Off The Beaten Path

Trip Code: FMCR-9-HON1003
Make your honeymoon extraordinary and avoid the crowds in lesser-known, but up-and-coming destinations. Why not pick something extra special and add a real wow factor to guarantee your adventure together will be unforgettable. Tear up the honeymoon rulebook and go somewhere unique! This 10 Day / 9-night trip is the perfect way to discover adventure, dramatic landscapes and have a meaningful connection to nature with cloud forests, canopy treehouse stays, volcanic hot springs, and a luxury “Glamping” stay perched on the tiny island of Isla Jesusita in the picturesque Gulf of Nicoya where the only inhabitants are the hotel guests and staff.

Per person from
$2775
10 Days / 9 Nights
From Central Valley to Central Pacific
Trip Designed by Travel Expert Melissa Chacón
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What’s Included

  • 2 nights at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest (Honeymoon Suite)
  • 2 nights at Maquenque Ecolodge (Unique Tree House Lodge)
  • 2 nights at Kioro Suites & Spa (Couples Suite)
  • 3 nights at Isla Chiquita Glamping Hotel (Glamping Tent Suite)
  • Private Transportation San José International Airport to Villa Blanca
  • Private Transportation Villa Blanca to Boca Tapada
  • Private Transportation Boca Tapada to Arenal Volcano
  • Private Transportation Arenal to Isla Chiquita
  • Private Transportation Isla Chiquita to LIR or SJO airport
  • Round trip transportation for all included tours.
  • El Silencio de Los Ángeles Cloud Forest Guided Walk
  • Boca Tapada Night Rainforest Hiking
  • San Carlos River Boat Tour
  • Explore Arenal – Hanging Bridges, Waterfalls and Tortilla making
  • Kayaking Expedition
  • Sunset Island Cruise
  • Use of kayaks on the canoeing lagoon at Maquenque
  • Access to the onsite thermal hot springs at your Arenal Volcano hotel
  • Symbiosis Trail hiking trail at Isla Chiquita
  • Breakfast (5), Lunch (4), Dinner (3)

Is this trip right for me?

Travel Style: Jungle explorer!

You will be in contact with nature all the time

Activities: Moderate to Active

All activities are close to the hotels

Temperature check: Yes

We will check your temperature before each transport

Mask Wearing: Yes

We will ask you to wear a mask in transport and other places

Accommodation notice: Howler monkey alert!

Some hotels in this package may include noisy neighbors, but don't worry is a perfect alarm to remind you to go out and explore!

Possibility to see animals: High!

This package is full of fantastic places and you will have many opportunities to meet wildlife

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Trip Designed by Travel Expert Melissa Chacón
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Why you’ll love it

    Itinerary

    DAY 1:

    Welcome to Costa Rica!

    • Sit back and relax as you enjoy your private transfer to the Central Valley highlands
    • Check-in to Villa Blanca Cloud Forest

    DAY 2:

    El Silencio de Los Angeles Cloud Forest Guided Walk

    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Guided walk through the misty magical cloud forest
    • In the afternoon if you want to learn more about sustainable practices the hotel is famous for
    • Overnight at the Hotel Villa Blanca

    DAY 3:

    Villa Blanca Cloud Forest – Boca Tapada Tree Houses

    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Private transfer to the northern lowlands
    • Check-in to Maquenque Ecolodge and Treehouse
    • Night Rainforest Hiking with your naturalist guide
    • Overnight at the Maquenque Eco Lodge & Tree Houses

    DAY 4:

    San Carlos River Boat Tour

    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Board the boat with your river Capitan as you begin the trip downriver.
    • In the afternoon grab one of the kayaks and do some birdwatching on the small onsite lagoon.
    • Overnight at the Maquenque Eco Lodge & Tree Houses

    DAY 5:

    Boca Tapada – Arenal Volcano

    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • You will take the boat back across the San Carlos river to meet your driver to head to La Fortuna
    • Check-in at your hotel at the base of the iconic Arenal Volcano
    • Spend the afternoon together lounging by the pool or soaking in the onsite volcanic hot springs.
    • Overnight at the Arenal Kioro / Couples Suite

    DAY 6:

    Explore Arenal – Hanging Bridges, Waterfalls, and Tortilla Making

    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Your local naturalist guide will lead you on an adventure starting with a walk over the canopy hanging bridges
    • After the bridges, you will head to the Arenal Waterfall
    • Tortilla-making lesson and locally prepared Costa Rican lunch
    • Overnight at the Arenal Kioro / Couples Suite

