Upon your landing at the International Airport in San José, and as you exit the Airport, a representative of Terranova Costa Rica will meet you and give you the welcome kit with your vouchers and travel information. As well as an introduction to all useful things to know for your short stay in San José City.
We will provide you with the transportation to the hotel of choice in a drive that takes less than 20 minutes (Traffic dependant time).
The capital of Costa Rica, San Jose is one of four cities located in the Central Valley or the GAM, Great Metropolitan Area.
With a nice stable climate all year round, and temperatures that hover around 70° all year round, San José is the most populated town of Costa Rica as well as the capital city.
Today thousands of visitors seek out the Central Highlands, where coffee-covered mountains lead into a lush green valley.
On the Hotel
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 unparalleled architecture and classic arts, this leisure hotel boasts in a captivating setting, personalized first-class service, and a relaxing atmosphere.
Whether you are in Costa Rica for vacation, adventures, nature and fantastic experiences or on a business trip you will delight in fantastic dining, delicious wines, and tapas at La Isabela. Or get exquisite sun baths by our two outdoor swimming pools or enjoy some of the best coffee in the World at the cafeteria Kuö Spa.
Enjoy the splendor of this country and be assured that Costa Rica Marriott has everything for the perfect Costa Rica.
If your arrival is early enough maybe you’d like to take a tour to visit the main highlights of the urban areas of Costa Rica.
2 nights´ accommodations in Perez Zeledon at the Hacienda Altagracia (double jr suite) or similar. (Breakfast included).
Morning overland transfer to the north of the central valley (driving time: 3 hours approximately).
Perez Zeledón is a country within a country. Located in a luscious valley in the Southern mountains of Costa Rica, Perez as Costa Ricans call it is the most prominent city in the Talamanca Mountain Range region.
Filled with rivers and creeks that descend towards the close Pacific Coast, it is crossed by the Río El General and this abundance of water makes Perez an indispensable area for coffee and agriculture in general.
Day 02-04: Perez Zeledon
About the hotel:
AltaGracia Boutique Hacienda is cuddled on the lush hills of Pérez Zeledón, in the Southern Region. It features 50 estate-size Casitas, one of Central America’s finest SPA’s, three creative dining options and an exclusive equestrian experience. The Boutique Hacienda uncovers one of Costa Rica’s last hidden havens: Pérez Zeledón, a traditional agricultural town, and now, a mandatory stop in the country’s destination circuit. The region boasts about a picturesque beauty, exotic flora, and fauna, and sits close to the Cerro Chirripó (one of the highest peaks in Central America) and beautiful green valleys.
The people of Pérez Zeledón are a part of this beauty. You will feel their warmth, and smiling authenticity throughout your stay in AltaGracia.
AltaGracia’s equestrian experience is as splendid as it is unusual combining the best of horse riding with luxury, the Costa Rican flavor and the neverending Costa Rican gentleness.
This resort hacienda has first-class horses for all levels of expertise to enjoy the luscious private trails around the property,
Delight also in a delicate and carefully planned culinary experience with the Hacienda award-winning Master Chef who creates a unique fusion of regional cuisine, international recipes in a farm to table concept. Vegan and gluten-free menus available upon request.
This day is for you to enjoy the hotel and be at your leisure. Or to take one of the many unique optional tours the resort offers.
Visit the proud community of Cedral, a small town in the high mountains that stand at the Talamanca Range. In our horses, you can take stunning photographs while riding through the unpaved roads that cross this beautiful and amicable community with spectacular views of Chirripó National Park and the Cedral River.
Once you arrive at the micro mill, members of the association will take you through the procedure in which our golden bean is processed, from seed germination until the grain is processed into a cup of pure and organic coffee.
In this system, you will find small landowners who bring their collected coffee, later involved in the process of planting, harvesting, and packaging, to finally selling their own organic coffee, produced in an environmentally friendly way. Remember to bring cash. You will not be able to resist taking back one or two packets of this irresistible coffee.
This tour is a great opportunity to get to know another side of Costa Rica, in a natural way with its culture and rural traditions.
