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Costa Rica Holidays

Private aircraft and luxury lodges to explore the flora, fauna, rainforest and coast.

22 Night Itinerary from  £25,550

Papagayo Tour

Extensive tour with privately chartered domestic flights, helicopter flight to Tenorio and staying in the best luxury lodges, this is truly the ultimate way to experience the landscapes and national parks.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • The ultimate luxury tour of Costa Rica, with chartered domestic flights and the best lodges
  • Explore the coastal rainforest at Tortuguero National Park by boat 
  • Spend 4 nights at the award-winning Kasiiya Eco Resort in remote Papagayo
  • Take a private helicopter flight to Tenorio National Park, with its awe-inspiring volcano
  • Stay 4 nights at the fabulous Origins Luxury Lodge in Tenerio National Park
  • Enjoy 3 nights exploring the Osa Peninsula staying at Lapa Rios with their expert naturalist guides
  • Go birdwatching, hiking or whale watching at Piedras Blancas National Park 
  • Relax on the beach in Papagayo, the Osa Peninsula and Golfo Dulce

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 - Departure from UK

Day 2 - Explore San Jose

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Monday, 20 May 2024

Departure from UK

Depart from the UK on a direct flight to San Jose arriving later the same day. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for a 2 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. You will be met by a Veloso Tours guide who will give you a short introduction to San Jose and the area surrounding your hotel.


Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Explore San Jose

Today you are free to explore San Jose or take an optional excursion to the nearby 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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Balmoral Hotel

San Jose & Alajuela - Tourist Hotel

The Balmoral Hotel is located on Avenida Central, San Jose’s most famous street and walking distance to the historic centre. It is easy to visit  the Iglesia de la Merced, the cathedral, the central and Morazán parks, as well as the impressive gold and jade museums.

The hotel’s rooms include double beds, complimentary coffee, safe, hair dryer, FREE Wi-Fi, desk, and private bathrooms with power showers and complimentary toiletries.

There is a bar, restaurant, café, pizzeria and even a wine shop. The award-winning El Patio del Balmoral restaurant serves a variety of authentic Costa Rican specialties and international dishes in a casual and relaxing setting. There is also an on site gym.

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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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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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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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Canals through the tropical forest

Tortuguero National Park - 3 Nights

Day 3 - Transfer to Tortuguero National Park

Day 4 - Private tour by boat

Day 5 - Explore Tortuguero

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Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Travel to Tortuguero National Park

Up early today to travel to Tortuguero National Park. Admire the biodiversity of an astonishing protected area in Costa Rica as the bus drives through Braulio Carrillo National Park. Stop on route to have a delicious typical breakfast. Along the road, you can observe many different kinds of products grown in this area such as pineapples and bananas. Board a comfortable boat upon arrival to Caño Blanco pier and let this extraordinary exotic paradise enchant you, as you travel through the Tortuguero canals. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch as you arrive to the lodge. After lunch, visit to the picturesque town, the green turtle information centre and the beach area.

Tortuguero beach is the most important nesting site of the endangered green turtle in the Western Hemisphere. Giant leatherback, hawksbill, and loggerhead turtles also nest here. The green turtle population is believed to have come perilously close to extinction in the 1960s when nearly every female turtle arriving to nest in Tortuguero was taken for the export market for turtle soup.

Working closely with the Costa Rican government, the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) helped establish Tortuguero National Park in 1970, a move that offered protection to the turtles and strictly limited the number of turtles that could be taken. STC researchers and volunteers, who are based at STC's John H. Phipps Biological Field Station, continue to monitor nesting trends, growth rates and reproductive success begun by Dr. Archie Carr in the 1950s. We visit the field station in the afternoon.

We stay at the Tortuga Lodge on a full board basis for 3-nights.

From July to September you can take an optional night tour to observe turtles nesting.


Thursday, 23 May 2024

Private tour by boat

After breakfast, leave the lodge by private boat, accompanied by a naturalist guide, to explore the creeks of Tortuguero National Park. It is common to find troops of Howler monkeys in search of the tender young leaves of the Monkey Plum tree. The Northern Jacana is often perched on an island of water hyacinth, looking for insects and miniature shrimp. Caimans are often observed quietly waiting for its next meal to swim by.


