(San José, Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio)
Discover a land where howler monkeys rule the rainforest and toucans rule the sky.
Costa Rica is celebrated for its vast biodiversity, awe-inspiring landscapes and numerous natural wonders, which makes it a perfect playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore the capital city of San Jose, set in the lush central valley, and wander streets where time moves more slowly. 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.
This tour is especially great in the "Green season" from June - Sept. as it is in this time that there are the greatest chances of seeing many turtles.
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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.
Grano de Oro is the hotel of choice for those who visit San Jose, with a reputation for hospitality and fine quality. The 40 rooms are magical and full of allure, each possessing a carefully chosen color scheme and theme. Pleasant features such as a fountain or balcony add to the appeal of each room. Grano de Oro's restaurant is recognized for its culinary success, surpassing the expectations of even the most critical guest. Set under a high ceiling, or in the romance of the outdoors, each dish is prepared with local and international influences. The subtle ambiance of the restaurant is what makes visitors return. Spend time lounging on the lawn beds of the rooftop garden terrace or choose to sink into relaxation in the jacuzzi.
Prepare for a day of adventure this morning as you board a comfortable, shared touring bus at your hotel in San Jose. Marvel at the spectacular scenery as you make your way through the city to Braulio Carrillo National Park. En route you’ll pass through the agricultural region of the Limon Lowlands, where crops of pineapples, paddies of rice, and various forms of cattle flourish. An opportunity to enjoy a delicious, typical Costa Rican breakfast presents itself along the way. Once you’ve arrived at the port, you will be transferred by boat to the lodge. Here is your chance to experience the beautiful Tortuguero River and Tortuguero National Park canals. The total transfer time including stops along the way is approximately 7.5 hours across a distance of 267 kilometers. All included transfers and activities in Tortuguero are offered on a shared basis with other guests of the lodge.
This service confirms that upon your arrival to the Tortuguero National Park, the set park entry fee cost has been prepaid for your convenience.
You will be warmly welcomed to the Turtle Beach Lodge with a refreshing, fresh fruit cocktail, as well as a deliciously prepared lunch featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables. Relax and settle into your room at Turtle Beach Lodge.
Explore the most popular sightseeing attractions of the area including the Tortuguero village and a visit to the National Park office to purchase entrance tickets.
Prepare your taste buds for a stimulating culinary adventure as you enjoy some of the many mouth-watering treats during this buffet style dinner at the Turtle Tavern and Restaurant.
Turtle Beach Lodge is a secluded resort spanning 175 acres. It encompasses miles of jungle trails, a meandering private canal and a half mile of isolated beach on the Caribbean Sea. Each of the airy cabins feature comfortable beds, ceiling fans, cool tiled floors, private baths with hot showers and wide, screened windows that let in gentle ocean breezes and melodic sounds from the jungle as you fall asleep. The experienced chef and staff combine local and international cuisine along with fresh juices, fruits and vegetables to create a mouth-watering buffet three times daily. There is always enough to choose from and even the pickiest eaters never go hungry.
Rise and shine bright and early this morning, where you have a chance to enjoy a famous Costa Rican coffee, or tea at the restaurant before heading out in search of adventure. You’ll join an early morning, guided Canal Tour with fellow vacationers to experience the awakening of the jungle which surrounds the nearby canals. These early morning hours are the most exciting times of the day in the jungle as the wildlife is most active. After some touring you’ll head back to the hotel to replenish your energy with a healthy, typical “Tico” style breakfast in the Turtle Restaurant. After breakfast, you’ll suit up with a pair of complimentary boots provided by the lodge for some further exploration of the mysterious Tortuguero Jungle with your guide. Your guide will explain what they’ve learnt about this beautiful jungle flora and fauna. Their experience in the field has provided them with plenty of knowledge about the many species of wildlife that call this jungle home. This full day of excitement begins at 5:30 a.m.
Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the lodge.
