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Luxury Eco Wildlife Adventure in Costa Rica

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PRIVATE TOUR - 14 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $8500+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Experience an exhilarating adventure where you rappel down a series of 4 waterfalls and trek on trails through the pristine rainforest.
  • Taste some of the dozens of seasonal products growing in the healthy and fertile lands, typical of the nearby volcano for an authentic farm to table experience.
  • Visit Don Juan Coffee Plantation tour for an introduction into the history of coffee in Costa Rica and its importance for the culture and the economy.
  • Enjoy two days of activities included at Playa Cativo with optional boating excursions, nature hikes, wellness classes or just relaxing on the serene shoreline of the Golfo Dulce.
  • Learn about the symbiotic relationships between plants and insects, animals and seeds, trees and birds of the lush cloud forests of Aguti Wildlife Reserve.
  • Enjoy the Ecotermales Hot Springs, a family-run hot springs resort featuring volcanically heated pools.
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Tour Overview

Irauzqui Recommended: Luxury Eco Wildlife Adventure in Costa Rica!

Yampu Tours Founders Jose & Monica Irauzqui recently returned from an inspection trip to Costa Rica to test the region on Yampu’s high standards of travel services and safety protocols. The two explored the lush rainforests of Arenal, walked along the canopies of the Monteverde’s cloud forest, and relaxed on the tranquil shores of Uvita Beach and Golfo Dulce.

While exploring the verdant jungles and serene shorelines of Costa Rica, the pair stayed at two upscale nature lodges: El Silencio Lodge and Playa Cativo.

The two were thoroughly impressed by the attention to detail, cleanliness, and safety at every turn, meeting Yampu’s requirements with flying colors. With such amazing experiences all around, Jose and Monica welcome guests to explore and relax with their latest suggested itinerary, Irauzqui Recommended: Luxury Eco Wildlife Adventure in Costa Rica!

Much like the pair’s own Costa Rica trip, Yampu travelers will enjoy rappelling waterfalls, zip-lining over the rainforest canopies, savoring true farm-to-table experiences, and relaxing with several days at leisure with choice activities all starting at $8,500 per person.

Take a look at the suggested itinerary below and contact a Yampu Tour Consultant to travel in Yampu style. Experience more with private assistance, transfers, and tours with 5-star accommodations that have been personally inspected by Yampu’s founding travel experts.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Package Price: $8500
Pricing Details

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International Flight to San Jose

At the appropriate time, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

Costa Rica's capital, San Jose, is in the Central Valley. It has world-class museums, parks, hotels, theaters, and historic buildings. It's an extensive plain, guarded by majestic volcanoes and green hills, honoring the natural richness that exists throughout the national territory.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

Costa Rica's capital, San Jose, is in the Central Valley. It has world-class museums, parks, hotels, theaters, and historic buildings. It's an extensive plain, guarded by majestic volcanoes and green hills, honoring the natural richness that exists throughout the national territory.

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Day
2

San Jose - Bajos del Toro

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to your hotel in Bajos del Toro (64 km / 40 miles, approx. 2-hours).

Bajos del Toro Costa Rica is a unique private reserve in the Central Highland area next to the Juan Castro Blanco National Park. It's home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country, Tesoro Escondido (hidden treasure) and Toro Amarillo (Yellow Bull).

En route visit Pierella, Butterfly & Ecological Garden Tour with Lunch

We like to present Pierella Ecological Garden, a local family business from Sarapiqui lowlands in the province of Heredia. It was established 20 years ago as a project to breed butterflies for export. Over time, it has been transformed into an area of 5 hectares, changing from a simple butterfly nursery to a true ecological garden that now hosts a great diversity of environments and wildlife to explore! Join us in a tour to visit Pierella's great birding trails, have amazing photo opportunities, try the organic cocoa tour and have some of the best traditional lunches in the area. Then, continue to your hotel.
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Day of Leisure in El Silencio Lodge

Spend the day relaxing or exploring the grounds of El Silencio Lodge with self-guided hikes & excursions that are available at the lodge.

Spend the day relaxing or exploring the grounds of El Silencio Lodge with self-guided hikes & excursions that are available at the lodge.

