Map & Highlights
Start with a drive up crossing the Paramus of the Cerro de la Muerte towards Savegre Valley; then a tropical beach & jungle stay to explore a marine national park where humpback whales are seasonally observed.
• Search the beautiful Resplendent Quetzal bird and learn about a variety of plants, birds, and wildlife species.
• Enjoy the charm of the mountains, the robledal primary forest, and the clear waters of Rio Savegre.
• Visit the whale tail of Punta Uvita and observe colorful tropical fish while you snorkel.
• From a safe boat, spot bottlenose dolphins, Humpback whales swimming the bays of Marino Bahia Ballena National Park.
8 days / 7 nights (with the option to combine other destinations)
What is included?
Arrival and departure airport transfers, private transportation on comfortable air-conditioned microbuses between destinations, accommodations at suggested lodges/hotels, daily breakfasts, day tours as described in the itinerary, local taxes.
International airfare to Costa Rica (we can recommend the best routes), personal expenses (passport, medical, souvenirs, etc.), hotel extras (laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments), optional tours, additional transfers, entrance fees to locations not mentioned on the program, gratuities (drivers, guides, hospitality staff), insurance (travel, baggage loss, medical).
Any time of the year.
*Whale season goes from December to April, where these majestic mammals come from the North and a second season from July to November coming from the South (best time to see them, since they come in major quantity).
Transfer in SJO Airport to your hotel
On arrival at the San Jose International Airport (SJO), you will be meet & greet by our bilingual representative who will help you with your luggage and transfer you to the hotel.
Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton (2 nights)
Welcome to Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton, an iconic gem in the heart of San Jose. Located on the pedestrian boulevard Avenida Central, our hotel overlooks the National Theatre and is steps from cafés, shops, museums and other top attractions.
Every guest room has a king bed or two full beds with pillow-top mattresses and soft linens for a great night’s sleep. Enjoy complimentary WiFi, a 50-inch HDTV, mini-refrigerator, coffeemaker, private safe, and work desk with ergonomic chair. The bathroom features a walk-in shower, hairdryer and deluxe bath products.
San Jose walking tour
Today you will enjoy a Walking & Sightseeing Tour of the city with your guide. San José is full of interesting stories and rich history, you just need a good storyteller to unveil its charms for you.
On this tour, we will walk through the major historical landmarks such as the National Theater (1897) Correos de Costa Rica building (1917) experience the daily bustle of the Central Market, and the modern cool spots as well share how locals enjoy their city.
Entrance fee to attractions to be paid on site.
Transfer San José to Savegre Valley
Pick up at your hotel for the private transfer to Savegre Valley. On the way stop for sightseeing the former capital of Costa Rica, Cartago. Now this provincial capital located at the base of Irazú Volcano remains as an important religious center. On August 2nd thousands of pilgrims walk here to celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of the Angels.
Hotel Savegre (2 nights)
Hotel Savegre’s services are the perfect complement for every nature lover seeking a memorable experience. We offer 41 rooms, bar and restaurant, day spa, conference room, laundry service, shuttle service, tours, and related activities, as well as our beautiful gardens and impressive private reserve with its extensive network of trails. Hotel Savegre is proud to offer visitors the opportunity to visit our private nature reserve of almost 400 hectares (988 acres) through a network of trails of around 30 km. (18.6 miles) that start and end at the hotel. The reserve has spectacularly high-level biodiversity that attracts visitors from all over the world.
Our helpful and genuinely friendly staff are the hotel’s signature feature. The Chacón family, pioneers in the San Gerardo de Dota region have been operating the hotel since its inception and it has always been our utmost aim to provide top-quality service that goes hand in hand with the environment.
The beautiful natural surroundings of Del Rio Spa greet you with inspiring views and lush cloud forest, where the crystalline waters of the Savegre river guide you along a journey to health, beauty and wellbeing.
The Junior Suites are individual cabins and have a private bathroom with tub, hot water, hairdryer, coffee maker, safe, telephone, radio-alarm clock, electric room heater, or fireplace.
In search of the Quetzal walk
At Savegre, you have the best chance of finding and observing this spectacular bird. The Aztecs believed the Resplendent Quetzal was the representation of Quetzalcóatl, their supreme god.
One of our guides will take you to the places where the quetzal feeds on aguacatillos, their favorite fruit. It only needs a few seconds of watching the quetzal to appreciate why it is considered to be the most beautiful species in the American continent.
Kura Boutique Hotel (3 nights)
Costa Rica’s most glamourous hotel, Kura Costa Rica is an eco-friendly boutique hotel with eight luxury and hillside suites located on the southern Pacific coast, where the rainforest-covered mountains meet the pristine coastline.
Starting with a commitment to protect the local environment, Costa Rican founders and owners Alejandra Umaña and Martin Wells – a biologist and architect respectively – wanted to share their love of the country’s biodiversity and beauty by creating a hospitality experience that enhanced, yet did not compete with the majestic surroundings.
Set on an impressive mountain ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the town of Uvita, Kura was created around a minimalist design that allows the beauty and unruliness of the rainforest to take center stage. The luxurious accommodations integrate seamlessly with the elegance of the lush mountain-top setting
Junior Suites are 68sq.m (740sq.ft) of luxury jungle living. Located at canopy level, Junior Suites are front-row tickets to tropical jungle action. Get comfortable on your oversized hammock. You’ll be in for a show of toucans and exotic birds against a blue ocean backdrop.
Open-plan, Minimalist Luxury Design. Panoramic Views of the Rainforest, Pacific Ocean & Whale’s Tail sandbar (Marino Ballena National Park). Indoor & Outdoor Lounge Spaces
Accommodates up to 2 Guests.
Marino Ballena Park Combination Tour (Whales & Dolphins)
The Bahia Aventuras Combo Tour is the best option to see the most of the Marino Ballena National Park. The Boat departs from Punta Uvita Beach after a safety briefing from our guide and will explore the Marino Ballena National Park searching for the majestic Humpback Whales and for other marine wildlife such as the Pacific spotted dolphins, bottle nose dolphins, seabirds, and sea turtles.
When is the dry season (December-April) tour includes snorkeling, so we will embark on a journey to whale island, also referred to as “whale rock,” to do so where you can observe turtles, bi-color parrot fish, Angel fish, puffer fish and much more. During the rainy season (May to November) you will get the opportunity to enjoy a dip in the ocean instead of snorkeling. Additionally on this trip, we’ll pass by the incredible natural formation of the whale’s tail and a brief pass by Ventanas beach to see and learn about the wonderful marine caves that were carved by the ocean. Depending on the ocean tides, we will either briefly stop at Ventanas or Arco beach to enjoy some fresh fruits.
Private transfer Uvita to Quepos Airport
Pick up at your hotel for the private transportation to Quepos airstrip to take your domestic flight.
Domestic flight Quepos to San José
Take a short scenic domestic flight crossing the Central Pacific Coast towards the central valley of San José. Enjoy the views of rivers crossing the blue and green color mountains.
Transfer Domestic terminal to International Terminal SJO Airport
Upon arrival at SJO Domestic terminal, you will be picked up for the private transfer to the International Terminal on time for your check-in process with your airline.
*Check-in: 2 hours before your flight departure time.