Explore the tropical playground of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is tailor-made for families and offers the perfect combination of fun, culture and spectacular scenery. Kick-start the adventure in San Jose, travel into the steamy rainforests of Tortuguero National Park and discover Arenal Volcano bubbling with activity. Sample tasty chocolate in Sarapiqui, spot colourful birds and dive into the blue waters of Ocotal Beach. Bustling cities, vibrant markets and welcoming locals are the hallmark of this Central American gem. The phrase you’ll hear most on this Costa Rica tour is ‘Pura Vida’ – it’s a good life - and no doubt the whole family will agree!

Start
San Jose, Costa Rica
Finish
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Countries
Costa Rica
Themes
Family
Code
QCFB
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 4, Max 16
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Walk along the vibrant streets of San Jose
  • See the bubbling geysers and sulphur lakes of Poas Volcano National Park
  • Try to spot toucans in Tortuguero National Park
  • Enjoy a spot of indulgence in La Fortuna hot springs
  • Tempt tastebuds on a chocolate tour in Sarapiqui
  • See the luminous Arenal Volcano at night
  • Have an aquatic adventure on Ocotal Beach

Itinerary

Kick off the adventure in the buzz of cosmopolitan San Jose. Head to Poas Volcano National Park to see a gigantic crater, bubbling geysers and sulphur lakes. Afterwards, a visit to the National Institute of Biodiversity provides a fun introduction to the wildlife of Costa Rica. Walk through different kinds of forest in the National Park and see bright-coloured birds, slow-moving sloths and beautiful butterflies.
Journey through dense rainforests and banana plantations before enjoying a boat tour through the lush wetlands of Tortuguero National Park - keeping an eye out for howler monkeys, toucans, crocodiles and green turtles along the way. Explore the steamy rainforest of Tortuguero on foot during the day and relax in a comfortable lodge at night.
Rafting, canopy tours and even horse riding - there are loads of thrilling optional activities to choose from in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui. For a little indulgence, learn about the origins of chocolate and sample some sweet treats on a chocolate tour. Or perhaps just find a quiet spot and let the tranquil Sarapiqui vibe sink in.
On a clear night, the sight of the glowing lava and incandescent rocks around Arenal Volcano is nothing short of spectacular. Indulge in the steamy bliss of La Fortuna hot springs and the refreshing waterfalls close to the base of the famous volcano.
Travel through changing rural landscapes on the way to one of the last remaining tropical dry forests in Central America. Visit Rincón de la Vieja volcano, more than a million years old and still going strong! Opportunities for relaxation and adventure in the national park are plentiful so perhaps go rock climbing, rafting, or try a do-it-yourself mud exfoliation followed by an indulgent soak in the hot springs.
Emerge back onto the coast of Costa Rica for some fun at Flamingo Beach. The beachside bounty can include diving, swimming and snorkelling in the blue waters of the Pacific or parking up under the shade of a palm tree.
Pick up some last minute souvenirs from an artisan in Sarchi on the way back to San Jose. Perhaps mark the end of an unforgettable Costa Rican adventure with a fun group dinner.
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Inclusions

Meals
11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
Boat, Private Bus
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night), Lodge (9 nights)
Included activities
  • Guided chocolate tour
  • National Institute of Biodiversity
  • Poas National Park

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