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Costa Rica Holidays

River rapids, cloud forect, boutique lodges and beaches

11 Night Itinerary from  £5,372

Cabécar Tour

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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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • 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.

Tour Itinerary

San Jose

San Jose - 2 Nights

Day 1 - Daytime flight to San Jose

Day 2 - San Jose

 

 

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Saturday, 18 May 2024

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, 19 May 2024

San Jose

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.

Hotel Presidente

San Jose & Alajuela - First Hotel

The Presidente Hotel is located in the heart of San José in the pedestrian zone of Central Avenue, 2 blocks from the National Theatre and the Cultural Square. The hotel has over 100 comfortable and spacious rooms, which all include cable TV, air conditioning, safety box and en-suite bathroom. The hotel offers amenities such as a restaurant-bar, a casino, and a spa with beauty treatments.

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Hotel Alta Las Palomas

San Jose & Alajuela - Luxury Hotel

Located on the outskirts of San Jose in Santa Ana, the 23 room Hotel Alta is an excellent base to explore the capital city and surrounding attractions, including the Poas Volcano.

Public areas include a swimming pool, excellent dining at the elegant La Luz Restaurant and bar or the more relaxed cafe de Verano.

There are 5 room types: deluxe queen, deluxe king, grand queen, grand king and a master suite. Each room is air-conditioned with private bathroom, balcony or terrace, TV, safe, hair dryer and iron/ironing board.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

 

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Grano de Oro

San Jose & Alajuela - 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.

The rates include breakfast.

 

Grano de Oro Hotel

Buena Vista Hotel

San Jose & Alajuela - First Hotel

Buena Vista hotel is a Spanish colonial style resort located just outside San Jose, at the top of a mountain offering panoramic views of three volcanoes in the Central Valley - Poas, Barva and Irazu. It is a super place to stay when you arrive in Costa Rica.

The hotel has 30 air-conditioned and comfortable rooms. Deluxe standard rooms have private bathroom, TV and mini-bar.

Public facilities include the Quetzal Grille restaurant, of international and typical cuisine, a bar, an outdoor pool, gift shop, masseuse, free WiFi, and lush gardens ideal for walks.

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Hotel Alta Las Palomas

San Jose & Alajuela - Luxury Hotel

Located on the outskirts of San Jose in Santa Ana, the 23 room Hotel Alta is an excellent base to explore the capital city and surrounding attractions, including the Poas Volcano.

Public areas include a swimming pool, excellent dining at the elegant La Luz Restaurant and bar or the more relaxed cafe de Verano.

There are 5 room types: deluxe queen, deluxe king, grand queen, grand king and a master suite. Each room is air-conditioned with private bathroom, balcony or terrace, TV, safe, hair dryer and iron/ironing board.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

 

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Finca Rosa Blanca

San Jose & Alajuela - 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.

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Xandari Resort

San Jose & Alajuela - 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.

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Rafting

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, 20 May 2024

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, 21 May 2024

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, 22 May 2024

Exploring Pacuare

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, 23 May 2024

Exploring Pacuare

A further day of explorations.

Pacuare River Lodge

Pacuare River - Tourist Lodge

Pacuare River Lodge is a secluded property located amid the exotic rainforest located outside Turrialba, accessible only by 4x4 and river raft.  The lodge's eco-friendly bungalows are surrounded by exuberant tropical foliage, nestled between the river and our private nature reserve, which conserves 300 hectares (740 acres) of primary rainforest.

There are 14 river and jungle view bungalows, each with private bathroom and comfortable beds. As part of the lodge’s commitment to sustainablility, there is no air conditioning.

Public areas include a dining room, bar and lounge.

The reason for staying at Pacuare River Lodge are the side range of exciting activities; as well as white water rafting, kayaking and other river sports, you can bird watch, hike, swim, go horse riding, fish, explore the rainforest canopy, visit a traditional indigenous Cabecar community, or simply relax.

Costa Rica has become one of the premier White Water Kayaking destinations in the world. The warm water rivers, of Costa Rica, boast world-class white water in a lush, tropical environment.

The rates are on a full board basis.

Pacuare River Lodge
 Puerto Viejo

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, 24 May 2024

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, 25 May 2024

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, 26 May 2024

At leisure

Time to relax in the Costa Rican sunshine.


Monday, 27 May 2024

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, 28 May 2024

At leisure

Your final day to enjoy on the beach soaking up the laid back atmosphere..

Le Cameleon

Caribbean Coast - Luxury Hotel

Le Cameleon is a stylish, boutique hotel located across a quiet road next to a white sandy beach in Puerto Viejo. Here, you can relax and feel the Caribbean vibe in a setting they call ‘where the Jungle meets the Ocean’.

The hotel has a range of room types appealing to couples and families. Each room is air-conditioned, with private bathroom, comfortable beds, balcony or patio, hair dryer, safe, table, tea/coffee making facilities, minibar, TV and FREE Wi-Fi.

Public facilities include a ‘jungle swimming pool’, restaurant serving organic dishes, a spa, lounge and bar. The hotel also runs yoga classes on a regular basis. Across the road on the beach is the NOA Beach club with a large pool, bar, restaurant and wide range of water sports including surfing.

There is much to explore locally including guided hikes in the jungle, mountain hike, adventures, birdwatching, a canopy tour through the treetops, a visit to nearby Manzanillo's wildlife refuge, a tour to Cahuita National Park or perhaps a visit to the Yorkin Indigenous Reservation.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.

Le Cameleon Pool And Beach
San Jose

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, 29 May 2024

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, 30 May 2024

Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

Xandari Resort

San Jose & Alajuela - 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.

4808 Xandari Resort

Price Guidelines

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Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £5,372

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.


What's Included

  • 13 Days / 11 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • River rafting adventures in Pacuare 
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Transfers and transport throughout
  • Prices per person

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