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Costa Rica Private Family Adventure

Raft, Kayak, Snorkel & Zipline in Nature's Wonderland

 

Bring the whole family on this fun-filled Costa Rica adventure, with activities geared for ages 6 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 an innovative course with extra features

  • Go whitewater rafting on a stretch of river perfect for beginners

  • Enjoy waterfalls, natural thermal springs, and pools of the Miravalles Volcano area

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$250 Discount for Children 17 & Under

Arrive:

San José, Costa Rica

Depart:

Liberia, Costa Rica

Price: from $4,295

Duration:

8 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

4-12 Guests

Min Age:

6 yrs

Activity:

Level 2

This trip is designed for families with children from age 6 and up. No previous experience is necessary for the activities. During rafting, guests actively partake in paddling with the command of your experienced guide. Kayaking at the beach will be on stable, two-person sea kayaks. When hiking, expect dirt trails in forested habitat.
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  • Arrive in San José

    Day 1

    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-Heredia, Costa Rica

    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.

    Transportation: 45-minute private van transfer

  • Raft the Sarapiquí River

    Day 2

    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 (Class II if under age 9). 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 – Costa Rica

    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.

    Activity: 2 hours rafting Class II-III rapids

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit an Organic Farm & Go Ziplining

    Day 3

    Help feed the animals at a local wildlife center that works to preserve wildlife populations. Later, take an interactive 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 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.

    Accommodation: Arenal Observatory Lodge – Costa Rica

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Take a Wildlife Boat Safari

    Day 4

    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 with time to enjoy the thermal pools onsite or take a dip in the natural thermal river that flows through the property.

    Accommodation: Rio Perdido Lodge Costa Rica

    Located on a 600-acre private reserve, Rio Perdido has thirty bungalows nestled within the forest and connected by elevated pathways. While the bungalows are designed to minimize environmental impact, they each offer modern amenities, including a comfortable bedroom, contemporary bathroom, and elevated terrace. The property is a destination in its own right, with thermal pools, a natural thermal river, and a zipline tour on property.

    Activity: River safari by boat

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Explore the Geology of Miravalles Volcano

    Day 5

    Set out to explore the fascinating geological marvels of Miravalles Volcano area at Las Hornillas hot springs. See the bubbling volcanic mud pots, sulfur springs, and steam-spewing vents. Hike on forest trails to beautiful waterfalls and along the way search for birds, reptiles, and other wildlife. Enjoy the rest of the evening afternoon at your hotel to relax, enjoy the pools, schedule a spa treatment, and swim in the thermal river.

    Accommodation: Rio Perdido Lodge Costa Rica

    Located on a 600-acre private reserve, Rio Perdido has thirty bungalows nestled within the forest and connected by elevated pathways. While the bungalows are designed to minimize environmental impact, they each offer modern amenities, including a comfortable bedroom, contemporary bathroom, and elevated terrace. The property is a destination in its own right, with thermal pools, a natural thermal river, and a zipline tour on property.

    Activity: 2.5 hours hiking and swimming / 1.8 miles hiking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Rio Perdido Canyon Adventure

    Day 6

    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: Nammbu 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.

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Snorkel & Kayak to Chora Island

    Day 7

    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: Nammbu 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.

    Activity: 3.5 hours kayaking & snorkeling

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Liberia

    Day 8

    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

Costa Rica Private Family Adventure

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What to Expect

 

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 your guides

Marco Fallas

Marco Fallas

Marco, nicknamed "Tex", is a bundle of energy and has a contagious sense of humor. With over 20 years of experience with tourism in Costa Rica, he has a deep knowledge and wide range of experience to share. Marco actively seeks out more knowledge of Costa Rica and has taken various courses on topics including ornithology, ecology, history, and most recently nature photography. To better understand climate ecology, he has traveled to the Grand Tetons, Minnesota, Sedona, and Michigan. With his good-natured sense of humor, attention to detail, and caring demeanor, Marco is ready to share the wonders of Costa Rica with MT Sobek travelers.

Onik Morrison

Onik Morrison

Since her early childhood, Onik's travels have taken her around the world to over 40 countries. Her educational background includes a B.S. in Biology, and an M.S. in Environmental Interpretation from the University of Costa Rica. For more than a decade she has led trips throughout Costa Rica, Peru, Nicaragua and Cuba. She has a contagious passion for the local culture and the wilderness's relationship with the Costa Rican lifestyle. Onik believes time is our most valuable asset, and is eager to share her knowledge, passion, and conscientiousness with MT Sobek travelers.

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 6 and up include plenty of adventure, but with shorter days than our normal MT Sobek trips. Family trip leaders have plenty of experience guiding families, and enjoy adventures with 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 (only class II if under age 9). 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.

Go Private

Go Private

Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private Trip.

Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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Private Trip Pricing:

2021 Pricing

4 to 12 guests from $4,295 per person double occupancy

2022 Pricing

2 to 5 guests from $4,995 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $4,895 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $4,795 per person double occupancy

	

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  • January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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