Costa Rica

£9,549.00 per person

Capacity 10 guests (minimum 4 guests)

Costa Rica is one of the most ecologically pristine places in the world. Join us at Avventura and fall in love with its glorious splendour.

Just choose your preferred dates from the drop-down below. You can pay a 20% deposit on booking with the balance being payable 90 days before the departure date. We will send you a reminder for balance payment at least two weeks before payment is due. If you are booking within 90 days of departure, we will need full payment on booking.

Single supplement prices are available on request, please call us on 01604 961931 to discuss, or alternatively please complete the form below.

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What better way to end your Costa Rican odyssey than relaxing and being pampered at the luxurious Kasiiya Eco Retreat? Kasiiya is set amongst the wildlife of Papagayo, offering you an idyllic balance between luxury and wilderness. Bonding with nature and enhancing your wellbeing; what a perfect ending to your Avventura adventure.

Beach Extension

Beach Extension

What better way to end your Costa Rican odyssey than relaxing and being pampered at the luxurious Kasiiya Eco Retreat? Kasiiya is set amongst the wildlife of Papagayo, offering you an idyllic balance between luxury and wilderness. Bonding with nature and enhancing your wellbeing; what a perfect ending to your Avventura adventure.

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Tour Highlights

11 nights/12 days from £8,499 per person (excluding international flights)

Day 1 – Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation
Upon arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport you will be welcomed by your Avventura tour concierge and driven to the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort. This evening there will be a welcome dinner for the group at the hotel’s El Tigre Vestido Restaurant. The food here is prepared in accordance with instructions laid down by Creative Director, Chef Jose Pablo Gonzales who trained at the celebrated Le Cordon Bleu Institute in Paris. The menu combines international cuisines and New World fusion recipes and relies heavily on the hotel’s own extensive organic gardens, orchards and coffee plantation.

Day 2 – Heredia
After breakfast, your concierge will meet you for a tour through Finca Rosa Blanca’s organic sustainable coffee plantation. Find out about the entire process from planting to harvest and of the passion that goes into cultivating some of the world’s best coffee. At the end of the tour you will have the chance to sample the produce with a frothy cappuccino made by one of the hotel’s expert baristas and served with homemade pastries.

After lunch you will visit the Costa Rica Meadery to learn the secrets of beekeeping, taste the honey and stroll through the botanical gardens before sampling the mead. The Costa Rica Meadery supports family farms to promote beekeeping and improves the biodiversity of Costa Rica’s tropical forests.

Day 3 – Heredia to Golfo Dulce
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to Juan Santamaria Airport for a one-hour private charter flight to Golfito. During the flight you will see some of Costa Rica’s diverse mountainous landscapes as you fly over Drake Bay and the Oso Peninsula before touching down at Golfo Dulce. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your private boat transfer to Playa Cativo Lodge – an exclusive and extremely private hotel, perfectly positioned to explore the rainforest. Look out for playful dolphins that are often sighted in this region.

After lunch at the lodge, you will be introduced to the tropical rainforest with a guided walk through the lush vegetation. Later, you can meet the hotel’s local farmers who will explain the variety of fruit and vegetables being grown as well as the medicinal benefits of the plants.

Enjoy a lecture from the hotel’s biologist; learn about Golfo Dulce’s flora and fauna and discover why this area is considered to be the only tropical fjord in the Americas. Dinner this evening will be by candlelight under the stars and accompanied by the sounds of nature.

Day 4 – Golfo Dulce
After breakfast, it’s time to look at the rainforest from a different angle with a kayak through the Rio Esquinas mangroves. This aquatic forest is home to an extraordinary variety of bird life as well as caimans, water turtles and crocodiles. As you glide through the waters you will also be able to see remote working farms.

