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The luxury of having the time and budget to enjoy the best Nature Lodges at a slow pace

25 Night Itinerary from  £13,940

Origins Deluxe Tour

A comprehensive deluxe journey of discovery, flying Business Cabin, visiting over 7 national parks, and staying in the best hotels and isolated lodges, on a long, slow pace journey, away from people and some of the main destinations.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Fly in Business Cabin / Club World seats
  • Stay in some of the best lodges in Costa Rica
  • Visit countryside outside San Jose, Volcanos, Waterfalls, Butterflies
  • Explore the coastal rainforest at Tortuguero National Park by boat 
  • Stay at the stunning Andaz Hyatt, in the northern Papagayo Peninsula
  • Explore Tenorio National Park, with its awe-inspiring volcano and wildlife
  • Stay at the fabulous Origins Luxury Lodge in Tenerio National Park
  • Experience the Cloud Forest at El Silencio Lodge and Spa
  • Enjoy the Osa Peninsula staying at Lapa Rios for the Corcovado Park
  • Go birdwatching, river rafting hiking or trekking at Saraqipui
  • Relax on the beach in Papagayo, the Osa Peninsula and Manuel Antonio

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

El Ranchito Suite Bedroom 1

Central Valley - 3 Nights

Day 1 - Departure from the UK and fly to San Jose 

Day 2 - Poas Volcano & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Day 3 - Explore San Jose 

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Thursday, 25 April 2024

Fly to Costa Rica

Depart the UK on British Airways direct to San Jose. On arrival, transfer to Finca Rosa Blanca Lodge & Coffee Plantation, for a 3-night stay in the countryside of the Central Valley, ouside the city. Two days to explore the surroundings.


Friday, 26 April 2024

Poas Volcano

Enjoy a half day excursion to observe the Poas Volcano and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens.  Observe the incredible crater's rim, with a diameter of 1.5 km, reportedly the widest of any volcano in the world. If it is clear enough to see to the bottom of the 300-meter deep crater, fumaroles, bubbling emissions and geyser-like eruptions.


Saturday, 27 April 2024

Explore the grounds of Finca Rosa Blanca

Today is free for a slow start to your holiday, get over the flight, use the pool and the Spa, explore on your own the extensive property, forest and coffee plantation. You can also enjoy a birdwatching tour and a trek on the hotel's spectacular grounds.

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.

4810 Finca Rosa Blanca
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Tortuguero National Park - 3 Nights

Day 4 - Fly to Tortuguero National Park

Day 5 - Exploring Tortuguero

Day 6 - Exploring Tortuguero

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Sunday, 28 April 2024

Fly to Tortuguero

This morning we take a domestic flight to Tortuguero National Park. For the last part of the journey, we transfer to a local boat what will take you to Tortuga Lodge, one of the best lodges in the area, where you stay for 3-nights including breakfast, lunch, dinner and daily excursions. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Monday, 29 April 2024

Exploring Tortuguero

Originally intended to protect a major nesting beach of the Atlantic green sea turtle, Tortuguero National Park now protects 77,032 acres or 30,812 hectares, one of the last large areas of tropical rain forest in Central America. Your included guided excursions include a trek and boat trip to observe the incredible wildlife, including three species of monkeys (spider, howler, and white-faced), three-toed sloths, and River otters. The area of flooded canals next to the Caribbean Sea is quite unique.


Tuesday, 30 April 2024

Exploring Tortuguero

Another day to explore this natural paradise. Perhaps take a zip wire tour of the forest canopy, visit Tortuguero town and learn about the lives of the local people. If travelling from July to September, then head to the beach to observe sea turtles laying the eggs on the beach.

Tortuga Lodge

Tortuguero Forest & Canals - Deluxe Lodge

Overview and location

Tortuga Lodge and Gardens was the first upscale lodge built in Tortuguero National Park on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast and remains the most comfortable place to stay in the area. Facing the Tortuguero River in its own 146 acre estate, the lodge offers a quiet, eco-friendly experience with solar powered energy, locally sourced ingredients and attractive and wooden buildings with a laid-back, tropical, yet classic design. The lodge has 20 hectares of attractively landscaped gardens with ornamental tropical trees, palms, shrubs, orchids, and other flowers that attract birds, lizards and butterflies.

Why stay here?

In a remote place like this, running a quality eco lodge with comfortable accommodation and a high standard of service is not easy, but Tortuga Lodge has got it right. Rustic elegance in the jungle.

Rooms

The 2 storey room blocks are set among the tropical gardens, with 11 downstairs terrace rooms, 12 upstairs balcony rooms, 1 large Penthouse suite and 2 family junior suites - all facing the river. The spacious rooms have quality beds, large en suite bathrooms with shower, ceiling fans and rocking chairs and hammocks in the outside terrace. There is a no smoking policy, no air conditioning or television - you will appreciate the sounds of the tropical rain forest - including a wake up call from a local howler monkey!

