Iconic Costa Rica: "Pura Vida" at its Finest

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Stay at some of Costa Rica's finest hotels, drink in lush landscapes, and sample some of this happiest of countries' most exciting activities.

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Costa Rica: Drink It In

This iconic itinerary includes premier hotel properties, high touch service, a relaxing, easy pace, and a fantastic experience of Costa Rica's breathtaking flora and fauna. Costa Rica has one of the largest biodiversities of the world. It has 12 distinctive ecological zones ranging from cloud forests, to rainforests, to dry forests. The country is home to over 880 bird species, 9000 recorded species of plants, 200 mammals, 2000 butterflies, 50 species of hummingbirds, and so much more! This custom itinerary offers high luxury surrounded by these unforgettable landscapes.
 
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Travel Curator’s Insights:

    • Enjoy your first taste of Pura Vida among the 180 acres of tropical forest and glorious luxury of Hacienda Alta Gracia.
    • Go behind the scenes at the Asis Project Wildlife Rescue, get to know the animals and their stories, plus help at feeding time.
    • Try out a staggering array of activities from horseback riding to canopy walks to a peaceful float to catamaran sailing while staying at Costa Rica's most stunning and prestigious hotel properties.

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Rates:
From $8,995 per person
Adapting protocols and procedures to reduce risk in every step of the experience. Policies and protocols provided before you book.

Offered Year-Round
Custom Dates to Fit Your Schedule

Offered Year-Round
Custom Dates to Fit Your Schedule

Departures:

Trip Sustainability Awards 

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CARBON

Fantastic advances in minimizing carbon footprints at locations.

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ENERGY

On the East African Energy Renewal Board

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EDUCATION

Runs local educational facilities for children.

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Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrive San Jose
Upon your arrival to San Jose airport, a representative will accompany you to meet your driver for your private transfer to your hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel Grano de Oro

Hotel Grano de Oro: Historic ambiance meets modern comfort at Grano de Oro Hotel. This enchantin  guesthouse is located off San Jose's main street, Paseo Colon, minutes from museums, historic sites, restaurants, and downtown. Built-in the 1910s as a Victorian mansion,this 40-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home with all the amenities of a fine resort.


Day 2: Hacienda Alta Gracia
Today you will be transferred to the local airport for your flight to stunning Hacienda Alta Gracia. An escape for those seeking total well-being and unbridled adventure, Hacienda AltaGracia was founded with the belief that total wellbeing comes from being able to move fast or slow. This serene 50-casita resort features 180 bird-song-filled acres of untamed tropical forest, coffee farm, equine stables, organic chef’s gardens and a wellbeing center by one of the world’s leading holistic wellness providers, The Well. Experience the escape of a soul-stirring wellness journey, soulful cuisine, or adrenaline packed adventures through bespoke itineraries – personally curated to elevate your experience and leave you transformed.
Accommodation: Hacienda Alta Gracia

Day 3: Hacienda Alta Gracia
Today you can enjoy different activities included at Hacienda Alta Gracia or just relax and enjoy the property. Alta Gracia's equestrian experience is unique and splendid as it combines the best of horse riding topped with a sense of indulgence. It features horses bred for all levels of riding, and private trails throughout the property. Pamper yourself in Manantial, one of Central America's finest spas featuring 6 indoor treatment rooms and a panoramic pool with a breathtaking view of the valley.

Activities offered include:

• Forest Hike: Awaken your senses with a guided walk in the property's own forest.
• Mountain Cycling: join the hotel's guide and access the lush, unpaved trails on a mountain bike.
• Tropical Fruit Tasting: Costa Rica is home to some fantastic and delicious fruits that are not widely available elsewhere. We invite you to taste some of the most exotic fruits in the world.
• Garden Walk: an introduction to the local flora and fauna among the beautiful gardens of Alta Gracia.
Accommodation: Hacienda Alta Gracia


Day 4: Arenal
Today you will take a flight from Hacienda Alta Gracia to Arenal where your driver/guide will accompany you throughout your stay. Arenal’s perfectly symmetrical shape makes it a visitor's dream, while its abundance of outdoor activities makes it an easy place to check things off your “must-do in Costa Rica” list. Enjoy swimming in hot springs and visit Arenal Volcano National Park with extensive trails to explore and marvel at the beauty of the volcano.

