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Costa Rica

Trek along old lava flows with spectacular views of the hulking Arenal Volcano

Costa Rica

Discover an astonishing array of exotic birds and animals

Costa Rica

Surrounded by lush rainforests, indulge in our luxury hideaways

Costa Rica

Enjoy a stroll among the tree tops and discover the incredible biodiversity of Costa Rica's cloud forests

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Costa Rica is an exotic playground brimming with lush rainforests, astonishing wildlife and jaw-dropping scenery.

Discover extraordinary natural beauty on river safari, a wilderness wonderland from your sea kayak and incredible views as you trek through the spectacular Arenal Volcano National Park and among the towering trees of a cloud forest. At the end of each day, retreat to our handpicked selection of intimate retreats and luxury hideaways.

Highlights

Explore secluded lagoons & jungle creeks by kayak

Experience the serenity of gliding silently along the banks of the remote waterways of Tortuguero National Park. Be captivated by the rich ecosystem and marvel as your local guide uncovers some of the wildlife teeming in the centuries old rainforests, from colourful toucans to playful monkeys.

Stroll through the canopy of a cloud forest

Enjoy a walk in the sky through the Cloud Forest. Traversing suspended bridge walkways, with lengths up to 150m and between 12 and 60m in the air, follow the 3km trail for a unique perspective on the cloud forest. Looking down from your elevated position, observe the unique tropical ecosystem of the forest and catch glimpses of birds, monkeys, sloths and more.

Discover astonishing wildlife trekking through pristine rainforest

Meet your resident naturalist guide for a magical experience in the primary rainforest of the Osa Peninsula. Enjoy a glimpse into the seething life of a tropical rainforest and discover an incredible array of exotic birds, animals and flowers. Enjoy the raucous calls of macaws in flight and keep a keen eye out to spot a sloth resting on a branch.

Below you will find the highlights of our suggested itinerary. A place to start your planning and to give you a flavour of the extraordinary natural, cultural and active experiences you can enjoy. All our itineraries are handcrafted together with you to create your personalised and unique private journey. The places you want to see and stay, the experiences you want to enjoy, the time you want to travel.
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Day 1

Welcome to a land of adventure & wilderness

Arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport where you will be greeted and privately transferred to he cloud forests of Bajos del Rio Toro and your tranquil retreat. Enjoy a soak in your outdoor jacuzzi, before dinner in the heart of this incredible rainforest area.

Day 2

Feel the spray of spectacular waterfalls

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After breakfast at your lodge surrounded by volcanic slopes covered by dense cloud forest, join your naturalist guide for a trek through pristine wilderness. Starting in the small village of Bajos del Toro, descend along a winding trail to the spectacular Bajos del Toro waterfall. Marvel as the red & yellow clays combine with green moss and the cooling mist of the waterfall.

Day 3

A brooding volcano, luxury villa & a walk in the sky

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Departing the cloud forest area, you head for volcano country and the luxurious Nayara Springs. Today enjoy a walk in the sky. Ascending in an aerial tram, spot for native wildlife as you rise to the lookout point, where you’re rewarded with a panoramic view of the imposing Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake. Then begin your walk through the treetops. Traversing suspended bridge walkways, follow the canopy trail for a unique perspective of the forest.

Day 4

Nature hike through primary rainforest

This morning, join an expert local guide as you head for the small village of La Tigra, the site where the first women’s suffrage occurred in 1950. Boarding a four wheel drive, travel through mountain routes to Pocosol Station, located alongside a volcanic lagoon and the entry point for your hike through the Eternal Forest. Keep an eye out for incredible native species, including exotic Toucans and wild Peccaries.

Day 5

Discover remote & beautiful Tortuguero

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Tortuguero – the gateway to the remote and beautiful Tortuguero National Park. Originally intended to protect a major nesting beach of the Atlantic green sea turtle, Tortuguero National Park now protects one of the last large areas of tropical rain forest in Central America. After being greeted at the airstrip and transferred by boat to Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, a gourmet lunch, siesta and a wilderness wonderland awaits.

Day 6

Experience a wilderness wonderland

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The early morning hours are especially active in the rainforest. Cruise the backwater lagoons and creeks of Tortuguero National Park by boat and soak up the ambience of the rainforest. Spot troops of Howler monkeys in search of young figs, encounter a river otter hunting, or watch a caiman quietly waiting for its next meal - a wilderness wonderland! Tonight relax with some canapés at the bar before enjoying an alfresco dinner under the stars.

