Day 01: USA – San Jose
Upon your arrival to the San Jose’s International Airport, clear customs and immigrations and exit the Airport, a representative from our company will meet you and present you with land portion vouchers. He will provide a private overland transfer to your hotel in San Jose (driving time: 30 minutes approximately).
The capital of Costa Rica, San Jose is located in the heart of the Meseta Central or Central Valley. Sitting in the northern region of San Jose province, San Jose sits right in the center of Costa Rica. This central location therefore, allows the capital to have direct access routes to all parts of the country. With a pleasant climate and temperate weather, San Jose province enjoys mild to moderate temperatures throughout the year, hovering around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This near perfect weather thus makes the San Jose province one of the most populated in Costa Rica. Today thousands of visitors seek out the Central Highlands, where coffee-covered mountains lead into a lush green valley.
Day 01-02: San Jose
1 night´s accommodations in San Jose at the Costa Rica Marriott Hotel (double executive floor) or similar. (B included).
Welcome to Costa Rica! Voted by Conde Nast as one of the best hotels in Central America and Mexico, this Marriott Costa Rica Hotel is a beautiful colonial hacienda set on a 30 acre coffee plantation. With its unique architecture and elegant antiques, this luxury hotel in San Jose Costa Rica features captivating grounds, exceptional service and a relaxing ambiance. Whether you are here for business or an adventurous Costa Rica vacation, enjoy magnificent natural attractions such as volcanoes, rainforest trails, and canopy tours. Experience fine dining, exquisite tapas and wines at La Isabela, known as one of the best restaurants in San Jose Costa Rica. Swim in our two outdoor pools or pamper yourself at our coffee inspired Kuö Spa. For Costa Rica meetings or incentive groups, the hotel offers 11350 sq-ft of versatile function space, professional meeting planners and superb catering. Enjoy the splendor of this country and be assured that Costa Rica Marriott has everything for the perfect Costa Rica.
Day 02: San Jose – Puerto Jimenez
Morning transfer to the local airport to take a flight down to Puerto Jimenez (flying time: 50 minutes approximately). Upon arrival a representative from your hotel will meet you and transfer you to the property (driving time: 30 minutes).
A quiet remote town in the 1960’s, Puerto Jimenez has grown to become one of the largest towns on the Osa Peninsula today. Located in the southern part of the Puntarenas province, this laidback town is one of the main gateways to the beautiful Corcovado National Park. The last town before one can enter the park premises; a main ranger station is situated here with many tourists using this town to stock up on supplies before they trek their way through the gorgeous and diverse wildlife that the Corcovado National Park has to offer. Situated in the Golfo Dulce, Puerto Jimenez has a wonderful beach where one can relax while taking in the superb beauty of the Osa Peninsula.
Day 02-04: Puerto Jimenez
2 nights´ accommodations in Puerto Jimenez at the Lapa Rios Hotel (double bungalow) or similar. (3 daily meals included). http://www.laparios.com/index.html
Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean, a destination matching everyone’s idea of paradise. Sixteen spacious bungalows nestled within the rain forest exude harmony and an immense tranquility in this undisturbed environment. An infinite feeling of freedom lingers in the bungalow’s air, while fresh rain forest breezes race in through awesome screened windows walls, forming flawless paintings of the Pacific Ocean. Warm wooden floors invite bare feet to walk. Soft nets cascade over two bamboo queen beds or one king bed, casting a magical romantic mood. Classic bamboo furnishings are elegantly arranged, while sporadic splashes of green, orange and red private garden plants flower this simply unmatched setting. Unleash your thoughts while resting on your private deck, getting up to pamper your skin with refreshing water from your own secluded garden shower. Newly remodeled bathrooms invite you on a sensory journey, featuring a dual showering experience. On one side, a stone-laid floor massages your feet as you shower under soft, rain-like cool water, providing the unique sensation of showering in your own private waterfall. A second shower offers the more conventional hot and solar-heated water with tile floor, perfect for a well-deserved cleansing after a day’s hike in the rain forest. The bathroom speaks light and spaciousness all around, while a bay window and seat, added into the shower’s wall, adds a quiet peace and comfort setting to this showering experience. From your shower, gaze out onto the endless ocean, listen to the quiet symphony of the rolling waves.
Day 03: Puerto Jimenez
Enjoy a tour to the world-famous Corcovado National Park is one of the most biologically rich places on Earth and provides an excellent opportunity to see extremely rare and beautiful wildlife. Accompanied by one of our guides, this tour includes a charter flight into Sirena Biological Station, lunch and transfers to and from Puerto Jimenez. This tour truly provides visitors the chance to see the rainforests of Costa Rica in its most pure and pristine state. Excellent chances of seeing white-lipped peccary, tapir, spider monkeys, white faced cappuchins, squirrel monkeys and howler monkeys. Agoutis, coati-mundi, fresh tracks of jaguars, ocelot, marguay and mountain lion. Toucans, scarlet macaws, great curassow, crested guan, trogons, fierey-billed aracaris, honeycreepers, hummingbirds, herons, egrets, tinamous, parrots, woodpeckers, wood creepers, antbirds, manakins, tanagers, caciques, euphonias, thrushes, hawks and vultures. This is the real JUNGLE. 100,000 acres Corcovado National Park has approximately 375 species of birds, 125 mammals, 50 bats, 131 reptiles and amphibians, 850 trees, 1500 plants and ferns, and more than 6000 insects, bugs and creepy crawlers.
Day 04: Puerto Jimenez – Manuel Antonio
Morning transfer back to the local airstrip to fly to Manuel Antonio (flying time: 40 minutes approx). Upon arrival a representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.
