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Costa Rica Family Adventure

Trip Length 8 days

From $3,895

  • Zip through the treetops on a fun and innovative course with fun extra features
  • Go whitewater rafting on a stretch of river that is perfect for beginners
  • See the bubbling mud pots, sulfur springs, and steaming vents of Miravalles Volcano

Bring the whole family on this fun-filled Costa Rica adventure, with activities geared for ages 9 and up. Tackle beginner-friendly whitewater rapids on the Sarapiquí River. Look for crocodiles, monkeys, and birds on a boat safari, and explore the fascinating geology of Miravalles Volcano. Take on a multi-dimensional zipline tour, and kayak and snorkel your way around Chora Island. You can even enjoy a date night while the kids take a nature walk. This action-packed trip is a great way to share your love of adventure with your kids.

This family adventure is great for kids aged 9 and up!

Day 1: Arrive in San José

Meet an MT Sobek representative at San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport, and transfer to your hotel in Heredia. In the evening, meet with the group for an orientation briefing. Tonight, dinner is on your own at the hotel.

  • Accommodation:Hotel Bougainvillea

Day 2: Raft the Sarapiquí River

Embark on a fun and easy whitewater rafting tour of the Sarapiquí River. Run a section of river with sections of flat water and small, Class II-III rapids that are safe for rafters with no previous experience. After lunch, continue to the Arenal Volcano area, one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica, and enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Activity: 2 hours rafting Class II-III rapids

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Arenal Observatory Lodge

Day 3: Visit an Organic Farm & Go Ziplining

Help feed the animals at a local wildlife center that works to preserve wildlife populations. Later, take a tour of an organic farm and learn about common Costa Rican crops such as coffee, bananas, plantains, and sugar cane. Enjoy a traditional lunch on the farm with a hands-on demonstration of tortilla making. Then, take a 20-minute gondola ride up a mountain, followed by an exhilarating ride back down a 3,280' zipline system. Tonight, kids enjoy a night walk around the lodge where they can observe nocturnal wildlife, while adults enjoy a glass of wine, or some alone time.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Arenal Observatory Lodge

Day 4: Take a Wildlife Boat Safari

Embark on a fascinating boat safari on the Bebedero River bordering Palo Verde National Park, a wildlife refuge with the biggest area of wetlands in Costa Rica. This rich ecosystem combines rivers, marshland, mangroves and forests. Keep an eye out for huge crocodiles resting under the sun, groups of monkeys swinging between the branches, and resident and migratory bird species swooping through the air. Afterwards, continue to your hotel near the Miravalles Volcano.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Rio Perdido Lodge

Day 5: Explore the Geology of Miravalles Volcano

Take a guided nature hike that lets you explore the fascinating geological marvels of Miravalles Volcano, Las Hornillas hot springs, and several waterfalls. See the bubbling of volcanic mud pots, with temperatures ranging from 100 degrees to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as sulfur springs and steam-spewing vents. Take a mud bath in the natural outdoor spa and relax in the hot springs. Take a short ride to see waterfalls and hike on forest trails where you can spot birds, reptiles, and other wildlife. Enjoy the rest of the evening at your hotel to relax, have dinner, and swim in the natural thermal pools.

Activity: 2.5 hours hiking and swimming / 1.8 miles hiking

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Rio Perdido Lodge

Day 6: Rio Perdido Canyon Adventure

Get your adrenaline going with the innovative zipline course that happens to be located right on the lodge property. Rio Perdido's Canyon Adventure includes 15 platforms, a Tarzan swing, a 90' challenge bridge, and five zip lines with lengths varying from 260 to over 800 feet. After you've zipped your way around the property, transfer to your hotel in Carrillo Beach, stopping along the way for lunch at a local restaurant. Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure, enjoying the pristine beach with palm trees and chalk-colored sand.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Nammbú Hotel

Day 7: Snorkel & Kayak to Chora Island

After breakfast, climb into a kayak just south of Sámara Beach and take an easy paddle out to Chora Island. Pause for some snorkeling in the beautiful water, enjoying the company of colorful fish, octopus, blowfish, and maybe even sea turtles. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in town. Tonight, gather with the group for a farewell dinner at Nammbú Hotel.

