Take a family trip through colourful Costa Rica

Experience the drama of Costa Rica’s landscapes, the real flavours of its culture and cuisine and uncover the country’s adventurous heart. This Family Adventure has been specially crafted to balance organised activities and travel with loads of free time for fun and relaxation. Come and discover this unique, diverse corner of Central America and open your children’s eyes to a colourful new world.

Start
San Jose, Costa Rica
Finish
San Jose, Costa Rica
Countries
Costa Rica
Themes
Family, Wildlife
Code
QCFR
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 2, Max 16
Carbon offset
257kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Glide through the waterways of Tortuguero NP
  • Be awed by the steaming Arenal Volcano
  • Take an optional walk through lava fields
  • Hit the beach in the coastal Manual Antonio NP
  • Try to spot scarlet macaw in the Carara Biological Reserve

Itinerary

Travel to Costa Rica’s vivacious capital, San Jose. Situated in the heart of the Central Valley, this region boasts an impressive bevy of amusements and attractions for the inquiring traveller. Join a guided tour and take in the city sights, before heading out to visit a local coffee plantation, sugar cane mill and butterfly farm.
Navigate the fertile waterways of Tortuguero National Park and soak up Mother Nature's most flamboyant floral displays. Keep an eye open for the park’s fauna too, particularly the many turtle species - green, hawksbill and giant leatherback - that call this region home. Back at the lodge, delight in some home comforts and rest and relax poolside.
Travel onwards to Sarapiqui, a region rich in biodiversity and beloved by birdwatchers. How you explore the lush, tropical surrounds of this idyllic location is up to you and your family - saddle up on horseback, make for the forest trails by foot or hit the gushing rapids of Pacuare River for some whitewater rafting.
A quaint town surrounded by verdant plains and set against one of the most incredible backdrops imaginable, Arenal never fails to beguile. Head out on a wildlife walk through the National Park's cloud forest and then observe some geothermal splutterings - courtesy of Arenal Volcano - from one of the many local thermal pools.
Take in the cooler climate and changing vegetation on the climb into coffee country. Try to spot the Resplendent Quetzal - a bird well deserving of the adjective in its name - amid the lush terrain of Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve. For the ultimate bird's-eye view, head out on a canopy walk or zip-lining excursion through the forest roof.
Follow the Pan-American Highway southward, passing mangroves and palm plantations, to the Costa Rican coast. Soak up some rays and relish the spoils of this unique beach setting, where lush rainforests sprawl gently towards the sand and white-faced capuchin monkeys peer cheekily from the treetops.
Set out on a jungle trek through the Carara Biological Reserve, keeping eyes peeled for the rare scarlet macaw. Pass through the agricultural townships of Orotina and Atenas on the final leg of the journey back to San Jose. Before departure, be sure to indulge in a final Costa Rican meal and hit the city's colourful markets for some last-minute souvenir shopping.
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Inclusions

Meals
14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
Boat, Bus
Accommodation
Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (10 nights), Lodge (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Arenal National Park
  • Carara Biological Reserve
  • Doka Estate
  • Manuel Antonio National Park - entrance
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Museo Nacional de Costa Rica
  • National Institute of Biodiversity
  • San Jose - Butterfly farm
  • Sky Walk, Monteverde
  • Walking tour of Tortuguero National Park

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Important notes

Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.

A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children under 15 years of age at time of travel.

Trip notes

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