|from $2,895* per person||7 Days||June, July
Exertion level: 3
|Operator: Natural Habitat Adventures
14 people max
Join our top Expedition Leaders as we explore the wonders of the rainforest on a range of family-friendly adventures
Float down the Río Peñas Blancas in search of toucans, monkeys, sloths, frogs, crocodiles and tropical birds
Our exclusive small-group journeys to remote and exciting sights include two of Costa Rica’s most famous volcanoes
Costa Rica’s mountains, beaches, cloud forests and tropical rainforests offer families an unmatched natural destination for adventure. Wedged between two oceans and two continents, Costa Rica is home to some of the greatest biodiversity on earth: gigantic ferns, orchids, neon-billed toucans, three-toed sloths, monkeys, peccaries, crocodiles, iguanas and frogs, for starters. We encounter it from a variety of exciting approaches: rafting a lazy river, riding horseback through the jungle, flying through the forest on a zip-line and exploring on foot in the rainforest. Nature has never been so impressive, and your family has never had so much fun.
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Costa Rica, Central America
- This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
- May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.
- Family oriented trip.
Day 1: San José, Costa Rica
Arrive in San José and transfer to our hotel. We meet our Expedition Leader at an orientation dinner this evening.
Day 2: Poás Volcano / Sarapiquí
This morning we travel to Poás Volcano National Park, where we see smoke rise from vents in the earth, near a bubbling blue-green sulfur lake. Water is constantly seeping through cracks in the hot rock, building pockets of steam that rocket forth under pressure into explosive geysers. Later, we learn about bats at Tirimbina Rainforest Center. On a night walk into the forest we find the mist nets that scientists have erected to trap bats.
Day 3: Sarapiquí
The protected rainforest around Sarapiquí is an outstanding ecotourism destination. We learn about global efforts to conserve rainforests on a guided walk through La Selva, an international biological research station. During our short hike we may see monkeys, sloths, peccaries, iguanas and up to 400 different kinds of birds! This afternoon we experience the thrill of a jungle rafting excursion or horseback ride at Hacienda Pozo Azul, a working ranch that offers some of the best nature adventures in Costa Rica.
Day 4: Sarapiquí / Arenal
During the Chocolate Tour at Tirimbina Rainforest Center, we learn how the cacao bean is transformed into the locally made organic chocolates we have a chance to sample. Later, we drive to the Arenal area, stopping en route for lunch. This afternoon, we absorb the sensory stimuli of the jungle on a float trip down the Río Peñas Blancas. From our raft, we watch and listen for monkeys, parrots, toucans, sloths, iguanas, frogs, crocodiles, turtles and “Jesus Christ lizards” (they walk on water!) along the riverbanks. Overhead, the forest canopy is alive with the squawks and songs of an array of birds. We overnight across from the volcano at Arenal Observatory Lodge.
Day 5: Arenal
This morning, we explore the treetops on a canopy tour. A tram ride takes us 125 feet above the forest floor, moving slowly to experience the diverse life of the rainforest at varying levels. To descend, there are two choices: the Sky Trek canopy zip-line tour, zinging down a series of cables running between the mountains, or a more sedate return via the tram. (Minimum age for zip-line is eight years.) We finish the day with a soak in the hot springs, where a waterfall offers a natural massage.
Day 6: Arenal / San José
This morning, return to San José, where you will spend your final evening at Xandari Plantation Hotel. Those with beach extensions will travel on by road from Arenal to Costa Rica’s North-Pacific Riviera.
Day 7: San José / Home
Today we return home or continue on with our Tortuguero Extension.
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