Day 7

Secluded lagoons & jungle creeks by sea kayak

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This morning it is time to begin your sea kayak exploration of Tortuguero National Park. Paddling for a couple of hours, sea kayaking gives you a whole new perspective of the rainforest. Glide silently through the water and lose yourself to the sights and sounds of the forest. Later enjoy a twilight walk through the rainforest.

Day 8

A secluded retreat where the jungle meets the ocean

Crossing the Tortugero River again by boat, you arrive at Tortuguero airstrip to begin your journey to Osa Peninsula, home to Costa Rica’s last remaining tropical humid rainforest. Your retreat for the next two nights is Lapa Rios, set in a private nature reserve overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Marvel at your surrounds, climb up to view the forest canopy and ocean, and enjoy.

Day 9

Explore primary rainforest in the company of tropical wildlife

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After breakfast overlooking the jungle, join a resident naturalist to start your experience in the primary rainforest. Enjoy a glimpse into the seething life of a tropical rainforest and discover an incredible array of exotic birds, animals and flowers. Enjoy the raucous calls of macaws in flight and keep a keen eye out to spot a sloth resting on a branch.

Day 10

Costa Rica’s national treasure - Corcovado

The day starts early with Costa Rican coffee, fruits and pastries before departing for Sirena Station in the world famous Corcovado National Park, one of the most biologically rich places on earth. In the company of your expert guide, an avid wildlife spotter, explore Corcovado’s trails as you observe monkeys, iguanas, incredible birds and perhaps even the largest mammal in Costa Rica, the Tapir. Corcovado is a true jungle adventure!

Day 11

The local medicine man & a night safari

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Today join a local medicine man to trek through the pristine rainforest. Discover the traditional medicinal uses of plants and seeds, and the indigenous culture and customs of Costa Rica. In the evening, experience the magic of the rainforest at night. Using flashlights, uncover the unusual nocturnal creatures of the rainforest and their habitats. Back at the lodge, enjoy an alfresco dinner under a sea of stars.

Day 12

A jaw dropping retreat

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After breakfast, you leave the lodge for the Uvita area and the stunningly located Kura Design Villas. The southernmost region of Costa Rica, here the jungle meets the sea. Discover vast stretches of coastline, black volcanic beaches, and a rich marine environment. The Ballena Marine National Park is the jewel of this area. At the luxurious Kura, head for the Sky Lounge and its 360 degree views of the Costa Rican jungle and ocean.

Day 13

Secluded bays, jungle beaches & more

Today, do as much or little as you like. Perhaps take a short drive to protected and unspoiled Take a walk on the beach, discover secluded bays, swim and snorkel. Ballena Marine National Park. Back at your retreat, take a swim in the saltwater infinity pool, swing in a hammock, and spot for passing humpback whales. In the evening indulge in a sumptuous meal at Kura’s sophisticated restaurant.

Day 14

The art of Costa Rican coffee

This morning you bid farewell to your stunning retreat and transfer back to San José. Finca Rosa Blanca Inn is your home for the night. With 30 acres of certified organic coffee surrounding you, experience coffee through the ages, learn how it was discovered, traded and consumed, then stroll the lanes of an organic sustainable coffee plantation before discovering the art of coffee over a coffee tasting. Savour the gorgeous tropical gardens and the never-ending views.

Day 15

Departure

After breakfast, your private luxury transfer returns you to Juan Santamaria International Airport for your departure flight.

Luxury Accommodation

  • Hotel Grano de Oro
  • Hotel Alta
  • El Silencio Lodge & Spa
  • Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
  • Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens
  • Arenal Observatory Lodge
  • Tortuga Lodge & Gardens
  • Lapa Rios
  • El Remanso Rainforest Wildlife Lodge
  • Kura Design Villas

Hotel Grano de Oro

The charming Hotel Grano de Oro is a stylish retreat located on a quiet, shady street in the heart of San Jose. Luxuriate in the exclusive surrounds and enjoy personalised service, breathtaking views, one of San Jose’s best restaurants, and the wonderful hardwood timbers and handmade tiles of this historic building.

