Costa Rica Family Adventure

Tour Details

Duration: 8 nights

Departs: Daily

Difficulty: Easy. No restrictions

Not included: International flights; gratuities of any kind; meals not specified in itinerary; incidentals at hotels; trip insurance.

From: $1,517 (per person in double occupancy based on low season rates)              REQUEST THIS TRIP

 

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in San Jose. Transfer to Braulio Carrillo. Overnight

Day 2: Braulio Carrillo. Aerial Tram, terrariums and nocturnal safari (B)

Day 3: Floating excursion. Chocolate Tour. Transfer to Arenal (B/L)

Day 4: Arenal: Hiking on lava fields (B)

Day 5: Arenal: At leisure (B)

Day 6: Transfer to Quepos (B)

Days 7-8: Quepos: At leisure (B)

Day 9: Fly back to San Jose. Departure transfer (B)

 

Memorable Moments

  • Waking up to the sounds of the rainforest at Tapirus Lodge
  • Searching for nocturnal animals on an after-dark safari
  • The aerial tram: A National Geographic episode over the canopy
  • Floating tropical excursion down the Sarapiqui River
  • Chocolate inside out: An afternoon of history, legends, and yummy chocolate tasting
  • Hiking on lava fields at the foot of Arenal Volcano
  • Admiring Arenal Volcano’s perfect cone from your hotel balcony
  • Wildlife encounters at Manuel Antonio National Park

 

Important notes

Our lodge in Braulio Carrillo is comfortable but simple, its great asset being the incredible location in the heart of a pristine rainforest reserve and the unique experience that guests enjoy.

 

Places you will visit

Braulio Carrillo

Arenal

Quepos

 

The Journey

Day 1: Arrive in Braulio Carrillo: Unfasten, unpack, unwind…

Upon arrival at the airport in San Jose, you will be greeted by our local crew and escorted to our park next to Braulio Carrillo National Park. Your personal guide will review your vacation plan with you before retiring to your room for some deserved rest. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the lush surroundings. Overnight.

Services included today:

  • Private airport arrival transfer
  • Accommodations at Tapirus Lodge

 

Day 2: Exploring the Rainforest Atlantic Park: Fly over the forest

Tapirus Lodge is ensconced in a private 1,200-acre reserve adjacent to pristine Braulio Carrillo National Park. This morning you will learn about the rainforest as you ride on our aerial tram, gliding over the canopy and exploring the forest layers in the company of your naturalist guide. Think of it as a National Geographic live show, that’s how good it is! The adventure continues with a visit to our terrariums and butterfly garden and then a walk along forest trails, where you will be introduced to the magic of the rainforest. The afternoon is free. May we suggest our thrilling canopy tour as an optional activity (at extra cost)? You will be soaring through and over the forest on 10 lines on one of the safest operations in the world: we feature double cables, double harness, platforms with hand railings, and controlled-breaking system so you don’t have to grab the cable to break. This evening, after dinner, you can join our guides for a night safari in search of colorful frogs, bats, and other nocturnal animals.

Services included today:

  • Breakfast
  • Guided Aerial Tram ride, rainforest walk and visit to terrariums
  • Nocturnal forest hike
  • Accommodations at Tapirus Lodge

 

Day 3: River floating and chocolate: Can it get any better?

Breakfast at the lodge and transfer to nearby Sarapiqui where our rafting operation is located. We will head for the put-in point, where we don vests and helmets while listening to a safety orientation. Then it is miles of class II rapids complete with stunning jungle scenery and chances to watch wildlife including toucans, kingfishers, herons, tanagers, iguanas, sloth, monkeys, and bright green Jesus Christ lizards (you know, the funny ones that run over water). After the 2-hour trip, we will freshen up, change cloths, and enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch. We hope you like chocolate as this afternoon we will be joining a yummy and very informative chocolate tour with some amazing tasting.  After the cacao experience, we will head for Arenal where we will arrive in the early evening.

Services included today:

  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Floating excursion
  • Lunch
  • Chocolate tasting tour
  • Private transfer to Arenal
  • Overnight accommodations in Arenal

 

Days 4-5: Arenal

A mighty volcano towers over lush green pastures and plantations of yucca and papaya; rushing waters heated by the volcano are channeled into natural hot springs, offering a relaxing experience after a day of explorations. A natural playground made for both children and children at heart, Arenal offers an endless array of possibilities to explore the pristine surroundings. For starters, on our first morning in Arenal, we will be joining a naturalist guide for a fascinating hike on lava fields and forest trails at the foot of the volcano. The rest of your stay, you may continue exploring the area on horseback, mountain bikes, ATVs, soaring over the canopy, or paddling down a river. If you don’t feel playful, you may always join a relaxing wildlife observation tour, soothe your muscles in the hot springs, indulge in a spa treatment, or just sit down in your hotel balcony and watch the mighty volcano. Time to rumble!

Services included:

  • Daily breakfast
  • Private hike on lava fields at the foot of Arenal Volcano
  • Overnight accommodations

 

Days 6-8: Quepos

Originally a sleepy fishing village, Quepos is a charming vacation spot full of surprises: Quaint hotels perched over hills offering exceptional sunset views, excellent sport fishing in its blue waters, whitewater rafting, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, and, of course, Manuel Antonio National Park, which ranks as one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful parks with its display of white sand beaches, evergreen forest, and magnificent lookouts over the ocean. Enjoy!

Services included:

  • Daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from Arenal
  • Overnight accommodations

 

Day 9 : Return home, energized and wiser

Time to bid farewell to this magnificent land. Your driver will take you to the airport in time for your departing flight. We hope you have enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to hosting you again in the near future. Safe journeys…

Services included today:

  • Breakfast at your hotel (if schedule permits)
  • Flight back to San Jose

 

HOW TO REQUEST THIS TRIP

1-    Click on the REQUEST THIS TRIP button below

2-    Fill in the request form choosing your preferred hotels in each city from the drop-down menus

3-    We will send you a free quote (with no obligations) based on your hotel preferences within 24 working hours as well as a credit card form. If you accept the quote and wish to make the reservation, simply send us the credit card form with your deposit.

4-    Upon receipt of your deposit, we will confirm your trip within 48 working hours. If one of your choice hotels is not available, we will confirm one of similar price and characteristics. If you are not happy with our selection, we will a different property or refund your deposit immediately.

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Deposit for this trip: $500 per person.

If your trip begins within 90 days of your request, then full payment is due upon confirmation of services.

 

Cancellations and Refunds

Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. If you must cancel before departure, the following cancellation fee schedule applies:

More than 60 days prior to departure: Deposit is forfeited plus any non-refundable cancellation fees already advanced to airlines or hotels.

31-60 days prior to departure: 50% of cost

30 days or less prior to departure: 100% of cost