Friday, 24 May 2024

Explore Tortuguero

A further day of optional guided treks and other optional activities, such as zip wire adventures in the tree canopy.

Turtle Beach Lodge

Tortuguero Forest & Canals - Tourist Lodge

Turtle Beach Lodge is set in a 175-acre resort offering forest trails, the secluded stretches of beach, and spectacular private canals on a heady Caribbean landscape. Witness endangered sea turtles on the sprawling nestling grounds on the oceanic coast and explore the area’s alluringly bio-diverse landscape comprised of eleven varied habitats. 

The lodge has a choice of twin, double or single rooms, with ceiling fan and private bathroom. Public facilities include a dining room serving the Caribbean dishes using local ingredients, a terrace, and a swimming pool. The large site offers numerous walks into the forest.

The rates include transport from/to San Jose, all meals, a guided tour of the forest trails, a wildlife cruise on the canal and a trip to Tortuguero.

Turtle Beach Lodge

Pachira Lodge

Tortuguero Forest & Canals - Tourist Lodge

Pachira Lodge is located only five minutes away from the entrance to Tortuguero National Park. This wild and remote area is only accessible by boat or plane and it takes 5 to 6 hours by land and boat from San Jose. Pachira Lodge offers 96 comfortable rooms with bamboo furniture and ceiling fans. The rooms are simple, rustic and comfortable, all with private facilities, hot water but without air-conditioning.

The lodge has a nicely decorated restaurant serving Costa Rican food buffet-style, a bar, a refreshing turtle-shaped swimming pool, beautiful gardens, ranchos with hammocks to enjoy the jungle and canal views.

The rates include transport from/to San Jose, all meals and guided walks and boat trips.

Pachira Lodge

Mawamba River Lodge

Tortuguero Forest & Canals - Tourist Lodge

Nestled in the lush rainforest, the lodge is the ideal hideaway for nature lovers and the perfect place to discover the wonders of the Tortuguero National Park. All the spacious and comfortable rooms are built in wood to blend in with the exuberant jungle vegetation and all feature a private bathroom with hot water and ceiling fans and offer tranquil garden views. There is a family style restaurant where you eat 3 meals a day, a pool area, games room and palapas with hammocks tucked away in the gardens - perfect for relaxing!

Every evening, there are lectures on the Tortuguero area in the conference room and you are always free to investigate the 15-acres of private nature trails, featuring an open sky butterfly farm.

The Lodge provides transfers by bus and boat, all meals, regular tours and taxes; the entrance fee to the National Park is not included.

Mawamba Lodge

Evergreen Lodge

Tortuguero Forest & Canals - Tourist Lodge

Located near the entrance to Tortuguero National Park, Evergreen Lodge offers a sustainable way to explore the rainforest from the Penitencia Canal that flows directly in front of the Lodge.

The lodge has 66 rooms and private bungalows constructed over pillars designed in a Caribbean style, with wooden and bamboo furniture. Each has comfortable beds, ceiling fans, security boxes and private bathrooms with warm water.

Public areas include a swimming pool and dining room. 

The lodge offers various excellent value packages that include guided excursions exploring Tortuguero National Park.

Evergreen Lodge has a commitment with the environment and sustainable development, due to this we have been working hard to obtain sustainability certifications by implementing different measures and programs such as but not limited to energy and water saving, recycling programs, and training programs in topics such as sustainability, and others. The objective is to use and treat the resources appropriately, as well as to contribute with the environment and the community.

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Laguna Lodge

Tortuguero Forest & Canals - Tourist Lodge

Laguna Lodge is an eco-touristic lodge, located on a narrow strip of land, 650 feet wide, between Tortuguero´s main lagoon and a 5km stretch of beach on the the Caribbean Sea. The lodge has 6 acres of delightful, lush gardens, and its own botanical garden.

There are 106 rooms, each with private bathroom and ceiling fan. Public facilities include a restaurant with a wonderful view, decorated with rustic logs brought from the beach. There are 3 bars to enjoy a relaxing drink after a days exploration. The main bar overlooks the river edge with amazing sunsets. The lodge also has a large swimming pool with sun loungers.

