Cornerstones of Costa Rica

8 days from $2,560 per person*
  • Explore the rich wildlife haven of Manuel Antonio National Park, with a private guide.
  • Walk the hanging bridges of Arenal, spotting wildlife in the rainforest's upper canopy.
  • Hike to the base of the Arenal Volcano with private guide.
  • Raft class II and III rapids on the Balsa River.
  • Curated collection of value-based accommodations.
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Costa Rica's best wildlife, beaches and eco-adventures are found in magnificent Arenal and Manuel Antonio. Enjoy white-water rafting, rainforest & volcano hikes, spot wild crocodiles, relax on beaches with monkeys & much more.

After arriving among the natural treasures of Costa Rica, it doesn't take long for your adventure to begin. You'll set out on class II and III white water rapids for an adrenaline-filled rafting excursion. Walk above Arenal's treetop canopy on hanging bridges, getting up close and personal with the toucans, monkey and other animals that thrive in the upper section of the rainforest. A knowledgeable private guide will bring you on a hike to the base of magnificent Arenal Volcano, where you can learn about its most recent eruption and lava flow, then make your way to wildlife mecca Manuel Antonio. Here you'll get a private exploration of the famed National Park and be immersed in a multitude of wildlife, including wild monkeys, sloths, parrots, toucans, and more. Enjoy an opportunity to take in the ocean breeze on a gorgeous sandy beach. This is nature lover's paradise. Pura vida!

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Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 San José to Arenal
    San José to Arenal
    • Meet & Greet Airport Service - Local Representative
    • Costa Rica - Welcome Package
    • Transfer - Private - San José - Arenal [3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(5)
  • Day 2 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Tour - Shared - Balsa River Rafting Class II & III Rapids (with Lunch) (5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Hanging Bridges (3.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Volcano Hike (2.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Arenal to Manuel Antonio
    Arenal to Manuel Antonio
    • Transfer - Private - Arenal - Manuel Antonio [with visit to Carara National Park (with Lunch) (approx 6.5 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Manuel Antonio
    Manuel Antonio
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 7 Manuel Antonio
    Manuel Antonio
    • Optional Activities
  • Day 8 Manuel Antonio to San José
    Manuel Antonio to San José
    • Transfer - Private - Manuel Antonio - San José [ Airport - 3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(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

For your added comfort, you will have an English-speaking assistant waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will guide you to your luggage pickup and will provide an ID sticker in meeting up with your private driver.

 

 

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.

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: Arenal Springs Resort

The Arenal Springs Hotel provides guests with a harmonious combination of relaxation and comfort in a truly surreal and picturesque tropical setting. The hotel features colonial style rooms with all the modern amenities one would expect from a luxurious retreat. The rooms feature vaulted ceilings and large bay windows, as well as a spacious private bathroom with a garden-style shower. Arenal Springs Hotel is located just 5 miles away from the town of La Fortuna on the way towards the Arenal Volcano National Park. Marvel at the outstandingly green, and fertile natural beauty that surrounds you and one of the most active volcanoes in the world, the Arenal Volcano.

Cornerstones of Costa Rica Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Arenal Volcano
The Arenal Volcano
Cornerstones of Costa Rica Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Arenal Springs Resort
Arenal Springs Resort

Day 2: Arenal

Today you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the starting point of your shared white water rafting experience. Feel the excitement and adrenaline of white water rafting on this half day adventure on the Balsa San Carlos River with rapids graded 2/3. After meeting with your river guide at your hotel, you will drive 30 minutes to the river where the fun begins! Your guides explain the safety procedures and safety equipment before embarking down the river. Enjoy up to two exhilarating hours of white water action on this beautiful tropical river. An included lunch will be provided midday. Return transfer to your hotel after the tour. What to bring: easy dry clothes, bathing suit, secure shoes (sport sandals or water shoes are great). Must be 8 years old or older to participate in this tour.