    DAY 7:

    Arenal – Isla Chiquita Island

    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Private transfer to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast
    • After a quick boat trip from the hotels base camp, you will arrive to the island
    • Check-in at this one-of-a-kind ultimate luxury camping
    • Overnight at the Isla Chiquita Glamping Hotel / Tent Suite King

    DAY 8:

    Kayaking Expedition and Sunset Island Cruise

    • Breakfast at the glamping
    • Spend the morning connecting with the ocean and you paddle through the gulf’s blue waters
    • As the sun begins to set, head out on a Sunset Island Cruise
    • Overnight at the Isla Chiquita Glamping Hotel / Tent Suite King

    DAY 9:

    Day at Leisure

    • Breakfast at the glamping
    • Day at Leisure - Celebrate the island’s artisanal fishing heritage with a delicious seafood meal
    • Drink at Harry’s Bar & Restaurant as you survey the beauty that envelops you
    • Embark on an adventure by land or sea; bioluminescence expeditions, birdwatching, forest bathing hikes, snorkeling excursions
    • Overnight at the Isla Chiquita Glamping Hotel / Tent Suite King

    DAY 10:

    Hasta Luego! (Until next time)

    • Depending on your departure flight, enjoy breakfast and that last cup of Costa Rican coffee
    • Private transfer to the Liberia airport for your flight home
    • Afternoon departure required - Travel time to Liberia airport (approx. 3 hours)

    DAY 1:

    Welcome to Costa Rica!

    (Arrival / San Jose): Arrive at San Jose (SJO) International Airport. Upon arrival, a representative from our ground operator will meet you and welcome you to Costa Rica as you exit the airport. Sit back and relax as you enjoy your private transfer to the Central Valley highlands through the coffee country to arrive at the Villa Blanca Cloud Forest. Upon arrival, you will be met with a refreshing towel and a cocktail before being escorted to our honeymoon suite.

    Overnight at the Hotel Villa Blanca / Honeymoon Room Casita

    DAY 2:

    El Silencio de Los Ángeles Cloud Forest Guided Walk

    Give new meaning to the phrase “Walking around with your head in the clouds” on a guided walk through the misty magical cloud forest. Guests are surrounded by tropical flora and fauna they wind their way throughout this rare and mysterious biosphere.
    In the afternoon if you want to learn more about sustainable practices the hotel is famous for taking a tour to the dairy and greenhouse where the hotel collects many of its restaurant products or stop by the Jose Miguel Alfaro Research Station where education, conservation, and research projects are taking place to learn more about Cloud Forest biodiversity.

    Overnight at the Hotel Villa Blanca / Honeymoon Room Casita (B)

    DAY 3:

    Villa Blanca Cloud Forest – Boca Tapada Tree Houses

    Have you ever dreamed of staying in a treehouse in the middle of the jungle? You will love the unique experience of mingling with the birds and howler monkeys and treetop views in the extraordinary treehouses 12 meters above the ground. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before heading to the northern lowlands to the Maquenque Ecolodge and Treehouse located on 68 acres of tropical rainforest refuge bordering the San Carlos River. This unique treehouse stay caters to travelers who want to be immersed in nature. Your adventure starts upon arrival when you must leave your car behind and “call the boat captain” to ferry you over to the Maquenque lodge on the opposite side of the river. Upon arrival, you will be welcome with a fresh fruit drink before heading “UP” to your treehouse.
    Check out the best “nightlife” on the Boca Tapada Night Rainforest Hiking with your naturalist guide. Experience the nighttime peace and sounds that nature gives us as the forest comes alive with its nocturnal habitats.

    Overnight at the Maquenque Eco Lodge & Tree Houses / Tree House Lodge (B)

    DAY 4:

    San Carlos River Boat Tour

    One of the most exciting ways (and only ways) to explore the area is by riverboat. Board the boat with your river Capitan as you begin the trip downriver. This river route was for many years one of the only transportation routes connecting the San Juan River and San Carlos. Still, today canoe and boats are the key transportation methods in the area. Along the trip, your guide will stop for wildlife with frequent sightings of crocodiles, turtles, tropical birds, and more. Once we reach the mouth of the San Carlos river you will make a stop in the small town of Boca San Carlos on the Nicaragua border where you will visit some of the locals of this small river community outpost.
    In the afternoon grab one of the kayaks and do some birdwatching on the small onsite lagoon.

