Rain Forest Adventures, Costa Rica

6 Day Trip
Per Day Price Level $$$$
Per Day Budget $ 433
Per Day USD ranges:
$$$$ < $250
$$$$ $250-500
$$$$ $500-750
$$$$ $750+
  • Discover the beautiful Dulce Gulf region in absolute luxury. 
  • Explore the extensive wildlife and lush forests of Piedras Blancas National Park.
  • Experience incredible fishing, snorkeling, birdwatching and hiking tours around the region.
  • Relax on the pristine beaches of the gorgeous Playa Cativo Hotel. 

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 1 : SJO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – SAN JOSE

    Arrival at the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Meet a representative upon arrival, who will provide you with information, your itinerary and traveling tips as per your visit. Then, you will be transferred to your hotel in the San Jose area, approximately 25 minutes away from the airport.

     

    Overnight in San Jose.

     

    Accommodation: Grano de Oro

    Meals: No Meals Included

    Day 2 : SAN JOSE – GOLFO DULCE

    Today, you will be taken to the San Jose’s Domestic Flight Terminal where you will catch a flight to the Golfo Dulce area (about an hour flight). Upon your arrival, you will be escorted to the boat and travel approximately 45 minutes in the Dulce Gulf until you reach the property. You will be stay here for the next four nights.  Located on the outskirts of Golfito and near the Piedras Blancas National Park, you will enjoy the remoteness and the comfort of the Costa Rica charm and rainforest nature.

     

    This is a special destination for nature lovers, mild adventure sport and also for those who want to unwind and enjoy a peaceful time. This area will provide nature, rainforest and a whole learning experience. As you will notice the only access point to the property is by boat, and so it provides the perfect secluded environment. The whole area contains a very large extension of tropical jungle.

     

    Taking into consideration the different attractions of the area, such as the green-blue waters of the Golfo Dulce, the exuberant fauna and flora of the Piedras National Park and the remote virgin beaches of the Golfo Dulce and the Osa Peninsula it all combines together to offer privacy and the untouched nature at its best. The property is surrounded by tropical gardens as well as with wild tropical rainforest. You will observe many species of birds (among them toucans and scarlet macaws), monkeys and a whole wildlife scenario. You will also have time to explore the land on your own, relax and enjoy the views of the ocean. There are optional tours (at an extra cost) in the area such as fishing, snorkeling, birdwatching, boat trips, other hike tours and much more for you to complement your visit. There is no television nor phone access.

     

    You will stay at the beautiful Playa Cativo Hotel, where you will find that the 1000-acre private reserve is surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park, and offers romantic beachfront accommodations in harmony with nature. Enjoy gourmet meals from their organic farm-to-table program and a selection of tours and adventures, including rainforest hikes, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. It's also a birdwatcher's paradise. Accessible only by boat and with only 7 guestrooms, privacy is guaranteed! Designed to allow the visitors to blend with nature in great comfort, while taking advantage of the fresh gulf breeze during the day and the rainforest breeze during the night. Guestrooms are romantic, fresh and comfortable. Turn-down service is done while you dine. Ergonomic beds and soft pillows await you while falling asleep with the sounds of nature.  The bathrooms have handmade tiles that take you back in time.

     

    The lodge has a total of 7 guestrooms in three different categories: Deluxe (2), Luxury (2) and Premium (3). The difference is mainly in room space and quality of the views, going from approximately 30 sq. meters, 40 sq. m, and 50 sq. m respectively. Six rooms are in a three story building and one Premium is a standalone casita about 50 meters from the lodge. The Gavilan Restaurant serves gourmet fusion dishes, using fresh ingredients from the on-site organic farm. 

    Accommodation: Playa Cativo Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 3 to 5 : GOLFO DULCE

    You will enjoy some wonderful days at leisure in the middle of the rainforest.

    Just sit back and relax for the remainder of your time at the gorgeous lodge or take optional (extra cost) tours in the area, to explore even more deeply the different marvelous attractions of this region. Please take into consideration that at the property, the use of snorkeling and kayak equipment is included.  Also the use of the hotel’s internal trails.  All these activities are to be held by clients on their own, in other words they are self-guided activities.

     

    Accommodation: Playa Cativo Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 6 : GOLFO DULCE – SAN JOSE

    Today you will be making your way back to San Jose. First a boat transportation towards the local airstrip and then a domestic flight back to San Jose domestic flight terminal and then SJO international airport.

