Romance in Costa Rica

If romance and adventure sound like the perfect vacation, we’ve got the perfect trip for you! An overnight rafting trip down the Pacuare River, sleeping in the middle of the jungle, stunning Pacific Sunsets and waking up with the sound of howler monkeys! With this trip you will spend your nights in some of the most beautiful resorts, enjoy a forest sunset romantic dinner, or just relax in the Jacuzzi…it’s all up to you.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION San Jose, Costa Rica
DURATION OF TRIP 11 Nights
ADVISED MONTHS OF TRAVEL All year around
INCLUDED
Airport Transfers
10 Nights Lodging w/Breakfast Included
All of your meals included in Osa Peninsula
1 Night in Alajuela
2 Nights at the Pacuare River
2 Nights in Bajos del Toro
2 Nights in Manuel Antonio
3 Nights in Osa Peninsula
Ground Transfers between locations
Pacuare River Rafting Tour
Mystic Cloud Forest Hike
Romantic Private Dinner
Inland flight from Puerto Jimenez to San Jose
24/7 Natural Mystic Travel Assistance
NOT INCLUDED
Flights
Meals other than included
Personal expenses and tips

 

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Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival your driver will wait for you at the airport. He will bring you to the beautiful Xandari Resort in Alajuela where you will spend you first night. This Resort offers a special experience as you will be able to explore the property’s forest reserve, with five waterfalls and miles of trails for a good hike. The in house Spa provides an opportunity to unwind, relax and absorb the surrounding nature..
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Day 2: Pacuare River Rafting

Today your first adventure awaits as you will raft the famous Pacuare River to reach your lodging for the next two nights; Pacuare Lodge. We will pick you up in de early morning to head to the Pacuare River put-in. Here a delicious breakfast will be served and your professional guide will give you a safety briefing. After the briefing, your guide will lead you to the white water rafting into the heart of the rainforest. After an exciting couple of hours of rafting, you’ll arrive at the Pacuare Lodge. The Lodge is nestled in the middle of the rainforest, overlooking the Pacuare River, which National Geographic has listed as one of the worlds top ten scenic rivers! The private reserve forms part of the largest network of protected areas in Central America, covering more than 1.2 million acres of tropical wilderness.

Your spacious river suite includes a private terrace that opens on to landscaped native bush gardens and a stunning view of a massive wall of thick rainforest that cascades down a mountainside opposite the Pacuare River.

A fully tiled ensuite bathroom offers a nearly 360º view of the jungle. Nearby, a private alfresco heated shower lets you soak up the quiet sounds and invigorating scents of the rainforest. Take a deep breath, relax & unwind…

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Day 3: Pacuare Lodge and surroundings

The Pacuare Lodge was made for adventure. Today you can go hiking, visit a local indigenous community, get a massage or simply hideaway in your suite.
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Day 4: On to the Bajos del Toro Cloud Forest

After a delicous breakfast and loading the rafts, you’ll prepare to paddle down the Pacuare again. Your morning will be adrenaline-packed, running Class III rapids. After the rafting adventure, you will be picked up and transferred to the picturesque Bajos del Toro. Here you will find El Silencio Lodge and Spa where you will spend two special nights in this charming little sanctuary in the middle of the cloud forest. El Silencio Lodge is a perfect eco-luxury retreat for travelers who seek authentic experiences and deep connection to nature. The lodge is surrounded by private hiking trails and hidden waterfalls and proudly boasts the Relais & Chateaux badge of honor for its delectable cuisine.
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Day 5: El Silencio Lodge and surroundings

Today you’ll have a full day to explore the beautiful surroundings of El Silencio Lodge. You get the opportunity to leave an eco-friendly legacy in Costa Rica’s Cloud Forest as you will be able to plant your own tree! You also have a complimentary Mystic Hike included which will lead you through the Humming Bird Garden and cloud forest trails. If you still have more energy, you can choose one of many other onsite activities like a waterfall hike, visit the medicine garden, go bird watching or go horseback riding. In the evening, we arranged a private sunset romantic dinner for you in the middle of the cloud forest. Torches, accent candles, lush greenery and mouthwatering cuisine set the stage for the perfect romantic evening..
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Day 6: On to the Pacific Coast

