Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group, Private

Costa Rica: Family Adventure (8 days)

Costa Rica Expeditions

San José, Costa Rica To International Airport, Costa Rica

Valid for Departures Now Through: 17 Nov 2018

Costa Rica: Family Adventure (8 days)

Day 5

Osa Peninsula , Costa Rica

Day 6

Osa Peninsula , Costa Rica

Day 7

Osa Peninsula , Costa Rica

Day 8

International Airport, Costa Rica

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
San José, Costa Rica
Hotel Grano de Oro None

After passing through Immigration and customs meet your Costa Rica Expeditions guide, who will take you and your family to your hotel.

Day 2
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Tortuga Lodge & Gardens Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today meet your Private Bilingual Naturalist Guide and Spanish speaking driver. Your Private Guide will be with you for the next 4 days.

Connoisseur White Water Rafting at Pacuare River

Soak up the natural beauty of the pristine Pacuare Canyon in between exhilarating Class III-IV rapids. On this trip you and your familia are the special guest of Costa Rica Expeditions’ River Guides, who will share with you the history of the Pacuare and the culture of the people of the mountainous Turrialba region.

There will be no more than one other stop en route to a deluxe Costa Rican breakfast on the way to the river. Upon arrival at the put-in, your professional guides will give an orientation and safety talk.As you are swept down the Pacuare Gorge by the currents, soak in the natural beauty of the primary and secondary rainforests surrounding you. Water level permitting, a guide will lead you on a hike up one of the many creeks that spill into the Pacuare. Upon your return to the riverbank, you will find a gourmet lunch prepared by your guides turned white-gloved waiters.Float and paddle downriver to the take-out in the Caribbean town of Siquirres where towels and a victory cocktail await. Photo CD included.At the river take out, your Private van will be waiting for the land transfer to the Pavona dock. Upon arrival, board a boat with a local captain and depart for a 1.5 - 2 hours’ trip to Tortuguero. You will have the opportunity to observe some of the areas wildlife during your boat ride along the creeks to reach the lodge. Arrive at Tortuga Lodge late afternoon.

Day 3
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Tortuga Lodge & Gardens Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Tortuguero National Park with the following activities included:

Early Morning Bird Walk Tortuga Lodge Gardens

Tortuga Lodge is located at the edge of well conserved rain forest at the Caribbean watershed. The local avifauna is quite numerous and the possibilities to observe several species of birds at the gardens are very good. Every morning, departing at 6:00 a.m. from the reception, the Tortuga Lodge local guides will lead a natural history walk in the premises.

Tortuguero National Park Wildlife Boat Tour

After breakfast, leave the lodge by boat with your Tortuguero local naturalist guide on your private tour to explore the creeks of Tortuguero National Park. The morning hours are especially active in the rain forest, when the wildlife is hungry and in search of their energy source for the day. It’s not uncommon to find troops of Howler monkeys in search of tender young figs or the leaves of the Monkey Plum tree you might also encounter a River Otter hunting. This tour is a three-hour trip into the back water lagoons and creeks of Tortuguero National Park.

Tortuguero Village & Sea Turtle Conservancy Center

This two-hour tour of the village is led by one of our local guides at Tortuga Lodge.Stop for a chat with the locals and learn about their way of life. Next visit the museum founded by the Sea Turtle Conservation, formerly known as the Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC).

Day 4
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Tortuga Lodge & Gardens Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Tortuguero National Park with the following activities included:

Kayak Tortuguero National Park

Leave the lodge by boat with your Tortuguero Naturalist Guide and your kayaks to the entrance of Caño Chiquero or Caño Mora. These creeks are designated for non-motorized boats only. Your guide will unload the kayaks and help you get your life jacket and your kayak seat adjusted so that you can paddle the back water creeks and lagoons of Tortuguero National Park in safety and comfort. Kayaking gives you a whole new perspective of the rainforest.

The Words Adventure

If you would find it rewarding to spend an hour a during one or more of the days that you will be at Tortuga Lodge sharing your English knowledge and learning about the life of child from Tortuguero, this is your opcion.The lessons will take place in the town of San Francisco de Tortuguero. Transit time from the lodge by boat is five minutes. The Lodge will upply the transportation.

Twilight Walk in the Rainforest at Tortuga Lodge

The trail behind Tortuga Lodge is 1.4 miles or 2.2 kilometers long. Depending on what you are seeing along the way it can take anywhere from 1 to 2.5 hours. Common sighting are the several species of frogs that might occur at night like the Smokey Jungle Frog and the Red Eyed Tree Frog, as well as snakes and other reptiles. Upon return to the lodge your guide will take you to the dock where you may be able to see the Fishing Bats hunting.

Day 5
Osa Peninsula , Costa Rica
La Paloma Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cross the Tortuguero River by boat and board your 1 hour and 20-minute Costa Rica Expeditions light charter flight from Tortuguero to Drake Bay.

