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Walking Vacation Walking Costa Rica's Highlands​

Activity Level: Easy  |  Daily Mileage: 2 – 6 mi  |  Daily Walking: 2 – 4 hr
Pre-trip Extension:
Panama · 2 nights $345

Post-trip Extension:
Manuel Antonio National Park · 2 nights $445
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Hotel Bristol Panama

Hotel Bristol Panama Set within a quiet nook of Panama's heart, Hotel Bristol Panama is a comfortable boutique hotel with large rooms and plenty of amenities. The hotel is a member of the “Leading Hotels of the World” and is annually recognized as the “Best Hotel in Panama” and among the “Top 10 Hotels in Latin America” by Condé Nast Traveler. The accommodation boasts the exquisite service of a small hotel and is set in the perfect location to anchor your exploration of Panama City.

Lost Iguana Resort

Lost Iguana Resort A premier retreat nestled in the jungle, the Lost Iguana Resort boasts rooms with large private balconies overlooking the Arenal Volcano and Arenal River Gorge. You’ll wake each morning to the peaceful serenity of the jungle and the playful sounds of toucans and howler monkeys. Plan your day’s activities over coffee on your private balcony, with views of the majestic volcano and abundant wildlife. All rooms are spacious and well-appointed with first-class furnishings, artwork and full amenities (including air-conditioning, telephone, satellite TV, pillow-top mattresses with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, safe-deposit boxes, coffee service and more).

Si Como No

Si Como No Located in Manuel Antonio National Park, a veritable treasure-chest of natural beauty, Si Como No is surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, inviting soft sand beaches and rivers well suited for rafting. The hotel enhances its guests’ experience by offering a full array of activities – guided excursions into Manuel Antonio National Park, mangrove and ocean kayaking, horseback riding, tours to its nearby butterfly and private nature refuge (“Fincas Naturales”), world-class sportfishing, and white-water rafting. The hotel’s 58 rooms are distributed within 10 separate terraces located on 10 acres of protected tropical forest. Each room has a well-appointed bathroom and fully stocked minibar. Most rooms also have private balconies, direct-dial telephones and energy-efficient air-conditioning. Complimentary WiFi is available in the lobby.

Villa Blanca

Villa Blanca This venerable hotel has received a major facelift recently. Formerly owned and operated by an ex-president of Costa Rica and his family, this lodge is now part of a new group of "Green Hotels." Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Spa includes 35 well-appointed, renovated adobe casitas. Each one features a fireplace and overlooks 3,000 acres of dairy pastures and pristine tropical cloud forest. Hacienda House rests on the main hilltop, where you can snack on freshly baked breads and pastries at El Cafe del Bosque or play a game of chess or billiards in El Mirador de Los Angeles salon. The charming restaurant, El Sendero, offers fine country-style dining. WiFi is available for free in the lobby and in the guest rooms at an additional cost.

Wyndham San Jose Herradura

Located just outside of San Jose, The Wyndham San Jose Herradura is close enough to be very convenient to the city, but far enough off that tranquility awaits you at the end of your days of exploration. The hotel is 4-star resort that offers numerous ways to add to your Costa Rican vacation. Enjoy the golf course, tennis courts, floral gardens, pools, Jacuzzis or three onsite restaurants when you relax and unwind at The Wyndham San Jose Herradura.

Xandari Resort & Spa

Xandari Resort & Spa Xandari Resort & Spa is a tropical paradise of 22 individually designed villas nestled in a 40 acre plantation overlooking the Central Valley of Costa Rica. At an elevation of 3,900 feet (1200 meters), Xandari enjoys a near–perfect temperature of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit all year. Enjoy a massage, mud wrap, facial, and various exotic body treatments with a distinctive Costa Rican flavor. Xandari Resort & Spa was named by World Travel Award as Costa Rica’s Leading Spa Resort.

An indoor/outdoor restaurant features a healthy continental and Costa Rican menu. Many of the fruits and vegetables are from the resort’s organic greenhouse, orchard and gardens. Dine in intimate and elegant simplicity while enjoying a panoramic view of the Central Valley. Swim in one of the resort’s two 60ft long lap pools and sunbathe on the pool terraces. Enjoy the property’s natural beauty with hikes on over 4 kilometers of private scenic gardens and trails to intimate river vistas and dramatic waterfalls. Or visit its orchid house and greenhouse. Complimentary WiFi is available in the lobby.

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