12 Days Hidden Jungle Treasures

12 Days Hidden Jungle Treasures

Another luxurious way to discover the natural wonders of Costa Rica.

Carefully selected genuine and unique locations make this program a must for all guests wanting to escape from everyday life and be in unison with some of Costa Rica’s glorious treasures.  Lounge like a king in the heart of the jungle, at least one hour away from the nearest road, listening to the sounds of birds and insects and the crystal waters purling through the dense vegetation. Hidden Jungle Treasures has been delightfully designed to make you feel at ease from the first moment you step outside the airport and dive into our ‘world’.

Itinerary

Day 1 San José – Bajos Del Toro

Your personal guide will meet you outside as you clear customs. You can enjoy a refreshing welcome drink aboard our comfortable transfer vehicle. It will only take us a few minutes to escape the rush of the city and within an hour we will arrive at our first hotel: El Silencio Lodge. From the moment you arrive you will feel the magic – as if this rain forest at 5000 feet above sea level were a curtain revealing a hotel. Feel free to relax after the journey and before enjoying an exquisite dinner.

Included meals: Dinner.
Accommodation: El Silencio Lodge*****
El Silencio Lodge – Suite Hidden Waterfall Terrace

Day 2 Bajos Del Toro

In balance with nature. Waking up at El Silencio Lodge is undoubtedly a pleasure for all of your senses and you will wish you could wake up like this every morning no matter where you might be. It is our goal to let you explore the local jungle treasures in order to grant you the utmost nature relaxation – and this is our slogan for the day. After enjoying a rich and healthy breakfast at the hotel restaurant while a taking in the spectacular view of the cloud forest, you may choose to pamper yourself with one of the many treatments at the hotel spa or participate in a nature hike, accompanied by your guide, through the surrounding forests, or simply relax in your own personal Hot tub located in your room. Regardless of the activity, you will always be close to nature. Lunch and dinner will be served at the hotel restaurant.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel El Silencio Lodge*****
Included activities: Nature hike
Bungalow Landscape Waterfall

Day 3 Bajos Del Toro – Arenal Volcano – La Fortuna

Passing through the central mountain chain. Inspired and relaxed you can enjoy breakfast and discuss your itinerary with your personal guide. Continuing your journey, less than 2 hours away, you discover one of Costa Rica’s major natural wonders; the Arenal Volcano, which spits ashes and rocks from its crater, attracts thousands of tourists every year this region. Above all on a clear night it is impressive to witness and also listen to the sounds of the rocks rolling and blustering down the steep mountain. The hotel lies outside of the small city of La Fortuna and offers a fantastic view of this majestic mountain from the west side. Dinner is served at the hotel restaurant and you may want to spend some time on your terrace listening to the sounds of the animals surrounding the hotel.

Included meals: breakfast & dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Lost Iguana Resort**** Luxury Suite
Arenal Volcano Lost Iguana Luxury Suite Wild Life

Day 4 La Fortuna

A unique Nature Experience. If you desire, you may enjoy a light breakfast at the hotel and later on another snack on your way to Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. A driver and a local tour guide will meet you at the hotel in order to take you to one of the largest refuges in our country. This natural paradise, located in the northern plains of Costa Rica, is a habitat of numerous birds. This relaxing nature tour begins with a brief instruction on paddling given by our experienced guide to ensure your safety and comfort. You will enjoy both the slow pace of the river and the peace of the surrounding rainforest while canoeing downriver. The emerald green waters, the numerous brightly coloured birds and a delicious, freshly prepared “river lunch” on an inviting riverbank makes for an unforgettable journey. You will return to the hotel late afternoon. Each suite has its own deck with hot tub which invites you to reflect on your day’s experience. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch (during tour), dinner.
Activities included: Caño Negro Safari by Kayak
Accommodation: Hotel Lost Iguana Resort**** Luxury Suite
Lost Iguana Caño Negro Caño Negro River

Day 5 La Fortuna

Another perfect day. This region is just too wonderful to leave it behind today. As you explore and enjoy the surroundings you will have plenty of activities to choose from, not to mention the astonishing natural manifestations. Walk across large suspension bridges or visit a thermal hot spring like Ecotermales (prior reservation required), hike through the Arenal National Park etc. For those of you who are more ambitious nature lovers, you might consider visiting the Venado Caves near Lake Arenal where you can hike through partially narrow openings and tunnels. Your guide will be available to assist you no matter what adventure you prefer. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
Activity included: Activity of your choice.
Accommodation: Hotel Lost Iguana Resort****Luxury Suite
Hanging Bridges Hot Springs Ecotermales

Day 6 La Fortuna – Tilarán – Jacó

Meet the Pacific Coast and the Ocean. Leaving the hotel you will behold an unforgettable, picturesque view of Lake Arenal and the active volcano looming up on its east side. You may find the green landscape around the lake somewhat reminiscent of the hilly landscape in Switzerland. You will also come across the small city of Tilarán, where nearby windmills catch the strong Pacific winds that whip through the mountains. The winds generated help change the climate significantly. From here a three-hour drive leads you to your next destination, passing by the famous Tarcoles Bridge where crocodiles can often be observed from the top of a bridge. Just past the city of Jacó, you will be able to gaze at the large palm tree plantations on both sides of the road. Your hotel, the Hotel Arenas del Mar is located on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by rainforest. It is not uncommon to see monkeys swinging from tree to tree especially in the morning and afternoon hours.

