Costa Rica Holidays
River rapids, cloud forect, boutique lodges and beaches
11 Night Itinerary from £5,372
Enjoy an adventure on the Pacuare River with rapids and optional river-rafting, trek in the rainforest and stay five nights on the Caribbean coast at a delightful boutique beach resort.
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- San Jose - 2 Nights
- Pacuare River - 4 Nights
- Puerto Viejo - 5 Nights
- Return to Jose and fly home - 0 Nights
- Explore San Jose, Costa Rica's capital city
- Enjoy 2 river rafting adventures on the Pacuare River
- Stay 4 nights in a remote, luxury jungle lodge for a unique experience
- Discover the rainforest, birdlife and meet local villagers and tribes
- Stay 5 nights at the stylish Le Cameleon Hotel, next to a peaceful Caribbean beach
- Explore the Caribbean coastline, including Puerto Viejo and Puerto Limon
This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.
San Jose - 2 Nights
Day 1 - Daytime flight to San Jose
Day 2 - San Jose
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Saturday, 09 December 2023
Daytime flight to San Jose
Depart on British Airways daytime flight to San Jose, arriving late in the afternoon. Our guide will transfer you to your chosen hotel for a 2 night stay and give a short orientation tour.
Sunday, 10 December 2023
Relax at your hotel or choose from a range of optional excursions, including a tour of San Jose or perhaps a visit to the impressive Poas Volcano.
San Jose - Luxury Resort
Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn is situated above the beautiful Central Valley of Costa Rica, offering amazing views of volcanoes, cloud forests and coffee plantations and nestled amongst 10 acres amid hundreds of fruit trees and tropical flora. It offers luxurious rooms including mini bar, Jacuzzi bath and private verandas overlooking the Valley. Each room has its own decoration allowing its unique atmosphere.
The hotel provides lots of amenities such as games room, large swimming pool, TV and reading area and 2 large dinner tables for group dining. The restaurant offers a spectacular view of the coffee plantation and serves delicious local cuisine with fresh products.
San Jose - First Hotel
Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colon, San Jose's main street, the Hotel Grano de Oro is a welcome retreat in the heart of this bustling city. Converted from a tropical Victorian mansion, the hotel preserves the warmth and comfort of a private home, with its atrium terrace and corridors of sparkling fountains and lush tropical plants.
There is a rooftop deck ideal for sunbathing and also featuring a Jacuzzi. The hotel's restaurant is one of the best in San Jose and offers continental cuisine in an intimate and cordial atmosphere.
Pacuare River - 4 Nights
Day 3 - Transfer to Pacuare & river rafting
Day 4 - Optional hiking and canopy tour
Day 5 - Explore Pacuare
Day 6 - Exploring Pacuare
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Monday, 11 December 2023
Transfer to Pacuare & river rafting
Morning transfer to the Pacuare River, followed by an exciting 1 hour river rafting tour to Pacuare Lodge where you will enjoy a 4 night stay on a full board basis.
Pacuare is a protected area in the Caribbean region of Costa Rica beginning near the town of Siquirres and covering approximately 25,000 acres as it descends down the Talamanca Mountain Range. Pacuare’s proximity to the lowlands and high annual rainfall combine to nurture the complex life systems whose abundance makes for extraordinary scenic beauty.
Tuesday, 12 December 2023
Optional hiking and canopy tour
Wake up to bird song and the soothing sound of the river nearby. The lodge employs a resident naturalist guide who will provide you with unique insights into the plant and animal world. Today you can choose from optional tours including a guided hike through the emerald rainforest or the Cabecar Indian hike - where visitors may participate in a cultural exchange. The optional adventure Canopy Tour allows you to view the rainforest from the treetops, as you glide from tree to tree amidst the tropical rainforest canopy.
Wednesday, 13 December 2023
A further day to explore this remote and beautiful region. Perhaps go fishing, swim in the river, take a birdwatching tour or simply relax at your comfortable lodge.
Or take an optional tour to visit a Cabecar tribe. The Cabécar are an indigenous group speaking the Cabecar dialect, a language belonging to the Chibchan language family of the Isthmo-Colombian area of lower Central America. The Cabécar are the largest indigenous group in Costa Rica with a population of nearly 17,000 and their reserves preserve ecological diversity, traditional subsistence living and ancient cultures.
Thursday, 14 December 2023
A further day of explorations.
Puerto Viejo - 5 Nights
Day 7 - Travel to Puerto Viejo
Day 8 - At leisure at Le Cameleon
Day 9 - At leisure
Day 10 - Optional tours or relax on the beach
Day 11 - At leisure
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Friday, 15 December 2023
Travel to Puerto Viejo
After breakfast, take a 3 hour rafting trip back along the river, from where we continue by private car to Puerto Viejo. On arrival, check into the delightful Le Cameleon Boutique Hotel for a 5-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.
The hotel is located a stones throw from Playa Cocles, a crowd-free sandy beach, perfect for relaxing, surfing, or swimming. The hotel is also an excellent base to explore many attractions including Yorkin Indigenous Reservations, Cahuita National Park, Manzanillo's wildlife refuge, the national monument and Turrialba Volcano, Gandoca Lagoon Boat Trip and birdwatching tours.
Saturday, 16 December 2023
At leisure at Le Cameleaon
Today enjoy the many facilities of your hotel including the pool. Or take an optional tour depending on your interests.
Sunday, 17 December 2023
Time to relax in the Costa Rican sunshine.
Monday, 18 December 2023
Optional tours, or relax on the beach
Take an optional tour today or perhaps visit the nearby towns of Puerto Viejo, Manzanillo or lively Puerto Limon.
Tuesday, 19 December 2023
Your final day to enjoy on the beach soaking up the laid back atmosphere..
Return to Jose and fly home - 0 Nights
Day 12 - Transfer to San Jose and fly home
Day 13 - Arrive in the UK
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Wednesday, 20 December 2023
Transfer to San Jose and fly home
Early morning transfer by road to San Jose Airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.
Thursday, 21 December 2023
Arrive in the UK
Arrive in the UK in the morning.
San Jose - First Boutique
Xandari Resort and Spa is perfectly located for excursions to Poas Volcano, La Paz waterfall gardens, and Doka coffee plantation, and is only 30 minutes’ drive from San Jose International airport. Over 3km of scenic trails through coffee and fruit orchards lead into a lush natural tropical setting with a year-round river and five beautiful waterfalls.
The hotel consists of 24 comfortable and spacious villas, decorated in bright colours and adorned with original works of art. Set on top of a hill on a 40 acre coffee and fruit plantation, all the rooms are overlooking the Costa Rica's Central Valley, featuring private terrace. Each room has a bar kitchen and a private bathroom with toiletries. The resort has 3 swimming pools, with one overlooking the valley, as well as a spa offering a variety of treatments.
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£5,372|
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