Costa Rica

Southern Odyssey

10 nights / 11 days

From £4,590 per person

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Bathe in soothing volcanic mineral waters beneath grand, cloud forest waterfalls. Take in the splendour of a tropical fjord, home to dolphins, whales and manta rays and experience the magic of nature, kayaking through mysterious mangroves. Snorkel among the sea life in azure waters beside white sand beaches.

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Itinerary

Southern Odyssey

10 nights/11 days from £4,590 per person (excluding international flights)

Day 1 – Arrival San José
On arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport you will be met by your Avventura representative and taken by private transfer to your hotel in Bajos del Toro, a journey time of approximately 90 minutes.

Accommodation: El Silencio Lodge & Spa in a Deluxe Suite.

Day 2 – Bajos Del Toro
After breakfast, you will join your guide to spend the morning exploring the waterfalls along the private trails of El Silencio. You will hike the natural landscapes that trace a pristine creek to find soothing volcanic mineral waterfalls. Surrounded by breath-taking views, your guide will share the fascinating secrets of the cloud forest’s eco-systems.
The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the peaceful tranquillity and beautiful surroundings of the lodge.

Accommodation: El Silencio Lodge & Spa in a Deluxe Suite.

Meal Plan – Breakfast.

Day 3 – Bajos Del Toro to San Gerado de Rivas
Following breakfast at the lodge, you will be met by your guide and driver for a private transfer to San José Airport for your domestic charter flight to Perez Zeledón.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Casitas Monte Azul & Artisanal Cheese Factory.

Accommodation: Casitas Monte Azul & Artisanal Cheese Factory in a Casitas.

Meal Plan – Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 4 – San Gerado de Rivas
After breakfast, you will be escorted to a local family dairy farm to take part in milking a cow, making cheese and learning about the family’s self-sufficient and sustainable lifestyle. Lunch will be served just steps away at the locally owned Batsú Gastropub.

In the afternoon, you will have a cheese tasting with a local expert at Monte Azul, exploring the flavours of its cheeses accompanied by a glass of wine.

Accommodation: Casitas Monte Azul & Artisanal Cheese Factory in a Casitas.

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 5 – San Gerado de Rivas to Golfo Dulce
Following breakfast, you will be privately transferred to Golfito in Golfo Dulce area, a journey of approximately three hours. On arrival, a Playa Cativo Lodge representative will be waiting for you to take you on a 30 minute boat transfer to the Lodge on the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

As you exit the gorgeous waters of Golfo Dulce and arrive at the luxury eco-lodge on the beautiful rainforest coast, you may even be welcomed by the occasional dolphin.

Accommodation: Playa Cativo Lodge in a Deluxe Room.

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 6 – Golfo Dulce
After breakfast, you will meet your guide for an introduction ahead of a tropical rainforest trek.

This trek will take you to a nearby valley where you will have an opportunity to seek out the vast array of flora and fauna living in the rainforest. Your guide will be on hand to explain the ways in which the lodge supports and sustains the fragile eco-system. You will visit Cativo’s organic farm, where the hotel’s proud farmers will show the different medicinal plants, vegetables and fruits. They will explain the entire process from seed germination to harvest and perhaps give you the chance to collect some organic eggs from the “happy hens”.

After a delicious lunch, you have an afternoon at leisure to use the lodge’s paddleboards and kayaks to explore the beautiful coastline. You may be greeted by fish, manta rays, turtles or dolphins in the crystal-clear waters of the bay. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely snorkel seeking the wide range of tropical reef fish.

In the evening relax in the bar to watch the sunset before a sumptuous dinner.

Accommodation: Playa Cativo Lodge in a Deluxe Room.

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Lunch.

Day 7 – Golfo Dulce
After breakfast, you will join your guide, equipped with a kayak for an unforgettable experience at Río Esquinas Mangrove.

The lodge’s boat will tow your kayak to the mouth of the river where you will embark on a peaceful excursion and experience the magic of nature while making your way down river through the amazing mangrove and rainforest scenery.

