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Costa Rica Family Adventure

Itinerary in Brief:   Unbeatable Family Adventure Travel

  • Exceptional family-friendly guides
  • Unique Tortuguero National Park
  • Active Arenal Volcano
  • 3 nights on the remote Osa Peninsula
  • Abundant wildlife viewing
  • Incredible biodiversity
  • Outstanding family-friendly hotels
  • Can be customized and extended
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Day by Day Itinerary

Included meals are indicated in parentheses: (B,L,D)

Day 1      Arrive to San Jose

Fly into San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, where your family will be met at the airport by a local representative who will transfer you to your hotel. (Depending on what time you arrive, we can arrange various activities in San Jose, including visits to the Jade Museum and the Gold Museum.
Grano de Oro 

Day 2       Tortuguero

You will be picked up at your hotel to begin your trip to the Caribbean coast and Tortuguero National Park. You’ll do the last part of the journey by a small boat that will take you to your lodge in the heart of this unique coastal jungle environment. For the next two days you and your family will explore this fantastic nature-viewing region. Tortuguero is famous for its wildlife, and your family will love searching for the area’s wide variety of monkeys, tropical birds, and many other creatures, including the rare and elusive jaguar and, for part of the year, the giant sea turtles that give the park its name.
Tortuga Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 3       Tortuguero

In the morning enjoy a leisurely boat ride with a local guide through the canals and lagoons of Tortuguero National Park, viewing some of the diverse flora and fauna. You have the afternoon free to relax or do any number of family-friendly excursions offered through the lodge, including boat tours, fishing expeditions, and visits to the local villages.
Tortuga Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 4       Transfer to Arenal

Today you will take a quick morning flight back to San Jose, where you will be met and transferred to the Arenal Volcano region. You will be dropped off in the afternoon at your hotel, composed of individual private bungalows overlooking the volcano.
Arenal Nayara Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 5        Arenal Volcano Hike and Canyoning Tour

Today you’ll join your guide for a morning hike around the base of the volcano, where your family can see how the lava has flowed and hardened over the centuries and, weather permitting, enjoy spectacular views up to the smoldering crater. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to rappel down a series of 4 waterfalls and trek along breathtaking trails in a pristine canyon, filled with enchanting gorges and lush tropical rainforest.
Arenal Nayara Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 6      Zipline, Arenal Organic Farm, and Ecotermales Hot Springs

Your family will start the day with an exhilarating zipline tour, flying through the lush rainforest canopy. Afterward you will visit the Arenal Vida Campesina organic farm to learn about common Costa Rican crops such as coffee, bananas and plantains. You will enjoy lunch at the farm, prepared with freshly harvested vegetables. After lunch you will head to the Ecotermales Hot Springs, luxurious thermal pools heated by the active Arenal Volcano, for a chance to relax together before returning to your hotel.
Arenal Nayara Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 7        Fly to the Osa Peninsula

This morning you will catch an early flight from San Jose down to one of the remotest and wildest areas in the country: the Osa Peninsula. When you land, a 4×4 will be waiting to drive your family over unpaved roads and streams to the Sierpe River, where you will board a riverboat and travel south to your hotel’s private dock. You will be staying in La Paloma’s gorgeous 2-story Sunset Bungalow. Located on the Southwest Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, next to Corcovado National Park, the Osa Peninsula is one of the most biologically diverse places in the world, and still retains its sense of untamed jungle wilderness.
La Paloma Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 8      Caño Island Tour

Today you will take a scenic boat ride out to Caño Island Biological Reserve, during which you may spot flying fish and dolphins. You will spend the day exploring the island and snorkeling along its crystaline beaches, whose waters are full of colorful tropical fish. You can also hike with your guide to explore the island’s interior, including a visit to the remains of an ancient cemetery and to see the indigenous “milk trees,” with their drinkable white sap.
La Paloma Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 9      Corcovado National Park

Today your family will visit Corcovado National Park, an area of renowned biodiversity and pristine jungle. The shores of the wilderness beaches remain essentially untouched, and the forest is dominated by ancient, massive trees. The park is the only region in the country to host all four of Costa Rica’s monkey species, and is also home to a large variety of birds and wildlife including the elusive jaguar, tapir, and white-lipped peccaries. With your guide, you will hike on trails that begin on the beaches and enter the forest, following riverbeds that lead to waterfalls and refreshing stream-fed swimming holes.
La Paloma Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 10       Return to San Jose / Depart

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for a quick flight back to San Jose. Depending on your family’s international flight time you can either be transferred directly to the airport or you could visit some of the city’s museums or go out to eat prior to transferring to the airport for your international flight.