(Arenal, Rio Celeste)
Guanacaste Zone 1
Arenal lies in a natural nirvana complete with the volcano of the same name -the perfect place to start your Cost Rica adventure!
Soothe tired muscles after vigorous day-time adventures such as white water rafting and canyoning in therapeutic thermal baths. Travel through the natural forest with suspended cables as you observe the spectacular views above the jungle canopy. Navigate through secondary and primary rainforest, and take in the awe inspiring waterfalls on route to Rio Celeste. Conclude in Guancaste, a tropical paradise along the shores of the Pacific and explore the marine life on a scuba diving adventure - the perfect end to an active, luxurious and relaxing vacation!
Why travel with Kensington? Our Costa Rica tours are private; you can enjoy traveling at your pace and the comfort of traveling in a private vehicle. Our tours include hotel accommodation with breakfast, private vehicle transfers between each location, privately guided activities (excluding zip canopy/skytram), park entrance fees, taxes of 16.39% and 24 hour local assistance.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts.
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.
Get set for a great day of rafting! Deep in the Costa Rican rain forests, fed by waters from the Poas volcano, these amazing tropical rivers wind 13km (about 9 miles), through canyons filled with dramatic scenery and heart pumping excitement. These rivers offers some of Costa Rica’s best white water, with big waves, technical rapids and continuous whitewater. Your journey begins with a 1.5 hour scenic drive through the Eastern portion of central Costa Rica, through the beautiful pineapple, papaya and yucca fields, with Arenal Volcano as the backdrop. when you reach your destination, the trained/skilled guides will review the rules and safety guidelines for the river, to familiarize yourself with your job as paddlers. Then, take the PLUNGE and head down river, and enjoy the spectacular scenery, and a thrilling ride. Halfway through your journey, "re-fuel" on the river bank and enjoy some delicious tropical fruit, while soaking in the tropical surroundings. River time varies between 2.5 and 3 hours depending on changing daily water flow. At the end of your journey, a cold drink and dry towel await you, before a short ride where you can change into dry clothes, followed by a delicious typical Costa Rican lunch. Return to the hotel after the tour.
There are two identical class 3-4 runs, on 2 different rivers, the Sarapiqui and the Toro. Each are identical runs and only 15 minutes apart . The river we run will be determined each morning, depending on the optimal water levels, guaranteeing that you will have the best river experience available.
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.
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.
Morning and afternoon departures are available and you'll be returned to your hotel after the tour. Please note that there is a minimum age requirement of 8 years old.
Leave Arenal today by private chauffeured vehicle with a guide and before arriving at your destination in Rio Celeste this afternoon, you'll get to experience the magical Rio Celeste on a hike that will take you through a mysterious and enchanting area as you navigate through secondary and primary rainforest within the Tenorio National Park. It is wonderful opportunity to a observe a diverse range of plant and animal species. As the hike continues you will begin to hear the waters of the Rio Celeste. When you first see the river, the first thing you will notice is the blue hue of the water. The hike continues to wind along the banks of the Celeste river, and the more up stream you hike the deeper the color of the water. As the hike continues you will reach the point where the clear Buena Vista and Roble rivers merge to form the blue waters of the Celeste river. It is an extraordinary site! The hike continues onto a wonderful waterfall along trails of the Tenorio National Park.
Finally all the long hiking will be rewarded with a delicious meal and fresh fruit. This hike is recommended for people in good physical condition; although not physically grueling it does require good health and stamina. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera, it is a great opportunity to document some of the wonders of the rainforest. (Includes roundtrip transporation from the hotel)
The panoramic views, wildlife and farming areas that characterize the region of Río Celeste are well worth discovering. What better way than by horseback, passing through some forested areas, cattle and plantation fields, over rolling hills and by rushing creeks. You will be riding on peaceful gravel and dirt roads that connect some isolated small villages which will give you an insight into true Costa Rican rural life. Along the way, take in stunning views of the Tenario Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja, the marshland of Cano Negro and on a clear day - Lake Nicaragua. After the tour, relax and enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch. (includes guide, horse ride and lunch).
Choose from a plethora of optional activities during your stay at Rio Celeste - one of the world's most diverse regions. There are activities and tours for those seeking adventure as well as those with relaxation in mind. Some options include Rio Celeste hiking, Palo Verde, Tenorio safari float, hanging Bridges, Cano negro wildlife tour, bird watching, rafting and more!
Optional activities are subject to an additional cost.
Transfer by private vehicle with English speaking driver from Rio Celeste to Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste.
Choose from a wide variety of optional tours during your stay in Playa Hermosa including: diving, snorkelling, sunset sail, Miravalles volcano, canopy tours, guaitil artcraft town, jetskiing, Palo Verde National Park, white water rafting, turtle nesting (seasonal) and more!
Please note that optional activities are subject to an additional cost.
Take to the waters today to enjoy local two tank boat dives. You'll be transferred from and to your hotel, enjoy the company of a guide and nibble on some snacks on board when you are not diving. Weights and weight belt are provided. Scuba gear (wetsuit, BC, regulator, fins, goggles) is not included but can be rented at an additional cost. Please speak with your Sales Advisor if you would like to all gear rental for this activity.
Please note; You MUST bring your C Card to show proof of certification. Scuba instruction and a beginners dive is possible for anyone who is not a certified diver. Please speak with your Sales Advisor if this is of interest.
Playa Hermosa - the "beautiful beach" is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sound of the waves crashing upon shore! Spend your day at leisure doing just that!
Meet your driver for a private ransfer to Liberia airport. The transfer should take approximately 30 minutes.
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.
Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel is a boutique, gourmet, ecologically orientated hotel that provides a uniquely natural experience. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, each one of its 26 spacious casitas surrounded by luscious tropical landscaping provides an exclusive retreat to relax amidst the breathtaking rainforest. Rio Celeste Hideaway casitas have been designed to provide the ultimate comfort and style while maintaining close contact with the natural surroundings.
Guanacaste’s Bosque del Mar blends modern accommodation with a celebration of its rain forest surroundings and its prime beach location. The property resembles an exotic treehouse, with wood and glass structures that blend seamlessly into the delicate environment. Immense trees embrace the stately, open-air common spaces, and manicured old-growth forest fills the space between rooms. Built on the doorstep of the beach with clear ocean waters and beautiful soft sand, the hotel has cool breezes and a constant soundtrack of crashing waves.
The property consists of 32 suites and 3 penthouses with air conditioned rooms and private patios, plus a Jacuzzi and swimming pool among the trees, a gourmet restaurant, lounge bar, full service spa, and a scuba diving centre. Overlooking the beach, the Niromi Restaurant serves traditional Costa Rican dishes mixed with international cuisine. On the second floor of the main building is the cozy Nya Lounge Bar serving hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. The owners take its eco-credentials seriously, as it gains its Certification in Sustainable Tourism and employs committed Sustainability staff.
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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