     

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Duration
    6 days
    Difficulty
    Easy
    Primary Activities
    Multi Activity
    No. of travellers
    Min. 2
    Other Activities
    None
    Children Allowed
    Yes
  • Comfort
    Learn more
    Super luxury

    Our highest-end category of accommodation, Super Luxury is defined by top quality customer service and premium amenities. Hotels in this exclusive category include the Aman resorts, Oberoi Vilas hotels, and certain independent purveyors.

    Luxury

    Luxury Hotels meet the standards of most well-known 5-star hotel brands around the world, and include premium accommodations and amenities. In some cases our Luxury category overlaps with the "boutique" hotels, many of which are equally luxurious and accommodating.

    Boutique

    Boutique hotels are typically smaller, or independently owned hotels that offer top-end service and amenities equivalent to luxury providers. Boutique hotels often differentiate themselves from bigger hotel brands through their unique character, location, or history.

    Glamping

    Glamping (short for “glamorous camping”) and lodges denotes outdoor-focused accommodations that combine the best of nature with a designer / comfort angle in mind, so customers can get the best of both worlds.

    Camping

    Camping refers to a wide range of tented accommodation, which will most likely apply to outdoor / adventure trips like trekking, hiking, etc.

    Others

  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Jun to Oct $ 2,597 $ 433 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • Private guided transportation from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) to San Jose area.
  • One (1) night accommodation at Grano de Oro hotel.
  • Private Transportation from Grano de Oro hotel to San Jose Domestic Flight terminal.
  • Regular Round Trip Domestic Flight San Jose to/from Golfo Dulce area. Maximum Luggage Allowance 40 Pounds [18 Kgs] Per Person + 10 pounds of carry-on luggage. Passengers weighing 300 pounds or more, have to pay for an extra seat.
  • Regular Round Trip, Ground and Boat Transportations Local Airstrip in the Golfo Dulce to/from Playa Cativo, Golfo Dulce.
  • Four (4) nights’ accommodation at Playa Cativo Hotel at the Golfo Dulce area. Programmed three daily meals are included (at established timings and menu), drinks are NOT included.
  • Half Day Guided activity at the Lodge, to select from a Snorkeling or a Hike Tour. Please note that you must select only one activity and it only applies for one day.
  • 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunch, 4 dinners.
  • Sales taxes.
Cost Excludes
  • Daily insurance
  • Guaranteed deposit
  • Fuel
  • Toll rates
  • Ferry tickets
Day 1 : SJO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – SAN JOSE

Arrival at the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Meet a representative upon arrival, who will provide you with information, your itinerary and traveling tips as per your visit. Then, you will be transferred to your hotel in the San Jose area, approximately 25 minutes away from the airport.

 

Overnight in San Jose.

 

Accommodation: Grano de Oro

No meals included.

Day 2 : SAN JOSE – GOLFO DULCE

Today, you will be taken to the San Jose’s Domestic Flight Terminal where you will catch a flight to the Golfo Dulce area (about an hour flight). Upon your arrival, you will be escorted to the boat and travel approximately 45 minutes in the Dulce Gulf until you reach the property. You will be stay here for the next four nights.  Located on the outskirts of Golfito and near the Piedras Blancas National Park, you will enjoy the remoteness and the comfort of the Costa Rica charm and rainforest nature.

 

This is a special destination for nature lovers, mild adventure sport and also for those who want to unwind and enjoy a peaceful time. This area will provide nature, rainforest and a whole learning experience. As you will notice the only access point to the property is by boat, and so it provides the perfect secluded environment. The whole area contains a very large extension of tropical jungle.

 

Taking into consideration the different attractions of the area, such as the green-blue waters of the Golfo Dulce, the exuberant fauna and flora of the Piedras National Park and the remote virgin beaches of the Golfo Dulce and the Osa Peninsula it all combines together to offer privacy and the untouched nature at its best. The property is surrounded by tropical gardens as well as with wild tropical rainforest. You will observe many species of birds (among them toucans and scarlet macaws), monkeys and a whole wildlife scenario. You will also have time to explore the land on your own, relax and enjoy the views of the ocean. There are optional tours (at an extra cost) in the area such as fishing, snorkeling, birdwatching, boat trips, other hike tours and much more for you to complement your visit. There is no television nor phone access.

