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Costa Rica Family Journey: From Rainforest to Coast

Costa Rica Family Journey: From Rainforest to Coast


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Itinerary

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Costa Rica

Tour Itinerary

Channel your inner Tarzan as you soar through the jungle canopy on zip lines, Join a naturalist on a night walk through the cloud forest, keeping your ears open for the symphony of hooting owls, croaking frogs, and chirping insects, Test your skills at a cooking class as you whip up delicious Costa Rican dishes, Jump into a natural mud bath, and swim in pools heated by area volcanoes.

Blanketed in pristine rainforest, lined by golden sands, and brimming with curious-looking creatures, Costa Rica is the ultimate family playground. Explore inland jungles and volcanic wonders in every way possible: soaring on a zip line, riding on horseback, and hiking misty trails. Then head for the Gold Coast on the Pacific Ocean for some sun, surf, and adventures out at sea.

Day 1: San José
Arrive in time to meet your fellow travelers for a welcome gathering this evening. Your arrival transfer is included.
Activity: The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. Check for the meeting time on the welcome note at the hotel. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Transport: You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to start your adventure.
Accommodation: Hotel Radisson San Jose (or similar)

Day 2: San José/Monteverde
This morning, travel up into the misty cloud forests of Monteverde, where we'll visit a working farm and coffee cooperative for an earth-to-table lunch, followed by a property tour. Learn the secrets of Costa Rican cuisine and test your cooking skills at an afternoon class, then attend a coffee-making demonstration. Enjoy some free time to get settled in our hotel. This evening, follow a naturalist into the forest to seek out the fascinating nocturnal creatures that spring to life after the sun goes down, from red-eyed tree frogs to spiny porcupines.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Enjoy a visit to Life Monteverde, a coffee cooperative made up of 12 local families, dedicated to educating Costa Rica and the world about sustainable farming and conservation. Your visit here directly benefits Life Monteverde's educational programs, which provide free access to local school groups, and training for Costa Ricans. Walk through the plantations of various tropical plants including bananas and pineapples, and learn about coffee growing and production, as well as various sustainable agriculture techniques like converting animal waste to fuel. Also make sure to taste the delicious coffee before you go!
Activity: Upon arrival, enjoy a brief introduction before having lunch made with fresh ingredients from their organic farm. Afterwards, tour the working coffee farm and meet some of the farm animals that help support this organic land. Then, get hands-on with a traditional Costa Rican cooking class followed by a coffee-making demonstration.
Activity: Join a naturalist guide for a 1.5-2 hour tour in the cloud forest after dark. Learn more about the habits of the area's nocturnal wildlife including mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, and amphibians, and keep your eyes and ears open on this slow-paced walk. You never know what you might see - it depends on the day and your luck!
Accommodation: El Establo Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 3: Monteverde
Visit the Monteverde Institute, a research and educational organization supported by National Geographic. Hear about reforestation projects spearheaded by the institute, then roll up your sleeves and lend a hand in the tree nursery. The rest of the day is free for poolside relaxation or optional excursions in the clouds, including zip-lining, hiking in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, or a walk through the forest canopy across hanging bridges.
Free Time: Get up early to check out some of the optional activities on offer around Monteverde.
Activity: The Monteverde Institute is a base for National Geographic-funded explorers and researchers studying the famed canopy of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. A researcher will present the various projects National Geographic has sponsored including new discoveries, insect and bird studies, and the reforestation of tropical regions. Then, play an active role in this project by visiting the National Geographic-sponsored research plot and getting your hands dirty by either planting trees to restore habitat or assisting in tree care in the nurseries.
Accommodation: El Establo Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4: Monteverde/Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park
Today we travel into Rincón de la Vieja National Park, an otherworldly land of smoking volcanoes, bubbling mud pots, and thermal hot springs—all shrouded in thick tangles of rainforest. Channel your inner Tarzan as you swing across zip lines strung through the forest canopy; then visit thermal hot springs and mud baths, where playing in the mud isn't just allowed, it's encouraged. This evening, visit the local butterfly garden, if you like.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Fly through the trees over a narrow river canyon while navigating zip lines, natural rock climbing walls, Tarzan swings, rappelling and hanging bridges.
Activity: Visit natural hot springs which give rise to very hot mountain streams; sulfuric ponds filled with bubbling mud. Dare to step in and get muddy. Soak in the hot, therapeutic waters and feel invigorated and alive.
Free Time: Take the evening to relax or opt to visit the local butterfly gardens.
Accommodation: Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 5: Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park
Rise early for a full day of adventure in the national park. Saddle up for a horseback-riding excursion, get introduced to the park's creatures on a naturalist-guided wildlife hike, and swim beneath the soaring canyons and tumbling waterfalls of the Río Negro. There is also the option to stay back at our hacienda and relax by the pool.
Free Time: After the days' activities, enjoy some free time to wander around or lay by the pool.
Activity: Saddle up to ride from our family hacienda on a beautiful path until we reach the entrance of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Set off on foot and hike 5km (3 miles) into the park in order to get to the waterfall. Keep your eyes peeled for iguanas, white-faced howler or spider monkeys, armadillos, and many types of tropical birds. Spot La Cangreja Waterfall flowing down 130 feet from the rocks above. Relax with a picnic lunch as our naturalist guide explains how the volcano's minerals create this unearthly blue pool at the bottom of the waterfall. After lunch take a dip in the clear blue water if you wish before heading back.
Accommodation: Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park/Playa Potrero
Journey toward the Pacific Ocean to Playa Potrero on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica. The afternoon is free to play in the sand and surf; or opt to set sail across the bay and around the Catalina Islands.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Spend the afternoon at leisure in this quaint beach town, or opt to go sailing.
Accommodation: Hotel Bahia del Sol (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Playa Potrero
The day is free to do as much or as little as you like. Relax at the pool or on the beach in this tropical paradise. Opt to join a yoga class, take a long walk along the beach, or go horseback riding.
Free Time: There's plenty of exploring to do here, opt for a yoga class, horseback riding or choose to play at the beach or pool all day.
Accommodation: Hotel Bahia del Sol (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8: Playa Potrero/San José
Leave the beach behind for our return trip to the capital. Stop en route for a jungle boat cruise through Palo Verde National Park. The river is a wildlife-lover's paradise: crocodiles glide beneath the water's surface, monkeys swing through the surrounding treetops, and numerous winged wonders wade and fly at the river's edge—including ospreys, wood storks, and roseate spoonbills. Continue to San José and celebrate our adventure at a farewell dinner.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Enjoy a boat ride, travelling along the Tempisque River to discover Palo Verde National Park. Learn about the park and the creatures that call this region home from our local guide on board. Keep a keen eye out as the guide helps spot wildlife in the water, trees, and sky.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Hotel Radisson San Jose (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 9: San José
Depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport
Private vehicle, boat, horse, walking

Inclusions
Your G for Good Moment: Cafe Monteverde Experience, Monteverde Your Family Journeys Moment: Life Monteverde Community Lunch, Tour, and Cooking Class, Monteverde Your Family Journeys Moment: Monteverde Institute Lecture & Reforestation Project, Monteverde. Arrival transfer. Naturalist guided cloud forest night walk. Canyon canopy tour in Rincón de la Vieja National Park. Rio Negro Hot Springs and volcanic mud bath. Horseback riding and guided hike in Rincón de la Vieja National Park. Palo Verde National Park guided boat tour. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Hotels (8 nts)

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Customer Reviews

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Repeat with Operator
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Zane was patient and professional and had helpful suggestions

Glenn was invaluable. He arranged ground transport to reconnect with our group when our flight was cancelled and delayed. Absolute life saver.


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