The rest of the day is at leisure and there are plenty of activities available from the lodge. Paddle along the beautiful coastline in search of rays, turtles and dolphins or snorkel amongst Cativo Bay’s colourful tropical reef fish. Alternatively, you may wish to head inland to explore the many hiking trails to Valle de los Sainos where you may see deer and monkeys.

Day 5 – Golfo Dulce
After breakfast, you will spend the day seeking out the local marine life. Golfo Dulce is one of just four tropical fjords on earth, a term first coined by the legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau. At 200 metres (more than 650 feet) it is one of the ten deepest such geographical features in the world and has some of the purest water to be found anywhere. Golfo Dulce boasts two different kinds of dolphin, jumping stingrays and sea turtles. Visitors between July and October may even see humpback whales with their calves. After a picnic lunch, served on a private beach, the rest of the day can be spent relaxing on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

Day 6 – Golfo Dulce to Arenal
It’s time to bid farewell to the rainforests of Golfo Dulce and travel to the volcanic landscapes of Arenal. Returning by boat and vehicle to the airstrip you will fly by charter plane back to San Jose’s International Airport. You will be met on arrival and driven approximately three hours and thirty minutes to the Arenal region. En route, lunch will be served on the edge of the rainforest at the Restaurant El Sendero, part of the Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve. A fusion of traditional regional dishes and popular classics from across the country, the cuisine at El Sendero is enhanced with innovative sauces, spices and combinations of fresh herbs and vegetables hand-picked from the hotel´s gardens and greenhouses. After lunch, there will be time to explore the nature trails through the hummingbird gardens before continuing your journey to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

On reaching La Fortuna de San Carlos the beautiful Arenal volcano dominates the land around. Arenal only ceased regular eruptions less than ten years ago and it is now in what experts describe as the indeterminate resting phase, which effectively means it could erupt again at any time. Home for the next three nights will be the Nayara Springs Resort & Spa which as its name suggests sits among natural hot springs which feed into the private plunge pool at your villa.

This evening you will hear about the local landscape from one of its most esteemed experts. Mr. Gino González is a geologist, volcanologist and professor at the Universidad de Costa Rica. He is the director of Volcanes sin Fronteras, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the study of volcanoes. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be available during the lecture and dinner will be under your own arrangements.

Day 7 – Arenal
Following breakfast at the hotel, you will be immersed in the world of volcanology with a morning tour of the Arenal Volcano with Gino González. Learn about its unique landscape as you explore the pyroclastic cones and active faults. Visit the historical sites of La Fortuna Waterfall, where the ancient eruptions of the Chato Volcano are located. You will have also the opportunity to make experiments and assist Gino in collecting samples.
Lunch today is at Don Rufino Restaurant and the rest of the day is at leisure followed by a five-course dinner with wine pairing at the resort.

Day 8 – Arenal
After breakfast, explore the beauty of the rainforest from high up among and above its canopies on a treetop walk along the hanging bridges. Later, take the aerial Sky Tram, an open-air gondola that rises smoothly through the forest and up to the highest point of the mountain at 1,670 metres (almost five and a half thousand feet) above sea level.
This afternoon brings a tropical Costa Rican cookery class. Chef Scott Alan and his local team will teach you how to make an assortment of tropical dishes and cocktails. You will help to create a delicious three course meal while discovering the farm fresh crops and traditional cooking techniques which contribute to the individuality of the country’s cuisine. The class is great for beginners as well as for experienced cooks.

Day 9 – Arenal – Miravalles – Upala
After breakfast it’s time to head to Rio Perdido at Miravalles at the Province of Guanacaste, where you will enjoy a choice of two from three high adrenaline activities of a canyon adventure, white water tubing or mountain biking. The Canyon Adventure at Río Perdido is a fabulous example of how to make the most of your natural surroundings. Expertly and elegantly designed you will follow a trail of discovery over the yawning Rio Blanco Canyon via a series of fifteen suspended platforms six of them rock-based and nine suspended on the canyon walls. There are five zip lines up to eighty metres long (more than 260 feet), a fifteen metre (fifty feet) “Tarzan” swing and a pendulum cable. The canyon is awe-inspiring from above, carved out by the river roaring through it over millions of years.

