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Trip Extensions

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

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.

Day 1: arrive san jose

Welcome to Costa RicaWelcome to Costa Rica

You'll be greeted on arrival at San Jose's international airport and transferred to a very lovely hotel in San Jose

Lodging
Park Inn or similar

Days 2-3: tortuguero critters up close

Explore the waterways of TortugueroExplore the waterways of Tortuguero

This morning your private naturalist guide, who will be with your family for the entire week, will meet you in the lobby of the hotel. You'll then travel by road and water with your guide to Tortuguero National Park for two incredible days of exploration. The park borders the Caribbean and contains a network of canals and waterways that take you inland through the jungle.

Your guided tour, when you arrive in Tortuguero, will begin with a kayaking tour. With help from your naturalist guide, search the trails and waterways for manatees, caimans, monkeys, sloths, river otters, poison dart frogs, and 300 species of birds, including the roseate spoonbill, American fin foot, great green macaws, trogons, oropendulas, and frigate birds.

For two days look for these Tortuguero treasures with your private guide.

Turtle nesting season begins in the summer for the large green turtles, and you might want to plan a night-time excursion with a naturalist to look for mother turtles digging their nests and laying their eggs in the sand (extra cost $20-$30 per person). 

Meals
2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Lodging
Laguna Lodge or similar

Day 4: tortuguero / sarapiqui / arenal

See tree frogs along the Sardinal RiverSee tree frogs along the Sardinal River

Fly from Tortuguero to San Jose this morning, then make your way to the Caribbean lowlands of Sarapiquí for some whitewater rafting! This river section is a gentle Class II-III, with sections of flat water and small white water rapids that are fun but safe for rafters with no previous experience. The rafts are for 4 to 6 passengers and guide, and are followed by safety kayakers. The tour will stop at a swimming spot en route where fresh fruits are served. After the tour, you will be driven back to the starting point where you can take a shower and change clothes. 

Next, you'll drive to Arenal (approx 2 hrs). Arenal Volcano was active from 1968 to 2010, and the park now offers a landscape to learn about the materials expelled from the volcano, rock formation from recent lava flows, and the natural regeneration of flora and fauna in the area. The volcano, with its perfect imposing cone, is surrounded by exuberant vegetation and sits at the side of the engineering masterpiece of Arenal Lake. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Arenal Manoa or similar

Day 5: arenal adventures - ziplining and hot springs

Ziplining adventure in Costa RicaZiplining adventure in Costa Rica

A full day of adventure awaits you today! Your first stop will be a visit to Arenal's Sky Tram Sky Trek tour. You'll make your way up the mountain by way of a gondola ride. This 20-minute ride will take you to the observation platform where you'll have stunning views of Arenal Lake, mountains, and Arenal Volcano.

Next, you'll get harnessed up for the 3,280 foot long ziplining system that will give you an exhilarating ride back down the mountain through the rainforest. (a minimum of 12 years old)

For a look into the lifestyle of a family farm, you'll next visit Arenal Vida Campesina to learn about the typical crops that are grown in the area, as well as the newer practices of sustainable agriculture. Observe how sugarcane juice is produced through a manually-operated sugar mill and how organic waste is converted into biogas. For lunch you'll have a hands-on demonstration of tortilla making. 

Relax in the family-run resort of Ecotermales Hot Spring this afternoon to end this adrenaline-filled day.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Arenal Manoa or similar

Day 6: to the beach!

Amazing beach settingsAmazing beach settings

Who's up for some hiking this morning? Join your guide for an interesting lava flow hike near the entrance of Arenal National Park. The lava flow left an impressive pile of black lava rocks that rise about 60 feet high and now offers a panoramic view of the surrounding forest, mountains, and the volano itself. 

After hiking you'll head to the airport for your 30-minute flight to Quepos. From here, you'll drive south along the coast to Dominical, not far from Manuel Antonio. With a combination of lush forest, warm water, and gorgeous beaches, this area will be your home for the next couple nights. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Cuna del Angel or similar

Day 7: surfing and manuel antonio national park

Just hanging outJust hanging out

Start your day off with a surfing adventure in Manuel Antonio. Let the waves be your guide for a couple hours as you learn to nagivate a surfboard.

