- Spend some time alone combining a legendary volcano, a secret national park and the beaches of the Pacific
- The itinerary includes a walk across the forest canopy, zip lining between mountain peaks, cycling in the countryside and canoeing along waterways
- You'll visit some charming places in the heart of the primary forest, mangroves and on wild beaches
- Our service includes a local Concierge assistance and GPS app
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Your first stop is Costa Rica
Included in your itineraryArenal, king of the volcanoes - Spectacular and perfectly cone-shaped,
Rio Celeste National Park - This National Park is as misty and leafy as Arenal but much more intimate, with a deep blue river running through it that splits into a gorgeous waterfall and hot springs perfect for a nice, relaxing swim. The national park doesn't have a lot of visitors as it's off the beaten track, but it's definitely one of our favourites.
Pacific Coast - On the western side of the Nicoya Peninsula, Nosara village is known for its surfing spots and yoga lessons. End the trip with a spot of relaxation: life here is all about going from beach to beach, dipping your feet in the water.
As a couple, you'll loveWaking up in the heart of the forest to the smell of coffee and the calls of howler monkeys - swimming in the hot springs of the Arenal volcano - zip lining across the forest canopy and taking in the scenery - meeting locals in farming villages and fishing harbours - keeping on the lookout for the most diverse animals: agoutis, sloths, badgers, monkeys of many kinds, iguanas, snakes, crocodiles, peacocks, hummingbirds, pelicans... - trying your hand at animal photography, taking advice from your hosts - feasting on local specialities - relaxing by the pool or beach.
International flight to San Jose
Arrive in San Jose and private transfer to your hotel for a good night's sleep. It's hard to miss this hotel - the large, brightly-coloured fresco that covers its exterior facade makes it really stand out. Inside is equally charming, although slightly more muted. In the evening, the roof terrace is the perfect place to see what's going on in the city.
San Jose - Arenal
At the crack of dawn, your hire care is delivered to your hotel. In addition to its magnificent volcano and the ecological richness of its flora and fauna, the drive to Arenal National Park also offers 38°C hot springs and a lake of almost 33 square miles, which is ideal for watersports.
Spend two nights in a lodge located in an old volcano observatory inside a private reserve. The rooms are simple but comfortable and, above all, the view is simply stunning. Trails, pools, waterfalls and rivers invite you to explore and cool down in the middle of the tropical rainforest.
Included in the itinerary: walks along on the ground-based and suspended walkways of the private reserve, an ecosystem that is extraordinarily rich in wildlife. The tunnel, trails and bridges leading into the rainforest offer stunning views of the impressive Arenal Volcano.
The 'Colossus', as it is nicknamed by Costa Ricans, deceived everyone for a long time by appearing to be just a mountain. This made its awakening all the more spectacular, with its devastating eruption in 1968. Arenal has been active ever since. The park is not particularly well-known for its wildlife but rather for its remarkable flora. The foot of the old lava flow is the perfect place to enjoy an exceptional view of the volcano, which is almost as perfectly intact as the lake of the same name.
Included in the itinerary: a walk along the wooden pathways and zip lining over the forest canopy. The upper level of the peaks of Costa Rica's dense, humid forest is the part most exposed to the sun and therefore has a very rich biodiversity. Explore the area on the Sky Tram, small open-air cable cars that provide access to a platform from which the views of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal are absolutely breathtaking. You'll go back down by Sky Trek, a zip line several hundred feet high, which reach speeds of nearly 40 miles per hour: safe thrills and laughter guaranteed.
Option - Hot springs followed by dinner.
Arenal - Bijagua
Drive to Bijagua, gateway to Tenorio Volcano Park and the Rio Celeste. Rarely visited because it's not on a main road, the area offers privacy and amazing misty and leafy landscapes, crossed by an intense blue river with the volcano's three peaks as a backdrop. The river splits into a splendid waterfall and hot springs which you can swim in. It's pretty blissful.
Two-night stay in a hut perched on a hill, with views overlooking the Tenorio and Miravalles volcanoes and the primary forest, into which the property blends perfectly. The eco-lodge was built in harmony with nature in an innovative and very contemporary style, on a huge protected property of several acres. There's no TV or air conditioning in the large rooms - you can find luxury elsewhere - but in these misty and mysterious surroundings, the atmosphere, the eco-friendly ethos and the gourmet dishes made from local produce make for a special stay.
Included in the itinerary - cycling tour of the rural community of Bijagua, located between the Tenorio and Miravalles volcanoes. The Bijagua region is home to a variety of terrains that are great for cycling, including flat gravel roads, open pastures and forest, as well as plantations overlooking the peaks of the two volcanoes. Included in the itinerary: the foothills of the Miravalles volcano and a walk along the Zapote and Bijagua rivers. This is your chance to get a close look at some rainforest animals, such as the tiny strawberry poison-dart frog, monkeys, sloths, toucans and other birds.
Option - A private cooking class on the farm.
Bijagua - Nosara
Head to the Nicoya Peninsula and the Costa Rican 'capital of cool': Nosara. There you will find all the facilities for numerous watersports, including surfing, fishing, diving and swimming. There are also several lovely beaches.
Spend three nights in an intimate location between the jungle and the ocean, in exceptionally luxurious surroundings. The lodge has its own nature reserve where you can see all kinds of animals and a panoramic bar where you can sip sundowner cocktails.
Option - Rafting down Rio Tenorio.
Included in the itinerary - glide through the mangroves in a canoe/kayak. The 125-acre Nosara Biological Reserve is home to a large number of species, such as monkeys, coatis, wild cats and nearly 300 species of birds and crocodiles. You'll stop off at the charming Nosara beach in Ostional National Park, a wildlife refuge of 620 acres and one of the largest sea turtle nesting sites in the world.
Option - private surfing lesson
Nosara - San Jose - Return flight
Return to San Jose, return hire car and overnight return flight. Next-day arrival.
A la carte
Hot springs and dinner at the Ecotermales Hot Springs
Nothing is nicer after a day of adventure in Arenal than a good soak in the warm and healing waters of the Ecotermales hot springs, heated directly by the volcano. The various pools are perfectly integrated into the tropical jungle, with the sounds of the forest as your soundtrack. It's a haven of relaxation.
Private cooking lesson on a farm
Learn the basics of traditional Costa Rican cooking, which is known for using produce such as red beans, sweet potatoes, corn, potatoes and rice. It's definitely not a refined cuisine, but it is hearty and satisfying. Main dishes include gallo pinto, corn tortillas, or tamales, usually accompanied by hot coffee or a traditional sweet drink called 'aguadulce'.
Rafting on the Rio Tenorio
Test your courage by rafting eight miles down the Rio Tenorio over the course of a couple of hours. You will be accompanied by a guide who is fluent in English.
Private surf lessons
A two-hour session with a private instructor, including a 30-minute theory lesson, a one-and-a-half-hour practical lesson, and round-trip transfers from your hotel.
With a few extra days: Panama City
Panama City is undoubtedly one of the most international capitals in Central America; it's a crossroads of culture, economics and nature. Beyond its intense urban expansion, Panama City has its fair share of churches, cobblestone alleyways and elegantly derelict colonial buildings.
Option - Three days/two nights
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