(San José, Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio)
Time slows. Your heart races. Billions of nerve endings come alive in anticipation of the next sensation. You’re having an adrenaline rush.
Get your adventure on in one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world! Explore mangrove swamps, ancient rainforests and active volcanoes. Feel your adrenaline pump as you rappel down a waterfall, soar above treetops on a zipline, hike through emerald green jungles and cruise down river on safari. When your muscles need a break, soak them in one of the many thermal hot springs. At night, relax comfortably in cozy yet elegant accommodations.
Your private 4x4 vehicle will pick you up and drive you through a tropical rainforest (talk about off-roading) until you come to a magnificent waterfall. Take a good look because you’re about to rappel down it. At the bottom, hike the densely forested trails and spot howler monkeys and vibrant-colored toucans. Head to Tenorio National Park and witness the magic of The Rio Celeste, where two clear rivers merge and turn blue thanks to a chemical reaction from the volcanic minerals present. Experience a safari down the Penas Blancas River and keep an eye out for monkeys, iguanas and Jesus Christ Lizards that actually walk on water. When the sun goes down, take in one of the best natural shows around on a guided tour of the forest glimpsing fruit bats, sloths, owls and many different species of frogs. This is an experience you’ll never forget!
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Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Relax during your short, 30 minute private airport transfer in San Jose.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a country map, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Indulge in a welcoming hotel in downtown San Jose, the Hotel Presidente where you experience Pura Vida - Pure Life. Relax in contemporary boutique accommodations surrounded by the energy of San Jose. Each of the beautifully appointed rooms and spacious suites are designed with chic décor, comfortable furnishings and modern amenities. Enjoy stylish retreats with complimentary breakfast buffet, high-speed internet, and alluring views of the city and mountains. Get energized in the onsite state-of-the art fitness center and rejuvenate your body and spirit at the Rain Forest Spa. Located on famous Central Avenue, this dynamic downtown San Jose hotel is walking distance to the city's shopping, dining and cultural landmarks, including the National Theatre, National Museum, Gold Museums, Costa Rican Congress, Plaza de La Cultura and the National Cathedral. Go explore Costa Rica's national parks, towering volcanoes, beautiful beaches and natural wonders. The hotel is also in the perfect spot to experience Costa Rica ritual foods. Find a wide variety of Costa Rican and international cuisine options just walking distance. Sip gourmet Costa Rican coffees and gather around a table in the traditional Central Market fresh coffee stores or visit open terraces or fine dining cafes around the boulevard and plazas. The hotels Fiesta Casino is a hotspot for entertainment and gaming action.
Prepare for an aquatic adventure beginning this morning as you set out on an exciting white water rafting trip. Your journey begins as you board a shared van en route to La Fortuna. Once you’ve arrived, get ready for some adrenaline pumping rafting through some of Costa Rica’s greatest white water, on the Pacuare River (Class 3/4 rafting). After having a blast white water rafting, you'll continue onwards to Arenal and your hotel for the night. Please note the minimum age requirement to enjoy this rafting experience is 12 years old.
The Arenal Springs Hotel provides guests with a harmonious combination of relaxation and comfort in a truly surreal and picturesque tropical setting. The hotel features colonial style rooms with all the modern amenities one would expect from a luxurious retreat. The rooms feature vaulted ceilings and large bay windows, and well as a spacious private bathroom with a garden-style shower. Onsite is an exquisite restaurant that offers a wide variety of national and international dishes in a natural and welcoming atmosphere. The swimming pool with provide guests with cooling relief from the sun, and the poolside deck with lounge chairs and wet bar offer outstanding drinks, snacks and superb views of the volcano.
Today you will set out on an unbelievably exciting adventure featuring waterfall rappelling, also known as "canyoning." Begin with an adventurous 30-minute 4x4 drive from your hotel, into the tropical rain forest located just outside of the town of La Fortuna. Under the shadow of the mighty Arenal Volcano is where you will begin your ultimate rappelling adventure. This experience includes 4 rappels, 3 of which are alongside or right within the actual waterfalls, with the remaining rappel down a rugged dry rock face. After this sensational adventure you will return to the base camp to enjoy lunch (included). It is suggested that people be in good physical condition to participate. The tour will begin in the morning and will span approximately 4 fun-filled hours. A return transfer to the hotel is provided at the conclusion of the tour.
