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Trip Extensions

Tiskita Rainforest Reserve

Duration: 3 days

Delve deeper into the rainforest at Tiskita Jungle Lodge. Enjoy birdwatching, hiking in the rainforest trails, swimming in the ocean or in freshwater jungle pools. You may also take the opportunity to visit Corcovado National Park.

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

Duration: 4 days

Tucked away in the trees and cooled by the Pacific Ocean, is a 170 acre private reserve bordering Corcovado National Park. Carefully designed and built by an American naturalist with over twenty-five years of local experience, this unique lodge offer... read more

Day 1: arrive san jose

Be ready for the exotic and the beautifulBe ready for the exotic and the beautiful

Bienvenidos, welcome!

Families arrive throughout the day on flights into San Jose's international airport. A driver will greet you on arrival and bring you from the airport to first-night accommodations at a comfortable hotel outside San Jose. Program activities begin the next morning. Meanwhile, settle in, rest up, and enjoy the beautiful, extensive gardens.

Lodging
Hotel Bougainvillea

Day 2: poas volcano / arrive la quinta

Settle into La Quinta Country InnSettle into La Quinta Country Inn

Meet your fellow participants, and get acquainted during the morning’s drive through multiple climate zones and corresponding diversity of scenery. Costa Rica is home to several spectacular volcanoes, and Poas is one of the most accessible. On the way to your camp at La Quinta, you will stop to learn about the tectonic landscape. If you are lucky, when you stand at the volcano's lip, you'll have a cloud-free view across the mile-wide crater.

Then, continue on to La Quinta, your base camp for the week’s adventures. A group orientation will introduce the lay of the land and the activities that will be available throughout the week. See the frog walk, butterfly house, caiman pond, herb and vegetable gardens, swimming pool, game room, and cozy areas to read, write, or watch tropical birds.

After a traditional Costa Rican dinner cooked with ingredients grown in La Quinta’s garden, you can choose how to spend your evening. Late-night options throughout the trip include a “critters of the night” hike, starlit swim, and singing, dancing, and language activities.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
La Quinta

Day 3: la selva biological station

Experience the dense tropical rainforest at La SelvaExperience the dense tropical rainforest at La Selva

After breakfast, venture to La Selva Biological Station, a world-class preserve run by the Organization for Tropical Studies. Part of central Costa Rica’s continuous greenbelt of connected parks, this is the best spot in the region to spot a wealth of bird, mammal, insect, and reptile species. Learn about the scientific endeavors of student groups who travel here to conduct research.

In the afternoon, set out on a scouting walk around the La Quinta grounds, then prepare for tomorrow’s visit to a local school by planning activities and learning a few Spanish words before bed.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
La Quinta

Day 4: school visit and river safari

Visit children at a local schoolVisit children at a local school

This morning early risers will have the opportunity to take a pre-breakfast bird walk with one of the region’s bird experts.

After breakfast, visit a local school where cross-cultural activities will help you connect with Costa Rican kids, irrespective of the extent of your Spanish repertoire. The morning may culminate in a game of fútbol (soccer, for us Americans). 

Throughout the week, young trip participants can check off their nature finds and activities to become camper-naturalists. In the afternoon, a riverboat safari will help young spotters with their checklists. Many birds and monkeys live on the edges of the forest that are exposed to the water, and if you're lucky (and quiet), you can find large reptiles.

Enjoy a pizza dinner in the town of Puerto Viejo and free time for wandering the shops. Then, head back to camp.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, DInner
Lodging
La Quinta

Day 5: chocolate tour and bat encounter

Make hot chocolate from rainforest-grown cacaoMake hot chocolate from rainforest-grown cacao

This morning set out to visit the property of a local conservation activist whose efforts have rehabilitated the green macaw population. Afterward, select from optional activities: take a sustainable crafts class, making artistic creations out of recycled local materials like pineapple husks and used containers; play games  on the La Quinta grounds; or, choose an off-camp activity like a horseback trail ride through the forest. (Extra fees may apply for off-camp options.)

Then, in the late afternoon, head to Tirimbina Nature Preserve for an interactive demonstration of chocolate-making using rainforest-grown cacao. Before heading back to camp for the night, an interactive bat program will introduce you to some of the dozens of species of bats that live in Costa Rica’s rainforest.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
La Quinta

Day 6: choose your own adventure!

Zipline through the canopyZipline through the canopy

Some campers may choose to partake of adventure activities, such as whitewater rafting, rainforest canopy ziplines, or horseback riding (additional fees will apply). For those who prefer a morning around camp, you can enjoy a massage, try to spot additional creatures from your naturalist checklist, or laze by the poolside. 

