Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

  • See Costa Rica’s wild cats at a rescue center established to help orphaned and wounded animals, including jaguars and ocelots.
  • Go floating and zip-lining through tropical forests, surrounded by an astonishing variety of wildlife.
  • Eat lunch in the National Theatre of Costa Rica, and have dinner in a tree house.
  • Kids have the opportunity to make new friends during a visit to a local school and a game of soccer.

Itinerary

Itinerary

From misty cloud forests to ancient volcanic landscapes fringed by jungle, Costa Rica brims with natural wonders. Encounter wildlife and wild places close up as we float, hike, and rappel on a fun-filled family adventure. Peer at white-faced capuchins, jaguars, howler monkeys, sloths, caimans, and toucans. Swing through the cloud forest canopy on a zip line and splash down the Corobicí River on a rafting trip. Immerse yourselves in local life on visits to a coco plantation, a rural village, and the lively markets of San José.

Day 1: San José, Costa Rica

Bienvenidos! Your tropical adventure begins! Meet fellow travelers and our expedition leaders—both “ticos,” or native Costa Ricans—at a lively welcome dinner.

Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:

Intercontinental San José

Day 2: San José/Monteverde

Explore the beauties of San José—from tropical fruit stands at the Mercado Central to the Teatro Nacional and the glittering Museum of Pre-Columbian Gold. After lunch in the central square, head north to the cloud forests of Monteverde. Go on a twilight forest walk as nocturnal creatures awaken.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:

El Establo or Hotel Fonda Vela

Day 3: Monteverde

Hike with a local expert through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Spot some of the 500-plus species of orchids, and look for wildlife such as howler monkeys, tapirs, sloths, snakes, and frogs, and colorful birds and butterflies. Visit the hanging bridges or opt to ride a zip line through the forest canopy. Have dinner tonight in a tree house.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:

El Establo or Hotel Fonda Vela

Day 4: Guanacaste

Head to Guanacaste Province, full of fast rivers, volcanic scenery, and deep canyons. Float on the Corobicí River through the tropical dry forest, keeping your eyes peeled for otters, crocodiles, monkeys, and large birds like storks, herons, and roseate spoonbills. See wild cats up close at the Las Pumas Rescue Center: jaguars, pumas, ocelots, or jaguarundis. Our home for the next three nights is hidden away on a “lost river” deep in a protected forest.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:

Rio Perdido

Day 5: Río Perdido

Spend the day on an excursion in and around the canyons of Río Blanco—a wild, arid landscape of hot springs and age-old rock formations. Go on an aerial adventure amid the forest canopy: clamber on canyon platforms, walk across hanging bridges, zip-line across the rushing river, and swing and hike through the treetops and canyons. After lunch, opt for a scenic hike with opportunities to swim in the river and soak in thermal pools.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:

Rio Perdido

Day 6: Colonia Libertad

Start the day at a sustainability-focused ranch, wander through an organic garden, and take a tractor-pulled cart ride among macadamia orchards, tropical flowers, and groves of cacao trees. Learn how cacao beans are transformed into finished chocolate. Spend the afternoon at Colonia Libertad, a farming community that maintains a traditional lifestyle closely connected to nature. Kids meet children from the local school, play soccer, and forge new friendships. Gather for a farewell dinner tonight.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:

Rio Perdido

Day 7: Liberia

Transfer to the airport in Liberia for your flight home this morning.

Meals Included:Breakfast

Extensions

Extensions

  • Costa Rica Family: Tortuguero Bay Extension
    4 days from $1,490
  • Costa Rica Family: Papagayo Bay Extension
    4 days from $2,490
  • Costa Rica Family: Arenal Extension
    4 days from $1,990
Costa Rica Family: Tortuguero Bay Extension

Begin your Costa Rica adventure in one of the country’s wildest and most remote places. Tortuguero National Park is a labyrinth of tropical lagoons just off the Caribbean coast—a place so remote, you can only get there by sea or air. Discover the park’s diverse wildlife on a kayak expedition and a boat safari, and learn about local conservationists’ efforts to protect the highly endangered green sea turtle.

Day 1: San Jose

Travel to San Jose and transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing at the hotel pool or exploring downtown San Jose with your family.

Accommodations:

Real InterContinental San José

Day 2: Tortuguero National Park

Fly over the jungle to Tortuguero National Park, a lowland tropical wet forest accessible only by plane or boat. Visit the Caribbean Conservation Corporation’s Green Turtle exhibit, where you’ll learn about the area’s important nesting programs. Your family will even have the opportunity to adopt an endangered green sea turtle! This afternoon, take to the water on a kayaking excursion through Tortuguero’s thick maze of lagoons and mangrove forests as you try to spot howler monkeys, iguanas, and caimans.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:

Aninga Hotel & Spa

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park

Embark on a boat safari along the winding rivers of Tortuguero National Park, home to 11 distinct wildlife habitats. Learn about the forest’s diverse species as we seek out animals like three-toed sloths, basilisk lizards, poison dart frogs, and three types of monkeys—spider, howler, and white-faced. The park is also home to more than 320 species of birds, including colorful toucans and parrots. This afternoon, spend some time unwinding at your lodge. Families traveling in August will have the incredible opportunity to seek out sea turtles laying their eggs after dark.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:

Aninga Hotel & Spa

Day 4: Tortuguero National Park/San Jose

After breakfast, enjoy one last boat excursion as we cruise out of Tortuguero National Park. Return to San Jose and join your fellow travelers from the main expedition for a welcome dinner this evening.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:

Aninga Hotel & Spa