Ultimate Costa Rica

Central Valley, Arenal, Osa Peninsula & Manuel Antonio

From $9200 per person in low season
From $11500 per person in high season

based on 12 nights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

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  • Accommodation

  • Selected experiences

  • Private transfers

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  • Spot howler monkeys, sloths and brilliantly colored birds in the jungles of the Golfo Dulce

  • Visit a secluded hideaway in Costa Rica’s lush Central Valley

  • Stay in effortly chic lodges that make for a memorable trip

  • Traverse the canopy on hanging bridges to experience the rainforest on another level

  • Soak up the mesmerising views from the iconic Arenal Volcano to the wild Pacific Ocean

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Year round destination, although November to April are the best months for sunshine. The ‘Green’ season, from May to October, is a good time to visit: it’s sunny in the mornings with rain in the afternoons. The quietest period is April to early June. The rain can be particularly strong in September and October.

Rafting is possible all year round, though the river might be slightly colder during the green season.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. To start planning your vacation


This incredible trip showcases the very best of Costa Rica from verdant coffee plantations, volcanoes, wildlife rich jungles and adrenalin fuelled activities to effortlessly chic properties that make for a truly memorable stay.

  1. Fly to San Jose

  2. Days 1-3: San Jose and Central Valley

    Just a stones throw from San Jose, submerge in the dense rainforest of Central Valley, with national parks bursting with wildlife and plantation covered rolling hills. El Silencio Lodge & Spa is an exclusive eco-friendly hideaway set in a 500 acre private reserve surrounded by tropical cloud forest and waterfalls.

    An abundance of excursion can be enjoyed; coffee tasting, horse riding, hiking, river rafting, bird watching, tours to nearby Juan Castro Blanco National Park, Medicine Forest Walk, night hiking, chocolate and coffee tours, rappelling, canopy zip-lining, and visits to the Arenal and Poas volcanoes. There is definitely something to capture your heart in this diverse ecosystem.

    Accommodation: El Silencio Lodge & Spa (2 nights)

  3. Days 3-6: Arenal

    From the Central Valley head north to the iconic Arenal Volcano. Arenal is a great base for all kinds of adventure activities, from canopy walks, to horse riding, white-water rafting and trekking. We’ve included fascinating tour that will see you traverse a series of hanging bridges in the National Park, a great way to spot birdlife and other creatures who dwell in the rainforest canopy. This geo-thermal area is also famous for its natural hot springs – the perfect place to ease tired muscles after a day’s activity!

    Accommodation: Amor Arenal (3 nights)

  4. Days 6-9: Osa Peninsula

    After exploring Arenal, transfer back to San Jose where you’ll catch a short flight to Puerto Jimenez. From here continue on to the Golfo Dulce for a stay at the fabulous Playa Cativo Lodge. Playa Cativo is secluded, surrounded by jungle and offers spectacular views out to the water from the comfort of luxurious rooms. You have the freedom to explore the self-guided trails that surround this remote lodge at your own pace as well as complimentary use of the kayaks, stand up paddle boards and snorkeling gear so as to explore the bay and become acquainted with resident spotted dolphins! To help you maximize your time in this gorgeous corner of the world, we’ve included a snorkeling trip in the Golfo Dulce and also a dolphin and whale watching excursion.

    Accommodation: Playa Cativo Lodge (3 nights)

  5. Days 9-13: Manuel Antonio and Uvita

    Your final stop is Manuel Antonio, a region that has been popular for many years now and with good reason. Your hotel is the best in the area, a beautiful hideaway away from the crowds, with its own private beach so the perfect spot to unwind as your adventure comes to a close.

     The adventure's certainly not over yet though: included in your stay is a guided tour through the National Park, where you’ll observe sloths hanging in the trees, share the beach with monkeys and iguanas and the can take a dip in the ocean, which is suitable even for young or less confident swimmers. We recommend using Manuel Antonio as a base to explore this stretch of Pacific coastline. Tours and activities offered include white water rafting, mangrove kayaking and boat tours, guided rainforest hikes, ocean kayaking, catch and release sport fishing, canopy tours and horseback riding excursions. Restaurants and bars are within easy reach.

    Accommodation: Arenas del Mar (4 nights)

  6. Fly home


Central Valley, Arenal, Osa Peninsula & Manuel Antonio

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