Between beaches and volcanos

Trip description

An ideal mix to discover the variety of the country without spending too much time on the road ...

A variety of landscapes and wildlife that only Costa Rica con provide. A trip that combines a comfortable base camp, and a roadtrip. We save time by not packing up the suitcases every day, and this time is used to discover lesser-known places. You will discover Crocodiles and tropical birds during an excursion on the river, you will learn to surf in the warm waters of the Pacific. You will go to observe turtles on wild beaches. You will discover three volcanoes, their dense tropical forests and their waterfalls ... The expert wildlife guide will help you observe well-hidden animals on hanging bridges ... But you will have time for a ride on horseback, a yoga initiation and also rest while admiring monkeys from your terrace or your private pool ... The real Pura Vida. Caro and Sylvain will also make you discover the typical local restaurants, but you will also be pampered with a private chef at home. On the Roadtrip part, you will be accommodated in hotels which all have a particular attraction for nature or the activities within them. You will leave having had the impression of living a real vacation, and having discovered places that are not easily available to travelers ... Far from the beaten track, without missing the essential.

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11 days

From : €1,600*

Caro et Sylvain

Anyone can tell you about Costa Rica, but no one will show you the country like Caro and Sylvain !

Come and discover what the "Pura Vida" is all about: it’s the gentle pace of your vacation away from the crowds. Caroline & Sylvain will let you settle down in your own villa, with your own personal chef, and share their experience of life in Costa Rica. Relax - no need to pack your bags every day !

They will introduce you to the region’s rich ecosystem, with a variety of landscapes that encapsulate what this magnificent land has on offer.

Both are special people - athletes, artists and genuinely engaged in defending the environment. They’re always there for you, they’ll help you adjust and fine-tune your program – perhaps the sea turtles are landing further south, or maybe the weather’s about to change, so you’ll always be in the best place at the best time.

Yoga, surfing, lazing on the beach, hanging bridges, wildlife, volcanoes, waterfalls and breathtaking sunsets… a truly comprehensive program with a focus on relaxation!

The icing on the cake: Sylvain is a professional photographer and will share the best tips to help you take amazing snaps! You’ll leave with your head full of memories - and your camera too!

Day 1: Arrival in Costa Rica

Day 2: Surf lessons and Pura Vida

Day 3: Explore Palo Verde Park by boat

Day 4: Time to paddle!

Day 5: Chill-out day

Day 6: Rincón de la Vieja Volcano

Day 7: The amazing blue waters of Rio Celeste

Day 8: Arenal Volcano and hanging bridges

Day 9: Wellness, discovery and shopping

Day 10: Nicoya Peninsula

Day 11: Back home

Day 1 : Arrival in Costa Rica

Iguanes verts à Muelle. ©Tanguy de Saint-Cyr

Caroline and Sylvain meet up with you at Liberia Airport in the early afternoon. Transfer to the villa at Los Nancites.

Once you’ve unpacked and freshened up in your new base camp, it’s time to discover the nearby beaches and connect with the local “Pura Vida” vibe. On the agenda: sandsunshinecocktails

At the end of the day, Caroline and Sylvain will discuss the week’s program with you while you sip a well-deserved pre-dinner drink.

Your chef has cooked up your first dinner, which you’ll enjoy poolside – the perfect way to gently soak up the atmosphere!

Travel time: 1.5 hr.
Meals included: dinner.

Day 2 : Surf lessons and Pura Vida

Surfers sur la plage El Carmen. ©Richard Taylor

In the morning, off for a surfing lesson (1.5 hr)! Whether a total newbie or already comfortable on a board, you’ll quickly find out that here, in the warm waters of Costa Rica, catching the wave is GUARANTEED!

The surf instructors will take care of you from A to Z – you’ll emerge from the ocean with a smile on your face... You might then want to laze in a hammock and continue to enjoy the tropical atmosphere.

Chill and relax on the beach for the rest of the afternoon.

Travel time: 5 min.
Meals included: breakfast + dinner.

Day 3 : Explore Palo Verde Park by boat

Dans le parc de Santa Cruz ©ICT (Institut Costaricien de Tourisme)

Late morning departure to visit the typical town of Santa Cruz, with its painted wooden houses. Grab a bite in a traditional Soda.

In the early afternoon, drive to Palo Verde Park where George, a Costa Rican and lover of biodiversity, awaits with his boat to take you on a cruise around the Tempisque River estuary. Tropical birds, crocodiles and white-faced monkeys can be spotted from the boat, on what is one of Central America’s largest rivers and a Costa Rican biodiversity hotspot. The uncrowded site will make you feel like you’re on an adventure to the edge of the world, and the late afternoon light is perfect for photography. Why not take a few tips from Sylvain, who’ll help you take great shots?

Travel time: 1.5 hr.
Meals included: breakfast + dinner

Day 4 : Time to paddle!

Playa Guiones au coucher du soleil. ©Laurent BOSCHERO

Take off just after breakfast to discover the picturesque Pirate Beach: relaxation, SUP or snorkeling near the infamous rocks where the pirates’ treasures are hidden… the choice is yours

Your hosts know of another secret beach down the road, which might be a great option weather permitting… it’s always an adventure, almost alone in the world in a little corner of paradise! It’s also the perfect spot to learn paddle boarding techniques as the water is always calm. There is even a mangrove swamp tucked away at one end of the beach. But you can also just lay down your beach towel and take in the scenery. A great opportunity to try out the photo skills you acquired yesterday!

