Take your family to Costa Rica for fun and learning! Enjoy an active adventure that also teaches the kids about nature, conservation, and sustainability. 

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 Squirrel monkey in the rain forest  The excitement of a zip line in Costa Rica  Kids and parents prepare for the rain forest zip line. Credit: Dennis Wille  Red-eyed tree frog crawling between leaves in the jungle  A sloth at home in the tree tops  Oak Tiger Butterfly. Credit: Phil Parsons  A brilliantly colored morpho butterfly  The luscious cloud forest from the forest floor  Arenal Volcano  Costa Rica coffee field  Learning about Costa Rica's coffee industry

Exploring Costa Rica: A Family Journey

9 days from $3,780

Take your family to Costa Rica for fun and learning! Enjoy an active adventure that also teaches the kids about nature, conservation, and sustainability. 

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This was the trip of a lifetime for my daughter and me. We both were overwhelmed by the beauty of the country and the many new adventures offered to us. The zip line was a favorite. We can't say enough good things about our guides - knowledgeable, engaged, patient and fun! 

- Mary B.

Dear Danny [guide], your positive attitude and attention to detail allowed me the rare opportunity to completely enjoy a vacation. It is always stressful to travel with kids, however, on this trip I was able to relax and watch my son grow with each of our adventures. You were so much more than a tour guide. You, my friend, are a memory maker. You and this trip will forever be in our hearts. Thank you! 

- Lauren D.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Overview

Travel to Costa Rica, renowned for its vast richness of flora and fauna; its dedication to biodiversity, sustainability, and conservation; and for its opportunities for exciting adventures! Cherish indispensable family time while enjoying beautiful scenery, incredible wildlife, and the wealth of educational opportunities available in this fascinating country.

Highlights Include

  • Active Adventures: In Arenal Volcano National Park, enjoy hiking along the base of the volcano where the forest is in the process of regeneration. You’ll also see the rain forest up close from sky walk bridges, then enjoy a zip line adventure as well! Take a boat ride through the Tamarind Mangrove to spot howler monkeys, crocodiles, herons, and kingfishers. Plus enjoy a day at leisure at your beach resort as well as optional activities such as surf lessons.
  • Cultural Experiences: Meet the staffs at two privately owned farms devoted to the production of chocolate and pineapples. You’ll tour the farms and learn about the relationship between cultural heritage and the country’s agriculture and economy.
  • Wildlife Reserves: Learn about the challenges of wildlife preservation as you travel to Tortuguero, famous for the nesting areas of the green turtles. Visit the beach nesting area as well as the information center and watch for wildlife during boat rides through the canals. On the west coast area of Guanacaste, you’ll be welcomed at two wildlife preserves, one for the endangered puma, and the other for monkeys and other injured animals. These sites focus on wildlife rehabilitation and release needs as well as visitor education. You’ll also have the opportunity for volunteer work here, should you choose.

This was the trip of a lifetime for my daughter and me. We both were overwhelmed by the beauty of the country and the many new adventures offered to us. The zip line was a favorite. We can't say enough good things about our guides - knowledgeable, engaged, patient and fun! 

- Mary B.

Dear Danny [guide], your positive attitude and attention to detail allowed me the rare opportunity to completely enjoy a vacation. It is always stressful to travel with kids, however, on this trip I was able to relax and watch my son grow with each of our adventures. You were so much more than a tour guide. You, my friend, are a memory maker. You and this trip will forever be in our hearts. Thank you! 

- Lauren D.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart Home Cities and arrive in San José Costa Rica

From Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San José, transfer to the Park Inn Hotel where you will enjoy a festive welcome dinner and rest up for the adventure ahead. (D)

Day 2 — Tortuguero

Today you set off in the early morning for incredible Tortuguero, home to a favorite nesting ground for sea turtles. In route, admire the biodiversity of Braulio Carrillo National Park as the bus drives through this protected nature area. Stop along the way for a delicious Costa Rican breakfast. Watch as roadside fruit markets open up, spotting pineapples and banana trees as you pass through small villages and towns. Arrive at the pier and board a comfortable boat to reach the Lodge. Sail through the Tortuguero canals and let this extraordinary exotic paradise enchant you! Enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch as you arrive at the lodge. This afternoon, visit the picturesque nearby town and learn about the importance of sea turtle habitats at the green turtle information center followed by a visit to the beach area. Return to the lodge tonight for a relaxing dinner in this pristine nature preserve. (B,L,D)

Please note: on the June departure, there is an additional, optional night tour of the turtle nesting areas.