    Overnight at the Maquenque Eco Lodge & Tree Houses / Tree House Lodge (B)

    DAY 5:

    Boca Tapada – Arenal Volcano

    After breakfast, you will take the boat back across the San Carlos river to meet your driver to head to La Fortuna. Upon arrival get ready to Relax in a Rainforest Setting with Volcano Views at your hotel at the base of the iconic Arenal Volcano featuring boast jetted tubs, two “Juliet” balconies, and impressive views of the Arenal Volcano and surrounding gardens.
    Spend the afternoon together lounging by the pool or soaking in the onsite volcanic hot springs.

    Overnight at the Arenal Kioro / Couples Suite (B)

    DAY 6:

    Explore Arenal – Hanging Bridges, Waterfalls, and Tortilla Making

    Majestic Arenal Volcano sits in the heart of the rainforest and is surrounded by tropical flowers, birds, sloths, monkeys, and toucans. Your local naturalist guide will lead you on an adventure starting with a walk over the canopy hanging bridges giving travelers a unique view of the forest and offer up an excellent opportunity to spot birds, monkeys, and other creatures. After the bridges, you will head to the Arenal Waterfall which cascades 200 feet (60 m) into a clear pool surrounded by lush forests. While here, you can take pictures, swim beneath the falls, or simply sit and enjoy the scenery. After our walk back out of the waterfall canyon, we head to Dona Mara’s home for a hands-on Tortilla-making lesson and locally prepared Costa Rican lunch.

    Overnight at the Arenal Kioro / Couples Suite (B, L)

    DAY 7:

    Arenal – Isla Chiquita Island

    After a leisurely breakfast, you pack your bags and head west to this one-of-a-kind ultimate luxury camping experience on the small island on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. This remote beachside island luxury tent camp lets guests connect with nature with crowd-free wild beaches and a to-yourself private island feel. This quiet eco-setting with peaceful blue waters is big on experiences, tropical nature, and incredible privacy. After a quick boat trip from the hotel’s base camp, you will arrive on the island. After you check-in, you can opt to take a dip in the cool ocean waters for a nice relaxing swim or relax in the comfortable hammocks, which are perfect for an afternoon nap

    Overnight at the Isla Chiquita Glamping Hotel / Tent Suite King (B, D)

    DAY 8:

    Kayaking Expedition and Sunset Island Cruise

    The waters surrounding Isla Chiquita offer an amazing setting for a kayaking adventure. Spend the morning connecting with the ocean and you paddle through the gulf’s blue waters. Gaze at the sea birds and look for marine life. This is a great way to experience the serenity of paddle on the calm water.
    As the sun begins to set, head out on a Sunset Island Cruise. This relaxing sunset experience outlines the contours of nearby islands. We start off at Isla Cedros and the artisanal fishing community in Punta Cuchillo. We then head out to Isla Nancital, home to vivacious Spider Monkeys and Isla Negritos, rich in exuberant flora and fauna. At the end of the expedition, we witness a spectacular sunset framed by Los Caretos islets.

    Overnight at the Isla Chiquita Glamping Hotel / Tent Suite King (B, L, D)

    DAY 9:

    Day at Leisure

    Day at Leisure – Celebrate the island’s artisanal fishing heritage with a delicious seafood meal at Donde Tía Nora Restaurant, or sip a drink at Harry’s Bar & Restaurant as you survey the beauty that envelops you. Embark on an adventure by land or sea; bioluminescence expeditions, birdwatching, forest bathing hikes, snorkeling excursions, and island hopping are among the engaging experiences we offer. Upon returning to the hotel, relax in our tropical lounging gardens or soothe tired muscles with a massage on our wellness deck.

    Overnight at the Isla Chiquita Glamping Hotel / Tent Suite King (B, L, D)

    DAY 10:

    Hasta Luego! (Until next time)

    Depending on your departure flight, enjoy breakfast and that last cup of Costa Rican coffee before you return home. After the short boat ride departing Isla Chiquita, your driver will take you to the Liberia airport for your flight home taking home a bit of the Pura Vida spirit with you for your next adventure (B)

    Afternoon departure required – Travel time to Liberia airport (approx. 3 hours)

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