Costa Rica Adventure Family Holiday

Costa Rica Adventure Family Holiday

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Costa Rica Adventure Family Holiday

15 Days Starting and ending in San Jose

Visiting: San José, La Paz Waterfall, Tortuguero, Cahuita, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, La Fortuna, Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Tour operator:

Exodus Adventure Travels

Tour code:

FNR

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 20

Age range:

9 to 99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Active

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Tour Overview

Costa Rica is a natural paradise, complete with volcanoes, rainforest, waterfalls, wildlife and beaches. Start your Costa Rica family holiday by travelling into the steaming jungle and explore the waterways of Tortuguero by boat, in search of monkeys, toucans and other colourful birds. Visit the Sloth Sanctuary and meet some of its famous inhabitants, stars of their own Animal Planet TV show. Enjoy a night walk in the rainforest, try white water rafting (optional) and splash around in thermal pools at 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 down to white sandy beaches.

Highlights

  • Flexible itinerary with plenty of optional activities to choose from: zip-lining, white water rafting, chocolate tour and catamaran excursion! 

  • 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 Costa Rica's famous Sloth Sanctuary

  • Comfortable accommodation throughout, most with swimming pools to cool off at the end of the day 

  • Discover the beaches of both the Caribbean and Pacific Coast

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start San Jose.

Location: San José

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Country Inn & Suites (or similar)

The group flight usually arrives into San Jose this evening. Land Only

clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon/evening. This

evening's welcome briefing is the perfect opportunity to meet your guide and

get to know your fellow travellers.

Day 2 : Morning Visit To La Paz Waterfall Gardens; Relax By The Hotel Swimming Pool.

Location: La Paz Waterfall

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Country Inn & Suites (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will meet your guide at 9:00am in the hotel lobby for a

short drive to La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Located within the transitional

forest between the Central Valley and the Northern Lowlands, La Paz Waterfall

Gardens hosts a wide variety of plants and bird life amongst stunning

scenery. A short walk along a trail within the rainforest brings us to a

great viewpoint from which to watch the cascading falls. Entrance to the

gardens includes a visit to the petting zoo, frog exhibit, aviary and

butterfly observatory. In addition 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 swimming pool,

or explore San Jose at your own pace.

Day 3 : To Tortuguero N.P.

Location: Tortuguero

Accommodation: Pachira Lodge (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Pachira Lodge or Evergreen Lodge (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We have an early departure this morning, leaving San Jose behind as we travel

to the north-east of Costa Rica to Tortuguero National Park in the Caribbean

Lowlands. Accessible only by boat or light aircraft, Tortuguero's vast

network of waterways, canals and swamps is remarkably tranquil, unspoilt and

devoid of noise pollution. On reaching the pier we board a small motorboat

for the one hour fifteen minute journey to our lodge, which is nestled 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 probably most famous as a nesting site for the endangered Green turtle,

which can be seen arriving onto 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 start to hatch and make their way towards the ocean.

Day 4 : Boat Tour Of Waterways In Tortuguero N.P.

Location: Tortuguero

Accommodation: Pachira Lodge (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Pachira Lodge or Evergreen Lodge (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A morning boat trip enables us to discover the extraordinary flora and fauna

of Tortuguero, 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+ 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

if you want to take some time out to enjoy the facilities, or alternatively

you can join a second boat trip, visit the beach or follow a short walking

trail through the forest.

Day 5 : To Cahuita On The Caribbean Coast; Relax On The Beach.

Location: Cahuita

Accommodation: Atlantida Lodge (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Atlantida Lodge (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

We leave Tortuguero the same way we arrived by taking a small boat to the

pier. Our bus will be at the pier waiting to drive us to the region of

Cahuita on the Caribbean coast, where we check into our hotel and have the

rest of the afternoon to enjoy the pool, beach or discover our new

surroundings. Caribbean culture pervades this part of Costa Rica and is

reflected in the music, food and laid-back lifestyle. Cahuita’s famous

white-sand beach is fringed by tall palms behind which the dense, wet

tropical forest of Cahuita National Park can be found.

Day 6 : Visit Costa Rica's Famous Sloth Sanctuary; Discover Cahuita N.P.