End your week of Adventure Camp with a fiesta! Begin by making an authentic Costa Rican ice cream treat.  Enjoy a local-style BBQ party, a special closing circle, Latin dancing, and party activities into the night!

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
La Quinta

Day 7: goodbye / onward

At our closing fiesta, local dancers show off folk traditionsAt our closing fiesta, local dancers show off folk traditions

The time has come to say goodbye to La Quinta. Swap e-mail addresses with your new camp friends to share photos once you’re home. Hasta luego ... Until next time ... !

Not ready to go home? Consider extending your trip through the weekend with an extension to Tortuguero National Park, a remote wildlife haven and home to nesting sea turtles. Tourists can often witness egg-laying during summer months.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$1,475
- $2,475
First two travelers in a room pay $2,475; additional travelers under 12 $1,475; age 12-17 $1,775
Single Supplement:
$500
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request
Dec 26, 2016-Jan 1, 2017
Apr 1-7, 2017
Jul 1-7, 2017
Dec 26, 2017-Jan 1, 2018

Need to Know

Duration:
7 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Five nights at a cozy family-owned country inn; one hotel night near San Jose
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
16-22
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Family Camp

Included in costs: Meals as noted, six nights accommodations, land transfers, English-speaking guides, park or site entry fees as indicated, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation & check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Optional adventure activities, gratuities, beverages (except juice, tea or coffee at meals), international airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as more fully described in Journeys Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: $1,200 per family deposit. A second deposit of $1,500 per room is due four months prior to departure. Final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, MasterCard or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our complete Terms and Conditions on our website. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Air fares: Journeys can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

From the Bird's Word Blog

It's True: Family Vacations DO Exist

    Sally Grimes-Chesak, Director of Marketing & Family Programs at Journeys International, experienced her first Journeys for Families trip in the summer of 2014, …

Settle into La Quinta Country Inn
Settle into La Quinta Country Inn
Be ready for the exotic and the beautiful chestnut-mandibled toucan
Be ready for the exotic and the beautiful chestnut-mandibled toucan
Play soccer with local children
Play soccer with local children
Experience the dense tropical rainforest from the understory to the canopy
Experience the dense tropical rainforest from the understory to the canopy
At the closing fiesta, local dancers show off folk traditions
At the closing fiesta, local dancers show off folk traditions
Sing with the local schoolkids
Sing with the local schoolkids
See three or four different kinds of monkeys
See three or four different kinds of monkeys
Rooms at La Quinta are comfortable, cheerful and full of amenities
Rooms at La Quinta are comfortable, cheerful and full of amenities
Some interesting creatures live in Costa Rica
Some interesting creatures live in Costa Rica
Welcome to your cozy, colorful, lovingly-run home-away-from-home
Welcome to your cozy, colorful, lovingly-run home-away-from-home
Favorite La Quinta staff members, Pedro and Ana, will make sure you have a great time
Favorite La Quinta staff members, Pedro and Ana, will make sure you have a great time
This collared aracari is one of the dozens of bird species that frequent Costa Rica
This collared aracari is one of the dozens of bird species that frequent Costa Rica
The dining at La Quinta is open-air, the food is fresh and well-prepared
The dining at La Quinta is open-air, the food is fresh and well-prepared
Now and then, a sloth chooses a tree right on the grounds of La Quinta
Now and then, a sloth chooses a tree right on the grounds of La Quinta
Thrill-seekers can choose to go whitewater rafting
Thrill-seekers can choose to go whitewater rafting
Browse the gardens your first day in Costa Rica
Browse the gardens your first day in Costa Rica
Tour the leaf-cutter research facility on La Quinta's grounds
Tour the leaf-cutter research facility on La Quinta's grounds

Costa Rica Rainforest Adventure for Families

Animals, ecology, crafts, cross-cultural friendships, and wild fun for ages 4-84

overview

A few years ago Journeys inaugurated this new concept in family travel: a week-long adventure program, with a range of hands-on activities and excursions suitable for ages 4-84, based in a gorgeous and comfortable setting. The response has been enthusiastic.  Enjoy the ease of an all-inclusive holiday, the fun of a family summer camp, and the amenities and privacy of three-star accommodations in a lush and intimate environment around the Sarapiqui River, just a beautiful two-hour drive north of Costa Rica’s capital of San Jose.  All of us at Journeys are excited to offer travel to Costa Rica more easily and more affordably than ever before, with the same energy, professionalism, and personal attention that has built our reputation since 1978. 

