Costa Rica's Best Kept Secrets

10 days from $4,820 per person*
  • Spot dolphins and whales, and snorkel healthy coral reefs
  • Learn to make chocolate from the cacao bean.
  • Trek through the jungle on a private birdwatching excursion.
  • Relax in luxurious accommodations that harmonize with their natural settings.
  • Private transfers throughout.
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Venture into the gem of Central America and discover an eco-tourists dream. With a private guide and fabulous eco-lodges, you'll explore this unspoiled tropical paradise in style.

This adventure was specifically crafted for you to luxuriate in stunning accommodations that celebrate their natural surroundings; where design and harmony with nature is always at the forefront, so you can truly feel at one with this magical country. With a private guide, experience the hanging bridges of Arenal in the jungle canopy. Trek a cacao plantation and learn to make chocolate. Spot vibrant toucans, parrots, hummingbirds and monkeys as you hike through the forest, then take to the ocean for a dolphin and whale watching boat trip. Retire to your eco-lodge each evening, and let peace wash over you.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

Day
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 - Private - 1/2 Day Hanging Bridges (3.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Arenal
    Arenal
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Wildlife Safari & Tortilla Making (with Lunch, 4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 4 Arenal to Bajos del Toro
    Arenal to Bajos del Toro
    • Transfer - Private - Arenal - Bajos del Toro [2.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(5)
  • Day 5 Bajos del Toro
    Bajos del Toro
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day La Tirimbina Chocolate Tour (El Silencio) - Guide
  • Day 6 Bajos del Toro
    Bajos del Toro
    • Tour - Private - Daybreak Bird Watching (El Silencio) - Guide
  • Day 7 Bajos del Toro to Uvita de Osa
    Bajos del Toro to Uvita de Osa
    • Transfer - Private - Bajos del Toro - Uvita de Osa [4.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(8)
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Uvita de Osa
    Uvita de Osa
    • Tour - Private - Marino Ballena National Park Whale & Dolphin Tour (3.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Boat
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Uvita de Osa
    Uvita de Osa
    • Tour - Private - Cano Island Biological Reserve with Violines Island & Snorkeling (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Boat
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Uvita de Osa
    Uvita de Osa
    • Uvita de Osa - San José [Airport] - Vehicle/Driver(5)
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: 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's Best Kept Secrets Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Arenal Volcano
The Arenal Volcano
Costa Rica's Best Kept Secrets Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens
Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens

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. 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's Best Kept Secrets Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hanging Bridges
Hanging Bridges

Day 3: Arenal

Soak in the sights and sounds of a beautiful tropical setting along the lower Peñas Blancas River as you glide across this natural wonderland. On a two hour floating safari, operating at a gentle pace, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings.  Your bilingual guide will provide you with informative insight about the local flora and fauna 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 colorful bird species. 

Carrying onward, this next activity perfect for the entire family; Doña Mara's 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). What to bring on the trip: Easy dry clothes (shorts and t-shirt are best), bathing suit, secure shoes (Sports Sandals and water shoes are best), sunscreen and or hat.

Accommodation: Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
Costa Rica's Best Kept Secrets Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Monkey in the Jungle
Monkey in the Jungle

Day 4: Arenal - Bajos del Toro

Meet your private driver for a transfer from Arenal to Bajos del Toro. Transfer time is usually 2.5 hours.

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's Best Kept Secrets Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Costa Rica's Best Kept Secrets Tours 2017 - 2018 -  El Silencio Lodge & Spa
El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Day 5: Bajos del Toro

Become a savvy chocolatier! A former cocoa bean plantation embedded in the thick tropical forest of the nearby Sarapiqui basin sets the stage for a delightful (and delicious) adventure. A guided hike is followed by a thorough, hands-on chocolate making session. From cracking open the cocoa fruit, to hand grinding and adding your favorite extra ingredients, the process is thoroughly explained and peppered with fun historical tidbits about the “food of the gods”. Perfect for kids and every adult’s inner child.

Accommodation: El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Costa Rica's Best Kept Secrets Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Chocolate Tour
Chocolate Tour

Day 6: 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's Best Kept Secrets Tours 2017 - 2018 -  El Silencio Bird Watching
El Silencio Bird Watching

Day 7: Bajos del Toro - Uvita de Osa

Depart on a private vehicle transfer with professional driver to Uvita de Osa. Approximate duration is 4.5 hours.

Accommodation: Kura Design Villas

When the concepts of ultimate luxury and astonishing design met with environmental awareness and sustainability, Kurà Design Villas was born. From the extraordinary, breath-taking views to the custom-built glass, double-rain shower in each seductive villa, every detail at Kurà was crafted to bring guests the most exclusive and unique experience possible. Kurà overlooks the Southern Pacific coastline of Costa Rica on pristine Uvita beach in Osa Peninsula, near Corcovado National Park. Kura is perched remotely on the coastal ridge, sloping five kilometers above the shoreline, just a 15-minute drive away from the main road. This position provides cool breezes, panoramic views of the ocean and deep jungle views to the east.

