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COSTA RICA & NICARAGUA IN STYLE

This bespoke 12 day journey takes you to Costa Rica’s most organically diverse tropical rainforest (staying in a superb tree-house hotel so remote, it’s only accessible by rafting down a river), trekking through steep river valleys and rugged mountains teeming with monkeys and to a secretive coastal hideaway on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast. This itinerary comprises wild rainforests, masses of fascinating wildlife, stress-free, exemplary and honest service and vast open stretches of pristine Pacific Ocean. Put simply, it’s Costa Rica in Style. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Relax on the Emerald Coast of Nicaragua
  • White water raft into and out of Pacuare Lodge
  • Stay in private Lapa Rios, with its 1,000 acres of lowland tropical forest
£4,536

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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Arrival, San Jose

    Arrive into Costa Rica’s capital San Jose, located in the central valley and transfer to Hotel Grano de Oro (which translates into Grain of Gold, in reference to the coffee bean).   Unwind with a dip in the jacuzzi tub on the pretty roof top terrace before enjoying a delicious dinner paired with a special bottle from the award-winning wine cellar.  

    Overnight: Grano de Oro Hotel

  3. Day 2 San Jose to Pacuare Lodge

    Head out of the city to discover one of Costa Rica’s most biologically diverse tropical rainforests. Beginning with an adrenaline-fuelled rafting adventure; you’ll ride down one of the world’s most scenic rivers weaving through a dense tropical wilderness and tumbling waterfalls, before arriving and enjoying a hearty lunch at Pacuare Lodge.  During the afternoon explore the tropical mountains on foot or simply relax in the sublime tranquillity of the lodge.

    Overnight: Pacuare Lodge

  4. Day 3 Pacuare Lodge Canopy Adventure

    Wake up to the tropical bird song and effervescent river water before enjoying an unhurried day in the rainforest.  A leisurely trek up to the first platform delivers magnificent views over the surrounding landscape; a haven for nature explorers and bird watchers, as you’ll see the busy woodpeckers and the pretty red throated ant tangers going about their business.  During the evening watch the sun set through the trees with a cocktail in hand, light some candles and sit down to tasty, comforting fare such as rib-eye steak with fresh vegetables and salad picked from the organic kitchen garden.  

    Overnight: Pacuare Lodge

  5. Day 4 White Water Rafting Tour to San Jose

    After breakfast and an easy morning, the route out of Pacuare Lodge is back down the river by raft to Siquirres.  After a pause to change clothes and catch your breath you’ll continue the journey by road back to San José.

    Overnight: Grano de Oro Hotel

  6. Day 5 San Jose to Osa Peninsula

    Fly 50 minutes south to the coastal town of Puerto Jimenez and head for Lapa Rios Ecolodge. Set in a private thousand-acre nature reserve, the lodge’s 17 bungalows (well actually more ‘lofty tree houses’) sit suspended 350m above sea level, thus promising lovely views over the rainforest rooftop and ocean beyond.  Spend the afternoon relaxing, spotting the howler monkeys, macaws and toucans and enjoy delicious responsibly-sourced seafood, grass-fed beef and freshly roasted Costa Rican coffee on the dinner menu. 

    Overnight: Lapa Rios Ecolodge

  7. Day 6 - 7 Lapa Rios

    Spend two full days exploring the Osa Peninsular.  National Geographic named it "the most biologically intense place on Earth" and ecologists have labelled it “the Path of the Panther".  There are many activities offered here, from a local medicine tour to a rainforest ridge walk, the opportunity to go in search of the elusive puma on the Osa Trail or enjoy a mysterious night walk.  However, if you simply want to relax on your private veranda taking in the spectacular panorama where the lush green wilderness melts into the turquoise horizon, then that’s perfectly fine too.

    Overnight: Lapa Rios Ecolodge

  8. Day 8 Osa Peninsular to Mukul, Nicaragua

    Fly from Puerto Jimenez to Costa Esmeralda in Nicaragua, via San Jose.  Transfer 20 minutes to Mukul and enjoy the afternoon at leisure; stroll along the beach with the sand between your toes and the sea air inspiring the soul, on the stunning Emerald Coast. 

    Overnight: Mukul Resort & Spa

  9. Day 9 - 11 Relax at Mukul

    Enjoy two days as you please in this wild, secret hideaway (Mukul means secret in Mayan).  Time to wholly relax with four miles of silvery sands to explore, gentle waves lapping at your feet and an exceptional spa to ease aches and pains then restore the mind.  Alternatively, be a little more active with a surf lesson, archery, yoga or game of tennis.  Enjoy the delicious gastronomy, be it the tasting menu in La Mesa, a candle-lit beach affair beside the crackling bonfire or a light lunch and fresh-fruit smoothie poolside.    

    Overnight: Mukul Resort & Spa

  10. Day 12 Departure from San Jose

    From back to San Jose (or Managua depending on your flight schedule) to connect with your international flight home. 

  11. Depart

INCLUSIONS

  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and guide services as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Internal flights where detailed in the itinerary

EXTRAS

  • International flights.
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, gratuities (discretionary)
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Travel insurance or visa fees.
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