Day 1: San Jose, Costa Rica
Welcome to San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital and home to a quarter of its population. Popular attractions near the city include the Poas and Irazu Volcanoes, white water rafting, the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Orosi and Cartago (home of the country’s largest Catholic church), and the renowned Rainforest Aerial Tram at the Braulio Carrillo National Park. San Jose is also home to the country’s top restaurants and some of its best entertainment. The downtown area offers interesting sights, such as the National Museum, Children’s Museum, Gold Museum, Jade Museum, National Theatre, Melico Salazar Theatre, parks, plazas, and the Central Avenue walking boulevard.
You arrive at the International Airport, and upon clearing immigration and customs, exit the airport to meet your driver, who will be waiting for you. Board the van for a private, 30-minute drive to your hotel, the Finca Rosa Blanca Resort, which is both a coffee farm plantation and a luxurious inn that crowns the central valley mountain highlands of Costa Rica. Located only a short distance from the San Jose International Airport, it has long offered eco-travelers a luxurious, sustainable boutique hotel experience. It offers an incomparable lodging experience with four extraordinary Master Suites and Villas and ten elegant Junior Suites. All are well-appointed rooms with Jacuzzi baths, sumptuous King beds as well as private verandas and decks overlooking the green Central Valley, the volcanoes above. Secluded patios are surrounded by tropical gardens and flowers. The climate is perennially spring-like with sunshine every day and temperatures between 65F/18C to 82F/28C. Finca Rosa Blanca is a coffee farm, an art and architectural destination and a central hub to a multitude of activities and sightseeing. Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort – Suite
Day 2: San Jose
Finca Rosa Blanca offers an exclusive and in-depth coffee tour of their own organic sustainable coffee farm where they grow their Estate Coffee. You are treated to a complete history of coffee while hiking through the tree-shaded plantation to the "Beneficio" where they process the cherry and put it out to dry on its way to roasting and grinding in their Casa Del Café. They also offer their own certified naturalist and guide, who can escort you on a bird-watching walk in the gardens and coffee farm as well as to many of the area’s national parks, cloud forests, biological rain forest reserves and botanical gardens. You can join in the festivities, taste local food and touch the soul of the Tico culture through art and music as well as meet school children and families from the small towns surrounding Finca Rosa Blanca on culture and history excursion. Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort – Suite (B)
Day 3: San Jose / Pacuare River
Early this morning, you are picked up at your hotel for the approximately 2.5-houir drive to Pacuare River, stopping for a typical Costa Rican breakfast along the way. At the river, you will begin an exciting river rafting adventure to the Pacuare Lodge on Class II-III rapids, where you will enjoy a two night stay at this premier eco-lodge. Tucked away deep in the heart of Costa Rica’s most pristine rainforest, on the riverbank, the Pacuare Jungle Lodge is surrounded by nature in its purest and most primitive state. The lodge was designed to blend with the surrounding environment with minimal impact, and has been recognized by the World Tourism Organization as one of only 65 examples throughout the world of good practice in sustainability and ecotourism.
Each palm-thatched River View Suite is spacious, 62 sq. meters/670 sq feet, with private terrace that opens on to landscaped native bush gardens and towering vine-draped trees. Around the corner a raised hardwood deck offers you stunning views of a massive wall of thick rainforest that cascades down a mountainside across the river. A luxuriously appointed canopy king-size bed with crisp 300-thread Egyptian cotton linens, and superior Beautyrest mattress® caters to a serene, restful night’s sleep. A fully tiled en-suite bathroom comes has burnished copper fixtures and offers a nearly 360º view of the jungle. Nearby, a private alfresco shower with solar-heated water lets you soak up the quiet sounds and invigorating scents of the rainforest.
After lunch at the lodge, you can participate an optional canopy tour; take a waterfall hike; or simply relax in your room. Dine on gourmet delicacies by candlelight and then visit the upstairs lounge for a cocktail or refreshment before retiring. Pacuare Lodge, Aventuras Naturales - River Suite (B,L,D)
Day 4: Pacuare River – Cabecar Reserve
The Talamanca Mountains are home to the Cabecar Indians, the largest indigenous group in Costa Rica, and one that retains many of its traditional customs and beliefs. In contrast to many other indigenous groups, the Cabecar do not live in villages but prefer small family units scattered throughout this isolated region that includes the Pacuare Zone. From the Pacuare Lodge, it’s possible to visit a shaman as well as isolated family groups to learn about their folklore and way of life, and enjoy the alluring tropical rainforest.