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4

Bajos del Toro - Arenal - Danaus Ecological Center Nature Walk

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to your hotel in Arenal (90 km / 56 miles, approx. 3-hours). Please ask your Yampu Tour Consultant about upgrading to the Nayara Tented Camp.

The most popular and well-recognized of Costa Rica's volcanoes is the Arenal Volcano, a symmetrical cone-shaped volcano that dominates the fertile landscape of Arenal Volcano National Park.

En route Cultural & Danaus Ecological Center Nature Walk Tour with Lunch

A beautiful piece of paradise awaits just 15 minutes from La Fortuna! Immersed in the warm and natural habitat facing the Arenal Volcano and surrounded by rivers and rainforests, we have the chance to visit an organic orchard run by a local family. Here we will find, learn about, and taste some of the dozens of seasonal products growing in the healthy and fertile lands, typical of the nearby volcano. You will find a great variety of tropical fruits, tubers, and spices, and will be able to enjoy some with lunch. Another attraction of this farm is the abundance of wildlife sightings of animals that live here while you explore the many trails situated in the plantations. The mix of vegetation, forest edge, living fences and fruit trees, attracts animals such as toucans, parrots, sloths, and iguanas! The highlight of this visit is at the end of the walk when we enjoy a delicious home cook lunch prepared by the owners of the orchard followed by a fresh cup of coffee and a tasty dessert!

In the afternoon, enjoy the visit to Danaus biological reserve, a model of conservation located east of the town of La Fortuna, near Arenal Volcano National Park. Once open farmland, this reserve has been allowed to revert back to forest and is now teeming with wildlife. A main trail winds through the forest, where visitors can see a number of the 154 bird species recorded here, including cobalt-blue red-legged honeycreepers. The main trail passes by a small lake, where boat-billed herons and alligator-like caiman reside. Several slow-moving sloths live here too. Tiny native red poison dart frogs can be seen in a little forest ranario (frog farm) and many different species of butterflies' flit about the reserve. A nursery on the property propagates native trees for reforestation.
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Day
5

Pure Trek Waterfall Adventure & Arenal Observatory Tour

After breakfast, enjoy a waterfall canyoning & rappelling tour.
Near Arenal Volcano, experience an exhilarating adventure where you rappel down a series of 4 waterfalls and trek on trails through the pristine rainforest. You will descend the waterfalls into river canyons secured by a safety harness. No experience is necessary, but you should be in good physical condition, willing to have fun and get very wet! Bring: synthetic fabric quick drying clothes; water sandals, tennis shoes or light hiking boots; clothing change; towel. Includes: expert guide, equipment and entrance fee.

After lunch, enjoy the guided walk on trails of the property of the Arenal Observatory Lodge.

Arenal Observatory Lodge lies in the heart of one of Costa Rica's largest natural areas. Howler monkeys call from the forest and the rich volcanic soil supports primary and secondary rainforests teeming with butterflies, mammals, reptiles and 400 species of birds. Seven miles of manicured, well-marked walking, biking and horseback trail systems allow visitors to traverse the property while providing safe, easy access to breathtaking natural beauty. The trails are never crowded. There is a hanging bridge, waterfall, Cerro Chato crater lake or a hardened lava flow to explore! Your guide will help interpret the lush landscape and stop along the way to discuss the volcano, flora and fauna.

Early in the evening, enjoy the Ecotermales Hot Springs. This is a family-run hot springs resort featuring volcanically heated pools. To assure personal service, several family members attend to the needs of visiting guests. The facility offers separate changing rooms for women and men each equipped with hot showers, lockers and toilets. The subtle landscaping includes regenerating forest and attractive tropical plants.
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Day
6

Arenal - Monteverde with Aguti Wildlife Reserve Tour

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to your hotel in Monteverde (164 km / 102 miles, approx. 4-hours).

Famous for its cloud forests, Monteverde's weather is mountainous, and can sometimes be a little damp. If you're from the United States of America, you'll probably find it similar to the climate of the Pacific Northwest - a moist climate, but the summers are amazing!

