Luxurious Culture And History Tour Of Costa Rica

11 Day Trip
Per Day Price Level $$$$
Per Day Budget $ 502
Per Day USD ranges:
$$$$ < $250
$$$$ $250-500
$$$$ $500-750
$$$$ $750+
  • Enjoy a private coffee tour to learn about the Costa Rican coffee history and have a chance to pick and taste from a variety of high quality coffee.
  • Witness the most outstanding natural places, inside and out of the Central Valley, while also having access to a great variety of adventure activities.
  • Tackle raging rapids and spot crystal clear waterfalls through the Pacuare River.
  • Visit the majestic Arenal Volcano that harbors tremendous amount of flora and fauna followed by a luxurious picnic on the private island of Lake Arenal.
  • Listen to love songs of the humpback whales and snorkel with the dolphins in Marino Ballena National Park.

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 1 : Arrival at San Jose

    The driver will pick you up to at the Juan Santamaria International Airport and transfer you to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Finca Rosa Blanca Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast Included

    Day 2 : Finca Rosa Blanca Hotel

    Situated at a perfect elevation for coffee growing and a world away from the hustle and bustle of San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica, Finca Rosa Blanca offers an in-depth tour of the coffee farm, the processing plant and the roasting house. Enthusiastic guides will share their extensive knowledge on how organic coffee is grown, cared-for, harvested, processed and roasted to produce some of the world’s best coffee beans.

    You will learn about coffee through the ages, Costa Rican Coffee history and you will become skilled at discerning the fine quality of the freshly roasted Finca Rosa Blanca coffee at a “catacion” or cupping session. Hiking the lush tree-shaded coffee fields you will discover how coffee is grown and harvested.

    During the season, you will have the chance to pick and taste the ripe coffee berries with the folks from the neighboring towns who will share their knowledge and show you how to quickly fill a basket with the ripe red coffee fruit. The next stop is the farm's processing mill, or "beneficio', where the bean is separated from the fruit and naturally sun-dried before being roasted and prepared for enjoyment.

    Accommodation: Finca Rosa Blanca Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast And Lunch Included

    Day 3 : Pacuare Lodge

    Before 7:00 a.m. you’ll be picked up at your San José hotel to begin your exciting adventure. You will travel a two-and-a-half-hour route through rolling fields of ornamental plants, sugarcane, coffee, macadamia, the city of Cartago (the old capital of Costa Rica), the town of Turrialba and the jungle-covered mountains of the Talamanca Mountain Range. A stop en route is taken to enjoy a delicious traditional breakfast.

    After arriving at the river, our expert guides will explain safety precautions and provide you with the necessary rafting gear. Once in the water, you’ll experience sheer exhilaration as you face the challenge of each huge wave, battling surging waters down miles of raging rapids. In this first day on the river, a journey that takes just over an hour and a half, the river passes through scenic canyons where crystal clear waterfalls plummet down into the rapidly coursing river below. As you round the bend, you’ll spy the indigenous-style facilities of the Pacuare Lodge. Here you’ll disembark from your raft and walk up the gently rising steps to the main lodge. Arrive at the Pacuare Lodge between 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

    After lunch participate in an optional canopy tour (not included in package price) or waterfall hike, or simply relax in your private bungalow or suite. After candlelight dinner visit our upstairs lounge for a cocktail or refreshment before retiring to a restful night’s sleep.  

    Accommodation: Pacuare Lodge

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner Included

    Day 4 : Pacuare Lodge

    You will wake up to bird song and the soothing sound of the river nearby. If you’ve requested the service the night before, a delicious and aromatic cup of coffee will be awaiting you at your bungalow door. Then head over to the main lodge for a delicious breakfast of home-made bread, tropical fruits, yogurt, eggs, pancakes, cereal and juice and coffee.

    Picture yourself on one of the planet’s top white water rivers, oar in hand, a gaze of triumph and excitement on your face, as you enjoy mile after mile of Costa Rica’s most mesmerizing rainforest environment. Then imagine the wonder and beauty of an unspoiled paradise that offers a stay in private bungalows, which feature private bath, beds with top-quality mattresses, verandas, and where peace and tranquility are cherished. The lodge employs a resident naturalist guide who will provide you with unique insights into the plant and animal world. Choose from exciting optional tours (not included in package price) that include guided hikes through an emerald rainforest, the Cabecar Indian tour - where visitors may participate in a cultural exchange with a shaman and our Adventure Canopy Tour – where visitors glide amid a tropical rainforest canopy.