Accommodation: Arenal Springs Resort
Cornerstones of Costa Rica Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Balsa River Rafting
Balsa River Rafting

Day 3: 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. The bridge system is supported by concrete bricks providing stability when used. This system stretches across an area of 3100 meters through a dense jungle area 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 three and a half fun-filled hours. What to bring: comfortable shoes, camera, binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a breathable jacket.

Accommodation: Arenal Springs Resort
Cornerstones of Costa Rica Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hanging Bridges
Hanging Bridges

Day 4: Arenal

You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Arenal Volcano. Here, take part in an easy, serene hike with your naturalist guide and experience the dense foliage inside the lush rainforest at the base of the Arenal Volcano. Inside the park your guide will help you spot wildlife and explain the history of the volcano as you explore the trails in search of encounters with monkeys, toucans, coatimundi and the incredible variety of bird species native to the area.  At the end of the hike, enjoy the view from a lovely vista, complimented an ice cold beverage. Be sure to have your camera ready! The duration of this tour varies based on your interests and energy levels lasting as little as two hours, or as long as three hours. At the end of this excursion you will be returned to your hotel.

Accommodation: Arenal Springs Resort
Cornerstones of Costa Rica Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

Day 5: Arenal - Manuel Antonio

Your driver & guide will meet you at the hotel reception after you have checked out of your hotel for your transfer to the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The Carara Biological Reserve is one of the most popular National Parks to visit in Costa Rica due to the immense amount of biodiversity found in the area and its easy accessibility. This protected area is home to 48% of Costa Rica’s bird species and is also an ideal location to spot scarlet macaws, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, antbirds, and manakins. The park is in a transition zone between the tropical dry forest and rain forest and protects the river basin of the Tarcoles river, where you will be able to spot crocodiles.

Your guide will share stories about the parks history and the rich biodiversity found in this area. Their trained eye will help you spot the abundance of wildlife, and with just a little luck you’ll see snakes, lizards, frogs, deer, peccaries, monkeys, sloths. At the end of the hike, you will stop for lunch at a local restaurant, where you can enjoy a home cooked traditional Costa Rican meal.

Includes: Private transportation with bilingual guide, entrance, and tour at Carara National Park & Lunch.

Accommodation: Parador Resort & Spa

Parador Resort & Spa is the only full-service resort located in Manuel Antonio. Parador Resort has earned a number of prestigious awards not only for it's world-class service and a­­menities, but also for the passionate commitment to both the environment and the community. Parador Resort & Spa is an oasis of calm with soaring views surrounded by lush rainforest, where you’ll spend your Costa Rica vacation blissfully isolated from the hustle and bustle of the main drag, but just minutes from Manuel Antonio National Park, miles of white sand beaches, restaurants, the local airport and the village of Quepos.

Cornerstones of Costa Rica Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Manuel Antonio Beach
Manuel Antonio Beach
Cornerstones of Costa Rica Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Parador Resort and Spa
Parador Resort and Spa

Day 6: Manuel Antonio

After being warmly greeted in the morning by your driver, you will be transferred to Manuel Antonio National Park to begin a privately-guided tour of this incredible reserve. 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 three 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.

Accommodation: Parador Resort & Spa
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Day 7: Manuel Antonio

Enjoy time at leisure in Manuel Antonio. Once you have arrived at the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park, you may want to spend the rest of the day there enjoying the wide sandy beaches.

Alternatively, there are many optional activities you can choose to add to your itinerary during your stay here, like surf lessons, kayaking excursions, catamaran sails or you can jut choose to relax on the beach or by the pool!

Please speak to your Destination Expert to pre-book any of these additional activities and tours.  

Accommodation: Parador Resort & Spa
Cornerstones of Costa Rica Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Exploring the Rainforest Canopies
Exploring the Rainforest Canopies

Day 8: Manuel Antonio - San José

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer from Manuel Antonio to San José Airport today. The approximately travel time is 3 hours.

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: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.