Costa Rica Rainforest Adventure for Families is based at La Quinta Country Inn, which is part of the homestead and farm of the Gamez-Jenkins family. The grounds are charming, and comfortable guest rooms have air conditioning and ceiling fans as well as private tile bathrooms and private porches with hammocks. Red ginger plants and banana trees bloom right outside the doorways; gardens full of colorful frogs, butterflies, and tropical birds are just footsteps away; and the open air dining room overlooks a swimming pool nestled in the trees.

An array of activities—all fascinating, but none required—will begin before breakfast and last well into the evening. Search for bugs and animals at Tirimbina Reserve and La Selva Biological Station, both of which are world-class nature preserves; interact with schoolchildren and their parents in the intimate town of Puerto Viejo; and enjoy La Quinta’s own activities and grounds. The rainforest ecosystem is a nature enthusiast’s delight, and lovers of crafts, soccer, swimming, cooking, Spanish language, singing, and dancing will all have opportunities to engage their passions. The more adventurous travelers can choose to go whitewater rafting and ziplining over the rainforest canopy. This itinerary is a sample of how the days may play out; however, this  model allows flexibility to do whichever activities are most appealing to you.

Participate as a family or as a multi-generational group of friends. The flexibility, ease, comfort, and range of activities are all perfect for ages 4-84. Come learn and laugh together!

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overview

A few years ago Journeys inaugurated this new concept in family travel: a week-long adventure program, with a range of hands-on activities and excursions suitable for ages 4-84, based in a gorgeous and comfortable setting. The response has been enthusiastic.  Enjoy the ease of an all-inclusive holiday, the fun of a family summer camp, and the amenities and privacy of three-star accommodations in a lush and intimate environment around the Sarapiqui River, just a beautiful two-hour drive north of Costa Rica’s capital of San Jose.  All of us at Journeys are excited to offer travel to Costa Rica more easily and more affordably than ever before, with the same energy, professionalism, and personal attention that has built our reputation since 1978. 

Costa Rica Rainforest Adventure for Families is based at La Quinta Country Inn, which is part of the homestead and farm of the Gamez-Jenkins family. The grounds are charming, and comfortable guest rooms have air conditioning and ceiling fans as well as private tile bathrooms and private porches with hammocks. Red ginger plants and banana trees bloom right outside the doorways; gardens full of colorful frogs, butterflies, and tropical birds are just footsteps away; and the open air dining room overlooks a swimming pool nestled in the trees.

An array of activities—all fascinating, but none required—will begin before breakfast and last well into the evening. Search for bugs and animals at Tirimbina Reserve and La Selva Biological Station, both of which are world-class nature preserves; interact with schoolchildren and their parents in the intimate town of Puerto Viejo; and enjoy La Quinta’s own activities and grounds. The rainforest ecosystem is a nature enthusiast’s delight, and lovers of crafts, soccer, swimming, cooking, Spanish language, singing, and dancing will all have opportunities to engage their passions. The more adventurous travelers can choose to go whitewater rafting and ziplining over the rainforest canopy. This itinerary is a sample of how the days may play out; however, this  model allows flexibility to do whichever activities are most appealing to you.

Participate as a family or as a multi-generational group of friends. The flexibility, ease, comfort, and range of activities are all perfect for ages 4-84. Come learn and laugh together!

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

  • Day 1: arrive san jose
    Be ready for the exotic and the beautifulBe ready for the exotic and the beautiful

    Bienvenidos, welcome!

    Families arrive throughout the day on flights into San Jose's international airport. A driver will greet you on arrival and bring you from the airport to first-night accommodations at a comfortable hotel outside San Jose. Program activities begin the next morning. Meanwhile, settle in, rest up, and enjoy the beautiful, extensive gardens.

    Lodging
    Hotel Bougainvillea
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: poas volcano / arrive la quinta
    Settle into La Quinta Country InnSettle into La Quinta Country Inn

    Meet your fellow participants, and get acquainted during the morning’s drive through multiple climate zones and corresponding diversity of scenery. Costa Rica is home to several spectacular volcanoes, and Poas is one of the most accessible. On the way to your camp at La Quinta, you will stop to learn about the tectonic landscape. If you are lucky, when you stand at the volcano's lip, you'll have a cloud-free view across the mile-wide crater.

    Then, continue on to La Quinta, your base camp for the week’s adventures. A group orientation will introduce the lay of the land and the activities that will be available throughout the week. See the frog walk, butterfly house, caiman pond, herb and vegetable gardens, swimming pool, game room, and cozy areas to read, write, or watch tropical birds.

