Costa Rica Eco-Luxury Adventure

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  • Explore volcanoes and trek across hanging bridges with private guide.
  • Enjoy a private tour of Tenorio National Park and Rio Celeste.
  • Early morning birdwatching and evening nocturnal wildlife spotting.
  • Spend time relaxing on the beaches of Tamarindo.
  • Featuring luxurious hotels.
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The only thing better than experiencing adventure, is experiencing it in the lap of luxury.

Explore lush jungles, pristine coastlines, and enchanting rainforests. Stroll crystalline coves and white sand beaches framed by tropical forests and awesome mountain ranges. Listen to wild sounds around you as howler monkeys leap from tree limb to tree limb and colorful toucans take to the deep blue skies. At night, relax in private, luxury accommodations that offer top notch amenities.

Experience a guided hike through the dense rainforest at the base of Arenal Volcano and watch for exotic monkeys and bird species. Enjoy leisure time in La Fortuna and partake in optional activities like white water rafting, waterfall rapelling, ziplining and horseback riding. Head to Manuel Antonio National Park, which Forbes lists among the world’s 12 most beautiful national parks in the world, and take a guided tour through mangrove swamps, lush rainforests and marshy woodlands for a chance to see over 100 exotic mammal species. Just offshore you might catch sight of a pod of dolphins and, at times, migrating whales can be seen. Night kayaking though the mangrove systems with your expert guide is sure to be an experience you’ll never forget. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Liberia to Arenal
    Liberia to Arenal
    • Meet and Greet
    • Liberia - Arenal [3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(6)
    • Costa Rica - Welcome Package(4)
  • Day 2 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Private - 1/2 Day Hanging Bridges - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private - Volcano Hike (2.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Optional Activities
  • Day 4 Arenal to Rio Celeste
    Arenal to Rio Celeste
    • Arenal - Rio Celeste [2 hours] - Vehicle/Driver(6)
    • Private - 1/2 Day Hiking Tenorio National Park and Rio Celeste (4 hrs) - Guide
  • Day 5 Rio Celeste
    Rio Celeste
    • Private - Early Morning Bird Watching Tour (2 hrs) - Guide
    • Private - Nocturnal Wildlife Tour (2hrs) - Guide
  • Day 6 Rio Celeste to Tamarindo
    Rio Celeste to Tamarindo
    • Rio Celeste - Tamarindo [3 hours ] - Vehicle/Driver(6)
    • Cala Luna; Beach
  • Day 7 Tamarindo
    Tamarindo
    • Shared - Marlin Del Rey Catamaran Tour - Vehicle/Boat/Driver
  • Day 8 Tamarindo
    Tamarindo
    • Optional Activities
  • Day 9 Tamarindo
    Tamarindo
    • Tamarindo - Liberia [1 hr (Airport)] - Vehicle/Driver(7)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Liberia - Arenal

Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.

Meet your driver for a private transfer to Arenal.

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.

Accommodation: Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens

Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a luxury boutique hotel located in the area of the Arenal Volcano National Park that is widely recognized for providing luxurious accommodations and premium amenities. A 5-star member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Nayara has been acclaimed as one of the most romantic places in the world. The heartfelt hospitality, impeccable service, fine cuisine, outstanding spa, amazing excursions and eco-experiences make Nayara the premier destination in Costa Rica. Nayara is Arenal’s jewel. A place of nature where romance emanates and life moves at a slower pace to allow time to rekindle old relationships and to start new ones in an enchanting way. Nayara is an authentic Costa Rican journey, a property that reflects its location and respects the ecological balance of one of the most beautiful places on earth.

The Arenal Volcano
The Arenal Volcano
Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens
Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens

Day 2: Arenal

Prepare for an exciting outing as you explore the jungles of Arenal on a private guided tour atop the famed Hanging Bridges.  This weaving system of hanging bridges allows visitors to explore the upper and lower canopies of this amazing area.  This bridge system is supported by concrete bricks providing stability when used. This system stretches across an area of 3100 metres through some of the dense jungle area which surround the Arenal mountainous sub-forest.  A variety of wildlife can be seen whilst walking about on this dynamic bridge system including howler monkeys, and a plethora of exotic birds.  For your convenience, morning or afternoon departures are available. The tour will span approximately 3.5 fun-filled hours.