After a delicious breakfast, depart the lodge for an uphill climb through lush rainforest, crystal clear streams and stunning wildlife. During your journey, your naturalist guide will point out the many hidden secrets of this exotic natural habitat. After approximately two hours, the foliage thins and you are greeted by the laughter of children and the rhythmic clucking of hens. Once at the shaman’s hut, your guide will introduce you to the Zutkia, a man of small stature yet wizened beyond his years. Depending on his mood, you will have the unique opportunity to listen to him share his intimate knowledge of nature and the traditions and customs that have survived for centuries. Pacuare Lodge, Aventuras Naturales - River Suite (B,L,D)
Day 5: Pacuare River / Siquirres / Perez Zeledon
Depart mid-morning by raft for a fun-filled day of whitewater rafting, about 3.5 hours over Class III-IV rapids. Savor a picnic lunch along the river. At the river take-out spot, you will have a chance to change at our private facilities before being transferred by private van for the approximately three-hour drive to Alta Gracia and your boutique hacienda. This lush property sits high in the mountains of Pérez Zeledón, in the southern region of Costa Rica, one of the country's last to-be-discovered hideaways. The hacienda promotes the riches of the area's geography as part of its facilities, with only 80 of the 850 acres used for construction. It has its own airstrip and helipad, and is just 25 minutes by air from San José on its private airplanes. The scenic route by land, also extended by an exclusive fleet of private luxury vehicles, takes two and a half hours of beautiful driving, either by the new "Costanera Road", or by the scenic Interamerican Mountain Pass.
Framed in tropical plants and overlooking the spectacular San Isidro valley, the spacious Deluxe Casita is the perfect getaway for couples and quartets. Enjoy a plush mattresses, walk-in closets, and 50” widescreen TVs. The hacienda offer a number of optional activities. Go horseback riding adventures such as learning about Costa Rica’s cowboy culture on horseback, and riding through pastures and rainforests. Set out on mountain bikes on lush unpaved trails that have something for everyone from moderate to a more adventurous and adrenaline filled ride! Visit the la Feria del Agricultor de San Isidro or the San Isidro farmer’s market, a weekly event. Pérez Zeledón farmers gather at the San Isidro del General market and bring their freshest fruits. Available on Thursdays and Fridays only. Explore some of Costa Rica scenic waterfalls – hundreds of dramatic waterfalls can be found throughout the rainforests and mountainous areas. Several nearby breathtaking waterfalls make great destinations for a day hike and refreshing afternoon swim. Zip Lining is a unique and exciting way to explore Costa Rica’s lush and fertile rainforest regions. There is nothing better than taking in the country’s beautiful surroundings from the air, hanging from the treetops. Discover a national park or reserve. Considered one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, Costa Rica has some 20 natural parks, eight biological reserves, and a series of protected areas that captivate wildlife and nature lovers. Alta Gracia Boutique Hacienda - Deluxe Casita (B)
Day 6: Perez Zeledon - Waterfalls Ultra-light Adventure
Do not miss this opportunity to fly an ultra-light, which take off from the hacienda’s landing strip. Within minutes, you will enjoy the thrill of soaring over breath-taking landscapes and some of the most beautiful waterfalls found in the southern side of Costa Rica. Fly over the Nauyaca Waterfalls plus the mountains and the valley, and experience a unique feeling that can only be experienced in an ultra-light flight. Alta Gracia Boutique Hacienda - Deluxe Casita (B)
Days 7/8: Perez Zeledon
These days are at leisure to enjoy the hotel optional activities mentioned above as well as cooking classes or a trip to a coffee plantation to learn firsthand the ways of planting and harvesting organic coffee in a sustainable manner. Go hiking, enjoy fitness classes or a massage at the spa, or simply relax in these delicious surroundings. Alta Gracia Boutique Hacienda - Deluxe Casita (B)
Day 9: Perez Zeledon / San Jose / Depart
Today, meet the driver to begin the three-hour drive through the mountains to the San Jose International Airport to connect with your onward flight. (B)
Land price, per person, double occupancy: From US$700 per person per day