Itinerary Highlights
  • An action-packed trip to this land of biodiversity for adventurers and nature lovers
  • Raft on the Pacuare River to your lodge, walk through the forest canopy, and kayak through the Nosara mangroves, admiring its many animals as you go
  • Glamping on a paradise island: take two days out to relax and swim
  • During your adventure, everything has been planned for you, with our app and a local Concierge service

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Costa Rican Adventure

You'll raft to your first lodge, which is only accessible by river: this immediately sets the tone of your trip. Snake along the banks, veer right, veer left, cling to the rim of the inflatable raft, glide along the water, far, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. After one-and-a-half hours of white water rafting, you'll reach the heart of the rainforest. From your little bungalow with its palm roof, and no electricity, you can really appreciate the noises of the great forest. You'll spend the day there riding, hiking through the mountains, having a hot stone massage by the riverside or aromatherapy treatments - it's entirely up to you. The only time you'll leave you're little refuge is to spend four hours rafting down the Pacuare River admiring the rainforest,
steep canyons, waterfalls, and cascades as you go. Your exploration doesn't stop here: as soon as you arrive in Saraquipi, you'll leave for an observation walk at night along the trails of the forest, as the animals wake up and take over the surroundings. The next day, at Arenal, there is a hike to the heart of the mountains.It's a two-stage journey through the forest canopy: first, you'll go up into the treetops by cable car - coming across monkeys and sloths among the trees - then come back down by zip line from platform to platform. After a night in a lodge at the foot of the Tenorio Volcano under a blanket of stars, you'll set off for a walk along hanging bridges in the heart of the forest canopy, were you'll catch sight of monkeys, sloths, toucans and a plethora of birds. Then, after one more look at the volcanoes, you'll head to the Pacific Coast. A trip by canoe or kayak takes you to the heart of Nosara's mangroves. The interlacing roots of the mangroves are home to hibiscus, herons, crabs and caimans; sea turtles lay eggs on Nosara's stunning beach. To wrap up the trip, you'll set up camp in a tent on little Isla Jesusita - a canvas shelter under the stars. Camping? No, it's glamping, the chic and more comfortable version. As night falls, set out by kayak to observe the bio-luminescent plankton, a rare and eerily beautiful natural phenomenon. Then enjoy the island's charms.

Included in your itinerary

Airport lounges, personalised welcome, private transfers, rental car, smartphone app: we have organised every last detail for you to make your trip easier. If you need something along the way or experience a setback, you can contact our local Concierge.

Route

Everything is 100% tailored to you
DAY 1

Flight to San Jose

Arrive in San Jose in the late afternoon, private transfer and check in for the night at your hotel. From the outside, the hotel stands out for the large, brightly-coloured fresco that covers its exterior facade. Inside is equally charming, although slightly more muted. The communal areas have beautiful parquet floors, and the rooms are very well-appointed. At the restaurant, you can enjoy simple food, made well. In the evening, the roof terrace is perfect for enjoying the cool night air.

DAY 2

San Jose - Rio Pacuare

Morning departure to Rio Pacuare, one of the world's top five rafting rivers, which is rated class III and IV for rafting.
Things to see - Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral, the site of an important pilgrimage every year.
In the itinerary - Pacuare, a rafting hot spot. Rio Pacuare is an absolute must for watersports. It has miles of downhill rafting between deep gorges, steep canyon walls, thundering cascades and rainforest. After a hearty breakfast en route, it's time for instructions from the guide and a briefing on rafting techniques and safety. In the water: an intense one-and-a-half hours through beautiful landscapes and then it's up to your accommodation for the next two nights, a charming lodge that blends into nature and is only accessible by river. The architecture embraces the natural environment; the service is discreet and personal; the vast bungalows with palm leaf roofs open out on to the jungle. There's no electricity in most of them, but that's part of the charm. Worthy of mention is the practically fine-dining restaurant, where you can dine on the banks of the river or at the top of a tree (with zip line access!).

DAY 3

Rio Pacuare

A day to appreciate the full experience and make the most of the lodge and the numerous on-site activities. This is undoubtedly one of the most remote places in the country, and we love it.
Included in the itinerary, depending on your preferences: Riding, hiking the mountains to explore the forest canopy by zip line, a hot stone massage by the river or an aromatherapy treatment.

DAY 4

Rio Pacuare - Rio Saraquipi

Included in the itinerary - Early departure from the lodge for four hours of rafting, an exceptional journey between canyons and wild riverbanks, and past waterfalls. Take in the breathtaking scenery that is best enjoyed when, from time to time, the waters are calm. On arrival in Siquirres, set between plains and banana fields, pick up your luggage and hire car to head to Rio Sarapiqui. Spend the night in an ancient hacienda with colonial architecture and surrounded by gardens, which has preserved a simple charm; this can be seen in the rooms, which are furnished and decorated with colonial antiques. Most of all, you'll love the warm welcome and wise advice of the owner. The food is a nice surprise.
Included in the itinerary - an observation walk at night on the trails of Hacienda La Isla. At dusk, explore the rainforest as the animals awake and take over the surroundings. Accompanied by the noises of the great forest, you will encounter many insects, frogs, nocturnal mammals and maybe even some snakes.

