Hidden Costa Rica
Taking you to the unsung corners of Costa Rica: plantations, jungle, beaches
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- All tours mentioned
- Private transfers and internal flights
- Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
This tour takes you to the lesser known corners of Costa Rica for a truly exceptional trip combining adventure, authenticity, relaxation and comfort.
Your adventure starts with a night in the beautiful Coffee Valley before heading to Rio Celeste, where you’ll hike through Tenorio Volcano National Park, passing its striking turquoise blue rivers and waterfalls. It’s then onto Rio Perdido where more adventure awaits. Get the adrenaline pumping as you tube through the canyon, zip line across the canopy and cross the forest on a series of rope bridges and ladders.
It’s then time for some well-deserved relaxation along Costa Rica’s beautiful Pacific Coast. The Kura Design Villas overlook pristine beaches and lush green rainforest, and a stay here really allows you to switch off and connect with nature. The last stop on this epic trip is the stunning Corcovado National Park. Stay at the secluded Casa Corcovado and enjoy kayaking, swimming, snorkelling, hiking and horse riding within the incredible surrounds of the park.
Example Trip Itinerary
The Coffee Valley
Private transfer to your hotel in the Coffee Valley
Accommodation in The Coffee Valley
- 13 suites, two villas
- Restaurant and bar
- Coffee plantation
- Swimming pool
Finca Rosa Blanca is a luxurious and quirky little hotel set into an oasis of lush gardens and a private coffee plantation. The decoration is quite loud and Gaudi-esque with white stucco arches and colourful murals, but it’s fun, tranquil and the staff are immensely nice. The rooms are all different and pleasantly comfortable with one of the master suites set into the tower with wonderful views over the valley. Also being located in the hills above San Jose (about a half hour drive away), at night you can see the twinkling lights of the city below from this quiet, green perch. Throughout the hotel you’ll discover a large collection of art, crafts and objects collected from all over the world. Finca Rosa Blanca is a well-equipped hotel with a spa, pool and a restaurant serving some good regional food, not to mention its own coffee plantation to stroll through and sample some of the produce. The team at El Tigre Vestido and Bar Buho select their fresh ingredients daily from the hotel’s organic greenhouse and gardens. Their menus feature international flavours and Latin fusion recipes. Proactive sustainable practices and environmental consciousness are important to the team at Finca Rosa Blanca. One of their main priorities is to have a lasting positive impact on the local community. With that in mind, they provide education and arrange cultural exchanges. The hotel was the first certified sustainable hotel in Costa Rica, and it has since evolved to become the highest ranking member of the prestigious Sustainable Tourism Certification program.
Spend your first night relaxing in the beautiful surroundings of the Coffee Valley. Your travel designer will also be able to arrange a variety of activities if you wish, to ensure that you make the most of your time here.
Private transfer to Rio Celeste
Accommodation in Rio Celeste
- 26 bungalows
The Rio Celeste Hotel provides 26 comfortable and well-equipped casitas set amongst the tropical scenery of its surrounds as well as being well-positioned for access to the Tenorio National Park and the Rio Celeste itself. The charming resort connects guests with the unique and untouched rainforest surrounding it, with each of the bungalows carefully designed to complement the lush tropical setting. Wooden furnishings and warm colours create a welcoming atmosphere and each has its own private decks with showers, the premium suites have jetted bathtubs. Breakfast is included in the rates and in the evenings you can enjoy cocktails in the stylish lounge Cantina Delirio. Dine beside tranquil koi ponds, surrounded by the lush gardens at the open-air Kantala Restaurant. The menu features Costa Rican cuisine created with fresh local ingredients. And the popular swim-up bar, Luna Azul, means you don’t even need to climb out of the pool for a top up. Spend your days by the pool or exploring the nearby park, walking the resorts paths along the river, visiting the Rio Celeste waterfall or the Arenal Volcano – which is only an hour’s drive away.
Rio Celeste is a hidden gem nestled in the north of Costa Rica. Enjoy exploring the aquamarine rivers and waterfalls and the nearby Tenorio Volcano National Park. The striking colour of the water comes from a mixture of sulfur and calcium carbonate.