Morning transfer back to the local airstrip for a flight to Liberia via San Jose, upon arrival take a private overland transfer to the Papagayo Bay (driving time: 45 min approx).
Golfo de Papagayo is an ever-expanding area on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Many large all-inclusive resorts and other exclusive resorts have started to emerge in the Papagayo Gulf in the past years. This area is wild and beautiful. If you need to get away from stress, work, and people and live the tropical nature of Costa Rica at its best, this is a fantastic region to discover.
Papagayo is located in the Nicoya Península in the province of Guanacaste, quite close to the Liberia International Airport (LIR). Relaxing and resting seem to be the goal of the Gulf of Papagayo, with stunning sea views, luscious green forests around, and fantastic dining options and activities.
In this region you will find sunny days, big resorts as well as small personalized boutique hotels and the tropical rainforests, with all its wildlife and exotic birds, the volcanoes, the hot springs the rafting rivers and the rappelling adventures, all of them are quite close to Papagayo Gulf
Papagayo’s beaches comply with most of the conditions upon which a great beach is habitually estimated. Views, the texture of the sand, and a restricted presence of mosquitoes make it some of the best beach areas in the Americas.
3 nights´ accommodations in Guanacaste at the Four Seasons Resort (plunge pool suite) or similar. (Daily breakfast included).
Four Seasons is positioned on Costa Rica’s northwest Pacific coast within the province of Guanacaste. Though it’s the country’s second-largest province by area, Guanacaste is the least populated, offering a calm, peaceful ambiance.
The pampas – or prairie – the landscape is an unusual mix of grassy savannahs, immense cattle ranches, and tropical dry forest, backed by volcanic mountain ranges. Guanacaste also offers some of the country’s best beaches – with shores stretching about 160 kilometers (99 miles) from the border with Nicaragua to the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula.
Some beaches have been declared protected breeding grounds for the leatherback sea turtle. Four Seasons is located on exclusive Peninsula Papagayo, a master-planned resort community encompassing 930 hectares (2,300 acres). This secluded natural sanctuary provides abundant opportunities to experience eco-adventure on land and in the water.
Enjoy a full day visit to the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, is one of Costa Rica’s most diverse ecological parks. Known for its stunning diversity of flora and fauna, this national park is home to two volcanoes, the Rincon de la Vieja and the Santa Maria, as well as six different volcanic peaks, and thirty-two rivers and streams.
Boasting fantastic sceneries, beautiful waterfalls, soothing hot springs, boiling mud pits, a freshwater volcanic lagoon, picnic areas and long-winding trails that one can hike or horseback ride, the Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja lies roughly 25 km northeast of Liberia, the capital of Guanacaste province. This national park is divided into two sectors, Las Pailas and Santa Maria.
The Pacific slopes of the volcano have distinct dry seasons, while the Caribbean side is wet and lush green. Spread over 14,083 hectares, this park is also the habitat of an impressive array of wildlife, insects, and birds like the Spider Monkey, the Blue-crowned Motmot, the Emerald Toucanet, jaguars, cougars, and tapirs.
Also found in abundance here amidst the verdant vegetation are, Guaria Morada orchids, the national flowers of Costa Rica as well as a plethora of Laurel and Guanacaste trees. Named after a Native American legend, the Rincon de la Vieja is actually an active volcano that is over a million years old. It last spewed ash and lava down its sides in 1991.
However, it has not erupted since 1983. A one-day climb to the top of the volcano hikers is treated to striking views of the Nicoya Peninsula and the Lago de Nicaragua from here. Higher than the summit and weather permitting, tourists can view the beautiful Los Jilgueros Lake that lies within the boundaries of the Von Seeback, the main crater of the Rincon de la Vieja. If you plan on hiking up the volcano, do remember to take plenty of drinking water as well as a light coat as the weather can change closer to the summit.
Free day to relax on the beach and enjoy the resort facilities.
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: 5 hours approx).
1 night´s accommodations in the San Jose outskirts at the Xandari Plantation Hotel (double prima) or similar (breakfast included).
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 – Home
Departure transfer back to the International Airport in 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