Costa Rica's Best Kept Secrets Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Kura Design Villas
Kura Design Villas

Day 8: Uvita de Osa

The Combo Tour is the best option to see the most of the Marino Ballena National Park. The boat departs from Punta Uvita Beach and visits the famous Punta Uvita Whale’s Tail, Ballena Island, Tres Hermanas Islets and Ventana Sea Caves. During the tour, search for Humpback Whales (seasonally) and two different species of resident dolphins. When granted the opportunity, you might see and hear the song of the Humpback Whales and or observe the acrobatic displays of the dolphins. You will also visit the coral and rock reefs to snorkel and observe the wonderful marine wildlife of the Marino Ballena National Park. While cruising in the boat, you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the coastline of Costa Ballena and observe the biversity of shore and pelagic birds nesting in the Islets of the park. During the trip your captain will take you to the caverns of Ventanas Beach where you can observe wonderful rocky formations and the amazing caverns that were carved out by the ocean and tectonic movements over thousands of years.

Note: The humpback whales visit the waters of Costa Rica and the Marino Ballena National Park between mid-July and late October (Southern Humpback Whales), and again in mid -December through late March (Northern Humpback Whales) as they migrate to and from feeding and mating grounds.                                                                                                        

Tour includes : Bilingual naturalist guide, bottled water, box with tropical fruits, entrance fee to Ballena park, snorkeling equipment and transportation from Kurá.           

 

Accommodation: Kura Design Villas
Costa Rica's Best Kept Secrets Tours 2017 - 2018 -

Day 9: Uvita de Osa

This tour combines two of Costa Rica’s most magnificent jewels: Caño Island Biological Reserve and Violines Island.  Please be ready at the Bahia Aventuras office at 7:00am to get sized for your equipment. The tour departs from Punta Uvita at 7:30 AM and arrives at Caño Island approximately 1.5 hours later. It is a beautiful trip where you can observe whales, dolphins, and other marine animals like sea turtles and marine birds. When you get to the island,  you will be able to appreciate the healthiest coral reefs on this Costa Rica snorkeling adventure and observe a great variety of marine species, many of which are in danger of extinction. Afterwards, you will head by boat to the north side of Violines Island (30 minutes), a beautiful small Island with lush vegetation. Upon arrival, the guides will prepare a picnic lunch. Then the rest of the time will be spent on the beach, swimming in its safe bay, and hiking on the beach. During dry season it is possible to snorkel in the reefs of Violines Island. Throughout the trip, you will likely be able to see many species of birds and wonderful tropical vegetation. The boat will head back to Uvita beach at 2:30- 3:00 PM following the coast where you will be able to see from the boat the largest Mangrove forest under protection in Central America, the Térraba Mangrove Forest. The boat will arrive at Uvita beach around 4:00 PM.
 
Tour includes: Bilingual naturalist guide, bottled water, entrance fee to Cano Island, snorkeling equipment, Picnic style lunch and transportation from Kurá.

Physical considerations: All fitness levels. However, this tour is not recommended for people with serious health problems such as I.B.S (irritable bowel syndrome) or urinary incontinence due to lack of restrooms on the boat and Cano Island. Restrooms are available at a private resort in Violines Island.

 

Accommodation: Kura Design Villas
Costa Rica's Best Kept Secrets Tours 2017 - 2018 -

Day 10: Uvita de Osa

Meet your driver for a private vehicle transfer from Uvita de Osa to San Jose Airport.

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.

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's Best Kept Secrets Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens
Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens
Costa Rica's Best Kept Secrets Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Arenal Nayara Entrance
Arenal Nayara Entrance

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's Best Kept Secrets Tours 2017 - 2018 -  El Silencio Lodge & Spa
El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Costa Rica's Best Kept Secrets Tours 2017 - 2018 -  El Silencio Lodge & Spa
El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Kura Design Villas: Uvita de Osa

When the concepts of ultimate luxury and astonishing design met with environmental awareness and sustainability, Kurà Design Villas was born. From the extraordinary, breath-taking views to the custom-built glass, double-rain shower in each seductive villa, every detail at Kurà was crafted to bring guests the most exclusive and unique experience possible. Kurà overlooks the Southern Pacific coastline of Costa Rica on pristine Uvita beach in Osa Peninsula, near Corcovado National Park. Kura is perched remotely on the coastal ridge, sloping five kilometers above the shoreline, just a 15-minute drive away from the main road. This position provides cool breezes, panoramic views of the ocean and deep jungle views to the east.

Costa Rica's Best Kept Secrets Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Kura Design Villas
Kura Design Villas
Costa Rica's Best Kept Secrets Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Kura Design Villas
Kura Design Villas

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 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!!!!

  • Amy G. — May 19, 2016 — Central America

    I've already passed on the name of my trip planner to friends that are looking to go to Costa Rica. Working with Brandi was invaluable.

  • Kristen E. — May 19, 2016 — Central America

    Everyone was amazing! We were able to do local activities with our tour guides and they were all very accommodating and great.

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

    Beautiful hotels with very friendly helpful staff, and very passionate guides keen to show off their heritage to us, of which they are rightly proud. I think having higher end hotels pays off in terms of personal attention and there was nothing I would have changed. At the Turtle Inn we felt like part of a family which was pretty special. I'd do it all again!

  • Collin B. — May 18, 2016 — Central America

    Our trip went extremely well. Everything from pick-ups to transfers to accommodations and tours went as smooth as silk. Everybody was prompt and courteous and very friendly. Small changes while in country were happily accommodated. We would highly recommend Kensington Tours to our friends and family.

  • Doug N. — May 18, 2016 — Central America

    Thanks to all the in country staff for helping me to change one activity just a few days prior to the event. I would also recommend all of my guides, but especially Marcela in Monteverde and Barbara in Manuel Antonio.

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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