In the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel by private vehicle and English speaking guide and transferred to the spectacular micro rainforest close to the Arenal Volcano. Enjoy a 1.5 hour leisurely hike through the rainforest while your private guide educates you on the interesting history of the Arenal Volcano. This park is located at the base of the Arenal Volcano and is filled with amazing wildlife such as monkeys, toucans, coati and a large variety of bird species. The duration of this tour is approximately 3.5 hours and pick up will be at 3:45pm.

Accommodation: Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
Arenal Lava in the early evening
Arenal Lava in the early evening
Hanging Bridges
Hanging Bridges

Day 3: Arenal

Today is a full day spent at leisure.

Optional Activities (Not Included):
Here is your chance to explore while visiting the Arenal and La Fortuna area. If you are feeling adventurous, why not try some white-water rafting, waterfall rappelling, zip canopy tours, lake kayaking, biking, ATV touring, extreme hiking and much more!  If you prefer something a little more low-key, why not head out for some horseback riding, a wildlife safari float or visit Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve!

Accommodation: Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
Horseback Riding
Horseback Riding

Day 4: Arenal - Rio Celeste

Meet your driver-guide for a private vehicle transfer from Arenal/La Fortuna to Rio Celeste. 

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.

Accommodation: Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel

Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel is located on the slopes of the foot of the Tenorio Volcano and just 2 km from the Tenorio National Park Entrance. The comfortable casitas are tucked away throughout the gardens of Rio Celeste Hotel, offering guests complete privacy, with only the sounds of the rainforest to lull you to sleep. Tastefully designed, the casitas reflect the natural setting with ceilings fashioned from bamboo, wood floors and artfully tiled bathrooms with 'his and hers' vanities, soaker tubs and secluded outdoor showers. Relax and unwind on spacious decks as the tropical rainforest melodies.

Tenorio Volcano National Park
Tenorio Volcano National Park
Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel
Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel

Day 5: Rio Celeste

As the saying goes - the early bird catches the worm...It's an early start this morning (about 5.30am!) as you head out into Tenorio Volcano National Park to explore its rich biodiversity of birds. Its idyllic location within the Guanacaste range of mountains creates a convergence of species from both the Caribbean and Pacific and is a wonderful location for birdwatching. There are over 30 species of hummingbirds as well as many trogons and toucans. However, the most interesting species seen here are the Umbrella bird, the Three Wattle Bell bird and the Tody motmot. The geographical situation, the local weather, the temperature and rain fall of this privately owned reserve, all contribute in making this ecosystem one of the most bio diverse of the Pluvial Life Zone. You won't be sorry for having gotten up at the crack of dawn!

Once the sun sets, activity starts for hundreds of rare, nocturnal species of insects, amphibians, and snakes whose habitat is the rainforest. It is also not uncommon to see the occasional tapir crossing the trail, or one of many species of owls perched on a branch near the path. Enjoy a privately guided 2 hour nocturnal walking tour to explore the wildlife that comes out to play in the evening time.

Accommodation: Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel
Rainforrest Night Tour
Rainforrest Night Tour
Bird Watching
Bird Watching

Day 6: Rio Celeste - Tamarindo

Transfer by private vehicle with English speaking driver from Rio Celeste to Tamarindo, Guanacaste.

A short two minute stroll across a jungle path within Cala Luna leads you to Langosta Beach where the soft white sand dips gently into warm Pacific waters surrounded by volcanic rocks. This semi private beach is sprinkled with multicolored shells and is one of the most ideal points to enjoy Costa Rica’s spectacular sunsets, visible year round where even the local wildlife pause to watch the golden sun sink into the rippling sea. In addition to this, a ten minute walk brings you to Tamarindo beach where the shore comes to life in this bustling surf town.

Accommodation: Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas

Where the ultimate luxury getaway meets comfort, style, nature and the pinnacle of personalized service, Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas is your destination for relaxation and upscale vacationing. Secluded among old-growth trees and native, tropical vegetation, this boutique resort is celebrated for not only its world-class service and dedication to it's guests, but also the mission is to celebrate and protect the beauty of Costa Rica. Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas is  located on Playa Langosta, just a few steps from the world-renowned beach town of Tamarindo. Guests enjoy easy access to the bustle of Tamarindo, while staying just a few minutes away from the popular town, its shops and restaurants. The hotel and villas are surrounded by tall indigenous trees that are home to families of howler monkeys, as well as tropical birds and butterflies. Here, you’ll feel the relief of knowing you’ve truly come back to nature without sacrificing comfort or quality.

