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Family-Friendly Costa Rica Eco Tour: Living in the Jungle

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

Costa Rica

Places Visited

San Jose, Manuel Antonio National Park, Santa Elena, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve...

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Suggested Duration

11 Days

Costa Rica is the ultimate eco-destination for families, and this handcrafted 11-day adventure will lead you from the cloud forest to the coast. Escape to Pacific beaches, zipline through the forest canopy, traverse a volcano, and come face to face with Costa Rica’s incredible wildlife. Your family adventure will help to preserve ancient biodiversity and will provide your entire family with a new perspective of nature. Each tour is completely private, and you can tailor each day to your family’s...

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Trip Highlights

  • Sail around the Pacific on a private catamaran, looking for dolphins and snorkeling coral reefs
  • Feel the enchantment of yesteryear as you explore old town San Jose and the cute town of Quepos
  • Zipline through a rainforest canopy and discover a hidden world in the trees
  • Discover a fabulous array of local wildlife from howler monkeys and iguanas to sloths
  • Luxuriate in volcanic hot springs after a day of hiking on Arenal Volcano
  • Escape to beautiful bays and beaches, where there is the space you need to unwind as a family
  • Wander upon giant suspension bridges and search for wildlife on a nighttime wildlife walk in Monteverde
  • Customize your eco family adventure around Arenal with mountain biking, rafting, and other activities on the lake
  • Help to preserve local wildlife on eco-tours that conserve Costa Rica’s incredible biodiversity

Detailed Description

Costa Rica dazzles from all angles. Howler monkeys shout from the treetops, suspension bridges create excitement, and dolphins play in the wake of catamarans. This Central American country offers a remarkable variety of nature to explore. One day, you will be deep in the rainforest, gazing up at three-toed sloths, and the next, you will discover the mystique of a world above the trees. Beaches will provide you with space to unwind, while Arenal Volcano has so many eco-activities to try. With this family eco-tour through Costa Rica, you will discover ancient biodiversity and a natural world that remains unchanged. Furthermore, through this tour, you will help to preserve Costa Rica’s nature for future generations.

Diversity will be the real highlight of your vacation. After an introductory night in the capital city of San Jose, you will have three nights in each of three destinations. Biodiversity reigns in Manuel Antonio National Park, where over 100 mammals gather close to beautiful, Pacific beaches. It is the perfect destination for adventure, and you can hike past monkey troops, laze around calm bays and beaches, and spend an afternoon sailing on a catamaran. Wildlife sometimes takes center stage, and there can be real excitement here, especially when capuchin monkeys swing past your lodge. Mostly, this destination is about relaxing as a family and enjoying some quiet time together.

After a brief stop in old-world Quepos, you will spend the next three nights high in the clouds. Santa Elena will be your base for eco-adventures in and around Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Here, you will feel the thrill of Costa Rica as you zipline through the trees and cross magnificent suspension bridges. All the tours are private, so they can be tailored to the age and interest of your kids. Local guides will show you how your vacation is making a difference in terms of Costa Rica’s ecosystem, and you can get involved with planting trees. Santa Elena is an extremely laid-back destination, and once again, you can relax as a family in privacy.

You will complete your eco vacation with three nights in La Fortuna, which is Costa Rica’s most popular destination. There is a lively atmosphere to the town, which can be nice if anyone is feeling a bit restless and wants some excitement during the evenings. Just getting to La Fortuna will be an adventure. To reach La Fortuna, you will be transferred in a 4WD before taking a boat across Lake Arenal. With three days in La Fortuna, you can do so much, such as mountain biking, hiking, canyoning, sailing, and kayaking. You can also spend most of your time in the hot springs, basking in the healing waters. Such an array of options makes La Fortuna an excellent final stop, and you can customize everything around your energy and mood.

Starting Price

$2,569 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.

What's Included

The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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