Food and drink

The reception, bar and superb restaurant are located in the main building built on the riverside, with veranda dining next to the water. The chef delights the guests with local and international dishes served in creative ways. All meals are served at your table. Veloso Tours recommends the full meal plan. An a la carte menu is available for all meals.

Facilities and activities

The lodge offers free Wi-Fi throughout. The stunning infinity pool features an environmentally-friendly purification system so the water does not irritate the eyes - a perfect place to relax after adventures in the jungle and the lodge's gardens. Expert-led excursions by boat exploring Tortuguero National Park are available from the lodge. These can be arranged in advance with your Veloso Tours UK travel advisor.

From July to October, the highlight in Tortuguero is standing a few feet from a 300-pound Green Sea Turtle while she lays 80-100 eggs, covers up her nest, perhaps digs a false nest to throw off predators, and finally, after more than an hour, returns to the sea.

Prices

Veloso Tours prices include room, local taxes and all meals. Packages including flight transfers from San Jose and excursions are also available. The National Park entrance fee is not included (USD $15.00 per person).

Families

Families with teenagers will appreciate the hotel's partnership with a local school where they can help teach local children with their English. Must be pre-arranged with our travel advisor. Families stay in a junior family suite with 2 beds (1 king) sleeping up to 4. Younger families benefit from up to 2 children aged 10 or younger staying FREE if sharing a room with 2 adults. The lodge offers a special 3 night family expedition package including transfers, room, meals and full excursion programme.

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Tortuga Lodge
The Sarapiqui River

Sarapiqul - 3 Nights

Day 7 - Travel to Sarapiqui

Day 8 - Exploring Sarapiqui

Day 9 - Exploring Sarapiqui

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Wednesday, 01 May 2024

Travel to Sarapiqul

Today we travel overland to Sarapiqul, where we check into La Selva Verde Lodge for a 3-night stay including breakfast. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Thursday, 02 May 2024

Exploring Sarapiqul

Enjoy a range of activities from your lodge. Perhaps the best are birdwatching tours, where you can observe, macaws, hummingbirds, and the elusive quetzal bird.


Friday, 03 May 2024

Exploring Sarapiqui

A further day to enjoy guided walks, boat trips, canoeing, and rafting on the Rio Sarapiqui, or perhaps a mountain biking adventure.

Selva Verde Lodge Reserve

Sarapiqui - First Lodge

Located in Sarapiqui county, Selva Verde is a rainforest reserve with 500 acres of tropical nature and a haven for nature enthusiasts from around the world. The abundant biodiversity, comfortable rainforest lodge, and exciting activities are ideal for adventure seekers, bird and wildlife watchers, and families. 

The lodge has forty well-appointed rooms, five secluded bungalows, and a Casona Suite for families or small groups. Selva Verde's Costa Rica eco lodge buildings are incorporated into the rainforest on elevated wooden platforms and walkways that blend in with the natural surroundings. The covered walkways allow guests to stroll and observe wildlife while staying dry during the rains.

Public facilities include a dining hall, restaurant, and bar astride the lovely Sarapiquí River with a spectacular views. There is also a delightful pool and a gift shop.

There is much to explore in the area, including specially arranged birdwatching packages, guided walks in the Selva Verde rainforest reserve, early morning and night walks and birdwatching, a tour to discover the many species of frogs that frequent the area, and latin dance classes.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.

Selva Verde Lodge
Tenorio Lodge Hotel 12

Tenorio Volcano National Park - 3 Nights

Day 10 - Travel to Tenorio Volcano National Park

Day 11 - Tenorio Volcano

Day 12 - Exploring the National Park

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Saturday, 04 May 2024

Travel to Tenorio Volcano National Park

We travel overland today to Tenorio National Park, where we check into the Origins Luxury Lodge for a 3-night stay including all meals, drinks and included activities. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Sunday, 05 May 2024

Tenorio Volcano

Choose from a range of included activities, from a guided walk with the lodge's chef, a wildlife night tour, and lagoon fishing. Perhaps trek to the summit of Tenorio Volcano.


Monday, 06 May 2024

Exploring the National Park

A further day to enjoy the included activities, or at extra cost, take a Cano Negro boat tour, a guided trek to the Rio Celeste waterfall, kayaking, paddle boarding, a tour of a coffee plantation, or a visit to a local tribe.

Origins Luxury Resort

Tenorio Volcano Park - Luxury Lodge

Located high up on a mountainside moments from Tenorio National Park and overlooking the out stretched valley, ORIGINS offers an exclusive opportunity for serenity within the wilds of the rainforest is an experience like no other.

