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Luxury adventures in Costa Rica

Day 1

Arrive in San José, transfer to your hotel
 
Central San José

You will be met at the airport by our local representative who will take you to your hotel in the centre of San José. Founded in 1737, the capital was built on the profits of exporting coffee, produced from the fertile soils of the surrounding Central Valley.

These days little remains of the city’s colonial or indeed agricultural heritage. It does though have some fine museums and restaurants as well as a lively nightlife. However, your well-appointed hotel has what is probably the best restaurant in San José.

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Central San José

Day 2

Transfer to Pacuare river and raft to Pacuare Lodge
 
White Water rafting Pacuare river , Costa Rica

Dawn will hardly have broken before you are whisked away by road, heading towards the Caribbean and passing through Braulio Carrillo National Park before enjoying breakfast with a spectacular view en route.  You may spot watchful sloths lounging in the trees before you arrive in Turrialba.

After an orientation and safety briefing you take to your raft for the trip to Pacuare Lodge. There is plenty of calm water where you can sit back and observe the surrounding forest and its wildlife; herons, toucans, blue morpho butterflies and monkeys are commonly sighted here.You’ll have plenty of time to have a dip in jungle rock pools on the way.

It’s not only the excitement of negotiating the swirling eddies and split curtains of agitated water foaming over the rock-strewn river bed which defines this experience. It’s the towering, sheer walls of rock composing the canyon through which the river cuts a fathomless path, looming either side of you the craggy cliffs mantled in a scramble of emerald green tropical foliage cling for life in tiny cracks in the rock.

This stretch of rapids is a great run for beginners and experienced rafters alike (class II - III). There’s a full lunch to be enjoyed en route, and when you arrive at your accommodation exhilarated, the magic of this welcoming, top quality property will make all your efforts worthwhile as you’re given a welcome cocktail before a sumptuous lunch with ingredients grown on site.

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White Water rafting Pacuare river , Costa Rica

Day 3

Activities at Pacuare Lodge
 
Tree Top Abseiling at Pacuare Lodge

You have a day at leisure to enjoy the facilities and the tropical ambience in the orchid-studded grounds of the lodge. You might embark on optional activities including a canopy tour, zip-lining through the jungle at tree-top level eyeballing the toucans, take a guided wild-life spotting trek, or visit remote indigenous communities.

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Tree Top Abseiling at Pacuare Lodge

Day 4

Further rafting; transfer to lodge in the shadow of Póas Volcano
 
El Silencio Lodge
In the morning you will continue to explore the river, with a few class III - IV rapids testing further your rafting skills and with the opportunity to make lateral hikes penetrating the dramatic landscapes of the canyon. A natural waterslide provides the perfect opportunity to relax. There are changing facilities at the river take-out for you to dry off before boarding the minibus back to San José.

Continue your adventure moving on to the stately silence of misty cloud forest carpeting the volcanic landscape around Póas National Park. It’s a picturesque drive to Bajos del Toro and the el Silencio Lodge, a very eco-conscious but upmarket retreat with boutique-style polished wood and glass cabins.

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El Silencio Lodge

Day 5

Activities around El Silencio Lodge & Spa
 
Horse Riding

Enjoy a day at leisure in and around El Silencio Lodge & Spa.  A raft of optional activities are on offer, all supervised by enthusiastic guides, including forest walks, horse riding, zip lining and even kayaking - if your appetite for the thrills and spills on the water has not yet been quenched. To unwind following your exertions, you can indulge yourself with the relaxing treatments of the onsite spa. Since you’ll have earned it by now, why not enjoy a wine or coffee tasting session at the lodge.

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Horse Riding

Day 6

Transfer by road to Rio Perdido
 
Rio Perdido
Travel by road to Rio Perdido (4hrs), a private natural dwarf forest reserve with a backdrop of lava-mantled Miravalles volcano in Guanacaste province. The lofty trees along the river, perched above thermal pools and jangling streams, create the perfect habitat for monkeys, other mammals and exotic birds, which enliven the forest with their spirited calls. The rugged hills around are covered, with varying degrees of density, with low dry forest with high populations of reptiles.

Your slick and sophisticated accommodation here is in first class, contemporary-style cabins nestled in the youthful woodland.

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Rio Perdido

Day 7

Activities in and around Rio Perdido
 
Rio Perdido

While the level of comfort offered in Rio Perdido may tempt you to simply relax and enjoy the facilities, the main focus of the property is outdoor adventure. There is a copious choice of optional activities on site, the most dramatic being a ride on a sky-high zipline strung across a deep rocky canyon. Scenic jogging and cycle trails, canyoning and tubing will get your heart pumping but there are more relaxing options such as unwinding in the natural spa where you can immerse yourself in volcanic mud, and early morning bird watching tours.

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Rio Perdido

Day 8

Transfer to Liberia airport, or add a few days of activity on the beach
 

Transfer to Liberia airport for a flight to connect with your international flight home.  For those with more time, we recommend the Punta Islita active beach extension where surf lessons, snorkeling and kayaking are among the land and watersport activities you might enjoy.

Speak to an expert Travel Consultant or send us your enquiry today.

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  • Punta Islita active beach extension 4 days from £931pp

    Punta Islita is a charming and remote hideaway dramatically set on a hilltop surrounded by lush tropical scenery and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is a small and intimate resort of just 30 palm-thatched rooms, each boasting spectacular views over the ocean from a private terrace. Some rooms also have a private outdoor Jacuzzi or plunge pool.unta Islita 

    There is a secluded, crescent-shaped private beach just a ten-minute walk or short shuttle journey away, and a bar with staff on hand to serve refreshments. You could simply spend the day unwinding on the shore or beside the pool, but for the more energetic there are also plenty of activities available in the surrounding rainforest. These include horse riding, mountain-biking, trekking and off-roading in all terrain vehicles, as well as sport fishing and both offshore and deep sea excursions. Complimentary bicycles are available to guests for leisurely exploration.

    For a romantic end to an idyllic day at Punta Islita, enjoy a candlelit dinner at the excellent open-air restaurant or at a private table prepared for you on the beach.

    Day 1: Following an action-packed week in the canyons and cloud forests of Costa Rica’s volcanic interior, you’ll be driven to Punta Islita, a totally idyllic luxury resort on the Pacific coast Nicoya Peninsula. The journey from Liberia takes 3-4 hours – the first half a paved route but then you embark on a bumpy dirt road; an experience not dissimilar to off-roading in the green (wet) season. You have three nights based here.

    Days 2-3: In our opinion it is worth the trip just for the infinity pool alone, overlooking as it does, the ocean and the perfect curve of a fudgy palm-fringed beach bookended by rugged, tightly forested headlands.   The views are mesmeric and the accommodation, with rooms and public areas featuring abundant honey-coloured wood, cool tiles and fabrics in seaside blue and creams, tempts you to while away your time in a hammock.

    But there’s loads to do here, with an impressive clutch of supervised activities with sports including golf, horse-riding on the beach, tennis, mountain biking, local hikes, kayaking and surf lessons.  Slightly less energy-consuming are bird-watching and dolphin-spotting tours, cooking sessions and even cocktail-mixing. There are also experiences with a cultural focus, where you visit the local community.

    Meals are excellent and you will probably want to eat at the property. : we include only breakfast in the price to give you the flexibility to eat as and when required.

    Day 4:  Transfer to Liberia airport for a flight to connect with for your international flight home.

    Breakfast included.

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