On the way back, stopover in Villa Real for a break in one of the town’s best Soda, where a cheap and hearty lunch awaits.

Travel time: 1 hr.
Meals included: breakfast + dinner

Day 5 : Chill-out day

Las cataratas nauyaca ©Joseph Linder -

In the early hours, your hosts invite you to a short stretching and planks session - if you’re up to it.

And then, a full day to chill on one of the area’s pretty beaches awaits!

A choice of optional activities is on offer, but you may just want to enjoy the Pura Vida, wind down, and sip a chilled seasonal fruit smoothie in your hammock, in the shade of a palm tree (optional activities not included – book and pay on site).

Cocktails and sunset on the beach before driving back to the Villa for dinner.

Travel time: 10 min
Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Day 6 : Rincón de la Vieja Volcano

Singe-arraignée dans le parc national Rincon de la Vieja. ©Tanguy de Saint-Cyr

An early start today (5:45am) off to volcano region for the next two nights. You’ll grab breakfast on the way, road-trip style.

You’ll start with Rincón de la Vieja volcano and its natural park, and a scenic hike along the park’s trails: 1.5 – 2 hrs. to reach a fantastic waterfall – and a refreshing swim - and 1.5 – 2 hrs. to return.

Along the way, plenty of viewpoints over the varied landscape of ridges and forests, magnificent trees, and perhaps a few monkeys, blue morpho butterflies or tropical birds… but only if you tread lightly and don’t scare them away!

Lunch at a nearby Soda – you’ll definitely have built an appetite on the trail :)

Afternoon drive to Tenorio Park to settle down in your beautiful hotel, with pool and hot tub.

Evening meal in a Soda close by, after pre-dinner drinks and a game of billiards or darts!

Note: don’t forget to pack your poncho - it sometimes rains in the volcano region
Travel time: 2 hrs. in the morning, 1 hr. 45 in the afternoon
Meals included: breakfast

Day 7 : The amazing blue waters of Rio Celeste

Parque Nacional Volcan Tenorio et Rio Celeste ©Karel Stipek -

In the morning, a hearty breakfast on the patio with views of the toucans and many other birds that live around the lodge.

Next, a hike around the National Park, across the rainforest, along a river with amazing blue water… it’s almost unreal!

Back to the hotel for a well-deserved shower. Time to pack and hit the road towards Arenal Volcano.

After a quick lunch on the road, a little surprise awaits… Caroline and Sylvain are spoiling you!

You’ll finish the day with dinner at a lively restaurant in the picturesque town and eco-tourist hotspot of La Fortuna.

Travel time: 20 min in the morning, 1hr. 45 in the afternoon
Meals included: breakfast

Day 8 : Arenal Volcano and hanging bridges

Volcan Arenal, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Alajuela. ©Tanguy de Saint-Cyr

In the morning, visit to the hanging bridges with a naturalist guide: a great walk above the giant treetops with breathtaking views of the volcano. This hike is also a perfect opportunity to discover the wildlife typical of the rainforest, and feel like an explorer far above the lush vegetation!

For lunch, Caroline and Sylvain will treat you to a timeless experience at a Costa Rican grandma’s typical family-run restaurant where you can sample traditional cuisine.

If the rain is too heavy, you can also visit a frog and reptile farm (additional charge paid on site, approx. $23). The center’s guides are passionate about their job and have plenty of knowledge to share about frogs, snakes and other rainforest species. (Note: this activity is only offered if it’s raining hard)

On the way back to sunny Guanacaste, drive around the lake for fine views of the volcano and perhaps spot a few birds and mischievous white-nosed coatimundis.

Travel time: 45 min in the morning, 4 hrs. at the end of the day
Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Day 9 : Wellness, discovery and shopping

Balade équestre le long de la plage de Tamarindo ©JUAN AMIGHETTI - ICT

In the morning, if you’re feeling up to it, yoga session or run with Caroline. You can also schedule another surf lesson if that’s your thing (not included, book and pay on site).

With Caroline, shopping therapy in Tamarindo, where you’ll find all sorts of souvenirs, surf shops, jewelry or apparel, or a visit to the bank or supermarket if you need one. Caroline knows all the best places to grab yourself a bargain ;)

Travel time: 30 min
Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Day 10 : Nicoya Peninsula

La plage Espadilla au couché du soleil. ©Sime

If you’re feeling brave, you can go for an early morning run with Caroline before breakfast on the Villa patio.

You will then head south to the Nicoya Peninsula and its turtle nesting areas. Discover a variety of landscapes, from picture-perfect spots (including a uniquely original white sand beach, bordered by the ocean on both sides), to black sand tropical beaches bordered by palm trees, and typical villages where you can sample Costa Rica’s famous “Gallo Pinto”.

Get a chance to visit Brenda Bombard’s "Refuge for Wildlife", which is setting an example for the rehabilitation of wildlife in the region (not included, $ 50 contribution). This requires advance booking; please specify you’d like to visit the refuge when confirming your stay. Only possible if the whole group is going.

Travel time: 1.5 hr.
Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Day 11 : Back home

Chute d'eau de Guanacaste, au Costa Rica. ©OGphoto

After breakfast and time to compare your holiday snapshots, Caroline and Sylvain will drive you back to Liberia Airport. Book a flight out after 12pm. Hasta luego, Costa Rica…

Travel time: 1.5 hr.
Meals included: breakfast

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