A fantastic action packed adventure, exploring the rainforests on foot, by horseback, cablecar, boat and raft. We check out volcano’s, sea kayak on the pacific coast and get the chance to see the amazing rainforest fauna and flora.
A great family holiday, enjoyed by all equally. Well paced and lots to do.
For this fantastic activity packed Costa Rica adventure we explore the central and north-eastern part of Costa Rica, taking in the canals and rainforest in the Tortugero National Park on the Caribbean coast, Sarapiqui – an adventurers dream, before heading off to the central pacific and the beautiful beach of Manuel Antonio. We will walk & boat through tropical rainforests; enjoy a fun river rafting adventure, canyoning and rapelling; check out the stunning Arenal volcano ; get a chance to view the rainforest from above and even spend half a day sea-kayaking. A perfect itinerary to allow you to experience Costa Rica, its flora and fauna at the same time as having a fun filled holiday. This is a great adventure and is ideal for families with children age 9 and above. If you have younger children, we can tailor a trip (without any rafting) to suit.
COSTA RICA FAMILY HOLIDAY ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival in San Jose
Arrive in San Jose at Juan Santamaría International airport where you will be met for your private transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: Tortuguero – Tortuguero National Park (B,L,D)
Early this morning you will take a land & boat transfer to Tortuguero. Stop for a Costa Rican style breakfast at Río Danta Restaurant in Guápiles. This afternoon, Depart by boat from the Lodge to a nearby private trail, adjacent to the Tortuguero National park, where you will enjoy a guided walk into the tropical rainforest on a safe & comfortable walking trail. On the way back to the lodge, we will stop at the village and invite you to join a walking tour of the Tortuguero town with your guide, tour around and continue walking by the beach back to the Lodge.
Day 3: Tortuguero – Mawamba Park (B,L,D)
This morning you can enjoy a boat trip on the canals before breakfast. This tour introduces you to the rich rainforest and its great array of wildlife. The early morning hours offer a great opportunity to witness the awakening in the forest. Enjoy a visit to the Mawamba park which offers some many free attractions like a butterfly garden, frogs and iguanas gardens. In the afternoon, embark on a canal boat tour for more opportunities to spot abundant wildlife.
Day 4: Siquirres – Sarapiqui (B,L)
Take the two hours boat & shuttle transfer to Siquirres. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then meet the driver for a transfer to Sarapiqui. Before arriving to the lodge enjoy a self-guided visit to La Tirimbina private reserve.
Day 5: Sarapiqui River Rafting (B,L)
Take a dose of adventure this morning on the half-day Sarapiqui river white water rafting (class II-III). Enjoy lunch after the tour. The Sarapiquí River is known as the scenic river of Costa Rica’s tropical rain forest, with 35 Kilometers through forest reserves, stunning views and full of enjoyment for all. This tour leaves at the Hacienda Facilities and runs 13 Km. Very safe with several accesses throughout the tour and constant communication with the base; it can be run year round. Minimum age: 9 years old.
Day 6: La Fortuna ffor Canyoning and Waterfall Rapelling (B,L)
This morning you will take a private transfer to La Fortuna. In the afternoon, prepare to get wet and experience adrenaline at maximum with the Canyoning & Waterfall Rapelling Adventure.
Canyoning & Waterfall Rapelling: Your trip begins with a 30-minute 4×4 drive into the tropical rainforest outside the town of La Fortuna, in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano. Then, we will trek through the forest on mystic trails that lead to some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Costa Rica, a place very few people get to experience. Along the way we will have the chance to discover the secrets that lie hidden deep within the canyon. From the first waterfall we will rappel down from the top into the beautiful and pristine canyon below.
We have 5 rappels, 4 of which are along side or right in waterfalls, and one dry rock face. Then a short trek out of the canyon on a magical trail, jump back in the 4×4 vehicles and head back to the base camp.
