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Our Private Week in Costa Rica

8 days

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Our Distinctive A+ R Style

+ Explore the pristine waterways of Tortuguero National on morning and afternoon canal safaris with our expert naturalists… You’ll discover a remarkable variety of tropical flora and fauna.
+ Tailor your stay at Arenal with the included privately-guided adventure of your choice… Nature hikes, kayaking, horseback riding and birdwatching are just some of the possibilities!
+ You’ll love our enchanting new resort at Arenal and the wide range of activities available! So feel free to add extra nights here or at any of our fine resorts and lodges.
+ With forests, beaches and spectacular rocky headlands, Manuel Antonio is the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s national parks… Tailor your exploration with the adventure of your choice!
+ With 7 nights in our deluxe and luxury hotels; 11 meals; a complete program of flexible excursions with our expert naturalists; all transfers; all 3 internal flights; and all gratuities except for your guides

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Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the deluxe Grano de Oro, an award-winning boutique hotel set in a restored Victorian mansion in the heart of the capital.

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Travel to Tortuguero on the Caribbean Coast

Manatus Lodge - Tortuguero, Costa Rica

After an early breakfast, our private car and driver will take you to the airport for your included flight to Tortuguero where a boat will take you to the Manatus Hotel. With only 12 air-conditioned rooms, our boutique hotel is the finest in the region. You can take some time this morning to relax by the pool or explore the lush garden grounds of our hotel. After lunch, join other Manatus guests for a guided tour of Tortuguero, a small village that offers a glimpse into daily life along Costa Rica’s lush Caribbean coast. Meals B+L+D

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The Waterways of Tortuguero National Park

Manatus Lodge - Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Often referred to as “The Amazon of Costa Rica,” Tortuguero is a verdant tropical wetland filled with exotic flora and fauna waiting to be discovered. Spectacled caiman, Southern River otter, a variety of freshwater turtles, and West Indian manatee are among the marine creatures that inhabit these waterways. Along the shores, you might observe Spider, Howler and Capuchin monkeys as well as a wide variety of tropical birds. Today you’ll join other hotel guests on morning and afternoon expeditions along the pristine canals of Tortuguero National Park. Of course, our expert naturalists are onboard to deepen your understanding and appreciation of this unique eco-system and its diverse flora and fauna. Meals B+L+D

A return transfer by water brings you to the airport for your included flight to La Fortuna, the gateway to the splendors of the Arenal region. On arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted in a private chauffeured vehicle to our luxury resort, set in the lush forests at the base of the Arenal Volcano. Settle in to your spacious private cabin and take the rest of this day to enjoy the idyllic setting and fine amenities here at Amor Arenal. Meals B

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5

Personalize Your Stay at Arenal

Amor Arenal - La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Tailor your stay at Arenal to your personal interests and taste for adventure. We include a wide variety of excursions, all accompanied by your own private expert naturalist… Just pick the adventure you want to enjoy this morning:

 

  • Hanging Bridges through the Forest Canopy: Join your private naturalist guide to explore nearly 2 miles of aerial trails that wind their way through the rainforest canopy high above the shadowy floor. Observe and learn about the diverse flora and fauna that thrive in this unique environment and thrill to spectacular views of Arenal Volcano. 4-hour tour appropriate for all ages.
 
  • Nature Hike in Arenal Volcano National Park: Perfect for all visitors, this privately guided 3-hour excursion explores the well-maintained trails of the National Park. Traversing lava flows and winding through the vegetation with no steep ascents or descents, this is a pleasant and gentle way to discover the indigenous flora and fauna.
 
  • Mountain Biking on Forest Trails along Lake Arenal: Covering a variety of terrain including trails and gravel roads, this 4-hour adventure with a private naturalist guide reveals the varied ecosystems along the shores of Lake Arenal and stretching toward the Caño Negro River. From farmland to rainforest, you’ll have a chance to spot a variety of wildlife, including monkeys and toucans. Along the way, you’ll stop for a light snack and a dip in the lake.
 
  • Birdwatching Expedition: Available in the early morning or afternoon, this excursion with your own naturalist guide can be tailored to your personal interests and experience – exploring the shores of Lake Arenal or closer to your hotel. Toucans, parrots, tanagers and cinnamon woodpeckers are some of the species that you might check off your list.
 
  • Coffee Plantation Tour: Spending time on a family-owned estate is a fun and enriching way to learn about the many steps required to bring a cup of fine, organically grown coffee from the field to your breakfast table.
 
  • Chocolate Tour: The love of chocolate is nearly universal, and Costa Rica is no exception… and with its ideal terrain and climate, the locally-produced chocolate is delicious! Visit a nearby farm where cocoa is grown and processed to produce this delectable sweet – and delight in a hands-on experience that of course includes a chocolate tasting!
 
