Luxury Costa Rica Expedition Private Tour

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Why You Should Go

Located in Central America, Costa Rica hosts more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity. We recommend this expedition itinerary for active families who love the outdoors. Primarily based in the Arenal Conservation Area, this place is teaming with life within its lush, green rainforests. Containing a great wealth of geologic and biological complexity, Arenal has more than 500,000 acres of rain forest, rivers, lakes, and old volcanic lava fields. Arenal also plays an interesting role in Costa Rica’s power production- Lake Arenal, which rests at the base of the volcano, supplies a high percentage of the country’s hydroelectric energy. This is the place to be if looking to get away from the hustle of everyday life and immerse yourself in nature and outdoor activity.

Best Travel Time: Winter Spring

Sunrise at the base of the Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Sunrise at the base of the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

Sample Itinerary

8 Days

Each private luxury tour is custom to the wishes of each client. This itinerary is a sample. Our Sister Company, TRAVNET, may provide assistance with mileage points conversion. Do not hesitate to call Randy to create your custom tour.

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Day 1

Fly to and Arrive San Jose + Fly San Jose/La Fortuna + Transfer to Pacuare Lodge
Upon arrival in San Jose, you will take a private Cessna 208 flight to La Fortuna. Upon arrival in La Fortuna, you will be privately transferred to Pacuare Lodge in Arenal Volcano National park.

Accommodations: Pacuare Lodge

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Pacuare Lodge from above
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Day 2-3

Pacuare River Valley
You have two full days to enjoy the excursions and amenities offered at Pacuare Lodge. Some available activities include tropical canyoning, waterfall hikes, and birdwatching.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Pacuare Lodge

arenal volcano and rainforest, costa rica
Costa Rican Rainforest
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Day 4

Drive Pacuare River Valley/Arenal Volcano National Park
Following breakfast at Pacuare Lodge, you will set out on a morning river rafting expedition. Following a picnic lunch along the river, you will be privately transferred to Nayara Tented Camp in the Arenal Volcano region.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Nayara Tented Camp

Pacuare River
Pacuare River, Costa Rica
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Day 5

Arenal Volcano National Park Excursion
Following breakfast at the hotel, you will be meet your driver at the lobby of the hotel and drive to the Pure Trek site on the mountains near the town of La Fortuna for your canyoning excursion. Drive to the first ranch house where you will put your gear on, be given a short safety and rappelling explanation and then depart on a short trek on a rainforest trail to the first waterfall rappel where you will descend into the canyon.

In the afternoon, you will go on an excursion to the Mistico Park Arenal Hanging Bridges.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Nayara Tented Camp

Hanging Bridge, Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park,  Costa Rica
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, Costa Rica
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Day 6

Arenal Volcano National Park Excursion
Following breakfast at Nayara, you will be met by your private biking guide in the lobby for a full-day excursion to mountain bike. You’ll be taking off from La Guaria and ride over patches of forest, open pasture areas, trails and rural roads, as well as some paved roads.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodations: Nayara Tented Camp

Keel-billed toucan, Ramphastos sulfuratus
Keel-billed Toucan, Costa Rica
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Day 7

Drive Arenal Volcano National Park/San Jose
Following a leisurely morning, you will be privately transferred to the local terminal in Arenal where you will board a short Cessna 208 flight to San Jose.

Upon arrival in San Jose, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen for check-in.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodations: Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen

Costa Rica, panoramic view of San Jose city center
San Jose City Center
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Day 8

Fly San Jose/Home
Following breakfast, you will be met by your private guide and driver and transferred to Juan Santamaria International Aiport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

rafting in costa rica
River Rafting, Costa Rica

Hotels

Located in a remote area on the banks of the wild Pacuare River, the 20-villa eco-lux Pacuare Lodge is ideally set for an active family outdoor experience. Though no air conditioning, Pacuare boats a “cross ventilation” cooling system due to its riverside location offering cooler evenings. Set on 10 acres of tropical gardens, other amenities include a very nice Java Juu Spa, walk-in wine cellar, and outstanding full-board meal service. Though no 24 room-service, you can still request in-room breakfast. The lodge offers many adventure excursions including rappelling, whitewater rafting, trekking, canyoning, and trail/waterfall hikes.

Pacuare Lodge

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Located in a remote area on the banks of the wild Pacuare River, the 20-villa eco-lux Pacuare Lodge is ideally set for an active family outdoor experience. Though no air conditioning, Pacuare boats a “cross ventilation” cooling system due to its riverside location offering cooler evenings. Set on 10 acres of tropical gardens, other amenities include a very nice Java Juu Spa, walk-in wine cellar, and outstanding full-board meal service. Though no 24 room-service, you can still request in-room breakfast. The lodge offers many adventure excursions including rappelling, whitewater rafting, trekking, canyoning, and trail/waterfall hikes.

Newly opened, Naraya Tented Camp boasts luxury accommodations and amenities. The camp’s critical feature is its unique, remote location in Arenal National Park. Nayara Tented Camp features 25 luxury tents all set on a hill with open views of the Arenal Volcano. The tents are air-conditioned and feature plunge pools fed with natural hot springs, outdoor showers, wooden floors, and spacious bathrooms. Other highlights of the camp include a swim-up bar and a new gourmet restaurant with an expansive terrace overlooking the Costa Rican rainforest. The area within Arenal Volcano National Park is home to a great variety of birds, wildlife, and a sloth sanctuary.

Nayara Tented Camp

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Having just opened, two of the guides we use have inspected the property and have come back with superlative reviews! In addition to its luxury accommodations and amenities, the camp’s critical feature is its unique, remote location in Arenal National Park. Nayara Tented Camp features 25 luxury tents all set on a hill with open views of the Arenal Volcano. The tents are air conditioned and feature plunge pools fed with natural hot springs, outdoor showers, wooden floors, and spacious bathrooms. Other highlights of the camp include a swim-up bar and new gourmet restaurant with an expansive terrace overlooking the Costa Rican rainforest. The area within Arenal Volcano National Park is home to a great variety of birds, wildlife, and a sloth sanctuary.

The 290-room Marriott Hacienda’s Spanish Colonial inspired design is located on a 30-acre coffee plantation. With beautiful settings and a relaxed atmosphere, this is the perfect place to relax before your travels home. The amenities here include an outdoor swimming pool, driving range, tennis courts, fitness center, and spa.

 

Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen

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The 290-room Marriott Hacienda’s Spanish Colonial inspired design is located on a 30-acre coffee plantation. With beautiful settings and a relaxed atmosphere, this is the perfect place to relax before your travels home. The amenities here include an outdoor swimming pool, driving range, tennis courts, fitness center, and spa.

 

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Location

Overview

Temperature
Highs: Mid 80s
Lows: High 60s
Area
51,100 SQ KM
19,730 SQ MILES
Capital
San José
Population
4.9 Million
Language
Spanish
Currency
Costa Rican Colón

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