|from $3,290* per person||9 Days||February-April, June-August, December
Exertion level: 4
|Operator: Thomson Family Adventures
20 people max
F riendly, tropical Costa Rica, a world leader in protecting natural resources, is the perfect spot for family travel and exploring the beauty and marvelous intricacy of the natural world. Throughout this special adventure, we discover a variety of wildlife, lush lowland rain forests and pristine beaches. We'll travel high in the rain forest canopy, an ecosystem all its own, and down at water level, rafting on the mighty Pejibaye River.
On the Caribbean coast, we'll explore the still waterways of Tortuguero, a national park accessible only by boat. On the sunny Pacific, we'll enjoy the beaches and surroundings of Manuel Antonio National Park. And along the way we'll meet ordinary Costa Ricans, admirable people who honor, respect and work to maintain a harmonious relationship with nature.
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, zip lines
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- May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.
- Family oriented trip.
Day 1 – Depart U.S. / Arrive San Jose
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where your Costa Rica family vacation begins.
Days 2 and 3 – Turrialba region
The Turrialba region is surrounded by lush green forests and plantations and crowned with the 11,260 foot Irazú Volcano. But the real family fun lies on the rolling rapids of the Pejibaye River where you will enjoy some of the best whitewater rafting in the country. Agriculture is the principal industry - Arabica coffee, sugarcane and macadamia nuts abound. Turrialba is the only place allowed to produce the popular Costa Rican cheese that shares the name 'Turrialba'.
Visit Irazú Volcano National Park
Basílica de los Ángeles
Whitewater rafting on the Pejibaye River
Days 4 and 5 – Tortuguero, Caribbean Coast
The waterways and lagoons of Tortuguero are the most biologically diverse in all of Costa Rica. In fact, there are seven species of turtle alone! It’s home to the endangered sea turtle and during July and August, with any luck, your children will actually see them nesting on the beaches.
Adopt a green Atlantic sea turtle
Tortuguero National Park
Jungle boat expedition
Days 6 and 7 – Manuel Antonio, Pacific Coast
Even though Manuel Antonio is the smallest park in Costa Rica, it has the most extraordinary landscape with volcanic sand beaches and exotic islands. But the best seats for exploring this region are not on land – your family will zipline through the rain forest treetops for a bird’s-eye view you’ll never forget.
Zipline canopy tour
Friends Across Borders Meeting (pen pals)
Explore Manual Antonio National Park
Day 8 – Manuel Antonio / Jaco / San Jose
Jaco, best described as a beach destination and surfer paradise is located just south of San Jose and provides opportunity for plenty of fun family activities.
Day 9 – Depart San Jose / Arrive U.S.
Optional Community Service Extension
Have an extra week, and interested in community service?
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