Tear the kids away from the television and take them out of the worlds provided by their videogames for an 8-day immersive Costa Rica vacation. Instead of posting selfies from the mall they can photograph selfies with white-headed capuchin monkeys. Forget about Instagramming their dinner and instead Snapchat photos gliding upside down on a zip line over the rainforest canopy. Trade in the Tumblr for a travel journal and Facebook with the wildlife on a Costa Rica Highlights vacation connecting...
Monteverde – Introduction to the Clouds
The bustling life of San Jose often surprises newcomers to Costa Rica with its blend of contemporary shopping and tropical colors washing over the homes, restaurants, and businesses coursing through the outskirts of the city center. The prestigious history of the 19th and early 20th-century plantation owners continues to decorate the neighborhoods of Amon and Aranjuez with art deco and Victorian mansions. The wealth of pre-Colombian Costa Rica shimmers beneath the soft light of the Gold Museum located at the heart of the fast-paced city.
Your private transfer greets you at Juan Santamaria International Airport and escorts you away from the life inside the outdoor market at Museo Nacional or the blend of boutique and brand name shops inside the modern complex of Plaza Real Cariari. Markets with open walls present dangling bananas and plantains alongside vibrant watermelon cut in half to showcase the stunning red interior. You reach the comforts of your gorgeous lodge nestled into the dense trees of Monteverde’s Cloud Forest. The eco-resort has an unwavering commitment to the environment while providing unparalleled luxuries overlooking the forest canopy.
Your guide greets you in the hotel lobby after you’ve had a chance to relax. You step onto the trails crisscrossing the 74 acres of protected land in the fading light of the afternoon for your first introduction to Monteverde. It is also a unique welcome to your Costa Rica vacation. The nocturnal life of the forest fills the trees with sounds. You keep your flashlight close as the rich treetops darken the underbrush. Insects chirp as toucans sleep in the branches. You shine your flashlight on a radiant green snake winding its body across the surrounding leaves, captivating your teenagers immediately.
Monteverde – Life Brims Within the Canopy
Arenal – Across the Lake and On the Water
Arenal – Wind in the Face and Chocolate on the Tongue
Arenal – A Ride in the Rainforest
Tortuguero – To Secluded Shores
Tortuguero – Early to Rise
San Jose – Departure
- Relish luxury while staying in Zicasso featured properties capturing the spirit of Pura Vida through connections to Costa Rica’s wildlife and scenery
- Cruise down hidden canals in secluded Tortuguero National Park beside the Caribbean Sea to find spider monkeys, caiman, and West Indian manatees
- Take advantage of adventure with a zip-lining tour the whole family can enjoy, leading you through the rainforest canopy at Arenal
- Follow the trails of the rainforest past fruit farms and plantations while on horseback en route to view the stunning Fortuna Waterfall
- Enjoy the decadent flavor of fresh-made chocolate during a semi-private chocolate tour where you learn to make the rich, sweet treat by hand
- Wander the fascinating hanging bridges through the Cloud Forest at Monteverde for insight into the biodiversity of the active flora and fauna
- Explore the trails of Monteverde’s Cloud Forest at evening with a guide knowledgeable about the habits and hangouts of the nocturnal animals
- Indulge in a luxury-focused Costa Rica vacation customized to impress teenagers and parents alike
From sea turtles to jaguars, bridges traversing the sky to waterfalls cascading down steep cliffs, your Costa Rica vacation offers the perfect blend of excitement and luxury that could impress the most uninspired of teenagers. The best vacation motivates the family to experience more of the diverse rainforest landscape and cloud forest biodiversity. Dig your toes into golden sands alongside buried turtle nests and scour dense jungle at night to find camouflaged snakes, roaming ocelots, and sleeping toucans. Delight in the highlights of Costa Rica on a captivating, unforgettable vacation for teenagers, adults, and everyone in between.
The fascinating adventure begins with your arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport. You travel to the Cloud Forest at Monteverde by private transfer. The stunning landscape encompasses five percent of the world’s biodiversity in a country less than one-one hundredth of the world’s landmass. Traverse the trails with a guide on an introductory night trek in search of the fauna and avifauna patrolling the trees and underbrush in the dark. Traverse the hanging bridges through the canopy of the interesting trees in search of birds and monkeys, snakes, and orchids before visiting with fluttering butterflies and hummingbirds. Enjoy a scenic and adventurous ride to Arenal with a 4x4 jeep before traveling by boat over the eponymous lake.
Soak in the views of Arenal volcano and relish a scenic safari on Peñas Blancas River where wildlife roams freely along the banks and in the water. Adventure abounds with a zip-line excursion through the rainforest canopy and the whole family delights in learning how to make your own chocolate. Ride horses alongside farms and forest trails to reach La Fortuna Waterfall and take the time relaxing in the gorgeous hot springs connected to your luxury resort. The splendors of Tortuguero begin with the journey to the secluded region along the Caribbean Sea. Follow the canals on a private boat to reach the village. Spend time with a guide traversing the waterways through the protected rainforest for a wildlife safari in the landscape reminiscent of the Amazon.
$1,867 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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