Costa Rica Signature

8 days from $3,192 per person*
  • Discover the wildlife of Manuel Antonio National Park with private guide.
  • Led by private guide, explore the hanging bridges of Arenal.
  • Make tortillas in a traditional Costa Rican home.
  • Enjoy some relaxing beach time on the Pacific Coast.
  • Featuring expertly selected premium accommodations.
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Costa Rica hasn’t had an army since 1949. If you’re looking for a little peace, you’re sure to find it here.

Costa Rica is the peaceful oasis you’ve always hoped existed but never believed did. The incredible beauty of the land is almost hard to take in all at once, and the unhurried pace of life seduces you the minute you step off the plane. Immerse yourself in the land’s vast biodiversity, breathtaking landscapes and awesome natural wonders. Experience not only the sights but the sounds of nature as you hear the cacophony of howler monkeys, cicadas and macaws welcoming you with wild song. In the evenings, relax in high-end lodges that offer luxury and community with the natural world around you.

Explore the upper canopy near the Arenal Volcano walking the famed hanging bridges, and search for monkeys, toucans and other forest dwellers. Float along a river, catching sights of wildlife along the banks, and make tortillas in a typical Costa Rican home. Head for Manuel Antonio National Park for a private guided expedition through mangrove swamps, rainforests and marshy woodlands and get up close and personal with over 100 mammal species. Playa Esterillos will have you relaxing on a stretch of largely untainted Pacific Coast beach. ... Show More »

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Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 San José to Arenal
    San José to Arenal
    • Costa Rica - Welcome Package(4)
    • Meet and Greet
    • San José - Arenal [3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(5)
  • Day 2 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Hanging Bridges - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Wildlife Safari & Tortilla Making (with Lunch) (approx. 4hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 4 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Tour - Shared - Don Tobias Horseback Riding - Horseback Riding
  • Day 5 Arenal to Playa Esterillos
    Arenal to Playa Esterillos
    • Arenal - Playa Esterillos [with Crocodile Boat Tour (with Lunch) (7 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Playa Esterillos
    Playa Esterillos
    • Tour - Private - Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike (with Lunch)(6-7 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 7 Playa Esterillos
    Playa Esterillos
    • Alma del Pacifico: Optional Activities
  • Day 8 Playa Esterillos to San José
    Playa Esterillos to San José
    • Playa Esterillos - San José [Airport] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide(5)
    • Airport Departure Tax (not included)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: San José - 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.

Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.

You will be warmly greeted by the driver of your private vehicle for this transfer to Arenal. The approximate travel time is 3 hours.

Accommodation: Kioro Suites and Spa

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.

The Arenal Volcano
The Arenal Volcano
Kioro Suites and Spa
Kioro Suites and Spa

Day 2: Arenal

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.

Accommodation: Kioro Suites and Spa
Hanging Bridges
Hanging Bridges

Day 3: Arenal

Soak in all the sights and sounds of the beautiful tropical setting of the lower Peñas Blancas River, as you glide across the natural wonderland. This 2 hour floating safari operates at a peaceful pace, providing you with the opportunity to enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings.  Your expert bilingual guide will provide you with informative insight about the local flora, fauna and animal species during this tour. Be sure to keep an eye out for a variety of monkeys, caimans, iguanas, Jesus Christ Lizards (they actually walk on water) and a wide assortment of colourful bird species. 

Enjoy this next activity perfect for the entire family, as you arrive at the residence of Doña Mara's for an exciting tortilla-making lesson!  Doña Mara and her husband will welcome you with a tropical drink (pineapple, orange, coconut water) at her “rancho” (like a gazebo), where she will prepare a delicious, traditional lunch on her rustic, wood-fired stove. The entire family will enjoy getting their hands dirty as they mix corn masa and water to create the dough for some delicious home-made tortillas. Doña Mara will demonstrate how to flatten the masa dough into perfect circles, and get them ready for cooking. These delicious home-made tortillas will then accompany the lunch served this afternoon (included).

Accommodation: Kioro Suites and Spa

Day 4: Arenal

The Don Tobias horseback riding tour will take you through primary and secondary forest and cattle fields, going up the mountain to a beautiful lagoon where the horses can refresh themselves on a short break. Next is a lookout point where you can marvel at the majestic Arenal Volcano and its beautiful surroundings.This trail covers mostly private grounds and was used by Don Tobias, a well known horse breeder in the Arenal area. The Don Tobias stables take good care of their horses and will make sure that your tour will be a great experience.Transport is provided with the tour but if you are driving on your own the tour meets at the Arenal Springs hotel. Children under 6 years old cannot ride by themselves, special child's sized equipment is available.

