(San José, Bajos del Toro, Arenal, Manuel Antonio)
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Discover paradise on this exclusive tour of Costa Rica as curated by our destination experts. Known for its myriad of natural wonders, amazing wildlife, and slower pace of life, Costa Rica offers visitors a vacation of a lifetime. Travel from San Jose, the only metropolitan city countrywide, to Bajos del Toro, sitting at the foot of Poas Volcano National Park, where you can hike through the jungle and horseback ride through the countryside. Head to Arenal, site of the infamous 1968 eruption which decimated a nearby town, and was the tipping point for decades of subsequent eruptions and lava flows. Awaken your sense of adventure here as you take to the Hanging Bridges in the jungle canopy, voyage down Class II and III rapids on the Balsa River on a rafting excursion, and enjoy some adrenaline-pumping ziplining. Continue to Manuel Antonio, one of the most revered sites in Costa Rica, with it’s incredible National Park, brimming with an array of wildlife. Many times monkeys can be seen descending the trees to walk amongst visitors on the beach! Find some time for a surfing instruction, rounding out your incredible discovery of this scenic country. Experience serenity and relaxation in some of Costa Rica’s finest resorts and lodges and take things at your own pace.
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.
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.
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 Bajos del Toro.
Optional Activities (Not Included):Choose from any number of activities and tours during your stay in El Silencio. Active options include horse back riding taking in the awesome mist-covered mountains, Poas volcano's heat-etched slopes and waterfalls, enjoying an early morning bird watching tour, or taking a guided hike through Costa Rica's central volcanic range.
On the culinary side of things, consider taking a crash course in wine pairing under the guidance of a sommelier, gaining an insight into coffee plantations and production, or taking a chocolate tour to learn about the cocoa bean as you partake in a hands on chocolate making session from cracking open the cocoa fruit, to hand grinding and adding your own favourite ingredients. Alternatively, a cooking lesson with the chef is a great way to learn some local recipes.
Special dining options include a river deck dining for an exclusive lunch amongst the beautiful surrounding nature, and a forest sundown romantic dinner where accessed by a hidden path, an al fresco wooden deck sets a private stage for an exclusive dinner, surrounded by torches and accent candles.
Please let your Sales Advisor know if any of these optional tours and activities are of interest.
The town of Toro Amarillo is embedded in a secluded region of Costa Rica’s central volcanic range. One of its rarest gifts is the Desague River, a singular body of water tinted blue within the depths of Poas volcano. On this private hiking tour, you'll discover this natural wonder as it flows through the landscape, unraveling in a mesmerizing waterfall of sky-like tonalities. For extra-adventure, you can take a soak in a refreshing cold water natural pool..
Bajos del Toro’s bucolic landscapes are best appreciated on horseback. The relaxed pace of your private horseback riding excursion today lets you fully take in mist-covered mountain vistas, Poas volcano’s heat-etched slopes, cyan tinted streams and waterfalls. The adventure gives a serendipitous chance to meet and greet members of the local community as it traverses local farms and hidden trails.
Meet your private driver for a transfer from Bajos del Toro to Arenal. Transfer time is usually 2.5 hours.
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.
Today you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the starting point of your shared white water rafting experience. Feel the excitement and adrenaline of white water rafting on this half day adventure on the Balsa San Carlos River with rapids graded 2/3. After meeting with your river guide at your hotel, you will drive 30 minutes to the river where the fun begins! Your guides explain the safety procedures and safety equipment before embarking down the river. Enjoy up to 2 exhilarating hours of white water action on this beautiful tropical river. An included lunch will be provided midday. Return transfer to your hotel after the tour.
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!
Take a journey through the top of the rainforest, where you fly from one platform to another one zipping on steel cables, while enjoying the beautiful landscapes of this primary forest from a different angle. Moving through the rain forest, above the Arenal River Canyon, this tour offers all an unforgettable encounter with nature. Here is what guests have to look forward to for their adrenaline rush:
13 platforms reaching up to 130 ft. in high.10 cables reaching up to 230 ft. high.9 cables with a maximum length of 1033 ft.68 ft. long hanging bridge between platforms.Return transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy an airport transfer with private vehicle and professional driver. The total transfer time is approximately 30 minutes (30km/19mi).
Enjoy your flight from Arenal to Manuel Antonio (airport located in town of Quepos approximately 30 minutes from Manuel Antonio by car). The flight duration is approximately 30 minutes.
Please note: local airport taxes are not included and are to be paid locally, in cash, by each person. Strict luggage requirements are enforced (refer to terms & conditions). Passengers who are more than 300lbs of physical weight are required to pay 2 airfare seat rates, due to aircraft seat weight capacity, and passenger comfort and safety. It is the travellers responsibility to advise us of their weight if over 300lbs so that we can adjust the number of seats required to board the aircraft.