Manuel Antonio is one of the most exclusive areas in Costa Rica, it started out as a tiny village that had a beautiful National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, next to it. As the park started to become more known more hotels started springing up. Because of Manuel Antonio’s size, or lack of size, hotels started building on the road to Manuel Antonio and many started taking advantage of the magnificent panoramic views. Soon very exclusive hotels arrived, thus bringing us to present day Manuel Antonio. More expensive hotels have loftier, breezy perches and most offer off season rates. Many hilltop hotels may have steep steps; inquire. It can be a tough, hot walk back up the hill from the beach if you don’t want to wait for the bus, however this does run every half hour. The National Park is small only 682 hectares however it epitomizes everything tourists flock to Costa Rica to see: stunning beaches, a magnificent setting with islands offshore, lush rainforest laced with a network of easy to walk trails, and wildlife galore. There is good chance that you will see monkeys (howler, white faced, and possibly squirrel monkeys), sloths, and coatimundis. Scarlet macaws do frequent the area however you may need a bit of luck to see them.
Day 04-07: Manuel Antonio
3 nights´ accommodations in Manuel Antonio at the Arenas del Mar Hotel (ocean breeze suite) or similar. (Daily breakfast included). http://www.arenasdelmar.com
An extraordinary beachfront resort situated in the beaches of Manuel Antonio. This incomparable Costa Rican hotel was designed and built with an ambitious combination of deluxe accommodations coupled with the highest level of certified sustainability. Arenas Del Mar is a beach and nature resort located adjacent to Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. “Unique and spectacular beach and nature experiences combined with highest levels of comfort and sustainability in a local Costa Rican setting” define the concept of Arenas Del Mar Beach and Nature Resort. This Manuel Antonio resort caters to tourists that are looking for more than just another high end resort experience. Arenas Del Mar Hotel offers a luxurious lodging experience in harmony with Costa Rica’s nature in a spectacular beach and rainforest setting. Guest rooms, apartments and suites offer spectacular ocean views, upscale dining in two hotel restaurants with a focus on fresh local products and personalized service that exceeds expectations. Arenas Del Mar is the perfect base from which to explore the area around Manuel Antonio and Quepos on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Tours and activities offered in the area include whitewater rafting, mangrove kayak and boat tours, guided rainforest hikes, ocean kayaking, catch and release sport fishing, Canopy Tours and horseback riding excursions.
Day 05: Manuel Antonio
Experience a white water rafting tour at Savegree River. Starting with a 4×4 ride into the “wilds” of Costa Rica’s tropical jungle with breathtaking scenery of more remote areas of the Savegre, your journey begins at “Silencio”. This is a little local village of thatched roof dwellings where you can enjoy a typical Tico breakfast after a “bumpy road” journey, yet before you paddle down the Savegre. Make sure you make your reservations for lunch, and don’t forget to meander through the beautiful flora and fauna of the surrounding African Palm Plantations before you head off into the winding mountains to start the rafting leg of your journey. The Savegre River provides Class II, III and some IV rapids that are manageable in sturdy rafts that accommodate 2 to 6 people comfortably. Our guides stop at locally known swimming spots and breathtaking waterfalls, if the rafters want a break from paddling, and there is always time to enjoy the abundant variety of wildlife along the river. On most trips, rafters will observe egrets, osprey, toucans, parrots, kingfishers, cormorants, and many other species local to this protected area of the tropical rain forest. After a steady 13 mile trip down the river, we wind our way back to the little village of “Silencio” where a gladly awaited hot lunch “Tico Style” and local refreshments are waiting.
Day 06: Manuel Antonio
Enjoy a guided visit to the Manuel Antonio National Park, the pace of this adventure is determined by your group’s abilities and interests, and the abundance of wildlife you want to stop, observe, or learn about – all in its natural and breathtaking habitat. Watch sloths and numerous species of monkeys travel through the tree canopy, hunt for nocturnal silky anteaters and several types of monkeys or iguanas resting in the tropical rain forest, and listen to the songs of the various birds as they glide above your group, curiously looking for adventure. And if you are lucky, you might spot one of the only 1,000 remaining endangered Mono Titi or squirrel monkey, which live in only one location in the world, in our Manuel Antonio National Park biological corridor. See how many different kinds of flora and fauna you can spot just in the span of a 2 ½ hour nature walk or hike. And at the end, enjoy some local fresh fruits and refreshments as you pause to savor your adventure thus far. If you so desire, hike additionally through the trails and enjoy unspoiled, un-crowded, pristine beaches after your guided educational adventure ends, and maybe even snorkel after the hike on your own. Learn about the history of the Quepoa Indians and Costa Rica’s past in regard to this stunningly beautiful Manuel Antonio area, and come back with ideas as to how to help preserve this priceless ecosystem and national treasure for generations to come.
Day 07: Manuel Antonio – San Jose
Free morning to explore the area on your own or just relax taking advantage of the hotel facilities. In the afternoon a private overland transfer will take you back to the central valley (driving time: 3 hours approx).
Day 07-08: San Jose
1 night´s accommodations in the San Jose outskirts at the Xandary Plantation Hotel (double prima) or similar (breakfast included). http://www.xandari.com
Xandari Resort & Spa is a tropical paradise of 22 individually designed villas nestled on a 40 acre plantation overlooking the Central Valley of Costa Rica, and only 20 minutes from the San Jose International Airport. At an elevation of 3900 feet (1200 meters), Xandari enjoys a near–perfect temperature of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit all year.
Day 08: San Jose – USA
Departure transfer back to the International Airport on time to take your flight back home. Due to local regulations, international travelers need to check in around 3 hours before flight departure. End of services.
08 days / 07 nights