Wildlife & Nature
Costa Rica Family Adventure
Visit the highlights of Costa Rica on this short adventure. Go deep into rainforest and cloudforest, witness the power of the earth beneath your feet at Arenal Volcano and be dazzled by beautiful Pacific beaches. This tropical adventure will take you into the heart of this fascinating country on this family holiday, visit Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Monteverde Cloudforest and the justly famous Arenal. If you choose to extend your stay you will be enchanted by the golden pacific beaches where you can chill out or even learn to surf!
Arriving into San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital city, you are met by our representative and transferred to San Jose downtown where you spent your first night. Hotel Tryp Sabana (AAA) - 2 nights
Today, after breakfast enjoy a morning hike through the spectacular scenery of Poas Volcano National Park. Walking just 15 minutes from the visitor's center, the main crater supplies guests with a spectacular view. At almost a mile in diameter (1.6 km), the crater's rain-fed sulphuric pool still bubbles and emits smoke into the air, reminding us of its imposing activity. Although the last major eruption was in 1910, visitors can still see geysers explode into the air up to 820 ft (250 m) high. In the afternoon we embark on a city tour of San Jose inclduing a guided tour of the city's Gold museum.
This morning we will be picked up early at the hotel and we board a short flight of about 25 minutes to Tortuguero. Tortuguero (translation "Land of Turtles") is one of Costa Rica's most popular eco-tourism destinations, the canals and rivers of Tortuguero National Park are a study in rainforest, freshwater and marine biology. Upon arrival at the lodge we will have breakfast as we prepare for our morning of activities. These include boat tours along the canals and nature walks. We return to the lodge in the afternoon and relax by the pool or go for a walk along the beach.
Overnight Pachara Lodge (AAA) Swimming pool (BLD)
After breakfast we return by boat to Cano Blanco and are transported overland to the Saarapiqui area. We stop for lunch along the way ( total journey including lunch time 5-6 hours). On arrival to the Arenal area we check in to our hotel and then visit the volcanic thermal mineral pools where we can enjoy a healthy and relaxing soak and a delicious dinner.
Arenal's perfecty symmetrical shape make it a sightseer's dream while its abundance of outdoor activities make it an easy place to check things off your must do Costa Rica list.
Arenal Paraiso Hotel (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (B)
This morning after a hearty breakfast we get to challenge ourselves with the best half day class 2-3 rafting closest to the Arenal Volcano. After a safety briefing and paddling instruction we don lifejackets and helmets and we are off. We paddle through fun and safe rolling rapids with names like "Morning coffee" and "Rock around the Croc" and then we play in tranquil pools in an isolated rainforest river canyon. Hopefully we will get to see lots of wildlife, from monkeys and sloths to tropical birds such as Ospreys and Toucans.
The afternoon is spent at leisure to enjoy the area and there are optional tours you can join or simply relax and enjoy the hotel's facilities.
Monteverde; Manuel Antonio
This morning after breakfast we continue our tour of Costa Rica as we head to the Central Pacific Coast. Enroute we will enjoy a Jungle Crocodile Safari. The Big River of Tarcoles offers the opportunity to observe American crocodiles over 4 metres long as well as iguanas and basilisks in their natural environment. There are also more than a hundred species of bird available to be spotted and we will all be supplied with a bird spotting guide. Specilized guides accompany us and are able to answer all our questions and enlighten us as to the biology of the crocodiles and the diverse aspects of the refuge's ecology.
The Central Pacific Coast encompasses exuberant tropical forests, green hills, vibrant sea and pristine beaches. The vegetation changes dramatically from transitional forest in its northern section to pure rainforest in the southern part. The food here is great with freshly caught seafood and spiny lobster the specialities of the region.
Punta Leona Hotel (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (B)
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio NP stands a few kilometres south of Quepos on the beach lined shores of the Pacific. Its magical beaches and abundant forests make a stunning finale to your trip in this great setting. During your time in the region you’ll enjoy a three-hour guided walk along the trails within the park and have plenty of time to relax on one of the idyllic palm-lined bays, with the ocean crashing in on the beach and white-faced capuchin monkeys peering out from the trees.
Manuel Antonio; San jose
The morning is free to enjoy this beautiful area for one last time. After lunch yuu will be transferred back to San Jose for your final night in Costa Rica before transferring to the airport and catching your flight home or why no textend your stay with a beach extension. (B)
From Coast to Canopy
Sweeping sandy beaches line the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and Manuel Antonio is probably the most beautiful. With rainforest behind and beaches on both sides, the national park is a adventurer's paradise. At Monteverde you will get up close and personal with the rainforest, taking to the trees on a skywalk. This system of hanging bridges will allow you to get a monkey's point of view as you discover a variety of habitats at each different level, from the forest floor, through the lower canopy and from above.
The slopes of Arenal Volcano, enriched by nutrients in the soil, are lush and forested. The rugged scenery is perfect for optional activities (additional charge) like horse riding or hiking to a waterfall. For relaxation, choose volcanic hot springs. At Rincon de la Vieja the scenery is dominated by four large volcanes, and the lower slopes are full of fumeroles, hot springs, boiling mud and clear rivers. You'll hike through the park and discover the varied landscapes on this family holiday.
Our Tropical Adventure trip is just one of our many Americas Family tours. To find out more visit our Americas holidays page.