Aguti Wildlife Reserve Tour

This protected area is part of the great conservation complex that includes the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Children's Eternal Rainforest, Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, among other conservation efforts that exist in the area. You will learn about the symbiotic relationships between plants and insects, animals and seeds, trees and birds. At the end of our journey, you will know a number of fascinating stories that the forest has to tell.
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Day
7

Zipline Canopy Adventure - Coffee Plantation Visit - Curi Cancha Tour

The Monteverde Sky Tram/Sky Trek combines a ski lift ride and a zip line adventure in a cloud forest. The Sky Tram is a guided ride with short stops to observe the wonders of the cloud forest. The Sky Trek is a zip line ride between rises in the mountains that stretch 2.5 miles. This tour glides along a cable 2500 feet long at 40 miles an hour and 524 feet above the ground! Five observation towers en route rise above the trees and give exhilarating panoramic views. The tour begins with the Sky Tram bringing you up the mountain on the Continental Divide, and then you glide down on the Sky Trek zip lines. Bring: hiking shoes, jacket, insect repellent and sunscreen.

In the afternoon, enjoy Don Juan Coffee Plantation tour. The tour starts with an introduction into the history of coffee in Costa Rica and its importance for the culture and the economy. The life cycle of the coffee plant will be examined, from seed to plant to fruit. After this introduction you will get to learn about the picking process, and the workers who immigrate to Monteverde for the picking season. The picking season is from November until February and visitors will be encouraged to help with the picking, if they are doing a tour in that time of year. You will also learn how the pulp was traditionally removed from the coffee cherries and how the cherries are washed and separated. If visitors do a tour in the dry season, they can see how the beans can naturally dry in the sun on the large patio.

The warehouse stores the beans in big fiber sacks that allow the beans to breathe and therefore complete their aging process. The warehouse is also the place where the selection, roasting and packaging of the Don Juan coffee is done. At last you will be given the opportunity to ride in a typical ox cart, this is a nice way to experience the way of transportation of Costa Rica's past. After this you will get to taste the Don Juan coffee in the La Casona restaurant.

After the coffee tour, it is time for the chocolate tour. You will visit a chocolate processing center, here you can participate in the chocolate-making process. You will see how the small cacao beans will be turned into chocolate. The traditional methods of roasting and grinding the beans will be showed and of course you can have a try at a range of chocolates.

Early evening, enjoy Curi Cancha night tour. Curi-Cancha Reserve is located in the heart of Monteverde. It protects 86 hectares (205 acres) of primary and secondary forest. Seven kilometers of natural trails allow visitors to explore the flora and fauna of the tropical cloud forest. Walking in the forest at night is a magical experience. Possible sightings include mammals, insects, and birds.
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8

Monteverde - Uvita Beach

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to your hotel in Uvita Beach (239 km / 149 miles, approx. 4-hours).

It is notable for hosting the annual music event (Envision Festival) and being home to the Cola de Ballena (Whale's Tail) beach (Playa Uvita) which is one of the beaches comprising Marino Ballena National Park. The Whale's Tail has been described as one of the world's most beautiful beaches.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to your hotel in Uvita Beach (239 km / 149 miles, approx. 4-hours).

It is notable for hosting the annual music event (Envision Festival) and being home to the Cola de Ballena (Whale's Tail) beach (Playa Uvita) which is one of the beaches comprising Marino Ballena National Park. The Whale's Tail has been described as one of the world's most beautiful beaches.

Day
9

Day of Leisure in Uvita Beach

Today will be at your leisure to relax and explore Uvita Beach on your own.

Today will be at your leisure to relax and explore Uvita Beach on your own.

Day
10

Uvita Beach - Golfo Dulce

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to Golfo Dulce Dock. Arrival at the dock, you will take a boat ride to Playa Cativo (approx. 4-hours).

As one of the wettest places on Earth with over 200 inches of rainfall a year, the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve boasts some of the tallest ancient trees that tower between 100 and 140 feet into the air. Known for its biodiversity, this region is ideal for nature lovers and adventurers.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to Golfo Dulce Dock. Arrival at the dock, you will take a boat ride to Playa Cativo (approx. 4-hours).

As one of the wettest places on Earth with over 200 inches of rainfall a year, the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve boasts some of the tallest ancient trees that tower between 100 and 140 feet into the air. Known for its biodiversity, this region is ideal for nature lovers and adventurers.

