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Inclusions

All accommodation

All internal flights

All tours as specified in the itinerary

All meals as specified in the itinerary

All transfers and transportation

All national park entrance fees

All other entrance fees

24 hour emergency assistance

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International flights – we CAN include these for you, just ask us for a quote.

Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment.

About this tour

A breathtaking itinerary with a good mix of activity and relaxation, perfect for anyone wanting a luxurious trip to some of Costa Rica’s more unique destinations. Beginning in San Jose you will travel by road and then by river raft to Pacuare Lodge in the middle of the rainforest. After this you continue to El Silencio in the Central Valley, a luxurious retreat in pristine surroundings. Then you will have a spectacular light aircraft flight to the Osa Peninsular before taking a boat to reach your secluded eco lodge. Your last night is in a luxury spa hotel in the Central Valley before departing.

Speak to an expert who has been to Costa Rica on 44 020 8191 7772 or toll free from the USA on 0018448806752 Alternatively get in touch via email at [email protected]

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Remember this tour can be tailor made to fit your requirements!

Itinerary

Day 1 - Meet and greet at airport, transfer to hotel

On arrival to San Jose you will be met by your friendly English speaking driver guide who will help you with your luggage and provide you with bottled water. You will be taken by private transfer straight to your hotel (about 30 minutes depending on traffic). Evening at leisure.

Our recommendation: For your evening meal we recommend the restaurant at your hotel, the Grano de Oro. Set around an open air courtyard, it is one of the best in the city and well worth a visit.

Meals Included: None today

Suggested Accommodation: Grano de Oro

Day 2 - Start the adventure to your rainforest lodge!

Early this morning you will be met at your hotel by representatives of Pacuare to start your journey to the lodge. It is about a 2 hour drive in an air conditioned mini bus to the Pacuare River with a stop along the way at a local restaurant for breakfast. Once you arrive to the river you will be given a safety briefing by the team before starting the rafting part of the journey.

The raft in to the lodge takes about 1.5 hours in total arriving at approximately noon in time for lunch. These rapids are class II and III which are considered perfect for beginners. There is no previous experience required for the rafting part of the journey although there is a minimum age of 12 years old and it is not recommended for pregnant women. Your luggage will be taken by land to the lodge and will be waiting for you on arrival. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure.

Rafting Pacuare Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Pacuare Lodge

Day 3 - Canyoning and zip lining tours

This morning after breakfast your guide will meet with you and brief you on the day’s adventures. Canyoning is an activity that combines abseiling, rappelling, climbing, hiking and other activities. The day will start with a short 20 minute walk through the rainforest to El Tesorito Creek in the mountains behind the lodge. There will be a safety demonstration by your guide before you begin the course. The first few rappels are between 2 and 20 metres before you get the chance to take on the 30 meter cliff. There is also some light rock climbing, a waterfall descent and a Tarzan swing. After this you will return to the lodge for lunch.

Canopy Zip Line Tour

After lunch you will be met again by your guide for your afternoon tour of the rainforest canopy. You will start with a leisurely hike of about 20 minutes through the jungle until you reach the first platform. This is a fantastic opportunity to spot wildlife including a variety of birds. Once reaching the platforms there will be a short safety briefing before you start your adventure through the rainforest. There are several zip lines including some abseiling on a network that takes you through the trees and slowly back towards the main lodge.

These activities are just suggestions and there are many more available. Speak to your dedicated Latin America expert about organising activities based on your particular interests.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Pacuare Lodge

Day 4 - River rafting & transfer to cloud forest

After breakfast this morning you will begin your departure from the lodge by river raft. Start with a safety briefing before beginning the adventure along the most beautiful part of the Pacuare River. Rafting out of the lodge takes between 2.5 and 4 hours depending on the water level and there will be a stop along the way for lunch on the river bank. These rapids are class III and IV and are slightly faster and more challenging than the way in to the lodge. Your luggage will be taken by land to the river out point.

Important note: The rapids on the way out of Pacuare lodge are a bit faster and more challenging than the way in, but are still considered suitable for most people with a moderate level of fitness and willingness to take part in soft adventure activities such as horse riding and hiking. The minimum age is 12 years old and it is not recommended for pregnant women or people who have recently had surgery.

Private transfer to the cloud forest

After arriving to the river out point you will be met by your private driver guide and taken by private transfer to El Silencio (about a 3 hour drive). Upon arrival to El Silencio you will be welcomed by your eco concierge and shown to your private bungalow. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Suggested Accommodation: El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Days 5 & 6 - At leisure in your cloud forest reserve

Explore El Silencio’s verdant 500 acre private reserve and enjoy the comforts of your own luxury bungalow. You can explore 6 miles of private hiking trails taking you past beautiful creeks, a hummingbird garden and three hidden waterfalls. You can also participate in a complimentary tree planting ceremony. There is an excellent spa and a wide range of other activities such as zip lining, waterfall rappelling, oxcart painting, wine tasting, a visit to the local village, pick your own vegetables in the organic garden, coffee and chocolate tours, horse riding and many more that can be organised.

El Silencio Luxury Bungalow

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Day 7 - Light aircraft flight to Osa Peninsular

After breakfast this morning you will be met at your hotel and taken by private transfer to San Jose airport (just under an hour’s drive) to catch your light aircraft flight to Golfito on the Osa Peninsular. On arrival you will be welcomed by representatives of Playa Cativo and taken to the dock to board the boat that will take you to the lodge. The boat trip across the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce takes about 30 minutes. After checking into your room lunch is served and the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Playa Cativo

Days 8 & 9 - Activities at your remote eco lodge

During your stay at Playa Cativo you have complimentary use of kayaks, stand up paddle boards, self guided nature trails and complimentary snorkeling equipment. We have also included one complimentary on site guided tour during your stay.

Tours and activities include an off grid alternative energy tour, artisanal hand line pier fishing, introduction to tropical wildlife, Rio Esquinas mangrove and ocean kayaking, nocturnal rainforest expedition, river and waterfall hike, several bird watching tours, guided snorkerling, whale and dolphin watching, yoga sessions and massages.

Playa Cativo Snorkeling

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Playa Cativo

Day 10 - Journey to your Central Valley spa hotel

This morning you will take the boat back across the Golfo Dulce to Golfito from where you will be met and taken to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to San Jose.

On arrival to San Jose you will be met and taken by private transfer to your hotel in the Central Valley, only a 20 minutes drive from the airport.

Enjoy your final evening by visiting the excellent spa at your hotel or relaxing in the pool with beautiful views over the valley.

Xandari Costa Rica Vegetable Garden

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Xandari

Day 11 - Transfer to the airport for departure

Check-out and private transfer from your hotel to the airport (about 20 minutes) for your return international flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation

Below is our suggested accommodation for this tour. Our Costa Rica experts have intimate knowledge of all the accommodation options in Costa Rica having personally visited or stayed in many themselves. Speak to one of our specialists about the type of accommodation you would like to include.

Destinations Visited On This Tour

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Call one of our friendly Latin America experts on 0208 191 7772 from the UK or toll free from the states on 0018448806752. Alternatively, just complete the form below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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