Included meals: Breakfast and dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel Arenas del Mar**** Ocean Breeze Suite
Tarcoles Crocodile Manuel Antonio Beach Arenas del Mar Suite

Day 7 Jacó

Canopy Jungle Adventure. A unique adventure awaits you. Today you will explore the treetops while gliding through the rainforest from one tree to another. It is a very safe activity that everybody has been dreaming of. You can do it today with the professional assistance of your private and local guide. The canopy tour is located in the heart of the Paso Real rainforest. During the ride there will be many stops to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. The local guide will assist you during this exciting journey through the different layers of virgin and secondary rainforest. They will point out and explain the many different types of flora and fauna; from poison dart frogs to the “walking palm tree”. You will definitely be able to walk away from this tour with this newfound knowledge of Costa Rican wildlife. The rest of the day may be spent on the wide beach close to the hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included activity: Canopy Safari
Accommodation: Hotel Arenas del Mar**** Ocean Breeze Suite
Canopy Adventure Monkeys in Manuel Antonio Poison Dart Frog

Day 8 Jacó – Chacarita – Puerto Jiménez

Into the Wild South – Manuel Antonio – Osa Peninsula. As you have noticed, Costa Rica has many different faces. The coastal road leads you south bound never really veering from Pacific Ocean. You will drive along a wide natural road passing Dominical and later Palmar Norte until you reach the village of Chacarita, ‘the gate’ to the OSA Peninsula. Experience the original beauty of the rainforest, crossing small bridges and maybe catching a glimpse of small hidden bays where the jungle reaches the Bay Shore. Puerto Jiménez is the closest village to the luxury hotel Lapa Rios, located about 23km north. The hotel is set in a private natural reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest. Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the untamed Pacific Ocean, making it the destination that matches every one’s idea of paradise.

Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Lapa Rios**** Bungalow (Option 2: Playa Nicuesa Lodge)
Dominical View Lapa Rios Bungalow Lapa Rios Swimming Pool

Day 9 Puerto Jiménez

Lapa Rios. Waking up in an open and spacious bungalow is another highlight of this unique rainforest tour. From observing the wonderful Scarlet macaws in a tree right in front of you to listening to the sounds of the jungle that surround you: every single moment will be a special one. Just before midday experience lunch on a platform in the middle of the rainforest with your private server. You may opt for an afternoon hike or make yourself comfortable on your own private deck.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Activities included: Lunch in the jungle
Accommodation: Hotel Lapa Rios**** (Option 2: Playa Nicuesa Lodge)
Ara Macaw Beach at Corcovado Nature Watching

Day 10 Puerto Jiménez

Relax… enjoy… another day in the jungle. It’s time for more activities. The hotel offers a Waterfall Hike, Dolphin Tour, Yoga, Massage, Sunset bird tour and many more. You get to choose which one you would like to do.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Activities included: A tour or activity of your choice
Accommodation: Hotel Lapa Rios**** (Option 2: Playa Nicuesa Lodge)
Fauna Corcovado Dolfing Tour

Day 11 Puerto Jiménez – San José

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Your tour guide will help you with your luggage and checkout. If you choose to return to San José by land, an amazing journey awaits you. After leaving the untamed Osa Peninsula you will drive along rivers through impressive mountain chains and later cross the highest mountain pass in Central America, ‘Cerro de la Muerte’, 3400 meters (10’500 ft) above sea level. There are many places up there which allow fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean and the Central Valley. Your guide will be more than happy to make stops should you desire. You may also opt to a plane to fly back to the capital. You can enjoy dinner at the hotel in San José.

Included meals: breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Grano de Oro**** Vista de Oro Suite
Grano de Oro Hotel Restaurant

Day 12 San José

VIP Transfer to the airport or extension program. A VIP transfer will take you to the International Airport. After check-in you may proceed to the airport lounge where you will be served snacks and drinks. Please make yourself comfortable and use this time to reflect on everything you have experienced during your dream vacation through the tropical rainforest. It was our pleasure to have helped you to make this dream come true.

Nuts & Bolts

INCLUSIONS

• Transfers and transportation as per description in comfortable vehicle. Vehicle size depends on the number of travellers.
• Accommodation at the hotels mentioned in the program. (Depending on your preferred option).
• Meals as per description, including 1 non alcoholic beverage.
• Private tour-guide fluent in English, French, German or Spanish. Other languages available upon request. The private tour-guide is included upon arrival & departure transfers and
from day 01 to day 11. Day 01 – day 03 include English-speaking Eco-concierge services from El Silencio Lodge.
• Entrance fees and costs for all fixed activities mentioned in the program.
• Refreshments during the day (water, soft drinks, fruits).
• Travel documentation in English, French, German or Spanish. Other languages available upon request.
• Lounge Access at the International Airport of San José, the day of departure.
• Airport departure tax US$ 26.— per person

EXCLUSIONS:

    • Optional activities

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