and a selection of organic chocolate and coffee goodies, of which Costa Rica is famous for! In the morning we set out on our tour, of which took us up into the Mountains and Cloud Forests of Costa Rica, to many of its historic volcanoes and glorious rain forests and lakes. Our transfers were always on time, if not 5 or 10 minutes early every day and everything was booked down to a tee! We trecked, swam, canyoneered, rafted and ate like king and queen! Our transfer across the border across to Nicaragua wasn’t as smooth as we had hoped, but that was our fault travelling so close to Christmas, with everyone (I mean thousands of people) trying to get home to their families! However, we saw this as part of the adventure and again Pierre and Katia were constantly on the phone and liaising with the transfer on the Nicaraguan side to ensure we got through and picked up safely. Nicaragua, we were quite anxious about as we went over during the period of Civil unrest and had read mixed reviews about people’s experiences and safety. However, we needn’t of been! We felt completely safe every step of the way, with everyone being so friendly and thank full for us travelling there! This is a time when they really really need tourists. The economy is so poor and a lot of things are shut up, but this did not hinder our experience! I personally preferred Nicaragua over Costa Rica, due to the fact that it’s less untouched by US commercial tourism and felt that we saw the country as it’s true self! Here again the transfers and guides, in particular Giovanni in Granada and on the Masaya volcano national park trip, were impeccable and just wanted to help and show us what their beautiful country had to offer! We again sunbathed, swam, walked, trecked, eating gorgeous sea water & fresh water fish, witnessing beautiful lakes, volcanoes and cultures! From start to finish we had a fantastic time and loved every second of it! We didn’t even mind spending Christmas and NY abroad away from family and friends, as we were having such a wonderful time! We couldn’t thank Costa Adventures enough and highly highly recommend anyone looking to venture out to this beautiful part of the world, to definitely let these guys do all the hard work of planning an adventure of a lifetime for you ✈️!Read full review
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