(Arenal, Rio Celeste)
Guanacaste Zone 1
The only thing better than experiencing adventure, is experiencing it in the lap of luxury.
Explore lush jungles, pristine coastlines, and enchanting rainforests. Stroll crystalline coves and white sand beaches framed by tropical forests and awesome mountain ranges. Listen to wild sounds around you as howler monkeys leap from tree limb to tree limb and colorful toucans take to the deep blue skies. At night, relax in private, luxury accommodations that offer top notch amenities.
Experience a guided hike through the dense rainforest at the base of Arenal Volcano and watch for exotic monkeys and bird species. Enjoy leisure time in La Fortuna and partake in optional activities like white water rafting, waterfall rapelling, ziplining and horseback riding. Head to Manuel Antonio National Park, which Forbes lists among the world’s 12 most beautiful national parks in the world, and take a guided tour through mangrove swamps, lush rainforests and marshy woodlands for a chance to see over 100 exotic mammal species. Just offshore you might catch sight of a pod of dolphins and, at times, migrating whales can be seen. Night kayaking though the mangrove systems with your expert guide is sure to be an experience you’ll never forget.
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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 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.
Voted #1 Resort in Central and South America by Conde Nast Traveller 2013, the Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a five star luxury boutique hotel that is widely recognized for providing premium luxury amenities and ultra-personalized service. Nayara is undenialy Arenal’s jewel and the property reflects its location and respects the ecological balance of one of the most beautiful places on earth. Located in the outskirts of the amazing Arenal Volcano, Arenal Nayara is an oasis of tranquility, where guests can experience a profound and organic immersion with nature, while living in luxury at the same time.
Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, the casitas, suites, and villas have large screened windows that open up to bring nature inside. Light flows through the interiors, from the bedroom to the private gardens with rain showers, to the private terraces with secluded Jacuzzis. Food lovers and wine connoisseurs are treated to some remarkable restaurants offering international and local cuisine, a pool bar, and a wine and tapas bar.
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.
In the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel by private vehicle and English speaking guide and transferred to the spectacular micro rainforest close to the Arenal Volcano. Enjoy a 1.5 hour leisurely hike through the rainforest while your private guide educates you on the interesting history of the Arenal Volcano. This park is located at the base of the Arenal Volcano and is filled with amazing wildlife such as monkeys, toucans, coati and a large variety of bird species. The duration of this tour is approximately 3.5 hours and will begin at 3:45 p.m.
Here is your chance to explore or enjoy leisure time 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!
Meet your driver-guide for a private vehicle transfer from Arenal/La Fortuna to Rio Celeste.
Take in a four-hour guided rainforest hike through the Tenorio Volcano National Park today. You´ll experience the wealth of flora and fauna of this area, culminating in an astounding view of the main attraction - the Rio Celeste waterfall and river. You´ll also see the teñideros, the place where the river takes on a magical color. This park also has thermal water springs where you can take a rejuvenating hot bath surrounded by the rainforest. (includes water bottle, fruit, guide, and admission fee to the park).
Note on the Rio Celeste: It is possible that during extreme weather conditions of constant, long-lasting, heavy rains, the river may lose its coloration due to mud carried in the water. However, a few hours (5 or 6) of calm weather can restore the expected coloration. With this eventual exception mentioned above, The Rio Celeste can be visited any time of the year.
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.
As the saying goes - the early bird catches the worm...It's an early start this morning (about 5.30am!) as you head out into Tenorio Volcano National Park to explore its rich biodiversity of birds. Its idyllic location within the Guanacaste range of mountains creates a convergence of species from both the Caribbean and Pacific and is a wonderful location for birdwatching. There are over 30 species of hummingbirds as well as many trogons and toucans. However, the most interesting species seen here are the Umbrella bird, the Three Wattle Bell bird and the Tody motmot. The geographical situation, the local weather, the temperature and rain fall of this privately owned reserve, all contribute in making this ecosystem one of the most bio diverse of the Pluvial Life Zone. You won't be sorry for having gotten up at the crack of dawn!
Once the sun sets, activity starts for hundreds of rare, nocturnal species of insects, amphibians, and snakes whose habitat is the rainforest. It is also not uncommon to see the occasional tapir crossing the trail, or one of many species of owls perched on a branch near the path. Enjoy a privately guided 2 hour nocturnal walking tour to explore the wildlife that comes out to play in the evening time.
Transfer by private vehicle with English speaking driver from Rio Celeste to Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste.
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!
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.
Enjoy a shared tour today which will take you along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast while passing some of Guanacaste’s exotic bays, white sand beaches, tropical jungles and rain forest. Once on board the New Marlin Del Ray an introductory speech is given, the anchor is pulled and you motor sail to one of the many pristine beaches in the area. En route look for turtles, dolphins, flying fish or whales. You can also cast a fishing line off the back. Then eventually, pull into a secluded bay and drop anchor. Snorkel equipment is provided and you'll have an hour to swim among the rocky reefs looking for exotic sea life. Alternatively, you may decide to lounge in the sun, use kayaks, and swim in the warm tropical water while spotting dolphin, rays and reef fish.
Enjoy a great lunch on board with lots of fresh, local product. Following lunch staff pull anchor, raise the sails and casually motor sail across the bay. You'll arrive at the final anchor location as the sun nears the horizon and the sky typically explodes into a multitude of colors. You will disembark the Marlin Del Rey as the sun sinks below the horizon. Light lunch of BBQ chicken, guacamole, cookies/chips, fruit and beer, cocktails, juices and soft drinks included.
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.
Meet your driver for a private ransfer to Liberia airport. The transfer should take approximately 30 minutes.
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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