Arenal Springs Resort: Arenal

The Arenal Springs Hotel provides guests with a harmonious combination of relaxation and comfort in a truly surreal and picturesque tropical setting. The hotel features colonial style rooms with all the modern amenities one would expect from a luxurious retreat. The rooms feature vaulted ceilings and large bay windows, as well as a spacious private bathroom with a garden-style shower. Arenal Springs Hotel is located just 5 miles away from the town of La Fortuna on the way towards the Arenal Volcano National Park. Marvel at the outstandingly green, and fertile natural beauty that surrounds you and one of the most active volcanoes in the world, the Arenal Volcano.

Cornerstones of Costa Rica Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Arenal Springs Resort
Arenal Springs Resort

Parador Resort & Spa: Manuel Antonio

Parador Resort & Spa is the only full-service resort located in Manuel Antonio. Parador Resort has earned a number of prestigious awards not only for it's world-class service and a­­menities, but also for the passionate commitment to both the environment and the community. Parador Resort & Spa is an oasis of calm with soaring views surrounded by lush rainforest, where you’ll spend your Costa Rica vacation blissfully isolated from the hustle and bustle of the main drag, but just minutes from Manuel Antonio National Park, miles of white sand beaches, restaurants, the local airport and the village of Quepos.

Cornerstones of Costa Rica Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Parador Resort and Spa
Parador Resort and Spa

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.
  • Robert Z — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    Sarah Roberts was fantastic, very available and responsive. Drivers and guides were all top rated, knowledgeable, friendly, and patient. The Springs hotel in La Fortunate was great!

  • Natalie D — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    The trip was amazing. The itinerary worked out great. Kensington has always made an effort to have a representative meet with us upon arrival and go over the itinerary and discuss any matters we had questions about.Fabian was a very nice man and was attentive after our meeting. Our primary driver was Javier who was always pleasant and a joy to be with. Our primary guide was Marcos Jimenez. He was an excellent ambassador for Kensington and represented you very well. He was the consummate professional and was always very attentive and accommodating with us. In its entirety, Kensington organized a great trip that I would recommend to anyone. Thank you again for all of your help in planning this adventure.

  • Angela C — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    We were lucky to have Victor as our guide in Arenal. He was fantastic. We learned so much from him. His enthusiasm was contagious.

  • Jean V — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    Brandi Merchant is fantastic!!!! Her patience with my many questions and attention to detail, coupled with her warm, personable manner is just the best!

  • Cecelia B — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    The experience exceeded my already high expectations. The guides were excellent: personable, knowledgeable, helpful, and fun to be with.

  • Robert Riordan — May 23, 2017 — Central America

    The guides were key. Very knowledgeable and fun. They were very attuned to the level of exertion we could handle. Thanks to your eagle-eyed guides, we saw such a diversity of plants, birds and animals -- which we could never have spotted on our own. Great memories!

  • Angela Watson — May 23, 2017 — Central America

    We had a wonderful time on our trip to Costa Rica. Our guides Francisco and Bernie both exceeded our expectations. They were able to answer any question we had on subjects that ranged from culture and customs to environment, ecology and much more. During our afternoons in the rainforest we were able to see a multitude of birds, two toed and three toed sloths, Congo and Capuchin monkeys, eyelash vipers, and all of the rainforest scenery. We came away with an understanding of the forest and its inhabitants and real respect for our guides who work hard to preserve the natural beauty of their country through preservation and ensuring responsible tourism. We couldn't be happier with any portion of our trip. It really was wonderful.

  • Alicia H. — August 10, 2016 — Central America

    The guides in Arenal and Manuel Antonio were excellent and the Pacuare river rafting excursion in Arenal was awesome. It was an excellent break from winter in February!

  • Kay W. — June 15, 2016 — Central America

    All of the drivers arrived early. Vans were very nice. Drivers were courteous. Tours were great.

  • Alice H. — May 19, 2016 — Central America

    The guide in Monteverde was excellent!!!!

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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