Guanacaste Zone 1
Verdant and wild jungle, pristine white sand beaches and turquise waters - "Costa Rica" could be Spanish for Nirvana!
From the dramatic foothills of Arenal volcano to the tropical dry forests and untouched beaches of Papagayo on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, you'll get a great taste of the country's diversity.
Discover it all by land and sea as you take to the skies by helicopter and hot air balloon and sail the waters onboard a luxury catamaran. With the perfect dose of action, drama, nature, r&r, stellar properties and the finest of cuisine, this trip is for the avid lover of all of life's wonders!
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.
Welcome to Costa Rica! Your guide will greet you at the San Jose International airport where you will receive VIP treatment and transferred over to Pavas airport.
A privately chartered helicopter will take you to La Fortuna, which is the closest airport to the world famous Arenal Volcano. Enjoy the wonderfully verdant views below as you fly over a vast tree canopy before landing at the helipad of The Springs Resort Spa where hotel staff will meet you and bring you to your quarters.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city 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.
A basket of exotic fruits, chilled champagne and chocolates will await your arrival at the Springs Resort.
With a spectacular view of Arenal Volcano, natural hot and cold springs, four unique dining experiences, and an impressive full service Spa, The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal promises to overwhelm you in every aspect of quality, service and design. Crafted with children, families and the young at heart in mind, this award winning luxury resort makes for a kidtastic Costa Rica adventure. The resort is perched one thousand feet above the Arenal Valley on a mountain ridge just six kilometers north of the active volcano. The higher altitude relative to other hotels in the area allows for not only incomparable views of the volcano, the lush valley and the surrounding towns that sparkle at night, but also access to the area’s famous prevailing breezes. In fact, the name Arenal is an indigenous word meaning “Window of the Wind”. With an average daytime high temperature of 80°F in the shade and nighttime lows averaging 70°F, you are sure to enjoy countless comfortable hours in your balcony hammock, al fresco dining, or sipping a frothy tropical cocktail in one of their spring pools.
Choose between either a Private Raft & Rappel Adventure or a Private Cano Negro Wildlife Boat trip today!
Option # 1: Private Raft and Rappel Adventure:
If you are up for some adrenaline rushing through your veins today, why not consider a private rafting and rapelling adventure. Your trip begins with a 30-minute 4x4 drive into the tropical rainforest outside the town of La Fortuna, in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano. From the first waterfall, rappel down from the top into the beautiful and pristine canyon below. You will have five rappels, four of which are along side or right in waterfalls, and one dry rock face. After a short trek out of the canyon on a magical trail, jump back into your private 4x4 vehicle and head over to the Balsa river and enjoy up to two exhilarating hours of white water action on this beautiful tropical Balsa river. Get wet and wild through rapids such as “Magnetic Rock” and “Dredges”. Enjoy a swim, some fresh tropical fruits and a cold drink followed by a hearty Costa Rican lunch. A great day of adrenelin, fun and adventure.
Option # 2: Private Cano Negro Wildlife Boat Trip:
The Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and the Rio Frío are biological humid areas considered to be one of the richest in biological diversity in Costa Rica. Here you can find a great variety of resident and migratory birds plus three different species of monkeys, as well as iguanas, sloths, turtles and caimans. The tour starts with a 1½ hour transfer to Los Chiles, a culturally mixed village only 4-km from the Nicaraguan border. Here your boat waits for your river adventure, at which time you will begin your 2 ½ hour floating safari through Tropical Rain Forest and pastures before arriving at a wetlands / marsh area. An experienced English speaking guide will introduce you to the wide and varied birdlife to be found in this region. Some birds are residents in the area and it is possible to see hundreds of them especially during the dry season (typically December to April), while others are Anhinga or Snake - bird, Roseate Spoonbill, it is possible to see little groups of this bird eating in the surroundings of the river. Wood Storks, the Jabiru, the largest bird in Central America and very endangered. Also the Olivaceous Cormorant, that makes its nest in the area, it is also the most popular bird in the area. Along the river you will see howler monkeys, spider monkeys, white-faced monkeys, also the three-toed sloth and some reptiles like caimans, Jesus Christ lizard and turtles. This trip includes a typical Costa Rican lunch, regional fruit, natural juices and coffee, all served for your comfort at the new Restaurant Río Frío; canned drinks, natural juices, bottled water and cookies are also included during the boat tour.
