Costa Rica Cloudforest & Coast

8 days from $3,544 per person*
  • Go whitewater rafting through Class II and III rapids on the rushing Balsa River.
  • Take a privately guided hike through rainforest to the base of Arenal Volcano.
  • Zip-line through the trees of a cloud forest and meet howler monkeys.
  • Go birdwatching with a private guide in the shadow of Poás Volcano.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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Giant volcanoes, misty rainforests, sparkling beaches, and the most incredible array of wildlife you’ll find just about anywhere; Costa Rica is Latin America’s hottest destination for so many reasons. This adventure connects you to the country’s abundance of riches like few others.

After touching down in San José, the journey kicks off in Bajos del Toro, a rural village on the edge of the cloud forests. On a privately guided hike, you’ll witness the spellbinding beauty of the Desague River against a backdrop of volcanoes before settling in to an incredible al fresco dinner overlooking the valley from a suspended platform. Later, get up early to embark on a private sunrise birdwatching tour in the hope of seeing hummingbirds, quetzals, and black guans before heading west to Arenal for a private half-day nature hike around the base of the region’s namesake volcano. Next, brave the rushing waters of the Balsa River on gripping whitewater rafting excursion through Class II and III rapids, then come down from the adrenaline rush in the soothing hot springs of an exclusive five-star resort spa. From Arenal, the scene shifts to Punta Islita, a gorgeous and isolated stretch of coast on the Pacific, where you’ll have the chance to go zip-lining through the trees over a gorgeous canyon, step into the forest to track howler monkeys, relax on pristine beaches, and opt for a restorative spa treatment, and take advantage of the amenities of a secluded hotel nestled into one of the most beautiful tropical settings you’ll ever see. From fast and furious to slow and steady, Costa Rica always unfolds at just the right speed. ... 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
    • Private Transfer - San José - Bajos del Toro [2.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • El Silencio at Leisure
  • Day 2 Bajos del Toro
    Bajos del Toro
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Hidden Treasure Hike (4 hrs) - Guide
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Forest Sundown Dinner (2 hrs) - Dinner
  • Day 3 Bajos del Toro to Arenal
    Bajos del Toro to Arenal
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Daybreak Bird Watching (2 hrs) - Guide
    • Private Transfer - Bajos del Toro - Arenal [1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Volcano Hike (2.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Shared Tour - Balsa River Rafting Class II & III Rapids (with Lunch, 5-6 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Natural Hot Springs - The Springs Resort & Spa
  • Day 5 Arenal to Punta Islita
    Arenal to Punta Islita
    • Private Transfer - Arenal - Punta Islita [4.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Hotel Punta Islita Location & Facilities
    • Punta Islita Casa Spa (not included)
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Punta Islita
    Punta Islita
    • Shared Tour - Canopy Zip Lining (2 hrs) - Zip-Lining
    • Shared Tour - Monkey Quest Hike - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Punta Islita
    Punta Islita
    • Punta Islita at Leisure
    • Punta Islita Optional Activities
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Punta Islita
    Punta Islita
    • Private Transfer - Punta Islita - Liberia [2.5 hours] - Vehicle/Driver
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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.

Meet your driver for a private transfer to Bajos del Toro.

El Silencio Lodge & Spa offers a range of complimentary services, as well as activities and spa treatments which can be arranged and paid for in destination. Consider participating in the El Silencio reforestation project by planting a tree on the property grounds, then set out on a self-guided trek dubbed the “mystic hike” where you will pass through a hummingbird garden and cloud forest trails; both of these services are offered at no additional cost. For guests seeking pampering spa treatments, Esencia Spa is a must. A unique wellness sanctuary that lets you enjoy the best of Costa Rica’s natural healing ingredients, the spa features an al fresco yoga deck and a range of deeply relaxing services. At additional cost, guests are also welcomed to participate in wine tastings, private sundown forest dinners or riverside lunches. For more information, please speak to your Destination Expert.

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 Cloudforest & Coast Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Horseback Riding at El Silencio
Horseback Riding at El Silencio
Costa Rica Cloudforest & Coast Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

Day 2: Bajos del Toro

The town of Toro Amarillo is embedded in a secluded region of Costa Rica’s central volcanic range. One of its rarest gifts is the Desague River, a singular body of water tinted blue within the depths of Poas volcano. On this private hiking tour, you'll discover this natural wonder as it flows through the landscape, unraveling in a mesmerizing waterfall of sky-like tonalities. For extra-adventure, you can take a soak in a refreshing cold water natural pool..

This storybook private dining experience lets nature’s gifts commune in a unique celebration of love. A suspended bridge softly drapes above the rivers’ infinite flow, inviting the couple to enter the forest as the sun seeks distant horizons. Accessed by a hidden path, an al-fresco wooden deck sets a private stage. Surrounded by torches and accent candles, an impeccably laid out table is shrouded by lush greenery and serenaded by the nearby stream. A chef will dazzle with delicious courses, prepared and served on the spot and featuring exciting tropical flavors and textures. Perfect for honey-moons, anniversaries, special proposal, or for those seeking a unique dining experience.