  • Boating or Kayaking the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Wetlands: Setting out in a motorboat or by kayak with your own naturalist guide, this excursion explores the pristine waterways of this wildlife refuge – home to sloths, monkeys, caimans and a rich variety of tropical birds.
 
  • Kayak Adventure on Lake Arenal: This privately guided adventure on Central America’s second largest lake offers breathtaking views of Arenal Volcano and to observe a variety of birds and wildlife that gather along the shoreline including Howler monkeys, kingfishers and blue herons.
 
  • Nature Hike to Fortuna Waterfall: Cascading 200 feet down a sheer volcanic face and surrounded by verdant vegetation, La Fortuna is one of Central America’s most beautiful waterfalls. In the engaging company of your private naturalist guide, you’ll hike about 20 minutes through the rainforest to reach the viewpoint. If you wish, you can refresh with a dip in the pristine pool at the base of the falls. The hike back up the stairs is steep in places and can be slippery, but this tour is appropriate for active in-shape travelers of all ages.
 
  • Horseback Riding to Fortuna Waterfall: This privately-guided 3-hour excursion takes you by horseback through green pastures and forested mountains with wonderful views of the San Carlos Valley. Leaving your horse tethered at the trailhead, you’ll hike down to the base of the falls where you can refresh with a dip in the pool. The return journey on horseback winds through pastoral farmlands that provide habitat for a variety of tropical birds.
 
  • Safari Float on the Peñas Blancas River:  With our experienced river guide to paddle and guide your raft down a gently flowing stretch of the Peñas Blancas, this 4-hour adventure is perfect for travelers who want to relax and enjoy the experience. The scenery is breathtaking and riverbanks are home to diverse wildlife like Howler monkeys, river otters, crocodiles and a variety of tropical birds including osprey, heron and kingfisher.
 
  • Zip Line Adventure through the Forest Canopy: This 3-hour excursion combines adrenaline-rushing thrills with a chance to experience the rainforest from a whole new perspective. With 12 platforms and more than 1,000 feet of cable strung through the lush canopy, you’ll “fly” through the tree tops, enjoying spectacular views of Arenal Volcano and a chance to espy toucans, sloths, monkeys, butterflies and variety of birds. Complete instructions are included along with all necessary equipment: Helmet, harness and gloves are provided.


Following your chosen adventure, your afternoon is free. You might indulge in a treatment at the full service Amor Arenal Spa, soak in your personal plunge pool, or simply take in the rainforest views from your private deck. Of course, you can add extra nights here at our luxury Arenal resort – to simply relax or with additional privately-guided adventures.  Meals B

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6

Fly to Manuel Antonio National Park

Parador Resort & Spa - Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

After breakfast, you’ll be chauffeured to Fortuna Airport for your included flight to the Pacific Coast. On arrival in Quepos, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted by private car to our luxury hilltop resort. As an A+R guest, you’ll enjoy a Premium Room with a private balcony that offers breathtaking ocean and jungle views.  Meals B

Day
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Your Choice of Adventure at Manuel Antonio

Parador Resort & Spa - Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

With its dense forests, spectacular ocean beaches and dramatic rocky headlands, Manuel Antonio is widely hailed as the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s National Parks. Today, you can personalize your exploration of Manuel Antonio with the included excursion of your choice. All adventures are accompanied by your own personal naturalist guide:

 

  • Guided Nature Hike in the National Park: With our experienced naturalist, this privately guided hike takes you along a 2-mile loop through Manuel Antonio. There are no steep ascents or descents, making this a great excursion for travelers of all ages. With stops to take in the views and a chance to swim in the ocean, this excursion offers a chance to observe the Park’s wildlife including sloths, monkeys, reptiles, and a wide variety of birds and butterflies.
 
  • Kayak Adventure through the Mangrove Estuaries of Damas Island: This 4-hour excursion begins as you kayak down the gently flowing Paquita River under a verdant forest canopy – with your private naturalist guide on hand to offer insight into the riverine flora and fauna. Reaching the lush mangrove estuaries of Damas Island, you’ll continue to paddle along the channels and through natural tunnels created by the mangroves – prime habitat for a variety of birds including herons, kingfishers and ospreys. One or 2-person kayaks and all equipment are provided. This excursion is also available in the evening when nocturnal species can be heard and seen. Lunch or dinner is included.
 
  • Kayaking and Snorkeling Expedition: Enjoy at least two hours of kayaking among the islands and inlets of Manuel Antonio’s Pacific coast – a chance to observe numerous marine birds and their nesting sites. Stopping in a secluded bay, you can rest and enjoy a bit of refreshment. Snorkeling gear is provided if you wish to explore the undersea realm, home to a variety of marine life including parrotfish and sea turtles. One or 2-person kayaks and all equipment are provided. This excursion is available in the morning or afternoon and includes lunch or dinner.
 
