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San Jose – POAS – MUELLE – RIO CELESTE 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS
A country epitomised by its peace loving passivism, resulting in no hunting and no army! Which consequently has contributed to the countries 96% literacy rate, whilst boasting 5% of the worlds biodiversity despite only amounting for less than .03% of the worlds land mass. But enough of the numbers… brace yourselves for an epic adventure of towering volcanoes & bubbling hot springs! Because you’re about to see the country the Tico (local) way, as you discover what the real power of the coffee bean can do for a culture.
Arrival airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose.
Departure airport: Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) in Liberia.
9 Nights accommodation typically 4* hotels
English speaking local guide & childcare staff
All activities per itinerary
9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Full financial protection
Average of 3 to 5 families per trip
3 evenings of babysitting
Day 1 – Pura Vida
Welcome to Costa Rica, an eco-friendly haven that boasts the ‘pure life’ (pura vida) – The essential phrase to learn in response to any greeting or question – Costa Rica simmers in a calm and collected positivity that’s truly infectious, so get ready to soak it all up.
Once you touch down, you’ll be picked-up. Your driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel in downtown San Jose. Get your bearings and tread the town, explore the local attractions; museums, theaters and markets. You’ll later catch up with your fellow two point four travellers over dinner and a cocktail made from locally sourced, fresh ingredients.
Day 2 – From Farm to Table
After a long trip to this tropical country, you’ll start the day with a well-deserved lie-in, followed by a guided tour of the city from our local ‘know-it-all’. Jump straight into the culinary culture of Costa Rica with a local lunch of Casado (rice, beans, salad, meat/Chicken/Fish, Picadillos and a natural drink), chased with the renowned ¨Helado de sorbetera¨ (a local ice cream) from the Central Market.
Venture out, for a break away from the city, to the small town life of San Antonio de Escazú. Perched on the hills above the San Jose Valley, you’ll learn the local permaculture technique used to cultivate the land without causing lasting effects to the environment and paint your very own masquerades with a touch of the countries history – soaked in colour. Connect with the agriculture and feed the animals, before they feed you for dinner at a farm to table restaurant… gulp!
Day 3 – Walk the Wildlife
Start your day with a breakfast of quest makers as we head off to the Poas Area, making a memorable stop at the Braulio Carrillo National Park.
The high-flyers (and those old enough) amongst you will zip line your way through the jungle, balancing on hanging bridges amongst the tall treetops. Our little explorers will aerial tram their way down to meet you at the butterfly garden with an abundance of kid-friendly activities.
Back together again, re-charge your sense of adventure with a tasty tico lunch before spending the afternoon in a self-guided nature walk of the surrounding area.
Day 4 – Isn’t it Magma-nificent!?
Brave close-encounters with passageways to the earth’s crust as we head out to the Poas Volcano National Park. Home to one of the wildest active craters of any volcano in the world and ironically, some of the most diverse bio-life too. Our local bilingual tour guide will lead you to the best views of the Central Valley, whilst seeking out spectacular examples of Costa Rica’s flora, fauna and birdlife – a truly enriching, once in a lifetime experience not to be missed!
Follow it up with a visit to La Paz Waterfall Garden for a 4-fork rated (the highest score possible by the Costa Rican Tourism Council) buffet lunch. Recharged and ready to go, you’ll tour the five waterfalls of the cloud & rain forests. Seek out capuchin (white-faced) monkeys, the black-handed spider monkeys as well as a visit to the butterfly observatory and hummingbird garden for a hand-feeding demonstration of these amazing creatures.
Day 5 – Yoga & Sloth Time
It’s destination three on our Costa Rican adventure as we head off to Muelle, home of the Colossus Arenal Volcano with rock spanning as far back as 7000 years!
But first, we prepare – Align your chakras, stretch your limbs and get limber at La Fortuna Yoga, a beginners class for the whole family. We appreciate that some of the group might shift the energy a little to far from the spectrum of Zen that we’re after this morning, so we’ve organized a separate room for yoga practice not requiring an ‘inside voice’ (we’re talking about kids here!).
It’s refuel time at lunch, prior to ‘hanging’ out with the ‘coolest’ creatures native to the region… Did you get the clues? It’s the sloth! Keeping them totally chill, you’ll appreciate these darling mammals in their natural habitat away from crowds, noise and stress, a bit like your morning yoga.
Day 6 – On Ya’ Hike
It’s a day for forming the stories of legends, as you and your family experience the thundering activity of the Arenal Volcano (from a safe viewing area). Look out for lava flows and smoke clouds on your 3km hike, whilst learning the awesome facts about one of the most active volcanoes in all of Costa Rica. For the littler legs that’d be best suited skipping the hike and hanging at base camp, staff will be on hand for healthy snacks, games and explosively fun activities.