Location: Cahuita

Accommodation: Atlantida Lodge (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Atlantida Lodge (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast we drive to Aviarios del Caribe, Costa Rica's famous Sloth

Sanctuary. This rescue and rehabilitation centre conducts research into

sloths and works tirelessly with the goal of releasing sloths back into their

natural habitat. It was recently the subject of an Animal Planet TV show

called 'Meet the Sloths'. You'll learn all about these fascinating animals on

a two hour tour of the sanctuary, where you'll take a boat tour along the

river to see sloths, monkeys, butterflies and birds in the wild. This

afternoon we return to Cahuita and visit the National Park, following a

coastal trail through the rainforest. Cahuita National Park has 2711 acres

of land and 600 acres of coral reef, which forms Costa Rica's largest reef

system.

Day 7 : To Sarapiqui; Night Walk In Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

Location: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Accommodation: El Bambu Hotel or Quinta Sarapiqui (or similar)

Accommodation Name: El Bambu Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

We depart for Sarapiqui, a region blessed with abundant vegetation and the

beautiful Sarapiqui River. Sarapiqui is one of the main areas of banana

production in Costa Rica, although coffee, cardamon, cacao, corn and other

fruits are also grown here. This region is 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 to have a different perspective on the rainforest and its

many inhabitants.

Day 8 : Free Day In Sarapiqui

Location: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Accommodation: El Bambu Hotel or Quinta Sarapiqui (or similar)

Accommodation Name: El Bambu Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 a

number of nature walks to enjoy in the beautiful surroundings.

Day 9 : To La Fortuna Near Arenal Volcano; Free Afternoon For Optional Activities.

Location: La Fortuna

Accommodation: Arenal Montechiari or Los Lagos Hotel (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Arenal Montechiari (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

We transfer to the area surrounding Arenal Volcano. Following a massive

eruption in 1968, Arenal was Costa Rica's most active volcano until recently

when it entered a resting phase. As well as the volcano, this region has

plenty to offer with thermal waters, waterfalls and Lake Arenal waiting to be

discovered.

The rest of the day is free to explore the area 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 some time at the hotel swimming pool! 

Day 10 : Guided Nature Walk In Arenal N.P.; Visit Thermal Springs.

Location: Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Arenal Montechiari (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 previous eruptions. In the late afternoon we

visit Kalambu Hot Springs as a group to enjoy a hot thermal bath from the

volcanic spring water and have a chance to splash around – a refreshing

end to the day. Please note that on weekends or Mondays we will visit an

alternative hot springs called Ecotermales.

Day 11 : To The Pacific Coast.

Location: Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Villas Rio Mar in Dominical (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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

short (20 minute) walk to the beach. We spend the next three nights in

Dominical. Depending on our time of arrival we should have some time to enjoy

various optional activities this afternoon, visit the beach or enjoy the

hotel swimming pool.

Accommodation: Villas Rio Mar in Dominical (or similar). Occasionally we stay

in Cuna de Angel or Vista Ballena in Uvita instead. 

Occasionally we stay in Cuna de Angel or Vista Ballena in Uvita instead.

*Comfortable Hotel*



Day 12 : Explore The Beautiful Trails And Beaches Of Manuel Antonio N.P.

Location: Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Villas Rio Mar in Dominical (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we drive to Manuel Antonio National Park. This park consists of a vast

marine reserve as well as 1,700 acres 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 enable us to have some very close wildlife encounters.

White-faced Capuchin monkeys play in the trees and are frequently sighted on

the beaches, whilst 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 in the national park. Manuel Antonio's beaches are considered to be

some of the most beautiful in the country. In the late afternoon we return to

our hotel.

Occasionally we stay

in Cuna de Angel or Vista Ballena in Uvita instead. 

*Comfortable Hotel*



Day 13 : Free Day To Relax, Enjoy The Beach Or Optional Activities.

Location: Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Villas Rio Mar in Dominical (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today has been left free for you to relax – make the most of the hotel

swimming pool, visit the beach or explore the local area. There are a few

optional activities available in the Dominical area, such as a whale and

dolphin watching boat trip (seasonal, from mid-July to October and

mid-December to March) or visit the indigenous territory of Boruca.   

Occasionally we stay

in Cuna de Angel or Vista Ballena in Uvita instead. 

*Comfortable Hotel*



Day 14 : To San Jose; Relax By The Hotel Swimming Pool Or Visit San Jose

Location: San José

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Country Inn and Suites (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we return to San Jose. If you wish to travel into the downtown area by

taxi you will have some time to see the modern capital and pick up some

souvenirs. Alternatively you can relax by the hotel swimming pool.

Day 15 : End San Jose.