According to legend, when God finished painting the sky, he washed his brushes in the river that now bears the name Rio Celeste. Hike through the beautiful Tenorio National Park ecosystem, which offers the chance to see colourful fauna and flora. Along the walk we will come across the magnificent Rio Celeste waterfall, the place where the river gains its amazing light blue colour and natural hot springs.
Private transfer to Rio Perdido
Spend your time enjoying the thermal river and natural springs, heated by the surrounding Miravalles Volcano lowlands. This area is also a haven for hikers and bikers, and there are plenty of outdoor activities such as canyoning and tubing.
The trip takes you from deep within the narrow canyon into the convergence, where the hot waters of Rio Perdido and the Yurro Waterfall meet the cool waters of the White Canyon. You then ascend well above Costa Rica's only dwarf forest and get the spectacular views of the Miravalles Volcano's rocky lowlands. You will zip line down state-of-the-art carbon fibre cables, swing on a human pendulum and do a Tarzan swing, cross the wobbly challenge bridge and climb several via ferratas.
Experience the canyon from the most beloved means of river transportation, the inner-tube. Explore the canyon from this unique perspective, sailing through areas where the rock walls narrow and daylight is scarce. Echoes grow louder and you really get a sense of where you are. But if you remain quiet for a bit, you will find that you are not alone. All kinds of birds and monkeys, and, occasionally, some larger mammals will announce their presence. Look for the hot water spouts along the eastern rock walls.
You'll also enjoy full access to the thermal hot springs, canyon, pools, and decks, as well as the hiking trails and the central water station in the middle of the circuit.
Private transfer to Dominical
Accommodation in Dominical
- Eight villas
- Restaurant and bar
- Outdoor pool
- Sky lounge
- Laundry service
With an elevated position on an impressive mountain ridge, Kura overlooks pristine beaches and lush green rainforest. Built in harmony with the tropical jungle of the Uvita coastline (between Manuel Antonio and the Osa Peninsula), the eight Kura rainforest villas have been uniquely designed to be environmentally friendly. Solar panels have been fitted to each villa as well as solar water heaters, rain water collection systems, energy efficient fans, and LED lighting. Each luxury villa represents rainforest jungle design and modern, tropical minimalism with local native Costa Rican style. From all of the private balconies, guests can enjoy uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean and tropical rainforest. The two newest master suites sit at the highest point of the property and are set a bit away from the other suites for added privacy. There is ample indoor and outdoor space, including a private plunge pool with panoramic views of the famous Whale’s Tail sandbar formation and kilometres of pristine coastline. Kurà’s philosophy when it comes to food revolves around pure, organic and responsibly-sourced ingredients. The menus are colourful and diverse, with dishes designed to tell a story and feed the soul. Staying here you are within easy reach of the Ballena Marine National Park, Cano Island and Osa Peninsula National Park and mesmerised by the natural beauty of the rugged, tropical beaches and wildlife to be seen here.
Spend the next few days on this gorgeous coastline exploring the tropical surrounds of waterfalls, rivers and national parks. Get closer to the emerald waters with activities such as diving, snorkelling and surfing, or simply sit back and soak up the barefoot luxury as you laze on the sands of Dominical's immaculate beaches.
Private transfer Corcovado National Park
Corcovado National Park
Accommodation in Corcovado National Park
- 14 rooms
- Swimming pool
Tucked away in the dense virgin rainforest that engulfs most of this peninsula, is the 170-acre beachfront private estate of Casa Corcovado. The main building and restaurant is a pretty red, white and ochre property in the style of a plantation hacienda around which the thick jungle foliage has been tamed, smoothed and combed into lovely gardens and lawns. The lodge has been designed and constructed to minimise its impact on the environment. There are six freestanding deluxe bungalows for those after more privacy and space, four junior suites and four honeymoon suites all decorated in the traditional Costa Rica style of polished hardwoods and natural materials punctuated by the vibrant patterns and colours of the linen and upholstery. A lovely base from which to explore the wildlife, rare fauna and enjoy some unique nautical activities, there is also a good restaurant here which is pretty key given the remoteness of where you are. Rates are full board.
There is so much to do during a stay at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge. Go hiking in Corcovada National Park, horse ride through the forest, weave in and out the magrove forests, or take to the water to snorkel, swim and kayak. All shared excursions are included.
Private transfer to the airstrip
Flight to San Jose
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