Activity: 3.5 hours kayaking & snorkeling

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Nammbú Hotel

Day 8: Depart from Liberia

After breakfast, transfer to the international airport in Liberia, Costa Rica, and check in 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight time for homeward-bound flights.

  • Breakfast

Jun 16 - 23, 2019

pricing

2019 Prices
$3,895 (4-14 members)
$700 single supplement
-$250 child discount (17 and under)

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Arenal Observatory Lodge

Situated within the Arenal National Park, the Arenal Observatory Lodge was originally a family farm and later a Smithsonian Institute scientific research station. Most of the 48 rooms have a private balcony or deck with picturesque views of Arenal Volcano, whose steep conical slopes rise majestically out of vast surrounding rainforests. Enjoy the pool and hot tub, spectacular birding, and more.

Hotel Bougainvillea

Hotel Bougainvillea is an oasis located just 10 minutes outside of downtown San José, surrounded by some of Costa Rica's finest tropical gardens. Wander the grounds and enjoy the peaceful surroundings, lovely pool, and restaurant with a focus on regional dishes. Rooms are bright and clean, with views of the Central Valley and surrounding mountains or the beautiful gardens.

Nammbú Hotel

Welcome to Nammbu Beachfront Bungalows, a family-friendly hilltop property in an idyllic setting close to Playa Carillo. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the service is excellent. Kids will love splashing in the stunning infinity pool and exploring the natural surroundings. A staircase takes you down to the beautiful beach.

Rio Perdido Lodge

Located on a 600-acre private reserve, Rio Perdido Lodge has twenty treetop bungalows connected by elevated pathways. While the feel of each bungalow is distinct, all of them offer the same features and amenities, including a comfortable bedroom, bathroom, and elevated terrace. The property is a destination in its own right, with thermal baths and a zipline tour on property.

  • Zip through the treetops on a fun and innovative course with fun extra features
  • Go whitewater rafting on a stretch of river that is perfect for beginners
  • See the bubbling mud pots, sulfur springs, and steaming vents of Miravalles Volcano

Bring the whole family on this fun-filled Costa Rica adventure, with activities geared for ages 9 and up. Tackle beginner-friendly whitewater rapids on the Sarapiquí River. Look for crocodiles, monkeys, and birds on a boat safari, and explore the fascinating geology of Miravalles Volcano. Take on a multi-dimensional zipline tour, and kayak and snorkel your way around Chora Island. You can even enjoy a date night while the kids take a nature walk. This action-packed trip is a great way to share your love of adventure with your kids.

This family adventure is great for kids aged 9 and up!

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in San José

Meet an MT Sobek representative at San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport, and transfer to your hotel in Heredia. In the evening, meet with the group for an orientation briefing. Tonight, dinner is on your own at the hotel.

  • Accommodation:Hotel Bougainvillea

Day 2: Raft the Sarapiquí River

Embark on a fun and easy whitewater rafting tour of the Sarapiquí River. Run a section of river with sections of flat water and small, Class II-III rapids that are safe for rafters with no previous experience. After lunch, continue to the Arenal Volcano area, one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica, and enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Activity: 2 hours rafting Class II-III rapids

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Arenal Observatory Lodge

Day 3: Visit an Organic Farm & Go Ziplining

Help feed the animals at a local wildlife center that works to preserve wildlife populations. Later, take a tour of an organic farm and learn about common Costa Rican crops such as coffee, bananas, plantains, and sugar cane. Enjoy a traditional lunch on the farm with a hands-on demonstration of tortilla making. Then, take a 20-minute gondola ride up a mountain, followed by an exhilarating ride back down a 3,280' zipline system. Tonight, kids enjoy a night walk around the lodge where they can observe nocturnal wildlife, while adults enjoy a glass of wine, or some alone time.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Arenal Observatory Lodge