Within the large, private estate are spacious  and beautifully designed luxury lodges, each with fantastic views, a terrace with wood fire fire-heated bath, private bathrooms, FREE Wi-Fi, coffee maker, hair dryer and safe.

Origins offers world class cuisine, using ingredients grown locally. The restaurant, bar and lounge offer breathtaking views. You really feel connected to nature. There is also a spa and yoga.

There is much to do here, from guided treks to the summit of Tenorio Volcano, exploring the National Park and Rio Celetse, birdwatching, fishing, horse riding, kayaking, meeting the local Maleku people, a coffee tour and adventure activities such as tubing.

You can access Origins by car from Liberia or San Jose, or even take a private helicopter flight to the Lodge own heliport.

The rates are on a full board basis.

A Villa With A View
Papagayo

Papagayo Peninsula, Guanacaste - 3 Nights

Day 13 - Travel to Papagayo Peninsula, Guanacaste

Day 14 - Relax on the beach

Day 15 - Explore this unique part of Coata Rica

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024

Travel to Papagayo Peninsula, Guanacaste

Travel by road to Guanacaste and the remote and rugged Papagayo Peninsula. Check into the Hotel Andaz for a 3-night stay including breakfast. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Wednesday, 08 May 2024

Relax on the beach

You hotel is just 2 minutes from a remote and quiet beach, a place to relax and ensure nature.


Thursday, 09 May 2024

Explore this unique part of Coata Rica

Today, enjoy kayaking or paddle boarding, a trek in the coastal forest, or take an optional trip to the nearby Palo Verde National Park.

Andaz Hyatt

Guanacaste Beaches - Deluxe Resort

Nestled among the lush vegetation on the shore of the Papagayo Peninsula, Andaz captures the native spirit of Costa Rica with its distinctive "Pura Vida" (pure life) philosophy of laid back relaxation. Vibrant yet stylish, Andaz blends contemporary high-end design with touches of Latin character.

The luxury air-conditioned rooms feature views of the jungle, some look out to the Pacific Ocean, and all have comfortable modern furniture and a large private bathroom with premium toiletries.

There are 2 cascading swimming pools with a large area for sitting and sun-bathing, and a 2 minute walk down the steps to the beach. Dining is always a pleasure at Andaz, with a choice of three restaurants. There is fine dining at the Ostra Restaurant, specialising in delicacies from the sea, while the Rio Bhongo Restaurant has a more casual atmosphere, including a salad table and coffee bar. 

The rates include breakfast.

 

Hotel Andaz
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Alajuela Cloud Forest - 3 Nights

Day 16 - Travel to Alajuela

Day 17 - Exploring El Silencio 

Day 18 - Exploring El Silencio 

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Friday, 10 May 2024

Travel to Alajuela

Travel overland to the Alajuela region, where we check into the El Silencio Lodge & Spa for a 3-night stay including breakfast. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Saturday, 11 May 2024

Exploring El Silencio 

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is located in picturesque Bajos del Toro on a 500-acre private cloud forest reserve flanked by the Juan Castro Blanco and Poas Volcano National Parks. Waterfalls, streams and pools are common ecological systems in this area allowing visitors to see a wide variety of Costa Rica's fauna and flora. The ambience is that of utter seclusion and solitude. Enjoy a complimentary tree planting, a mystic hike, a waterfall trek, birdwatching at dawn, adventures by horseback.


Sunday, 12 May 2024

Exploring El Silencio 

A further day to enjoy the many facilities and activities available, such as yoga, in the cloud forest.

El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Bajos del Toro - Deluxe Lodge

Located an hour from San Jose, El Silencio Lodge & Spa is ideally located at Bajos del Toro, a relatively unknown tourist destination offering many beautiful landscapes and activities. The Lodge is set in 500 acres of private tropical forest reserve, flanked by Juan Castro Blanco National Park and Poas Volcano National Park. Ideal for couples, nature lovers and families, the Silencio, Spanish for silence, is befitting of a destination when daily stress hushes the sounds of nature bloom.

The lodge includes a guided hike in the cloud forest and you can even plant your own tree. They provide advice on independent walks to explore the many waterfalls, streams, unique fauna, flora and birdlife. Optional activities include horseback riding, art and cooking classes, coffee tasting or adventure activities in the rainforest. Nearby attractions such as Sarchi, Zarcero and the Juan Castro Blanco National Park are also worth visiting. 

Choose from 2 bedroom suites (up to 4 people) or 2 or 3 bedroom private villas (up to 6). All have private bathroom, TV, outdoor whirlpool or heated pool, terrace, coffee maker, hair dryer, safe, amenities and stunning floor to ceiling windows.