During a natural history walk in Arenal Hanging Bridges, our natural history expert guide will accompany you in discovering the marvelous secrets hidden in this wildlife sanctuary we call rainforest. Having a specialist guide means you will acquire vast knowledge of the fauna inhabiting the reserve and will be able to watch several species from the forest canopy, undergrowth, and floor. Learn about interspecies relationships and their value, as well as the interactions within the ecosystem.
Accommodation: Nayara Gardens

Nayara Gardens: Nayara is a place for those that enjoy the relaxed understated ethos that embodies Costa Rica’s “Pura Vida” go-with-the-flow way of life.Located on the outskirts of the amazing Arenal Volcano, Arenal Nayara is an oasis of tranquility, where guests can experience a profound and organic immersion with nature while living in luxury at the same time. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, each one of our 50 spacious casitas (bungalows) provides an exclusive, ultra-luxurious retreat. Each expansive casita includes a secluded garden with an outdoor shower and a beautiful terrace overlooking the volcano with a private, intimate Jacuzzi for two.

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Day 5: Arenal
This morning, your exploration of the Asis Project Wildlife Rescue Center includes a short volunteering component. Explore the reserve with your guide and get to know the animals and their stories. Learn about why animal conservation is important, how it should be done, and what impact we all have on animal habitats. Next, learn how to prepare the animals' food, and take the food to the animals which will be a highlight of your visit. Go home with a deeper knowledge of local wildlife and have some amazing pictures to show your friends and family.

Later that day, hike the Arenal volcano. Drive to the active western side of the volcano and embark on a hike which traverses the rainforest and crosses over a large lava flow from 1968. Observe a variety of plants, wildlife and magnificent lava rock formations. Once on the top of the lava flow you will have a beautiful view of Arenal Lake. The hike concludes with a relaxing stop at the otherworldly tended gardens and waterfalls of Tabacon Hot Springs plus a delicious dinner.
Accommodation: Nayara Gardens

Day 6: Pure Nature Safari Floating Experience
Experience the peacefulness of the forest floating down the Frío River with the opportunity to observe plenty of wildlife along the way. Monkeys, sloths, iguanas, turtles, caimans and numerous bird species can be spotted. The boat doesn’t use a motor, so you can enjoy the sounds of nature as we paddle down the river offering you opportunities to take marvelous photos. The naturalist guide will point out the secret living treasures of this world and describe them to you. At the end of your boat trip you'll share an unforgettable experience with a Costa Rican family. Enjoy homemade snacks at their farm and practice some Spanish with them. (Spanish Lessons are free!!!).
Accommodation: Nayara Gardens

Day 7: Rio Celeste
Leave early and arrive at Tenorio Volcano National Park where you’ll hike through lush tropical rainforest and twittering birds. You’ll arrive at “Los Teñideros", the site where two streams of crystalline water come together and form the heavenly color blue that gives the river its name. Hike trails rich with ecological wonders leading to "Las Ollas", beautiful openings in the earth. Continue through the jungle to the volcano’s furnace vents that expel gases at extremely high temperatures. As you descend, you'll get to see the spectacular Rio Celeste waterfall with its one-of-a-kind, blue color.
Accommodation: Origins Lodge

Origins Lodge: Origins Lodge, suspended among the treetops and overlooking the grandeur of Nicaragua Lake, exists in a place where time stands still. Suspend your ordinary life and dive into a spectacular adventure. Experience the alchemy of the mystic in the high valley jungles of Costa Rica. Relax on a handcrafted canopy bed while you relish a unique 180° view & enjoy a sunset soak in your wood-fire heated terrace bath.

