15 days departing SAN JOSE from

Style: Family
Destination: Costa Rica
Tour Code: PCO

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Trip Overview

Explore one of the world's greenest countries on this Costa Rica family holiday! Nestled between two great oceans where the continents meet, Costa Rica's natural beauty and abundant wildlife make for a holiday destination with a difference. Travel by boat deep into the remote Tortuguero National Park, fly through the treetops on a zip-line in Manuel Antonio National Park and relax in the thermal hot springs at Arenal. Take the family on an incredible adventure of discovery through this extremely beautiful country.

Included Highlights
  • Discover the abundant wildlife of Tortuguero by boat
  • Visit the famous Sloth Sanctuary
  • Dip your toes in both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean
  • Visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • Two lodge nights in Tortuguero National Park
  • Relax on idyllic sandy beaches including Cahuita
  • Enjoy a night walk in Tirimbina Biological Reserve
  • Take a dip in Arenal's hot springs
  • Spot monkeys, toucans and other tropical wildlife
  • Guided walks including Manuel Antonio National Park
  • National parks and nature reserves: Tortuguero, Cahuita, Tirimbina Biological Reserve, Arenal Volcano & Manuel Antonio
Guaranteed departures

All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 12 hotel nights in twin share accommodation with swimming pools + 2 nights jungle lodge.
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 2 dinners
Guided: Services of a professional bi-lingual tour leader
Group size: Maximum 16
Age range: 5+ (10% Child discount 5-16 years)

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Snorkelling tour - Manuel Antonio US$60-$75
  • Sea kayaking - Manuel Antonio US$55-$65
  • Sky Tram gondola - Arenal US$45
  • Sky Tram night tour with canopy sky trek - Arenal US$70
  • Horseback riding - Manuel Antonio US$60-$75
  • Damas River boat tour - Manuel Antonio US$55-$65
  • White-water rafting (Class II-III) - Sarapiqui US$46
  • Chocolate tour - Sarapiqui US$27
  • Safari floating tour (Class I) - Sarapiqui US$46
  • Canopy tour - Sarapiqui US$46
  • La Selva Biological Reserve - Sarapiqui US$34
  • Sky Trek zip lines - Arenal US$77
  • Catamaran Adventure - Manuel Antonio US$74

Day 1-2: San Jose

Spend your first day settling into Costa Rica's capital before meeting your group leader and travelling companions on day two when you'll embark on a guided tour of all the main sights, including the National Museum, INBio Park and the volcanic coffee plantations of the Doka Estate. These first two days in Costa Rica present the perfect introduction to both the wildlife and the landscapes of one of the world's most beautiful natural areas. INBio Park alone offers an incredible insight into a wide range of ecosystems including a database which contains collection records relating to over three million insects!
Accommodation: Two hotel nights | Meals: Breakfast (x1) included

Day 3-4: Tortuguero National Park

Journey through the canals of Tortuguero National Park until you finally reach your tranquil riverbank lodge deep in the heart of the Caribbean rainforest. The next couple of days will be spent exploring. You'll get to listen to the cries of Howler Monkeys and colourful toucans as well as finding out more about the nesting grounds of the Green, Hawksbill and Leatherback Turtles. Aside from the noisy neighbours and shuffling turtles Tortuguero is also home to almost all of Costa Rica's endangered animals, including manatees, jaguars, ocelots and some 300 species of bird.

NB: If you're visiting during the end of the summer through to October please remember to pack dark clothing as well as keeping flash photography down to a minimum as bright colours and lights can distract nesting Green Turtles. If in doubt, check with your guide.
Accommodation: Two nights in jungle lodge included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2), dinner (x2) included

Day 5-6: Cahuita

Cahuita is home to one of the country's most popular national parks, and is the perfect combination of beach life and jungle adventure. Spend your day's snorkelling in some of the most vibrant waters imaginable or simply relax on the forest-lined beaches. You'll also have the opportunity to visit Costa Rica's famous Sloth Sanctuary, and witness all the incredible work that goes into protecting these fascinating creatures.
Accommodation: Hotel included I Meals: Breakfast (x2)

Day 7-8: Sarapiqui

Home to a number of nature reserves and national parks your time spent here will be incredible. A night time walk in Tirimbina Biological Reserve will leave you all in a state of wonder as you discover native flora and fauna and cross over suspension bridges and see the jungle creatures at their most active.
Your time spent on the banks of the Puerto Viejo River is yours to do with as you wish and there are plenty of optional activities, such as river-rafting, boat trips and jungle hikes, to help you make the most of your day. As with all activities, the most stringent safety checks have been put in place and, as such, optional river-rafting has been deemed as an activity for the over 12's. An excellent alternative for young families can be found in an optional boat trip where you'll venture along the Pacuare River in search of exotic animals peering out from within the abundant lush foliage.
Accommodation: Two hotel nights | Meals: Breakfast (x2) included

Day 9-10: Arenal Volcano National Park

The chance to wander through the cloud forests and volcanic slopes of Arenal Volcano National Park is quite an exceptional experience and if you're looking for hot springs, waterfalls and the occasional flash of a hummingbird, then the next two days will no doubt stay with you for years to come. Arenal is a classic conical-shaped volcano that towers over 5,000ft above the fertile countryside and presents an excellent opportunity for young volcanologists to get up close to an active example that will prove to be much more exciting than any text book. Further optional activities can be undertaken in the afternoon of day 10 with the chance to visit Cano Negro wildlife refuge always proving popular with families.
Accommodation: Two hotel nights | Meals: Breakfast (x2) included

Day 11-13: Manuel Antonio National Park

Head south on the Pan-American Highway, following mangroves, plantations and windswept beaches, until you reach Quepos and the gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park. The next three days will allow you to really investigate this stretch of the Pacific Coast with guided walks and plenty of free time. Even though Manuel Antonio National Park is the smallest of Costa Rica's national parks it's by no means lacking in the natural beauty stakes and, with a broad range of white sand beaches leading down from lush green forest-covered mountain slopes, it will come as no surprise to learn that it's considered to hold some of the most impressive landscapes on the planet. Manuel Antonio is also renowned for its hugely diverse range of wildlife with numerous species of: sloth, monkey, iguana and bird calling the boundaries their home. Spend the whole of day 13 relaxing on the beach with the family, or optional activities.
Accommodation: Three hotel nights | Meals: Breakfast (x3) included

Day 14-15: San Jose

Guided rainforest walks, Pacific highway views and the agricultural communities of Orotina and Atenas help you to retrace your steps northwards until finally your tour ends amongst the familiar colonial grandeur of Costa Rica's capital, San Jose. As there are no activities planned for your last day in San Jose, you're free to check out of your accommodation at any time after breakfast. If you're still hankering for some sightseeing or last-minute souvenir hunting then luggage storage is available.
Accommodation: One hotel night | Meals: Breakfast (x2) included

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Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.

Children 16 years and under will receive a 10% discount off the published prices below. This will be deducted on the payment confirmation page. The minimum age on this tour is 7 years.

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Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

San Jose Sabana Hotel


Awarded Trip Advisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence, this hotel offers comfortable rooms with large screen TV's, free wi-fi & calls and room safe.

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