Day 4: Take a Wildlife Boat Safari

Embark on a fascinating boat safari on the Bebedero River bordering Palo Verde National Park, a wildlife refuge with the biggest area of wetlands in Costa Rica. This rich ecosystem combines rivers, marshland, mangroves and forests. Keep an eye out for huge crocodiles resting under the sun, groups of monkeys swinging between the branches, and resident and migratory bird species swooping through the air. Afterwards, continue to your hotel near the Miravalles Volcano.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Rio Perdido Lodge

Day 5: Explore the Geology of Miravalles Volcano

Take a guided nature hike that lets you explore the fascinating geological marvels of Miravalles Volcano, Las Hornillas hot springs, and several waterfalls. See the bubbling of volcanic mud pots, with temperatures ranging from 100 degrees to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as sulfur springs and steam-spewing vents. Take a mud bath in the natural outdoor spa and relax in the hot springs. Take a short ride to see waterfalls and hike on forest trails where you can spot birds, reptiles, and other wildlife. Enjoy the rest of the evening at your hotel to relax, have dinner, and swim in the natural thermal pools.

Activity: 2.5 hours hiking and swimming / 1.8 miles hiking

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Rio Perdido Lodge

Day 6: Rio Perdido Canyon Adventure

Get your adrenaline going with the innovative zipline course that happens to be located right on the lodge property. Rio Perdido's Canyon Adventure includes 15 platforms, a Tarzan swing, a 90' challenge bridge, and five zip lines with lengths varying from 260 to over 800 feet. After you've zipped your way around the property, transfer to your hotel in Carrillo Beach, stopping along the way for lunch at a local restaurant. Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure, enjoying the pristine beach with palm trees and chalk-colored sand.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Nammbú Hotel

Day 7: Snorkel & Kayak to Chora Island

After breakfast, climb into a kayak just south of Sámara Beach and take an easy paddle out to Chora Island. Pause for some snorkeling in the beautiful water, enjoying the company of colorful fish, octopus, blowfish, and maybe even sea turtles. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in town. Tonight, gather with the group for a farewell dinner at Nammbú Hotel.

Activity: 3.5 hours kayaking & snorkeling

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Nammbú Hotel

Day 8: Depart from Liberia

After breakfast, transfer to the international airport in Liberia, Costa Rica, and check in 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight time for homeward-bound flights.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Arenal Observatory Lodge

Situated within the Arenal National Park, the Arenal Observatory Lodge was originally a family farm and later a Smithsonian Institute scientific research station. Most of the 48 rooms have a private balcony or deck with picturesque views of Arenal Volcano, whose steep conical slopes rise majestically out of vast surrounding rainforests. Enjoy the pool and hot tub, spectacular birding, and more.

Hotel Bougainvillea

Hotel Bougainvillea is an oasis located just 10 minutes outside of downtown San José, surrounded by some of Costa Rica's finest tropical gardens. Wander the grounds and enjoy the peaceful surroundings, lovely pool, and restaurant with a focus on regional dishes. Rooms are bright and clean, with views of the Central Valley and surrounding mountains or the beautiful gardens.

Nammbú Hotel

Welcome to Nammbu Beachfront Bungalows, a family-friendly hilltop property in an idyllic setting close to Playa Carillo. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the service is excellent. Kids will love splashing in the stunning infinity pool and exploring the natural surroundings. A staircase takes you down to the beautiful beach.

Rio Perdido Lodge

Located on a 600-acre private reserve, Rio Perdido Lodge has twenty treetop bungalows connected by elevated pathways. While the feel of each bungalow is distinct, all of them offer the same features and amenities, including a comfortable bedroom, bathroom, and elevated terrace. The property is a destination in its own right, with thermal baths and a zipline tour on property.

Dates and Pricing

Jun 16 - 23, 2019

pricing

2019 Prices
$3,895 (4-14 members)
$700 single supplement
-$250 child discount (17 and under)

Activity Level Moderate
Trip Length 8 days

From $3,895

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