In the morning we will pick you up to you head to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio. On your way here, you will drive by Rio Tarcoles. Here you will find the biggest population of crocodiles in Central America! A lot of fun to see these pre-historic animals from above. Some of them are as big as 5 meters long! You can also choose to make a tour on this river to see these animals from up close in a boat. Afterwards, you will head on towards the luxurious Gaia Boutique Hotel and Reserve. This 5 star Eco-Friendly resort is nestled in the magnificent coastal forest of Manuel Antonio overviewing the beautiful Pacific Coast Line. The resort offers fine dining in their onsite restaurant, 24/7 room service, a spa, gym and beautiful pool.
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Day 7: Manuel Antonio National Park

A full day in Manuel Antonio today. We suggest to visit the National Park and make sure you get there early as this time of year it can be very warm and the animals are most active early morning. The national park opens at 7 am and guides offer their services at the park’s entrance. You don’t need a guide as the trails are very accessible and well-marked. For sure you will see a lot of wildlife! Don’t forget to bring your swim gear as the crystal clear Pacific waters will invite you for a dip..
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Day 8: The Osa Peninsula

Your last (but for sure not least) destination of your trip will be the Lapa Rios Eco Resort. We will pick you up in Manuel Antonio for a spectacular drive all the way south to Puerto Jimenes. This amazing and special lodge is located in the middle of the tropical rainforest of Osa Peninsula. Lapa Rios is a paradise for wildlife, nature and beach lovers. Your private bungalow will overlook the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean as the lodge is built on 350 feet above sea level. The lodge has won worldwide awards for its social and environmental excellence and is home to monkeys, macaws, pumas, toucans, tree frogs and thousands of other creatures.
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Day 9: Lapa Rios and surroundings

Two full days at this special location! The Osa Peninsula is known for its pristine natural beauty, wildlife and amazing adventures. You will be able to visit the Corcovado National Park which is home to many of the country’s endangered animals such as pumas, jaguars, scarlet macaws and the great harpy eagle. If you are more of a water lover, you can also choose to enjoy the beach, hike to stunning waterfalls, take a surf lesson, go kayaking or go on a dolphin & whale watching tour by boat.
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Day 10: Lapa Rios and surroundings

While falling asleep to the sound of distant waves and waking up to the sunrise and call of howler monkeys, another great day is awaiting for you! Step outside your bungalow to find fresh roasted Costa Rican coffee waiting for you. As you make your way to the lodge for breakfast, you’re sure to be greeted by wild monkeys, toucans, macaws, sloths and other creatures of the rainforest…
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Day 11: Back Home

After awaking in the jungle, it’s time to head back to San Jose for your flight back home. We arrange an inland flight for you departing from Puerto Jimenes, straight to the Airport of San Jose in time for your flight back home.

Your Natural Mystic Trip at a glance

If romance and adventure sound like the perfect vacation, we’ve got the perfect trip for you! An overnight rafting trip down the Pacuare River, sleeping in the middle of the jungle, stunning Pacific Sunsets and waking up with the sound of howler monkeys! With this trip you will spend your nights in some of the most beautiful resorts, enjoy a forest sunset romantic dinner, or just relax in the Jacuzzi…it’s all up to you.

The trip starts off at the beautiful Xandari Resort. Here you will be able to rest and relax as the next day will be full of adventure. To get to the Pacuare Lodge, you will be rafting the famous Pacuare River! The Pacuare Lodge is a very unique destination and you won’t be disappointed while sleeping in the middle of the rainforest.

Your next destination will be the cloud forest of Bajos del Toro. We selected a very special lodge here; El Silencio Lodge and Spa for 2 nights in a charming little sanctuary in the cloud forest. This boutique eco lodge is surrounded by private hiking trails and hidden waterfalls and proudly boasts the Relais & Chateaux badge of honor for its delectable cuisine. In the evening we arranged a special romantic dinner for you while watching the sun set in the cloud forest..

From here it’s a short drive to Manuel Antonio, which will be your next destination for the next two nights. Manuel Antonio is a place where you will not get bored. The beaches are breathtaking, The National Park full of wildlife like sloths and monkeys and the sunsets are spectacular! You will be staying at the beautiful Gaia Resort, with lots of amenities and services they will make sure to give you the very best experience.