You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the rain forest close to the Arenal Volcano. Enjoy a leisurely hike for 1.5 hours through the rain forest while your shared guide teaches you the history of the Arenal Volcano. This park is located at the base of the Arenal Volcano and is filled with wildlife including monkeys, toucans, coati and a large variety of bird species. Conclude the tour at the Springs Resort - soak in the hot mineral baths and relax. After a soothing soak in thehot springs, enjoy a lovely dinner at a local restaurant prepared in a colonial-style rustic kitchen. Enjoy the local cuisine for a true authentic experience. Afternoon departure (approx. 3:45pm), duration 6 hours.
Get ready to discovery of Costa Rica’s most mysterious and enchanting areas during this adventurous hiking trek through Rio Celeste. This trek will follow routings through the secondary and primary rainforest located within the confines of the Tenorio Volcano National Park. Take this opportunity to observe a diverse range of plant and animal species as they coincide together as they have for decades. Listen to the rush of the distinctively turquoise waters of the Rio Celeste, a coloration phenomenon caused by a chemical reaction between sulfur and calcium carbonate. As you wind along the banks of the river, making your way up stream, you will realize that the water is becoming deeper and richer in bluish hue. You will than reach the point where both the clear water of the Buena Vista and Roble Rivers merge to form the Celeste River. This is absolutely an amazing sight to see. Relax and take time to view the wonderful waterfalls along the trails of the Tenorio Volcano National Park. You will finally be rewarded with a delicious meal of fresh, succulent fruit, which is included for your convenience. Please Note that this hike is recommended for people in good physical condition. Although not physically grueling, it does require good health and stamina. It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera. There will be endless opportunities to document the many wonders of the rainforest. Round-trip transfers from the hotel are included in this tour.
Prepare for a unique, floating wildlife safari today beginning at your hotel, as you are warmly greeted by the driver of your private vehicle for a transfer to the Peñas Blancas River embarkation point. Once aboard the vessel, enjoy a privately guided, 2 hour safari-style floating adventure down the lower Peñas Blancas River. Relax and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the beautiful rainforest; listening to the sounds and observing the sights of this amazing tropical setting. Keep keen eyes out for locale wildlife including monkeys, toucans, Jesus Christ Lizards (they actually walk on water!), caimans, iguanas and a wide assortment of bird species. Some of the many birds that call this forested area home include the Costa Rican National bird the yigüirro, various species of macaws, quetzals, hummingbirds and pelicans. The tour will begin in the morning and span approximately 4 exciting hours.
Under the glow of the stars this evening you’ll head out for a two hour tour to immerse yourself in one of the most amazing natural show that you’ve ever seen, and one of the most requested and renowned tours in the area of La Fortuna. Discover the habitats that exist within the secondary forest. It is here where you will view creatures like the fascinating sloth, coatis (also known as Brazilian aardvarks), fruit bats, the impressive spectacled owl, and even the bizarre stick insect. There will also be a rare opportunity to observe over 15 rainforest frog species, including the strikingly colorful red-eyed tree frog. The advantage of this evening tour is that you will have an exclusive opportunity to view the local frog pond and snake terrariums that during these hours is magically transformed into a habitat brimming with life and activity.
You will be warmly greeted by the driver of your private vehicle for the transfer to Lake Arenal. Observe the incredible scenic views of the Arenal Volcano as you ride a motor boat for 45 minutes across the lake. You will then ride comfortably in a private vehicle for your transfer to your hotel in Monteverde. The entire transfer time between Arenal and Monteverde is approximately 4 hours.
Hop aboard a shared touring vehicle from outside your hotel for a transfer to the starting point of your amazing adventure today. Prepare for some incredible bird’s eye views of the Monteverde Cloud Forest while flying through the treetops on the Extremo Canopy trail. Your adrenaline will pump endorphins through your entire being as you ride the big “Tarzan Swing” and the giant rappel. You’ll truly feel the fantastic distance between each one of the cables that stretch across the canopy treetops, at a length of up to 2,550 feet long and a staggering 450 feet high. To accommodate as many explorers as possible, morning or afternoon departures are available. The tour will span approximately 3 hours with return transfers to the hotel provided at the conclusion of the tour.
