A Family Adventure in Costa Rica
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Discover the rainforests, cloud forests, and tropical coastlines of Costa Rica on this adventurous 14-night family itinerary. Begin by exploring the mystical canals of Tortuguero on the Caribbean coastline, before enjoying a stay at the renowned Pacuare Lodge, where you will arrive by white-water raft. Next, you'll visit the famed Arenal National Park where you can bathe in the region's natural hot springs, after which you'll ascend to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve for unique wildlife discoveries. Conclude your itinerary at a boutique beach resort on Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula on its Pacific Ocean coastline. 

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Itinerary includes:
  • International & domestic flights
  • Transfers between the hotels and airports
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 1 night at the 4-star Hotel Grano de Oro
  • 2 nights at the 4-star Tortuga Lodge & Gardens
  • 3 nights at the 5-star Pacuare Lodge
  • 2 nights at the 5-star Springs Resort & Spa
  • 2 nights at the 4-star Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
  • 4 nights at the 4-star Hotel Nantipa
Day 1
Fly from UK to San Jose

Upon arrival in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, you'll be transported by private car transfer to the first accommodation on your itinerary. 

Day 1-2
1 night at Hotel Grano de Oro

Built at the turn of the twentieth century and once a private family residence, Hotel Grano de Oro is a luxury heritage hotel offering a selection of rooms and suites on a quiet street in San Jose. As well as being just a short walk from a variety of shops and restaurants, the hotel features its own restaurant, rooftop terrace, and an on-site masseuse.

Day 2
Road transfer from San Jose to Tortuguero

In the morning, your driver will collect you from the hotel for the scenic drive to Tortuguero. With a journey time of between three and four hours, the drive will enable you to enjoy panoramic views as you pass through Braulio Carrillo National Park, 95% of which consists of primary rainforest. You will stop en route in the town of Guapiles for a typical Costa Rican breakfast before continuing to the pier for your boat journey to Tortuguero.

Day 2
Boat from Tortuguero to Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

Embark on a captivating boat transfer through Tortuguero's enchanting wetland scenery to your next accommodation: Tortuga Lodge & Gardens.

Day 2-4
2 nights at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

Situated on Costa Rica's Caribbean coastline, Tortuga Lodge & Gardens is a river lodge designed to blend in seamlessly with the tropical natural surroundings. The property boasts its own private nature reserve, a selection of spacious rooms, suites and villas, and a restaurant serving a range of fresh, local dishes, including a plant-based menu. 

Day 2-3
Kayaking the Canals of Tortuguero & Natural History Boat Excursion

Embark on a two-hour kayaking adventure with an expert guide through the tropical canals of Tortuguero, traversing its winding backwater creeks and lagoons. The slim natural canals of Caño Chiquero or Caño Mora only accommodate for non-motorised boats, meaning that there are more opportunities to spot the native wildlife, including otters, manatees and freshwater crustaceans. 

The following day, you'll venture out on a three-hour natural history boat tour with a naturalist guide into the remotest areas of the national park, where you'll be able to spot some of its oldest inhabiting species from howler monkeys and Northern Jacana waterfowl to caiman and otters.

Day 4
Boat from Tortuga Lodge & Gardens to Tortuguero

Depart the lodge in the morning, returning to the pier with a scenic boat transfer. After disembarking, meet a representative for a short land transfer to Pacuare Lodge's pier for your experiential arrival to the lodge.

Day 4
White-water Rafting to Pacuare Lodge

Due to its rainforest location and goal of sustainability, there are no roads in or around the lodge; there's only one way in, and that's by plunging into one of the region's best white-water rivers. Start your stay at the lodge by rafting through the rushing waters of the Pacuare River; as well as testing your skills against the strength of the river, this unique transfer allows for a real inside view of the rainforest, from tumbling waterfalls to rare species of butterfly.

Day 4-7
3 nights at Pacuare Lodge

One of National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World, Pacuare Lodge is a luxury eco-hotel beautifully situated on the white-water Pacuare River. With only 20 suites, the lodge offers a wealth of activities on the river and within the rainforest, including canyoning, birdwatching tours, and white-water rafting.

Day 5-6
Canopy Walk, Canyoning & Kayaking

Adventure is in abundance during your stay at Pacuare Lodge; begin with a two-hour canopy adventure in Pacuare's private reserve, where you will zip from tree to tree on platforms within the treetops. Next, you'll head into El Tesorito Creek for an exhilarating canyoning experience which will see you rock climbing, rappelling, and hiking.