Your last destination of the trip will be at the tip of Osa Peninsula. This destination is famous for it’s wildlife and breath taking nature setting. Fall asleep to the lull of distant waves. Awake to the sunrise and the call of howler monkeys. Step outside your bungalow to find a thermos of fresh roasted Costa Rican coffee waiting for you. As you make your way to the lodge for breakfast, you’re sure to be greeted by wild monkeys, toucans, macaws, sloths and other creatures of the rainforest on the path leading to the restaurant..

To get back to San Jose in time for your flight out, we will arrange an inland flight to get you to the Airport fast!

Your Selected Lodging for this trip

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Xandari originated in the coffee-growing hills of Costa Rica’s Central Valley. Architect Sherrill Broudy conceived a spa resort two decades ago on a 40-acre estate with lush gardens and a large forest reserve within its borders. His simple, elegant architecture complements the quintessential Costa Rican landscape design: meandering paths through native vegetation and carefully planted edible gardens, each villa with access to miles of trails through the forest reserve’s green canopy, with rivers and waterfalls and invigorating mountain air.

Today there are 24 villas complemented by one of Costa Rica’s most beautifully designed spas, with treatment jalapas overlooking forest and valley. All buildings at Xandari, as well as garden areas, benefit from the touch of Charlene Broudy, a successful artist whose work includes painting, textiles and sculpture.

Click here for more information about Xandari Resort & Spa

natural_mystic_travel_pacuare_lodge_long

The Pacuare Lodge is nestled in a rainforest overlooking the Pacuare River, which National Geographic has listed as one of the worlds top ten scenic rivers. Getting to this exquisite eco lodge is half the adventure, since you arrive and depart as part of a multi-day rafting tour on the Pacuare River. The luxuriant rainforest that surrounds the Pacuare Lodge is a private reserve that forms part of the largest network of protected areas in Central America, covering more than 1.2 million acres of tropical wilderness.

Guests have the opportunity to experience an unforgettable meal in the Nest: a platform 60 feet above the jungle floor in the branches of century-old Kapok tree – considered a sacred tree by the ancient Mayans. All of the staff at the Pacuare Lodge are from local communities, and the friendly, casual atmosphere has been cited by guests as one of the most pleasant aspects of their stay.

Click here for more information about Pacuare Lodge

natural_mystic_travel_el_silencio_lodge_long

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is an inspired natural immersion retreat that celebrates Costa Rica’s charming cloud forest highlands. It features a 500 acre private cloud forest reserve and is flanked by the Juan Castro Blanco and Poas Volcano National Parks.

This unique destination draws visitors who want to live an intense nature-immersion experience. Misty tropical cloud forest, roaring waterfalls, and colorful culture are showcased through heartfelt hospitality and upscale facilities. The local staff will make you feel right at home as you enjoy your honeymoon, wedding, family vacation, or special event.

Click here for more information about El Silencio Lodge & Spa

natural-mystic-travel-gaia-long

Gaia Luxury Boutique Hotel and Reserve, located in Manuel Antonio, is a 5 star Eco-friendly resort. Enjoy a tropical luxurious getaway in a spectacular exotic location. Enjoy the ideal blend of modern amenities and natural scenery, nestled in the magnificent coastal forest.

Gaia offers you amazing views of lush and pristine wild surroundings that are beyond compare in combination with a great variety of top services such as fine dining, room service 24/7,luxury spa, pools, plus the availability of personal services. ‘

Indulge & Splurge at Gaia.

Click here for more information about Gaia Hotel & Reserve

natural_mystic_travel_lapa_rios_ecolodge_long

Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in the wild Osa Peninsula, Lapa Rios is paradise for wildlife, nature and beach lovers. Our 17 private bungalows line three ridges overlooking the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean.

Built over 350 feet above sea level, our property was designed in harmony with surrounding forest and beaches and was built with locally harvested materials. Much more than a luxurious eco lodge, Lapa Rios is a model eco-tourism project and National Geographic Unique Lodge that has won worldwide awards for social and environmental excellence, and is a featured sustainable tourism pioneer.