  • Boating Excursion through the Mangrove Estuaries: The mangrove trees that thrive in the estuary waters of Manuel Antonio’s Pacific coast are an important habitat for a rich variety of birds, reptiles and mammals. Exploring in a covered boat with your own personal naturalist is a comfortable and relaxing way to enjoy the scenery – and to observe and learn about the unique flora and fauna. This 4-hour expedition is also available in the evening when nocturnal species can be heard and observed; lunch or dinner is included.

 
After your privately guided adventure, the rest of your day is free to enjoy the amenities and mountain setting of the Parador Resort & Spa. If you wish, we can arrange additional nights here at our luxury resort; with more time, you can simply relax poolside, indulge in a spa treatment or two, or head down to the beach. Of course, we can also arrange for additional privately-guided adventures by land and water.  Meals B

Day
8

Departure

You’ll be chauffeured to the airport in San Jose. Meals B

Extend Your Trip

El Silencio Lodge & Spa

4 Days from $1,299

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Day
1

From Manuel Antonio to El Silencio Lodge & Spa

At the end of your Private Week in Costa Rica tour, set out with your private car and driver on a scenic overland drive that will take you northward into the lushly forested interior. Sit back and enjoy the passing vistas on this enthralling 3.5-hour journey to our luxury rainforest lodge. On arrival, check in to your spacious suite with its private deck and jetted pool. The rest of this day is yours to revel in the pristine setting of El Silencio. If you wish, you might book an optional treatment at the Esencia Spa, situated creek-side in the tropical forest.  Meals B

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Tailor Your Exploration

Personalize this day to your personal interests and taste for adventure with one of our included excursions. Led by an engaging naturalist guide, you’ll join other lodge guests on the adventure of your choice. Here are some of the activities you might enjoy:
 
Daybreak Birdwatching: Set out with a sharp-eyed naturalist to explore along some of the trails that surround our Lodge. Among the colorful tropical species that inhabit these lush forests are hummingbirds, the aptly named black guan and even the resplendent quetzal.
 
Horseback Riding: This is an exciting way to enjoy picture-perfect views of the Poas Volcano and to explore the countryside that surrounds the community of Bajos del Toro. Along the way, you might have a chance to engage with local residents and experience a slice of rural life.
 
Waterfall Hike: Explore along forest paths that follow the banks of a pristine creek that meanders through tranquil stretches and fast-flowing rapids. Learn about the unique eco-system of the cloud forest as you make your way to a beautiful waterfall deep in the forest.
 
Back at the Lodge, you can relax in your private outdoor jetted pool or maybe indulge in an optional spa treatment. Come meal time, you’ll have a chance to experience why El Silencio is also renowned for its kitchen! With its own organic farm, greenhouse, trout pond and free-range chickens, you can enjoy farm-to-table meals that showcase modern Costa Rican cuisine at its freshest and finest.  Meals B

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3

Another Day at El Silencio

Delight in another day at our luxury Lodge. Like yesterday, you can tailor your exploration to your interests and personal style. Here are some of the other excursions that are available; all are led by experienced naturalists in the company of other Lodge guests:
 
Adventure Park: Travelers with a taste for active adventure will love these experiences. With all gear and instruction provided, you’ll zip-line through the forest canopy and rappel down the face of thundering waterfalls. You can do either – or both!
 
Coffee Journey: The highlands that surround our Lodge are home to some of Central America’s most esteemed coffee farms. Led by a true coffee connoisseur, this sit-down experience explores the history and social impact of Costa Rica’s thriving coffee industry. Of course, you’ll taste and learn about some of the many locally sourced coffee varieties.
 
Cook Like a Costa Rican: This fun and rewarding experience begins in the Lodge’s own organic garden where you’ll pick herbs and vegetables at their peak of perfection. Then head to the kitchen where you’ll join a member of El Silencio’s culinary team for a hands-on cooking class.
 
The rest of this day is yours to enjoy as you wish. Meals B

Day
4

Back to San Jose for Departure

After another farm-to-table breakfast, our car and driver will take you to the San Jose Airport for your onward journey.  Meals B

Monteverde Cloud Forest

3 Days from $999

Enhance your Costa Rica adventure with a stay at the Koora Hotel - and tailor your exploration of the Cloud Forest with the included expedition of your choice. We include 2 nights lodging with breakfast, choice of privately guided excursion, chauffeured transfers from Arenal and onward to Manuel Antonio, and all gratuities except for your guides.

