11 days from $5,181 per person*
  • Hike around spectacular Arenal Volcano with an expert guide
  • Sail Costa Rica’s Gold Coast on a catamaran
  • Take a sunrise kayak tour of Nicaragua's pristine Jicaro Island
  • Indulge in yoga sessions, massages & wellness treatments in the rainforest
  • Stay at luxurious eco-lodges
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Costa Rica is more than a vacation destination; it is an interactive sensory experience. Pair this ecological gem with neighboring Nicaragua for an incredible mix of jungle adventure & serene relaxation.

This private guided adventure highlights the best of Costa Rica and Nicaragua's exotic wildlife, colorful rainforests and scenic vistas, all while staying in acclaimed eco-lodges. Hike the base of Arenal Volcano, and see the ecosystem of the forest canopy as you walk along hanging bridges with a private guide. Bask in the tranquility of one of Costa Rica's most beautiful waterfalls, then relax and play on the blissful beaches of the Pacific Coast. Cross in to Nicaragua to find an emerging nation that offers much of Costa Rica's thrill, scenery, and adventure — with a culture all its own. Enjoy Nicaragua’s extraordinary landscape of volcanoes, lakes, mountains and vast swathes of rainforest. Stay at a stunning eco-lodge, and let the scenic backdrop of Lago Nicaragua soothe your soul without leaving your hammock. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 San José to Bajos del Toro
    San José to Bajos del Toro
    • Meet & Greet Airport Service - Local Representative
    • Costa Rica - Welcome Package
    • Transfer - Private - San José - Bajos del Toro [El Silencio Lodge (1.5 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver(5)
  • Day 2 Bajos del Toro
    Bajos del Toro
    • Tour - Private - Daybreak Bird Watching (El Silencio) - Guide
  • Day 3 Bajos del Toro to Arenal
    Bajos del Toro to Arenal
    • Bajos del Toro - Arenal [1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(5)
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Volcano Hike (2.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Hanging Bridges (3.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Arenal to Papagayo
    Arenal to Papagayo
    • Arenal - Papagayo [via Llanos del Cortez Waterfall (with Lunch) (7 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Papagayo
    Papagayo
    • Tour - Shared - Marlin Del Rey Afternoon Catamaran & Snorkeling Cruise (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Boat/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Papagayo
    Papagayo
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Papagayo to Granada to Las Isletas de Granada
    Papagayo to Granada to Las Isletas de Granada
    • Papagayo - Granada [(3.5 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Transfer - Shared - Jicaro Lodge (30 min) - Driver/4x4/Boat
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 Las Isletas de Granada
    Las Isletas de Granada
    • Optional Activities - Jicaro Island Ecolodge (Not Included)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10 Las Isletas de Granada
    Las Isletas de Granada
    • At Leisure in Las Isletas de Granada
    • Floating Deck Private Dining Experience - Floating Deck/Private Dining
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11 Las Isletas de Granada
    Las Isletas de Granada
    • Transfer - Private - Las Isletas de Granada - Managua [1 hr 15 mins] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
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 - Bajos del Toro

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.

Enjoy a private transfer with a professional driver to El Silencio Lodge.

Accommodation: El Silencio Lodge & Spa

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is a unique retreat, designed by one of Costa Rica’s most prominent architects, Ronald Zurcher. El Silencio provides a seamless natural immersion experience that reflects elements of Costa Rica’s traditional rural farms and countryside homes. The clean lines and the extensive use of wood, bamboo, and glass elements perfectly complement the lush tropical cloud forest. Bewildering lush landscapes are to be enjoyed in stylish comfort. El Silencio Lodge & Spa features sixteen upscale cottage suites interspersed in a tiered layout. This upscale Costa Rican hotel features five hundred private acres of carbon-offsetting tropical cloud forest, hidden waterfalls, a nature-immersed spa, yoga, hiking, meditation, and healthy organic cuisine.

Costa Rica & Nicaragua Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Costa Rica & Nicaragua Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  El Silencio Lodge & Spa
El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Day 2: Bajos del Toro

El Silencio’s own trails are peppered with the area’s most exciting feathered species. Minute hummingbirds, threatened black guans, and elusive quetzals will provide thrilling glimpses and exciting photo opportunities. Perfect for everyone, from newbies to experienced birding enthusiasts. The tour departs from the main building at 6:00am.

Accommodation: El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Costa Rica & Nicaragua Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  El Silencio Bird Watching
El Silencio Bird Watching

Day 3: Bajos del Toro - Arenal

Meet your private driver for a transfer from Bajos del Toro to Arenal. Transfer time is usually 1.5 hours.