Day 3 —Tortuguero

This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel followed by a boat tour of the Tortuguero canals. These canals provide shelter to endangered animals including the Oriental Indian Manatee, many crustaceans and about 30 species of sweet water fish, including the Gaspar, considered a living fossil! Disembark in town and experience more local hospitality during a delicious lunch. Explore the area on your own after lunch and then transfer to Arenal. (B,L)

Day 4 — Activities at Arenal Volcano

This morning you will explore Arenal Volcano National Park. Take a gentle hike along the base of Arenal and enjoy sweeping views of this “Mountain of Fire.” Along the trek, you will encounter some of the most recent lava flows and see the area destroyed in the famous 1968 eruption – now in a period of regeneration. See Arenal from a birds-eye view from the Sky Tram as you wind your way up the mountain side to the observation deck which provides breathtaking views of the rainforest. Adventurers can zip line from the top back to the base where you will enjoy a hearty lunch. This afternoon you will meet the Zuniga Family on their pineapple farm. You’ll learn about the planting and harvesting of the tasty fruit and then sample fresh pineapple treats. Return to the hotel and immerse yourself in the relaxing hot springs on-site and dine with your family on your own tonight. (B,L) 

Day 5 — Arenal / Tamarindo

Today you’ll start with a hearty Costa Rican breakfast followed by the sweet treat of a chocolate tour. It is hard to imagine that something as delicious as chocolate could come from a tree! As you tour the cacao farm, your guide will reveal the secrets of the transformation of this fruit into chocolate. Learn how to make chocolate and as you participate in all the production processes of the fruit including harvesting, drying, grinding, and of course enjoying some high-quality organic farm chocolate.

After your tour, you set off for Costa Rica’s beautiful Pacific Coast.  During your transfer to Guanacaste, you will stop for lunch and a visit to the Las Pumas Rescue Center. The Las Pumas Rescue Center has worked since the 1960s to offer rescue and rehabilitation to animals displaced by deforestation. You’ll see jaguars, pumas, monkeys, parrots and many other species as you learn about their important conservation work.

This afternoon you’ll arrive on the coast and enjoy a relaxing evening at the Tamarindo Diria Hotel – exploring the pools, restaurants, and shops in this beachfront community. (B,L)

Day 6 — Tamarindo

Rise and shine today with a leisurely breakfast followed by a visit to the small fruit market in Villa Real Village, where you will enjoy a tropical fruit tasting and shopping time at souvenirs shops in the area. You will taste three kinds of seasonal fruits and can buy other available fruits at the market.

This afternoon, you’ll have the exciting opportunity to glide along the waves during an introductory surfing lesson. Great for adults too so get ready to “Hang Ten".  (Optional activity at additional cost)

The rest of the day is free to practice your new surfing skills, swim in one of the many pools, stroll the picturesque beach or opt in for one of the other activities available at the hotel. (B,L,D*)

*In December, you will enjoy a special New Years’ dinner and celebration this evening! 

Day 7 — Tamarindo Mangroves Tour

Explore the Tamarindo Mangroves today! This morning, you will tour through the canals, spotting an abundance of wildlife, trees, and plants along your way. Your local guide will help you spot howler monkeys, herons, kingfishers, crocodiles, and many colorful birds! Learn about the native Tamarindo and Guanacaste tree species, immerse yourself in the tropical forest environment, and experience the incredible biodiversity of the Guanacaste region.

Return to the hotel for lunch. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure at one of the beautiful pools at the Tamarindo Diria Hotel, walk back to the beach for some sun and sand or explore the other activities available. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Wildlife Refuge Park & Volunteer Opportunity

Today you will visit the Monkey Park Foundation. This unique non-profit rescues endangered, indigenous wildlife of Costa Rica and provides a safe and experienced environment for rehabilitation and release. Learn about conservation and rehabilitation efforts in Guanacaste as you tour the facilities. Discover the history of deforestation in the region and learn the importance of biodiversity and balanced ecosystems. You’ll meet the animals and have the exciting opportunity give back to the organization through volunteer work. You could prepare and provide meals to the animals, work with a team to clean up and maintain the animal habitats, participate in landscaping or construction and help with the up-keep of the Foundation’s grounds.

After working up an appetite, return to the hotel for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, toast to a wonderful trip at the celebratory farewell dinner. (B,L,D) 

Day 9 — Depart for the U.S.

Transfer to Daniel Oduber Quiros Airport (LIR) for your return flight. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)