(Arenal, Rio Celeste)
Guanacaste Zone 2
Go beyond the beach with this sensuous adventure featuring a fusion of action & romance. Hit up all of the exotic highlights as you tour San José, Pacuare, Arenal Volcano & Rio Celeste with private guide & driver. Enjoy hot springs, zip-lining, horseback riding, waterfall swims, jungle safaris, river rafting, intimate eco-lodges, hotels & more.
Discovering Costa Rica’s beautiful beaches, lush rainforests and steamy hot springs are the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. Spend the day chasing one adventure after another, or relax with the one you love, the choice is yours. Stroll along the pristine beaches at sunset, experience the thrill of whitewater rafting, laze in the thermal hot springs, and discover breathtaking waterfalls that seem to plummet from the sky. In the evenings, enjoy your privacy in boutique accommodations with sumptuous surroundings
Explore the lush rainforest near the Arenal Volcano and catch a glimpse of howler monkeys and vividly-colored toucans. Soak in the hot mineral baths in preparation for an afternoon of ziplining high above the rainforest canopy. If you haven’t gotten your fill of thrills, choose to go horseback riding or rapelling. Head to the Rio Celeste, the Light Blue River, and experience a bit of magic. Here, there is a point where two clear streams come together, and when their waters combine, the new water turns sky blue. A gorgeous chemical reaction from the many volcanic minerals in the water, the Rio Celeste symbolizes two lives coming together and creating a whole new life with as many possibilities as the infinite blue sky.
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.
Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
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.
Enjoy your flight from Liberia to Arenal. The flight duration is approximately one hour.
Enjoy an airport transfer with private vehicle and professional driver. The total transfer time is approximately 30 minutes (30km/19mi).
You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to begin your canopy/zip lining and rafting tour. You will definitely have the fun you are looking for in one action packed day! This tour is designed for extreme thrills! This is an incredible combination of whitewater rafting fun and exhilarating zip lining adventuring! You’ll gear up for an exciting zip through the rainforest canopy! Then spend the second half-day rafting with a heart pumping run through the class 2/3 Balsa rapids. Morning Departure, Duration 9 Hours, Return to the hotel after the tour.
The Spa at Nayara is incomparable. Perched on a cliff overlooking the forest, the Spa is a spiritual enclave in an emerald jungle, a place of rejuvenation, harmony, and beauty. Consider availing of one of the various treatments and therapies on offer and experience the sights, sounds, and scents of the rainforest in one of the outdoor spa bungalows. The menu of services offers natural ingredients to relieve stress and tension and to leave your body renewed and balanced. Treatments are catered to your unique needs. The highly trained therapists are committed to excellence and they take pride in delivering a true personalized, dedicated service. Treatments and therapies can be arranged directly on site and are at additional cost.
Consider starting your day off on a high note by getting a bird's eye view of the landscape and Arenal volcano as you take to the skies early today for a hot air balloon ride experience! An early morning start is called for as the best thermals are to be had early in the morning. Sometimes there are breaks in the clouds so one can ascend above and sit atop a foamy sea of white, where your only company is the majestic (and often puffing) Arenal volcano. Fly low over nearby rivers, fields, and forests, to play with the clouds, to frolic with the birds, and to laugh with the animals. The forests of this area are filled with monkeys and iguanas, and sometimes we can get a full chorus calling up to us from the trees.Balloons take about 30-45 minutes to inflate, a fascinating process. You are in the air from about 45 minutes to over two hours and the average flight is about 1 hour 15 minutes. Some of the best fun is trying to find a place to land -- no trees, no rivers to cross, and a place where the 4x4 support vehicle can access. The whole process, from inflation to pack-up, takes 3 to 5 hours and you will be picked up at the start, and dropped off at your hotel at the end of the adventure.
Please speak to your sales Advisor if you are interested in adding this optional activity into your travel plans.
Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.
You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the tour start point. This journey through the top of the rainforest will have you "fly" from one platform to another by zipping on steel cables, while enjoying the beautiful landscapes of this primary forest from a different angle. Move through the rain forest, above the Arenal River Canyon. This tour offers an unforgettable encounter with nature. At the end of the tour you can choose to do a horseback ride and rappel. (147 ft. high) Recommended: Closed shoes, light and comfortable clothes, and in case you decide to ride a horse, wear long pants. Return to your hotel in the afternoon. Morning/Afternoon Departures, Duration 3 Hours (approximately)
•13 platforms reaching up to 130 ft. In height
•9 cables reaching up to 230 ft. high
•9 cables with a maximum length of 1033 ft.
