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Family Trip to Costa Rica

Family vacations in Costa Rica is a wonderful experience for your children, surrounded by nature and where it is easy to see the animals in their natural habitat or rescued. Monkeys, sloths, toucans, hummingbirds, green frogs, red and blue, turtles, dolphins and a great variety that already owns 6% of the world's biodiversity. This could be the perfect opportunity to educate your children by teaching them to respect the natural environment and offer them the opportunity to explore a different country and another culture. Costa Rica offers unforgettable and fun family tours for both children and adults. Visit the National Park of Manuel Antonio, the Arenal National Park or La Fortuna Waterfall, the Cahuita National Park, Monteverde and its cloud forest. Take walks through forests and beaches, make adventure tours such as snorkelling, canopy, rafting, safari, horseback riding and many other activities. Travel with us and enjoy unique and unforgettable experiences in Costa Rica!

Family Trip to Costa Rica

Summary

Places to Visit:

➣ Cerro de la Muerte
➣ Uvita
➣ Manuel Antonio
➣ Monteverde  
➣ Arenal
➣ Caribe Sur
➣ Turrialba

Main attractions:

➣ Lots of wildlife (flora and fauna)
➣ Whales and Dolphins Tour
➣ Manuel Antonio National Park
➣ Hanging bridges in Monteverde Cloud Forest
➣ Arenal Volcano & hot springs
➣ Caribbean South beaches

Price: US $ 1,673 per adult person (price includes one child younger than 11 years old).
Could change depending on seasons.

This tour includes:

✓ Airport transfer - hotel and assistance
✓ 1 night at San Jose hotel
✓ 1 night at Cerro de la Muerta rural Lodge
✓ 2 nights at Uvita hotel
✓ 2 nights at Manuel Antonio hotel
✓ 2 nights at Monteverde hotel
✓ 2 nights at Arenal hotel
✓ 3 nights at Puerto Viejo hotel
✓ 1 night at Turrialba hotel
✓ Daily breakfast
✓ 4x4 Rented car
✓ Whales & dolphins Tour at Marino Ballena National Park
✓ Manuel Antonio National Park
✓ Hanging bridge Tour in Monteverde
✓ Service and hotel taxes
✓ Price US $ 1,673 per adult person (price includes one child younger than 11 years old). Could change depending on seasons.

This tour DOESN'T includes:

➣ Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
➣ Optional Tours
➣ Local and international calls
➣ Personal medical expenses
➣ Departure taxes (US$29 per person)
➣ Air tickets from and to Costa Rica

Travel Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO COSTA RICA
Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel in San José. Accommodation.

DAY 2: SAN JOSE – CERRO DE LA MUERTE
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to San Gerardo of Dota. Accommodation.

DAY 3: WALKING MORNING TOUR
This tour is ideal for families who love nature, it is a 4 km walk on a path through the cloud forest. We will observe the giant oaks as well as the observation of different species of birds, orchids, beautiful views and a beautiful waterfall.

Quetzal
Quetzal

Late departure to Uvita, Marino Ballena National Park. Accommodation.

DAY 4: WHALES & DOLPHINS TOUR
This the best option to see most of the Marino Ballena National Park. The Boat departs from Punta Uvita Beach and visits the famous Punta Uvita Whale’s Tail, Ballena Island, Tres Hermanas Islets and Ventana Sea Caves. During the tour we search for *Humpback Whales (sea seasons information below) and two different species of resident *Dolphins. When granted the opportunity you might see and hear the song of the Humpback Whales and or observe the acrobatic displays of the dolphins making this trip the best Whale watching tour of Costa Rica. Other species that are seeing occasionally during this are: Bryde’s Whales, Pilot whales, False Killer whales and other marine life. We also visit the coral and rock reefs to snorkel and observe the wonderful marine wildlife of the Ballena Marine Park. While cruising in the boat you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the coastline of Costa Ballena and observe the diversity of shore and pelagic birds nesting and roosting in the Islets of the park. During the trip our captain will take you to the caverns of Ventanas Beach where you can observe wonderful rocky formations and an amazing cavern that were carve by the ocean and tectonic movements during thousands of years.  This tour is very popular in Bahia Ballena and highly recommended for all the family visiting this side of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.

*The Humpback whales visit the Costa Rica waters and the Marino Ballena National Park between mid-July to October late (Southern Humpback Whales), and again in mid-December through late February (Northern Humpback Whales) as they migrate to and from feeding and mating grounds. The snorkelling is good only during the dry months (November late through June) due to visibility. The Bottle Nosed Dolphins and Pacific spotted Dolphins are regularly seeing year-round in the waters of the Ballena Marine Park. During the months with no whales this tour includes Dolphin encounter, snorkelling, bird watching, visit to the sea caves and one stop to a beautiful beach for relaxing an explore. Accommodation.