Day
11

Choice of Optional Playa Cativo Activities

Enjoy two days of activities included at Playa Cativo. Hiking options include an introduction to the tropical rainforest with organic gardens guided hike, a scenic waterfall hike, and sustainable hikes. Visitors can also take to the ocean with deep sea fishing excursions, dolphin and whale watching, ocean kayaking, snorkeling the Golfo Dulce and other optional aquatic tours. You will also have free use of kayaks, stand up paddleboards and snorkeling gear at the lodge to use at your leisure.

Enjoy two days of activities included at Playa Cativo. Hiking options include an introduction to the tropical rainforest with organic gardens guided hike, a scenic waterfall hike, and sustainable hikes. Visitors can also take to the ocean with deep sea fishing excursions, dolphin and whale watching, ocean kayaking, snorkeling the Golfo Dulce and other optional aquatic tours. You will also have free use of kayaks, stand up paddleboards and snorkeling gear at the lodge to use at your leisure.

Day
12

Activities at Playa Cativo

Enjoy another day at Playa Cativo. Partake in more hikes to take in the region's natural beauty, or rest and relax both body and mind with wellness activities at Lotus Wellness, which features two treatment rooms, a peaceful outdoor plunge pool, and a luxurious lounge all nestled in nature. An amazing wellness menu features signature services and healing treatments designed to pamper guests for ultimate relaxation, restoration, and rejuvenation. Get lost in the lullaby of the sea and tranquil tunes of the tropical jungle.

Enjoy another day at Playa Cativo. Partake in more hikes to take in the region's natural beauty, or rest and relax both body and mind with wellness activities at Lotus Wellness, which features two treatment rooms, a peaceful outdoor plunge pool, and a luxurious lounge all nestled in nature. An amazing wellness menu features signature services and healing treatments designed to pamper guests for ultimate relaxation, restoration, and rejuvenation. Get lost in the lullaby of the sea and tranquil tunes of the tropical jungle.

Day
13

Golfo Dulce - Puerto Jimenez - San Jose

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the dock to take a boat ride to Puerto Jimenez for your flight to San Jose.

Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

Evening at leisure to enjoy the grounds of the Finca Rosa Blanca

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the dock to take a boat ride to Puerto Jimenez for your flight to San Jose.

Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

Evening at leisure to enjoy the grounds of the Finca Rosa Blanca

Day
14

International Flight Home

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to San Jose airport for your flight.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to San Jose airport for your flight.

San José, Costa Rica

Alajuela Province, Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica

Arenal, Costa Rica

Puntarenas Province, Monteverde, Costa Rica

Uvita Beach, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

Places You'll See

  • San-Jose-Costa-Rica

    San Jose

    Visit the largest, and one of the most exciting cities in all of Costa Rica, San Jose. Get lost in the beautiful shades of green at the Museo del Jade, home to the largest collection of pre-Columbian Jade in Central America. Take a Barrio Bird Walking Tour, or a tour through the butterfly farm and coffee farm. Watch street performers juggle, play music, and interact with their audience.

  • Arenal

    Arenal

    Experience the excitement of visiting a 7,000 year old, active stratovolcano by visiting the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. Though it is now dormant, Arenal was the most active of Costa Rica’s seven active volcanoes until 2010. Its dense vegetation is also home to numerous species of wildlife.

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    Monteverde

    Take a walk through nature in Monteverde, home to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Take a guided tour through the forests and catch a glimpse of the animals that call it home. Get up early for morning bird watches, or visit the butterfly farms. Go flying through the tree tops with zip-line tours, or walk across the hanging bride for a view of forest canopy.

  • Uvita Beach

    The Southern Pacific Coast in Costa Rica’s southwest corner stretches from Dominical to the Osa Peninsula at its southern end. The rugged coastline in the Dominical-Uvita area is famed among surfers seeking great waves, warm water and long uncrowded beaches. In season, area tours can be arranged for watching migrating whales and dolphins. The 100,000 acre wilderness park of Corcovado offers ancient forests, scarlet macaws, all four of the nation’s monkey species (the only park that does so), plenty of other wildlife and the slight possibility of encountering a jaguar-or more likely jaguar tracks crossing a trail. Although this region is remote and the rainforests pristine, attractive area nature lodges make one’s visit comfortable.

