Pura Vida

Get ready to explore the wild wonders of Costa Rica on a 8-day handcrafted adventure. Your itinerary showcases the ideal blend of thrilling activities, nature explorations, and wildlife encounters. Beginning in the remote Golfo Dulce region, you will have the chance to truly escape it all and be immersed in nature. Spend your days relaxing on pristine beaches and exploring the rainforest. Keep your binoculars handy as you're sure to see incredible wildlife and birds in this natural paradise. Following your epic rainforest retreat, you will be whisked away to the coastal paradise of Manuel Antonio. Explore the National Park, kayak and snorkel along the Coast, discover hidden beaches and coves or just relax at your charming hotel...the perfect ending to the perfect trip!

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: San Jose Arrival

San Jose Arrival
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation: Hotel Grano de Oro

Welcome to Costa Rica! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your awaiting car and driver to transfer you to your hotel in San Jose. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

San Jose

Historic neighborhoods in Costa Rica are laced with delicious international restaurants and bustling shopping streets. The city's art scene is popping and huge colorful murals blend harmoniously beside small unique art galleries. Like many Latin American capitals, it's the colonial architecture that truly gives the streets of San Jose their charm, and is a welcome break from the ever-modernizing city attributes. As a city that primarily hosts travelers arriving and departing from Costa Rica specifically, San Jose fills its role perfectly. An introduction, a gateway and a welcoming!

Day 2: San Jose - Puerto Jimenez - Playa Cativo

San Jose - Puerto Jimenez - Playa Cativo
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfers
  • Transportation (Air): Domestic Flight
  • Accommodation: Playa Cativo Lodge
  • Meals: L, D
Domestic Flight
San Jose - Puerto Jimenez
Flight #: Sansa #1094
Departs: 8:20 AM
Arrives: 9:10 AM
Confirmation Number: EVEP3D

At 6:30am this morning, you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight. Upon arrival in Puerto Jimenez, you will be picked up at the airport by a representative of Playa Cativo Lodge and driven to the marina. From here, Playa Cativo staff will escort you on a picturesque 30-minute boat ride to the lodge taking in the magnificent coastline with tropical vegetation – with occasional sightings of schools of dolphins, turtles, and/or humpback whales enroute.

Surrounded by some of the most unspoiled and diverse rainforest in the world, Playa Cativo is a Costa Rica Eco Lodge located on the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce, the inner side of the Osa Peninsula in southern Costa Rica. (Golfo Dulce is the only tropical fjord in the Americas.) Unique in its native beauty, seclusion and natural treasures where everything is pitch perfect, Playa Cativo (Cativo Beach) offers an unparalleled experience for those eager to be immersed in nature and away from it all.

Golfo Dulce

The Golfo Dulce, or Sweet Gulf, sits between the Osa Peninsula and Costa Rica's southern Pacific coastline. The large bay hugs pristine beaches, rivers and tall evergreen forest, which is protected as the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve. As one of the wettest places on Earth with over 200 inches of rainfall a year, the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve boasts some of the tallest ancient trees that tower between 100 and 140 feet into the air. Known for its biodiversity, this region is ideal for nature lovers and adventurers.

Days 3 - 4: Playa Cativo

Playa Cativo
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Playa Cativo Lodge Activities
  • Accommodation: Playa Cativo Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Playa Cativo Lodge Activities

Enjoy your stay at Playa Cativo Lodge as you'd like! Included in your stay are use of kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and snorkeling gear inside Cativo Bay; a 2 hour guided nature walk in the rainforest; and access to self-guided hiking trails around the tropical rainforest reserve. If you're feeling more active, there are a number of tours and activities that can be booked directly at the lodge at an additional cost including (but not limited to): deep sea fishing, stand-up paddle board guided adventures, Piedras Blancas National Park guided hikes, mangrove-ocean guided kayaking, dolphin and whale watching tours, off-grid alternative energy tour, and more! (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 5: Playa Cativo - Golfito - Manuel Antonio

Playa Cativo - Golfito - Manuel Antonio
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Hotel Transfer
  • Accommodation: Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge
  • Meals: B

Alas, it's time to say goodbye to this little slice of paradise and continue your journey North. You'll take the Lodge's boat back to the Marina Golfito where your driver will be waiting for you to transfer you to Manuel Antonio at approximately 11am. The drive will take approximately 3.5 hours, so sit back, relax and enjoy the views!