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Day 8: Origins Lodge
Enjoy the activities available at Origins Lodge or just relax and enjoy the day. Activities at Origins Lodge are designed to enliven and enchant, and depending on how you apprehend them, they reveal something different each time. Whether taking a guided or private stroll, you might find yourself picking fruits with our principal gardener or sticking your hand in a swarm of stingless Melipone bees while learning the rare healing properties of their honey.

Activities offered include:


• Sensorial Pathways: Take a morning walk with the Chef for the day's menu or roam with a passionate botanist through a journey of sweet perfumes.
• Wildlife Night Tour: Live the thrill of walking under the moonlight with our naturalist guide, through the Costa Rican forest, witnessing astonishing nocturnal animal species!
• Horseback Riding: Feel like blazing your own trail? Venture into the jungle on either a private or group guided horseback trip.
• Lagoon Fishing: Find inspiration in a lakeside meditation, or try your luck fishing at one of 11 lagoons.
Accommodation: Origins Lodge

Days 9-11: Las Catalinas, Guanacaste.
After breakfast, travel to Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas, Guanacaste. Enjoy an endless sea of Pura Vida at Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas, a secluded paradise where adventurous moments meet serene comfort. Explore the streets of their cosmopolitan hometown, choose from one of their many handcrafted experiences, or sit back and soak in the sun all day from your private pool villa… a long list of extraordinary memories awaits you.

Activities offered include: (some at extra cost):


• Surfing Lessons:  With some of the best swells, warm water, and extensive beaches, a surf experience in Costa Rica is one you will remember for years to come.
• Kayak at Danta Beach: Kayak atop the warm waters of nearby Playa Danta. Start the day with a sunrise paddle or paddle the day away and watch the sunset over the Costa Rican countryside.
• Catamaran Sailing: Set out for a day of new sights as you enjoy a completely private catamaran tour of the Guanacaste Coast.
• Canopy Tour: With over 1200 meters of zipline platforms and hanging bridges, the Congo Trail is a once-in-a-lifetime jungle adventure.
Accommodation: Casa Chameleon

Casa Chameleon: Capturing the Pura Vida ideals through open-air spaces, understated luxury and undisturbed privacy, Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas mirrors the uplifting charm of Costa Rica. Contemporary and refined, each of the 21 villas feature their very own salt water plunge pool, mesmerizing ocean views and those little finishing touches that will make you feel at home. In short, they’ve created an experience that is both curated and comfy; straightforward and surprising; relaxing and exciting.

Day 12: Departure
Transfer to Liberia Airport for flights home.


Activity Level: This itinerary will be customized to fit your activity level. The hotel properties offer a wide range of activities suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Hikes and cultural visits are mostly easy for all activity levels.

 

Rates

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PARTY OF 2

Two people sharing a room. The rate is per person.

From in USD:

$10,695pp

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SOLO SUPPLEMENT

Ask us about traveling alone or for a single room with a group.

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TBD

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PARTY OF 4

Two people traveling in each room. Rate is per person.

From in USD:

$8,995pp

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PARTY OF 6+

Two people traveling in each room. Rate is per person.

From in USD:

$8,495pp

I've been to Costa Rica 6 times and I helped curate these extraordinary experiences. If you're looking to pair high luxury with an authentic experience of Costa Rica, this is it.

Joy Martinello, Founder

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What’s Included & Cancellation Policy:

WHAT'S INCLUDED
• Private Premium transfer from SJO intl airport to San Jose
• 1 night at Hotel Grano de Oro, San Jose
• Charter flight to Hacienda Alta Gracia.
• 2 nights at Hacienda Alta Gracia, full board (1 dbl Casita).
• Charter flight to Arenal.
• Driver/Guide Service through Arenal.
• Transfers in Arenal.