Tamarindo
Tamarindo
Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas
Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas

Day 7: Tamarindo

This tour will take you along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast while passing some of Guanacaste’s exotic bays, white sand beaches, tropical jungles and rain forest. Once on board the New Marlin Del Ray an introductory speech is given, the anchor is pulled and you motor sail to one of the many pristine beaches in the area. En route look for turtles, dolphins, flying fish or whales.  You can also cast a fishing line off the back.  Then eventually pull into a secluded bay and drop anchor. Snorkel equipment is provided and the guests are given an hour to swim among the rocky reefs looking for exotic sea life. You will be able to enjoy the exhilarating performance of a catamaran, lounge in the sun, use kayaks, and swim in the warm tropical water while spotting dolphin, rays and reef fish. While guests enjoy the bay, the crew prepares a light lunch. Following lunch staff pull anchor, raise the sails and casually motor sail across the bay. Then arrive at the final anchor location as the sun nears the horizon and the sky explodes into a multitude of colors. The friendly, professional crew will ensure your comfort and safety during this spectacular journey along the Costa Rican coast, a trip you’ll be sure to remember. You will disembark the Marlin Del Rey as the sun sinks below the horizon. Light lunch of BBQ chicken, guacamole, cookies/chips, fruit and beer, cocktails, juices and soft drinks included.

Accommodation: Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas
Marlin Del Rey Catamaran Tour
Marlin Del Rey Catamaran Tour

Day 8: Tamarindo

Enjoy some leisure time on the Pacific shores of Tamarindo. Optional activities are available at your resort (watersports, snorkelling, kayaking, surfing, etc.)

Accommodation: Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas
Snorkeling Costa Rica
Snorkeling Costa Rica

Day 9: Tamarindo

Meet your driver for a private transfer to the Liberia Airport.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens: Arenal

Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a luxury boutique hotel located in the area of the Arenal Volcano National Park that is widely recognized for providing luxurious accommodations and premium amenities. A 5-star member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Nayara has been acclaimed as one of the most romantic places in the world. The heartfelt hospitality, impeccable service, fine cuisine, outstanding spa, amazing excursions and eco-experiences make Nayara the premier destination in Costa Rica. Nayara is Arenal’s jewel. A place of nature where romance emanates and life moves at a slower pace to allow time to rekindle old relationships and to start new ones in an enchanting way. Nayara is an authentic Costa Rican journey, a property that reflects its location and respects the ecological balance of one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens
Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens
Arenal Nayara Entrance
Arenal Nayara Entrance

Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel : Rio Celeste

Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel is located on the slopes of the foot of the Tenorio Volcano and just 2 km from the Tenorio National Park Entrance. The comfortable casitas are tucked away throughout the gardens of Rio Celeste Hotel, offering guests complete privacy, with only the sounds of the rainforest to lull you to sleep. Tastefully designed, the casitas reflect the natural setting with ceilings fashioned from bamboo, wood floors and artfully tiled bathrooms with 'his and hers' vanities, soaker tubs and secluded outdoor showers. Relax and unwind on spacious decks as the tropical rainforest melodies.

Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel
Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel

Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas: Tamarindo

Where the ultimate luxury getaway meets comfort, style, nature and the pinnacle of personalized service, Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas is your destination for relaxation and upscale vacationing. Secluded among old-growth trees and native, tropical vegetation, this boutique resort is celebrated for not only its world-class service and dedication to it's guests, but also the mission is to celebrate and protect the beauty of Costa Rica. Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas is  located on Playa Langosta, just a few steps from the world-renowned beach town of Tamarindo. Guests enjoy easy access to the bustle of Tamarindo, while staying just a few minutes away from the popular town, its shops and restaurants. The hotel and villas are surrounded by tall indigenous trees that are home to families of howler monkeys, as well as tropical birds and butterflies. Here, you’ll feel the relief of knowing you’ve truly come back to nature without sacrificing comfort or quality.

Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas
Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas
Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas
Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Bob More — April 21, 2014 — Central America

    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 — Central America

    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 — Central America

    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.

  • MikeCoke — April 09, 2013 — Central America

    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.

    Have fun.

    Mike

  • L Huber — April 03, 2013 — Central America

    Hi Erika

    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 — Central America

    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 — Central America

    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.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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