Hotel Alta

The boutique Hotel Alta offers spectacular views of the sun valley of Santa Ana. Elegantly appointed rooms with private balconies to take in the cool mountain air provide a tranquil resting place. Indulge your senses in the culinary delights of the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant La Luz.

El Silencio Lodge & Spa

A blissful retreat of elegant suites and a tranquil spa, steeped in its own cloud forest reserve. Step into your riverside suite, set amongst the jungle, and find chic design and elegant comfort. Yet step out onto your wide balcony, or lie back in your private hot tub, and glorious nature is all around you - calling birds, lush forest and wide skies.

Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

Monteverde Lodge is, quite simply, a place of comfort and tranquility. Rooms with high ceilings, hardwood floors, and expansive windows bring the cloud forest in. Enjoy a morning coffee or sunset stroll in the lush gardens. After dinner in the elegant dining room, simply sit by the outdoor fireplace and watch the night come on.

Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens

Under the shadow of the hulking Arenal Volcano, this is Costa Rica’s newest boutique hotel. Surrounded by the lush vegetation of Costa Rica’s pristine rainforest, enjoy the ultimate in luxury with four-poster beds, oversized bathrooms, lavish furnishings, secluded gardens with outdoor showers, and a private pool fed by mineral springs.

Arenal Observatory Lodge

Submerse yourself in the natural beauty of Costa Rica at Arenal Observatory Lodge. Perched high on a ridge less than 3km from Arenal Volcano, the lodge offers spectacular views of the volcano and Arenal Lake. Enjoy a complimentary nature walk and then dine in the company of majestic views.

Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

Located on 50 acres of private land on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, Tortuga Lodge is designed to blend into the river environment. Take a plunge in the riverside infinity pool, walk the plantation style gardens with a resident naturalist guide or relax in the hammock on your private porch.

Lapa Rios

The perfect rainforest experience in Osa Peninsula. With gorgeous cabins, spectacular ocean views and fine food, enjoy this idyllic retreat from modern life. Poised high on a hillside, each of the 16 cabins looks down over a thickly jungled valley of primary rainforest and the deep blue Pacific beyond. Awake to a chorus of tropical bird calls, and watch monkeys as you lie in the hammock on your secluded balcony.

El Remanso Rainforest Wildlife Lodge

Hidden in the rainforest above a secluded beach, El Ramanso is the perfect blend of jungle wilderness and ocean calm. Follow the extensive trail system to discover the abundant wildlife surrounding the lodge. Wake to the sounds of waves rolling on the ocean and exotic birds calling through the trees.

Kura Design Villas

Kura Design Villas in Uvita is the brainchild of a husband-and-wife architect and biologist who decided to open their idea of a perfect, sustainable, stylish getaway. With breathtaking views and spectacular design, enjoy the contemporary, open-plan villas with floating beds, exposed showers and a balcony that leaves little between you and sweeping views over the jungle to the Pacific Ocean.

Hotel Grano de Oro

Terrace dining- Hotel Grano de Oro

Hotel Alta

Courtyard dining - Hotel Alta

Pool with view - Hotel Alta

Suite - El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Suite Balcony - El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

Forest View Room - Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

Pool - Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens

Villa - Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens

Arenal Observatory Lodge

Deck with view - Arenal Observatory Lodge

Spa - Arenal Observatory Lodge

Suite - Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

Riverside pool - Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

Restaurant - Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

Cabin - Lapa Rios

Dining deck - Lapa Rios

El Remanso Rainforest Wildlife Lodge

Bathroom - El Remanso Rainforest Wildlife Lodge

Private deck - El Remanso Rainforest Wildlife Lodge

Infinity pool - Kura Design Villas

Suite Villa - Kura Design Villas

Inclusions

  • A Seven Skies handpicked private guide
  • Every extraordinary detail of your journey is handpicked and road-tested
  • Handcrafted, flexible and seamless itineraries, executed flawlessly
  • Insider access through resident experts who reveal the secrets of a destination

  • Exceptional service and uncompromising attention to detail
  • On ground flexibility to accentuate your journey with impromptu experiences
  • Ultimate in luxury accomodation
  • Private luxury transfers and ground transportation

“…Seven Skies delivers a beguiling combination of bespoke adventures and
five-star luxury…”

Il Tridente - August 2012

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