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: Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens

Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a luxury boutique hotel located in the area of the Arenal Volcano National Park that is widely recognized for providing luxurious accommodations and premium amenities. A 5-star member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Nayara has been acclaimed as one of the most romantic places in the world. The heartfelt hospitality, impeccable service, fine cuisine, outstanding spa, amazing excursions and eco-experiences make Nayara the premier destination in Costa Rica. Nayara is Arenal’s jewel. A place of nature where romance emanates and life moves at a slower pace to allow time to rekindle old relationships and to start new ones in an enchanting way. Nayara is an authentic Costa Rican journey, a property that reflects its location and respects the ecological balance of one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Costa Rica & Nicaragua Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Arenal Volcano
The Arenal Volcano
Costa Rica & Nicaragua Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens
Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens

Day 4: 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: Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
Costa Rica & Nicaragua Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hanging Bridges
Hanging Bridges

Day 5: Arenal - Papagayo

Your driver & guide will meet you at the hotel reception after you have checked out of your hotel to transfer to the dry forest of Guanacaste. Midway to your beach destination, stop to visit the spectacular Llanos del Cortez Waterfall located near to the town of Bagaces. This waterfall is considered to be one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful waterfalls. The falls drops into a tranquil pond with a white sandy beach that’s perfect for swimming and sunbathing. After your visit to the waterfall, time to make a stop for lunch (included).  After lunch, continue to your beach hotel. 

INCLUDES: Private transportation with bilingual guide, entrance to Llanos del Cortez Waterfall and Lunch.

 

Accommodation: El Mangroove (5*)

El Mangroove hotel is located in the northwestern coastal region of the Guanacaste province in the coveted Papagayo Bay. It is situated on a natural mangrove and features a beachfront location facing blue waters and lush tropical scenery. This premier luxury resort's bohemian-chic suites are nestled amongst mangrove and beach front forest. A hotel inspired by barefoot luxury, it’s relaxed, laid-back and down-right cool. Perfect mixes of wood and water alongside contemporary linear architecture, natural furnishings and subtle splashes of color make it evident that true indulgence is found in simplicity.

Costa Rica & Nicaragua Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Jungle views from above
Jungle views from above
Costa Rica & Nicaragua Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  El Mangroove
El Mangroove

Day 6: Papagayo

This tour 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. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the beach, where you will board a small 28 foot Mini Marlin for transport to the New Marlin del Rey. 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 the guests are given an hour to swim among the rocky reefs looking for exotic sea life. You will be able to enjoy the exhilarating performance of a catamaran, lounge in the sun, use kayaks, and swim in the warm tropical water while spotting dolphin, rays and reef fish. While guests enjoy the bay, the crew prepares a light lunch. Following lunch staff pull anchor, raise the sails and casually motor sail across the bay. Then arrive at the final anchor location as the sun nears the horizon and the sky explodes into a multitude of colors. The friendly, professional crew will ensure your comfort and safety during this spectacular journey along the Costa Rican coast, a trip you’ll be sure to remember. 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.

Accommodation: El Mangroove (5*)
Costa Rica & Nicaragua Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Catamaran Tour
Catamaran Tour

Day 7: Papagayo

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: El Mangroove (5*)

Day 8: Papagayo - Granada - Las Isletas de Granada

Meet your driver for a private transfer from Papagayo, Costa Rica to Granada, Nicaragua. The trip duration is approximately 3.5 hrs.

Meet your driver for a shared transfer from Granada to Jicaro Lodge and vice versa. From Granada to Puerto Marina Cocibolca and return, transfer is by 4x4 transportation (approx. 15 minutes). From the Marina to Jicaro Lodge and return, transportation is by boat (approx. 15min.)

Accommodation: Jicaro Island EcoLodge (4*)

Recently named by National Geographic as one of the Unique Lodges of the World, Jicaro Island Ecolodge is Nicaragua's top nature eco-resort, and is located on a private island in Las Isletas de Granada. The Ecolodge is located just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada and offers guests spectacular views of Mombacho Volcano, allowing guests to immerse themselves in a magical island experience filled with peace and tranquility. At Jicaro Island, the nine casitas on the island all have lake views and are only a short walk from the pool, restaurant, and wellness center. You can relax in the private space of your casita with its views of Lake Nicaragua or join other guests in the communal areas.

Costa Rica & Nicaragua Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Jicaro Island EcoLodge
Jicaro Island EcoLodge

Day 9: Las Isletas de Granada

The day is yours to enjoy in this stunning archipelago. You may wish to go paddleboarding or kayaking, participate in a sustainability workshop, relax near the pool, hike in the area, go birding, participate in a zip-line adventure or go horseback riding. The choice is yours! Optional activities at Jicaro Island Ecolodge are not included in your nightly rates and paid for on-site.