After lunch, enjoy the lush forest of Manuel Antonio National Park. Your guide will take you along the easy forest trails in search of squirrel and capuchin monkeys, sloths, black iguanas and agoutis. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Cuna del Angel or similar

Day 8: departure

Cherish your Costa Rica memoriesCherish your Costa Rica memories

This morning you'll be  transferred to the international airport for your departure flight home.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$2,195
- $3,950
$3950 age 12-adult; $2195 child under 12 sharing with 2 full paying adults. A $500 holiday surcharge will apply
Single Supplement:
$650
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
Apr 1-8, 2017

Need to Know

Duration:
8 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)
Comfortable & delightful hotels
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
As active as you like
Group Size:
4-20
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: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

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.

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

Amazing Costa Rica: Beaches, Volcanoes, Rain Forests, Adventure

At only about 20,000 square miles, Costa Rica is a country that is packed with a vast variety of climates and landscapes, and the country remains a big ecotourism destination, as well as …

Cherish your Costa Rica memories
Cherish your Costa Rica memories
Welcome to Costa Rica
Welcome to Costa Rica
See Costa Rica through their eyes
See Costa Rica through their eyes
Explore Arenal Volcano, active until 2010
Explore Arenal Volcano, active until 2010
Ziplining is just one possible activity
Ziplining is just one possible activity
Explore the waterways of Tortuguero
Explore the waterways of Tortuguero
See the colorful chestnut-mandibled toucan
See the colorful chestnut-mandibled toucan
Look carefully and you'll see surprises in the jungle
Look carefully and you'll see surprises in the jungle

Costa Rica Natural Wonders for Families

A kid-friendly nature exploration of the richest environments in Central America

overview

For nature-loving families, Costa Rica is perfect! Share in the wonders of the rain forest, the pleasure of jungle rivers, and the drama of the volcanic terrain. Costa Rica has a long history of nature tourism and a large range of facilities and services. Our week-long itinerary introduces you to the best activities of the season, reaching deep into natural areas and showing you why Costa Rica is famous for beauty, hospitality, and friendliness.

Costa Rica is one of Journeys’ favorite destinations––not for the large all-inclusive resorts that have gained favor with conventional vacationers, but for the unique lodges, exotic rain forests, accessible wildlife, and exciting outdoor activities. You’ll marvel at how comfortable you’ll feel, how much you’ll learn every day, and how much fun you will share as a family.

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overview

For nature-loving families, Costa Rica is perfect! Share in the wonders of the rain forest, the pleasure of jungle rivers, and the drama of the volcanic terrain. Costa Rica has a long history of nature tourism and a large range of facilities and services. Our week-long itinerary introduces you to the best activities of the season, reaching deep into natural areas and showing you why Costa Rica is famous for beauty, hospitality, and friendliness.

Costa Rica is one of Journeys’ favorite destinations––not for the large all-inclusive resorts that have gained favor with conventional vacationers, but for the unique lodges, exotic rain forests, accessible wildlife, and exciting outdoor activities. You’ll marvel at how comfortable you’ll feel, how much you’ll learn every day, and how much fun you will share as a family.

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

  • Day 1: arrive san jose
    Welcome to Costa RicaWelcome to Costa Rica

    You'll be greeted on arrival at San Jose's international airport and transferred to a very lovely hotel in San Jose

    Lodging
    Park Inn or similar
    Show on a map
  • Days 2-3: tortuguero critters up close
    Explore the waterways of TortugueroExplore the waterways of Tortuguero

    This morning your private naturalist guide, who will be with your family for the entire week, will meet you in the lobby of the hotel. You'll then travel by road and water with your guide to Tortuguero National Park for two incredible days of exploration. The park borders the Caribbean and contains a network of canals and waterways that take you inland through the jungle.

    Your guided tour, when you arrive in Tortuguero, will begin with a kayaking tour. With help from your naturalist guide, search the trails and waterways for manatees, caimans, monkeys, sloths, river otters, poison dart frogs, and 300 species of birds, including the roseate spoonbill, American fin foot, great green macaws, trogons, oropendulas, and frigate birds.

