Costa Rica is a destination for the adventure seeker. From rainforests to volcanoes to beaches and wildlife, Costa Rica offers amazing surfing, hiking, food, and more. Climbing to the top of the list of reasons to visit is eco-tourism. Costa Rica is said to have been the birthplace of eco-tourism and has been working on being a carbon-neutral country. The country is filled with hotels, lodges, and tour options working to be as low-impact and fully sustainable as possible. With this mission in mind, there are many options for your eco-luxury trip to Costa Rica.
Abercrombie & Kent Tour
You’ll fly into San Jose, Costa Rica and embark on the type of adventure you’d expect when you think of a trip to this lush country. Abercrombie & Kent maximizes the use of all of the country’s natural beauty as it boasts “astounding biological diversity and landscapes of active volcanoes, cloud forests, sparkling beaches and tropical rainforests.” With adventure-filled days and relaxing evenings in the best lodges, you’ll encounter hundreds of bird and also plant species in the Cloud Forest with an expert naturist guide. You will also cross hanging bridges and have perfect views of the active Arenal Volcano. Via boat, you’ll explore canals filled with wildlife including the Atlantic green sea turtle – one of the world’s most endangered species. Abercrombie & Kent suggests that the best time to experience this adventure is December through April.
Rio Perdido Hotel
After your adventure with Abercrombie & Kent, you may want to opt for a few more nights. This time stay in the shadow of the Miravalles Volcano in one of Costa Rica’s newest eco-lodges, the Rio Perdido Hotel in Bagaces. Off the beaten path, this lodge is halfway between the Arenal Volcano and the beaches of Guanacaste. The bungalows are beautifully appointed and also charmingly rustic with their simple design. You’ll love relaxing in the swaying hammock that comes with the deck off your room. With their full-service spa and authentic food in the dining room, Rio Perdido Hotel provides a full eco-tourism experience with a luxury feel. Whether you make this part of a larger scale trip or a standalone, Rio Perdido should be on your travel agenda.
Providing adventure tours in Costa Rica since 1991, Serendipity Adventures offers what they describe as expeditionary-style, private trips. They take you to some of the most undisturbed places using a variety of methods including ATVs, bikes, rafts, horses, boats, hiking, and even a balloon. What makes a Serendipity Adventures trip luxurious is the small group and private experience. They describe the guide you’ll have as “the key to your journey. Driver and translator, naturalist and athlete, competent in first aid and car repairs, keeps the ice chest stocked, and a natural-born Nanny.” It’s a luxury adventure for the entire family. They also offer Super VIP tours for those who want the most private of tours. Serendipity Adventures will help you create the eco-luxury Costa Rican adventure of your dreams.
Described as “where style meets nature and the rainforest meets the sea; dramatic ocean views from every corner – the real Costa Rica at its finest”, Rancho Pacifico wasn’t just built in the trees, it was built around them. This resort is like none other in its fusion with the nature that hosts it. Setting the standard for not only eco-tourism but also for eco-luxury.
While the architecture is beautifully impressive as are the ocean views, the Rancho Pacifico is what is truly worth heralding most. They have just ten luxury, ocean view villas, suites, and tree houses offering one of a kind privacy and luxury. They also have some of Costa Rica’s best hospitality and dining including fine dining with a healthy, award-winning, organic menu. Whether you opt to venture out to one of the thirteen amazing beaches that are within walking distance or you decide to spend the day in Rancho Pacifico’s spa, this extraordinary escape will be home to one of your most memorable vacations.
Costa Rica has everything not only the eco-conscious traveler could want, but also everything for the luxury traveler. Custom tours, luxury accommodations, amazing cuisine, and adventure abounds on a vacation in Costa Rica. After visiting the mecca of eco-tourism, you also may want to see more of what’s in your own backyard. Learn more about why you should consider luxury agritourism for your next holiday.