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Family Vacations
Fun & Discovery
11 (Days / 10 Nights)

Costa Rica is one of the world's "greenest" countries: literally and figuratively. This little republic has an incredibly diverse population of plant and animal species, and a huge percentage of its acres are devoted to protected habitat. So a holiday here is a cultural and educational exploration that will appeal to every animal lover, nature photographer and budding environmentalist in the family. 


Meet & Greet at the airport.
Arrival & Departure transfers
Private transportation between destinations
Private driver-guide on day 2
1 nt / Bougainvillea Hotel / Standard room w/ A-C / B
2 nts / La Quinta de Sarapiqui / Superior room / B
2 nts / Volcano Lodge / Superior room w/ A-C/ B
2 nts / Trapp Family Lodge / Superior room / B
2 nts / Tamarindo Diria Hotel / Sunset room  / B
1 nt / Rodeo Country Inn/ Superior room / B
Rainforest Aerial Tram tour w/ private guide (L)
Shared Sarapiqui Floating (box lunch)
Shared Night tour at La Tirimbina
Shared Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour
Shared Children’s Eternal rainforest Tour
Shared Walkways, Hummingbirds & Butterfly Gardens Tour (L)

What to bring

Clothing: Costa Rica is a very informal and casual country. Formal attire is only used in the city of San Jose and on very special occasions (Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries) We recommend to bring a sweater for the highland areas, and light loose fitting shirts, pants or jeans, and shorts for the lowland areas. For the beach areas please dont forget to bring a hat or cap, sunscreen, and sun glasses. For the rainforest and the National Parks we recommend hiking boots, a small backpack, water bottle, pocket knife, flashlight, insect repellent, rainwear, and a pair of binoculars to observe animals.

Day 01: Arrival in San José

Meet and greet at the international airport and transfer to Bougainvillea for your first night in Costa Rica

Overnight at the Bougainvillea Hotel, Standard room. Breakfast included.

Day 02: San Jose - Rainforest Aerial Tram - Sarapiqui (B-L)

After breakfast, your private driver-guide will pick you up at the hotel and provide a private transfer to the Sarapiqui Area. Before arriving to Sarapiqui, you will have the opportunity to visit the Rainforest Aerial Tram.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to see a primary forest and its natural splendor at first hand. The open-air gondolas with canvas awnings seat 6 passengers and a naturalist guide.

We show our guests all the different layers of the rainforest, from the floor to the treetops. The canopy is home to an enormous amount of flora and fauna.

The Aerial Tram tour covers a distance of 2.6 kilometers through primary rainforest. The ride lasts about an hour and twenty minutes and travels at the leisurely pace of two kilometers per hour, allowing you the chance to fully explore this exciting part of the forest.

Includes: Transportation, naturalist guide, entrance fee & lunch.

After the tour, you will continue towards the Sarapiqui area.

Sarapiqui is one of the most diverse regions in Costa Rica, offering a mosaic of mountains, plains, volcanoes, lakes, rivers, forests, fruit farms and cattle ranches. Marked by a quaint tropical flavor, the region is lush and enjoys a balmy temperature year round.

Evening free to relax in the pool or take advantage of the hiking trails.

Overnight at La Quinta de Sarapiqui, Superior rooms w/ A-C. Breakfast included.

Day 03: Sarapiqui River class I-II, safari float trip (B-Box lunch)

The best safari  float trip exotic bird watching and varied flora, in a great and beautiful river in the jungle of Sarapiqui.

Two hours of pure nature, bird watching, surrounded by lush tropical jungle safari where our weapon observation is the camera view. Observation here vary, from exotic amphibians, lots of tropical birds, otters, fish, snakes, sloths, iguanas and a great variety of flora which make this trip an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the sounds of the rainforest and experience relaxing and pleasant to float slowly downstream paddling slowly with only the sounds of nature.

At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at the Selva Verde Hotel located in the Sarapiqui area.

Includes: Bilingual guides, transportation, professional equipment, tropical fruit & traditional lunch.

Duration:  3 hours approximately plus transportation.

Shared Night Tour (La Tirimbina)
Take a walk by the light of the moon and discover the wonders of the nighttime rainforest, when most wildlife species are active.
The Red-Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) and Web-Footed Frog (Rana vaillanti), nocturnal species, are common discoveries on Night Walks.
During this 2-hour walk, you will learn about the natural history of different rainforest species, with a focus on nocturnal species such as: frogs, insects, spiders, sloths, kinkajous, porcupines, opossums, and others, revealing a completely different perspective of the rainforest.  The Night Walk is offered from 7:30–9:30pm

Includes: Transportation, entrance fee & guide.

Overnight at La Quinta de Sarapiqui, Superior rooms w/ A-C. Breakfast included.