Location: San José

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 Jose airport are

available to all clients on group flights today.

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What's Included

  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

  • All accommodation

  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners

  • All transport and listed activities

  • Tour leader throughout

What's Not Included

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

Accommodation

For this Costa Rican adventure, we’ve picked family-friendly hotels and lodges, all of which have swimming pools. Below are the accommodations we typically use.



San José: Country Inn & Suites (nights 1-2 and 14)







Just 10 to 15 minutes’ drive from the airport, this Country Inn & Suites is the ideal place to begin and end our adventure. The rooms are comfortable with a modern international hotel style and there’s even two swimming pools for a post-flight dip.



Tortuguero: Evergreen Lodge (nights 3-4)







Within Tortuguero National Park, this 66-room resort provides an away-from-it-all experience within the jungle. There’s a turtle-shaped swimming pool (this is green turtle country after all) and dining rooms where you can tuck into Caribbean cuisine with views of a tranquil waterway. Residents you might spot include sloths, toucans and iguanas, and we stay in rustic wooden bungalows with comfortable beds and ceiling fans.



Cahuita: Atlantida Lodge (nights 5-6)







It’s one of the simpler accommodations we use on this trip, but with a pool wrapped by tropical foliage and Playa Negra beach just a short walk away, one that your family is likely to enjoy. The bar knocks up a pretty great cocktail too.



Sarapiqui: El Bambu (nights 7-8)







This family-run hotel is surrounded by rainforest, where tropical birds flit between the green. Our families tend to gather by the pool, where there are sun loungers, tables and chairs. Or you may prefer to head to the restaurant, which serves Mediterranean and Costa Rican cuisines, including traditional chifrijo and ceviche.



Arenal: Arenal Montechiari Hotel (nights 9-10)







A short walk from downtown La Fortuna and with views of Arenal volcano, this hotel is in an ideal location. There are also tropical gardens full of plants and birds, plus a small swimming pool for a post-adventure splash. We stay in rustic and simple wooden lodges.



Dominical: Villas Rio Mar (nights 11-13)







In a rainforest setting, Villas Rio Mar combines Costa Rican wilderness with plenty of amenities. There’s a large palm tree-wrapped swimming pool, tropical gardens, and a rainforest trail to explore. Additionally, solar power runs the air conditioning in the bungalows, vegetables for the restaurant are grown in their greenhouse, and they run a monthly clean-up of Playa Dominical beach (which is just a 10-minute walk away).



Worth knowing



Where triple rooms are booked, these usually consist of one double and one single bed, so these rooms are suitable for two adults and one child. We generally don’t recommend three children in one triple room unless two of the children are comfortable sharing a double bed.

Some of the properties have ceiling fans rather than air conditioning. 

One or several of the named properties might be substituted for similar alternatives to secure hotel availability. Please discuss with your customer operations executive if you require more details regarding your specific departure date.

Food


All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners are included in the price of the
tour, allowing you plenty of flexibility for non-included meals to be taken
as a family or with the group. 

Costa Rican specialities include 'Gallo Pinto', a black bean and rice dish
considered to be a staple part of the local diet. Soups, stews and fresh fish
are also common, and most hotels offer International menu's as well. There is
a lot of fresh fruit in the tropics - you may need to share your bananas with
monkey's from the hotel gardens!  

Please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests,
vegetarians can usually be well catered for. 

Check out our Q&As

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements, however, if you have travelled to a country at risk of Yellow Fever prior to arriving in Costa Rica you will be required to have a valid Yellow Fever Certificate with you. Recommended vaccinations are: Hepatitis A.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Holders of British, US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and most EU passports can enter Costa Rica for a stay of 90 days without a visa.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Minimum 9 years old people can go on this tour

  • What is the maximum group size?