Travelling along the canyon at water level in the white-water tubing experience provides a whole different perspective and will carry you deep into the dark, narrow spaces between its sheer walls. Listen out for birds and monkeys as you squeeze through the exposed rocks.

Alternatively, put your foot to pedal on the mountain bike circuits ranging from eight to twenty kilometres (five to twelve and a half miles) with ramps, bridges and rocky segments, stopping along the way to admire the rich beauty of the land from a number of panoramic lookouts. There’s so much to explore with two waterfalls, a cave, the ruins of a home that dating back to colonial times and a naturally carbonated spring rumoured to have healing qualities.

Lunch is at the hotel restaurant after which just relax at the Rio Perdido natural thermo-mineral river. This forty-five metre, thermo-mineral gorge draws its soothing energy from volcanic magma flowing deep below the earth’s surface.

Along the riverbed, there are eight known springs from which more than 4,000 gallons of hot water pours every minute. As these subterranean springs mix with the cool water of the river, they produce pools of varying temperatures so you can choose your own perfect swimming environment.

Meet your guide at the hotel lobby to transfer to Origins Luxury Lodge.

Day 10 – Upala
After breakfast, pick from a selection of the adventures offered by Origins. These include exploring the Lodge’s estate for a spot of bird watching. How many of the hundred and fifty species identified here will you see? Alternatively, climb into the saddle for horse riding into the jungle, either on your own or with a guided group. For those who like to fish there are eleven well-stocked lagoons in the hotel grounds. There are also extensive vegetable gardens to explore, either in the company of the hotel chef in search of fresh delicacies or with our expert botanist who will show you the sweetest blooms you may ever have smelled. Discover the plants and trees with medicinal properties used by local people for thousands of years.

When the sun goes down there’s a moonlit walking tour under the expert guidance of a professional naturalist who will help you track down some of the sixteen species of amphibians living here along with bioluminescent fungus, mammals and other creatures.

Day 11 – Upala to San José
Today sees you journey by private transfer to San José and a Junior Suite at the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort.

Day 12 – Departure or Beach extension
If you’re going home today you will take the short trip to Juan Santamaría International Airport for your flight back home. Alternatively, if you choose to extend your stay, you will board a short internal flight to Daniel Oduber International in the city of Liberia. From there, it’s straight to Hermosa Beach where following a scenic private boat transfer, you will wade ashore at the superb Kasiiya Papagayo Eco Retreat.

Days 13 and 14
The next two days are fully yours to enjoy the delightful facilities of Kasiiya Papagayo including kayaking, snorkelling and paddle-boarding. If that all sounds too energetic, just enjoy the beach and the seclusion or get yourself thoroughly pampered at the spa. Resident healer Yamuno will use indigenous plants and muds to revitalise you and Movement Coach Bruno will explore how to use your body to bring you more in harmony with your environment.

Day 15 – Departure
After breakfast and check out, board a 4 x 4 vehicle for transfer to the Daniel Oduber International Airport for a domestic flight to Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José and your flight home.

Location

Accommodation

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation, San José

Perched on the top of a hill in Costa Rica´s Central Valley, Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort is listed among Fodor’s Best 100 Hotels in the World. Set in an elegant rural mansion on a working coffee plantation, the property enjoys many desirable facilities including an ionized swimming pool, Jacuzzi and ten acres of private land.

Combining luxury and sustainability, the resort helps to support its local community not just through employment but through environmental education and providing incentives for people in the area to protect the precious natural world around them.

While staff at Finca Rosa Blanca are rightly proud of the coffee grown here, that’s not all they produce. Ingredients for the kitchens are freshly picked each day from the resort’s own organic greenhouse, orchards and gardens. Here Costa Rican cuisine meets international and Latin Fusion dishes of the highest quality.