Accommodation: El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Costa Rica Cloudforest & Coast Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Jungle Trail
Jungle Trail
Costa Rica Cloudforest & Coast Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Sundown Dinner
Sundown Dinner

Day 3: Bajos del Toro - Arenal

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.

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: The Springs Resort & Spa

A world class resort featuring spectacular hot springs, picture perfect views of Arenal Volcano and four superb restaurants, The Springs Luxury Resort & Spa is a top choice for guests seeking a deeply relaxing Costa Rican vacation, wedding, or honeymoon. 28 mineral laden, artesian hot springs are spread across a sprawling and exotic property, while a spectacular, oversized spa and fitness center offer a comprehensive range of treatments and therapies. Guest rooms are spacious, modern and inviting, featuring earthen tones, fresh linens and views of Arenal Volcano. Award winning, the resort has received several certificates of excellence from Trip Advisor and was the host hotel for ABC's The Bachelor in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Cloudforest & Coast Tours 2018 - 2019 -  El Silencio Bird Watching
El Silencio Bird Watching
Costa Rica Cloudforest & Coast Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

Day 4: Arenal

After a hotel pick-up, transfer to the starting point of this thrilling white water adventure featuring class II and III rapids alongside expert river guides and like-minded rafting enthusiasts. Discuss rafting responsibilities and paddle commands during a safety orientation and then feel the grip of adrenaline as you race down the Balsa San Carlos River to battle the currents for two to three exhilarating hours, navigating rapids including the Magnetic Rock and the Dredges. Halfway through the excursion, take a break on the river banks to enjoy both the beautiful tropical setting and a light snack before carrying on through the torrents. Upon completion of the circuit you will change into dry clothes, and then head to a nearby estate to enjoy a tasty Costa Rican lunch and recount your days adventure with fellow rafters. Following lunch, you will be returned to your hotel. Please be sure to wear easy dry clothes, a bathing suit and secure shoes (sport sandals or water shoes are recommended) and to bring a spare set of clothes to change into after the adventure. 

Be sure to save some time to enjoy the natural hot mineral springs, pools and waterfalls at The Springs Resort and Spa. There are eighteen landscaped pools which provide great views of the volcano. With temperatures ranging from 83˚F to 103˚F and environments that vary from raging waterfalls to tranquil forest experiences, you are sure to find the perfect pool for your mood and the current weather conditions. Separated into two distinct areas, Las Lagunas encompasses two acres of lush landscaping and an assortment of multi-level sun and shade terraces surrounding twelve pools, ranging in temperature from 83˚F to 103˚F. Perdido Springs is a connected system of trails and seven spring fed pools located within a forest canyon just a short walk from the lowest level of the Las Lagunas pools. The trail to these Hot and Cold Springs, called the Heliconia Walk, is lined with 150 different species of flowering Heliconias along with beautiful rainforest trees, plants and vines. In the center of these pools is a small jungle bar called Los Perdidos, along with a water flume called the Monkey Slide. 

Accommodation: The Springs Resort & Spa
Costa Rica Cloudforest & Coast Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Balsa River Rafting
Balsa River Rafting
Costa Rica Cloudforest & Coast Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Thermal Waterfall at The Springs Resort & Spa
Thermal Waterfall at The Springs Resort & Spa

Day 5: Arenal - Punta Islita

Hop aboard a privately driven vehicle for today’s provided transfer between Arenal and Punta Islita.  The approximate transfer time is 6 hours.

Inaugurated in 1994, Hotel Punta Islita bears the design of Ronald Zurcher, a prominent Costa Rican architect. The tiered layout gazes upon Islita Beach and the namesake islet that separates from the mainland during high tide. Hotel Punta Islita features an infinity-edge freshwater pool for adults, two restaurants, one conference room, a unique Spa, an executive golf course, tennis courts, and an ocean-side family beach club with a freshwater pool and lounging gardens.

The hotel enjoys a privileged location along the sunny Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province.  Regarded by author (and favorite TED Speaker) Dan Buettner as a Blue Zone, Nicoya is one of the five regions in the world where healthy longevity is most common. 

Embedded in lush tropical gardens, Hotel Punta Islita's Casa Spa is the hearth of pampered wellness and relaxation. From the moment you are greeted with a soothing cup of just-brewed herbal tea, you will feel the warm glow of its homelike ambiance. Casa Spa is a unique haven for holistic wellness. Beauty rituals, Costa Rican traditional healing arts, and local herbalist wisdom are artfully combined to gently relieve modern stress. Casa Spa's ample selection of treatments offers options for the whole family.

Consider availing of one of the signature treatments during your stay (additional cost and payable onsite).

