(San José, Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio)
Discover a land where howler monkeys rule the rainforest and toucans rule the sky. Delve into Costa Rica's key destinations, on this carefully designed highlights adventure.
Costa Rica is celebrated for its vast biodiversity, awe-inspiring landscapes and numerous natural wonders, which makes it a perfect playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Experience zip-lining high above the cloud forest, hike through wild jungles in search of ocelot and sloth, and stroll along pristine beaches as the sun dips below the horizon. In the evening, relax in comfortable and airy accommodations with the sounds of nature around you.
Experience an early morning canal tour and listen to the thrilling sounds of jungle creatures stirring to life. Be driven in your own 4x4 vehicle through the lush tropical rainforest that resides at the base of Arenal Volcano, and rappel down the glorious waterfall. Take a scenic boat ride across Lake Arenal to Monteverde, and explore the enchanted cloud forest that’s home to a variety of exotic birds and mammals, including howler monkeys and toucans. Head to Manuel Antonio National Park for a private, guided tour through mangrove swamps, rainforests and marshy woodlands where over 100 mammal species live.
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Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
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.
Your driver-guide will meet you and travel north, towards la Fortuna and Arenal Volcano, via the mountains of the Central Valley and a visit to La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Ascend up the central valley mountain range, noticing a change in temperature and vegetation, the landscape dotted with coffee plantations, ferns, and strawberry farms.
Continue to La Paz Waterfall Garden (includes entrance). A local expert at the park will guide you to a spectacular waterfall in the middle of the rainforest. Inside the park, visit the serpentarium, hummingbird gallery, toucans, a butterfly garden, and a frog exhibit, where we will get an up close and personal encounter with the many animals that are housed at the La Paz rescue center and animal exhibit. Lunch is included at La Paz. After lunch, continue the trip north towards the Arenal Volcano, and the town of Arenal. (Please be checked out of your hotel and ready to depart with your luggage packed, as you will not be returning to your San Jose hotel after the La Paz Waterfall Gardens).
Royal Corin has a great area of thermal waters just waiting for you to discover. In front of each room you will find three pools of hot springs with different temperatures in each. The river of thermal water is also conditioned with four jacuzzis and a small river of hot springs. Warm waterfalls by the river will allow you to admire such the surrounding impressive views. This is the perfect post dinner experience...
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!
Prepare for an adventurous afternoon exploring the rain forested area which surrounds the Arenal Volcano today. You will be transferred to the dense rain forested where you’ll set out on a leisurely 1.5 hour hike accompanied by an expert private guide. Learn from your guide all about the Arenal Volcano and the interesting history which encompasses the surrounding rainforest. Spot some unbelievable wildlife on your hike including monkeys, toucans, coati, and other various species of birds. Finish off the tour in relaxing fashion at the Spring Resort where you’ll have an opportunity to melt your stress away in a hot mineral bath. After a soothing rest in the hot springs, enjoy a lovely dinner at The Springs Resort, prepared in a colonial style rustic kitchen. Enjoy the local cuisine - a truly authentic experience. A return transfer back to your hotel in the evening is provided (included in the tour cost). The duration of this tour is approximately 6 hours.
You will be warmly greeted by the driver of your private vehicle for the transfer to Lake Arenal. Observe the incredible scenic views of the Arenal Volcano as you ride a motor boat for 45 minutes across the lake. You will then ride comfortably in a private vehicle for your transfer to your hotel in Monteverde. The entire transfer time between Arenal and Monteverde is approximately 4 hours.
You will be warmly greeted by the driver of your shared vehicle and transferred to the starting point of your amazing adventure. Enjoy the incredible bird’s eye view of the Monteverde Cloud Forest as you glide through the treetop canopies via an intricate zip-line cable system. Marvel at the scenery which surrounds you as your adrenaline begins pumping through your body at the sheer wonders of the jungle habitat below you. For your convenience, morning or afternoon departures are available. This tour will span approximately 3 fun-filled hours. Upon completion of the tour a return transfer to your hotel is provided.
A privately driven vehicle will pick you up from your hotel for a transfer to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Arguably the main attraction in Costa Rica, the massive 10,500 hectares draws 70,000 tourists a year. It is known as the site with the largest number of orchids in the world with 34 of its 500 species newly discovered. Over 60 species of amphibians, including the golden toad, have been found in Monteverde. This area is also a stop for 91 species of migratory birds. The famed quetzel resides here seasonally. The mammals of Monteverde include representatives from both North and South America as endemic species. After your tour we will make a stop at the hummingbird garden. At the end of the tour, you will be brought back to your hotel.
Includes Reserve entrance fees, naturalist guide, transportation to and from the reserve.
A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio today. The approximate travel time is 5 hours.
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.
Here’s your chance to enjoy some leisure time in Manuel Antonio. Why not add some adventurous activities to your itinerary? Feel free to choose from white water rafting, zip canopy tour, Nauyaca Waterfalls by horseback, catamaran sunset sail, ATV rentals and much more! Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like to add in anything activity-wise to your itinerary on this day.
A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer from Manuel Antonio to San José today. The approximately travel time is 3 hours.
Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colon, San Jose’s main thoroughfare, Hotel Grano de Oro is a true oasis in the heart of the city. Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the 40-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home with all the amenities of a fine hotel. Hallways lined with period photographs and original art meander through the building and present lush tropical flower arrangements and luxurious plants at every turn. Service is paramount and the perpetually smiling staff of the Hotel Grano de Oro welcome guests to their “home away from home” time and again. Located 20 minutes from the international airport and 10 minutes from the domestic airport, this San José hotel is ideally located for exploring San José, it’s museums and other local sites as well as for enjoying a host of day trips to the rainforest, volcanoes or experiencing the thrill of white water rafting.
Located in Arenal, Costa Rica, with a glowing and clear view of the Arenal Volcano, the Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa sits surrounded by pools and bathed in relaxation. The Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa has 54 rooms with an elegant design, quiet atmosphere in harmony with natural wealth of the area of the majestic Arenal volcano. Each room has a fantastic view of the volcano mainly because of the excellent architectural design. Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa is the best answer if you are looking for a comfortable and luxurious destination in one of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica.
The spectacular Monteverde Lodge & Gardens are located just 15 minutes from the Monteverde cloud-forest, providing the perfect haven for active adventurers to relax and rest after exciting days filled with hiking treks, bird watching outings, wildlife viewing and horseback riding. The wilderness lodge forest rooms provide outstanding views of the surrounding paradise encouraging relaxation. Experience the gastronomic delights provided at the El Jardin Restaurant & Bar, whilst dining al fresco. After a day of activity, you are sure to appreciate a soak in the 15-person jacuzzi located in an enclosed atrium. Sheer natural beauty, elegantly designed accommodations, mouth-watering menu options, and exciting adventures await you during your stay at this special property!
Located along Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast, Si Como No is a uniquely special Manuel Antonio Resort Spa and Wildlife Refuge that sits atop one of the most idyllic hillsides in Manuel Antonio. The resort’s lush jungle terraces and brilliantly vivid gardens overlook the sparkling ocean just above world-renowned Manuel Antonio National Park. Borrowing its name from the local expression, “si como no”, this stunning Greentique Hotel resort is the perfect combination of Pura Vida attitude and barefoot luxury. Of all the resorts in Manuel Antonio, you won’t find a more luxurious, laid-back environment than that of the award-winning Si Como No hotel. Ideal for families or couples seeking comfortable, well-appointed accommodations, the hotel features a full array of spa & other resort amenities, superb dinning, custom designed nature-based tours and adventure activities – each designed to deliver both value & the authenticity of an exceptional Costa Rican experience.
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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