Costa Rica: Family Adventure

Departures: Costa Rica

Costa Rica Family Adventure

Costa Rica has long been a haven for travelers who love nature, adventure and wildlife. This small country, with its high percentage of conservation and natural protected areas, harbors 5 percent of Earth’s biodiversity and is recognized as a pioneer in sustainable eco-tourism. Costa Rica is also known for its very friendly locals or Ticos, who are delighted to welcome travelers to their home. This makes Costa Rica an ideal place for families who want to experience the natural world and immerse themselves in local traditions, custom and language – the perfect combination for anyone wanting to try out their Spanish abroad!

Beneficiary

We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit the communities we visit. For this trip, our donation will go to a non-profit organization we support that is having a very positive impact around the world: DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS—a humanitarian-aid organization that provides ongoing emergency medical aid around the world.

Pricing

Starting at $4690 per adult, $1890 for children ages 5-11*

For more information and to get started, contact us at How to Book.

Itinerary

Year-round

7 Days, 6 Nights

Day 1

Arrive Costa Rica – Monteverde

Arrive in Liberia and transfer to your accommodations in Monteverde a 3 hour drive away. Your driver/guide, a bilingual naturalist, will spend the next four days with you, providing insight on the plant and animal life of Costa Rica and sharing his/her culture.

After check-in, relax before you enjoy a welcome dinner.

Day 2

Monteverde

Morning visit to a coffee plantation that uses sustainable farming methods. You’ll connect with the local farming life, or “finca” as farms are called in Costa Rica. Afterwards, take a cooking class in Spanish! You’ll learn how to prepare a local meal and then savor the fruits of your labor.

Afternoon hike with your guide through the Aguti Reserve, part of the great conservation complex that includes the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Learn about the symbiotic relationships between plants and insects, animals and seeds, trees and birds as you walk through this beautiful reserve.

Day 3

Monteverde

Morning hike in the cloud forest along a trail with suspension bridges through and above the tree tops. Appreciate the wide variety of the flora and fauna found in Monteverde and observe the endemic biodiversity of the cloud forest canopy. After the walk, visit the insect exhibit and butterfly farm.

Afternoon walk in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve – one of the premier natural history destinations in Costa Rica. The forest is dominated by trees densely covered with mats of small plants known as epiphytes that include mosses, lichens, orchids, ferns and bromeliads. On your walk you may encounter monkeys, coatimundis, agoutis and numerous bird species such as Toucanets and Chlorophonias.

Day 4

Monteverde – Playa Panama

Morning transfer to Playa Panama, on the west coast of Costa Rica. Your driver/guide will make a stop at a school along the way, where your children can play games and talk with the local students.

Afternoon hike with your guide in Rincón de la Vieja National Park, where you’ll walk in a dry tropical forest. Spot the guaria morada orchid, some ancient trees and watch for wildlife – the park is home to about three hundred bird species, many butterflies, and mammals.

Arrive at your hotel in Playa Panama. Rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 5

Playa Panama

This morning take a 2 hour stand-up paddle board tour. Easily paddle on the bay, where you can enjoy the water and experience Costa Rica’s rich sea life. As you paddle, your guide will help you understand the area and ecosystem.

Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the beach! Your children may want to enjoy Kid’s Club activities for the afternoon.

Day 6

Playa Panama

Enjoy a day at leisure to spend time at the beach and relax! Or, for an exciting way to experience Costa Rica’s forests, take an optional zipline tour, cost additional, in the Rincon de La Vieja tropical forest.

Day 7

Playa Panama – Home

Say adios to Costa Rica! Transfer to the airport in Liberia for your flights home.

Extend YOUR STAY

Extend your stay in Costa Rica with a visit to stunning Arenal, a region offering natural beauty, amazing wildlife and plenty of outdoor activities. Or ask us about other wonderful Costa Rican spots to add on!

For pricing and hotel information, contact us at How to Book. The specifics of this itinerary are subject to change based on local conditions at the discretion of Ponte Travels.

• Rates shown are per person, double occupancy. Airfare not included.