Picture yourself venturing into the mists of the El Silencio Cloud Forest, coming upon the Desague River’s surreally blue waters, and kayaking along the Caribbean coasts of Isla Chiquita. Wonder up at the volcanic skyline looming over cloud forests, gawk at screeching macaws as you learn about their imperiled lives, and discover the exotic wildlife species such as monkeys, toucans and sloths that calls Costa Rica’s rainforests home. All the while, luxuriate in stunning accommodations and fresh, locally harvested cuisine. Join us on this action-packed adventure and explore Costa Rica from its glistening coasts to its lush interior.
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Arrive San Jose
Meet our local representative as you step out of the Juan Santa Maria International Airport who would take you to the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation. Located at 4000 feet above sea level and overlooking the Central Valley, surrounded by exotic flora and coffee plantations, sink into your comfortable suite, set within the tranquility of lush tropical vegetation of this internationally renowned small boutique hotel, unrivaled in its commitment to blending comfort with environmentally friendly practices. Rest and unwind tonight before starting your adventure the following morning.
Nectandra Cloud Forest Preserve, El Silencio Cloud Forest
In the morning you will depart for an approximately 1.5 hour drive to the Nectranda Cloud Forest Preserve in San Ramon, a horticultural display garden landscaped to exhibit the immense richness of the flora and fauna of Costa Rica. The premontane cloud forest of this region has one the highest density of species in the world. The Garden carries out educational programs for the general public, and conducts limited scientific studies to support its educational goals. These goals are to promote understanding of neotropical cloud forests: their biodiversity, their ecology, and their importance to our future. The trails at Nectandra Garden weave through both secondary and primary forests along loop trails of varying length and walking difficulty to challenge visitors of all ages and physical abilities.
After your hike, you will continue onto El Silencio Cloud Forest. Located in the picturesque Bajos Del Toro region, this is the perfect location for those seeking a deep connection with nature. It features a 500-acre private cloud forest reserve and is flanked by the Juan Castro Blanco and Poas Volcano National Parks. Misty tropical cloud forest, roaring waterfalls, and colorful culture are showcased through heartfelt hospitality and facilities that integrate with nature.
El Silencio Cloud Forest
In the morning, embark on a Hidden Treasure Hike. 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 body of water that reflects blue color due to its volcanic mineral content. Discover this natural wonder as it flows through the landscape, unraveling in a mesmerizing waterfall of sky tonalities. For extra adventure, you can take a soak in a refreshing cold water natural pool.
In the afternoon, experience the culture of Bajos Del Toro, a thriving rural community with rich traditions, unsurpassed landscapes, and intriguing flora. Visit local orchid enthusiast, Don Martin Porras and his private garden. His collection features more than 400 orchid species, from fun shoe-shaped specimens to tiny varieties of Lilliputian beauty. A magnifying glass is provided for a unique micro-safari.
This will be followed by a stroll through the local town and a fun stop at Doña Olga’s Pulpería, where you can palm fresh tortillas, try some homemade cheese, and buy local pastries.
After breakfast, depart for the approximately 2-hour drive back to San Jose and depart on an approximately 30-minute flight to Tambor in the Gulf of Nicoya.
Upon arrival, transfer to a dock where you will take a quick boat transfer to private Isla Chiquita (“little island”). Featuring 15 glamping tents, this is Costa Rica’s first and only island tent resort. The tents are set on elevated platforms, and the tiered layout offers spacious privacy and impressive ocean views. A ground-breaking concept in Costa Rica, Isla Chiquita combines the thrill of an island camping expedition with the creature comforts of an upscale resort.
Enjoy a connection to sea and land through self-powered adventures, and net-to-table cuisine. Kayaks and paddle boards will be available for you to use, and inland hiking trails are also available.
Spend the day exploring Isla Chiquita and its surroundings, including hiking, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding.
