Costa Rica is worldwide known for its beaches, forest and for the efforts to preserve nature through green efforts. However, not many people know that our little country hides several amazing waterfalls in the most remote and magical places.

Come with us to discover these unknown treasures and let yourself be marveled by these hidden gems.

Details

 

Highlights:

  • A 8-day Costa Rica luxury itinerary.
  • Delve into Costa Rica’s vast natural wonders.
  • Visit 4 hidden waterfalls in different places.
  • Enjoy a mix of active adventure and downtime.
  • Bed down in luxury hotels throughout.

Inclusions:

  • 2 night accommodation at El Silencio Lodge or similar in Bajos del Toro.
  • 3 night accommodation at Parador Hotel or similar in Manuel Antonio.
  • 1 night accommodation at Alta Gracia Hotel or similar in Perez Zeledon.
  • 1 night accommodation at Alta Hotel or similar in San José.
  • Cooking class.
  • Zip Line Canopy Tour.
  • Visit Los Campesinos Reserve.
  • Visit 4 different waterfalls throughout the Costa Rican territory.
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner).
  • Small-group tour.
  • Air-conditioned transportation. Mini-Van or similar.
  • Welcome at the airport with personalized logo.
  • Enjoy at least 1 surprise during your itinerary.
  • Complementary gift to those celebrating a special occasion (birthday, anniversary, honeymoon, etc).
  • Complementary room for tour escort with a minimum of 10 rooms.
  • Complementary bottle of water during transfer in with a minimum of 10 participants.
  • Local guide.

Exclusions:

  • Airport taxes.
  • Gratuities (optional).
  • Other services not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Extra beverages and alcoholic drinks.
  • Meals, souvenirs and other local and personal expenses not specified in the itinerary.

Additional info:

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability.
  • A minimum of 4 people per booking is required.
  • Please note: optional activities can be purchased while in Costa Rica.
  • Please be aware that a minimum physical condition is required.

Passport & visa requirements

  • To enter Costa Rica, a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry is necessary.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • Please verify with your Costa Rica embassy if VISA is required to enter both countries.

Tour pace

  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. Comfortable, casual clothing and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are a must for sightseeing.
  • A lightweight jacket is recommended, as the temperatures will change with the elevation throughout your tour.
  • A sun hat, sunglasses and rain gear will help you stay comfortable in all types of weather. You may also wish to pack a swimsuit.
  • Binoculars are handy for a closer look at local wildlife and scenery.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.

Cuisine

  • Costa Rican cuisine is based on staples like rice, black beans and corn with beef, chicken or fish. Fresh, locally grown fruit includes bananas, mangoes, pineapples and avocados. Traditional desserts include custards, puddings and simple cakes. Locally grown coffee is served strong and black, but hot milk is often available if you ask.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Costa Rica operates on 120 volts and uses Types A or B plugs with two flat pins or two flat pins and one round pin, respectively.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in some hotels in this region may not be as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • Costa Rica is six hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and one hour behind Eastern Standard Time (EST). Costa Rica does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 11am in Costa Rica from March through November and 10am from April through October.

Currency

  • You will use the Costa Rican colón on this tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Additional information

Duration8 Days and 7 Nights
Age15+
1

Day 1: Arrive in San José.

One of our representatives will welcome you at the International Juan Santamaria Airport, then you will be transferred to your hotel in the outskirts of San José, just 1.5-hour away from the airport.

This area is called Bajos del Toro and its well known for its chilled weather and wonderful nature, just some steeps from the capital.

Upon arrival to the hotel, you will have some time to familiarize yourself with the surroundings and the casitas (your room). Tonight, dinner is included at the main restaurant, where you can meet your fellow travelers and start discussing your upcoming adventures.
Overnight at El Silencio Lodge (D).

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Day 2: First hidden Waterfall.

Breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards, we will start our hiking tour seeking for the first hidden waterfall. Just a few miles away from the hotel, this waterfall hides in the bottom of a canyon. This is one of those places in life that makes you feel better just by looking at it, energizing you and making you experience everything this land has to offer.

And if one is not enough, we will visit a second waterfall in this same area, double the excitement and adventure!

Back at the hotel, lunch is included and the afternoon is at leisure. Then, at late afternoon we will join the head chef for a cooking class; tonight’s dinner is up to us.
Overnight at El Silencio Lodge (B, L, D).

3

Day 3: Zip Line / Manuel Antonio.

Rise and shine! Enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading to the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, a 3-hour drive. On the way, we will stop near the Carara National Park for a Zip-Line adventure tour.

The adventure starts with a 15-minute ride aboard a specially designed, 40-passenger tractor. Once you arrive at the top of the mountain, you’ll then descend via a series of zip lines, including 15 platforms and 14 cables with a total cable distance of 3.5 Km (2.16 mi), including one that spans 2,400 ft (730 m). This makes it the longest cable in the area! Within the property, you will have the opportunity to see the scarlet macaws and white-faced monkeys.

Then, we continue our journey to Manuel Antonio National Park, making a stop on route for lunch. At Manuel Antonio, we will stay for the next 3 nights at Parador Hotel, where we will be able to enjoy a beautiful sunset from the main pool. Dinner tonight is included.
Overnight at Parador Hotel (B, L, D).

4

Day 4: Discover this Reserve.

Take a break from your adventures in this Reserve to splash in a freshwater pool beneath a waterfall—your guide knows just the spot. Part of the adventure will be crossing by the hanging bridge through giant trees.

After lunch, we will walk on the Poza de Olivo Pathway (1 hour) Here a lovely surprise is waiting for us; our second destination featuring a hidden waterfall. Swim in the natural pools that form in the bottom of the waterfall, this is just the perfect end for a day full of exercise, sun, and contact with nature.
Overnight at Parador Hotel (B, L, D).

5

Day 5: Day at leisure.

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Manuel Antonio offers a great variety of optional tours such as an adventure aboard a catamaran, a guided visit through the Manuel Antonio National Park, or even a canoe tour on the ocean.

If you prefer to relax, Parador Hotel has 3 different pools, a SPA, mini golf course and shuttle service to the nearest beaches. Your options are limitless.
Overnight at Parador Hotel (B, L, D).

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Day 6: Third hidden Waterfall.

Today, we leave behind the white sand of Manuel Antonio and continue our adventure. Just 1 hour away from Manuel Antonio, we will find another hidden waterfall waiting to be discovered. The first one is 45 meters high in free fall and the other one 20 meters high. This is a paradise in the jungle of the South Pacific coast which rewards us with several natural pools, all of them at your disposal to enjoy while you admire the nature that surrounds this magical place.

Later, we will stay at Alta Gracia Hotel for 1 night. This is a luxury hotel recently awarded as one of the most exuberant new hotels in Latin America. Nested in a sumptuous Hacienda, the hotel offers several activities such as horseback riding and several walking trails, besides of a world-class SPA and entertainment rooms. The hotel even offers a unique attraction in the area, the possibility to fly for 30 min or 1 hour using an ultralight aircraft, a one-time opportunity in life.
Overnight at Alta Gracia Hotel (B, L, D).

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Day 7: Our last Waterfall.

This morning we have one last surprise for you! We will spend part of our morning searching for a one last waterfall in the area surrounding the Alta Gracia Hotel.

After lunch, we will head back to San José city for our last night before departing home. Dinner tonight is included at the hotel.
Overnight at Alta Hotel (B, L, D).

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Day 8: Adiós Costa Rica.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Juan Santamaría International Airport for your flight back home.

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