Enjoy included guided tours during your stay, walk on the deserted beach and from July to October witness Green and Leatherback Turtles nesting on the beach; truly unforgettable.

The rates include transfers from/to San Jose, accommodation, all meals, and selected tours guided by a naturalist guide, depending on your length of stay.

Laguna Lodge

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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Manatus hotel

Tortuguero Forest & Canals - Luxury Hotel

The Manatus Hotel is located 2.5km from Tortuguero town centre, very close to the airstrip that you fly into thus avoiding a long transfer by road. It is also one of the few properties that sit directly on a strip of land separating the Caribbean Sea from several canals. With only 12 bungalows with 2 Queen beds each, it really is a unique place to stay surrounded by stunning scenery. Each air-conditioned luxury bungalow has a private patio with an outdoor shower - plus TV, bathroom, FREE Wi-Fi and mini-bar.

Public areas include a bar, excellent restaurant with a la carte international menu combined with the exquisite traditional Costa Rican cuisine, a spa, gym and swimming pool. There is also a small, on-site gallery of local art.

Manatus Hotel also features some private trails to enjoy the natural surroundings and the possibilities to observe the wildlife, as well as a dock where you can enjoy the views of the calm waters of the lagoon. Kayaks can be rented to cruise the canals.

One of the biggest attractions of the region are the nesting of the sea turtles. As well as our included adventures by boat, you can also take optional guided hikes into the jungle.

Manatus Hotel
Lodge Kasiiya

Papagayo - 4 Nights

Day 6 - Fly to Papagayo

Day 7 - Kasiiya Eco Retreat

Day 8 - Kasiiya Eco Retreat 

Day 9 - Kasiiya Eco Retreat

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Saturday, 25 May 2024

Fly to Papagayo

Transfer to Tortuguero airstrip and take a private charter flight to Liberia, from where you transfer to the Kasiiya luxury eco retreat for a 4-night stay on a full board basis. Relax in your stunning beachfront villa. 


Sunday, 26 May 2024

Kasiiya Eco Retreat

Enjoy a range of optional activities available from your hotel, including yoga, kayaking, paddle boarding, trekking and tree climbing. Or simply relax on the beach or by the pool. 


Monday, 27 May 2024

Kasiiya Eco Retreat

A day to relax in the luxury of your resort.


Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Kasiiya Eco Retreat

Your last day in Papagayo.

Cala Luna Boutique & Villas

Guanacaste Beaches - First Boutique

Located on Costa Rica's North West coast and close to the famous Tamarindo beach, the well regarded Cala Luna Boutique Hotel and Villas is surrounded by lush vegetation, palms, hibiscus and bougainvillea. Playa Langosta beach, in a sheltered bay, is also within a short walking distance away.

The 21 air-conditioned villas each has private swimming pool and two or three bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, TV, CD player, telephone and private bathroom. There are also 20 fully equipped hotel rooms with a patio terrace. 

Guests can enjoy the excellent restaurant serving 100% organic ingredients from the hotel's sister project La Senda Farm. The restaurant and bar overlook the pool. Other public facilities include a swimming pool, spa, surfing lessons, yoga and fishing tours. 

Rooms are on a bed and breakfast basis.

 

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Kasiiya

Guanacaste Beaches - Luxury Resort

Located on the beach in Papagayo, The Kasiilya is a wonderful eco resort offering the perfect balance between comfort and wilderness. You stay in luxury tented suites, designed to strengthen your bond with nature and enhance your wellbeing. It is a unique experience.

The resort has 5 very spacious air-conditioned suites in total, balcony, quality linens, private bathroom, outside bath and luxury amenities. All are moments from the beach.

The public areas include a dining room, lounge and spa. Plus you can explore over 100 acres of wilderness. The cuisine is created by Chef Sebastian Guevara who believes the menus of Kasiiya should be as beautiful as the land itself. The views, the air and the smell of the ocean inspire his dishes.