    Accommodation: Pacuare Lodge

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner Included 

    Day 5 : Pacuare Lodge – Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens

    In the morning you’ll awaken to the harmonious melody of the rushing river and the sweet songs of a myriad of tropical birds. After a delicious buffet breakfast, we’ll launch the rafts again for the final day of our river expedition.  You will depart by raft for an even more fun-filled day of white water rafting excitement (approximately 3½ hours), including a delicious picnic lunch along the river. Rafting the second portion of the river is even more thrilling as you experience a mixture of class III and class IV rapids, all the while surrounded by spectacular scenery. You may stop to explore side streams that lead to striking waterfalls and pools with a natural waterslide that tempts you to jump right in.

    At the river take-out you will have a chance to change at our private facilities before being transferred to the Arenal Volcano.  The friendly driver will pick you up from Siquirres and transfer you to the Arenal Area.

    Accommodation: Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner Included

    Day 6 : Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens

    One of Costa Rica's most notable natural features is the Arenal Volcano. This impressive volcano resides within the 29,960-acre Arenal Volcano National Park. The Arenal Volcano National Park Hike brings you to the northwest side of the volcano. It is possible to observe a great variety of plants, wildlife, magnificent lava rock formations and the Arenal Lake just in time for sunset!  During the tour, our experienced guides will provide interesting and educational information regarding the history of the majestic mountain and the Arenal Volcano National Park. After the tour you will enjoy a luxurious picnic on a private island of Lake Arenal.

    Accommodation: Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens

    Meals: No Meals Included

    Day 7 : Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens

    For horse-lovers and those who wish to enjoy the most fascinating scenery in the Arenal Conservation Area. This tour is apt for beginning and expert riders. The professional, experienced, bilingual guides will carefully choose the right horse for you and give you all necessary instructions to teach you to control your horse. All of the horses are calm, manageable, and well trained for this type of activity.

    The clients will enjoy speeds apt for the least experienced of the group, or have the opportunity to join a group that better matches their riding level. Inform your guide of your level of experience, and follow all given instructions, in order to assure that you fully enjoy this adventure, that will leave you speechless. The trails gradually go up through the farmlands, where you will discover the biodiversity that surrounds you including a variety of ferns, bromeliads, woodlands, sugar cane, green pastures and an excellent view of giant trees such as the “Higueron”. Finally, we will reach the Silencio Observation Point, where you will have the opportunity to view the magnificent Arenal Volcano and its dry lava trails from prior eruptions. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture this awe-inspiring sight. After which, we will ride back to the stable, taking the same route down.

    The horseback ride can be arranged for any time, either before or after your visit to La Fortuna River Waterfall Park, where you can observe one of our natural wonders in town and challenge your shape on the hike to it. La Fortuna Waterfall offers a great prize after your hike, a total natural environment full of peace and tranquility, surrounded by a lush rainy forest.

    Do not forget to bring your sunglasses, sunblock and insect repellent for your added comfort and protection. The experienced guides would be happy to help you in any way they can to assure you have an unforgettable experience. Come and share the experience of your life with us.

    Accommodation: Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens

    Meals: No Meals Included

    Day 8 : Arenal to Quepos (flight)

    The driver will pick you up at the lobby of your hotel and transfer you to Arenal Airstrip. Private transfer from Quepos Airstrip to Kura Villas Toyota Land Cruiser (Approx.1 hour) The friendly driver will pick you up at Quepos Airstrip and transfer you to the hotel

    Accommodation: Kurà Design Villas

    Meals: Breakfast Included

    Day 9 & 10 : Kurà Design Villas

    Whale watching, dolphin watching, snorkeling and a visit to natural water caves! During the Bahia Aventuras Whale watching Costa Rica & Dolphin watching Costa Rica Combo Tour search for Humpback Whales, listen to their love songs and feel the great sensation of watching a mammal that weighs more than 40 tons jump out of the water and splash its gigantic tail. Snorkel and observe Bottled nose Dolphins, Spotted Dolphins, turtles, bi-color parrot fish and more in Uvita, Costa Rica; One of the best place for Whale watching in the World!