 

You will stay at the beautiful Playa Cativo Hotel, where you will find that the 1000-acre private reserve is surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park, and offers romantic beachfront accommodations in harmony with nature. Enjoy gourmet meals from their organic farm-to-table program and a selection of tours and adventures, including rainforest hikes, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. It's also a birdwatcher's paradise. Accessible only by boat and with only 7 guestrooms, privacy is guaranteed! Designed to allow the visitors to blend with nature in great comfort, while taking advantage of the fresh gulf breeze during the day and the rainforest breeze during the night. Guestrooms are romantic, fresh and comfortable. Turn-down service is done while you dine. Ergonomic beds and soft pillows await you while falling asleep with the sounds of nature.  The bathrooms have handmade tiles that take you back in time.

 

The lodge has a total of 7 guestrooms in three different categories: Deluxe (2), Luxury (2) and Premium (3). The difference is mainly in room space and quality of the views, going from approximately 30 sq. meters, 40 sq. m, and 50 sq. m respectively. Six rooms are in a three story building and one Premium is a standalone casita about 50 meters from the lodge. The Gavilan Restaurant serves gourmet fusion dishes, using fresh ingredients from the on-site organic farm.  Meals are a la cart and are included in the room rate.  The freshwater swimming pool is next to the lodge and has great views of the Gulf and the sunsets.  Room service and pool service are available. The library has two computers with free internet access and it’s a good place for presentation and small groups meetings. The lobby area, next to the restaurant, has amazing views of the gulf and birds that fly around the tropical gardens, an amazing place to relax and enjoy the complimentary coffees and teas served by the friendly staff.

 

The adventure center is just steps away and eager to take you to adventures of a lifetime.

 

Accommodation: Playa Cativo Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 to 5 : GOLFO DULCE

You will enjoy some wonderful days at leisure in the middle of the rainforest.

Just sit back and relax for the remainder of your time at the gorgeous lodge or take optional (extra cost) tours in the area, to explore even more deeply the different marvelous attractions of this region. Please take into consideration that at the property, the use of snorkeling and kayak equipment is included.  Also the use of the hotel’s internal trails.  All these activities are to be held by clients on their own, in other words they are self-guided activities.

 

Accommodation: Playa Cativo Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 : GOLFO DULCE – SAN JOSE

Today you will be making your way back to San Jose. First a boat transportation towards the local airstrip and then a domestic flight back to San Jose domestic flight terminal and then SJO international airport.

 

Meals included: Breakfast

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Jun to Oct $ 2,597 $ 433 per day
Months not available Jan to May ,
Months not available Nov to Dec
Cost Includes
  • Private guided transportation from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) to San Jose area.
  • One (1) night accommodation at Grano de Oro hotel.
  • Private Transportation from Grano de Oro hotel to San Jose Domestic Flight terminal.
  • Regular Round Trip Domestic Flight San Jose to/from Golfo Dulce area. Maximum Luggage Allowance 40 Pounds [18 Kgs] Per Person + 10 pounds of carry-on luggage. Passengers weighing 300 pounds or more, have to pay for an extra seat.
  • Regular Round Trip, Ground and Boat Transportations Local Airstrip in the Golfo Dulce to/from Playa Cativo, Golfo Dulce.
  • Four (4) nights’ accommodation at Playa Cativo Hotel at the Golfo Dulce area. Programmed three daily meals are included (at established timings and menu), drinks are NOT included.
  • Half Day Guided activity at the Lodge, to select from a Snorkeling or a Hike Tour. Please note that you must select only one activity and it only applies for one day.
  • 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunch, 4 dinners.
  • Sales taxes.
Cost Excludes
  • Daily insurance
  • Guaranteed deposit
  • Fuel
  • Toll rates
  • Ferry tickets
Climate

Costa Rica’s climate is marked by two distinct seasons: dry season (Dec.-April) and the wet season (May-Nov.). The average daily temperatures range between 70 and 80 degrees.

 

It is home to vast array of plants and trees, every species highly adapted to the ecosystems within which they reside. The foliage is accented by brightly colored flowers and lush green trees.

 

Costa Rica boasts a profusion of zoological riches, and rightfully so. The National Institute of Biodiversity, in an attempt to identify every plant, animal and insect species, has approximated that within the borders of this small isthmus at least one million species exist.

Visas, Travel Documents and Special Permits

Please note that you are responsible for checking your destination country's visa requirements and then getting the visa accordingly.

 

Further, most countries require travelers to have a passport that is valid from at least 6 months from the day of entry into the country, so please confirm that you satisfy your destination country or countries passport, visa and medical (if any) requirements well in advance of your trip. 

Physical Fitness/Skills

  • Must be reasonably fit

Immunizations / Medical Requirements

  • Check with your physician
  • Carry all personal medication

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Operator Profile

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