Savor the serenity of the Caribbean coast and give your family incredible, natural experiences in Costa Rica. Combining relaxing beach hours with exciting wildlife encounters and wilderness adventures, this luxurious 7-day adventure is the ideal mix of family downtime and active exploration. Handcrafted with private tours and exceptional lodges, this tour will also include everything from introductory snorkeling to hiking with monkeys.
Irazu – Discovering an Active Volcano and Lounging at the Lodge
San Jose is a charming capital, but with seven days in Costa Rica, you will not really want to waste any time on city streets, especially when you can venture directly into nature. After landing at the country’s main international airport, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to the Caribbean. Upon your arrival, you will check-in to a lodge that basks beneath the frame of Irazu volcano. Here, you have time to rest before lunch. Your lodge will be emblematic of Costa Rica’s appeal, providing luxury and space in incredible natural surroundings. After lunch, you will ascend with your family up an active volcano that last erupted in 1994.
It is very safe to explore at the moment, but you can still encounter surreal volcanic power. The road will twist and turn, leading you toward a summit that features three craters. Pools will shimmer and will be visible when you peer into one of the craters, fumaroles will spit out sulfuric gases, and bubbling mud pools will change before your eyes. You will be exploring a wonderful volcanic world, and there are different hiking trails in which you can indulge, so your time on Irazu can be as active as your family desires. There will even be a waterfall in the vicinity should you wish to extend the day’s adventure. Irazu is en route to the Caribbean coast, so this will be a convenient stop in addition to providing you with time to relax after your volcano tour.
Tortuguero National Park – Family Rafting in Stunning Jungle Surroundings
Tortuguero National Park – Caribbean Beaches and Encounters With Sea Turtles
Tortuguero National Park – Cruising Through the Jungle With Monkeys and Sloths
Puerto Viejo – Colorful Charms of the Costa Rican Coast
Puerto Viejo – Snorkeling and Hiking in Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo – Visiting a Wildlife Refuge and Departure
- Cruise along the serene rivers of Tortuguero National Park for beautiful moments with monkeys and caimans
- Escape to breathtaking Caribbean beaches, where there is all the space and privacy that is required for your family to come together
- Go swimming and snorkeling in calming waters alongside turtles and other beautiful marine life
- Explore an active volcano, where surreal colors and smells can make for a very educational family experience
- Discover a wildlife refuge, where jaguars and sloths provide wide-eyed amazement for kids and adults
- Admire how the Costa Rican wilderness has been made so accessible as you venture on a family hike in the monkeys’ realm
- Drift down the Pacuare River on a calming white-water rafting trip that will have you feeling the thrills and admiring a serene landscape
Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast is sublime and surreal. Thick jungle leans out above pristine beaches, monkeys howl from the trees, and sea turtle hatchlings make a run for their life. In Costa Rica, you can rest and relax in destinations that feel cut off from the rest of the world. You can also venture on an adventure deep into the jungle or out onto enchanting reefs. Costa Rica’s Pacific coast has become increasingly popular, but the Caribbean has preserved its rich and untouched feel. With only one week in Costa Rica, it will be difficult to combine both coastlines, but seven days in the Caribbean can blend coastal pleasures with more of the country’s iconic experiences, such as active volcanos and wildlife refuges.
Most importantly, Costa Rica’s Caribbean offers an enormous sense of freedom and space. Here, your children can find a place to run around and play in nature. There is solitude, all the serenity that you can expect from this tropical sea, and all the natural adventure that makes Costa Rica so alluring. It will prove to be amazing how many different experiences you can combine into only seven days, and this handcrafted tour will lead you from an active volcano to a jungle river and then to a wildlife-rich national park and finally the beach bliss of Puerto Viejo. This adventure will provide you with seven days of getting close as a family and also seven days of exploring one of the world’s friendliest and most biodiverse nations.
After flying to San Jose, you will be met by a local guide for a short transfer to Irazu, which is an active volcano with three craters and surreal thermal power. A tour around the summit will surely have you excited about Costa Rica’s nature before you are provided with some downtime at your boutique lodge. Continuing toward the Caribbean, you will spend a day rafting down the Rio Pacuare, which is an easy adventure that is possible for almost all ages and is mostly about drifting through nature. Most of your week in Costa Rica will be spent in two contrasting Caribbean destinations: Tortuguero National Park and Puerto Viejo.
Tortuguero is part jungle and part coast; it is a mystical world where monkeys howl and sea turtles provide hours of pure joy. River cruises will bring you intimately close to many different animals, and nocturnal beach walks can reveal sea turtles as they hatch from their eggs. From the lodge, you can listen to the wild while you are only a short ride from the waves. In Puerto Viejo, there are classic experiences, such as the golden beaches and swaying palm trees. Here, there is adventure as well. On day six, you will indulge in snorkeling and swimming expeditions before a guided hike leads you through the wonders of Cahuita National Park. You will even have time to stop at a wildlife refuge before flying back to San Jose and departing the country.
$1,255 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.
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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