Luxury journey Costa Rica

16 days - from € 7,500 per person

self-drive - active - jungle - wildlife – birds

During this beautiful trip we will take you to a few special nature reserves in Costa Rica. The trip is an alternation between nature, coast, active and relaxing. You will drive with a rental car through Costa Rica and you end your journey in a unique accommodation overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Day 1: Amsterdam - San José

Your special trip through Costa Rica starts today. You will depart by intercontinental flight from Amsterdam to San José. Once you arrive at the airport, you will be welcomed by our local staff who will take you to your accommodation in San José. You will stay in Grano de Oro, located in a Victorian style villa. The Victorian style can still be seen in the hotel. The hotel's restaurant is one of the best in town.
Overnight stay: Grano de Oro | bed & breakfast

Day 2: San José – Turrialba

Today you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to the Pacuare Jungle Lodge. You will stay in an eco-lodge and to reach this lodge you will go rafting. During this trip you will sail through beautiful mountains and you will slowly see the surroundings change into pristine rainforest. Here you will see beautiful birds or blue butterflies glittering in the sunlight. When you arrive at the lodge you will be brought to your suite with a view on the river. Enjoy your lunch and in the afternoon you can participate in one of the activities offered by the accommodation, such as bird watching.
Overnight stay: Pacuare Lodge | full board

Day 3: Turrialba

This day you will enjoy your stay at the Pacuare Lodge. Take part in one of the excursions offered by the lodge. You can go rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling, bird watching, make walks or a visit to a native Cabécar family. In short, there is something for everyone. After a busy morning you can relax on the sun loungers by the pool in the afternoon, order your favorite drink at the bar and be surprised with a delicious dish during dinner.
Overnight stay: Pacuare Lodge | full board

Day 4: Turrialba – San José – Liberia – Bagaces

Today you are already travelling on to your next destination. After breakfast you will leave the Pacuare Lodge by raft after which you will be taken to the airport for a flight to Liberia, in the northwest of Costa Rica. Once arrived here you will drive with a rental car to your accommodation. The dry plains in this area are interrupted by tropical dry forests that resemble the American wild west and African savannahs. You will stay here at Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River. You will sleep in an east bungalow with a private terrace so you can admire the nature.
Overnight stay: Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River | bed & breakfast

Day 5 and 6: Bagaces

These days are scheduled off so you can do various activities from your accommodation (for an additional fee). Start the day with a yoga class and once you're relaxed we recommend zip-lining through the Rio Blanco canyon. The professional guides will help you walk through the 15 platforms, 6 of which are on rocks and 9 are floating on the walls of the gorge. You will walk through the forests of the reserve, to waterfalls, crystal clear streams, thermal springs and viewpoints. Furthermore, you have possibilities such as mountain biking, river tubing or just relax at the pool with a nice drink.
Overnight stay: Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River | bed & breakfast

Day 7: Bagaces – Playa Panama (approx. 80 km / 1.5 hour drive)

After breakfast you drive on to hotel El Mangroove today. You will drive to Playa Panama on the Pacific coast. There is plenty to do here both on land and on the water. You can undertake various activities such as stand-up paddle, kayaking, fishing, surfing or beach hopping by boat. You can also explore the area by bike. Do you want to relax? Then visit the hotel's spa with extensive facilities and treatments.
Overnight stay: Hotel El Mangroove | bed & breakfast

Day 8 and 9: Playa Panama

These days are scheduled off. In the waters of the Gulf of Papagayo you will find dolphins, sea turtles, rays, humpback whales and other fish. The region of Guanacaste has the longest humpback whale migration in the world, between December and April they come from California and from July to November they come from the Arctic to give birth in the calm waters of Guanacaste. There are also several national parks that you can visit in the area. We will be happy to tell you more about the possibilities.
Overnight stay: Hotel El Mangroove | bed & breakfast

Day 10: Playa Panama – Monteverde (approx. 140 km / 3 hour drive)

You will continue today to Monteverde, where you will stay in Senda Monteverde. This accommodation is located in the cloud forest of Costa Rica. Here you will sleep in comfortable mountain bungalow with an open-air veranda from where you have a view of the Pacific Ocean or the cloud forest. After lunch you will be shown around the Monteverde institute, where a lot of research is done on the ecosystem of the cloud forest. You will visit the organic garden, where the ingredients of your lunch come from, and the medicinal garden. You will then visit the native plant nursery to learn more about reforestation techniques and tree species. Also you will be able to contribute by helping with maintenance work and creating a place where seeds can germinate.
Overnight stay: Senda Monteverde | bed & breakfast