Day 04: Sarapiqui – Arenal (B)

After breakfast, you will continue your itinerary to the region of La Fortuna where is located the Arenal Volcano. You will stop on the way to appreciate hundreds of iguanas that love to have sunbath near the border of the road.

One of the most impressive volcanoes of the world, cloud forests, a lake world-famous for windsurfing and an incredibly diverse population of wildlife is what you will find in this area.

Arrival at mid-day. Time to relax and appreciate the silhouette of the Arenal Volcano

Overnight at Volcano Lodge Superior Room

Day 05: Shared Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour (B)

After breakfast, you will be collected at the hotel and taken to the Arenal Hanging Bridges facilities for your group tour. There, you will enjoy a hike along 15 different bridges from 5 to 100 meters long, friendly designed along 3 km rain forest circuit of interpretive trails. The bridges are built of aluminum, galvanized steel and concrete, to ensure maximum security for their visitors.

Guided by a naturalist guide, who through the natural history will open the doors to a fascinating and colorful Tropical Rain Forest world. The imposing vistas of the Volcano from the hanging bridges over the forest make a perfect combination for an unforgettable experience.

Overnight at Volcano Lodge. Superior room. Breakfast included.

Day 06: Arenal – Monteverde (B)

After breakfast, a representative from Costa Rican Trails will provide a private van transfer to the damn of the Arenal Lake. There, you will cross the lake by boat. On the other side of the lake, you will continue by road to the Monteverde area.

Monteverde was founded about 40 years ago by a small group of conservation-minded Quakers who were looking for a peaceful place to live. Its cloud forest reserve is one of the most outstanding wild life sanctuaries in the tropics. This high elevation rain forest offers miles of trails with excellent opportunities for bird watching. The resplendent Quetzal is often sighted up here (mostly January to July). It is for this reason that more visitors are attracted to this private reserve than to any other in Costa Rica.

Afternoon guided hike to the Children Eternal Rainforest.
Childrens Eternal Rain Forest of Costa Rica (Bosque Nuboso de Los Niños), is in a transition zone from pre-mountain wet forest to pre-mountain moist forest. Because of its location on the Pacific slope, elevation and humidity, Bajo del Tigre is a very different habitat from other rain forest reserves in the area. Thirty of the tree species in Bajo del Tigre are among those in the area that have recently been identified as new to science.

As part of your experience at Jaguar Canyon, you will be sharing the home of the sloth, white-faced monkey, agouti, coatimundi, kinkajou, margays, porcupine, hog-nosed skunk, fox, coyote, armadillo, and bats, plus a world of insects, butterflies, spiders, reptiles, frogs, snakes, and great bird watching.
In the Childrens Eternal Rain Forest (Bosque Nuboso Eterno de Los Niños), which contains over 50.000 acres; the largest private reserve in Central America some organizations carry out various projects related to research, education, protection, habitat rehabilitation and volunteering. Its mission is to conserve, preserve and rehabilitate tropical ecosystems and their biodiversity.

Includes: Transportation, guide & entrance fee.

Overnight at the Trapp Family Lodge, Superior room. Breakfast included.

Day 07: Shared Walkways, Butterfly Garden, Hummingbird Garden Tour (B-L)

Pick up at your hotel for this combination tour. These Tree Top Walkways are the best system of suspension bridges that exist in Costa Rica. The bridge system is located along a 1.7 mile trail designed to be walked by people of all ages and consists of 8 suspension bridges going 90% through primary cloud forest. In the Butterfly Garden you can observe more than 50 species of butterflies from different altitudes and climates on a guided tour. In the Hummingbird Garden the visitor can observe more than 14 species of hummingbirds surrounded by waterfalls and natural floral arrangements. After the tour you will have lunch at Selvatura’s restaurant.

Includes: Transportation, naturalist guide, entrance fee & lunch.

Overnight at the Trapp Family Lodge, Superior room. Breakfast included

Day 08: Monteverde – Tamarindo (B)

After breakfast, you will be driven under private basis to Tamarindo beach.

Both nature and beach lovers will find plenty here to fill their days. Tamarindo is famous for its stunning beaches, its marine national park and wildlife refuge. This area encompasses beaches that attract one of the largest leatherback turtle populations in the world. Peak nesting seasons in the area are November through February. Due to its constant waves, it is also one of the favorite places for surfers

Overnight at the Hotel Tamarindo Diria, Sunset Ocean room, Breakfast included.

Day 09: Tamarindo (B)

Day at leisure to rest and explore surrounding areas.

Overnight at the Hotel Tamarindo Diria, Sunset Ocean room,  Breakfast included

Day 10: Tamarindo - San Jose (B)

After lunch, a representative from Costa Rican Trails will provide a private transfer back to San Jose.

Overnight at the Rodeo Country Inn, Superior room. Breakfast included.

Day 11: Departure (B)

Transfer will be provided for your flight home

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