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(PRIVATE) Costa Rica: The Ultimate Family Eco-Adventure - 8 Days

GEC Trip Type: PRIVATE TOUR (for 2+ people booking together)

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TRIP DESCRIPTION:

Experience nature's ultimate classroom with the entire family on this spectacular 8 day family eco-adventure.

Get up close with amazing indigenous animals during a visit to an animal rescue center followed by a tour of an active organic farm. Take a guided educational nature hike through the jungle followed by a viewing of a volcano. Relax in natural hot springs. Enjoy an inflatable kayak ride down a peaceful river to view wildlife. Horseback ride near the base of Arenal Volcano (child saddles available). Then finish the trip up with a relaxing visit to Manuel Antonio National Park, considered by many to be one of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches. Here you can take nature hikes, surfing lessons, or simply relax on the picturesque beach.

This eco-adventure is perfect for the whole family and simply can't be beat for this price!

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Places Visited:

Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna, Lake Arenal, Manuel Antonio National Park, Penas Blancas River, San Jose


Trip Itinerary:
b>B: Breakfast | L: Lunch

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in San Jose. Transfer to La Fortuna.
Day 2: Animal Rescue Center. Organic Farm. Evening nature hike, volcano viewing and hot springs. (B)
Day 3: Flat Water River Kayak Safari (B)
Day 4: Jungle Canopy Zipline. (B)
Day 5: Transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park Beach (B)
Day 6: Free Day at Beach. (B)
Day 7: Morning free at beach. Afternoon transfer to San Jose. (B)
Day 8: Trip ends, transfer to airport if purchased. (B)


Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1
La Fortuna

After meeting and picking you up at the airport, you will travel by private shuttle through beautiful rolling hills to your hotel in La Fortuna, the heart of Costa Rica's eco and adventure zone.

Day 2
La Fortuna

Start off the day with a visit to the Proyecto Asis Animal Rescue Center where you have the opportunity to see animals up close and learn about their programs to rehabilitate the animals and release them back into the wild. This will be followed by a visit to the Finca Luna Nueva organic farm and its "sacred seed sanctuary." In the afternoon you’ll head out on a short jungle walk guided by a local naturalist. After the walk you can see one of the world's most famous volcanoes. The evening brings the much anticipated chance to relax in the Baldi Natural hot springs to recover from the day's adventures. (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 3
La Fortuna

Getting a bright and early start, you'll take a kayak safari. This is an ideal trip for those looking for a peaceful encounter with the plentiful wildlife that abounds along the Penas Blancas River only 25 minutes from the Arenal Volcano. The trip will be lead by a professional bilingual naturalist guide who will assist you as you paddle along a smooth, class-1 river. You'll have the opportunity to spot monkeys, sloths, iguanas, crocodiles and caimans, plus a large variety of species of tropical birds such as the Sunbittern, keel-billed toucan, herons, kingfishers and our favorite the Montezuma Oropendula. In the afternoon and evening, explore the wonderful town of La Fortuna on your own and experience the variety of excellent restaurants that dot this fun town. (Breakfast included)

Day 4
La Fortuna

Today is your chance to play "Indiana Jones meets Tarzan" by flying through the jungle treetops on an exhilarating canopy zipline course. It's one of the most popular activities in Costa Rica. and local guides are even available to help the younger children.

The zipline course is on the slopes of Arenal Volcano and provide beautiful views of Lake Arenal. (Breakfast included)

Day 5
Manuel Antonio National Park

In the morning you will travel to Manuel Antonio National Park, considered by many to have two of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. During your stay at the beach, you can watch an awe inspiring sunset over the Pacific Ocean, explore the National Park, watch the monkeys and wildlife, sign up for an optional surfing lesson, swim in the warm ocean waters, buy some souvenirs from the local craftsmen, or just relax on the beach. Be sure to enjoy the friendly and welcoming local "Tico" nightlife and excellent local restaurants! (Breakfast included)

Day 6 Manuel Antonio National Park

Free day. The day is yours spend as you wish. You can spend the day at the local beach or take the short and picturesque walk through Manuel Antonio National Park and spend the day exploring the two spectacular beaches within the park.

