Costa Rica Adventure Family Holiday

Start: San Jose Finish: San Jose

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


Duration: 14 Nights

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 6 - 20

Age range: 9 to 99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $3133

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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

  • iconDiscover the beaches of both the Caribbean and Pacific Coast
  • iconVisit the beaches and waterways of Tortuguero, an important nesting site for Green turtles
  • iconComfortable accommodation throughout, most with swimming pools to cool off at the end of the day 
  • iconMeet the residents of Costa Rica's famous Sloth Sanctuary
  • iconFlexible itinerary with plenty of optional activities to choose from: zip-lining, white water rafting, chocolate tour and catamaran excursion! 
  • iconDiscover abundant wildlife – monkeys, sloths, birds and frogs are easy to spot! 

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start San Jose.

Location: San José

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Country Inn & Suites (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

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.

icon 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: 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.

icon Day 3 : To Tortuguero N.P.

Location: Tortuguero

Accommodation: Pachira Lodge (or similar)

Meals: 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.

icon Day 4 : Boat tour of waterways in Tortuguero N.P.

Location: Tortuguero

Accommodation: Pachira Lodge (or similar)

Meals: 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.

icon Day 5 : To Cahuita on the Caribbean coast; relax on the beach.

Location: Cahuita

Accommodation: Atlantida Lodge (or similar)

Meals: 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.

icon Day 6 : Visit Costa Rica's famous Sloth Sanctuary; discover Cahuita N.P.

Location: Cahuita

Accommodation: Atlantida Lodge (or similar)

Meals: 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.

icon Day 7 : To Sarapiqui; night walk in Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

Location: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

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

Meals: 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.

icon Day 8 : Free day in Sarapiqui

Location: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

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

Meals: 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.

icon 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)

Meals: 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! 

icon Day 10 : Guided nature walk in Arenal N.P.; visit thermal springs.

Location: Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal

Accommodation: Hotel

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

Meals: 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.

icon Day 11 : To the Pacific coast.

Location: Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal

Accommodation: Hotel

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

Meals: 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*

icon Day 12 : Explore the beautiful trails and beaches of Manuel Antonio N.P.

Location: Manuel Antonio

Accommodation: Hotel

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

Meals: 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*

icon 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: 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*

icon 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: 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.

icon Day 15 : End San Jose.

Location: San José

Meals: 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. **

What's Included

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    All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners

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    All transport and listed activities

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    All accommodation

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    Tour leader throughout

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    Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's Not Included

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    Travel insurance

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    Visas or vaccinations

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. 

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Reviews

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Costa Rica family adventure - fantastic
The trip was an excellent way to see a sample of the best bits of Costa Rica. We had an excellent guide (Jorge) , who managed to find loads of ....more The trip was an excellent way to see a sample of the best bits of Costa Rica.

We had an excellent guide (Jorge) , who managed to find loads of animals and birds for us to watch.

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Family holiday in the rainforest
The holiday was superb. Lots of lovely animals to see and of great interest to both kids and adults alike. Our guide and driver Antonio and Theodore were superb. Antonio ....more The holiday was superb.

Lots of lovely animals to see and of great interest to both kids and adults alike.

Our guide and driver Antonio and Theodore were superb.

Antonio super knowledgeable and a top bloke.

Company of the fellow travellers and kids also made the trip-superb bunch of people.

Animals,scenery and wildlife was great to see.

Kids are still talking about the things they have seen; ....less
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 ....more 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!; ....less
Exceeded Every Expectation
From the moment our amazing adventure started we did not want it to end. Now 5 months later we still don't want it to end. Sadly it did back ....more From the moment our amazing adventure started we did not want it to end.

Now 5 months later we still don't want it to end.

Sadly it did back in January (so many tears when it was time to go home) but the memories we have are secure and will last a lifetime.

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Holiday of a lifetime
We had an absolutely wonderful holiday in Costa Rica with our 9 and 10 year old daughters. Stunning natural beauty, fascinating insights from our group leader, and exciting outdoor activities ....more We had an absolutely wonderful holiday in Costa Rica with our 9 and 10 year old daughters.

Stunning natural beauty, fascinating insights from our group leader, and exciting outdoor activities all contributed to our enjoyment.

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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 ....more 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.

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Costa rica family adventure
What a fabulous experience only made possible by our wonderful guide Glenda Araya, our fantastic driver Mauricio and 3 families who met as strangers and ended the 2 weeks as ....more What a fabulous experience only made possible by our wonderful guide Glenda Araya, our fantastic driver Mauricio and 3 families who met as strangers and ended the 2 weeks as one big, happy family.

It may have rained every night (and when it rains it really rains) and we may have witnessed some of the most amazing thunder and lightening I have ever seen, but that didn`t detract from the scenery which was stunning and the wildlife which was up close and fascinating.

Every day involved a new experience whether it was gliding slowly on a boat through the deserted waterways of Tortuguero ( made possible by Glenda`s expertise in managing to capture a quiet time of day) or chewing on raw cacao beans on the chocolate tour then sampling the finished product or white water rafting, something I always said I would never do but somehow it seemed right to be brave and give it a go.

You lose track of the days of the week and really it isn`t important- just let go and enjoy the experience as everything is organised for you.

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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 ....more 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.

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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.

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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 ....more 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.

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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.

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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!; ....less
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 ....more 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.

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