(Rincon de la Vieja National Park)
Guanacaste Zone 2
Get your adventure on in one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world! Explore deserted beaches, ancient rainforests and rugged coastline on this action packed itinerary.
Feel your adrenaline pump as you soar above treetops on a zipline, hike through emerald green jungles and surf the waves of Tamarindo. When your muscles need a break, soak them in one of the many thermal hot springs. At night, relax comfortably in cozy accommodations.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
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.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Ricon de la Vieja.
You are in for a treat today as you take advantage of the curative properties that have long been attributed to mineral rich waters and mud-pots. The thermal springs with hot pools, volcanic mud and natural steam-rooms will add to the relaxing atmosphere of your retreat in the highlands.
Start your volcanic treatment by relaxing in the natural steam room, located in a wood hut carefully built over the steaming waters which allows a free flow of steam inside. There are several natural steaming volcanic fumaroles (cracks in the earth's surface) located inside the premises of Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa. The steam from volcanic fumaroles is rich in sulfur and has that characteristic mouldy smell that takes a little getting used to. However, your skin and entire body will benefit immensely from it.
Next, take advantage of the health properties of volcanic mud in the recreation facilities. Volcanic mud is formed from the mixture of hot-spring water and ashes and is rich in sulfur. Volcanic mud baths help feed your skin with nutrients, possesses anti-inflammatory properties, contributes to the release of body toxins and promotes relaxation. Boiling volcanic mud is collected daily from the fumaroles located on-site and placed in an urn to cool down for your use. Spread volcanic mud liberally on your entire body, and let it work its wonders on your skin for about 20 minutes until dry. Open showers are located in the mud-baths area for you to remove the mud after your treatment.
Complete your Volcanic treatment by soaking in one of three natural spring-water hot pools which are available in the recreation areas. One offers hot water, the second warm water and the third cold water for a healthy and invigorating temperature shock treatment. Relax in the hot water pool, then soak in the warm pool and finish by cooling down in the luke-warm pool. Then go for a volcanic mud bath to complete your skin beauty treatment.
Take a privately guided journey into the mountains and forest on horseback today and experience the wonderful surrounding nature of this area. Enjoy a wonderful view of Guanacaste's Pacific Coast, pass by the Hidden Waterfall on your way to the magical Mystery Waterfall and relax and cool down by the crystal clear waters. Please note that some hiking is required to reach the waterfall site. (Please note that there is a minimum age requirement of 6 yrs old).
Enjoy a lunch of local produce before getting an adrenaline rush as you see the world from a different perspective as you soar above the tree tops over one of the lushest tropical forests in Guanacaste. The trip to the first platform can be done on horses or with an off-road Vehicle. The tour ends across from the stables in the hotel premises.
There are many optional activities available at Borinquien such as horse riding, canopy-zip lines, and riding on country roads and trails through the forest on an ATV.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Tamarindo, Guanacaste.
With a focus on personalized attention and safety, you will have a fantastic time learning to surf today in a shared two hour lesson! There will be two instructors in your shared lesson with a 1:4 instructor – student ratio. Never surfed before? No problem! This surfing lesson is designed for beginners. Don't like to surf? Why not consider taking a catamaran sunset sail instead?
Enjoy some leisure time on the Pacific shores of Tamarindo. Optional activities are available at your resort (watersports, snorkelling, kayaking, surfing, etc.)
Meet your driver for a private transfer to the Liberia Airport.
After a picturesque drive surrounded by amazing views and natural wonders, a charming hamlet scattered at the foothill of the mountain will come into view... Borinquen! Secluded in the picturesque outskirts of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Hotel Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa is the perfect place for fun, adventure and relaxation. All rooms have independent decks or balconies with great mountain views and breathtaking sunsets. Enjoy the unique experience of relaxing in a hot spring-fed pool after a fun-filled day and choose between Rancho El Yugo - The Ox Yoke and Restaurante La Carreta - The Wagon which serve national and international cuisine.
Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and lush forests, this is the perfect base to explore the popular north Pacific region of Costa Rica. The area offers unspoiled beaches, indigenous cultures, green forests, sports and much more.
Tamarindo Diria Beach and Golf Resort is a luxurious four star hotel located on the northwest Pacific Coast of Costa Rica at the golden Tamarindo Beach. Surrounded by the richness of nature and embraced by the most emerald green ocean in Costa Rica along with exotic and beautifully maintained lush tropical gardens, you will sense the tropical beauty Costa Rica has to offer. The majority of the rooms have incredible ocean and sunset views with direct frontage and access to Tamarindo Beach. Night lights surrounding the gardens and walkways will further enhance the beauty of local flora and fauna creating an atmosphere of tranquility and peace. Tamarindo Diria Beach and Golf Resort has over 30 years of experience providing complete attention directly focused on details and supplying professional service in relaxed elegant surrounding. Establishing itself as one of the most successful hotel operations in Tamarindo, you will love your stay.
Bob More ,
April 21, 2014
"Every detail was taken care of, and all connections were on time. We were extremely pleased, couldn't stop telling everyone about our great trip. Each room / hotel was better than the last. Wow great holiday!"
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.
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.
Brian Blades ,
April 24, 2013
"Very prompt at getting information back to us and very helpful with any changes we wanted.
This trip was as good as the last trip we did with Kensington, could'nt have been any better. Our guides were excellent, especially Gerald.
Stephen Strom ,
April 22, 2013
"The transfers went flawlessly; the guides were all superb (knowledgable; thoughtful; sensitive; responsive to our needs). The recommended hotels were, with one exception (see below), also first rate and well matched to our needs and temperaments.
Our thanks for providing 3 wonderful guides: Gary Ortiz (Antigua); Carlos Antonio Lopez (Tikal and Yaxha); and Israel Canto (Belize). All of them understood that we have ‘peculiar’ tastes (for example: photographing lichen covered tree trunks while the magnificent structures at Tikal were but meters away!). It is really critical that guides not try to make sure that we see every ‘important’ thing, but recognize instead that ‘importance’ is very much a personal thing.
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