A stay at Kasiilya is very much about the outdoors, with many activities available including kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkelling, diving, fishing, hiking, wildlife tours, culinary classes, surfing or simply relaxing on the beach.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

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Nautico Luxury Home

Guanacaste Beaches - Luxury Private Villa

Located only 100 metres from the beach, Nautilo’s was created to complement the unspoiled beauty of Nosara in its tranquil setting. The house is surrounded by a beautiful vegetation where monkeys play, and pasture land stretches towards the hills. The sunsets fill the horizon in ever-changing hues which can be seen from every room in the house or while cooling off in the pool.

The villa has five air-conditioned bedrooms sleeping up to thirteen guests. There is the option to separate into two homes; the 4-bedroom “main house” which sleeps 9 guests and the casita that can accommodate up to 4 people. The houses can be rented together or separately.

The central thatched roof “rancho” that flows to the large deck and infinity pool offers a gathering place for indoor/outdoor lounging, dining and entertaining. The kitchen features a large comfortable seating/ lounge area, and an island that can accommodate 6 people for casual dining.

The villa is extremely well appointed with a balcony, TV, central air conditioning, coffee maker, dish washer, freezer, garden, refrigerator, fully stocked kitchen, terrace, towels and included Wi-Fi.

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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
Rainforest

Tenorio National Park - 4 Nights

Day 10 - Helicopter flight to Origins Luxury Lodge

Day 11 - Explore Tenorio National Park

Day 12 - Tenorio National Park

Day 13 - Tenorio National Park

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Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Helicopter flight to Origins Luxury Lodge

Today, transfer back to Liberia and take a privately chartered helicopter flight to Origins Luxury Lodge, located high on a mountainside in Tenorio National Park. We stay here for 4-nights on a full board basis including drinks. 


Thursday, 30 May 2024

Explore Tenorio National Park

Tenorio Volcano National Park is located the northern Costa Rica and part of the Arenal Tempisque Conservation Area. The jewel of the National Park is the Tenorio Volcano, which you can experience today at your leisure.

There is much to explore from the lodge, including trekking, fishing, a coffee tour, kayaking, tubing, meeting the local Maleku tribe and a boat tour on the Cano Negro.


Friday, 31 May 2024

Exploring Tenorio

A further day to discover Tenorio National Park. Spot sloths, monkeys, turtles, caiman and many varieties of birds or perhaps experience the thrill of walking under the moonlight with our naturalist guide, through the Costa Rican forest, witnessing astonishing nocturnal animal species!


Saturday, 01 June 2024

Tenorio National Park

Your final day at the Origins Luxury Lodge in Tenorio National Park.

Tenorio Lodge

Tenorio Volcano Park - Tourist Lodge

Situated on their own 17 acre plat, Tenorio Lodge is located between Tenorio and Miravalles volcanoes at an altitude of 1,640 ft. The lodge has lovely gardens of fruit trees and tropical vegetation surrounding two natural ponds. Indeed, the Lodge was designed to offer its quietness, relaxation, and serenity in a peaceful environment.

The lodge has 12 spacious bungalows, each with an exceptional view towards the Tenorio volcano. The bungalows are equipped with a King size bed, a sofa and a coffee table or two Queen beds and private bathroom. There is a round table with two chairs, ceiling fan, mini bar, coffee maker, safe, hair dryer, umbrella. All windows are equipped with mosquito nets.

Public areas include expansive gardens, a bar, restaurant and terrace with views of Tenorio Volcano. Wi-fi is also available,

There is much to enjoy from the lodge, including exploring the Celeste River, trekking, birdwatching and learning about Tenorio Volcano and the National Park. You can also relax in one of the hotel’s jacuzzis.

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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
Lodge de Lapa Rios

Osa Peninsula - 3 Nights

Day 14 - Fly to the Osa Peninsula

Day 15 - Exploring the rainforest 

Day 16 - Exploring the rainforest

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Sunday, 02 June 2024

Fly to the Osa Peninsula

Today we transfer to El Tanque airstrip and take a privately chartered flight to Puerto Jimenez. From here, transfer to the luxurious Lapa Rios Lodge, located in a stunning position overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the remote tropical rainforest of the Osa Peninsula. We stay at Lapa Rios for 3 nights on a full board basis and including all activities on site. 


