Costa Rica: Active luxury

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Duration (in days): 8

From: San Jose

To: San Jose



Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Combine wildlife, adventure and culture with some added luxury with our 8 day Costa Rican Adventure. Guaranteeing you’ll be able to relax in style after your action-packed days, this trip will stimulate all five senses as you spot wildlife, meet indigenous tribes, eat local delicacies and raft your way through the rivers of central Costa Rica. Enjoy luxury accommodation throughout, plus the chance to take up additional activities such as spa treatments and guided hikes through the National Parks.

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.


  • Raft the exhilarating rapids along the Pacuare River
  • Explore the rainforest on a guided hike
  • Meet the indigenous Cabecar Indians and learn about their traditional culture
  • Take a cable car over Arenal Volcano National Park         
  • Soak in the Tabacon Hot Springs



Itinerary in brief:

  • 1 night San Jose               
  • 2 nights Pacuare Lodge
  • 2 nights Arenal
  • 2 nights Papagayo Peninsula


Day 1: Arrive in San Jose    

On arrival you will be greeted at the airport and taken to San Jose for your overnight stay. Take the opportunity to unwind and relax after the flight – tomorrow is a busy day!

Day 2: San Jose to Pacuare 

It’s an early start today – breakfast is taken en-route from San Jose to the Pacuare River, where you will be briefed by your guides before rafting along the Pacuare River in one of Costa Rica’s most breath-taking rainforests.

The River itself begins in the Talamanca Range and flows into the Caribbean Sea. The rainforest is home to jaguars, monkeys, ocelots and a huge variety of bird species. You’ll pass waterfalls and raft through canyons before arriving at the Pacuare Lodge, your home for the next 2 nights.

Day 3: Talamanca Mountains       

Today you have the opportunity to join a guided hike into the rainforest to discover the flora and fauna and also learn about the Cabecar Indian culture, native to the region. They have retained traditional customs and beliefs which you’ll receive an introduction to at a typical ‘Rancho’ (thatched house) that has been built along the way.

Day 4: Pacuare to Arenal     

After breakfast you will depart by raft for more fun in the rapids before stopping for a picnic lunch along the river. The remaining transfer to Arenal is by car; this is the home to Costa Rica’s most active volcano! The area is known for its exceptionally stunning forests, lakes and hot water rivers.

Day 5: Full day in Arenal    

The day begins with a private Sky Tram and Sky Trek (gondola ride and canopy walk). During this tour you’ll be experiencing an impressive panoramic aerial view of the National Park and volcano, and have the chance to learn about the area through the services of a naturalist guide.

The afternoon includes a private tour of the Arenal National Park (including a great hike on trails close to the volcano and in the surrounding forest) and ends with a well-earned soak in the Tabacon Hot Springs!

Day 6: Arenal to Papagayo Peninsula   

After breakfast, you will be taken back to the Papagayo Peninsula for a couple of nights of pure indulgence and relaxation on the Pacific Coast. Staying at the Four Seasons, you’ll find the ultimate in comfort for the final couple of days of your trip.

Days 7: Free day Papagayo Peninsula   

This stretch of coast is abundant with protected forests, bays, cliffs, beaches and crystal clear waters. It’s a hot climate and the sunshine is plentiful. Spend your days lapping up those rays or exploring the forests and National Parks.   

Day 8: Papagayo to San Jose        

Fly from Liberia Airport back to the capital, San Jose, for your onward travel arrangements.



The sun generally always shines in Costa Rica! The seasons are either hot and humid, or hot and dry and this differs depending on location. The Pacific Coast tends to be drier in climate, especially during the summer months (December-April). The Caribbean Coast is generally more humid and therefore lush and wet. September-October are considered the wettest months, when some transport options may be limited or shut.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you

What's included: 

  • Airport meet and greet on arrival            
  • All transfers by private car
  • 7 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • All hotel taxes
  • Lunch and dinner at the Pacuare Lodge
  • Rafting the Pacuare River
  • Rainforest Hike and Cabecar Indian visit
  • Sky Tram and Sky Trek
  • Private Arenal Volcano National Park visit and entrance to the Hot Springs (inc. dinner)
  • Domestic flight from Liberia to San Jose
  • Transfer from domestic flight to San Jose International Airport

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned   
  • Costa Rica departure tax
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Additional tours
  • Other expenses and services not mentioned


7 nights in deluxe hotel accommodation. Hotels in this category include:

  • Costa Rica Marriot, San Jose

  • Pacuare Lodge

  • Arenal Nayara

  • Four Seasons Papagayo Peninsula


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