Manuel Antonio National Park

If there is a heaven for beach lovers, it is surely taking notes from Manuel Antonio! There is a reason that this rugged coast of small bays and secluded beaches is one of Central America's most popular destinations. Dense jungle sits directly adjacent to pristine sandy beaches in this national park, forming unique, funky coves that each offer picture perfect photo opportunities in their own right. If these scenic landscapes aren't enough to keep you captivated, then you might make the most of the wildlife viewing activities. Iguanas, howler monkeys, sloths and several birds parade through here daily.

Day 6: Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio
Daily Summary
  • Tour: National Park Guided Tour & Exploration
  • Accommodation: Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge
  • Meals: B

National Park Guided Tour & Exploration

At 8am, you will be picked up at your hotel to embark on a private tour of the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park. This outing includes a 2.5 hour guided nature walk, so you can discover all of the highlights and hidden gems of the area.

Named as one of the 12 most beautiful national parks in the world by Forbes Magazine, Manuel Antonio is known for its gorgeous cream colored beach, lush forest growing to the beach edge, abundant wildlife, warm pacific waters, and easy forest trails with scenic ocean overlooks. You will likely see a variety of exotic wildlife, as the animals are accustomed to visitors. These creatures include squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and sloths. After hiking, you can enjoy some free time to explore the park on your own. (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 7: Manuel Antonio

Daily Summary
  • Tour: Coastal Kayaking & Snorkeling Tour
  • Accommodation: Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge
  • Meals: B

Coastal Kayaking & Snorkeling Tour

At 8:10am you will be picked up at your hotel. Today's sea kayaking adventure begins near the developing Pez Vela (Sail Fish) Marina in Quepos, and continues winding along the beautiful Manuel Antonio coastline. Your bilingual naturalist guide will tell you about the area, point out wildlife and will also direct you to the best snorkeling spots; a great volcanic rock hosting wide variety of fish, crabs and other marine life, very close to the shore of Biezans Bay. After snorkeling you will make a stop at a beautiful secluded beach, where you can rest your arms, enjoy the water and your guide will provide you with a snack – fruits and cookies. With the new energy in your body, you are now ready to head back and enjoy the magical surroundings you are in.(This service is on a group basis.)

Day 8: Manuel Antonio - San Jose Departure

Manuel Antonio - San Jose Departure
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Meals: B

Sadly, your journey through the exotic beauty and natural wildlife of Costa Rica must come to an end today. At 8am, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the San Jose airport (approximately 3 hours) in good time to board your departure flight home. We hope you had an unforgettable experience here and we wish you a safe journey home! (This service is on a private basis.)


Hotel Grano de Oro

Hotel Grano de Oro

Situated in a shady street just off Paseo Colon, San Jose's main thoroughfare, Hotel Gran de Oro is a true oasis, a sanctuary in the heart of the city. Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the 35-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home. Hallways lined with period photographs and original art meander through the building and present lush tropical flower arrangements and luxuriant plants at every turn. Italian tile fountains grace intimate atriums, ensuring that one is never far from the soothing melody of falling water. All rooms are equipped with free Internet, fully equiped minibars, safety deposit boxes, cable tv, ceiling fans, telephones with direct access to international calling.

Playa Cativo Lodge

Playa Cativo Lodge

Surrounded by some of the most unspoiled and diverse rainforest in the world, Playa Cativo is a Costa Rica Eco Lodge located on the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce, the inner side of the Osa Peninsula in southern Costa Rica. With open-air layouts and spectacular views of the remarkable wilderness that wraps around the lodge, our exquisite accommodations invite guests to relish in raw luxury. The lodge has a total of 18 guest rooms, each well-furnished with beautiful reclaimed hardwood and charming tilework handcrafted by local artisans. All rooms offer refreshing rain showers, abundant hot water, biodegradable bathroom amenities, cotton bathrobes and slippers, ceiling fans, binoculars, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge

Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge

Discreetly nestled into the tropical paradise of Manuel Antonio National Park, lies the beautiful Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge. Proudly occupying the most idyllic hilltop in Manuel Antonio, this award-winning eco-designed property provides its own signature version of "barefoot luxury" to all guests. The resort’s lush jungle terraces and brilliantly vivid gardens, overlook the sparkling ocean. Experience the wild, from the luxury of still being within easy reach to the pristine beaches, lush rainforests and thriving mangroves. The charming town of Quepos boasts enough nightlife, restaurants and bars for you dance the night away…or simply bliss out at the hotel.

Pricing and Details

Starting from $ 7,248 per person

*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.

Price Includes

  • Full support before, during & after your trip
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Transport as mentioned

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Taxes and fees

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