Day 7
Alajuela/San Jose

After a lazy, relaxing morning on the beach you will be picked up at your hotel and travel to your hotel in Alajuela, just on the outskirts of the capital city of San Jose. You'll have one last chance for shopping before catching your flight home the following morning.

Day 8
San Jose & Airport Transfer

Trip ends. You're transferred to the airport to catch your flight home or, even better, continue with another one of our great adventures.


Important Information



This is a locally guided GEC private trip for 2+ people booking together.

Join a Group Tour!: Want to experience your next adventure with other like-minded people in a small group setting? Then be sure to check out all of our Upcoming Group Tours! Perfect for the Solo Travelers. Ideal for friends. All are welcome! We also provide free roommate matching for solo travelers, helping you to avoid mandatory single supplements!

This tour requires a total minimum of 2+ people to run. Please DO NOT purchase your airfare or any personal travel requirements until you receive a written confirmation of guaranteed departure.

Prices are based on double occupancy in twin rooms*. A single room supplement is applied at check out for those staying in rooms on their own. If you want to be paired up with a roommate who will be booking this same trip separately, please contact us.

*Note: prices are based on 2 twin beds per room. Some hotels however will issue upgraded rooms with one twin bed and one double or queen bed. These room are issued randomly, and entirely at the discretion of the hotel, based on their availability and cannot be pre-requested. Beds are not assigned by us or the hotel and must be decided by the roommates.

Please Note: for logistical and weather purposes, we often switch the order of days in which all activities are done. Your guide will fill you in on the exact order during the Trip Orientation on Day 1 (complete details of the Trip Orientation will be included in the Pre-Departure Dossier which will be emailed to you before departure)

NOTE: while this trip is adventurous and action packed, it is a great trip for both beginners and those with some experience. The local guides are experienced and regularly guide those who are rafting, rappelling, horseback riding, ATVing, or zip-lining for the first time. ALL activities can be swapped or removed if they are beyond your comfort zone. Please contact us for details.

Trip ID: CA1100
PRICING
Departure Dates:

$545.00
Local Fee
$100.00
Optional Add-Ons
 
Upgrade to deluxe accommodations throughout (per person)
$645.00

Trip Highlights
  • River jungle safari in inflatable kayaks
  • Visit to Proyecto Asis Animal rescue center
  • Scenic and relaxed horseback ride
  • Visit to the Finca Luna Nueva organic farm
  • Expert English and Spanish speaking guides and naturalists
  • Nighttime viewing of an active volcano
  • Rest and relaxation in natural, volcano heated hot springs
  • Experience of nature at its best
Price Includes
  • Private transportation between cities
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • River jungle safari in inflatable kayaks
  • Visit to Proyecto Asis Animal rescue center
  • Scenic and relaxed horseback ride
  • Visit to the Finca Luna Nueva organic farm
  • Volcano base hike and entrance to the Baldi Natural hot springs
  • Airport Transportation
  • 8 days, 7 nights accommodations at mid-range locally-owned hotels
Price Does Not Include
  • International airfare
  • Airport & departure taxes
  • Meals not indicated
  • Beverages
  • Travel medical insurance (details)
  • Optional activities not included
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Visa and Passport fees & expenses (if required)
Minimum Group Size
  • 2
Group Leader
  • Local guides and naturalists
Number of Days
  • 8 days, 7 nights
Accomodation Included
  • 8 days, 7 nights accommodations at mid-range, locally-owned hotels
Transportation Included
  • Private shuttles
  • Horseback
Meals Included
  • As indicated
Seasonal Info
  • Costa Rica's weather changes with the altitude. The lower altitude of the pacific coast is drier while the low altitude of the Atlantic coast sees the highest amount of rainfall (approximately 300 days per year). Temperatures in the higher altitude of San Jose range from a high of 80F (27C) to a low of 57F (14C). The coasts and the jungle areas of La Fortuna and Monteverde tend to be warmer. Afternoon rainfalls can be seen anytime of the year, however May till October usually sees the most rain. March and April are typically the warmest months.