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Day
1

From Arenal Volcano to the Cloud Forest

On Day 6 of our Private Week in Costa Rica tour, you’ll enjoy a chauffeured, early afternoon transfer from Amor Arenal into the cool highlands of Monteverde. On arrival, check in to the Koora Hotel where your private bungalow features a spacious balcony with captivating views of Monteverde’s pristine Cloud Forest. The rest of this day is yours to enjoy the idyllic forest setting of our eco-lodge.  Meals B

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Tailor Your Exploration

With moisture-laden trade winds blowing upward along the mountain slopes of the region, you’ll find clouds and fog hovering almost continuously in the upper canopy of the forest. Condensing onto the leaves and plants below, the moisture contributes to the extraordinary biodiversity of the Cloud Forest. Today you can tailor your exploration to your personal interests and taste for adventure with one of our included, privately-guided excursions:
 
Cloud Forest Hike: Accompanied by your own personal naturalist guide, you’ll learn about the myriad species that thrive in the Aguti Cloud Forest: More than 2,000 varieties of plants (420 of which are orchids!), 400 different birds, and literally thousands of types of moths, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. With sharp eyes, you’ll even observe many of these forest denizens.
 
Guided Night Hike: Spend the day relaxing or exploring some of the self-guided trails that wind through the Cloud Forest. This evening, you’ll embark on a thrilling nocturnal hike with your private naturalist guide. It’s a wonderful time to experience the night-time sounds of the Cloud Forest with a chance to observe the species that only become active with the setting sun.
 
El Trapiche Tour: Gain insight into local life at El Trapiche, a family run operation that includes sugar cane, coffee and cocoa plantations. Learn about the many steps that bring these products from the fields to your kitchen table and delight in the experience of riding in a traditional Costa Rican ox cart.
 
Bat Jungle Tour: Designed to introduce visitors to the amazing world of bats, the Bat Jungle in Monteverde offers a world class exhibit where 8 species of bats live in a simulated jungle environment. There’s even a special ultrasonic sound system that allows you to hear these creatures echo-locating and socializing with one another.
 
Sky Walk Hanging Bridges: Winding their way high above the shadowy forest floor, this complex of suspension bridges offers intimate exploration of the biologically rich and diverse forest canopy. And with insight from your private naturalist guide, this excursion will be as enlightening as it is exciting!

Day
3

Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

After breakfast, our private car and driver will take you the Parador Resort & Spa in Manuel Antonio where you will continue with your Private Week in Costa Rica tour.  Meals B

Monteverde Extension from Arenal to Manuel Antonio

2-night Extension from $599

Enhance your travels in Costa Rica with our 2-night side trip into the Monteverde Cloud Forest, famed for its amazing biodiversity and spellbinding beauty. We include all transportation, accommodations and your choice of a privately-guided nature expedition.

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Day
1

From Arenal to Monteverde

Note: This 2-night package is added to the middle of Our Private Week in Costa Rica tour and continues onward to Manuel Antonio National Park with all services as noted in the main tour program.
 
On the 6th day of Our Private Week in Costa Rica tour, you’ll enjoy a private chauffeured transfer from Arenal into the pristine and verdant cloud forests of Monteverde. The scenic drive takes about 3 to 3.5 hours and you can depart anytime you’d like. But we recommend leaving Arenal by midday so that you arrive in Monteverde during full daylight hours. On arrival, you’ll check in to your Deluxe Room at the El Establo Mountain Hotel, set on a hillside surrounded by the misty cloud forests of Monteverde. If you wish, you can join an affordable guided evening hike into the forests surrounding the hotel.

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Explore the Cloud Forest

After breakfast, you can tailor your exploration of Monteverde with the included privately-guided excursion of your choice:
 

  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve: Accompanied by your own private naturalist guide, you’ll set out to discover the flora and fauna of this unique eco-system.
  • El Trapiche: This privately guided tour explores all the facets of this family-run farm and enterprise that grows and produces fine sugar, coffee and cocoa.
  • Zipline Canopy Tour: This thrilling adventure takes you through the cool forest canopy to explore the Reserve from a different perspective.
  • Horseback Riding: Set out with your private guide along well-maintained forest trails. It’s an active and enlightening way to learn about the biodiversity of the Cloud Forest
 
After your included adventure, the balance of your day is free to enjoy the idyllic setting of your mountainside resort.  Meals B

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Onward to the Pacific Coast

Your private car and driver await this morning to take you to Manuel Antonio National Park, considered by many to be the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s national park system. On arrival, check in to Si Como No. Our deluxe hotel is set on a forested slope above the Pacific. From here, your vacation continues with the activities and inclusions featured in Our Private Week in Costa Rica tour.  Meals B

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