    Accommodation: Kurà Design Villas

    Meals: Breakfast Included

    Day 11 : Departure from San José

    Private transfer from Kura Villas to Quepos Airstrip. The driver will pick you up at the lobby of the hotel and transfer you to the Quepos Airstrip. Local flight from Quepos to San José. Arrival in San José and transfer to Juan Santamaria Int. Airport where you will board your international flight back home!

  • Duration
    11 days
    Difficulty
    Moderate
    Primary Activities
    Culture and History
    No. of travellers
    Min. 2
    Other Activities
    River Rafting
    Children Allowed
    Yes
  • Comfort
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    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 Jan to Dec $ 5,520 $ 502 per day

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

Cost Includes
  • Private transfer from Juan Santamaria Intl ATO to SJO Hotel
  • 2 Nights Finca Rosa Blanca Hotel (Junior Suite / Breakfast Included)
  • Pacuare Lodge 3D/2N Linda Vista Suite Package (In & Out: River / Includes: 3 Daily Meals)
  • Romantic Dinner in the Rainforest Canopy (The Nest) 
  • Private transfer from Siquirres to Arenal (Approx. 3.30 hours)
  • 3 Nights Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens (Springs Villa - Spring Suite / Breakfast Included)
  • Private Arenal National Park Hike Tour & Observatory Lodge (Includes: Transfer, Guide & Entrance)
  • Luxury Picnic Arenal Volcano
  • Bottle of Rose Wine 
  • Private Horseback Riding Silencio & La Fortuna Waterfall by Car (Includes: Transfer, Guide, Drinks & Equipment)
  • Private transfer from Arenal to Arenal Airstrip (Approx. 30 minutes)
  • Local flight from Arenal to Quepos
  • Private transfer from Quepos Airstrip to Kura Villas (Approx.1 hour)
  • 3 Nights Kura Design Villas (Suite Villa (Max 2 pax) / Breakfast Included)
  • Private Roundtrip transfer Kura Design Villas
  • Private transfer from Kura Villas to Quepos Airstrip (Approx.1 hour)
  • Local flight from Quepos to San José
  • Private Transfer Out – Domestic Terminal to Juan Sant Int. Airport (Approx. 30 minutes)
Cost Excludes
  • Meals not specified in the program
  • Optional activities or tours
  • Tips to guides and/or drivers
  • Personal and/or medical expenses
  • Airport departure tax (Approx. $29)
  • Any out of pocket incidentals
  • International flights tickets
  • Gratuities are discretionary. We recommend 10% for guides and drivers if you feel the service you have received is fulfilled your expectations.

 

Day 1 : Arrival at San Jose

The driver will pick you up to at the Juan Santamaria International Airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Accommodation: Finca Rosa Blanca Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast included

Day 2 : Finca Rosa Blanca Hotel

Situated at a perfect elevation for coffee growing and a world away from the hustle and bustle of San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica, Finca Rosa Blanca offers an in-depth tour of the coffee farm, the processing plant and the roasting house. Enthusiastic guides will share their extensive knowledge on how organic coffee is grown, cared-for, harvested, processed and roasted to produce some of the world’s best coffee beans.

You will learn about coffee through the ages, Costa Rican Coffee history and you will become skilled at discerning the fine quality of the freshly roasted Finca Rosa Blanca coffee at a “catacion” or cupping session. Hiking the lush tree-shaded coffee fields you will discover how coffee is grown and harvested.

During the season, you will have the chance to pick and taste the ripe coffee berries with the folks from the neighboring towns who will share their knowledge and show you how to quickly fill a basket with the ripe red coffee fruit. The next stop is the farm's processing mill, or "beneficio', where the bean is separated from the fruit and naturally sun-dried before being roasted and prepared for enjoyment.

Accommodation: Finca Rosa Blanca Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch included

Day 3 : Pacuare Lodge

Before 7:00 a.m. you’ll be picked up at your San José hotel to begin your exciting adventure. You will travel a two-and-a-half-hour route through rolling fields of ornamental plants, sugarcane, coffee, macadamia, the city of Cartago (the old capital of Costa Rica), the town of Turrialba and the jungle-covered mountains of the Talamanca Mountain Range. A stop en route is taken to enjoy a delicious traditional breakfast.