DAY 5

Rio Saraquipi - Arenal - Bijagua

Included in the itinerary - Arenal, a hike to the heart of the mountains. This is a two-stage journey through the forest canopy: first, you'll go up into the treetops by cable car - coming across monkeys and sloths among the trees - then come back down by zip line from platform to platform. Thrills guaranteed!
Head to Bijagua and the beautiful Tenorio Volcano National Park. Two-night stay at the foot of the Tenorio and Miravalles volcanoes. The twelve bungalows dotted around the natural surroundings are mainly glass, so you fall asleep under a blanket of stars. In the morning, the hummingbirds buzz and squirrels come to nibble food out of the owner Christine's hand. Christine succumbed to the charms of the simple life, or 'la pura vida' as they call it here, and always gives good advice. We love the tranquillity of the place, the comfort of the bungalows, the red cedarwood hot tub, surrounded by orchards of citrus fruit trees -lemon, bergamot and grapefruit - and gardens of orchids and tropical plants.

DAY 6

Bijagua

Included in the itinerary - A walk on the hanging bridges in the heart of the forest canopy with a private nature guide. In the foothills of the Tenorio volcano, the Heliconia Private Reserve has 185 acres of rainforest and offers spectacular views of Lake Nicaragua. During the walk, you'll get to see monkeys, sloths, toucans and, for the lucky ones, tapirs.
Must-see: Tenorio Volcano National Park. On one of the most beautiful trails in the country between jungle, waterfalls and natural hot springs, discover the Rio Celeste, which originates at the meeting point of two rivers, crosses volcanic hot springs and sulphur springs before forming a magnificent waterfall. It is renowned for its surreal turquoise blue colour, which is due to the minerals in the water that contrast with the intense green of the tropical vegetation - or, according to legend, it's due to the fact that God washed his brushes here after painting the sky blue.

DAYS 7 & 8

Bijagua - Nosara

One last look at the volcanoes and then it's time to head to the Pacific Coast. You'll see some treasures along the way, including the Rio Tempisque crossing and the sandy shores of the Colorado Gulf.
Nosara village is a hot spot for surfing and yoga in Costa Rica. Situated on the Nicoya Peninsula, facing the Pacific Ocean, the village has maintained a chilled-out vibe. Stay for two nights in a secluded hotel between the jungle and the ocean, on Nosara and Ostional beaches. It's an intimate location in an exceptionally luxurious setting. The spacious rooms offer all the mod cons and the food is excellent. The hotel has its own nature reserve where all kinds of animal species can be found. At the end of the day, you can enjoy a sundowner cocktail at the hotel's panoramic bar. It's the perfect end to the day.
Included in the itinerary - A canoe/kayak ride through the Nosara mangrove. The 120 acres of the Nosara nature reserve is home to monkeys, crocodiles, coatis, wild cats and 270 species of birds. Stop off at the beautiful beach of Nosara, one of the world's largest sea turtle nesting sites.
Option - Private surfing lesson.

DAYS 9 & 10

Nosara - Isla Jesusita

Next up is Nicoyana Beach. Then transfer by boat to the tiny Isla Jesusita and spend two nights in your tented accommodation. Camping? No, it's glamping, the chic and more comfortable version. It's a large and beautiful tent, with luxurious bedding. All this on an island that could be called deserted, apart from the lush vegetation that comes right up to the door, or rather the fabric entrance, of the tent. Spend two days in the clear water or stretched out on a lounger on the private terrace.
Included in your itinerary - Night kayaking to observe the bio-luminescent plankton.
Option - A private boat ride over the waters of the Gulf of Nicoya.

DAYS 11 & 12

Isla Jesusita - San Jose - Return flight

Arrive at the quay in Paquera. The ferry crossing, accompanied by pelicans and frigate birds, offers a final moment of utter serenity, and after an hour-long crossing in the sun, you'll land in Puntarenas where freshly prepared coconuts will quench your thirst. Head to San Jose. Return flight. Overnight flight, arriving the next day.

A la carte

Boat trip on the Gulf of Nicoya

Speedboat with private skipper for a day cruising the Gulf of Papagayo. In the itinerary: snorkelling and a beach picnic.
Optional

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip is £4,800 to £6,200 per person. This trip is tailor-made to your exact specifications so prices will fluctuate. The cost varies according to several factors, including the level of service, duration of the trip and how far in advance you book. The final cost will vary according to several factors, including the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be shown on your personalised quote. The average price for this trip is £5300 per person.
  • International flights with a scheduled airline
  • Airport taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Access to the lounge at your departure airport
  • Personal airport reception and assistance
  • Private transfer from the airport to the hotel on arrival in San Jose
  • Car hire for eight days
  • Ferry from Paqueras to Puntarenas
  • Overnight stay in San Jose in a double room with breakfast
  • Two-night stay in Pacuare in a double room, full board
  • Overnight stay in Sarapiqui in a double room with breakfast
  • Two-night stay in Bijagua in a double room, full board
  • Two-night stay in Nosara in a double room with breakfast
  • Two-night stay in Isla Jesusita in a double room, half board
  • Two rafting trips to Pacuare with a private guide
  • Riding, hiking through the forest canopy, a hot stone massage or aromatherapy treatment: chose from three activities at your lodge in Pacuare
  • An observation walk at night along the Haciendia La Isla trails with a guide
  • Sky Tram and Sky Trek, a forest canopy hike with an instructor
  • A private walk on the suspension bridges of Heliconia with a guide
  • Kayak the canals of the Nosara Ecological Reserve with a guide
  • Night kayaking to observe bio-luminescent plankton on Isla Jesusita
  • Our local Concierge service
  • A GPS navigation service accessible from our app, loaded with your itinerary, hotel details and places to visit
  • A few of the benefits of travelling with us
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