Your Junior Suite is utterly luxurious, equipped with handcrafted furniture, murals and original artwork throughout and has its own private outdoor decking area.

Playa Cativo

Your privacy and comfort are assured at Playa Cativo which is only accessible by private charter flight and boat. 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 in southern Costa Rica. There can be few better places to get acquainted with some of the country’s most exquisite animal and plant life. Your expert guide will make sure you miss none of it with a Tropical Rainforest excursion around the lodge’s own Private Nature Reserve, Biological Research Station and Organic farm.

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 seductive open-air design provides a breathtaking 180-degree 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 fresh water swimming pool and library and a spa and wellness centre where therapies and treatments are provided in the relaxing rainforest surroundings.

Nayara Springs Resort

This ultra-exclusive adult only boutique resort comprises welcoming and secluded luxury villas deep within the lush vegetation of Arenal’s pristine rainforest. There are private plunge pools fed by natural mineral hot springs in every room.

The resort boasts some enviable facilities including an award-winning spa and yoga pavilion, a gym, two large infinity pools, a lap pool and swim-up bar. The premises are reached by a 75 metre (250 feet) long foot bridge above the canopy of the trees, ensuring your privacy.

The resort’s restaurants are among the most highly rated in the Arenal area.

Origins Luxury Lodge, Upala

Your concept of luxury may be shaken and remade once you experience the comfort and elegance of the Origins Luxury Lodge. Relax on your hand-built canopy bed and admire the 180-degree view before you from sunrise to sunset or enjoy a serene soak in your wood-fire heated terrace bath.

Dining at Origins is a treat, lovingly prepared by Michelin-starred chef, Jean-Luc L’Hourre. This seafood specialist is also Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, one of the highest accolades of the profession. His globetrotting is evidenced by the international nature of the cuisine, accented with both his French heritage and local traditions and ingredients.

Kasiiya Papagayo Eco Retreat (Tour Extension)

Kasiiya Papagayo Eco Retreat is a brand new resort imagined and designed in the depths of the wild by world-renowned architects AW2. The luxury tented suites are all built on timber platforms from natural materials, and remarkably, not one single tree had to be cut down during construction. Each tent is accessed by its own private path and is conceived to feel like a part of the nature which surrounds it.

Resident healer Yamuno will use indigenous plants and muds to revitalise you and Movement Coach Bruno will explore how to use your body to bring you more in harmony with your environment.

Under the creative guidance of chef Sebastian Guevara, the cuisine has been compiled to reflect this ethos and to be as beautiful as and harmonious with its surroundings. Chef Sebastian Guevara believes the cuisine of Kasiiya should be as beautiful as the land itself. The views, the air and the smell of the ocean inspire his dishes.

At a Glance

Duration:
12 days / 11 nights with option to extend to the beach for 3 nights

Departure Dates:
2nd November 2022, 4th December 2022.

Day 1 -San José to Heredia

  • Arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport and welcomed by your Avventura Tour Concierge.
  • Private transfer to the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort, a journey time of approximately thirty-five minutes.
  • Overnight at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort in a Junior Suite.
  • Meals included – Dinner.

Day 2 – Heredia

  • Coffee tour and tasting.
  • Meadery tour and tasting.
  • Dinner this evening will be in a local restaurant.
  • Overnight at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort in a Junior Suite.
  • Meals included – Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 3 – Heredia to Golfo Dulce

  • Transfer to Juan Santamaria Airport for a one-hour private charter flight to Golfito.
  • At the airstrip, you will be met by a representative of Playa Cativo Lodge for a ten-minute transfer to the pier where your journey continues with a thirty-minute boat transfer across the Pacific Ocean.
  • Guided walk through the rainforest.
  • Lecture from the hotel’s biologist.
  • Overnight at Playa Cativo Lodge in a Premium Plus Guest Room.
  • Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4 – Golfo Dulce

  • Kayak expedition through the Rio Esquinas mangroves.
  • Rest of the day is at leisure. Several activities are available from the lodge including snorkelling and paddle boarding.
  • Overnight at Playa Cativo Lodge in a Premium Plus Guest Room.
  • Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 5 – Golfo Dulce

  • Dolphin watching tour including picnic lunch.
  • Overnight at Playa Cativo Lodge in a Premium Plus Guest Room.
  • Meals Included – Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner.