After arriving at the river, our expert guides will explain safety precautions and provide you with the necessary rafting gear. Once in the water, you’ll experience sheer exhilaration as you face the challenge of each huge wave, battling surging waters down miles of raging rapids. In this first day on the river, a journey that takes just over an hour and a half, the river passes through scenic canyons where crystal clear waterfalls plummet down into the rapidly coursing river below. As you round the bend, you’ll spy the indigenous-style facilities of the Pacuare Lodge. Here you’ll disembark from your raft and walk up the gently rising steps to the main lodge. Arrive at the Pacuare Lodge between 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

After lunch participate in an optional canopy tour (not included in package price) or waterfall hike, or simply relax in your private bungalow or suite. After candlelight dinner visit our upstairs lounge for a cocktail or refreshment before retiring to a restful night’s sleep.  

Accommodation: Pacuare Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 4 : Pacuare Lodge

You will wake up to bird song and the soothing sound of the river nearby. If you’ve requested the service the night before, a delicious and aromatic cup of coffee will be awaiting you at your bungalow door. Then head over to the main lodge for a delicious breakfast of home-made bread, tropical fruits, yogurt, eggs, pancakes, cereal and juice and coffee.

Picture yourself on one of the planet’s top white water rivers, oar in hand, a gaze of triumph and excitement on your face, as you enjoy mile after mile of Costa Rica’s most mesmerizing rainforest environment. Then imagine the wonder and beauty of an unspoiled paradise that offers a stay in private bungalows, which feature private bath, beds with top-quality mattresses, verandas, and where peace and tranquility are cherished. The lodge employs a resident naturalist guide who will provide you with unique insights into the plant and animal world. Choose from exciting optional tours (not included in package price) that include guided hikes through an emerald rainforest, the Cabecar Indian tour - where visitors may participate in a cultural exchange with a shaman and our Adventure Canopy Tour – where visitors glide amid a tropical rainforest canopy.

Accommodation: Pacuare Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

 

Day 5 : Pacuare Lodge – Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens

In the morning you’ll awaken to the harmonious melody of the rushing river and the sweet songs of a myriad of tropical birds. After a delicious buffet breakfast, we’ll launch the rafts again for the final day of our river expedition.  You will depart by raft for an even more fun-filled day of white water rafting excitement (approximately 3½ hours), including a delicious picnic lunch along the river. Rafting the second portion of the river is even more thrilling as you experience a mixture of class III and class IV rapids, all the while surrounded by spectacular scenery. You may stop to explore side streams that lead to striking waterfalls and pools with a natural waterslide that tempts you to jump right in.

At the river take-out you will have a chance to change at our private facilities before being transferred to the Arenal Volcano.  The friendly driver will pick you up from Siquirres and transfer you to the Arenal Area.

Accommodation: Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 6 : Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens

One of Costa Rica's most notable natural features is the Arenal Volcano. This impressive volcano resides within the 29,960-acre Arenal Volcano National Park. The Arenal Volcano National Park Hike brings you to the northwest side of the volcano. It is possible to observe a great variety of plants, wildlife, magnificent lava rock formations and the Arenal Lake just in time for sunset!  During the tour, our experienced guides will provide interesting and educational information regarding the history of the majestic mountain and the Arenal Volcano National Park. After the tour you will enjoy a luxurious picnic on a private island of Lake Arenal.

Accommodation: Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens

Meals Included: No meals included

Day 7 : Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens

For horse-lovers and those who wish to enjoy the most fascinating scenery in the Arenal Conservation Area. This tour is apt for beginning and expert riders. The professional, experienced, bilingual guides will carefully choose the right horse for you and give you all necessary instructions to teach you to control your horse. All of the horses are calm, manageable, and well trained for this type of activity.

The clients will enjoy speeds apt for the least experienced of the group, or have the opportunity to join a group that better matches their riding level. Inform your guide of your level of experience, and follow all given instructions, in order to assure that you fully enjoy this adventure, that will leave you speechless. The trails gradually go up through the farmlands, where you will discover the biodiversity that surrounds you including a variety of ferns, bromeliads, woodlands, sugar cane, green pastures and an excellent view of giant trees such as the “Higueron”. Finally, we will reach the Silencio Observation Point, where you will have the opportunity to view the magnificent Arenal Volcano and its dry lava trails from prior eruptions. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture this awe-inspiring sight. After which, we will ride back to the stable, taking the same route down.

