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Costa Rica Adventure Family Holiday

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 Trip Length
15 Days
 Trip Starts
San Jose
 Trip Finishes
San Jose
15 Day Costa Rica Adventure Family Holiday Itinerary (Exodus)
Countries Explored: Costa Rica
Trip Style
Family
Departures
Budget
Affordable
Max. Group Size
20
Guide Level
Fully Guided
Trip Code
FNR

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Exodus 15 Day Costa Rica Adventure Family Holiday. Costa Rica is a natural paradise, with volcanoes, rainforest, waterfalls, wildlife and beaches. See them all on this Costa Rica family trip, which starts by travelling into the steaming jungle and exploring the Tortuguero waterways by boat, in search of monkeys, toucans and other colourful birds. We visit the Sloth Sanctuary and meet some of the residents, stars of their own Animal Planet TV show, and enjoy a night walk in the rainforest, try white-water rafting (optional) and splash in thermal pools at...read more a waterpark near Arenal Volcano. There’s beach time too as we head to both Cahuita on the Caribbean coast and Manuel Antonio on the Pacific, where jungle cascades to white sand beaches.

Itinerary

The adventure begins in San José, the capital of Costa Rica. Aim to arrive at the hotel in the afternoon or early evening. There will be a welcome briefing this evening, in which you'll meet your guide and get to know your fellow travellers. Stay: Country Inn & Suites (or similar).

After breakfast, meet your guide at 9am in the hotel lobby for a short drive to La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Located within the transitional forest between the Central Valley and Northern Lowlands, the gardens host a wide variety of plants and bird life among stunning scenery. A short walk along a rainforest trail brings us to a great viewpoint, where we can watch the cascading falls.

Entrance to the gardens includes a visit to the petting zoo, frog exhibit, aviary and butterfly observatory. Monkeys, sloths and toucans also inhabit this area, providing a great introduction to the incredible diversity of Costa Rica. The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the hotel pool or explore San José at your own pace. Stay: Country Inn & Suites (or similar) (B).

We depart early this morning, travelling to Tortuguero National Park in the Caribbean Lowlands of northeast Costa Rica. Accessible only by boat or light aircraft, this vast network of waterways, canals and swamps is remarkably tranquil and devoid of noise pollution. On reaching the pier, we board a small motorboat for the 1hr 15min journey to our lodge, which is on a small strip of land between the Caribbean Sea and the main lagoon.

Our afternoon is spent in Tortuguero village, where it's possible to visit the Sea Turtle Museum (a donation will be requested at the entrance). Tortuguero is most famous as a nesting site for the endangered green turtle, which can be seen arriving on the beach to lay eggs from late July to October (as part of an optional excursion). Hawksbill, loggerhead and giant leatherback turtles also nest in this region, and during November to January, baby turtles hatch and head to the ocean. Stay: Pachira Lodge or Evergreen Lodge (or similar) (B/L/D).

We discover the extraordinary flora and fauna of Tortuguero on a morning boat trip, passing serenely along the waterways. At this time of day, wildlife is usually at its most active and with the help of our expert guide we are likely to encounter monkeys, caiman, iguanas, butterflies and many of the 300-plus bird species recorded here. We return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast by the river. The lodge is a tranquil spot to relax this afternoon. Alternatively, join a second boat trip, visit the beach or follow a short walking trail through the forest. Stay: Pachira Lodge or Evergreen Lodge (or similar) (B/L/D).

We leave Tortuguero the same way we arrived: taking a small boat. Our bus will be at the pier waiting to drive us to the Cahuita region on the Caribbean coast.

Upon arrival, we check into our hotel and have the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the pool, beach or discover our new surroundings. Caribbean culture thrives in this part of Costa Rica and is reflected in the music, food and laid-back lifestyle. The white sand beach is fringed by tall palms, behind which is the dense, wet tropical forest of Cahuita National Park. Stay: Atlantida Lodge (or similar) (B/L).

After breakfast, we drive to Aviarios del Caribe, the Sloth Sanctuary, subject of the Animal Planet TV show Meet the Sloths. This rescue and rehabilitation centre conducts sloth research and works tirelessly to return them to their natural habitat. You'll learn all about these fascinating animals on a two-hour tour, where you'll take a boat along the river to see sloths, monkeys, butterflies and birds.

This afternoon, we return to Cahuita and visit the national park, following a coastal trail through the rainforest. The park has 2,711 acres (1,097ha) of land and 600 acres (245ha) of coral reef, which forms the largest reef system in Costa Rica. Stay: Atlantida Lodge (or similar) (B).

