What does the notion of heritage signify? A voyage through Guatemala and Costa Rica provides a resounding answer to this question as you discover pre-Columbian gold and the enchanting riches of their natural landscapes. You’ll especially discover the refined civilizations of yesteryear, as well as the fierce desire of the present-day cultures to protect their unique flora and fauna.
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Hotel and restaurant on a lake. The unbroken view of Lake Atitlan and the three volcanoes overlooking it is stunning: from the infinity pool, the terraces or simply through the large bay windows. Built on a hillside, Casa Palopó has preserved a unique intimate atmosphere from its past as a private residence. Its decoration is warm, with a mix of intense colours, massive wood, crafted objects and fabrics and spaces designed to live in. You can stay at the library, in the loungers or in the candle light of the dining room, dreaming of the next escape to the magnificent nature or the discovery of the Maya culture. ... Learn moreless
The enduring city of Antigua has resisted earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, and the (temporary) evacuation of its entire population. Huddled between three volcanoes, the former capital seems even more beautiful today. Enjoy the fortuitous opportunity to stroll among the colonial vestiges of the...Read More less
a town cut off from the world. Hidden away behind the cobblestone alleyways and red roofs of Chichicastenango, there's an incredible market waiting to be discovered. Often arriving on foot from the surrounding valleys, the market gardeners, farmers and artisans make their way there to sell their wares...Read More less
In the heart of Central Valley, at 1,150 meters altitude, San José enjoys mild spring weather all year round. The city only became the capital in 1823 and to visitors, remains a "new" city. However, in the shade of the skyscrapers are some magnificent buildings from the 19th century, vestiges of the colonial era. San José is the perfect introduction to the country's culture, thanks to its excellent museums. ... Learn moreless
Some 1,600 gold artifacts crafted between 500 BC and the arrival of the Spaniards (beginning of the 16th century) have been gathered together to form the collections of the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, which is owned by the country's Central Bank. Fine jewelry pieces and ornaments lay alongside everyday...Read More less
Situated in the heart of the city, the National Theater is one of the country's most emblematic monuments. Inaugurated in 1897, it was built after a famous singer refused to perform in the country due to its lack of a suitable venue. Modeled after the Paris Opera, it continues to delight lovers of classical...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in the woods. Nestled in Costa Rica’s central highlands, this sophisticated eco-lodge and spa offers a gateway to the splendours of the tropical cloud forest. Sliding glass doors guarantee breathtaking views of lush picture-book vegetation, emerging from the clouds. Suites blend into the landscape and offer unrivalled mountain or river views from rocking chairs on a private deck. All are spacious, decorated in natural tones and boast a private outdoor heated whirlpool. The soothing atmosphere of peaceful wellness is in perfect harmony with the property’s magnificent surroundings. The restaurant highlights ingredients sourced from its organic mini-farm, serving dishes inspired by traditional Costa Rican cuisine. ... Learn moreless
The area surrounding the Arenal Volcano provides countless opportunities to immerse yourself in hot springs with water temperatures varying between 90 and 152 degrees. A suitable location for thermal baths, numerous hot springs have thus been developed at the foot of the volcano. You can pass from one...Read More less
For the last two centuries, the cafe culture has not only revolutionized the Costa Rican landscape, but it has also transformed the country’s entire economy. From planting to roasting, the Espiritu Santo Coffee plantation offers the most curious visitors a tour that reveals the different stages of production...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in the woods. In the heart of Costa Rica's tropical rainforest, you will find the luxurious and award-winning independent villas of Nayara Springs. Set against the backdrop of the Arenal Volcano, the property is home to a fabulously lush world of flora and fauna. A footbridge that discreetly crosses the jungle is the main access to this private resort located at the edge of the national park. Blending both modern and exotic elements, each villa enjoys its own private plunge pool fed by natural mineral thermal waters flowing down from the Arenal Volcano. The spa overlooking the forest is a true sanctuary of serenity. Perfect for a romantic retreat, you will also find this to be a land of adventures set amid the forest canopy, toucans, sloths, and lava fields. ... Learn moreless
A paradise for fishing enthusiasts, the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is an immense wetlands consisting of intertwining jungle, rivers and canals. In 1991, it was awarded the honorific title of “Wetlands of International Importance”. As you wind your way along in a canoe or small boat, you’ll discover rare...Read More less
The eruption of July 29, 1968 permanently marked both the collective memory of the population and the landscape itself. The slopes of the Arenal volcano are now covered by solidified lava fields crisscrossed by numerous paths . In this singular setting, a guide will recount the history of this now-dormant...Read More less
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Total price communicated as an indication, based on a stay of the number of nights recommended on this webpage, taking place in the next 3 months, and based on double occupancy (excluding recommended activities, excluding properties not bookable online).
To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.