Luxury Eco Costa Rica

8 Nights/9 Days

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Trip highlights

  • San Jose

  • White water rafting

  • Cabecar Indian visit

  • Papagayo Peninsula

  • Pristine Rainforest

  • Incredible Wildlife 

Day 1

Arrive (Costa Rica)- transfer to San Jose

 

Welcome to Costa Rica!

Transfer from airport to your hotel.

Rest of day at leisure

Overnight in San Jose :

Costa Rica Marriott

Details

Arrive

Transfer to hotel from airport

Set on a splendid 30-acre coffee plantation, your luxurious hotel has unique colonial architecture. It  is only ten minutes away from the Juan Santamaria International Airport and 20 minutes from the center of San Jose. The hotel features 290 rooms and 9 Suites. All rooms are elegantly decorated and are equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, high speed internet for a fee, coffee maker, mini-bar, electronic safe deposit box, iron, ironing board, bathtub shower/tub combination, bathrobe and hair dryer. Costa Rica Marriott offers its guests two restaurants, a Lobby Bar & Lounge, a Cafeteria and 24-hour room service. In addition, the property has two swimming pools (one for adults and one for children), Jacuzzi, fitness centre, sauna, spa, three tennis courts, a golf training course, jogging fitness trail, mini- golf, beauty parlour and souvenir boutique. The hotel has a smoke-free policy.

Rest of day at leisure

Overnight in Arenal :

Costa Rica Marriot

Day 2

Pacuare River Rafting Adventure

Early morning pick-up and transfer to Pacuare river with breakfast included at local restaurant.

First day - 1.5 hr rafting journey (Class II-III rapids) towards Pacuare lodge.

 

After Lunch take a sustainability tour or just relax for the rest of the day

 

Evening - candlelight gourmet delicacies await plus you can relax later in the lounge before a restful nights sleeep.

Overnight at Pacuare river bank:

Pacuare lodge

(Breakfast, Lunch and dinner)

Details

Pacuare River Rafting Adventure

Your adventure starts rafting down the Pacuare River through breathtaking canyons and luxuriant vegetation to reach the singular Pacuare Lodge. This protected zone of incomparable beauty covers approximately 25,000 acres extending from the town of Siquirres to the Talamanca Mountain Range. This is the perfect way to explore one of Costa Rica’s most exquisite rainforest, allowing guests time to fully enjoy a variety of excursions and the area’s breathtaking natural scenery.

Early morning pick-up at the lobby of your hotel to be transferred to Pacuare river put-in (approx. 2H30). A typical Costa Rican breakfast is included in a local restaurant, en route.

The Pacuare River has its source in the Talamanca Range and flows approximately 108 km to the Caribbean coast. It is a popular location for whitewater rafting, whitewater kayaking and river boarding. The rainforests that surround the river are home to exotic animal species such as jaguars, monkeys, ocelots, and a very large number of birds. The Pacuare River has been recognized as one of one of the top ten scenic rivers in the world by National Geographic Magazine.

 

After arriving at the river, Pacuare Lodge’s expert guides will explain safety precautions and provide you with the necessary rafting gear before the rafting adventure begins. Once in the water, you’ll experience sheer exhilaration as you face the challenge of each huge wave, battling surging waters down miles of raging rapids.

In this first day on the river, a journey that takes just over an hour and a half (class II-III rapids), the river passes through scenic canyons where crystal clear waterfalls plummet down into the rapidly coursing river below. Tall trees and dense green vegetation come right down to the water’s edge. The thick undergrowth of this protected area provides shelter for a variety of tropical animals and birds, including some endangered species. As you round the bend, you’ll spy the indigenous-style facilities of the Pacuare Lodge.

Here you’ll disembark from your raft and walk up the gently rising steps to the main lodge. Arrival to Pacuare Lodge is estimated between 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

After lunch, you can take the Sustainability Tour with a naturalist guide, explore the rainforest sliding along cables from tree to tree (not include in the price of this package) or simply relax in your private bungalow.

 

In the evening, dine on gourmet delicacies by candlelight and then visit the upstairs lounge for a drink before leaving to a restful night’s sleep.

The Pacuare Lodge’s kitchen staff is made up of young people from nearby communities. There is no a professional chef, but talented local people that have learned the secrets for great tasty meals. They like to surprise guests with combinations of flavors, local ingredients, innovative recipes and nice dish presentations. It is not fancy, but it is delicious enough to warrant opening a bottle of good wine, which is why they keep the cellar well stocked with vintages from around the world.

 

Your stay at Pacuare Lodge includes:

Shared ground transportation, bilingual professional guides, all necessary equipment, breakfast in route, all meals in the lodge, hot beverages and picnic lunch along the river and the Cabecar community visit and rainforest hike.

Maximum luggage permitted

Weight: 25 lbs/11.5 kg.

Size: 55 cm/22 in.

Height: 40 cm/16 in. wide

Luggage should fit inside the dry bags used to transport all food and supplies in and out the Lodge.

Overnight at Pacuare river bank:

Pacuare lodge

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 3

Rainforst Hike & Cabecar Indian Visit

Breakfast served at the main lodge this morning.

We shall take a rainforest hike and discover the Cabecar culture.

