Family adventure in the land of green gold!


Trip description

Summary of your trip:

A family itinerary designed to let you and your little ones explore the wonders of this little green paradise. This trip has something for everyone : activities, nature, adventure & relaxation. Take a boat ride down Tortuguero’s enchanting  canals, relax on the stunning Pacific coast and discover Costa Rica’s famous volcanoes. Get ready for the Pura Vida lifestyle !

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TERRA CARIBEA COSTA RICA


14 days

From : €1,850*

Day 1: Juan Santamaria Airport - Alajuela

Day 2: San José - Tortuguero National Park

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park

Day 4: Tortuguero National Park - Guapiles - Arenal Volcano

Day 5: Arenal Volcano

Day 6: Arenal Volcano - Volcano Tenorio

Day 7: Tenorio Volcano

Day 8: Tenorio Volcano - Samara

Day 9: Samara

Day 10: Samara - Monteverde Reserve

Day 11: Monteverde Reserve

Day 12: Monteverde Reserve - Manuel Antonio

Day 13: Manuel Antonio National Park - Manuel Antonio

Day 14: Manuel Antonio - Juan Santamaria Airport

Day 1 : Juan Santamaria Airport - Alajuela

Culture en terrasse dans la région de Alajuela. ©Olaf Speier / Shutterstock.com


Welcome to Costa Rica!

Your driver will be waiting for you at the Juan Santamaria International Airport, near San José, 1,150 meters above sea level in the heart of the Central Valley, to take you to your hotel.

Overnight at the Casa Primo Hotel.

Standard room.

Included: private transportation, room & breakfast.




Day 2 : San José - Tortuguero National Park

Rainette aux yeux rouges, parc national de Tortuguero ©Chriss73 - iStockphoto


The little Amazon of Costa Rica

Early in the morning, departure in grouped service to the unmissable Tortuguero region on the Caribbean coast.

On the way, you will first cross the lush Braulio Carrillo Park covered with a thick tropical rainforest and torrential rains, before going along the banana plantations of which Costa Rica is one of the first exporters in the world. It is at Caño Blanco or La Pavona, depending on the water level, that you will board a motorboat to sail between the tropical flora and fauna to the lodge.

In the afternoon you can enjoy the gardens and swimming pool or visit the Caribbean village of Tortuguero.

Info 1: Transfers in grouped service.

Info 2: possibility to go to Tortuguero by plane - please contact us.

Night and full board at Evergreen lodge.

Standard room.

Included: dinner (drinks not included), local English speaking guide, lunch (drinks not included), room & breakfast, transport in group service.




Day 3 : Tortuguero National Park

Bébé tortue rejoignant la mer. ©DeLoyd Huenink - shutterstock.com


The little Amazon of Costa Rica

In the morning or afternoon (schedule to be confirmed on site), departure for the canals of Tortuguero National Park. This large water park is entirely made up of canals and lagoons in the middle of an impressive jungle, to which it owes its nickname of "Costa Rica's Amazon".

It is thus through this unique and extraordinary network of canals, rivers and marshes in the heart of the jungle, that you will leave with your guide to discover caimans, toucans, turtles, howler monkeys, parrots, sloths, iguanas and multicoloured birds.

During the rest of the day, you can enjoy the lodge's swimming pool and trails, or activities departing from the lodge (not included, to be booked on site).

Info: possibility to observe turtle nesting at night (from July to October) - please contact us.

Night and full board at Evergreen Lodge.

Standard room.

Included: dinner (excluding drinks) , excursion (group service) , local English speaking guide , lunch (excluding drinks) , room & breakfast , entrance(s) to the site(s) mentioned in the program.




Day 4 : Tortuguero National Park - Guapiles - Arenal Volcano

Volcan Arenal. ©ICT (Institut Costaricien de Tourisme)


Transport from Tortuguero to Guápiles

In the morning after breakfast, you will sail to the landing stage of Caño Blanco or La Pavona depending on the water level, before heading back to Guápiles.

Info: Lunch included in Guápiles.

Pick up of your rental car

Info: you will find in the "other services" part of your quotation, all the information concerning your vehicle.

Road from Guapiles to Arenal.

Continuation by vehicle to reach the region of La Fortuna and the majestic Arenal volcano (1,635 metres).

Approximate driving time: 2 hours 30.

Night at Arenal Observatory Lodge.

Smithsonian Room.

Enjoy the guided morning hike included on the lodge's trails.

Includes: lunch (excluding drinks), group transportation, car rental, room & breakfast.




Day 5 : Arenal Volcano

Sources thermales de Tabacon dans le Parc National du Volcan Arenal. ©Pietro Canali


Visit of the Asis Foundation & volunteering

You will have the opportunity to explore the reserve with your guide to get to know each animal and its history. You'll learn why animal conservation is important, how it should be done and what impact you have while having fun with our friendly guides who will engage you and help you think about conservation in new ways. 

Then, you'll have the opportunity to learn how to prepare food to increase commitment, bring food to the animals, create fun and rewarding activities for them to improve the animals' daily routine, which will be the highlight of your visit.

Approximate duration: 3.5 hours.

