Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help. We can create an independent travel experience to fit your needs—and if you desire, arrange for a local guide.
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
A nature-lover’s paradise
Experience Pura Vida in the jewel of Central America that is Costa Rica. Discover the exotic and abundant flora and fauna living within its varying landscapes: from jungle to cloud-forest, volcanos to lakes, and waterfalls to the Pacific and Caribbean oceans. Drift through the water exploring mangroves on your kayak, zip through the jungle from one treetop to the next, and follow in the footsteps of the Cabecar Indians as you hike the Talamanca mountains. No matter your turn, adventure awaits around every corner on this all-encompassing adventure.
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Day by Day
Your guide awaits you in San Jose and will accompany you to your hotel, Casa Turire. Opt to head out on an easygoing hike to explore the abundant Costa Rican flora and fauna on one of the neighbouring trails.
Start your day with a thrilling morning of river rafting as you paddle your way through the rapids down the Pacuare River. Take in the jungle vistas from up above as you glide between treetop canopies on a zip line tour.
Take advantage of the morning activity of the jungle on a guided nature walk filled with hummingbirds and butterflies. Visit the Nairi Awari Indigenous Reserve where the son of a local shaman will speak of the culture and customs of the Cabecar Indians.
Get your heartbeat racing on a thrilling white-water journey, stopping for a riverside picnic lunch en route. Take a short flight to Playa Cativo, one of the most biologically diverse natural reserves in the world.
Venture out on a kayak today as you paddle your way through the mangroves on the Rio Esquinas in search of wildlife. Partake in one of the self-guided activities offered by the lodge including stand-up paddle boarding or snorkelling.
Discover the Piedras Blancas park trails and its several thousand inhabitants of different plants, trees, birds, reptiles and more. Hike through the virgin rainforest and pristine waterfalls, graced with panoramic views of the Golfo Dulce, wetlands, and beach.
Enjoy your final morning at the lodge with one last nature walk through the neighbouring trails. Motor by boat to the airstrip in Golfito for your flight to San Jose.
Explore new heights.
Casa Turire, Turrialba
This former Colonial farmhouse turned boutique hotel is located in the heart of the lush and agricultural region of Turrialba. Its gardens offer the perfect introduction to the extensive flora and fauna that Costa Rica is famed for, including a variety of colourful birds, flowers, bamboo, and eucalyptus. The Turrialba region is for adventure seekers where some of the country’s best riding and rafting can be found. View hotel website »
Pacuare Lodge, Limon
This unique jungle getaway is nestled alongside the Pacuare River and best accessed by river raft. The lodge epitomizes experiential travel with fan-cooled wooden bungalows and thatched palm roofs hiding beneath giant tropical trees. Note that there is no electricity at the lodge, allowing you to experience the quiet candlelit ambiance at night and the sounds of nature right outside your door. View hotel website »
Playa Cativo, Golfo Dulce
Accessible only by boat, this lodge is nestled in the tranquil waters of Golfo Dulce. The surrounding Piedras Blancas National Park protects some of the last remaining stretches of undisturbed old-growth rainforest in Central America. Enjoy ocean-view lodging mere steps from the beach, and use of kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and snorkelling gear for self-exploring the nearby bay. View hotel website »
Just keep doing what you do! We loved everything, but especially our guides who helped us spot any animal in Costa Rica! Birds, sloths, holler moneys, we saw them all!— Bernadette Park
We never wanted to be the biggest travel company in the world, just the best.
— George Butterfield
This trip features a range of activities, from hiking and sea kayaking to white-water rafting. Activities can be adjusted to suit your needs.
“I enjoy going for a good walk or ride and can even handle an incline or two.”
Relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- Six nights hotel accommodation
- Meals as indicated
- Local English speaking drivers & guides
- Private transportation & tours as indicated
- Equipment for excursions where required
- Entrances to parks and attractions as indicated
- Domestic charter flight between Codela and Golfito
- Domestic scheduled flight between Golfito and San Jose
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