Monday, 03 June 2024

Exploring the rainforest

Wake up to views of the Golfo Dulce. After breakfast, enjoy a selection of on-site guided tours such as the early and sunset birds tour, the wild waterfall hike, the local medicine tour, the rain forest ridge walk, the Osa trail hike, the Matapalo Tour, the night walk and the pigs, twigs and garbage Tour.


Tuesday, 04 June 2024

Exploring the rainforest

After breakfast, this morning explore the rainforest on the optional Osa Trail hike that takes 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.

Luna Lodge

Osa Peninsula & Corcovado - Tourist Lodge

Luna Lodge is situated within 60 acres of primary and secondary rainforest, on the pristine and captivating Osa Peninsula in Carate near Corcovado National Park. 

Corcovado is one of the largest parks in Costa Rica and protects one-third of the peninsula. Described as “…the most biologically intense place on Earth.” by National Geographic Magazine.

There are eight bungalows, three haciendas, and seven platform tents - all well-appointed with private bathrooms. All are beautifully situated in the rainforest and offer breathtaking views from their decks. The spacious colonial-style hacienda rooms have private baths and are designed to comfortably accommodate three with one double-bed and one single-bed.

The completely enclosed “nature-lover” tents have two single beds or one double bed, a private bathroom with hot water, electricity, and a balcony overlooking the rain forest.

The restaurant, “El Eclipse Total”, is open all day and features creative local and international cuisine. There is also a large deck and spa.

There are many activities at the lodge including guided treks in the rainforest, stargazing, swimming in nearby Carate Beach and yoga.

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El Remanso Lodge

Osa Peninsula & Corcovado - First Lodge

Located on the South West Pacific side of the Osa Peninsula next to the Ocean, El Romanso Lodge is an exceptional eco-friendly base to explore one of the world's most pristine and bio diverse rainforests. You may see monkeys leaping in the trees, explore hidden valleys and spot sloths, kinkajous, eagles, toucans and parrots. Recent sightings include ocelots, pumas and several species of rare endemic birds. Wake up to the sounds of howler monkeys and parrots greeting the new day.

The lodge has a swimming pool, excellent restaurant and wide choice of accommodation from standard and superior rooms to bungalows and villas (some with a plunge pool). The rooms have either a garden or ocean view and have ceiling fans, hammocks and safe.

There are many activities on offer at the lodge, from guided hiking in the rainforest, sea kayaking, birdwatching tours, horse riding, dolphin watching and surfing.

The rates are on a full board basis with three meals included each day. 

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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

Bosque del Cabo

Osa Peninsula & Corcovado - First Lodge

Bosque del Cabo is located 500 feet above where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean, nestled in the unspoiled jungles of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, 750+ acre forest reserve with private, spacious bungalows and gorgeous houses perched atop the cliffs of Cabo Matapalo, each with beautiful ocean views, tropical breezes and the rainforest at your doorstep.

There are ten beautifully crafted thatched-roof bungalows; each is privately set among lush gardens; offering stunning ocean views, modern bathrooms with delightful outdoor garden showers, and porches furnished with hammocks and easy chairs. 

And for the ultimate in jungle living, Bosque del Cabo has two rental houses: Casa Blanca and Casa Miramar.  Casa Blanca, a well-appointed 2 bedroom/2 bath house has a fully-equipped kitchen, living room area, large wraparound porch with an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean, and 2 large bedroom suites on either side of the house.  Casa Miramar offers a home with an artistic layout of three unique “casitas” featuring three bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, living room area, and many porches and observation decks with amazing sunset views. 

Public areas include the swimming pool, bar, small library and newly renovated solar-powered restaurant serving delicious meals in a friendly (and eco-friendly!) atmosphere.  

Trails on the property allow for further exploration into the rainforest, where you can enjoyrefreshing natural pools and waterfalls, along with an abundance of Costa Rican wildlife.  You can spend your days hiking and exploring the natural beauty of Bosque del Cabo and the surrounding area, whiz through the air on the lodge’s zip-line into the tree platform, take a walk across our suspension bridge to the Tropical Garden, or just relax by the pool or on your deck, sip a tropical drink, and watch the macaws fly by. 

The rates are on a full board basis.