Humpback whale
Humpback whale

DAY 5: UVITA – MANUEL ANTONIO
Breakfast. Departure to Manuel Antonio in the Central Pacific. Accommodation.

DAY 6: MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK TOUR
Explore the pristine natural beauty of this world-famous national park filled with exotic wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, birds, reptiles and butterflies. Your picturesque 2-mile hike will take you to one of the beaches named most beautiful in the world by Forbes magazine. Experience the lush rainforest behind you, white sandy beaches below, and crystalline blue waters during this refreshing 20-minute beach stop. Have your camera ready, as your knowledgeable guide sets his trained eyes on diverse flora and fauna for you to capture along the way. Additionally, take advantage of the telescope’s guides are equipped with to make those images in your memories and photographs even crisper. Accommodation.

White-faced monkey
White-faced monkey

DAY 7: MANUEL ANTONIO – MONTEVERDE
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Monteverde Cloud Forest area. Accommodation.

DAY 8: HANGING BRIDGES TOUR
This tour is ideal for families who love nature but will leave the extreme thrills for another time, combining 3 activities to appreciate the biodiversity of Costa Rica. The treetop walkways provide the best way to safely admire the cloud forest canopy at your own pace. You will have the opportunity to appreciate a wide variety of flora and fauna of Monteverde and observe the endemic biodiversity of the cloud forest canopy which is not found anywhere else in the world. The hanging bridges provide the best vantage point to observe the beauty of the cloud forest in all its levels. We continue to the Butterfly Garden where you can see more than 30 different species of butterflies of different altitudes and climates found throughout Costa Rica. While enjoying the lush gardens and close contact with our large butterfly population, the guide will answer most questions regarding these beautiful creatures and their life cycles and individual habits. Finally, we will visit the Hummingbird Garden. We can observe more than 14 different species of hummingbirds, including some species that are not commonly seen. The relaxing atmosphere and the beautiful floral arrangements provide a perfect setting for lovers of natural photography. The hummingbird garden is also a perfect resting time or for a picnic. Accommodation.

Hanging bridges in Monteverde
Hanging bridges in Monteverde

DAY 9: MONTEVERDE – ARENAL
Breakfast. Departure to Arenal Volcano. Accommodation.

DAY 10: ARENAL
Arenal Volcano area is an exuberant destination, which combines adventure with nature. Among the activities you can enjoy are: Arenal Volcano National Park Tour, enjoy the relaxing hot springs, boat or kayak tour to Caño Negro Wetland where you can enjoy a variety of waterfowl, Hanging Bridges Tour, Cable Car with views to the imposing Volcano and Arenal Lake, Tour to the La Fortuna Waterfall, Rappel and Canyoning Tours, Low Level Hiking Tour, MTB Bike Tours with different routes and for all ages. Accommodation.

Arenal volcano
Arenal volcano

DAY 11: ARENAL – CARIBBEAN SOUTH
Breakfast. Departure to Puerto Viejo in the Caribbean South of Costa Rica. Accommodation.

DAY 12 – 13: CARIBBEAN SOUTH
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the stunning beaches. The South Caribbean zone is one of the most privileged areas of the country. It is possible to find a diversity of beaches, and the best thing is the proximity. Let yourself go and explore the varied Caribbean beaches of white sand or black sand if you prefer. Either if you are looking for strong emotions or if you just want to rest, let yourself be carried away by what this cosmopolitan area of Costa Rica offers you. Among the activities you can do are visit to the Gandoca Refuge - Manzanillo, visit to beaches such as Cahuita, Cocles, Punta Uva, Chiquita and Manzanillo, take a tour at Cahuita National Park with snorkelling activity. Accommodation.

DIA 14: CARIBE SUR – TURRIALBA
Breakfast. Departure to Turrialba. Accommodation.

In Turrialba, Hacienda Monte Claro is an agricultural and ecological family farm whose concern is to find a harmonious relationship between the human being and nature. Far from the major tourist spots, the place is part of the Talamanca Central Volcanic mountain range biological corridor and is an important site for local fauna and flora. Ecosystems and crops are mixed: coffee plantations, sugar cane, pastures and domestic animals (horses, cows, chickens, among others), rivers, forests and reforestation areas, forming biological corridors within the same farm, bringing together all the parts of forests and aquifers, thus facilitating the exchange between the flora and fauna present. You can see toucans, hawks, hummingbirds, morpho butterflies, anteaters, sloth bears, coyotes, jaguarondis, not to mention the world of insects.

Farm time at Monte Claro
Farm time at Monte Claro

DAY 15: RETURN
Breakfast. Departure to Juan Santamaria International Airport.

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