•1 68 ft. long hanging bridge between platforms.
There are various eating choices to choose from at the Nayara. The Altamira restaurant serves international and local cuisine, while the Sushi Amor features latin fusion and sushi offerings. Nostalgia Bar meanwhile, serves delectable wine and tapas - the perfect spot for a casual evening. For an al fresco lunch pool side, teh Kali, Kali pool bar offers casual snacks.
Meet your driver-guide for a private vehicle transfer from Arenal/La Fortuna to Rio Celeste.
Spend some time settling into your surroundings at the luxurious Rio Celeste resort this afternoon. The outdoor pool offers the perfect spot for some relaxation and offers a swim up bar with tempting refreshments.
Take in a four-hour guided rainforest hike through the Tenorio Volcano National Park today. You´ll experience the wealth of flora and fauna of this area, culminating in an astounding view of the main attraction - the Rio Celeste waterfall and river. You´ll also see the teñideros, the place where the river takes on a magical color. This park also has thermal water springs where you can take a rejuvenating hot bath surrounded by the rainforest. (includes water bottle, fruit, guide, and admission fee to the park).
Note on the Rio Celeste: It is possible that during extreme weather conditions of constant, long-lasting, heavy rains, the river may lose its coloration due to mud carried in the water. However, a few hours (5 or 6) of calm weather can restore the expected coloration. With this eventual exception mentioned above, The Rio Celeste can be visited any time of the year.
In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to relax.
Choose from a plethora of optional activities during your stay at Rio Celeste - one of the world's most diverse regions. There are activities and tours for those seeking adventure as well as those with relaxation in mind. Some options include Rio Celeste hiking, Palo Verde, Tenorio safari float, hanging Bridges, Cano negro wildlife tour, bird watching, rafting and more!
Optional activities are subject to an additional cost.
Transfer by private vehicle with English speaking driver from Rio Celeste to Playa Conchal, Guanacaste.
The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal offer unsurpassed all inclusive luxury in a fashionable and private settingfor adults-only guests (18+ years). Royal Beach Club guests enjoy preferential exclusive services Including:
• Access to an elegant air-conditioned club lounge from 7:00 a.m until 10:00 p.m for private check in/out, coffee and beverages, newspapers, and evening cocktails and social bites• Welcome in-room tropical fresh fruit platter• Access to selected premium alcoholic drinks• Assistance of personal Concierge Service throughout guests' stay• Access to a private pool with Bali beds, pool concierge and bar service• Exclusive breakfast and lunch service at the Royal Beach Club Lounge (subject to change)• Preferential reservations for specialty restaurants, spa, golf, tennis• Access to 24-hour room service• Nightly turndown service• Free pressing of up to 2 garments per person per stay• Complimentary internet access at the Lounge and guest rooms
Spend the day at leisure beachside at your hotel or choose from the list of optional activities in the area!
Meet your driver for a private transfer to the airport in Liberia.
Voted #1 Resort in Central and South America by Conde Nast Traveller 2013, the Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a five star luxury boutique hotel that is widely recognized for providing premium luxury amenities and ultra-personalized service. Nayara is undenialy Arenal’s jewel and the property reflects its location and respects the ecological balance of one of the most beautiful places on earth. Located in the outskirts of the amazing Arenal Volcano, Arenal Nayara is an oasis of tranquility, where guests can experience a profound and organic immersion with nature, while living in luxury at the same time.
Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, the casitas, suites, and villas have large screened windows that open up to bring nature inside. Light flows through the interiors, from the bedroom to the private gardens with rain showers, to the private terraces with secluded Jacuzzis. Food lovers and wine connoisseurs are treated to some remarkable restaurants offering international and local cuisine, a pool bar, and a wine and tapas bar.
Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel is a boutique, gourmet, ecologically orientated hotel that provides a uniquely natural experience. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, each one of its 26 spacious casitas surrounded by luscious tropical landscaping provides an exclusive retreat to relax amidst the breathtaking rainforest. Rio Celeste Hideaway casitas have been designed to provide the ultimate comfort and style while maintaining close contact with the natural surroundings.
The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal sits on Costa Rica's magnificent North-Pacific Riviera, nestled between lush forests and the sparkling azure waters of the Pacific Ocean. Starwood's first all-inclusive resort, The Westin Playa Conchal is set on 2400 acres and offers everything you need to revitalize and thrive: a lagoon-style pool, gardens, tennis courts, a championship golf course, the Westin Kids Club®, fine dining, personal concierge service for guests in the Royal Beach Club, WestinWORKOUT® facilities, THE SPA and more.
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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