Costa Rica is the perfect destination for an adventure and this family holiday reflects the best of what this magical country has to offer. See turtles hatching on the beaches of Tortuguero, explore the rainforest-covered slopes of the mighty Arenal Volcano, raft white water rapids, and soar through the cloud forest on some of the country's longest set of zip wires. To top it all off, a few days of relaxing beach time awaits at the end of your adventure, and with a range of accommodation to suit everyone, this trip can be tailored to your family's every need.
Day 2: Your adventure starts with a shared transfer to Guapiles, situated at the start of the inland canals that lead to Tortuguero National Park. During the drive you will cross through the primary rainforest and rolling hills of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Then navigate the canals with a guide and boat from Tortuguero Lodge where, after a refreshing tropical drink and lunch, you can boat across the river to visit the Sea Turtle Museum, the beach and Tortuguero Village. (B/L/D)
Day 3: Take a 2 hour morning guided walk on nearby nature trails, before spending the afternoon encountering the incredible biodiversity found in its 11 different habitats, including rainforest, mangrove forests, swamps and lagoons. Despite its remote location, reachable only by airplane or boat, it is the third-most visited park in Costa Rica and its nearly 35 km beach is an important nesting ground for turtles from June-September. (B/L/D)
Day 4: Today you take a boat back to Guapiles for some lunch, then a shared transfer (max. 7 people) to the majestic Arenal volcano that, when active, sends up a cloud of smoke several times a day. (B/L)
Day 5: Experience the thrill of class III rapids as you take on the mighty white water of Rio Pacuare for a half day's rafting experience. After returning in the late afternoon you will have a few hours to further explore Arenal if you wish. (B/L)
Day 6: Free day for you to enjoy this amazing part of the world. There is absolutely loads to do around Arenal, from volcano hikes to horse riding or soaking in a hot spring, which we can either include in your itinerary or you can book yourself on the spot. (B)
Day 7: After a tasty breakfast take a shared transfer, including a boat across Lake Arenal, to the aptly-named Monteverde region - a place of cloud forests and coffee plantations, monkeys and mist. The afternoon is free to explore the beautiful, world-famous cloud forest reserve on a well-marked network of short or long walking trails. (B)
Day 8: No trip to Costa Rica would be complete without a treetop canopy walk and ziplining! While there are many canopy tours, Sky Trek is one of the biggest and we think the most fun, while still operating in harmony with the pristine forest. It features some of the longest cables in the country, well-maintained trails through the trees, suspension bridges and a super safe harnessing and pulley system that enables people of all ages to fly safely across the jungle. (B/L)
Day 9: After a relaxing morning you will be driven by private transfer to Santa Teresa and your beautiful beachside accommodation, Manala Hotel. Santa Teresa is a low-key little seaside town with just enough going on and while it is known as a surfer's paradise, it's also an excellent place to do nothing, so be prepared to just kick back and unwind. The sleepy beach hamlet of Malpais lies just south and 6km beyond that you can explore Cabo Blanco National Park. (B)
Days 10 - 13: Finish the trip with 4 days of pure relaxation by the sea. Everybody enjoys the beach in different ways, so we've left the time free for you to spend however you like. (B)
Day 14: Today you bid farewell to the Pacific Ocean and return to San Jose. We will normally organise a shared shuttle bus to bring you back, but let us know if you prefer a private transfer. (B)
Day 15: Adios Costa Rica! Sadly, it's time to say goodbye to Costa Rica and head to the airport in time for your flight home, taking lots of unforgettable memories of this special country. (B)
Prices from: £1650 per person
Services included: hotels on shared room basis, meals, transfers and activities as mentioned, entry fees, English speaking guide, 24 hour assistance
Services not included: flights, drinks, tips and personal expenses
Note: stops can be extended, added or cut - just ask us!