After breakfast, depart by boat and land to Tambor airstrip, then take an approximately 20-minute flight to Punta Islita airstrip, where you will transfer to your home for the next 3 nights.
Hotel Punta Islita integrates local communities while fostering environmental stewardship, human betterment, and cultural authenticity to differentiate and enrich the travel experience. Art programs and complementary education further provide empowering tools for the local communities. Hotel Punta Islita is not only a globally recognized sustainable travel destination, but also a thriving region characterized by a healthy natural environment and a dynamic collective of travel professionals, community artists, and microentrepreneurs.
In the afternoon visit the Ara Project. Launched in 1982, the Ara Project is dedicated to saving Costa Rica’s two native macaws: the endangered Great Green Macaw (ara ambiguus) and the Scarlet Macaw (ara macao). Both species have been heavily impacted by human pressures including unsustainable capture for the wild bird trade, and hunting and habitat loss. As a result, their populations have been significantly reduced. They are still at risk in the wild, and are in urgent need of help. The Ara Project is a Costa Rican licensed, government-supervised, conservation organization operated by a non-profit organization. Its primary purpose is focused on reintroducing the macaws to their former ranges, throughout much of Costa Rica.
Punta Islita - Build Your Own Adventure
You will have two days to enjoy the area in and around Punta Islita. During your stay, a collection of experiences are available, which can be organized as a group or booked individually:
Brisk Morning Hike: The best way to greet the day! An energizing hike through Islita’s private trails and surroundings.
Bird-Watching Hike: For early birds who love birds! A leisurely walk through trails to spot & photograph beautiful tropical species.
Dusk Adventure Hike: The day’s end wakes up many regional critters. Our guides will help you spot the region’s nocturnal life.
Morning Horseback Riding: Riding like a local sabanero is a great way to explore the rugged surroundings. Flanked by breaking waves or up the mountain trails.
Canopy Zip-Lining: Fly through the treetops for a birds-eye-view of the forest. A thrilling adventure for daring souls.
Sunset Horseback Riding: A storybook adventure! Explore rugged coastal landscapes on horseback. From beach cantering to riding up the mountains for scenic views of the day’s closing.
Monkey Quest Hike: Islita is populated by Howler, and White-Faced Monkeys. Enjoy their fun antics in the wild!
Sea Turtle Expedition: A magical celebration of life. Sea turtles lay their eggs in nearby Camaronal beach. Witness this miracle in person! (in season)
Yoga: Islita’s gorgeous natural scenery will enhance the health benefits of Pilates/Yoga.
Keychain making: The region’s seashells, pebbles, and unique seeds are perfect to create a beautiful keychain and a one-of-a-kind memento of your stay.
Candle Art: Create beautiful sand-candle pieces to take home and enjoy. Includes a fun pick-up soccer game while the candles cool off. (Minimum Age: 5)
Beach Painting: Get inspired by the tropical setting and release your inner artist. Let the colors and landscape of Islita fuel your creativity. For all ages
Chorreado Coffee and Baked Bread: Enjoy coffee hour the Tico way! Bake your own bread in a traditional, wood-burning oven and experience the chorreado brewing system, which imbues your coffee with incomparable flavor and aroma.
Cocktail Mixing: Mix fun tropical cocktails like a pro! Our bartenders share their libation secrets.
Pick-Up Soccer: The best way to establish a fun connection with our local neighbors. Friendly game at the Islita soccer field.
Golf Clinic: An all-around session to learn or improve.
Driving Range: Power up your game! Our Golf Pro will give you pointers to improve range and accuracy.
Golf Short Game: Don’t let your putting technique drag you down. Our Golf Pro to the rescue!
Punta Islita to San Jose
Drive approximately 4 hours or fly 40 minutes from Islita to San Jose.