The lodge has its own organic farm which provides many ingredients for their excellent Las Ventanas Restaurant. There is also a spa to relax after your days exploring this wonderful remote hideaway.

Rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

 

 

2060 El Silencio Lodge & Spa
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Osa Peninsula - 3 Nights

Day 19 - Travel to the Osa Peninsula

Day 20 - Exploring the Osa Peninsula 

Day 21 - The Osa Trail

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Monday, 13 May 2024

Travel to the Osa Peninsula

Today, transfer to San Jose airport and ply to Puerto Jimenez, from where we travel through beautiful scenery to the luxurious Lapa Rios Lodge for a 3-night stay including all meals, and complimentary on-site guided tours. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Tuesday, 14 May 2024

Exploring the Osa Peninsula 

Choose from a range of included guided tours: birdwatching, rain forest ridge walk, Matapalo beach tour, and night walk.


Wednesday, 15 May 2024

The Osa Trail

This morning, enjoy the Osa trail hike that will lead you into the deep primary forest in the Lapa Rios private reserve. For the rest of the afternoon relax on the sun bed in your private balcony while hearing the toucans, macaws, and sound of the waves or take time to relax in the fresh water pool.

Lapa Rios

Osa Peninsula & Corcovado - Deluxe Lodge

Lapa Rios is a wonderful combination of a sustainable luxury lodge and eco-conservation project spread over 1000 acres of tropical rainforest on the Osa Peninsula overlooking the Golfo Dulce. The main lodge and bungalows line three ridges, connected by walking paths and many steps.

Nearly all of the 17 thatched bungalows have an ocean view and all are surrounded by the rainforest. Each bungalow has huge windows, a ceiling fan (no air-conditioning), private deck and patio garden.

The buildings are of native materials, existing in harmony with the surrounding forest and beach environment. The main building houses the reception, bar and restaurant. There is also a swimming pool, access to the beach, and many trails throughout the forest leading to rivers with natural pools and waterfalls. There are daily guided excursions and activities inside and outside the property that take advantage of the pristine natural setting and discover the abundant wildlife, particularly birds.

The rates include transfers from Puerto Jimenez, accommodation, all non-alcoholic drinks, 3 meals a day and all on-site guided tours.

 Lapa Rios
Manuel Antonio 12

Manuel Antonio National Park - 4 Nights

Day 22 - Travel to Manuel Antonio National Park

Day 23 - Explore Manuel Antonio National Park

Day 24 - At leisure 

Day 25 - At leisure 

Day 26 - Fly back to the UK

Day 27 - Arrive in the UK

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Thursday, 16 May 2024

Travel to Manuel Antonio National Park

Travel north overland to Manuel Antonio, where we check into the Arenas Del Mar Hotel for a 4-night stay including breakfast. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Friday, 17 May 2024

Explore Manuel Antonio National Park

The Arenas del Mar Hotel is beautifully located about 2 kilometres away from the port of Quepos, in Manuel Antonio. The resort is beautifully situated on a cliff above Espadilla Beach with its white sand beaches and the sparkling Pacific Ocean and overlooks the spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park and has direct beach access to two separate beaches. Tours and activities offered in the area include white-water rafting, mangrove kayak and boat tours, guided rainforest hikes, ocean kayaking, catch and release sport fishing, canopy Tours and horse riding excursions.


Saturday, 18 May 2024

At leisure

A day to relax on the beach, or take an optional guided trek into Manuel Antonio National Park.


Sunday, 19 May 2024

At leisure

Your last day in Costa Rica, a chance to relax at your hotel or on the beach.


Monday, 20 May 2024

Fly back to the UK

Transfer to San Jose Airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.


Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

Arenas Del Mar

Manuel Antonio National Park - Deluxe Resort

Located outside the town of Manuel Antonio, Arenas Del Mar is a luxury hotel located within walking distance of the National Park and situated in dense forest looking onto the Pacific. The hotel has access to its own private beach as well as the nearby Espadilla Beach. 

There are 38 air conditioned suites and rooms located in blocks on a hill connected by a winding path leading down to a secluded beach, with golf carts to transport guests and luggage up and down the hill. Each has private bathroom, safe, flat screen TV, coffee maker, mini bar and FREE Wi-FI. The rooms are ideal for couples and families.

The resort has two restaurants using locally sourced ingredients in their menus, the Las Brisas spa and wellness centre and two fabulous swimming pools overlooking the sea. There are many activities, from daily yoga to adventures in the rain forest to enjoy.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

2032 Arenas Del Mar

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 11 April to June & September to 15 December 16 December to 10 April & July, August
Room Arrangement Deluxe Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £13,940 £16,120

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


What's Included

  • 27 Days/25 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • 25 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 12 dinners
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Excursions as described
  • Transfers and transport throughout
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