We depart for Sarapiqui, one of the main banana producing regions in Costa Rica, although coffee, cardamon, cacao, corn and fruits are also grown here. It's also gathering a reputation as a great spot for adventure seekers with plenty of optional activities to keep you entertained.

In the evening, we take a night walk through Tirimbina Biological Reserve for a different perspective on the many rainforest residents. Stay: El Bambu Hotel (or similar) (B).

There are various optional excursions to try today: join a chocolate tour in Tirimbina Biological Reserve, take a safari floating trip down the Sarapiqui River, have a go at white-water rafting on Grade II and III rapids, or join a canopy tour and zip-line through the forest. Alternatively, there are several nature walks through beautiful surroundings. Stay: El Bambu Hotel (or similar) (B).

We transfer to the area around Arenal Volcano.

Following a massive eruption in 1968, Arenal was the most active volcano in Costa Rica until 2010 when it entered a resting phase. Aside from the volcano, there are thermal waters, waterfalls and Lake Arenal to discover. The rest of the day is free to explore, either at your own pace or on one of the optional excursions available. You could take the Sky Walk (canopy walk) or Sky Trek adventure (which has an optional zip-wire through the canopy) or enjoy the hotel pool. Stay: Arenal Montechiari (or similar) (B).

This morning, we have a guided nature walk through Arenal Volcano National Park. The park has a great system of trails passing through secondary forest and near lava fields created by eruptions. In the late afternoon, we visit Baldi Hot Springs as a group to enjoy a hot thermal bath from the volcanic spring water – a refreshing end to the day. Please note, on weekends or Mondays we visit alternative hot springs called Ecotermales. Stay: Arenal Montechiari (or similar) (B).

We travel southeast along the coast, following the Pan-Am Highway to Dominical, passing African oil palm and teak plantations on the way. Our hotel is on the coast near Dominical, around 50 minutes south of Manuel Antonio. The hotel is set in lush gardens overlooking the river and just a 20-minute walk to the beach. We spend the next three nights here. Depending on our arrival, we should have time to enjoy various optional activities this afternoon, visit the beach or splash in the hotel pool. Stay: Villas Rio Mar in Dominical (or similar) (B).

Today we drive to Manuel Antonio National Park, home to a vast marine reserve plus 1,700 acres (690ha) of mangrove swamp, primary and secondary rainforest. The forest vegetation stretches as far as the high-tide line and provides a stunning backdrop to the expansive sandy beaches, forested islands and dramatic rocky headlands.

We have a guided nature walk today, which should include some very close wildlife encounters. White-faced capuchin monkeys play and are frequently sighted on the beaches, while noisy howler monkeys are usually heard moving through the trees and calling to each other before they are seen. The endangered titi monkey (squirrel monkey) are fewer in number but can sometimes be spotted in this area. Iguanas, agouti, and two- and three-toed sloths are also commonly sighted here. Better yet, the Manuel Antonio beaches are among the most beautiful in the country. In the late afternoon, we return to our hotel. Stay: Villas Rio Mar in Dominical (or similar) (B).

Today has been left free for you to relax – make the most of the hotel pool, visit the beach or explore the area. There are a few optional activities available, such as a whale and dolphin-watching boat trip (from mid-July to October and mid-December to March) or a visit to the indigenous territory of Boruca. Stay: Villas Rio Mar in Dominical (or similar) (B).

Today we return to San José. If you wish to travel into the downtown area by taxi, you will have time to see the modern capital and pick up souvenirs. Alternatively, relax by the hotel pool. Stay: Country Inn and Suites (or similar) (B).

The trip comes to an end today after breakfast and it's time to bid Costa Rica and the rest of the group goodbye. Transfers to San José airport are available to all clients today. But if you don't want the adventure to end, speak to your sales representative about extending your stay and enjoy more time in the capital (B).

Trip Inclusions

  • Discover abundant wildlife – monkeys, sloths, birds and frogs are easy to spot
  • Visit the beaches and waterways of Tortuguero, an important nesting site for green turtles
  • Meet the residents of the Sloth Sanctuary
  • Discover the beaches of both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts
  • Enjoy comfortable accommodation throughout, most with swimming pools
  • Take advantage of the flexible itinerary with plenty of optional activities: zip-lining, white-water rafting, a chocolate tour, and catamaran excursion

  • Travel by minibus, boat and on foot
  • 14 nights in comfortable hotels
  • All breakfasts, three lunches and two dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
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