 

Bosque del Cabo
Playa Cativo beachfront

Piedras Blancas National Park - 5 Nights

Day 17 - By boat to Playa Cativo Lodge

Day 18 - Rainforest & Golfo Dulce

Day 19 - Whale watching 

Day 20 - Hike in Piedras Blancas National Park

Day 21 - At leisure 

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Wednesday, 05 June 2024

By boat to Playa Cativo Lodge

Today we travel by boat to Playa Cativo Eco Lodge, nestled in the tranquil waters of Golfo Dulce, in southern Costa Rica. Unique in its native beauty and seclusion, Playa Cativo is a beachfront boutique hotel set within 1000 acres and offering a unique experience of a private rainforest, surrounded by the Piedras Blancas National Park, a former extension of the Corcovado National Park.

We stay at the lodge for 5 nights on a full board basis and use of all watersports equipment including kayaks and paddle boards.


Thursday, 06 June 2024

Rainforest and Golfo Dulce

There are many optional treks and activities to enjoy at Playa Cativo Lodge. If birding is your passion, enjoy a guided tour exploring the impressive diversity of birds in Playa Cativo with over 390 species of birds recorded in Piedras Blancas, Playa Cativo Private Nature Reserve and surroundings. Observe bird species that inhabit beaches, wetlands, grasslands, valleys and even many migratory species.


Friday, 07 June 2024

Whale watching

Perhaps today take an optional boat trip on the Golfo Dulce, one of four tropical fjords around the world, and home to a variety of marine animals, including cetaceans. Two species of dolphins spend their whole life cycles in Golfo Dulce, and between July and October it is possible to experience the arrival of the Humpback whales and their calves. Sea turtles, jumping stingrays, and marine birds can also show up during the ride. Combine this tour with snorkelling for a fantastic day in the water!


Saturday, 08 June 2024

Hike in Piedras Blancas National Park

Today perhaps take an optional privately guided hike in the Playa Cativo private forest reserve with its rugged and steep topography, cant trees and fascinating tropical lowland rainforest ecology. The flora of Piedras Blancas is one of the most diverse in Central America. On your return, relax at the lodge - on the beach or by the pool.


Sunday, 09 June 2024

At leisure

Your final day to relax and enjoy the unique surroundings of Playa Cativo Lodge.

Playa Cativo

Osa Peninsula & Corcovado - Luxury Lodge

Located in a stunning beachfront position in the Golfo Dulce, on accessible by boat, the Playa Cativo is a luxury lodge offering beauty, seclusion and nature. Surrounded by 1000 acres of private rainforest, a beautiful beach and lush grounds, you are free to explore the varied wildlife that inhabits this remote region of Costa Rica.

The lodge has a swimming pool, spa, wellness centre, library and an organic farm. The excellent cuisine is served in the El Gavilan Restaurant as well as El Gazebo Sunset Bar.

All 18 luxurious guest rooms are constructed from precious reclaimed hardwood and colourful tile works crafted by local artisans, offering an unspoiled 180-degree view of both the ocean and rain forest. Each room is air-conditioned with private bathroom, safe, FREE Wi-Fi and a rain shower. 

There is much to do and explore, from self-guided walks in the rainforest, paddle boarding, kayaks, snorkelling or simply relaxing on the beach.

The rates are on a full board basis including transfers from Puerto Jimenez, use of water sports facilities and tea/coffee throughout your stay.

 

 

Playa Cativo Lodge
San Jose

Return to San Jose & Fly Home - 1 Night

Day 22 - Return to San Jose

Day 23 - Return flight to the UK

Day 24 - Arrive in the UK

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Monday, 10 June 2024

Return to San Jose

Transfer by boat to Puerto Jimenez for a flight to San Jose. On arrival, transfer to your chosen hotel on a bed and breakfast basis for your last night in Costa Rica.


Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Return flight to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.


Wednesday, 12 June 2024

Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

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

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

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.

4807 Hotel Presidente

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 31 Dec -19 Jul, 22 Aug-13 Dec 20 July - 21 Aug, 14 Dec- 30 Dec
Room Arrangement Deluxe Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £25,550 £30,598

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


What's Included

  • 24 Days / 22 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Internal flights as described
  • Private helicopter flight
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

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