  • Osa Peninsula

    Making up much of the southern Pacific Coastline of Costa Rica, Osa Peninsula is where the lowland rainforests merge with the tranquil, isolated beaches. Home to some of Costa Rica’s most endangered wildlife species and considered to be one of the most biologically intense places on earth, the Osa Peninsula is the premier eco-tourism destination in the county.

Hotel Options

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Featured Accommodation

El Silencio Lodge

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is a perfect luxury retreat for travelers who seek respite from the stress of daily life. El Silencio’s design provides a seamless natural immersion experience that showcases the most beautiful elements of Costa Rica’s traditional rural farms and countryside homes. The main building faces the base of a tree-lined canyon, embracing Costa Rica’s nature at its most whimsical. It houses Las Ventanas Restaurant, a coffee lounge, a conference and media room, the reception office, and a gift shop. It is trimmed by a large outdoor deck with views of the Gorrion River and a dramatic fire pit.

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Featured Accommodation

Playa Cativo

Discover an extraordinary destination where rich, tropical rainforest surrenders to the serene shoreline. Emerging out of the lush jungle and overlooking the tranquil turquoise and emerald waters of the Golfo Dulce is Playa Cativo Lodge – an intimate haven harmonious with its spectacular surroundings. Elegant accommodations, world-class amenities and a variety of activities offer a blissful balance between relaxation and adventure. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to escape the everyday, encounter incredible wildlife and indulge in an exotic eco-luxury experience like no other.

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5 Star Properties

San Jose : Grano de Oro

Arenal : Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens

Monteverde : Senda Hotel

Uvita Beach : Oxygen Jungle Villas

San Jose : Finca Rosa Blanca (Santa Barbara)

Testimonials

Alison

Traveled February, 2012

All of the staff and guides were excellent

We had a great holiday thank you.We saw loads of birds, pelicans, egrets, 5 or more heron species, 3 monkey species including a mutant one that was all ginger, both sloth species, lots of caimen, loads of iguana, 4 kingfisher species, raccoons, 2 sorts of toucan, 2 sorts of buzzard, Jesus Christ lizards, white ibis, a variety of hummingbirds and best of all a female and a juvenile Resplendent Quetzal. I’m sure there were more but I need to see what turns up on the photos.Manatus lodge was fabulous. Because we stayed there 3 nights, when most people stay 2, they offered us a special meal for lunch on the 3rd day. It was a traditional meal and was excellent. All of the staff was excellent.Tabacon Spa was very good but we were busy every day we didn’t get much of a chance to try their hot springs and facilities.We were a little disappointed with El Establo. The rooms were great and the hotel had obviously been built so that they all had fabulous views. The problem was it advertised tea & coffee making facilities in all rooms and ice machines on all blocks. The manager had decided the coffee machines were too much trouble and had removed them from the rooms. Free coffee was available in the restaurants and reception. Our room was in the 800 block, about a mile down a steep hill from reception. It was not practical to ring for a shuttle bus down to a restaurant or reception to collect coffee to take back to your room. We asked a maid where the ice was in our block and there wasn’t any but, without being asked, somebody turned up within minutes with a bag of ice.All of the staff and guides were excellent but especially good were Pablo on the Cano Negro tour and the driver who took us from Monteverde back to San Jose.

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Rosabel

Traveled November, 2012

Amazing trip

Amazing trip

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Michele

Traveled April, 2016

Best customer care & itineraries

I am recently returned from my third trip organised by Yampu, this time to Costa Rica. As always, it was fabulous from start to finish!

I do look around initially when planning my holidays but each time Karolina offers the best customer care & arranges by far the best itineraries. Value for money is excellent & they keep in constant contact before during & afterwards to make sure everything is going well.

The standard of accommodation & guides they use is superb & they actually listen to your requests as opposed to copying a generic page from their website…. Do I highly recommend Karolina & Yampu? YES!  Will I use them again? YES!  Save time & effort & just use Yampu is my travel tip  🙂

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