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Family Vacations
Quality Time
10 (Days / 9 Nights)

The right variety and sightseeing experience for any and all family members. The very best of Costa Rican wonders, wildlife, and the most desirable national parks and sea life - dolphins. At the end of the trip, a feeling that you have had an excellent quality time with your family.


Meet & greet at the airport
Arrival & Departure transfers
Private transportation between destinations
2 nts, Bougainvillea Hotel, Standard room  (B)
2 nts, Volcano Lodge, Superior room (B)
2 nts, Trapp Family Lodge, Superior room (B)
2 nts, Parador Hotel, Tropical room (B)
1 nt, Rodeo Country Inn, Superior room (B)
Shared Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Estate & La Paz Waterfall tour (L)
Shared Arenal Volcano & Ecotermales Hot Springs Tour (D)
Shared Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Tour (L)
Shared Sky Walk Tour
Shared Horseback riding tour
Shared Catamaran Coastal Adventure Tour (light L)

What to bring

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 - San Jose

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: Private Poas Volcano – Doka Coffee Tour & La Paz Waterfall Gardens (B-L)

To get to the different attractions included during this excursion we will drive by the city of Alajuela passing by the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria and the famous Mango Park.

As we ascend towards the Poás Volcano we will notice the change in temperature and vegetation; we will see coffee plantations as well as fern, flower and strawberry farms along the way, creating a beautiful landscape.

On the way to the volcano we will visit Doka Coffee Estate for a delicious breakfast and a coffee tour, in an actual coffee plantation where we will learn about the ancient techniques used by the experts to produce one of the best coffees in Costa Rica. Learn about the careful process involved on the cultivation, harvesting and roasting of the Golden Bean.

After the coffee tour we will continue to Poás Volcano where we will not only admire the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles, but also learn about the different ecosystems in this beautiful national park.

Following the visit to the volcano we will continue to La Paz Waterfall Garden for lunch and tour. On arrival to the La Paz, we will walk through a trail, leading to a spectacular waterfall in the middle of the rainforest. Inside the park we will also visit the hummingbird gallery, the serpentarium, the bird house, the butterfly garden and the frog’s exhibit.

The tour includes transportation, entrance fees, guide & lunch.

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

Day 03: San Jose – Arenal (B-D)

After breakfast, a representative from Costa Rican Trails will take you on private transfer to the Arenal area.

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.

In the afternoon - Shared Hike to Arenal Volcano & Ecotermales Hot Springs

The Arenal Volcano was active since 1968 and reduces its activity since November 2009. It continues ejecting gases and fumaroles. A short hike in one of the trails close to the volcano area will give us the chance to enjoy some forest and the activity around it.

At the Ecotermales hot springs, you can enjoy a healthy and relaxing soak. Includes: Transportation, naturalist guide, entrance fee to hot springs & dinner.

Includes: Transportation, naturalist guide, entrance fee to hot springs & dinner.

Overnight at the Hotel Volcano Lodge, Superior room, Breakfast included.

Day 04: Shared Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge (B-L)

A fascinating boat trip through a tropical wilderness, located in the North Atlantic lowland tropical forest. Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is considered to be one of the richest sites for birdwatchers in this continent. This shared /group tour includes: Transportation, entrance fee, lunch & bilingual guide

Overnight at the Hotel Volcano Lodge, Superior room, Breakfast included.

Day 05: Arenal – Monteverde (B)

Early in the morning, you will experience a private lake crossing transfer towards 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. The Monteverde 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.

In the afternoon, you will be picked up at the hotel to start your Sky Walk Tour.

Sky Walk is a system of trails and suspension bridges built within the Monteverde Cloud Forest that offers visitors the opportunity to observe and appreciate tropical forests from different vantage points.

Duration: Half day
Includes: Transportation, entrance fee & bilingual guide

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

Day 06: Horseback Ride (B)

Enjoy a wonderful horseback ride tour through different sceneries of Santa Elena area. You’ll pass through some secondary forest as well as open fields. Enjoy the beautiful mountain views, as well as the fresh clean mountain air!

Duration: 2 hours
Includes: Transportation, horses & guide.

Afternoon at leisure.

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

Day 07: Monteverde – Manuel Antonio (B)

After breakfast, a private transfer will be provided to the world famous Manuel Antonio.

Considered to be Costa Rica’s most beautiful, Manuel Antonio Park has enchanting white-sand beaches ideal for swimming, and tropical rainforest forest alive with wildlife. Watch for the monkeys and iguanas who share the park with you. Most hotels are small and intimate, set high on a hill overlooking the rain forest, endless beaches and the national park. Options abound here! Whether you are looking for a romantic honeymoon hideaway or an action-packed visit, this premier destination has the answer

Overnight at the Hotel Parador, Garden Plus room. Breakfast included.

Day 08: Shared Catamaran Coastal Adventure Tour (B - Light lunch)

Sail aboard the Tom Cat or the Spanish Dancer. Come aboard and see the many dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and birds of the Manuel Antonio Marine Preserve.   

The tour includes snorkeling equipment and a tour of the offshore islands.  We also stop for a leisurely swim at one of the white sand beaches and dive on the underwater reefs of the Manuel Antonio Marine Preserve. Enjoy a feast of fresh fruits, grilled fish brochettes, pasta salad, drinks and the finest hospitality. We offer your choice of a morning sail into the Manuel Antonio Marine Preserve or a sunset sail.


(*) Tour schedules:  May-Nov: 9am daily  / Dec.- Apr: 9am and 2pm daily

Includes: Transportation, bilingual guide, snorkeling equipment & light lunch.
Duration: Half day (AM or PM tours)


Overnight at the Hotel Parador, Garden Plus room. Breakfast included.

Day 09: Manuel Antonio - San Jose (B)

After lunch, a private transfer will be provided back to San Jose

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

Day 10: Departure (B)

Transfer will be provided to the International Airport

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