A real Latin American adventure with wonderful wildlife, zip lining, volcano hikes and beach time

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  • Personalised journeys from start to finish

  • Every trip helps support Conservation

  • Every detail taken care of

Itinerary highlights

  • Cruise along the quiet waterways in Tortuguero National Park
  • Take to the skies in the Arenal Sky Tram and zip line through the canopy
  • Kayak along the tranquil waters of Lake Arenal
  • Spot nocturnal animals on a hanging bridges night walk
  • Enjoy a surf lesson on the Guanacaste Coast
  • Trek to the smouldering crater of the Poas Volcano

What's included

  • Private tours and transfers
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Meet and greet airport service
  • Full support from your travel designer and concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

Costa Rica is a wonderful destination for families, with lots of outdoor activities, great wildlife and some of the friendliest people in Latin America. *Please note this price is per person based on four people*

Your 11-day adventure starts in Tortuguero, a dense and intricate network of rivers, lagoons, and canals crisscrossing different rainforest, swamp and beach. This is a magical place for wildlife lovers, with frogs, monkeys and birds darting through the canopy, while turtles and caimans glide through the water. You can explore this pristine environment by foot and by boat, getting up close to the park’s fascinating inhabitants.

Your next stop is Arenal, home to the mighty Arenal volcano that soars through the clouds. Take a ride on the Sky Tram and enjoy aerial views of the surrounding forest, then zip line through the canopy and kayak around Lake Arenal – this really is the perfect place for active families. You’ll also take a walk along Arenal’s famous hanging bridges at night to spot nocturnal animals such as frogs and snakes.

It’s then time for some downtime on the coast. The Guanacaste Coast is the perfect place to relax and enjoy some quality time together. Your final stop will be Costa Rica’s Coffee Valley where you’ll enjoy a thrilling hike around the Poas Volcano with its incredible steaming crater.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-2

San Jose

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to your hotel in San Jose

Accommodation in San Jose

Overnight in San Jose Overnight in San Jose

Enjoy your evening in this metropolitan capital city, relaxing at your hotel after your flight.

Flights & transfers


Boat and road transfer to your lodge

Days 2-4


Accommodation in Tortuguero

Two nights in Tortuguero Two nights in Tortuguero

Spend your days here in the 'Land of the Turtles' exploring the myriad of waterways and nature trails with your expert guides, and relaxing to the sound of the jungle from your lodge. Other more adventurous activities such as kayaking, fishing and walking are available, as are more specialist wildlife excursions. Talk to your travel designer about how you would like to spend your time here. The turtle nesting season is July to October.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Arenal

Days 4-7


Accommodation in Arenal

Three nights in Arenal Three nights in Arenal

During your time in Arenal, there are a huge number of activities that we can arrange for you. There are adventure activities for the adrenalin junkies as well as options for those who want to enjoy the area at a more leisurely pace. Your travel designer will be able to guide you through the different options, so that you choose the excursions best suited to your interests.

Arenal Sky Tram Arenal Sky Tram

Take a ride on a serene Sky Tram gondola as it soars smoothly through the rainforest, offering wonderful views of the Arenal volcano and the lake. Accompanied by a bilingual guide, the ride takes around 40 minutes with the possibility of short stops to take photographs or to spot tropical birds.

Zip lining through the canopy Zip lining through the canopy

Enjoy this thrilling aerial adventure starting from a tower 13m (43 feet) high and glide your way down eight galvanized stainless steel cables, ranging from 80m (262 feet) to 750m (2460 feet) in length, with an average height of 38m (125 feet). Speeds will top 60km/h (37mph)! All of the 14 platforms, five of which are constructed in trees, are strategically designed at varying heights to allow the clients to observe the rainforest from different angles and photograph the awe inspiring scenery.

Kayaking on Lake Arenal Kayaking on Lake Arenal

This adventure will take you to Costa Rica’s biggest lake, right at the feet of the Arenal volcano. Once at the lake, the team will quickly suit you up with a life jacket and a paddle, and give you a brief explanation of kayaking basic techniques. Your tour will start paddling across the lake with the possibility to observe different species of birds like flycatchers, kingfisher, great blue herons and anhingas and possibly hear howler monkeys call. End with a refreshing swim in the lake.

Hanging bridges night walk Hanging bridges night walk

Costa Rica currently makes up 5% of the biodiversity of the world and its forests teem with wildlife. One of the best times to experience the staggering range of fauna is at night, with many species coming to life after the sun goes down. There are around 2,000 species of butterflies active during the day but 4,500 are nocturnal. A similar pattern occurs with the activity of some amphibians, reptiles, mammals, as well as some species of exotic flowers that only bloom at night.

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park offers guests the opportunity to observe the forest in the darkness of the night during a walk that passes through the hanging bridges. It is also possible to observe animals such as frogs, snakes, lizards, mammals and nocturnal birds such as the owl and the barn owl.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to the Guanacaste Coast

Days 7-10

Guanacaste Coast

Accommodation in Guanacaste Coast

Three nights on the Guanacaste Coast Three nights on the Guanacaste Coast

With its stretches of golden sand beaches, wildlife reserves and ultra-easy-going atmosphere, the Guanacaste Coast is the perfect place to kick back and relax for a few days. Nicknamed the 'gold coast', it stretches all the way from the Nicaragua border south to the Nicoya Peninsula. There is lots to do here from surfing and snorkelling to horse riding and kayaking.

Punta Islita surfing lesson Punta Islita surfing lesson

As you take to the sea, feel the exhilaration of the waves at Punta Islita and learn all the essentials of how to surf.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to the Coffee Valley

Days 10-11

Coffee Valley

Accommodation in Coffee Valley

One night in the Coffee Valley One night in the Coffee Valley

Spend a night relaxing in Costa Rica's beautiful Coffee Valley, taking in the rolling hills and your peaceful surroundings.

Poas Volcano trek Poas Volcano trek

Embark on a guided tour to see the impressive site of Poas Volcano. Other than the lush and exotic wildlife of Poas National Park, the highlight is the active crater, stretching to 1.5km wide, and entirely safe to view.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to San Jose airport

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