Please note that you will wet your feet upon arrival to the airstrip as you'll have to take a boat transfer to your hotel and there is no dock. La Paloma Lodge nests atop a high bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and nearby Cano Island, in Costa Rica's isolated Drake Bay. The resort is spread over 12 richly landscaped acres and is surrounded by dense tropical rainforest.

Day 6
Osa Peninsula , Costa Rica
La Paloma Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

One full day at Drake Bay with the following activities included

Caño Island Snorkeling Excursion

Caño Island Biological Marine Reserve is 12 nautical miles offshore from Drake Bay. The attraction is not necessarily found on its land, but underwater. The waters surrounding the island are some of the clearest in the country. The Island's dark, volcanic rock is home to numerous species including smaller brightly colored tropical fish, and the larger snapper, tuna, grouper, mackerel, jack, white tip shark, sea turtles, barracuda (typically in schools), manta rays, eels, porcupine fish, sea urchins, octopus, lobster, sponges and sea cucumbers. There are 15 or more types of stony coral species as well as the attendant coral eaters (starfish, mollusks, and hermit crabs). Visibility is good-to-excellent year round. The island is of considerable geographical and archeological importance. This 300-hectare piece of land was a burial ground dating back to the pre-Columbian era of the Diquis tribal people.

The Bug Lady’s Night Hike

Want a great nightcap? Try nature's special blend: lots of spineless wonders, a splash of mammals, and a mellowing shot of jungle ambiance in a tall rainforest tumbler, and you've got the basic ingredients for a perfect ending to your delicious stay in Drake Bay. This two-and-a-half-hour night tour takes place after dinner (usually from 7:30 to 10) behind the Lodge in the primary forest along the Agujitas River. The Bug Lady, Tracy Stice, and her husband Gian are adept at finding the most incredible creatures in the dark. The natural history of these insects and reptiles is fascinating, especially with the human element of why we fear these harmless bugs

Day 7
Osa Peninsula , Costa Rica
La Paloma Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

One full day at Drake Bay

Hike Sirena Field Station, Corcovado National Park

Meet your nature guide in the lobby and sail to Sirena Ranger Station. You'll share your boat with other guests from La Paloma, or from a different lodge. Sirena is the largest interior ranger station in Corcovado and it is also the most rustic and remote. Because of its history and location, Sirena biological Station in Corcovado National Park is a keystone for science, education and ecotourism in the region. Sirena is over a one-hour boat ride in a skiff. The coast line is scenic beyond belief. Once you arrive at the beach near the Sirena ranger station, you will need water shoes or sandals to walk to shore as it is rocky. The beach landing can be wild so be quick, alert and listen to your guide. Each trekker will carry lunch and snacks. There will be cold drinks for the end of the hike. The trip is not recommended for the faint of heart. Avid naturalists will enjoy seeing this remote station in Corcovado National Park during the approximately 3-hour hike. The wildlife observation is definitely rewarding in this region, and it is possible to spot bird species like Trogons, Woodpeckers, Wrens, Guans, birds of prey, Herons, Egrets, Thrushes, Tanagers and Manakins among many more. Chances are good to observe mammals like monkeys, Tyras, Agoutis, Coatis and Peccaries. Also, the visitors can find arboreal Iguanas, Basilisks and lizard like the Nerops and Annolis.

Day 8
International Airport, Costa Rica
None Breakfast

Transfer by boat to the Drake Bay airstrip to meet your 45-minute Costa Rica Expeditions light charter flight from Drakes Bay to San José.

Transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) at least three hours prior to the departure time for your flight out of the country (20 - 30-minute drive).

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Family Vacations
  • Walking & Biking
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Costa Rica’s going to be a natural surprise for you and your family!

On our routing, your family will start with a stay in Hotel Grano de Oro, it is situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colon, near Sabana Park in downtown San José. Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the 40-room hotel maintains the comfort of a private home. Restaurant Grano de Oro combines Costa Rican with European cuisine under the expertise of French chef Francis Canal. Once a simple cafe, this restaurant has evolved into one of San Jose’s finest dining establishments, frequented by locals and tourists alike

Continue to the Tortuga Lodge & Gardens on Costa Rica's northeast Caribbean coast. The essence of Tortuguero is slow-moving tropical rivers.

The all-pervasive presence of the water blurs distinctions. As your boat moves slowly through the forest, you and your family are immersed in a world where the forest merges with the rivers and the water becomes part of the tree. Land and water, indoors and outdoors lose part of their meaning. During the season (July through October) the highlight of your trip to Tortuguero is actually standing a few feet from a 300-pound Green Sea Turtle while she lays 80-100 eggs, covers up her nest, perhaps digs a false nest to throw off predators, and, then, after more than an hour, returns to the sea.