The following day, you will head back to the Pacuare River for a relaxed kayaking excursion in one of the lodge's 'duckies', an inflatable kayak. 

Day 7
Road transfer from Pacuare Lodge to The Springs Resort & Spa

After white-water rafting back to the pier, you'll be met by your private driver and escorted to the next accommodation on your itinerary in Arenal National Park. 

Day 7-9
2 nights at The Springs Resort & Spa

With its own hot and cold springs, The Springs Resort & Spa is a luxury resort situated within the Arenal Valley, boasting five restaurants, four bars, spacious accommodation, an adventure centre, and a spa.

Day 7-8
Hot Springs & Private Nature Floating Safari

Spend a day visiting the resort's natural hot and cold springs that the Arenal region is famous for, as well as the resort's swimming pools surrounded by tropical greenery; some enjoy views over the Arenal Volcano. The following day, you'll embark on a private nature floating safari on the Peñas Blancas River, where you'll be able to glimpse sightings of various species of monkey, sloths, turtles, caimans, as well as a plethora of exotic birdlife. At the end of the boat ride you can visit a small family ranch to enjoy some local gastronomy, followed by a private cooking class with tortilla and chilera, a traditional hot sauce consisting of vegetables, fruit, hot chilli pepper, and spices preserved in vinegar. 

Day 9
Road transfer from Arenal to Monteverde

A private car will collect you from the hotel in the morning and transfer you to the shoreline of beautiful Lake Arenal, where a covered boat will be waiting to take you across the lake. Enjoy a scenic boat ride across Lake Arenal, enjoying views of the Arenal Volcano's majestic peak, to Rio Chiquito, where you will be transferred to Monteverde in a 4x4 vehicle.

Day 9-11
2 nights at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

Set within a cloud forest, Monteverde Lodge & Gardens is an intimate hotel comprised of 28 guest rooms nestled within designer gardens. The hotel features its own restaurant using locally-sourced ingredients, is walking distance into downtown Monteverde, and offers a wealth of experiences including chocolate tours, cloud forest excursions, and ziplining. 

Day 9-10
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Exploration

Begin your stay with a night tour of Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with an expert guide, providing the opportunity to spot everything from frogs and snakes to armadillos and sloths. The next day, you'll venture again to the cloud forest, exploring both the recovered secondary forest and primary forest. You'll find that the lower half of the reserve has a warmer climate, and is home to a fascinating natural drainage network and a small waterfall. Opt for a longer hike and you will stumble across the Continental Divide hidden amongst the dwarf forests.

Day 11
Road transfer from Monteverde to Santa Teresa

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before meeting your driver for a road transfer to Santa Teresa, a peaceful town in Costa Rica's Puntarenas province along the Pacific Ocean coastline.

Day 11-15
4 nights at Hotel Nantipa

Situated on Costa Rica's Pacific coastline, Hotel Nantipa is a luxury beach resort comprised of a collection of boutique suites and bungalows, each decorated in contemporary decor. From dedicated wellness experiences and surfing lessons to hikes into Cabo Blanco National Park, there is plenty to do at the resort. 

Day 12-14
Nicoya Peninsula

Your time at Hotel Nantipa is yours to do as you please. A premier surfing destination, opt to take surfing lessons on Playa Carmen or Playa Hermosa, or take a boat tour to Tortuga Island, known for its palm-fringed beaches and excellent snorkelling. Those looking to head inland can embark on a hike in the Curu Wildlife Refuge, where you can spot species including howler monkeys, white-faced capuchins and scarlet macaws.

Day 15-16
Fly from Tambor to San Jose

You will be transferred to Tambor Airstrip in a private vehicle for your domestic flight back to San Jose, where you will connect for your international flight to the UK.

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Itinerary includes:
  • International & domestic flights
  • Transfers between the hotels and airports
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 1 night at the 4-star Hotel Grano de Oro
  • 2 nights at the 4-star Tortuga Lodge & Gardens
  • 3 nights at the 5-star Pacuare Lodge
  • 2 nights at the 5-star Springs Resort & Spa
  • 2 nights at the 4-star Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
  • 4 nights at the 4-star Hotel Nantipa
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