Home to monkeys, macaws, pumas, toucans, tree frogs and thousands of other creatures, a trip to Lapa Rios Eco Lodge will be the trip of a lifetime.

Click here for more information about Lapas Rios Eco Lodge

Note: All selected lodges subject to availability, let us know if you would like to see different lodging options or upgrade your stay!

Your Selected Lodging for this trip

natural_mystic_travel_xandari_long

Xandari originated in the coffee-growing hills of Costa Rica’s Central Valley. Architect Sherrill Broudy conceived a spa resort two decades ago on a 40-acre estate with lush gardens and a large forest reserve within its borders. His simple, elegant architecture complements the quintessential Costa Rican landscape design: meandering paths through native vegetation and carefully planted edible gardens, each villa with access to miles of trails through the forest reserve’s green canopy, with rivers and waterfalls and invigorating mountain air.

Today there are 24 villas complemented by one of Costa Rica’s most beautifully designed spas, with treatment jalapas overlooking forest and valley. All buildings at Xandari, as well as garden areas, benefit from the touch of Charlene Broudy, a successful artist whose work includes painting, textiles and sculpture.

Click here for more information about Xandari Resort & Spa

natural_mystic_travel_pacuare_lodge_long

The Pacuare Lodge is nestled in a rainforest overlooking the Pacuare River, which National Geographic has listed as one of the worlds top ten scenic rivers. Getting to this exquisite eco lodge is half the adventure, since you arrive and depart as part of a multi-day rafting tour on the Pacuare River. The luxuriant rainforest that surrounds the Pacuare Lodge is a private reserve that forms part of the largest network of protected areas in Central America, covering more than 1.2 million acres of tropical wilderness.

Guests have the opportunity to experience an unforgettable meal in the Nest: a platform 60 feet above the jungle floor in the branches of century-old Kapok tree – considered a sacred tree by the ancient Mayans. All of the staff at the Pacuare Lodge are from local communities, and the friendly, casual atmosphere has been cited by guests as one of the most pleasant aspects of their stay.

Click here for more information about Pacuare Lodge

natural_mystic_travel_el_silencio_lodge_long

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is an inspired natural immersion retreat that celebrates Costa Rica’s charming cloud forest highlands. It features a 500 acre private cloud forest reserve and is flanked by the Juan Castro Blanco and Poas Volcano National Parks.

This unique destination draws visitors who want to live an intense nature-immersion experience. Misty tropical cloud forest, roaring waterfalls, and colorful culture are showcased through heartfelt hospitality and upscale facilities. The local staff will make you feel right at home as you enjoy your honeymoon, wedding, family vacation, or special event.

Click here for more information about El Silencio Lodge & Spa

natural-mystic-travel-gaia-long

Gaia Luxury Boutique Hotel and Reserve, located in Manuel Antonio, is a 5 star Eco-friendly resort. Enjoy a tropical luxurious getaway in a spectacular exotic location. Enjoy the ideal blend of modern amenities and natural scenery, nestled in the magnificent coastal forest.

Gaia offers you amazing views of lush and pristine wild surroundings that are beyond compare in combination with a great variety of top services such as fine dining, room service 24/7,luxury spa, pools, plus the availability of personal services. ‘

Indulge & Splurge at Gaia.

Click here for more information about Gaia Hotel & Reserve

natural_mystic_travel_lapa_rios_ecolodge_long

Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in the wild Osa Peninsula, Lapa Rios is paradise for wildlife, nature and beach lovers. Our 17 private bungalows line three ridges overlooking the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean.

Built over 350 feet above sea level, our property was designed in harmony with surrounding forest and beaches and was built with locally harvested materials. Much more than a luxurious eco lodge, Lapa Rios is a model eco-tourism project and National Geographic Unique Lodge that has won worldwide awards for social and environmental excellence, and is a featured sustainable tourism pioneer.

Home to monkeys, macaws, pumas, toucans, tree frogs and thousands of other creatures, a trip to Lapa Rios Eco Lodge will be the trip of a lifetime.

Click here for more information about Lapas Rios Eco Lodge

Note: All selected lodges subject to availability, let us know if you would like to see different lodging options or upgrade your stay!

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