    20

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Adventures, Monkeys, Birds and Frogs

Travelling with young children for an adventure across central America may be considered as too much stress and anxiety for some or downright irresponsible by others. Our family holiday to Costa Rica could not be further from the truth. Travelling through the waterways of Tortuguero exploring extraordinary flora, spotting amazing spiders, astonishing birdlife and catching a glimpse of a caiman or crocodile the children could not have been more inspired. The excitement of being woken by a barking howler monkey troop, the fun had chasing off cheeky white-faced capuchin breakfast thieves or the thrill of the sight of smartly dressed anteaters, oddly shaped armadillos and raiding racoons before bedtime added to the magic. Adrenaline flowed through the entire family with grins as wide as the Panama canal white water rafting down the Sarapiqui river and zip-lining through the Monte Verde cloud forests. Night hikes opened a whole new world of weird nocturnal creepy crawlies, with strange headlight click beetles, striking venomous snakes, industrious leaf cutter ant colonies, poisonous dart frogs and glowing scorpion exoskeletons. Banana crossing! As we travelled through active volcanic landscapes, rested on idyllic beaches and explored tropical rainforest with new friends and families met on the trip the stories flowed, vocabulary grew and imaginations ran wild. Even the frequent pit stops for the obligatory small child toilet break were supplemented by encounters with giant iguanas, crocodile swamped river beds, cactus flower ice-cream, unspoilt natural views, delicious cakes and, of course, incredible coffee. Our energetic tour guide (Eddie) and reliable driver (Hernan) judged our group perfectly and were tuned in to exactly what we would appreciate when to make the most of our time in their country. At the end of adventure packed days and encounters with stunning wildlife the entire family cooled off in serene swimming pools or thermal hot spring bars and weary little heads slept comfortably dreaming of the next adventure. It seems no other tropical country has made such concerted effort to protect its natural environment and as Costa Rica’s tourists account for the largest sector of their national economy we have unprecedented power to protect this amazing country’s natural beauty and remarkable wildlife – spend wisely, avoid business that threaten their future and enjoy this enchanting, magical adventure!

Brilliant family adventure

We travelled with children aged 11 and 14 and found ourselves in a lovely group of 4 families from across the UK. We totally lucked out with our amazing coach (and driver, Ohman) and our wonderful guide, Gustavo. Every day was different and we learned so much about where our food comes from, nature, and all types of wildlife. Accommodation was slightly basic at times but we coped and all pools were lovely. The 14 KM white water rafting is not to be missed and we also enjoyed the night walks and boat trips. Had an amazing trip on a catamaran and swam with tropical fish and the kids jumped off the boat back into the blue sea. We always felt very safe and well looked after with Exodus.

Amazing Adventure with Teens

A wonderful couple of weeks focusing principally on the wildlife of Costa Rica. We went at the start of the rainy season and were lucky with the weather, but don't think you'll be suthbathing (much) as Exodus keep you moving!

The Perfect Family Holiday

Excellent Family Trip, it did exceed expectations: outstanding nature and exciting adventure alternate and often combine together to make this holiday unforgettable. Caymans, sloths, toucans, crocodiles, rainbow and mangrove boas, capuchin monkeys, owler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, green iguanas, hummingbirds, blue and white herons, white ibis, blue-jeans poison dart frogs, brown pelicans, tanagers of all descriptions, scarlet macaws, snake-birds, huge rhinoceros beetles, silky anteaters, orb-weaver spiders, palm pit vipers, river turtles, green kingfishers, ctenosaurs, cat-eyed snakes, coatis, kinkajous, bats, blue crabs, all sorts of butterflies, lizards, stick-insects and raccoons are some of the animals we have seen in their own environments, which range from adventurous jungles to idillic beaches. The Sarapiqui River Rafting has been unanimously agreed to be the best of the action activities, but the zip-lining in Monteverde was not that far away! It is a perfect holiday for a family with young teens between 12 ad 15 years old.

Absolutely brilliant family Christmas trip

We went on this trip as a family of four with children aged 12 and 14, over Christmas 2022. We had an absolutely brilliant time and the memories will stay with us forever. Costa Rica just has everything- amazing wildlife, great weather, beautiful scenery, beaches, friendly people, felt very safe and just a wonderful and easy place to be. Without exception the activities were all brilliant especially the hot springs and rafting. Johnny and Victor looked after us incredibly well and really went the extra mile to make sure we had a great time. Johnny clearly has a genuine love for his country and is exceptionally knowledgeable regarding the wildlife. The travelling was all very pleasant and the only bad thing was that the trip had to end! Cannot recommend this trip highly enough if you want a great experience with loads of amazing wildlife, fun and adventure.

COSTA RICA ADVENTURE

As an ex trolley dolly I would consider myself a seasoned traveller used to travelling independently.  Taking my 11 year old daughter on this trip of a lifetime gave me back my sense of adventure and has inspired her to globe trot.  I met an American on a rickety boat in Thailand 20 years ago - he told me to visit Costa Rica as it was beautiful - well he was wrong, it is the most beautiful and magical country I have ever visited!!!!!!!!!!