We’ll be serving up some thermal tranquillity to go with your side of ‘thrill’ in the Baldi Hot Springs. There’s no better way for some rest and recuperation than a thermal spa. Dinner will be served at the Hot Springs restaurant.
Day 7 – Not For the Faint Hearted
One for the thrill seekers – we head deep into the jungle for one of the most extreme activities in the region: Gravity Falls Waterfall Jumping! A #1 on the Costa Rica bucket list that’s not for the faint hearted. Kids remain at the Hunters & Gatherers base for some interactive and traditional dance lessons, the perfect location for a bit of hide & seek!
Our trained guides will lead parents through a morning of rappelling, waterfall jumps, swimming, climbing and hiking through this beautiful and natural canyon after which, they’ll return to pick up the rest of their tribe for a cooking lesson from one of the local chef’s, followed by lunch.
Day 8 – Out of This World
Get ready to be transported to an ‘out of this world’ terrain – Once one of Costa Rica’s best kept secrets (just a short while ago), the Rio Celeste leaves you feeling as if you just landed on Pandora from the movie Avatar – this magical river glows an azure blue that’s unbelievable to the eye!
Slowing it down to a pace best suited for taking in such bio-diversity, you will spend the afternoon kayaking through the Rio Frio in rafts to accommodate both adults and the kids. With no detail ignored, lifejackets in all sizes are provided with an expert guide to accompany your journey. For those who’d prefer the kids on dry land, our team will be at the ready for nature inspired games and activities.
Enjoy an evening to yourselves and take the opportunity to go at it alone in the local area, exploring restaurants and neighbouring ‘watering holes’ should you so desire.
Day 9 – Back on the Water
Kicking it up a gear, we return to the spectacular Celeste River to navigate its winding rapids and white water. We’ll keep the kids entertained and fed with a cookie and tortilla cooking class, learning the local techniques for whipping up these traditional treats.
The group re-joins in the afternoon for a communal lunch before handing over the reigns to you, to do with the day as you see fit. Our guides will be on hand to suggest the next page for your Costa Rican epic, even if that were an early night/evening of chill.
Day 10 – Chao, Adios, Hasta Luego
It’s time to embark on the last part of your journey. Until next time Costa Rica… Take your time to share your family’s best felt memories with your fellow travellers, the key take-aways, life-changing moments and laughs over a final breakfast.
Remember the hills of Antonio de Escazú? The Capuchin of La Paz and zip-lining their habitats? May your memories of Costa Rica be forever set to the backdrop of radiant blue rivers, glowing lava, lush green rainforests and waterfalls.
It’s time to say goodbye to a place you never realised could feel like home, as we drop you to the airport, bound for your new quest of trying to explain it all to the family and friends you left behind.
*Please note departure airport is different from arrival.
BONUS (Optional: day 11,12,13)
…Or! For a real mic-drop moment, book a 3 day beach stay extension to your family’s Costa Rican story. Perfect for marinating in the memories and arming yourself against those pesky post-holiday blues… we hope!
Day 10, 11, and 12 in Bosque Del Mar include pool, spa and beach days, as well as snorkelling trips to explore the coral reefs. The chance to see a beautiful variety of fish, dolphins and whales in the pacific is not to be missed. Enjoy leisure time to soak up the final bits of sunshine, and relax in the stunning paradiso that is Costa Rica.
*Please note departure airport is different from arrival.
A Selection of Our Hotels
Hotel Presidente, San Jose
Located on Central Avenue Pedestrian Boulevard – the City’s vibrant core, and a source of unparalleled energy, this hotel welcomes the adventurous at heart. Experience the neighbourhood like a local and uncover many of the city’s best attractions all within easy walking distance. From the moment you step into the brick and teak lobby, the Hotel Presidente staff will greet you with the warmth you’d expect from a family-owned hotel.
Poas Volcano Lodge
A stunning and unique mountain lodge nestled into rolling pastures, with breathtaking views of Poas Volcano and the northern Caribbean Plains. The Lodge is located on a farm, on the edge of Poas Volcano National Park, with easy access to the delightful local villages and attractions. Enjoy the nature trails weaving through the farm, or some family time in the sitting room, games room or media room.
Tilajari Resort, Muele
A spectacular location in the middle of the rain forest, surrounded by the Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake makes a stay here unique and unforgettable. You can spend time splashing in the swimming pool, being amazed in the butterfly garden or exploring the botantical gardens on site.
Rio Celeste Hideaway, Rio Celeste
A small resort-style and ecologically-conscious hotel that provides a truly unique experience, located next to the Volcan Tenorio National Park, where the amazing Rio Celeste gains its sky-blue colour. Be prepared to experience a lush tropical rainforest and spot exotic animals whilst relaxing amidst the breathtaking views.