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Dates
  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 8 days
    Group Size 4-20
    Land Cost $2,450-$3,350 Details
    Single Supplement $450
    Lodging 2 stars-3 stars
    Grade I-III
    Best Time

    Costa Rica Natural Wonders for Families

    A kid-friendly nature exploration of the richest environments in Central America

    Day 1      Arrive San Jose

    You'll be greeted on arrival at San Jose's international airport and transferred to a very lovely hotel in San Jose. (Please note: dinner is not included in your tour price.)

    Welcome to Costa Rica
    Day 2      Cloud Forest Wildlife Tracking

    Morning departure with your driver/guide. Your family will be driven to Los Angeles Cloud Forest for a short nature hike, stopping en route for lunch. Kids will have a great time hunting for footprints of the wild boars and cats that call this high elevation area home; your family might even get lucky and spot the rare Quetzal, a tropical bird with brilliant tail feathers which nests in this area between February and June. Continue to Arenal and overnight at a lovely hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Wayde loves offering tips on enhancing your technique
    Day 3      Arenal Volcano Environs

    This morning, hike in one of the most spectacular parks in Costa Rica, Arenal National Park. The volcano was active from 1968 to 2010, and the park now offers a landscape to learn with your guide about the materials expelled from the volcano, rock formation from recent lava flows, and the natural regeneration of flora and fauna in the area. The volcano, with its perfect imposing cone, is surrounded by exuberant vegetation and sits at the side of the engineering masterpiece of Arenal Lake. Visit a small Costa Rican farm to learn how they live in an environmentally friendly way with the nearby rainforest. Sample some of the produce and try your hand at making tortillas. Enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch which will be prepared by the farmer's wife. In the afternoon, you will relax at the base of Arenal Volcano in the Ecotermales hot springs, where natural springs and thermo-mineral water polls provide unparalleled relaxation for you and your family.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    A chestnut mandibilled toucan
    Day 4      Sarapiqui Rain Forest Secrets

    Take a short hike this morning to get your day started and then drive east to the Sarapiqui region in the Caribbean lowlandsand check in for a 2-night stay at an especially welcoming lodge. In the afternoon you'll visit Tirimbina Rainforest Center for a Chocolate Tour and see firsthand how the whole family's favorite treat transforms from cacao fruit to chocolate bar.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    See tree frogs along the Sardinal River
    Day 5      Sarapiqui Adventure Options

    Today you can choose from many different activities at a large nearby ranch called Hacienda Pozo Azul. Family members can choose to go zip-lining, whitewater rafting on gentle rapids, and/or horseback riding.  There’s a lot of flexibility for you to decide to spend all or part of your day at Hacienda Pozo Azul.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Zip-lining is just one possible activity
    Day 6 & 7      Tortuguero Critters Up Close

    Travel by road and water with your guide to Tortuguero National Park for two incredible days of exploration. The park borders the Caribbean and contains a network of canals and waterways that take you inland through the jungle. With help from your naturalist guide, search the trails and waterways for manatees, caimans, monkeys, sloths, river otters, poison dart frogs, and 300 species of birds, including the roseate spoonbill, American fin foot, great green macaws, trogons, oropendulas, and frigate birds. Turtle nesting season begins in the summer for the large green turtles. You might want to make an excursion with a naturalist at night to look for mother turtles digging their nests and laying their eggs in the sand (extra cost $15-$20 per person). Spend two nights at a local lodge.

    Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

    Explore the waterways of Tortugeuero
    Day 8      Tortuguero / San Jose / Onward

    Fly from Tortuguero to San Jose, where you'll be greeted and transferred to the international airport for your afternoon flight home.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Saying farewell


     
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