Day 11: Monteverde

Today you will be picked up at the hotel and make a walk through the cloud forest of Monteverde. The area is about 10,500 hectares and has miles of hiking trails, which are open to the public who want to experience this environment. Your guide will guide you through this protected area along one of the many hiking trails, which are surrounded by high trees with colorful orchids, tropical bromeliads and velvet mosses. The mist here makes you feel as if you have ended up in a fairytale environment. In the trees and shrubs you can spot birds, monkeys, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Maybe you will see sloths, tree frogs and colorful butterflies. Afterwards you will be brought back to your hotel. The rest of the day you will have the opportunity to explore the area by yourself.
Overnight stay: Senda Monteverde | bed & breakfast

Day 12: Monteverde – Uvita (approx. 250 km / 5 hour drive)

You will continue your journey to Uvita, where you will spend the last days of your wonderful journey. You will stay in Kurà Design Villas, an exclusive boutique hotel in the Uvita rainforest. All rooms have a terrace and offer panoramic views of the Marino Balleno National Park and Uvita beach. Uvita is known for its famous 'whale's tail', alias the sand formation on the coast that resembles a whale's tail.
Overnight stay: Kurà Design Villas | bed & breakfast

Day 13: Uvita

Today you will visit the highest waterfall in Costa Rica with breathtaking views over the valley surrounding it. Accompanied by a guide you will walk through the beautiful organic garden of the reserve. You will be served a delicious lunch in the cave behind the waterfall, a unique environment. Then you follow a steep but well maintained path and you will see a spectacular panoramic view. As you travel through the wilderness you will encounter an abundance of wildlife such as toucans, macaws, monkeys, sloths, armadillos and various reptiles. Also take a refreshing swim in the pristine natural waterholes along the path.
Overnight stay: Kurà Design Villas | bed & breakfast

Day 14: Uvita

Today is scheduled off. You will have time to discover the surroundings. You could visit the national park Marino Ballena. Between December and April and between July and September you have a great chance to see the humpback whales swimming here and dolphins are also present throughout the year. If you love nature, pay a visit to the Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Barú. Here you will find, for example, a beach where the hawksbill and the olive ridley sea turtles lay their eggs. In addition, more than 310 different species of birds and mammals live here. Of course you also have enough beautiful beaches in the area to relax, such as Playa Ventanas. At low tide, you can admire sea caves along the coast.
Overnight stay: Kurà Design Villas | bed & breakfast

Day 15: Uvita – San José – Amsterdam

Unfortunately Your Unique Journey through Costa Rica is over. You drive to the airport of San José (approx. 215 km / 4 hour drive). Here you will board your intercontinental flight to Amsterdam where you will arrive the next day.

Day 16: Amsterdam

Today you will arrive in Amsterdam.

Price: from € 7,500 per person

  • Based on 2 persons traveling together
  • Depending on time of booking, availability of the local flight and the accommodations, and the period of travel

Included:

  • domestic flight, economy class
  • 12 overnight stays, meals as stated
  • 2 overnights in Pacuare Lodge on full board basis including offered excursions accompanied by professional guides
  • 12 days rental car (cat. SUV or similar) pick-up in Liberia and drop-off in San Jose, incl. basic insurance
  • all transfers and excursions as mentioned 
  • our backup 24/7; locally and in The Netherlands
  • extensive travel document package with a small attention

Not included:

  • international flights, if desired we can book these for you
  • early check-in / late check-out, based on availability, this is sometimes provided by the hotel. If you want to be sure that you have this, ask us about the additional cost
  • (Dutch) public tax travel disaster fund; € 2.50 per booking (Calamiteitenfonds) 
  • travel and cancellation insurance

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Do you want to make this tour too? We can of course arrange the above trip for you, but we are also happy to put together a program based on your wishes and ideas. Feel free to contact us. Call +31 73 610 62 04, send an email to info@sapapanatravel.nl or request a customized quote below. We will be happy to help you. 

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