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(PRIVATE) Costa Rica: Family Eco-Adventure - 12 Days

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

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A learning experience for both you and your children, this is certainly one trip that everyone will remember for years to come. Forget the large amusement parks that try to replicate nature and become an active participant in a real life eco-class. Join our local guides as they share, first hand, the beauty of their beloved homeland. Gaze in awe at a volcano, ride a horse along the base of the beautiful Arenal volcano (children's saddles available), rest in the natural hot springs, ride along the tops of the jungle on an exhilarating canopy course, see indigenous animals up close, and most of all experience nature at its purest and best.


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Places Visited:

Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, La Fortuna, Lake Arenal, Rio Toro, Samara, Tortuguero National Park, San Jose

Trip Itinerary:
B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in San Jose
Day 2: Transfer to Tortuguero National Park, jungle boat ride
Day 3: Full day at Tortuguero National Park, search for sea turtles
Day 4: Jungle boat ride, transfer to La Fortuna, volcano hike, hot springs
Day 5: Animal Rescue Center visit
Day 6: Horseback ride along Lake Arenal, transfer to Monteverde
Day 7: Monteverde Children's Rainforest Reserve and butterfly gardens
Day 8: Canopy zipline, transfer to Samara Beach
Day 9: Free day in Samara
Day 10: Free day in Samara
Day 11: AM at beach, transfer to San Jose
Day 12: Trip ends, transfer to airport

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1
San Jose

Arrive in San Jose. The day is free to explore the city. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2-3
Tortuguero National Park

In the morning we travel about 3 hours through the green rolling hills and enchanting valleys of the lush rainforest. Our first destination of this wonderful trip is the isolated jungle river canals. Here we take a sight filled 4-hour jungle boat ride to Tortuguero national Park where you will spend two nights at a beautiful jungle lodge. In the evening you can walk to beaches and, if you are one of the lucky few, you'll get the rare chance to view the arrival of nesting turtles.

Day 4
La Fortuna

Taking a return boat ride down the San Juan River, we transfer to the cozy town of La Fortuna and what is considered Costa Rica's premiere Adventure Zone - the famous Arenal Volcano area. That afternoon, you're bound to see wildlife as we head out on an exciting volcano walk with a naturalist guide through the forest to the base of one of the world's most famous volcanoes. Later relax in natural hot springs and do more lava viewing. (Breakfast included)

Day 5
La Fortuna

Today we'll stop by the famous Proyecto Asis Animal Rescue Center to visit wild animals such as monkeys, sloths and crocodiles that have been rescued from the surrounding jungle. We'll all have the chance to help out and give back to nature by feeding the animals, plant trees and more. (Breakfast included)

Day 6

Today we enjoy a nice and easy horseback ride from La Fortuna, along Lake Arenal, and finally to the beautiful town of Monteverde in the midst of the cloud forest. This extraordinary family orientated ride is a unique and special form of transport and affords unsurpassed opportunities to see nature and the true beauty of Costa Rica up close. It truly is one of those memory makers that will hold a special place for years to come. (Children's saddles and helmets are available for the horseback ride.) (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 7

We continue this exciting and educational adventure with a guided tour of the Monteverde Children's Rainforest Reserve. Later, take some time to visit the butterfly garden, galleries and delicious restaurants on your own. (Breakfast included)

Day 8
Playa Samara

Today will be your chance to participate in the most quintessential of Costa Rican activities: riding through the treetops like Tarzan on a safe, yet incredibly exhilarating canopy zip-line tour. We then make our way to the Pacific-side beach of Samara to catch a spectacular sunset over the Pacific Ocean. The evening is yours to relax and relive all the amazing experiences everyone in the family has encountered so far. (Breakfast included)

Day 9-10
Playa Samara

With a week of exciting adventures behind you, it's time to relax with two blissful days of free time. Spend that time at the beach, swimming, or participating in the various water sports... there are countless options to choose from at Playa Samara, one of Costa Rica's most-beautiful and safest swimming beaches. Need some ideas? Try some surf lessons, take a sea kayaking tour or go out on a snorkeling outing... or simply sit and take in the beauty of Costa Rica.

Day 11
San Jose

With a few days of rest and relaxation, we drive back to the capital city of Costa Rica - San Jose

Day 12
San Jose

Tour ends after breakfast. Fly 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: CA1027
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Trip Highlights
  • Expert English and Spanish speaking guides and naturalists
  • Views of a volcano
  • Rest and relaxation in natural, volcano heated hot springs
  • A high-wire canopy ride along the roof of the jungle
  • A visit to the Proyecto Asis Animal Rescue Center to view indigenous wild animals up close
  • Jungle boat ride down the San Juan river
  • An experience of nature at its best
Price Includes
  • Transportation between cities
  • Horseback riding
  • Boat ride down the San Juan River
  • Naturalist guided walk through the jungle
  • Canopy rides across the roof of the jungle
  • Volcano viewing
  • Visit to the Proyecto Asis Animal Rescue Center to visit indigenous wild animals
  • Airport Transportation
  • 12 days, 11-nights' accommodations at locally-owned, small mid-range hotels
Price Does Not Include
  • International airfare
  • Airport & departure taxes
  • Meals
  • Beverages
  • Travel medical insurance (details)
  • Optional Activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Visa and Passport fees & expenses (if required)
Minimum Group Size
  • 2
Group Leader
  • Local guides and naturalists
Number of Days
  • 12 days, 11 nights
Accomodation Included
  • 12 days, 11-nights' accommodations at locally-owned, small mid-range hotels
Transportation Included
  • Private shuttles
  • Horseback
  • Boat ride down the San Juan River
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.