The river mouth mangroves give way to picturesque views of the forest and remote farms. The diverse terrain allows for some of the best birdwatching in the area especially at sunrise and at low tide, when the mudflats are exposed and become a busy feeding area.

After lunch, your afternoon and evening are at leisure to enjoy the lodge’s facilities. You could perhaps take a trek along one of the many trails or just relax on the beach.

Accommodation: Playa Cativo Lodge in a Deluxe Room.

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 8 – Golfo Dulce to Manuel Antonio
After breakfast, you will be met by hotel staff for your boat transfer to Golfito. A vehicle will be waiting for you at the pier for a private transfer to the Manuel Antonio area, a journey of approximately three hours.

The rest of your day is at leisure.

Accommodation: Arenas del Mar Beachfront Resort in a Garden Superior Room. Hotel option available – Kura.

Meal Plan – Breakfast.

Day 9 – Manuel Antonio
After breakfast, you will enjoy an experience of your choice from;

1) Private Savegre River Rafting (Class II-III – Moderate to Moderately Difficult)

You will be picked up at your hotel for a private transfer to the Savegre River, a journey of one hour and 20 minutes. The journey offers picturesque views of African palm plantations, little towns, small rivers and jungle. Upon arriving, you will receive a safety briefing and have an opportunity to practice before getting into the river. Guides will travel in kayaks alongside you to ensure your safety. Your rafting experience will take approximately 2 ½ hours taming the rapids, taking occasional stops to rest and admire some of the region’s beautiful flora and fauna.

2) Private Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

Manuel Antonio National Park is an unforgettable experience. You will take a leisurely private hike with a highly trained personal naturalist through the exotic, bio-diverse tropical rainforest. Hopefully you will see sloths, numerous species of monkeys as they travel through the tree canopy and several types of non-poisonous snakes resting in the tropical rain forest. If you wish, you can hike additional trails to reach unspoiled, pristine beaches. Your hike will end with some local fresh fruits and refreshments.

3) Private Surf Lessons at Manuel Antonio Beach

Your lesson will begin with a private transfer to the beach. The instructors will start with a warm-up including stretching. You will be given a detailed safety briefing with your instructor explaining basic surf safety and then demonstrating the main surf positions and correct posture. There will be breaks throughout the lesson for your instructor to provide further coaching and an opportunity to have some fresh fruit and drinks.

Your afternoon and evening will be at leisure for you to enjoy the resort’s facilities.

Accommodation: Arenas del Mar Beachfront Resort in a Garden Superior Room. Hotel option available – Kura.

Meal Plan – Breakfast.

Day 10 – Manuel Antonio
After breakfast, your morning is at leisure to enjoy the resort’s facilities.

In the afternoon, you will board your private catamaran, Spanish Dancer, for a sunset voyage along the shoreline of Manuel Antonio National Park. If you are lucky, you will have the chance to see dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and various seabirds. You will have the opportunity to snorkel in the clear waters of Biesanz Bay, take a leisurely swim at one of the white sand beaches or just soak up the Pacific sun on the spacious decks. Your voyage will conclude with watching the stunning Pacific sunset – the perfect ending to your Costa Rican experience.

Day 11 – Departure
After breakfast, you will be met by your driver for your private transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport for your international flight home.

Location

Accommodation options

BAJOS DEL TORO

EL SILENCIO LODGE & SPA

As one of the most unique and tranquil luxury Costa Rican resorts, El Silencio Lodge & Spa is an inspired natural immersion retreat that celebrates Costa Rica’s charming cloud forest highlands. Located on a 500-acre private reserve nestled between the Juan Castro Blanco and Poás Volcano National Parks, this unique destination draws visitors who want to live a transformative, nature-immersion experience.

The lodge suites are interspersed in a tiered layout for picture-perfect mountain views. All feature premium amenities, including a private viewing deck with traditional handcrafted rocking chairs and a soothing heated outdoor jet pool. The lodge also has a spa offering a wide range of treatments and Las Ventanas Restaurant features ingredients sourced from the lodge’s organic mini-farm.