Soak up the last memories as your driver takes you to the international airport, arriving three hours before your international flight back home
Dates & Rates
• Private transportation and guide for the first 6 days of the trip (Rincon de La Vieja and Arenal)
• All meals as outlined in the itinerary
• Equipment needed for all included activities
• Local fees and taxes
• Full service of our Adventure Consultants
• Airfare to and from Costa Rica
• Departure Tax ($29)
• Meals not specified on the itinerary
• Alcoholic beverages
• Items of a personal nature
FAQ & More
Spanish is the official language in Costa Rica. Because Tourism is one of the principal industries in the country, today many ticos speak English as well. If you feel like using your Spanish while traveling, go ahead! Ticos love to practice Spanish with visitors. It doesn't matter if it is poor or very good, just give it a try and add more words to your Spanish vocabulary.
The Costa Rica National currency is the colon. Credit cards (VISA - MASTER CARD) are widely accepted. US dollars are accepted in almost every part of the country. It is always good to take at least $300 per person, in case of any emergency, as well as for souvenirs and tipping.
Costa Rica is a tropical country situated between 8 and 11 degrees above the equator. It has only two seasons: dry and green. The dry season runs between late December and April and the green or rainy season lasts the rest of the year May through November, and still offers sunny mornings. The Caribbean coast stays green all year round due to the humidity. Average temperature ranges in San Jose are from 57 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit in December to 63 to 81 ° F in May. The coasts are much hotter, with the Caribbean averaging 70° F at night and over 86° F during the day. The Pacific side is a few degrees warmer still, but due to a lower humidity it tends to be more comfortable.
U.S. Citizens traveling to Central America are required to carry a valid U.S. passport. Your passport must also be valid for six months after your return date from Central America to the U.S. If you are not a U.S. Citizen, contact the embassy, consulate or national airline of the country you are traveling to for entry requirements.
Wherever you go in Costa Rica, the abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables and grains will make of your meal a "must to eat it all experience". Many people think the cooking is like the way Mexican people cook, the answer is No. The ingredients we use are similar but the difference is that in a Costa Rican meal, rather than a spicy/ hot flavor, the food has the freshness of all of the ingredients in each bite. The Typical Costa Rican breakfast is called "Gallo Pinto". A mixture of rice and beans, cilantro and spices will be always on any menu in the country. Beef, chicken and seafood are also part of the Tico's diet.
• 13% tax and 10% gratuity are already added to restaurant bills.
• $1 per bag at check-in and check-out and for bellboys.
• $5.00 - $15.00 per person, per day for guides.
• $3.00 - $5.00 for drivers, transfer guides and river guides per person, per day
• $1.00 - $2.00 per night for housekeeping personal.
For example, for a 4-day trip with a private driver and guide for two people, an average tip would be $80 for the guide, and $40 for the driver.
A $29.00 departure tax has to be paid when leaving the country. Before your check- in process, go to the bank counter inside the airport and pay the fee; the amount could be paid by cash / credit card. Complete the form on the back of the document and present it at the airline counter. You can also request the operator in Costa Rica to do this beforehand for you, you just need to provide copy of the passports and pay $2 extra per person.
Estimated pick up times are indicated in your itinerary. Please note that sometimes, the final confirmation for the pickup time might not match the one you have in your itinerary, as in certain occasions is necessary to change it due to bad traffic, or other type of situation that might affect that specific logistic. The pickup times have been scheduled based on avoiding rush hours, with extra cushion for any delay along the road, stops for lunch etc. If you decide to make any changes to the pickup times scheduled, it would be under your responsibility.
There is a 40 lb. per person baggage weight limit for transportation on domestic airline flights and small boat trips within your itinerary, though you are allowed one small carry-on and a small personal purse, or camera bag. The airline and boat operators enforce these limitations on your checked baggage for safety reasons. If you have extra luggage, you can leave it behind with the operator, and on the way back from that portion of the trip you will get it back. Please let us know before hand so we can coordinate logistics.you are traveling to for entry requirements.
When you book your reservation you will receive a full packing list with your reservation materials.