    For two days look for these Tortuguero treasures with your private guide.

    Turtle nesting season begins in the summer for the large green turtles, and you might want to plan a night-time excursion with a naturalist to look for mother turtles digging their nests and laying their eggs in the sand (extra cost $20-$30 per person). 

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
    Lodging
    Laguna Lodge or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: tortuguero / sarapiqui / arenal
    See tree frogs along the Sardinal RiverSee tree frogs along the Sardinal River

    Fly from Tortuguero to San Jose this morning, then make your way to the Caribbean lowlands of Sarapiquí for some whitewater rafting! This river section is a gentle Class II-III, with sections of flat water and small white water rapids that are fun but safe for rafters with no previous experience. The rafts are for 4 to 6 passengers and guide, and are followed by safety kayakers. The tour will stop at a swimming spot en route where fresh fruits are served. After the tour, you will be driven back to the starting point where you can take a shower and change clothes. 

    Next, you'll drive to Arenal (approx 2 hrs). Arenal Volcano was active from 1968 to 2010, and the park now offers a landscape to learn about the materials expelled from the volcano, rock formation from recent lava flows, and the natural regeneration of flora and fauna in the area. The volcano, with its perfect imposing cone, is surrounded by exuberant vegetation and sits at the side of the engineering masterpiece of Arenal Lake. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Arenal Manoa or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: arenal adventures - ziplining and hot springs
    Ziplining adventure in Costa RicaZiplining adventure in Costa Rica

    A full day of adventure awaits you today! Your first stop will be a visit to Arenal's Sky Tram Sky Trek tour. You'll make your way up the mountain by way of a gondola ride. This 20-minute ride will take you to the observation platform where you'll have stunning views of Arenal Lake, mountains, and Arenal Volcano.

    Next, you'll get harnessed up for the 3,280 foot long ziplining system that will give you an exhilarating ride back down the mountain through the rainforest. (a minimum of 12 years old)

    For a look into the lifestyle of a family farm, you'll next visit Arenal Vida Campesina to learn about the typical crops that are grown in the area, as well as the newer practices of sustainable agriculture. Observe how sugarcane juice is produced through a manually-operated sugar mill and how organic waste is converted into biogas. For lunch you'll have a hands-on demonstration of tortilla making. 

    Relax in the family-run resort of Ecotermales Hot Spring this afternoon to end this adrenaline-filled day.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Arenal Manoa or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: to the beach!
    Amazing beach settingsAmazing beach settings

    Who's up for some hiking this morning? Join your guide for an interesting lava flow hike near the entrance of Arenal National Park. The lava flow left an impressive pile of black lava rocks that rise about 60 feet high and now offers a panoramic view of the surrounding forest, mountains, and the volano itself. 

    After hiking you'll head to the airport for your 30-minute flight to Quepos. From here, you'll drive south along the coast to Dominical, not far from Manuel Antonio. With a combination of lush forest, warm water, and gorgeous beaches, this area will be your home for the next couple nights. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Cuna del Angel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: surfing and manuel antonio national park
    Just hanging outJust hanging out

    Start your day off with a surfing adventure in Manuel Antonio. Let the waves be your guide for a couple hours as you learn to nagivate a surfboard.

    After lunch, enjoy the lush forest of Manuel Antonio National Park. Your guide will take you along the easy forest trails in search of squirrel and capuchin monkeys, sloths, black iguanas and agoutis. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Cuna del Angel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: departure
    Cherish your Costa Rica memoriesCherish your Costa Rica memories

    This morning you'll be  transferred to the international airport for your departure flight home.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$2,195
- $3,950
$3950 age 12-adult; $2195 child under 12 sharing with 2 full paying adults. A $500 holiday surcharge will apply
Single Supplement:
$650
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
Apr 1-8, 2017

Need to Know

Duration:
8 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)
Comfortable & delightful hotels
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
As active as you like
Group Size:
4-20
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: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

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.

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

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

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.

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Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
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●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
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The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
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Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
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Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
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Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
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Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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