 

Overnight at Pacuare river bank :

Pacuare lodge

(Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner)

Details

Rainforst Hike & Cabecar Indian Visit

You’ll wake up to bird song and the soothing sound of the river nearby. Then head over to the main lodge for a delicious breakfast of home-made bread, tropical fruits, yogurt, eggs, pancakes, cereal and juice and coffee.

This morning, enjoy a rainforest hike and discover the Cabecar culture.

 

The Talamanca Mountains are home to the Cabecar Indians, the largest indigenous group in Costa Rica, and one that retains many of its traditional customs and beliefs. In contrast to many other indigenous groups, the Cabecar do not live in villages, but prefer small family units scattered throughout this isolated region.

 

From Pacuare Lodge, you will have the opportunity to discover and experience Cabecar’s way of life in relative comfort and without invading their privacy. In fact, Pacuare Lodge helped members of a clan that lives in the nearby Nairi Awari Indigenous Reserve to build a typical Cabecar Rancho (thatched house) not far from the lodge where the son of a local shaman (or medicine man) provides visitors with an introduction to their culture and customs.

 

This Rancho can be reached with a short hike from the lodge. There are two options. 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.

Duration: with jungle hike 1h30 hours, without hike 1 hour.

Level of difficulty: easy.

Includes: Guide and breakfast.

What to bring? Comfortable clothes, hiking shoes, a hat, raincoat, camera, binoculars, insect repellent and sunscreen

 

Important Notes:

 

*As an indigenous people with little contact with the outside world, the Cabécar can sometimes be shy and reclusive; this will influence the amount of time and contact visitors will have with the Shaman.

* We urge our guests to request permission from our guide before taking photographs of any Cabécar people. The Cabécar are very jealous of their customs and way of life and do not like to be photographed, and we strongly respect this wish.

* A percentage of the tour cost goes directly to the Cabécar family and will be invested in sustainable projects with this community. Rest of the day at leisure before dinner.

Our suggestion, a massage treatment at Pacuare Lodge’s Jawa Juü Spa (not included).

Overnight at Pacuare river bank :

Pacuare lodge

(Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner)

Day 4

Pacuare - San Jose - Papagayo Peninsula

 

Breakfast at the lodge before heading back to San Jose for your local flight to Liberia and transfer to your hotel for your 4 nights of relaxation.

Overnight in Liberia :

Four Seasons Papagayo

(Breakfast)

Details

 

Pacuare - San Jose - Papagayo Peninsula

 

Breakfast at the lodge. Morning departure from the lodge by land and connect with a ground transfer back to San Jose (approx. 2H30min) to take a local flight to Liberia (approx. 50 min), upon arrival, a private transportation will be waiting to drive you to your hotel (approx. 45 min).

 

Guanacaste province encompasses dry, wet and very humid forests, including the protected areas of the few remnants of the tropical dry forests which once extended from Mexico along all the Pacific coast, and which today has practically disappeared from the Mesoamerican scenery. The region of the Northern Pacific is a land of beautiful landscapes made up of bays, gulfs, and hills splattered with forests and cliffs, panoramic routes, volcanoes, wild rivers, beautiful beaches of gray, fine dark, white and golden sands bathed by a blue sea of clear waters, with mainly gentle waves and rich in fish and seashore birds. The climate is very hot and dry during the summer, which usually lasts from December to April, and hot and humid during the rest of the year. The average annual temperature is 27C.

Spilling down a lush mountainside to an isthmus of golden sand at the Papagayo gulf, Four Seasons introduces exemplary luxury and service to this pristine setting. Feel the natural embrace of one of the earth’s most perfectly preserved ecosystems. In the lush Guanacaste province, in Costa Rica’s Northwest corner, you will find yourself amidst a landscape of forests and deep blue Pacific waters.

Overnight in Liberia :

Four Seasons Papagayo

(Breakfast)

Day 5 to 7

Papagayo Peninsula

Spend the next 3 days relaxing and taking advantage of all the facilities on offer in resort.

The resort itself can offer additional activities such as visits to; national parks, Canopy Tours, Sunset tours even perhaps a day visit to Nicaragua(Visa's permitting) - Additional costs

 

Overnight in Liberia :

Four Seasons Papagayo

(Breakfast)

Day 8

Last day and transfer to Liberia airport flight onto San Jose

Private transfer to the Airport for flight to San Jose.  Here, you can connect with you international flight home.

Departure - We recommend that you arrive at the international airport 3 hours prior to your departure flight (or 2 hours if travelling business class). Your departure time will be given to you by your chauffeur guide. It is recommended that you check in online for your departure flight so that you can avoid long queues at the airport check in counters. On line check in is available for most airlines 24 hours before your flight. Your hotel will be able to help you with this if necessary. We wish you a pleasant journey back home or to your next destination.

International flights home

Trip details

Price from £ 3060  Per person based on twin share basis, subject to exchange rates.

With Premium Economy international flights prices from approx £4235 per person

Price includes

  • Services of English speaking guide(s) as per itinerary

  • Private arrival and departure transfers.

  • Local flights

  • Meals included as indicated

  • Guided visits as indicated

  • Rafting, Hiking & cabecar Visit as outlined

  • Hotels shown are subject to availability & can change

  • ATOL protection (When taking international flights)

Additional Extra's

  • International flights

  • Additional unscheduled or local excursions & tours

  • Departure tax from Costa Rica Airport approx US$29

  • Immunisations

  • Visa's

  • Personal travel insurance

  • local gratuaties