The horseback ride can be arranged for any time, either before or after your visit to La Fortuna River Waterfall Park, where you can observe one of our natural wonders in town and challenge your shape on the hike to it. La Fortuna Waterfall offers a great prize after your hike, a total natural environment full of peace and tranquility, surrounded by a lush rainy forest.

Do not forget to bring your sunglasses, sunblock and insect repellent for your added comfort and protection. The experienced guides would be happy to help you in any way they can to assure you have an unforgettable experience. Come and share the experience of your life with us.

Accommodation: Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens

Meals Included: No meals included

Day 8 : Arenal to Quepos (flight)

The driver will pick you up at the lobby of your hotel and transfer you to Arenal Airstrip. Private transfer from Quepos Airstrip to Kura Villas Toyota Land Cruiser (Approx.1 hour) The friendly driver will pick you up at Quepos Airstrip and transfer you to the hotel

Accommodation: Kurà Design Villas

Meals Included: Breakfast included

Day 9 & 10 : Kurà Design Villas

Whale watching, dolphin watching, snorkeling and a visit to natural water caves! During the Bahia Aventuras Whale watching Costa Rica & Dolphin watching Costa Rica Combo Tour search for Humpback Whales, listen to their love songs and feel the great sensation of watching a mammal that weighs more than 40 tons jump out of the water and splash its gigantic tail. Snorkel and observe Bottled nose Dolphins, Spotted Dolphins, turtles, bi-color parrot fish and more in Uvita, Costa Rica; One of the best place for Whale watching in the World!

Accommodation: Kurà Design Villas

Meals Included: Breakfast included

Day 11 : Departure from San José

Private transfer from Kura Villas to Quepos Airstrip. The driver will pick you up at the lobby of the hotel and transfer you to the Quepos Airstrip. Local flight from Quepos to San José. Arrival in San José and transfer to Juan Santamaria Int. Airport where you will board your international flight back home!

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Jan to Dec $ 5,520 $ 502 per day
Cost Includes
  • Private transfer from Juan Santamaria Intl ATO to SJO Hotel
  • 2 Nights Finca Rosa Blanca Hotel (Junior Suite / Breakfast Included)
  • Pacuare Lodge 3D/2N Linda Vista Suite Package (In & Out: River / Includes: 3 Daily Meals)
  • Romantic Dinner in the Rainforest Canopy (The Nest) 
  • Private transfer from Siquirres to Arenal (Approx. 3.30 hours)
  • 3 Nights Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens (Springs Villa - Spring Suite / Breakfast Included)
  • Private Arenal National Park Hike Tour & Observatory Lodge (Includes: Transfer, Guide & Entrance)
  • Luxury Picnic Arenal Volcano
  • Bottle of Rose Wine 
  • Private Horseback Riding Silencio & La Fortuna Waterfall by Car (Includes: Transfer, Guide, Drinks & Equipment)
  • Private transfer from Arenal to Arenal Airstrip (Approx. 30 minutes)
  • Local flight from Arenal to Quepos
  • Private transfer from Quepos Airstrip to Kura Villas (Approx.1 hour)
  • 3 Nights Kura Design Villas (Suite Villa (Max 2 pax) / Breakfast Included)
  • Private Roundtrip transfer Kura Design Villas
  • Private transfer from Kura Villas to Quepos Airstrip (Approx.1 hour)
  • Local flight from Quepos to San José
  • Private Transfer Out – Domestic Terminal to Juan Sant Int. Airport (Approx. 30 minutes)
Cost Excludes
  • Meals not specified in the program
  • Optional activities or tours
  • Tips to guides and/or drivers
  • Personal and/or medical expenses
  • Airport departure tax (Approx. $29)
  • Any out of pocket incidentals
  • International flights tickets
  • Gratuities are discretionary. We recommend 10% for guides and drivers if you feel the service you have received is fulfilled your expectations.

 

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.

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The founder of this prestigious pan-Central America company is, first and foremost a diplomat; she discovered her passion for designing luxury travel while working in New York as a representative of Costa Rica at the UN. Being of Nicaraguan heritage, it did not take her long to include all of her beloved Central America into her impressive inventory of exclusive customized travel experiences. They have been operating at a top level of efficiency in luxury travel for almost 20 years now; look no further when planning your next Central America getaway.

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