Finally, you and your family can enjoy in La Paloma Lodge, it is located on the Osa Peninsula overlooking Drake Bay and Caño Island. Fishing and diving tours are offered and a local guide is on hand for hikes in the surrounding forest. Hot climate.

About Us

Created in 1978, Costa Rica Expeditions continues to set the pace with Taylor made itineraries of leisure, wilderness and nature adventures in one of the world's most bio diverse and richly-populated wildlife areas. With appeal for travelers seeking escape to remote wilderness areas, retreats and beaches with the most upscale accommodations waiting at the end of the day, Costa Rica Expeditions blends adventure-packed itineraries led by expert, bilingual naturalist guides with luxurious lodgings set in Costa Rica's wildest corners. Costa Rica Expeditions is widely recognized as the best nature and adventure tour operator in the country.

Insider Tip

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Terms & Conditions

TERMS & CONDITIONS

INCLUDED: Accommodations, Transfers, Tours and Meals: As indicated in the itinerary.

Porterage: we include the handling of two bags per person.

Taxes & entrance fees: Hotel taxes, entrance fees to National Parks, museums and places of interest in effect at the time of booking are included unless otherwise specified.

NOT INCLUDED: Costs of obtaining passports, visas; excess baggage fees; personal expenses, gratuities for tour escort, guides or driver; international airfare and airport departure taxes; sightseeing or meals not specified in the itinerary; personal insurance coverage.

HOLIDAY PAYMENT POLICY:

APPLIES TO CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS, PRESIDENTS WEEK AND EASTER

A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required to guarantee your reservation upon acceptance of proposal. The balance is due 60 days prior to the start date of departure. Any trips that are reserved less than 90 days prior to arrival must make full payment before hotel reservations can be confirmed. Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotels, guides and services are non-refundable.

PAYMENT POLICY FOR DATES OTHER THAN HOLIDAY DATES

A deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required to guarantee your reservation upon acceptance of proposal. The balance is due 30 days prior to the start date of departure. Any trips that are confirmed less than 60 days prior to arrival must make full payment before hotel reservations can be confirmed.

PRICES CHARGED

The prices we charge reflect our costs and a reasonable profit for our services in planning and operating the trip.

PRICE BREAKDOWNS

We do not give price breakdowns.

HOLIDAY CANCELLATION POLICY:

APPLIES TO CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS, PRESIDENTS WEEK AND EASTER

Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotel, guides and services are non-refundable. In the case of cancellations 90 days or more prior to the start date of the scheduled trip, there is a full refund minus a cancellation fee of $750 or 20% of the entire cost of the trip. In the case of cancellations received in our office from 89 to 46 days prior to the start date of the trip, there is a 50% refund, minus hotel deposits and guide fees. There will be no refund for cancellations made 45 or fewer days prior to the trip.

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR DATES OTHER THAN HOLIDAYS

Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotel, guides and service are non-refundable. In the case of cancellations 30 days or more prior to the start date of the scheduled trip, there is a full refund minus hotel deposits and guide fees, in addition to a cancellation fee of $500 or 15% of the entire cost of the trip. In the case of cancellations received in our office from 29 to 15 days prior to the start date of the trip, there is a 50% refund, minus hotel deposits and guide fees. There will be no refund for cancellations made 14 or fewer days prior to the trip.



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Excellent accomodation and tours

By: MM


Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2015

Costa Rica Expeditions is a first class operation. Their guide Donald at the Montverde Lodge and Gardens was amazing. We saw many species of birds and mammals that we would not have seen had he not been along to point then out to us. Very professional, polite and well versed in the ecology of Costa Rica. Excellent English as well. All transfers from one location to another were executed perfectly. Always on time and safe. Most drivers spoke a fair amount of English and were only too glad to stop to point out sights or to stop for a photo. shoot. The Monteverde Lodge and Gardens was very comfortable and the restaurant El Jardin was great as well. Loved the whole experience.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa and Nancy Zupancic

Pura Vida

By: Sherie


Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2015

Costa Rica....the most hospitable place on earth! Wonderful service wherever we went. Everyone we met was kind and welcoming. Such an amazing country.

Costa Rica March 2017

By: Cecile


Reviewed on: 03 Apr 2017

10+ Drivers, tour guides, hosts, lodges (especially Tortuga Lodge, but also Monte Verde Lodge), food, employees were all fabulous! We also stayed at Arenas Del Mar and that was fabulous as well!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

HIGHLY recommend for a stress free vacation of your dreams!

By: Brittany A.


Reviewed on: 20 Jul 2018

Costa Rica Expeditions was absolutely incredible!! Every detail was planned out perfectly, so that my husband and I did not have to worry about a thing. The tour guides were some of the friendliest people I have ever met. They made us feel like old friends and went out of their way with kindness. This was the least stressful vacation I have ever taken and I recommend this service to everyone who has asked us about our trip. Costa Rica Expeditions will provide you with the most memorable vacation, you will not regret it!
Travel Advisor:  Charissa Popp