Essence of Costa Rica
Explore the heart of Costa Rica in this nine-day immersive journey. Begin at a luxurious mountain hotel in the cloud forest, then continue on for a few days kayaking, hiking, and exploring the famous Arenal Volcano. Finish up your adventure relaxing in Manuel Antonio, where you can enjoy morning and sunset walks on the beach, nature hikes, snorkeling, surfing or sea kayaking. Head into the iconic Manuel Antonio National Park to find the infamous sloth!
- El Silencio farm to table cuisine
- Pristine jungles and volcanoes
- Waterfall experience
- Hikes, rafting, zip lines
- Beautiful beaches
- Wildlife in Manuel Antonio National Park
- Jungle zipline
Itinerary at a Glance
Bajos del Toro
Welcome to Costa Rica! Transfer from the airport in San Jose to the stunning El Silencio Lodge, set in the pristine mountains. Spend the afternoon settling in and exploring the organic mini-farm which delivers colorful vegetables, fragrant spices, and delicate herbs to the hotel’s restaurants. You can even catch your own dinner in the on-site pond.
Waterfall adventure and Horseback riding
After breakfast, set out in search of a hidden jungle waterfall! You will be guided along paths that trace a pristine creek to find soothing waterfalls while learning about this cloud forest eco-system. After lunch, set out on horseback. Enjoy perfect views of Poas Volcano’s heat-etched slopes, green pastures, and the charming Bajos del Toro community. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Arenal Mountain Biking and Hot Springs
After breakfast, depart for Arenal and Nayara Springs Resort. After check in and lunch, set out on a fun guided mountain bike ride around the national park, offering amazing views of the iconic Arenal volcano. Afterwards, head to a nearby hot springs for a relaxing and rejuvenating soak. Return to the resort for dinner and overnight.
Today, experience the thrill of zip lining through the jungle canopy! Safely suspended from a steel cable zip line, zoom across 12 platforms while taking in a unique look at the flora and fauna of the jungle. Return to the resort for lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool and enjoying the on site amenities.
La Fortuna Waterfall and Hanging Bridges
After breakfast, set out on a full day adventure. First, experience the unique “hanging bridges” experience, walking high up in the jungle canopy over a series of suspension bridges. Watch for lizards and small mammals (coatis, agoutis, peccaries) on the ground, and once you get to the tree tops, colorful toucans and parrots. Arrive at an incredible 60 ft. high waterfall tucked within the pristine rainforest and a beautiful view of the Arenal Volcano from the highest bridge. Next head to the La Fortuna Waterfall, standing 195 ft. high and perhaps the most impressive in all of Costa Rica. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight.
Manual Antonio Beaches
After breakfast, drive to Manual Antonio, arriving to Arenas del Mar in time for a late lunch. This afternoon, explore two of the best beaches in Costa Rica: Playa Espadilla and Playitas beaches. Spend the afternoon relaxing.
Manual Antonio National Park Tour
After breakfast, set out with a naturalist guide for a guided tour of the Manual Antonio National Park. You’ll walk slowly, stopping to look through the spotting scope your guide carries to view jungle wildlife. Arrive at the beautiful beach and enjoy a refreshing swim before heading back to the hotel.
Los Campesinos Reserve
After breakfast, experience authentic, rural Costa Rican life. The people of the Quebrada Arroyo community are the protectors of the Los Campesinos Reserve, which is located in the Savegre River nearby. Learn about the medicinal uses of indigenous plants, cross the river over a suspension bridge 40 meters above a large waterfall, then cool off in the natural pools below. Return to the resort for a final farm-to-table meal and overnight.
After a warm breakfast, your journey ends.