Enjoy some leisurely time partaking in the many optional activities in and around the resort. This is your opportunity to explore the beautiful surrounding area on your own. Why not schedule an exciting adventure into the wild with an expertly trained guide for an interesting and informative tour? This lush area provides the bases for a variety of tours suitable for all ages to enjoy, such as canopy hikes, garden strolls, kayaking, white water rafting or Cerro Tortuguero Mountain treks. Then again, since you’re on vacation, why not enjoy a very low-key afternoon. Test your patience as you listen to the harmonious sounds of the waves during a relaxing fishing trip as your try to catch the preverbal “big one” or just absolutely unwind whilst sprawled out on a hammock or with your toes in the warm sandy water! Another great way to maximize relaxation and stimulate the mind is by sampling some of the delicious food, and refreshing cocktails at the resort and the surrounding area. Please note that some of these activities incur an additional cost which you’ll have to take care on your own.
Prepare your mind, body and soul for an adventurous morning with a replenishing breakfast featuring authentic “Tico” breakfast options including eggs, corn tortillas, rice, beans, and Salsa Lizano. After breakfast, double-check that you’ve packed all your belongings, keeping aside any borrowed hotel items, and head to the reception area to complete the check-out process. You’ll then embark on a boat transfer; travelling along the picturesque canals before disembarking the boat and boarding a shared coach for the final transfer to Guapiles. En-route a typical Costa Rican lunch will be provided.
A private transfer from Guápiles to Arenal is provided for today. The estimated travel time is 3 hours.
In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to relax.
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...
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.
Today you will set out on an unbelievably exciting adventure featuring waterfall rappelling, also known as "canyoning." Begin with an adventurous 30-minute 4x4 drive from your hotel, into the tropical rain forest located just outside of the town of La Fortuna. Under the shadow of the mighty Arenal Volcano is where you will begin your ultimate rappelling adventure. This experience includes 4 rappels, 3 of which are alongside or right within the actual waterfalls, with the remaining rappel down a rugged dry rock face. After this sensational adventure you will return to the base camp to enjoy lunch (included). It is suggested that people be in good physical condition to participate. The tour will begin in the morning and will span approximately 4 fun-filled hours. A return transfer to the hotel is provided at the conclusion of the tour.
You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the rain forest close to the Arenal Volcano. Enjoy a leisurely hike for 1.5 hours through the rain forest while your shared guide teaches you the history of the Arenal Volcano. This park is located at the base of the Arenal Volcano and is filled with wildlife including monkeys, toucans, coati and a large variety of bird species. Conclude the tour at the Springs Resort - soak in the hot mineral baths and relax. After a soothing soak in thehot springs, enjoy a lovely dinner at a local restaurant prepared in a colonial-style rustic kitchen. Enjoy the local cuisine for a true authentic experience. Afternoon departure (approx. 3:45pm), duration 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.
The spectacular Monteverde Lodge & Gardens is located just 15 minutes from the Monteverde cloud-forest providing the perfect haven for active adventurers to relax and rest at 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!
A privately driven vehicle will pick you up from your hotel for a transfer to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. During this privately guided hike, you’ll have an opportunity to observe and enjoy the enchanted sights and sounds of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. You will be in awe as you discover the many species of birds and animals, as well as the amazing diversity of plants that thrive here. The tour will begin in the morning and span approximately 4 hours.
Here is your chance to discover all that Monteverde has to offer. Go ahead and pre-book as many optional activities as you want while visiting the Cloud Forest. Optional activities include zip-lining, exploring suspended bridges, riding ATV’s, Cloud Forest hiking and much more. If you are craving something a little more low-key, try visiting the Serpentarium. Seeing as Costa Rica is well-known for its coffee, no visit to this country is complete without a fascinating coffee tour! Please note that some of these optional activities incur an additional cost.
A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio today. The approximate travel time is 5 hours.
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.
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. The hotel strikes the perfect balance of design and comfort, connecting you with the surrounding tropical forest of Manuel Antonio and the essence of the spirit of Costa Rica. Its 58 rooms are literally contoured into the jungle hillside across the property’s ten acres. What immediately strikes you about the rooms is just how much you become a part of this exotic environment and how comfortable being this close to nature can be! Each spacious room has a well-appointed bathroom, fully stocked mini-bar, most have a private balcony, direct dial telephones and energy efficient lights and air conditioning.
What stands out the most is the hotel’s ability to immerse you in a Costa Rica experience born of the surrounding habitat. Ideal for families or couples seeking comfortable, well-appointed accommodations, it 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.
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.
A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer from Manuel Antonio to San José today. The approximately travel time is 3 hours.
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. Thank you, again.
Steve and Andrea
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."
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