The spectacular Monteverde Lodge & Gardens is located just 15 minutes from the Monteverde cloud-forest providing the perfect haven for active adventurers to relax and rest at after exciting days filled with hiking treks, bird watching outings, wildlife viewing and horseback riding. The wilderness lodge forest rooms provide outstanding views of the surrounding paradise encouraging relaxation. Experience the gastronomic delights provided at the El Jardin Restaurant & Bar, whilst dining al fresco. After a day of activity, you are sure to appreciate a soak in the 15-person jacuzzi located in an enclosed atrium. Sheer natural beauty, elegantly designed accommodations, mouth-watering menu options, and exciting adventures await you during your stay at this special property!
A privately driven vehicle will pick you up from your hotel for a transfer to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. During this privately guided hike, you’ll have an opportunity to observe and enjoy the enchanted sights and sounds of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. You will be in awe as you discover the many species of birds and animals, as well as the amazing diversity of plants that thrive here. The tour will begin in the morning and span approximately 4 hours.
Here is your chance to discover all that Monteverde has to offer. Go ahead and pre-book as many optional activities as you want while visiting the Cloud Forest. Optional activities include zip-lining, exploring suspended bridges, riding ATV’s, Cloud Forest hiking and much more. If you are craving something a little more low-key, try visiting the Serpentarium. Seeing as Costa Rica is well-known for its coffee, no visit to this country is complete without a fascinating coffee tour! Please note that some of these optional activities incur an additional cost.
You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Manuel Antonio. At about the half way point, you will stop for a private guided Crocodile Tour. The adventure takes place on the Tárcoles River, one of 4 rivers flowing out into the Nicoya Peninsula, and home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations in the wild with individuals measuring up to 15ft long. In addition to the crocodiles, over 50 different kinds of birds can be seen on site, including the very rare scarlet macaw and a great variety of resident and migrant waterfowl. Iguanas and Jesus Christ lizards are very common as well. The Jungle Crocodile Safari tour time is 1.5 hours in length. The bilingual tourist guide offers expert orientation about the crocodiles and other associated wildlife. On the way downstream, the boat heads along the Estero Guacalillo, a beautiful mangrove ecosystem that features four different species of mangrove trees. We will enjoy a local buffet lunch after the boat tour. Approximately 6.5 Hours / Distance 141 Miles/225 kms.
Located along Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast, Si Como No is a uniquely special Manuel Antonio Resort Spa and Wildlife Refuge that sits atop one of the most idyllic hillsides in Manuel Antonio. The resort’s lush jungle terraces and brilliantly vivid gardens overlook the sparkling ocean just above world-renowned Manuel Antonio National Park. Borrowing its name from the local expression, “si como no”, this stunning Greentique Hotel resort is the perfect combination of Pura Vida attitude and barefoot luxury. Of all the resorts in Manuel Antonio, you won’t find a more luxurious, laid-back environment than that of the award-winning Si Como No hotel. The hotel strikes the perfect balance of design and comfort, connecting you with the surrounding tropical forest of Manuel Antonio and the essence of the spirit of Costa Rica. Its 58 rooms are literally contoured into the jungle hillside across the property’s ten acres. What immediately strikes you about the rooms is just how much you become a part of this exotic environment and how comfortable being this close to nature can be! Each spacious room has a well-appointed bathroom, fully stocked mini-bar, most have a private balcony, direct dial telephones and energy efficient lights and air conditioning.
What stands out the most is the hotel’s ability to immerse you in a Costa Rica experience born of the surrounding habitat. Ideal for families or couples seeking comfortable, well-appointed accommodations, it features a full array of spa & other resort amenities, superb dinning, custom designed nature-based tours and adventure activities – each designed to deliver both value & the authenticity of an exceptional Costa Rican experience.
Here’s your chance to enjoy some leisure time in Manuel Antonio. Why not add some adventurous activities to your itinerary? Feel free to choose from white water rafting, zip canopy tour, Nauyaca Waterfalls by horseback, catamaran sunset sail, ATV rentals and much more! Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like to add in anything activity-wise to your itinerary on this day.
A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer from Manuel Antonio to San José today. The approximately travel time is 3 hours.
Steve Walling ,
January 20, 2014
"We are home safe and sound from the best vacation I can remember. It seemed seamless to us but I know that you worked very hard to make our experience so good.
The guides and drivers were always punctual and reliable. They were very knowledgeable, personable, and funny. They provided us with very helpful information and helped us work on expanding our Spanish. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful and the rooms were very nice.