Fantastic adventure

An amazing adventure holiday that the whole family loved. It was a perfect balance of wildlife adventure and opportunity for my 9 year old to play at the hotel pools and beaches. she enjoyed the wildlife adventure part just as much as the pools and beach. I thought we managed to get so many things into two weeks including a few of the options. We all thoroughly enjoyed the adventure and would recommend it to anyone interested in nature.

Wow, wow, wow!!!

Costa Rica is a fabulous country and well worth the long flight. We went as a family of 5, parents of nearly 50, my mum in her early 70s and 2 girls aged 10 and 12. We were looking for a change from the usual pool / beach holiday and gosh, it was different!!! The wildlife is nothing short of phenomenal. We saw spiders, snakes, macaws, crocodiles, lizards, fantastic birds, frogs etc...... the list just goes on. The plantlife was great - plants we have at home in pots in the house growing tens of feet high in their natural habitat - it was quite something to see. It was also very educational, not just seeing plants and animals in their natural environment, but also other experiences such as the trips to the chocolate / cacao plantation and the sloth sanctuary. And it was great fun, especially the white water rafting and the zipwiring in Arenal. It was however, quite exhausting. I must admit we were not quite prepared for the pace, the early mornings and the long coach trips, but, in retrospect, they were all for a reason and all worth it for the sights and sounds and experiences in each location. And of course, I must mention our guide Glenda and our driver Mauricio who were quite simply, marvellous. Their professionalism, efficiency and enthusiasm for their country made the holiday very special for us.

Costa Rica Family Adventure

Family adventure trip - you moved on every couple days so you needed to pack wisely. There was a lot of boat trips and travelling around the country. There was a huge amount of wildlife to see so a pair of binoculars is good. Highlights were Tortugero National Park - truly remote location, beach at Cahuita and seeing Buttercup.

Excellent intro to Costa Rica - outstanding guide Edward

Wow, just back from our 2 week adventure. I don't usually do reviews but this one is definitely worth a few lines! Firstly, our guide Edward absolutely made the trip for us. Enthusiastic, unfappable, great with kids. Very knowledgeable about all aspects of the country, particularly wildlife and specifically birds (Edward is a trained and expert ornithologist and took keener members on a couple of early morning twitching trips). Edward gauged the needs of our diverse group really well, and made just the right number of decisions for us to keep it relaxing without being constraining. A special word for how he dealt with a favourite cuddly toy being left in a hotel (when we noticed about 200 miles away). Edward's connections, organisation and determination led to a reunion the next day! Costa Rica, generally, delivers exactly what it says on the tin. Amazing wildlife and landscapes. The big highlights for us were the additional paid-for trips. White water rafting was exhilarating, with just enough thrills to feel edgy for our 9 and 11 year olds, whilst feeling completely safe and in control. Zip wire near Arenal volcano was similarly exciting. As someone with an intense dislike of heights (I feel wobbly in thick socks - and seriously, struggle to stand on a step ladder) I'd encourage anyone like me to go for it. The start and interim platforms are deep in the trees, so don't feel at all exposed or high. And the "zippy" bits are, yes, high above the valley, but high enough for the drop to be abstract and so fast there's no time to look down! The only slightly tricky bit for me was the walk (down a spiral staircase - think of a fire escape) at the end. Tips: - Everyone accepts dollars, and debit cards work everywhere too (including all the restaurants). - It's wet in August! (as everyone kept reminding us - it's a rainforest...). Doesn't interfere with the enjoyment at all but anything that gets wet, will stay wet and then smelly. If we went again we'd take 7 days worth of clothes and get them washed (i.e. and also dried) at a couple of hotels. This was fast and efficient when we tried it. - We travelled 1000 miles on fairly slow roads (so, a bit more than 20 hours in total) over the 2 weeks. For younger kids, bring activities for the coach. Feedback for Exodus (other than the obvious "it was all great and Edward is amazing") Cahuita didn't really do much for us and also featured the weakest of the set of hotels. Nothing specifically bad about it (so don't worry, prospective bookers!) but maybe drop that (and the 2 long-ish transfers) for more time around Arenal? The last 36 hours felt a bit flat/wasted. Maybe have an early start, drive straight from Dominical to the airport on the last day, and have an extra night in Dominical? Overall, and excellent trip, well worth the money, and we'll be back for more in the future!

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