Relaxation in the Baldi Spa

Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation and fun in the Baldi Spa. You will be able to take advantage of the various baths and swimming pools, waterfalls and slides. The warm waters come directly from the hot springs of the Arenal volcano without ever coming into contact with the magma.

Approximate duration: 4 hours.

Dinner included on site.

Overnight at Arenal Observatory Lodge.

Smithsonian Room.

Enjoy the guided morning hike included on the lodge's trails.

Includes: entrance(s) to site(s) mentioned in the program, excursion (group service), local guide, dinner, room & breakfast.




Day 6 : Arenal Volcano - Volcano Tenorio

©Lightphoto - iStockphoto


Road from Arenal to Tenorio.

Departure to the Miravalles (2,028 metres above sea level) and Tenorio (1,916 metres above sea level) volcanoes.

Approximate driving time: 2 hours.

Night at the Finca Mei Tai.

Family chalet with 2 bedrooms, terrace, dining room and outdoor kitchen.

Included: room & breakfast




Day 7 : Tenorio Volcano

Catarata Rio Celeste, parc national Tenorio. ©Karel Stipek - Shutterstock.com


Tenorio National Park

You will explore one of the most beautiful trails in the country between jungle, waterfalls and natural hot springs. You will have the opportunity to discover the Rio Celeste famous for its unreal turquoise blue colour (which intensifies with the reflection of the light rays) due to the minerals in its waters which contrast with the intense green of the tropical vegetation.

36 km long, the Rio Celeste originates at the meeting point of 2 rivers, crosses volcanic hot springs, sulphur springs, before forming a magnificent waterfall.

Approximate duration: 2 hours 30.

Night at the Finca Mei Tai.

Family cottage with 2 bedrooms, terrace, dining room and outdoor kitchen.

Included: entrance(s) to the site(s) mentioned in the program, room & breakfast.




Day 8 : Tenorio Volcano - Samara

Playa Samara ©Francesco R. Iacomino / Shutterstock.com


In the morning, departure for the Nicoya peninsula.

You will cross the Puente de la Amistad before reaching Nicoya, the administrative centre of the peninsula which lives at the rhythm of the comings and goings of campesinos (peasants) and cowboys. You will cross varied landscapes before reaching the small seaside resort of Samara.

Then, installation at the hotel near a beautiful white sand beach, ideal site for idleness or swimming in the turquoise waters of the Pacific.

Note : 3 to 4 hours drive approximately

Night at the Hotel El Pequeño Gecko Verde.

Family bungalow Tabacón with fully equipped kitchen.

Included: room & breakfast




Day 9 : Samara

©Nicolas LHULLIER


Free day to enjoy the beaches of the region.

Please consult us for the various aquatic activities not to be missed on site.

Night at the Hotel El Pequeño Gecko Verde.

Family bungalow Tabacón with fully equipped kitchen.

Included: room & breakfast




Day 10 : Samara - Monteverde Reserve

Campyloptère violet a Monteverde, Puntarenas. ©Bertola Jean-Guillaume - Shutterstock.com


Road from Samara to Monteverde.

Departure in the direction of the Monteverde region, whose reserve offers landscapes of alpine pastures in the heart of the Tilarán mountain range.

Approximate driving time: 3 hours and a half.

Night at the Hotel El Establo.

Family Suite.

Included: room & breakfast




Day 11 : Monteverde Reserve

Pont suspendu dans la forêt de Monteverde. ©MmeEmil - iStockphoto.com


Sensational zip lines and suspension bridges

Strong sensations guaranteed in complete safety. You will explore the treetops by zip-line, sliding along cables from one platform to another. It is a network of 18 platforms (with a total length of 5 km) built in the treetops.

You will then access a 3 km trail through the forest via suspension bridges over the canopy. You will safely enjoy a breathtaking view of the biodiversity while crossing 8 bridges (from 50 to 170 meters long)!

Approximate duration: 4 hours.

Info: for even more sensations, take the superman option!

Night at the hotel El Establo.

Family Suite.

Included: equipment rental, excursion (group service), room & breakfast.




Day 12 : Monteverde Reserve - Manuel Antonio

©Timurk - iStockphoto


Road from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio.

Departure for the Costa Rican Pacific coast.

Weather permitting, possibility to observe crocodiles on the Rio Tarcoles before reaching Manuel Antonio.

Note: Manuel Antonio National Park closed on Mondays.

Night at the Costa Verde Hotel.

Room Studio CVII.

Included: room & breakfast




Day 13 : Manuel Antonio National Park - Manuel Antonio

Plage du parc national Manuel Antonio. ©Guido Scheidt - AutoGyro America


Manuel Antonio National Park

Swimming in the crystal clear waters, relaxing on the sandy beaches, walking in the tropical vegetation...

The site is ideal for observing many animals such as sloth and squirrel monkeys.

Info: the park is closed on Mondays.

Night at the Costa Verde Hotel.

Room Studio CVII.

Included: entrance(s) to the site(s) mentioned in the program, room & breakfast.




Day 14 : Manuel Antonio - Juan Santamaria Airport

©Laurent BOSCHERO


Route from Manuel Antonio to San Jose.

Departure to the capital, San Jose.

Approximate driving time: 3 hours.

IMPORTANT: Depending on the schedule of your international flight, plan to spend the night in San Jose the night before departure.




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