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Costa Rica Nicoya Peninsula

The Nicoya Peninsula on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast is separated from the mainland by the Gulf of Nicoya. It comprises Guanacaste province in the north and Puntarenas Province in the south. At its southern tip, lie the surf beaches of Santa Teresa and Playa Carmen. Playa Grande, located within Marino Las Baulas National Park, is the nesting site for leatherback turtles. Ostional National Wildlife Refuge in the south and Santa Rosa National Park, in the north, are the two important nesting areas of the Olive Ridley turtle.

Begin with comprehensive tour of San Jose. Tour Finca Rosa Blanca’s organic sustainable coffee plantation and learn about plantation history and making of coffee. Transfer to Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel to explore Los Angeles Private Cloud Forest Reserve, with guided and self-guided nature trails. In Nicoya Peninsula, stay at Hotel Punta Islita opening onto a beachfront. Activities include; Golf, spa, zip-lining, horseback riding, and fine dining.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 11-DAY COSTA RICA ECO ADVENTURE…
And, experience El Silencio, Osa Peninsula and Punta Islita on Nicoya Peninsula.
 

What We Love
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available.
  • Depart whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Review

Costa Rica’s Central Highlands’ harbour some of nature’s most stunning creations. Stay at Villa Blanca hotel located within a private reserve including a working research station. The hotel is surrounded by over 2000 pristine acres of the Los Angeles Private Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, you can’t help but sense the “Magic of Nature” and good-natured hospitality in ways you may never before experienced.
 
Situated on the Osa Peninsula at Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific Coast, Corcovado National Park is Costa Rica’s most virgin region. It has been called one of the most biologically diverse territories on earth, a place where jaguars still roam the jungles, scarlet macaws fly freely around towns and monkeys are found in great numbers. This rugged paradise is an outdoor adventurers dream, offering world class fishing, surfing, diving and jungle explorations.   
 
In Guanacaste Province, on Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula, is Punta Islita that offers a wonderfully serene escape with the perfect combination of leisure, peaceful ambiance, and adventure. A sun worshiper's paradise- with golden sunshine, brilliant sunsets, and breathtaking beaches- the quaint community of Punta Islita makes for an outstanding beach vacation. Punta Islita contains a "bustling artistic community" and a lovely local arts museum. A charming white church and bell tower sit proudly in the town plaza.
Getting There

There are no direct flights from the UK to Costa Rica. You need to change in either Europe or the US. Your best option is to fly via the US or Madrid, where you can connect with flights to San José. Continental has flights from the UK via Newark and Houston, while American Airlines flies via JFK, Dallas or Miami, and United via New York or Houston: of the three, Continental generally has the lowest fares (from £545 in high season) and offers an excellent service, with swift connections. Iberia’s flights via Madrid are one of the quicker routings, and avoid the US, but start at around £650. Indirect flights can still take as little as thirteen hours, including changes.
 

 
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Costa Rica Nicoya Peninsula

San Jose, El Silencio, Osa Peninsula, Punta Islita
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 01 – Arrive
San José Meet and greet at Juan Santamaria International Airport and private transfer to hotel in Santa Barbara de Heredia.
Overnight at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn

Day 02 – Tour the Surrounds
Heredia Today, relax in the morning and recover from the jet lag. Then take a relaxed 2-hr tour to discover its organic coffee plantation. Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation is located 4,000 feet above sea level, on a temperate plateau, ideal for producing some of the world’s best coffee in the lush volcanic soil.

Learn how coffee was discovered and how it is traded and consumed today while strolling down the lanes of Finca Rosa Blanca’s organic sustainable coffee plantation. The guide will explain all about the different steps involved in planting and harvesting an organic coffee plantation and you can even participate in the picking of coffee, during the harvest season, from October to January. Finally, sit out and enjoy the view while sipping a fresh cup of coffee while learning about the benefits that an organic sustainable coffee plantation brings to the environment and the community.
Overnight at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn (B)

Day 03 – Transfer
Cloud Forest Reserve Take a private tour to Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel, visiting in route the towns of Grecia, Sarchí, Naranjo and Zarcero.