I especially appreciate our ability to update our plans while we were in Costa Rica. The zip lines were the highlight of our trip. I hate to think we almost missed out by not including it in our original plan.
You have made a friend and supporter for life. I will certainly recommend you to anyone I know going to Costa Rica. Thank you, again.
Steve and Andrea
Merrel Bowles ,
November 07, 2013
"I would highly recommend this company for overseas travel. We had personal drivers that spoke perfect English and were also very knowledgeable in conversation pertaining to their country. Drivers were always early and eager to please. Your wish was their command!!!Every tour included educated guides who knew how to make our experience fun and exciting! I loved having personal drivers and guides, as well as many inclusive meals. We will definitely use this company for future travels."
April 09, 2013
"Our Costa Rica trip was amazing. The whole family thinks its the best we've ever taken! Kensington did an excellent job of organizing everything. The two hotels they picked were amazing.
Arenal -- The Springs Resort & Spa was almost too good since as soon as the family saw it they wanted to cancel activities so they could take full advantage of all it offered. We ultimately did cancel the safari to give us a free day to spend a day at the spa, pools and Club Rio (riding the river in innertubes!). The activities Kensington setup were excellent and very adventurous. Our favorite was canyoneering (repelling), We were all terrified at the first drop-off! It's more thrilling the zip lining (also lots of fun) and river rafting (a blast as well).
Manuel Antonio -- The Preserve at Los Altos was very nice. It was like staying in a 3 bedroom apartment at a boutique hotel (same feel as Athenum in London but nicer). The drive to get there was a bit long but worth it when our driver made a surprise stop at the the "crodillio bridge". The tour through Manuel Antonio National Park is a must do for nature lovers (3 types of monkeys, sloths, etc). Our guide was excellent. If you go MA NP, try Kapi Kapi for dinner.
I'd highly recommend using Kensington (Brandi was our rep) for a Costa Rica trip. Thanks for hooking us up with them.
L Huber ,
April 03, 2013
We returned yesterday from our wonderful Costa Rican vacation and I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed it. We loved staying at the El Silencio (the kids would have liked to stay even longer so we could have taken some of the nature hikes). Being surrounded by the cloud forest was an amazing sensation that really helped us to feel that we were in a completely different world and was a perfect way to begin the trip. Maria Lucia was a very kind tour guide and showed us the all sites in a huge day (the waterfalls, Poas volcano, the coffee plantation & Sarchi). The staff at El Silencio was wonderful and Jeff and I very much enjoyed the food and the very elaborate wine tasting there.
In La Fortuna the activities ruled. We loved everything, the exhilarating waterfall rappelling, the zip lining (& tiger swing - the kids LOVED IT) the volcano hike and we had a FANTASTIC time on the river safari with Gerald and his friend Tom. Gerald was a great guide and was able to share many stories while letting us see the wildlife. We saw a spectacular Toucan flock and of course the monkeys were a huge hit. Ending up at the farm was a fun end note to the trip. Of course we enjoyed the hot springs at the Tabacon - they are pretty amazing. Jeff and I had a chance to have a massage at the Tabacon spa and it was spectacular. The service at the hotel was lovely and our room did have a beautiful view of the volcano. I think the hot springs & spa are far superior at the Tabacon.
Alex drove us from both El Silencio to La Fortuna and then from La Fortuna to Punta Islita (that is a lot of driving and he did a great job - he was so friendly and made the travelling very enjoyable). On the way to La Fortuna he made a point of showing us the Iguana restaurant and it was a great wayside stop for everyone.
Punta Islita was stunning. Our villa Ilan Ilan was ideal, the view and the setting were spectacular. The kids loved the pool (when they weren't swimming & playing in the ocean), Jeff loved being able to finally drive around a bit like a native (the villa came with a small 4 wheel car), and I enjoyed waking up every morning to see the sunrise over the cliffs at the ocean's edge, and hear the incredible variety of birds (and on the last day even the howler monkeys). We enjoyed so many of the activities the hotel had to offer. Andrey & Hector and the whole staff were so warm and hospitable. They really worked hard and made every effort to make our stay so much fun. Hector helped us plan some more zip lining, surf lessons, a dolphin sighting/fishing boat trip and a sunset horseback ride which was the perfect way to wrap up the trip.
Ronald picked us up and got us to the airport in plenty of time. Ronald was very interested in showing us the wildlife as we drove through the different areas and we really enjoyed that.
