Latin America
Costa Rica Costa Rica Family Private

Nurturing Nature

Costa Rica is deservedly known as the Jewel of Central America and has been rightly lauded as one of the top travel destinations for adventure. Diverse and a nature lover's playground, the country cannot fail to charm you as you kayak the thrilling rapids, horseback ride to stunning waterfalls and zipline through the lush canopy.

B&R’s newest way to travel! This itinerary is one of our new locally-supported, private trips. They use the hallmarks that we’re known for: great hotels, friendly and talented local guides plus memorable experiences but it’s just your group and on the dates that work best for you.

Trip Details

Moderate
San Jose to San Jose
8 Days / 7 Nights


Price per person from: $5,995
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Best Time to Visit

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Day by Day

Discover the contrasting landscapes of volcanoes and coffee plantations as you explore San Jose and the Turrialba Valley with your private guide.

Kayak on gentle rapids of the Pejivalle River, explore the Hacienda, visit the 19thC church and orchid gardens and learn the processes of coffee, sugar and macadamia nut production.

Explore La Tirimbina Rainforest Centre in the Arenal region—walk the Chocolate Trails, cross the suspension bridge and learn about the origin of cacao from the Mayan and Aztec cultures.

Take a privately guided horseback ride past the scenic Valley of San Carlos to La Fortuna Waterfall for a refreshing dip in the cool emerald pool.

Set off on a Sky Tram gondola ride with a naturalist guide through the National Park and zipline back down to ground level through the Sky Trek canopy.

Take a boat ride on the Tempisque River to discover a little of Palo Verde National Park with a stop at 50,000 acre protected area, Rancho Humo.

Visit Punta Islita’s planet- and people-friendly programs featuring a visit to the recycling center and the Islita Contemporary Art Museum to create your own art.

Enjoy a day at your leisure today—take a dip in the pool, visit Casa Spa for an energy-balancing massage, relax in a hammock or take an optional dolphin watching excursion.

Drive to Punta Islita for a domestic flight back to San José. Stop in at botanical Orchid Gardens before catching your departure home.

Hotels

Casa Turire

Casa Turire is styled on a traditional plantation house building, nestled in the foothills of the Turrialba valley and bordered by the Angostura lake. Rooms are spacious and traditionally designed in fitting with the colonial heritage and the attractive pool provides a welcome relief from a day’s activity. The Turrialba region is for adventure seekers where some of the country’s best riding and rafting can be found. View hotel website »

Arenal Nayara, La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nayara is a peaceful retreat to escape and unwind in rustic luxurious bungalows immersed in tropical rainforest gardens that line the foothills of Arenal Volcano. Each spacious casita benefits from a private garden with outdoor shower, Jacuzzi and terrace to gaze out over the National Park. Facilities include a full-service Spa, Altamira Restaurant, Sushi Bar, Nostalgia Wine Bar, outdoor pool and Wi-Fi. View hotel website »

Hotel Punta Islita, Guanacaste

We chose the sophisticated Punta Islita for our Costa Rican adventure because they share our love of contrasts. Where else would you find a jungle retreat on the Pacific that boasts tennis courts, a spa and an infinity pool? The outdoor dining area is covered by a thatched roof and features elegant international cuisine. Best of all, you can listen to the sounds of the rain forest as you sway in a hammock on the terrace of your luxurious room. View hotel website »

Activity Level

Moderate

This trip is rated Moderate. The trip will include hiking, trail walking, kayaking and over-landing.

Gear

Nurturing Nature

Costa Rica is deservedly known as the Jewel of Central America and has been rightly lauded as one of the top travel destinations for adventure. Diverse and a nature lover's playground, the country cannot fail to charm you as you kayak the thrilling rapids, horseback ride to stunning waterfalls and zipline through the lush canopy.

B&R’s newest way to travel! This itinerary is one of our new locally-supported, private trips. They use the hallmarks that we’re known for: great hotels, friendly and talented local guides plus memorable experiences but it’s just your group and on the dates that work best for you.

What's Included

  • 8 nights accommodation on a shared twin/double room basis
  • Meals as specified B/L/D
  • All entrance fees and tours
  • All private transfers and baggage handling
  • All the local experts and specialists
  • Services of a local English speaking guide
  • All special events and on-trip surprises

At Your Service

We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.

Learn more about our guides »

Costa Rica Family Private

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