A Luxury Adventure in Costa Rica

Duration 11 days
Price guide
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Arenal Volcano at Sunrise
Playa Arenillas in Costa Rica
Multi colored bird in Arenal
La Danta Waterfall in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is one big outdoor playground with its beautiful rainforest, impressive volcanoes, idyllic coastline and white-sand beaches. On this 11-day trip, you'll explore the country’s incredible landscapes in style, with privately guided excursions, adventurous expeditions and luxury accommodation throughout.

Trip highlights

  • A luxurious night in the cosmopolitan city of San Jose
  • River rafting and hot springs expeditions
  • Three nights at the remote Pacuare Lodge
  • Hiking around the volcano in Arenal
  • A waterfall rappelling adventure.
  • Relaxing on the beach on the Guanacaste Coast

Our bespoke trips include

We design one-of-a-kind journeys incorporating luxury in all its forms. Our bespoke trips include:

  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Privately guided tours
  • Private transfers
  • Meticulously selected experiences
  • Expertise and support from your Jacada Concierge
Black and white illustration of two guides pointing to a building in the distance
  • Days 1–2 San Jose
  • Days 2–5 Pacuare Reserve
  • Days 5–8 Arenal
  • Days 8–11 The Guanacaste Coast
A Luxury Adventure in Costa Rica
Price guide
  • Days 1–2 San Jose
  • Days 2–5 Pacuare Reserve
  • Days 5–8 Arenal
  • Days 8–11 The Guanacaste Coast

Itinerary in detail

Every Jacada trip is tailored to your personal preferences and interests. Below you’ll find a sample itinerary to inspire your own custom-designed journey.

Days 1–2

Overnight in vibrant San Jose

Enjoy your evening in Costa Rica’s metropolitan capital city of San Jose, relaxing in the comfort of an exclusive hotel after your flight. This is a small city, full of art and history.

Transfer to Pacuare Lodge by raft


The scenic journey to Pacuare Lodge takes just over 1.5 hours by raft. Expert guides will explain safety precautions and provide you with the necessary rafting gear before the adventure begins. Once in the water, you’ll experience sheer exhilaration as you face the challenge of battling surging waters down miles of rapids fed by crystal-clear waterfalls.

Days 2–5

A luxury rainforest stay

Your adventure begins in the Pacuare Reserve where Pacuare Lodge will be your home for the next three nights. This magical hideaway in the jungle is the perfect place to experience the beauty of the rainforest. During your stay, you’ll zip line through the canopy and spend time hiking and birdwatching.

Pacuare Lodge is also a wonderful place to simply unwind with great food and drink and a spa that offers a range of relaxing treatments. Falling asleep to the sound of the forest is a feeling few others match – a few days here is a real tonic after the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Pacuare lodge seen through the trees

Pacuare Reserve highlights

Learn about Indigenous culture

The Cabécar are Costa Rica’s largest indigenous group. In Cabécar culture, small family groups are scattered across the jungle, which has helped them to maintain a traditional way of life. Take a short hike through the forest to a meet the son of a local shaman who will introduce you to his culture and customs and show you around a traditional settlement.

Pacuare Lodge zipline

Canopy zip lining

An unhurried trek through tropical rainforest takes you to the first platform. Surrounded by Pacuare Lodge’s private reserve, you’re amid an unspoiled realm of gorgeous views and magnificent scenery. Once strapped in, the adrenaline kicks in as you slide along cables from tree to tree, descending the jungle-cloaked mountain toward the Pacuare Lodge. A final thrilling rappel leaves you just steps away from our main lodge.

Leaving Pacuare Lodge by raft

After breakfast on your last day at Pacuare, you will raft out from the lodge to meet your onward transfer. It’s an unforgettable way to leave an unforgettable place.

Days 5–8

Adventure in Arenal

During your three nights in Arenal, there are a huge number of adventure activities on your doorstep – as well as options for those who want to enjoy the area at a more leisurely pace. Highlights include guided hikes around Arenal Volcano with a dip in the warm waters of the Tabacon Springs, spotting beautiful birds and incredible plant life along the way. You can get your heart rate going on a rappelling adventure from waterfall to waterfall, climbing down the walls of a canyon as you go.

Scenic view of Arenal Volcano in central Costa Rica at sunrise

Arenal highlights


Waterfall rappelling

Explore the secrets that lie hidden in the depths of a tropical rainforest canyon as you take on five rappels ranging in height from 13m (25 ft) to 55m (165 ft.), including the Monkey Drop Zip Line which is approximately 25m (82 ft) long. There are several trails that lead from waterfall to waterfall. After a short hike out of the canyon, you will travel on by 4×4 vehicle to a delicious Costa Rican lunch.

Tabacon geothermal springs in Costa Rica

Hiking to Tabacon Springs

The hike begins on one of the trails close to the volcano, and will take you through the forest over recent lava flows and the area destroyed in 1968, now in the process of regeneration. The walk will give you the chance to spot the forest’s activity and unique flora whilst your guide points these out to you and explains about the reserve’s ecosystems, wildlife and the prominent effect of the volcano’s activity on the area.

Days 8–11

The Guanacaste Coast

With its stretches of golden sand beaches, wildlife reserves and ultra-easy-going atmosphere, the Guanacaste Coast is the perfect place to kick back and relax for a few days. Nicknamed the ‘gold coast’, it stretches all the way from the Nicaraguan border south to the Nicoya Peninsula. There’s a warm Pacific climate perfect for surfing, kayaking or snorkelling, and you can explore the Rancho Humo wetlands or horse ride along the coast and through the forest.

Make it mine



costa rica snorkelling


Your guide will introduce you to the underwater world, where you’ll discover the beauty that lies beneath the Pacific Ocean. Learn about the different creatures and species that inhabit these waters and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and turtles.

Horseback riding

Enjoy picturesque trails on a private horse riding tour, during which you will see a variety of plants and animals and enjoy beautiful vistas of the coast and rainforest.

Why book with Jacada

Personalised design

We’ll plan your trip around your personal interests, tastes and preferences, providing honest advice based on first-hand knowledge.

Authentic experiences

Our expert guides and brilliant Concierges are hand-picked for their ability to bring your destination to life with care and passion.

Positive Impact

We seek out unforgettable experiences that benefit both local communities and the environment.

“A Luxury Trip to Costa Rica‌”

We requested an itinerary to see the Costa Rica wildlife. Jacada designed our trip to maximize our sightings with stays at wonderful properties. Our planner listened to what we wanted and delivered the perfect trip for our needs. All of the activities planned were provided by guides with great skill and knowledge. And the Jacada ground support while we were…

Published 30th March 2024 on Trustpilot
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