Please let your Sales Advisor know your preference.
Consider having a chef come to your villa this evening to prepare a wonderful gourmet menu for you for a private dinner. Please speak with your Sales Advisor if you are interested in adding this to your itinerary and to discuss preferences. Some suggestions include a tortilla soup followed by beef tenderloin with jalapeno cream sauce with hearts of palm risotto cake and roasted corn, or mojo marinated mahi mahi with mango and cilantro salsa with orange and sweet potato mash and fresh green beans followed by a wonderfully fresh pineapple flambee with berry compote.
Get 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! It will be an early morning start 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. Don;t worry - you won't fly close to the volcano, but sometimes there are spectacular views that can only be had from on high! The real goal, however, is to 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.
Enjoy an exclusive, late morning tropical champagne breakfast on the shores of the Arenal river
Pamper yourself at The Springs Spa with included tropical spa treatments. Enjoy the ultimate Costa Rican spa experience with a specially designed treatment menu to include natural ingredients from the rainforest and volcanic materials such as therapeutic hot springs clay harvested directly from the property.
Relax on a privately chartered helicopter from La Fortuna, Arenal to the Four Seasons Papagayo. Capture the incredible natural beauty of the Costa Rican countryside with stunning aerial views as you travel from the Arenal volcano to the Pacific Coast. Arrive at the Four Seasons helicopter landing strips where you will be met by a Hotel staff member and welcomed to this little piece of paradise.
Make your own Mojito this evening as all of the ingredients are delivered to your room! The bartenders at the Four Seasons have perfected this refreshing tropical cocktail and you'll receive the recipe, and bottle of Centenario rum (200 ml), a mixing mortar, fresh mint, brown sugar, lemon juice and ice.
Overlooking the Papagayo Peninsula, the Four Seasons Resort is set on two pristine beaches. Spilling down a coastal hillside to an isthmus of golden sand, the property creates an ambience of simple luxury in this pristine natural setting. The resort’s 175 guest rooms, suites and residences capture the exotic character of Costa Rica, with comfortable rattan and bamboo furnishings, local artwork and indigenous wood and stone finishes. The property features rooms with views, canopy suites and private residences to suit all tastes and party sizes. Specialising in Latin and Italian cuisine, the resort uses fresh local ingredients to create an innovative menu that is a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
Golf enthusiasts may like to consider playing a round at the onsite golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. This 18-hole, par-72 championship course was designed with the resort golfer in mind. Spanning over 50 hectares (125 acres), this beautiful piece of property sits on the tip of Peninsula Papagayo, nestled in the mountainside along the Pacific Ocean. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like to have this added to your itinerary.
A catamaran cruise provides a relaxing way to explore the Gulf of Papagayo. Set out on a cruising adventure from the Four Saesons resort beach on a luxury 14-metre (47-foot) catamaran.Take in the wonderful sights of ocean wildlife and the jungle shoreline. Snorkelling is included.
Palo Verde National Park is an exceptional place for birdwatchers and nature lovers in general and provides a wonderful backdrop to multitudinous wildlife. Take in a two hour private boat trip today where you will be introduced to this important ecosystem. You may well spot some crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas and more wildlife than you ever imagined! After this great opportunity to see wildlife, you will have the opportunity to visit the town of Guaitil, where traditional pottery artisans reside.
This evening, wine and cheese will be delivered to your room at your request. This includes your choice of wine with a delicious mix of local and gourmet cheeses.
Enjoy a specially prepared private dinner beach side this evening. Choose from a wide selection of menus specially designed to fit your taste with wine tasting paired specifically to each menu.
Relax on your chauffeur driven transfer from Papagayo to the Liberia Airport. The transfer should take approximately 50 mins.
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."
M. T.S. ,
June 27, 2012
"Erika, I wanted to let you know how much the boys and I enjoyed our trip to Costa Rica. You did an excellent job setting up our lodging and activities. Everything ran smoothly and all the people that we had contact with were very friendly and professional.
The boys and I loved the rafting trip. Your team in Costa Rica was exceptional. We particularly liked Edgar.
Another highlight was our walking tour in Monteverde. Roberta was a very interesting and knowledgeable guide. We saw some very rare birds. I would highly recommend him to any future travelers.
All the hotels were great. Our favorite was the Springs Resort and next the Monteverde Lodge. The Four Seasons was nice. I would definitely use Kensington Tours again and return to Costa Rica.
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