Accommodation: Jicaro Island EcoLodge (4*)
Costa Rica & Nicaragua Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hiking near Jicaro Island Ecolodge
Hiking near Jicaro Island Ecolodge

Day 10: Las Isletas de Granada

Today you will spend the day at leisure in Las Isletas de Granada. An excellent opportunity to explore this unique region, you may choose to navigate through the islands on your own via kayak, to participate in an organized tour arranged on-site (not included, paid locally), or perhaps you would prefer to relax by the lakefront or to enjoy spa treatments. The choice is yours!

Looking for something unique? This evening you will be whisked away to a floating deck on Lake Nicaragua where you and your partner will enjoy a gourmet meal in privacy. Intimate and exclusive, this unique dining experience is a must for lovers looking to enjoy a romantic meal in seclusion.

Accommodation: Jicaro Island EcoLodge (4*)
Costa Rica & Nicaragua Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Exploring Las Isletas de Granada
Exploring Las Isletas de Granada
Costa Rica & Nicaragua Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Jicaro Floating Deck
Jicaro Floating Deck

Day 11: Las Isletas de Granada

Enjoy a private transfer from Marina Cocibolca in Las Isletas de Granada to Managua. This drive will last roughly one hour and 15 minutes.

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.

El Silencio Lodge & Spa: Bajos del Toro

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is a unique retreat, designed by one of Costa Rica’s most prominent architects, Ronald Zurcher. El Silencio provides a seamless natural immersion experience that reflects elements of Costa Rica’s traditional rural farms and countryside homes. The clean lines and the extensive use of wood, bamboo, and glass elements perfectly complement the lush tropical cloud forest. Bewildering lush landscapes are to be enjoyed in stylish comfort. El Silencio Lodge & Spa features sixteen upscale cottage suites interspersed in a tiered layout. This upscale Costa Rican hotel features five hundred private acres of carbon-offsetting tropical cloud forest, hidden waterfalls, a nature-immersed spa, yoga, hiking, meditation, and healthy organic cuisine.

Costa Rica & Nicaragua Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  El Silencio Lodge & Spa
El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Costa Rica & Nicaragua Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  El Silencio Lodge & Spa
El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens: Arenal

Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a luxury boutique hotel located in the area of the Arenal Volcano National Park that is widely recognized for providing luxurious accommodations and premium amenities. A 5-star member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Nayara has been acclaimed as one of the most romantic places in the world. The heartfelt hospitality, impeccable service, fine cuisine, outstanding spa, amazing excursions and eco-experiences make Nayara the premier destination in Costa Rica. Nayara is Arenal’s jewel. A place of nature where romance emanates and life moves at a slower pace to allow time to rekindle old relationships and to start new ones in an enchanting way. Nayara is an authentic Costa Rican journey, a property that reflects its location and respects the ecological balance of one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Costa Rica & Nicaragua Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens
Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens
Costa Rica & Nicaragua Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Arenal Nayara Entrance
Arenal Nayara Entrance

El Mangroove (5*): Papagayo

El Mangroove hotel is located in the northwestern coastal region of the Guanacaste province in the coveted Papagayo Bay. It is situated on a natural mangrove and features a beachfront location facing blue waters and lush tropical scenery. This premier luxury resort's bohemian-chic suites are nestled amongst mangrove and beach front forest. A hotel inspired by barefoot luxury, it’s relaxed, laid-back and down-right cool. Perfect mixes of wood and water alongside contemporary linear architecture, natural furnishings and subtle splashes of color make it evident that true indulgence is found in simplicity.

Costa Rica & Nicaragua Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  El Mangroove
El Mangroove

Jicaro Island EcoLodge (4*): Las Isletas de Granada

Recently named by National Geographic as one of the Unique Lodges of the World, Jicaro Island Ecolodge is Nicaragua's top nature eco-resort, and is located on a private island in Las Isletas de Granada. The Ecolodge is located just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada and offers guests spectacular views of Mombacho Volcano, allowing guests to immerse themselves in a magical island experience filled with peace and tranquility. At Jicaro Island, the nine casitas on the island all have lake views and are only a short walk from the pool, restaurant, and wellness center. You can relax in the private space of your casita with its views of Lake Nicaragua or join other guests in the communal areas.

Costa Rica & Nicaragua Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Jicaro Island EcoLodge
Jicaro Island EcoLodge

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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