Costa Rica Family Adventure Holiday
Costa Rica, Family, 14 days - from £1,595 (land only) - from €2,155 (land only) - from $2,790 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at group hotel San Jose. KE Land Only package services begin with a single timed transfer from the airport to the hotel. Overnight San Jose.
Day 2: This morning we travel (about 1hr 30mins from San Jose) to Poas Volcano National Park and see the impressive crater lake. Almost a mile diameter the sulphuric pools bubble and emit smoke. In the afternoon we visit the National Biodiversity Institute (INBio) centre and park, where we learn about environmental conservation and walk along the forested nature trails. Return to San Jose.
Day 3: After breakfast we depart for Tortuguero National Park. At our first stop we change transport in form of the boat that takes us along the river and then through the canals parallel to the coast and up into Tortuguero National Park. In the late afternoon we visit the village before relaxing at our lodge.
Day 4: Today we have a guided boat tour along the canals of Tortuguero. Tortuguero is one of the most important nestings sites for the green turtle. However there is more than the turtle in this diverse eco-system with a large variety of wildlife including monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas, sloths, turtles and over 300 species of birds. Overnight lodge, Tortuguero.
Day 5: We depart Tortuguero by boat navigating through the Rio La Suerte to the town of La Pavona (1hr 30mins), we then transfer by vehicle to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui through banana and pineapple plantations. On arrival we visit La Tirimbina natural reserve and learn all about where chocolate comes from and how it becomes our favourite treat. Overnight hotel in Sarpiqui
Day 6: This morning we go rafting on the Sarapiqui river. A fun wet ride, up to grade 3 rapids so totally suitable for the children. After drying off and some lunch we transfer to La Fortuna at the base of the magnificent and active Arenal Volcano. This evening we have an optional visit to the thermal hot springs. Overnight La Fortuna.
Day 7: Leaving La Fortuna we sail across Lake Arenal and then hop into our jeep and drive up to Monteverde Cloud Forest. This afternoon we climb into the tree canopy and enjoy the forest sounds and sights from the Sky Walk on hanging bridges. After this we visit the frog garden. Overnight Monteverde.
Day 8: We have another day in Monteverde where we can enjoy a range of activities in this special cloud forest. Overnight Monteverde.
Day 9: We depart Monteverde and drive to Manuel Antonio on the Pacific Coast. Enroute to the beach we cross the Tarcoles River where we can see the enormous crocodiles swimming around in the waters! On arrival at Manuel Antonio we check into our hotel and enjoy the swimming pool or the white sandy beach. Overnight Manuel Antonio
Day 10: This morning we visit the Manuel Antonio National Park. There are plenty of easy walking trails here with various wildlife including sloth, 4 monkey spices and plenty of iguanas, to mention a few. There are also some beautiful beaches which are great for snorkelling. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight Manuel Antonio.
Day 11: We have the morning at leisure to continue to enjoy this paradise. We then continue south down the Pacific coast to the beautiful beaches of Dominical. Here we visit the Hacienda Baru Eco Reserve and do the zip wire course, where we sweep through the trees from platform to platform - great fun! Overnight Dominical
Day 12: Today we trek on ponys and horses through the forest to the beautiful Nauyaca Falls. Here at these waterfalls we spend some time swimming and enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon we transfer to the Talamanca Mountains and overnight in a lodge.
Day 13: The forests here in the Talamanca mountains are home to the Resplendent Quetzal, a magnificent iridescent blue and green bird with a red breast and the longest most graceful tail. We walk through the forest to gain a sighting of this bird before we return in the vehicle to San Jose. Overnight San Jose.
Day 14: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. A single timed airport transfer is provided.