You will be met at the airport, upon clearing the normal custom processes, by your driver whom will provide a transfer service in a privately driven vehicle. The approximate travel time is about 30 minutes.
You will be warmly greeted by the driver of your private vehicle for your transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park for a private guided tour. Get ready to relax on beaches with troops of monkeys that frequent the area. The park consists of mangrove swamps, rainforests and marshy woodlands and is bordered by the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. It is a haven for over 100 mammal species including the highly endangered squirrel monkey, or "mono titi". For your convenience, morning or afternoon departures are available. The tour will span approximately 3 fun-filled hours and a return transfer to the hotel is provided at the conclusion of the tour.
Please note: If you would like to stay within the park, on your own, to enjoy the trails and/or beaches please ensure you bring cash with you to take a return taxi to the hotel later in the day.
You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to one of the best surfing beaches in the area for a 3 hour surf lesson in a group of no more than three students per instructor. Your pick-up time will depend on the tides because your instructors will want you to catch the best waves possible. Your bilingual instructor and his assistants will give you a safety talk and begin to demonstrate the first steps of surfing before you even get into the water. When you feel confident enough to give it a go, your instructor will accompany you into the waves and continue to instruct you throughout. Surfing is tiring work, so when you feel ready to take a hard-earned break on the beach, help yourself to some fresh fruit and delicious cold drinks. Surfing equipment is included in the lesson.
Enjoy time at leisure in Manuel Antonio. There are many optional activities you can choose to add to your itinerary during your stay here. Please let us know if you wish to add any of the following optional activities (not included in tour price): white water rafting, zip canopy tour, Nauyaca Waterfalls by horseback, catamaran sunset sail, ATV rentals and more!
A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer from Manuel Antonio to San José today. The approximately travel time is 3 hours.
The Finca Rosa Blanca Resort is a coffee farm plantation and luxurious inn that crowns the central valley mountain highlands of Costa Rica. Located only a short distance from the San Jose International Airport, it has long offered eco-travelers a luxurious, sustainable boutique hotel experience. Finca Rosa Blanca offers an incomparable lodging experience with three extraordinary Master Suites and Villas and eleven elegant Junior Suites. All of the well-appointed rooms include Jacuzzi baths, King beds with exotic bamboo linens as well as private verandas overlooking the green Central Valley, the volcanoes above, and secluded patios surrounded by tropical gardens and flowers. Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn crowns the Central Highlands of Costa Rica, offering a luxurious and sustainable boutique hotel experience.
El Silencio Lodge & Spa is a unique retreat, designed by one of Costa Rica’s most prominent architects, Ronald Zurcher. El Silencio provides a seamless natural immersion experience that reflects elements of Costa Rica’s traditional rural farms and countryside homes. The clean lines and the extensive use of wood, bamboo, and glass elements perfectly complement the lush tropical cloud forest. Bewildering lush landscapes are to be enjoyed in stylish comfort. El Silencio Lodge & Spa features sixteen upscale cottage suites interspersed in a tiered layout. This upscale Costa Rican hotel features five hundred private acres of carbon-offsetting tropical cloud forest, hidden waterfalls, a nature-immersed spa, yoga, hiking, meditation, and healthy organic cuisine.
Seated at the foot of the Arenal Volcano, near La Fortuna, the Hotel Arenal Kioro is blessed with spectacular gardens and a view of this gift of nature. The 53 rooms feature large beds and bathroom facilities, along with all the amenities of home. Dine at the hotel restaurant, Orchids, and sample a host of international and local specialties. Not far from the hotel, in La Fortuna, there are a number of other restaurants that share authentic Costa Rican fare. Test your limits with zip lining, or plan a butterfly hike. Later, play a game of ping pong or splash around the pool. Arenal Kioro offers a fabulous place with a natural viewpoint to the Arenal Volcano. The hotel has 27 acres of undulating land, surrounded by two streams (La Palma and Kioro) with crystalline waters that begin to flow in the Arenal Volcano National Park. It has two paths where plant species are identified, and private thermal springs surrounded by exuberant gardens.
Located within walking distance of Manuel Antonio National Park, Arenas Del Mar is an extraordinary beachfront and rainforest resort catering to travelers looking for more than the typical luxury hotel experience. The resort is situated on a cliff with direct access to two pristine sand beaches: Espadilla Beach and Playitas Beach. This property overlooks the spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park and is located within walking distance of Costa Rica’s most visited national park. Unique among the hotels in Manuel Antonio, this carbon neutral property offers sustainable, luxurious lodging—the first Costa Rican luxury hotel to be awarded the Five Sustainability Leaf Award and a Five Star Award. Arenas Del Mar is the perfect base for exploring on your Manuel Antonio vacation.
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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