Accommodation: Kioro Suites and Spa
Don Tobias Horseback Adventure
Don Tobias Horseback Adventure

Day 5: Arenal - Playa Esterillos

Your driver & guide will meet you at your hotel to transfer to the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. At about the half way point, you will stop for a private guided Crocodile Boat Tour. The adventure takes place on the Tárcoles River, one of 4 rivers flowing out into the Nicoya Peninsula, and home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations in the wild with individuals measuring up to 15ft long. In addition to the crocodiles, over 50 different kinds of birds can be seen on site, including the very rare scarlet macaw and a great variety of resident and migrant waterfowl. Iguanas and Jesus Christ lizards are very common as well.

The Jungle Crocodile Safari tour time is 1.5 hours in length. You will head down river as the boat heads along the Estero Guacalillo, a beautiful mangrove ecosystem that features four different species of mangrove trees. Enjoy a local buffet lunch after the boat tour.

Includes: Private transportation with bilingual guide, entrance, tour to Tarcoles River and Lunch.

Accommodation: Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa

Located along beautiful Playa Esterillos Este, in Costa Rica's breathtaking Central Pacific region, Alma Del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa is the ultimate seaside escape. The sun-splashed beach, glistening ocean waves and steep verdant cliffs create an awe-inspiring landscape. Lovely walking paths lead through colorful ornamental, herb and vegetable gardens. The incredible wildlife (including multitudes of endangered scarlet macaws, butterflies, iguanas and lizards) brings Costa Rica's natural wonders right to your doorstep. The intimate and luxurious rooms at Alma del Pacifico were designed to reflect Costa Rica's colorful culture. Alma del Pacifico features some of the most unique, colorful and luxurious accommodations in Costa Rica.

Playa Esterillos
Playa Esterillos
Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa
Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa

Day 6: Playa Esterillos

Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the most visited destinations of all Costa Rica national parks and reserves. With a very enjoyable weather throughout the year – despite of some rain during the low season - this charming yet small biological peninsula consists of several beaches, mangroves and coastal dry and humid forest. This protected area is very popular due to its wide variety of flora and fauna. An experienced guide will accompany you on this picturesque oasis of life where you will get amazed of its natural wonders. Of its most important fauna we find monkeys, birds, iguanas, crabs, sloths and some other mammals. Manuel Antonio is the perfect place to enjoy nature which is merged into the beauty of its white sand beaches. This coastal preserve holds the most important population of the Squirrel Monkey or “Tití” Monkey in Costa Rica – the smallest and most endangered species of monkeys in the country – with a maximum size of 80cm (31 inches), these mammals are famous to be the most important living attraction in town. We cannot leave Manuel Antonio without taking a delicious lunch with a great ocean view. The park is closed on Mondays during the low season.


Includes: Lunch, water, naturalist guide, entrance fee to the park and transportation from Alma del Pacífico.

Accommodation: Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park

Day 7: Playa Esterillos

Here’s your chance to enjoy some leisure time at Alma del Pacifico. Why not add some adventurous activities to your itinerary? Feel free to choose from: Surfing Lessons, Horseback Riding, Yoga Classes, Waterfall Tours, Canopy Tour, Pacific Rainforest Aerial Tram, Planet Dolphin Catamaran Tour and much more!

Accommodation: Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa
Catamaran Tour
Catamaran Tour

Day 8: Playa Esterillos - San José

Private transfer with professional driver from Alma del Pacifico in Playa Esterillos to San Jose Airport.

An airport departure tax of $29 USD per person must be paid at the San Jose International airport after check- in. This is not included in the cost of your tour and is to be paid locally (subject to change at anytime without notice).

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Kioro Suites and Spa: Arenal

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.

Kioro Suites and Spa
Kioro Suites and Spa
Kioro Suites and Spa
Kioro Suites and Spa

Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa: Playa Esterillos

Located along beautiful Playa Esterillos Este, in Costa Rica's breathtaking Central Pacific region, Alma Del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa is the ultimate seaside escape. The sun-splashed beach, glistening ocean waves and steep verdant cliffs create an awe-inspiring landscape. Lovely walking paths lead through colorful ornamental, herb and vegetable gardens. The incredible wildlife (including multitudes of endangered scarlet macaws, butterflies, iguanas and lizards) brings Costa Rica's natural wonders right to your doorstep. The intimate and luxurious rooms at Alma del Pacifico were designed to reflect Costa Rica's colorful culture. Alma del Pacifico features some of the most unique, colorful and luxurious accommodations in Costa Rica.

Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa
Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa
Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa
Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Bob More — April 21, 2014 — Central America

    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 — Central America

    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 — Central America

    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.

  • MikeCoke — April 09, 2013 — Central America

    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.

    Have fun.

    Mike

  • L Huber — April 03, 2013 — Central America

    Hi Erika

    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 — Central America

    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 — Central America

    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.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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