    After a traditional Costa Rican dinner cooked with ingredients grown in La Quinta’s garden, you can choose how to spend your evening. Late-night options throughout the trip include a “critters of the night” hike, starlit swim, and singing, dancing, and language activities.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    La Quinta
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: la selva biological station
    Experience the dense tropical rainforest at La SelvaExperience the dense tropical rainforest at La Selva

    After breakfast, venture to La Selva Biological Station, a world-class preserve run by the Organization for Tropical Studies. Part of central Costa Rica’s continuous greenbelt of connected parks, this is the best spot in the region to spot a wealth of bird, mammal, insect, and reptile species. Learn about the scientific endeavors of student groups who travel here to conduct research.

    In the afternoon, set out on a scouting walk around the La Quinta grounds, then prepare for tomorrow’s visit to a local school by planning activities and learning a few Spanish words before bed.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    La Quinta
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: school visit and river safari
    Visit children at a local schoolVisit children at a local school

    This morning early risers will have the opportunity to take a pre-breakfast bird walk with one of the region’s bird experts.

    After breakfast, visit a local school where cross-cultural activities will help you connect with Costa Rican kids, irrespective of the extent of your Spanish repertoire. The morning may culminate in a game of fútbol (soccer, for us Americans). 

    Throughout the week, young trip participants can check off their nature finds and activities to become camper-naturalists. In the afternoon, a riverboat safari will help young spotters with their checklists. Many birds and monkeys live on the edges of the forest that are exposed to the water, and if you're lucky (and quiet), you can find large reptiles.

    Enjoy a pizza dinner in the town of Puerto Viejo and free time for wandering the shops. Then, head back to camp.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, DInner
    Lodging
    La Quinta
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: chocolate tour and bat encounter
    Make hot chocolate from rainforest-grown cacaoMake hot chocolate from rainforest-grown cacao

    This morning set out to visit the property of a local conservation activist whose efforts have rehabilitated the green macaw population. Afterward, select from optional activities: take a sustainable crafts class, making artistic creations out of recycled local materials like pineapple husks and used containers; play games  on the La Quinta grounds; or, choose an off-camp activity like a horseback trail ride through the forest. (Extra fees may apply for off-camp options.)

    Then, in the late afternoon, head to Tirimbina Nature Preserve for an interactive demonstration of chocolate-making using rainforest-grown cacao. Before heading back to camp for the night, an interactive bat program will introduce you to some of the dozens of species of bats that live in Costa Rica’s rainforest.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    La Quinta
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: choose your own adventure!
    Zipline through the canopyZipline through the canopy

    Some campers may choose to partake of adventure activities, such as whitewater rafting, rainforest canopy ziplines, or horseback riding (additional fees will apply). For those who prefer a morning around camp, you can enjoy a massage, try to spot additional creatures from your naturalist checklist, or laze by the poolside. 

    End your week of Adventure Camp with a fiesta! Begin by making an authentic Costa Rican ice cream treat.  Enjoy a local-style BBQ party, a special closing circle, Latin dancing, and party activities into the night!

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    La Quinta
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: goodbye / onward
    At our closing fiesta, local dancers show off folk traditionsAt our closing fiesta, local dancers show off folk traditions

    The time has come to say goodbye to La Quinta. Swap e-mail addresses with your new camp friends to share photos once you’re home. Hasta luego ... Until next time ... !

    Not ready to go home? Consider extending your trip through the weekend with an extension to Tortuguero National Park, a remote wildlife haven and home to nesting sea turtles. Tourists can often witness egg-laying during summer months.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$1,475
- $2,475
First two travelers in a room pay $2,475; additional travelers under 12 $1,475; age 12-17 $1,775
Single Supplement:
$500
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request
Dec 26, 2016-Jan 1, 2017
Apr 1-7, 2017
Jul 1-7, 2017
Dec 26, 2017-Jan 1, 2018

Need to Know

Duration:
7 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Five nights at a cozy family-owned country inn; one hotel night near San Jose
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
16-22
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Family Camp

Included in costs: Meals as noted, six nights accommodations, land transfers, English-speaking guides, park or site entry fees as indicated, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation & check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Optional adventure activities, gratuities, beverages (except juice, tea or coffee at meals), international airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as more fully described in Journeys Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: $1,200 per family deposit. A second deposit of $1,500 per room is due four months prior to departure. Final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, MasterCard or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our complete Terms and Conditions on our website. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Air fares: Journeys can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Tiskita Rainforest Reserve

Duration: 3 days

Delve deeper into the rainforest at Tiskita Jungle Lodge. Enjoy birdwatching, hiking in the rainforest trails, swimming in the ocean or in freshwater jungle pools. You may also take the opportunity to visit Corcovado National Park.

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

Duration: 4 days

Tucked away in the trees and cooled by the Pacific Ocean, is a 170 acre private reserve bordering Corcovado National Park. Carefully designed and built by an American naturalist with over twenty-five years of local experience, this unique lodge offer... read more

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