The town of Sarchi is home to the typical artisans of Costa Rica and known for the most beautiful oxcarts, that represents Costa Rica’s culture and idiosyncrasy. You can find a variety of wooden handicrafts painted in bright colours.
Overnight at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel (B)

Day 04 – At Leisure
Cloud Forest Reserve Today is at leisure to relax and enjoy Villa Blanca.

Villa Blanca is located in the heart of 3,000 private acres of pristine cloud forest and dairy pastures. The gardeners and guides continue working to maintain a 3 km. system of both guided and self-guided nature trails, which were created over a two-year program along with volunteers. The trails were designed with no staircases or steps to keep a good walking rhythm and are well marked. Guest can take a self guided walk or chose to be accompanied by Villa Blanca’s naturalist guide.
Overnight at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel (B)

Day 05 – Transfer to Playa Carbonera
Osa Peninsula Take a private transfer to the airport for a one-hour flight to Puerto Jimenez. Meet and greet on arrival. Refreshment will be offered before the continuing on a bumpy but scenic 45 minutes drive.
At the Lapa Rios, you will be met by the lodge’s manager who will tell you all about Lapa Rios history, mission, vision and goals.
Overnight at Lapa Rios Ecolodge (B, L, D)

Day 06 & 07 – Playa Carbonera
Osa Peninsula It is best to wake up early here to watch the stunning sunrise behind the Golfo Dulce. Today you have a wide selection of tours like the Early and Sunset Birds Tour, the Wild Waterfall Hike, the local Medicine Tour, the Rain Forest Ridge Walk, the Osa Trail Hike, the Matapalo Tour, the Night Walk and the Pigs, Twigs and even a Garbage Tour.  

All guided tours help support the ongoing maintenance and land preservation of the rich Osa Peninsula biodiversity and are led by lodge’s trained and experienced local guides.

Next day, take another adventure into the real rainforest. The Osa Trail hike will lead you into the deep primary forest in the Lapa Rios private reserve.

Relax in the afternoon on the sun bed in your private balcony while hearing the toucans, macaws and sound of the waves or take time to relax in the fresh water pool. Enjoy a glass of wine at the scenic Brisa Azul restaurant before dinner.
Overnight at Lapa Rios Ecolodge (B, L, D)

Day 08 – Transfer
Punta Islita Early departure back to Puerto Jimenez to take a local flight to Punta Islita. Upon arrival to Punta Islita airstrip, take a private transfer your hotel.
 Overnight at Punta Islita Hotel (B)

Day 08 to 10 – Beach Stay
Punta Islita At Hotel Punta Islita life’s best experiences intensify. Its beachfront setting features exciting tropical forest and charming people who welcome guests with heartfelt hospitality. Golf, spa, zip-lining, horseback riding, and fine dining are enjoyed in relaxing seclusion and premium facilities. Take advantage of this stay to learn about Punta Islita’s people-friendly programs.

There is much to do here: A 2-hr complimentary discovery tour will introduce you local preservation projects and community art group programmes. You can also learn the secrets behind Costa Rica’s favourite dishes. Led by the hotel Chef, this fun session lets you understand the flavours behind local traditions so you can replicate them at home and share with family and friends.
Overnight at Punta Islita Hotel (B)

Day 11 – Depart
San José Take a private transfer to Punta Islita airstrip for a local flight back to San Jose to connect with your onward flight.(B)
 

 

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


When to go December through April: This is the tourist high season in Costa Rica when the weather is at its most pleasant. It is also the dry season, and one can mostly depend on clear, sunny days. There is a brief dry spell from February to April but it's worthwhile to visit in April-May.

May through October: The rainy season takes a while to get started in May, often diminishing for a couple of weeks in June or July. The brunt of the rain however falls on the Caribbean coast, giving the Pacific a much more arid climate. The only really rainy months in Guanacaste on the Pacific coast are October and November, and on the Atlantic coast, the only predictably dry months are September and October.

October to December: This is also a good time to visit Costa Rica when things are much quieter and when the weather is still good.

Visas British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Costa Rica. You can stay as a visitor for up to 3 months, although the exact period is at the discretion of the immigration officer on arrival. The immigration authorities are strict about foreigners who have overstayed.

Passport validity: Your passport should have at least one day’s validity from the date you are leaving Costa Rica. If you hold a passport other than a British Citizen passport, different regulations may apply.

Visa information source: www.gov.uk