Day 6 – Golfo Dulce to Arenal

  • Transfer via boat and vehicle to Golfito airstrip for your flight to Juan Santamaría Airport, San José.
  • On arrival you will be met and driven approximately three hours and thirty minutes to the Arenal region stopping for lunch at Restaurant El Sendero at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve.
  • Evening lecture on volcanology by Mr. Gino González. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be available during the lecture and dinner will be under your own arrangements.
  • Overnight at Nayara Springs Resort & Spa in a Villa.
  • Meals included – Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 7 – Arenal

  • Morning tour of the Arenal Volcano with volcanologist Gino González.
  • Lunch at Don Rufino Restaurant and the rest of the day is at leisure.
  • Five-course dinner with wine pairing at the resort.
  • Overnight at Nayara Springs Resort & Spa in a Villa.
  • Meals Included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 8 – Arenal

  • A treetop walk along the hanging bridges.
  • Take the aerial Sky Tram, an open-air gondola that rises smoothly through the forest and up to the highest point of the mountain.
  • Tropical cooking class with Chef Scott Alan and his local chefs. You will be participating in the creation of a delicious three-course meal.
  • Overnight at Nayara Springs Resort & Spa in a Villa.
  • Meals included – Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 9 – Arenal to Miravalles to Upala

  • Travel by vehicle to the verdant jungle and primary forest reserves of Miravalles, a journey time of approximately two hours and forty-five minutes.
  • Stop at Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River for activities including a canyon adventure, white water tubing, hiking or mountain biking.
  • After lunch, there will be time to relax in the thermal river and natural hot pools.
  • Travel to Origins Luxury Lodge, a journey time of approximately two hours.
  • Overnight at Origins Luxury Lodge.
  • Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10 – Upala

  • Choose from a variety of activities including bird watching, horse riding, lagoon fishing, yoga, meditation or a wildlife night tour.
  • Overnight at Origins Luxury Lodge.
  • Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 11 – Upala to San José

  • After breakfast transfer to San José, a journey time of approximately three hours and forty-five minutes,
  • Rest of day at leisure.
  • Overnight at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort in a Junior Suite.
  • Meals included – breakfast.

Day 12 – Departure

  • After breakfast transfer twenty minutes to Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight home
  • Meal included – Breakfast.

Optional Beach Extension to Papagayo

Day 12 – San José to Papagayo

  • Transfer to the airport for a forty-five minute flight to Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia.
  • Continue to the waiting catamaran for a transfer along the rocky coastline of the Pacific Ocean to the Kasiiya Papagayo Eco Retreat.
  • Wade through the waves onto the beach to check in at Kasiiya Papagayo Eco Retreat.
  • Rest of the day is at leisure.
  • Overnight at Kasiiya Papagayo Eco Retreat in Ocean View or Beach Front Tented Suites.
  • Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Days 13 -14 Papagayo

  • Two full days to relax at the beach and enjoy the facilities of the retreat.
  • Activities include kayaking, snorkelling and paddle-boarding but if it’s relaxation you are seeking then head to the spa.
  • Overnight at Kasiiya Papagayo Eco Retreat in Ocean View or Beach Front Tented Suites.
  • Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 15 – Departure

  • Depart by four-wheel drive vehicle for the one-hour transfer to the Daniel Oduber International Airport.
  • The fifty-minute flight takes you to Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José to connect in time with your international flight back home.
  • Meal included – Breakfast.

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