Accommodation: Punta Islita Hotel

Hotel Punta Islita is located along the sunny Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province. Hotel Punta Islita bears the engaging design of Ronald Zurcher, a prominent Costa Rican architect. The tiered layout capitalizes on the property’s hilltop setting, gazing upon Islita Beach and the namesake islet that separates from the mainland during high tide. Hotel Punta Islita’s facilities are interspersed in a 300 acre property and include an infinity-edge freshwater pool for adults, two restaurants, a unique Spa, an executive golf course, tennis courts, and an ocean-side family beach club with a freshwater pool and lounging gardens. All accommodations stand out for the impeccable details that fully reflect Costa Rican culture and hospitality.

Costa Rica Cloudforest & Coast Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Punta Islita
Punta Islita
Costa Rica Cloudforest & Coast Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hotel Punta Islita
Hotel Punta Islita

Day 6: Punta Islita

Soar through the forest canopy while safely suspended from a steel cable zipline! Hotel Punta Islita’s tree-friendly adventure is set on ground platforms and crisscrosses a deep canyon for spectacular views and a generous rush of adrenaline.

The raucous howler monkey is among the largest monkey species in the Americas. Its whooping growl can be heard over a 3 mile radius, securing its status as the loudest land animal. Highly social, howler monkeys travel in groups of up to eighteen members. Your group guide will bring a spotting telescope to better enjoy a close-up look at these fascinating creatures.

Accommodation: Punta Islita Hotel
Costa Rica Cloudforest & Coast Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Canopy Zip Lining
Canopy Zip Lining
Costa Rica Cloudforest & Coast Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Howler Monkeys
Howler Monkeys

Day 7: Punta Islita

Spend today at leisure enjoying the facilities at Punta Islita hotel. From the infinity-edge freshwater pool to a unique Spa, an executive golf course, tennis courts, and an ocean-side beach you're sure to enjoy yourself!

Choose from a variety of adventures during your stay at Punta Islita. Active adventures include: hiking, zipling, horseback riding and surfing. Wildlife adventures include: monkey quest, sea turtle exploration (Seasonal), bird watching and dusk hikes. Local Culture includes: art, cooking lessons and community interaction. All activities listed are subject to additional fees. Please let your Sales Advisor know if any of these activities are of interest.

Accommodation: Punta Islita Hotel

Day 8: Punta Islita

Meet your driver for a private transfer to Liberia.

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 Cloudforest & Coast Tours 2018 - 2019 -  El Silencio Lodge & Spa
El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Costa Rica Cloudforest & Coast Tours 2018 - 2019 -  El Silencio Lodge & Spa
El Silencio Lodge & Spa

The Springs Resort & Spa: Arenal

A world class resort featuring spectacular hot springs, picture perfect views of Arenal Volcano and four superb restaurants, The Springs Luxury Resort & Spa is a top choice for guests seeking a deeply relaxing Costa Rican vacation, wedding, or honeymoon. 28 mineral laden, artesian hot springs are spread across a sprawling and exotic property, while a spectacular, oversized spa and fitness center offer a comprehensive range of treatments and therapies. Guest rooms are spacious, modern and inviting, featuring earthen tones, fresh linens and views of Arenal Volcano. Award winning, the resort has received several certificates of excellence from Trip Advisor and was the host hotel for ABC's The Bachelor in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Cloudforest & Coast Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Springs Resort & Spa
The Springs Resort & Spa

Punta Islita Hotel: Punta Islita

Hotel Punta Islita is located along the sunny Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province. Hotel Punta Islita bears the engaging design of Ronald Zurcher, a prominent Costa Rican architect. The tiered layout capitalizes on the property’s hilltop setting, gazing upon Islita Beach and the namesake islet that separates from the mainland during high tide. Hotel Punta Islita’s facilities are interspersed in a 300 acre property and include an infinity-edge freshwater pool for adults, two restaurants, a unique Spa, an executive golf course, tennis courts, and an ocean-side family beach club with a freshwater pool and lounging gardens. All accommodations stand out for the impeccable details that fully reflect Costa Rican culture and hospitality.

Costa Rica Cloudforest & Coast Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hotel Punta Islita
Hotel Punta Islita
Costa Rica Cloudforest & Coast Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hotel Punta Islita
Hotel Punta Islita

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.
  • Beth D. — May 22, 2018 — Central America

    Our Trip to Costa Rica couldn't have been more perfect! Everything and everyone was on time and ran smoothly. We will definitely use Kensington Tours again!

  • Robert H. — April 07, 2018 — Central America

    A superb trip from beginning to end. All of our guides were were on time and thoroughly knowledgeable. Everything flowed smoothly.

  • Karen P. — March 10, 2018 — Central America

    Best trip ever! Everything was coordinated so well and thee excursions were awesome. Our drivers were not only polite but educational. Our accommodations fit our family perfectly and our consultant was outstanding.

  • 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.

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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