Day 7: Arenal Reserve (B,D)
Take a flight over the canopy of the rainforest on the Sky Tram & Sky Trek adventure. Sky Tram & Sky Trek: This tour will take you to the nearby Arenal Rainforest Reserve, where you will be able to appreciate a natural environment. The tour includes the ascent by cable car to the top of the Arenal Reserve, where you can see beautiful landscapes of the forest, lake and the volcano. On the way back you can choose to return on the tram or take the Sky Trek which is a secure system of trails and zip lines that offers visitors the opportunity to observe and appreciate the nature from different vantage points.
In the afternoon, take a moderate hike on the Arenal Volcano national park and relax at the hot springs afterwards.
Day 8: Manuel Antonio(B)
Prepare to enjoy the sun of the Central pacific, this morning you head to beautiful beach of Manuel Antonio. Enjoy a private horse riding tour en route at Eco Ranch. (Or if horse riding is not your thing, we can change it for a Crocodile Jungle Boat Safari).
Day 9: Kayaking (B,L)
Be ready to get wet at the ocean Kayaking adventure.
You will kayak for approximately 2 ½ hours (roundtrip), during your journey you will paddle past islands and inlets where you can observe and admire numerous marine aviary species and their nesting grounds. Partway through your route you will stop at a beautiful hidden bay to rest and enjoy a refreshing snack and to do some snorkeling. Water visibility varies depending on the season.
Kayaks are available in 1 passenger and 2-passenger format. Kids must be at least 8 years old to paddle alone. Sea kayaking is much easier than river kayaking; this Manuel Antonio tour does not require previous experience. Enjoy lunch or dinner as part of the tour.
Day 10: Manuel Antonio National Park (B)
This morning take a moderate hike on the Manuel Antonio National Park, we take natural trails that head to secret beaches and panoramic views of the park. The Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the most famous in Costa Rica due to its wide variety of flora and fauna specimens. The park itself boasts 3 different trails that vary in grade from flat to very steep. A nature guide who is knowledgeable about everything you will see will accompany you.
The trail you will take is flat and picturesque and loops through the park making your course approximately 2 miles long. Throughout the hike your guide will stop and explain the different nature specimens that can be observed, you can take photographs or just admire the view. One of the highlights of this Manuel Antonio tour is that the park is home to 3 of the 4 existing monkey species in Costa Rica. Throughout the hike you will be able to observe sloths, birds and reptiles as well as admire orchids, butterflies and tropical.
Day 11-13:Manuel Antonio (B)
Manuel Antonio, time can be spent at leisure here.
Day 14: Flight Home
Enjoy of the morning at your leisure. Take a private transfer to San José in the afternoon.
Overnight at Ramada Plaza Herradura. (Superior room)
End of trip – transfer to airport in time for your journey home.
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A great multi-centre holiday staying in boutique eco-lodges and managing to see a wide variant of local flora and fauna in a non-intrusive way.
Very good, very well organised, we were always collected as expected, the intinerary was reasonably accurate and detailed, we were able to do all the activities requested and all but one was what we had hoped for or better than expected. All the guides/ transfers were very punctual, polite, helpful and friendly.
Well, we are back from our most fantastic holiday!!! ThankYOU so much for all your help and advice. All the connections/ hotels / tours were all seamlessly arranged, car hire easy. We loved the country and animals and it was a great location for our first Pioneer Expeditions holiday...the first of many to come I hope, as we have the wander lust now!
A great family holiday, enjoyed by all equally. Well paced and lots to do.
Very impressed with the organisation of the holiday - The Guides were all excellent - and went out of their way to accommodate any requests to stop en route for coffee, toilets or shopping. All very knowledgeable and proud of their Country. All in all a very successful holiday and I am sure that we will be using your services again in the future. Thank You.
We were after a family holiday of a lifetime and we weren't disappointed. There was something to suit all of us. the trip ran like clockwork: pozo azul, Buenaventura, zip lining - all highlights