SAN GERADO DE RIVAS

CASITAS MONTE AZUL & ARTISANAL CHEESE FACTORY

Casitas Monte Azul is an artisan eco-retreat set in a rainforest mountain setting at the foothills of Cerro Chirripó, Costa Rica’s highest peak. The gorgeous 125-acre property set on the banks of the Chirripó Pacífico River is also home to an operating small cheese factory dedicated to producing gourmet raw milk cheeses. Close to a small rural community, and deep within the lush ancient forest with its stunning wildlife, this is a genuine off-the-beaten-path experience. There are only four spacious private Casitas each featuring its own private terrace and tropical garden. This is as private and secluded as it gets; a rare opportunity to experience an authentic and untouched corner of the wonderful country.

GOLFO DULCE

PLAYA CATIVO LODGE

Surrounded by some of the most unspoilt virgin rainforest in the world, this luxury eco lodge sits on the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce on the Osa Peninsula. There can be few better places to get acquainted with some of the country’s most exquisite animal and plant life.

The guest rooms are designed to be sympathetic to the natural environment and are built from precious reclaimed hardwood and colourful tiles handmade by local craftspeople. The open-air design provides a breathtaking view of the ocean and the rainforest and the sights and sounds of birds, frogs, monkeys and the lapping waves are ever-present. There is a chemical-free freshwater swimming pool, library and a spa and wellness centre where therapies and treatments are provided in the relaxing rainforest surroundings.

MANUEL ANTONIO

ARENAS DEL MAR BEACHFRONT RESORT

The hotel offers the best of all worlds: direct beach access, a lavish jungle setting, stunning views and luxurious accommodation. Nestled in 11 acres of private rainforest within walking distance of Manuel National Park, this eco-chic retreat is the perfect place for guests who want to get close to nature without giving up modern comforts.

The hotel’s 38 rooms and suites are housed in seven three-story buildings, all camouflaged amidst the lush hillside, sloping down to a pristine golden beach. This unique boutique hotel is recognised for its deep commitment to sustainability and for having an exceptionally caring staff, always ready to share their encyclopedic knowledge about wildlife and local culture. The hotel’s restaurant, El Mirador, serves delightful Costa Rica-fusion cuisine in a splendid open-air Palapa, overlooking the Pacific, while Playitas Restaurant offers a light menu next to the beach.

UVITA

KURA (UPGRADE ALTERNATIVE TO ARENAS DEL MAR)

Kura is a modern tropical resort where superb design meets sustainable luxury. Suites are tastefully decorated, luxuriously equipped and have either rainforest or ocean views. A fantastic spa facility is complemented by an infinity pool and a “sky lounge” for 360° panoramas of the rainforest and ocean backdrop. Dining is a highlight at Kura. The menus are colourful, diverse and flavoursome with a culinary philosophy founded on pure, organic and responsibly sourced ingredients.

Activities options

BAJOS DEL TORO – PRIVATE ZIPLINING AND ABSEILING TOUR

This is an opportunity to experience the stunning landscape of Bajos del Toro first-hand. On this guided adventure, you’ll zipline over the rainforest canopy and abseil down the face of roaring waterfalls. Your expert guide will provide all the appropriate safety equipment and you will be fully briefed before setting out to explore on this 90-minute journey of discovery.

MANUEL ANTONIO (ARENAS DEL MAR) – PRIVATE DAMAS ISLAND MANGROVE EXPLORATION

This leisurely four-hour kayak expedition lets you explore the wonders of the mangrove ecosystem. During your transfer from the hotel, your expert guide will explain what to look out for on your journey on the soft currents of the Paquita River under the verdant forest canopy.

You’ll have opportunities to spot the innumerable bird species, snakes, anteaters and white-faced monkeys. While you silently observe this rich habitat, your guide will share their knowledge about the ecosystem and its flora and fauna found in this region. Your journey takes you through the natural canals of the mangrove forest and provides an ideal opportunity to observe heron, kingfishers, ospreys and other migratory birds. This tour does not require any prior kayaking experience and all equipment is provided.

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