Everywhere we went the people were absolutely wonderful, kind, and proud to show us their country and it made our trip spectacular.
Erika, thank you for all you did to help make the trip such a huge success.
Anthony Sokol ,
March 11, 2013
We are home with many good memories from our stay in Panama.
We found your guides and drivers to be always on time and very instructive, especially in David/Bouquette/Amistad. We liked the Panamonte Hotel in Bouquette.
Since the Amistad Park was closed due to rain on the day we arrived, we toured a Race horse breeding farm, Cerre Punte, which was magnificent and might be a consideration for your future guests
Your choice of itinerary in Panama City was quite informative and complete considering the limited time we had.
All in all, we were quite pleased with Kensington Tours in general.
Anthony and Barbara
Karen Werner ,
February 12, 2013
P and I want to thank you so much for all of your help in setting up our trip! It was a wonderful week in Panama--we loved every minute. And we especially appreciated you taking care of the hotel reservation glitch. Your partner in Panama was really great to work with--they did a wonderful job and were very professional. Everything worked like clockwork with them. We look forward to working with you again!
K and P Werner "
January 13, 2013
"My husband and I are "Boomers" and veteran world-wide travelers, from our early days with Eurail passes and VW Vans to the present! As such, we are not content with the group tours that "herd" you around and show you the tourist photo-op sites. However, as a busy medical professional I don't have time to carefully put together the type of trip that we want to have in places we have never been before. What a delight and relief to have discovered Kensington tours! Our trip to Costa Rica was the epitome of personalized, professional, and exceptional service. All our drivers and guides were wonderful - Barbara Franz, our naturalist guide in Manuel Antonio National Park was a standout. Our hotels and lodges in San Jose, Tortuguero, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio were unique, lovely, and very comfortable. We are recommending Kensington to all our friends and are already trying to decide where we will go next. Maybe Africa, maybe New Zealand! We cannot say enough about Kensington's commitment to excellence! When it can be hard to wade through the mediocre, such professionalism is refreshing. Thank you Brandi for all you did to make our trip memorable!"
jack Lester ,
February 06, 2013
"Had a wonderful experience with Kensington and our agent Nella. Everything went very smoothly and we loved the accommodations. The trip was an adventure we will never forget and Kensington made it a worry free trip.
Kimberly Dellinger ,
August 22, 2012
Ariana & I absolutely LOVED our trip to Costa Rica. This trip was even better than we had hoped or expected. The quality of the different hotels was excellent, and I was quite frankly surprised at how "deluxe" our rooms were when I was expecting more "average" type of lodging. We were thrilled & loved each place we stayed and we have told all our friends & family about this exceptional customer service. The tour guides were AMAZING, so knowledgable, friendly, spoke great English, & were willing to help us learn Spanish & the culture. We were so happy that we were able to do the different activities-- Canyon Rappelling in Arenal, Venado Cave Tour near Arenal, ziplining in Monteverde, The Springs, and the different rainforest tours. All these activities-- and the other activities along the way-- were WONDERFUL, and we felt very safe and well-cared for during our excursions. The travel arrangements & private vehicles were great- we were very comfortable & the drivers were very professional & prompt. We were treated so well that we felt like royalty!
I am telling all my friends, co-workers, family members and my patients ( I work in a dental office) about how wonderful the Costa Rica trip was with my daughter & how great the service & planning was with Kensington Tours. I have given your name to several people & hope that you'll get referrals from those I've talked with! I am definitely planning on traveling abroad again and plan to go through you and Kensington Tours when I do. My next goal is to plan a trip (maybe Europe or return to Costa Rica?) for my teenage son & I to do together in the next year or so.
My sincerest gratitude to you for making our Costa Rica trip SPECTACULAR! Well done! Below, you will see my responses to the survey (as you can see, I'm not very prompt about checking email, but eventually I get around to it!) you sent a few days after we arrived back home. Let me know if there's any problems reading my responses-- I rated everything "excellent" because that's what it was/is!
Kimberly (& Ariana) Dellinger
Dana H ,
July 09, 2012
"The trip was excellent and everything was very smooth. The hotels & guides were all great. I would definitely travel with Kensington Tours again & recommend it to family & friends! Additionally, I would like to start thinking about planning my Africa trip. I am interested in Kenya & Tanzania."
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