Overview & Highlights
An action-packed family trip visiting well-organised national parks. Explore on foot, by kayak or zip-line, with hissing volcanoes and steaming jungle, while Pacific beaches are enlivened by monkeys and parrots.
This compact country is bursting with an extraordinary diversity of landscapes, flora and fauna, and this family journey explores its well-organised national parks in an active way, with the children wowed by canoe trips, suspended bridges and a beachside camp where monkeys roam free.
Begin with a guided waterborne exploration of the Caribbean jungle channels and mangrove forests to see wildlife in the Tortuguero reserve. Later, scramble over hanging bridges suspended over waterfalls and forest and recover with a bathe in naturally heated thermal springs in the shadow of the picture-perfect Arenal Volcano. Move on to another wildlife experience in a Pacific-coast fixed safari camp, and end the holiday on the sunny beaches of popular resort at Manuel Antonio.
Costa Rica is one of the most peaceful and stable countries in the world: and the people are among the friendliest in Latin America. The comprehensive network of national parks with their extensive trails is always very accessible. In line with its love and respect for the great outdoors, Costa Rica also has been at the vanguard of adventure tourism, with lots of activities on offer from zip-lining to white-water rafting.
- Explore the canals and waterways of Tortugero National Park
- Discover the jungles of Arenal & Savegre
- Relax on the beaches of the Pacific coast
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Arrive in San José, transfer to hotel.
Drive and boat to Tortuguero Jungle Reserve.
Wildlife-spotting excursion and village visit in Tortuguero.
Fly and drive to Arenal volcano area.
Guided river rafting expedition.
Guided adventure to the hanging bridges.
Transfer to rainforest safari lodge, Savegre.
At leisure; optional activities
Transfer to Manuel Antonio on the Pacific coast.
Guided exploration of Manuel Antonio National Park.
Optional Midworld Adventure.
Transfer to San José airport for international flight home.
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Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
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Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
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