Costa Rica Family Adventure

Overview

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!

  • 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

  • Arrive: San José, Costa Rica
  • Depart: Liberia, Costa Rica
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Group Size: 4-14 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 9 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    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.

  • Day02

    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.

    • Accommodation: Arenal Observatory Lodge
    • Activity: 2 hours rafting Class II-III rapids
    • Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    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.

  • Day04

    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.

    • Accommodation: Rio Perdido Lodge
    • Activity: River safari by boat
    • Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day05

    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.

    • Accommodation: Rio Perdido Lodge
    • Activity: 2.5 hours hiking and swimming / 1.8 miles hiking
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    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.

    • Accommodation: Nammbú Hotel
    • Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day07

    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.

    • Accommodation: Nammbú Hotel
    • Activity: 3.5 hours kayaking & snorkeling
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day08

    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.

    • Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast
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Upcoming Departures

  • AvailableJun 30 - Jul 07, 2019
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been inspiring adventure seekers for 50 years. Our new family adventures make it easy to explore with the ones you love.

Reason #02

We work with the best family-friendly local guiding teams in Costa Rica for a professionally operated trip from beginning to end.

Reason #03

It is mandatory that our guides keep up-to-date with safety and equipment trainings. They are also trained naturalists and eager to share their country.

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    An action-packed itinerary that includes hiking, ziplining, kayaking, snorkeling, whitewater rafting, and more - for the whole family.

  • Lodging

    Family-friendly accommodations with swimming pools and other built-in activities, including a 600-acre private reserve with a zipline course.

  • Climate

    Tropical, equatorial climate year-round. In San Jose, temperatures from 65-75°F due to high elevation. In other areas, you can expect 78-85°F. Expect some rain in June/July. Ocean temperature 82-84°F.

FAQ

  • When and where should I arrive?

    Arrive to San Jose International Airport any time on the first day. An MT Sobek representative will greet you and provide a hotel transfer. Many flights arrive late so dinner is not included.

  • When and where should I depart?

    You can depart from the Liberia International Airport on the last day of your trip.

  • What makes this trip family friendly?

    Our family trips designed for ages 9 and up include plenty of adventure, but with slightly shorter days than our normal MT Sobek trips. Family trip leaders have plenty of experience guiding families, and enjoy adventures with children. We include one evening for adults to be on their own while children are entertained, and we include menu options appropriate for children.

  • Can we do the trip if we are beginners?

    Yes, it's great for beginners. No previous experience required, we supply the technical equipment. Our guides have extensive safety certifications and will train you on what you need to know.

  • What is the rafting like?

    We use paddleboats with 4-6 participants on Class II-III rapids. You will learn to paddle as a team with your guide. Expect to get wet and have lots of fun.

  • Are insects a problem?

    No, insects are generally not a problem. If you are extra sensitive, bring insect repellant. You may see a few mosquitoes around dawn and dusk, but you may see none.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Available
    Jun 30 - Jul 07, 2019

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2019
$3,895.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $900.00 Single Supplement
  • $-250.00 Child Discount (age 17 and under)

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced family-friendly adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at welcome and farewell dinners
  • Age-appropriate welcome gifts for minors
  • 1 - 2 Nights of planned childcare activities
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary rafting, kayaking, and snorkeling gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Dinner on days 1, 4, and 6
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of Day 1
  • Optional travel protection

Testimonials

  • "MT Sobek took care of everything for our extended family vacation. Not a hiccup in the planning, the itinerary, the lodging or the guide. Everything in life should be so easy."

    Kathy J.

    MT Sobek Guest

  • "Exceptional trips! Go with MT Sobek!"

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