Connect with the indigenous culture and explore wildlife-filled nature during this adventurous 7-day family journey through Costa Rica. Featuring local experiences and beautiful off-the-beaten-path locations, this handcrafted tour will show you the natural splendor Costa Rica, which is a land of authentic and often surprising scenes. Meet Bribri Indians, savor a cultural farm-stay experience, paddle through the jungle in search of monkeys, and search for sea turtles on Caribbean beaches.
Turrialba – Costa Rica’s Volcano Heartland
Costa Rica’s volcanic heartlands epitomize the local saying of Pura Vida. This is a country that instantly seems exotic and new but is also quick to make you feel at home. Today’s experiences will be customizable and can be adjusted after you arrive, depending on how you feel. The journey to Turrialba will lead you by Poas and Turrialba, which are two volcanoes that offer a superb variety of hiking trails. By trekking through forests, you can search for quetzals and waterfalls. It is also possible for your guide to drive you to Poas’s summit, where you can admire fumaroles, mini geysers, and mud that spits and surges.
Turrialba – Cultural Exchange on a Farm
Today, you will be immersed in the Costa Rican farming lifestyle with a full-day cultural exchange. Exact activities can be tailored based on your interests, and the general idea will be to gain an authentic insight into local rural life. Learning local production methods can be fascinating, but today can also include visiting stables and animal pens with activities, such as gathering eggs and brushing horses. Discovering organic coffee is likely to be part of your day, and you can follow the process from bean to cup. From seeds and crops, drying and roasting, and grinding and packing, you can explore how small decisions have an enormous impact on the final product.
Puerto Viejo – Sloths and Howler Monkeys
Your drives will feel like you are on an adventure rather than just a transfer between destinations. As green pastures set the scene, you will be bumping along country roads to Puerto Viejo with stops at charming villages along the way. With a private journey to Puerto Viejo, you can make many other stops along the way. Before settling onto a quiet Caribbean beach, you will spend a portion of the afternoon in the Jaguar Rescue Center. Here, your children can get up-close with rehabilitated and rescued animals, and you can watch how a creature can create such wide-eyed amazement in your kids.
Puerto Viejo – Indigenous Jungle Experience
Today, you will travel down the Yorkin River in a canoe, which will be an enchanting 90-minute journey that demonstrates how much of Costa Rica remains untouched. After being introduced to the indigenous community, you will be guided to some natural pools for a refreshing swim before being provided with a traditional Bribri lunch that will teach you about different elements of the local culture. The afternoon will include palm thatch weaving, archery, learning the Bribri language, and tasting homemade chichi, which is a fermented corn drink.
Tortuguero National Park – Encounters with Hatchling Sea Turtles
After a short journey to Limon, flying to Tortuguero will save you valuable vacation time. After settling in to your opulent accommodation, your family will go searching for sea turtles. Four different species nests in the area, including leatherbacks that weigh up to 1.5 tons. On a small boat, you will then explore tranquil Caribbean waters. Snorkeling is wonderful here, and your guide will select places based on the abilities and ages of your kids. The real highlight will come after dark. Walking the beaches with a flashlight can feel like a treasure hunt as the roving light seeks out hatchlings on their wild dash to the water.
Tortuguero National Park – Jungle Canoe Ride
A canoe ride will be the best way to explore, and it is also an ideal activity for families with kids of all ages. Everyone can have the chance to paddle, but you can also just sit back and explore without needing to walk and brave the insects. Traveling in a canoe is slow and silent, which also means you can get really close to the animals. Caimans and otters often peek above the water as they swim from bank to bank. Lizards typically bask on the riverbanks, and the sight of a manatee may add another dimension to your excursion. It is best to ride early in the morning because the wildlife is more active.
Tortuguero National Park – Departure
After a short river ride, you will fly out of Tortuguero National Park. The domestic flight will touch down in San Jose, where a local representative will meet you and ensure that you are comfortably transferred to your international flight.
- Enjoy an incredible day with an indigenous Bribri community, where you can experience a very unique culture and lifestyle
- Venture by flashlight onto Tortuguero’s beaches for a thrilling search for sea turtle hatchlings
- Experience a Costa Rican working farm during a cultural exchange in Turrialba, which is one of the country’s least-visited regions
- Discover magnificent wildlife in Tortuguero National Park and the Jaguar Rescue Center, which is also home to howler monkeys and strange sloths
- Lounge and play on breathtaking Caribbean beaches, where an off-the-beaten-path atmosphere is part of the fun
- Ride through the wild in a wooden canoe and experience the wonders of a surreal wildlife world
- Savor Costa Rica’s active volcanos and learn all about fumaroles and thermal power
Costa Rica creates a rare paradox. This is a country where so much remains off the beaten track, and authentic experiences are part of the everyday schedule; it is also a country where offbeat locales and activities have been made accessible. There are few other countries where you can take your family off the beaten track without needing long journeys or any steps beyond your comfort zone. Over these seven days, you will be canoeing through the jungle to a Bribri Indian community, exchanging ideas on a rural coffee farm, and finding breathtaking Caribbean beaches void of footprints.
This seven-day family tour is handcrafted to celebrate indigenous cultural experiences and serene nature excursions. It will take you off the beaten track to Turrialba, the Belli Bamboo Parkland, Puerto Viejo, and Tortuguero National Park. Whether you are searching for sea turtles or spending time with a local family, your Costa Rica tour will be a celebration of local authenticity. By skipping popular destinations like Arenal and the Pacific coast, you can indulge in an adventure to places where few other foreigners tread. With stunning family lodges and sucure transport connections, this will be a 7-day experience that is suitable for all ages.
To begin your journey, you will fly into San Jose and transfer directly to the volcanos, which are majestic cones that peer down as you ride through green landscapes to Turrialba. After a customizable day on the volcanos, you will spend day two experiencing a family cultural exchange that will teach you about the everyday life of a working coffee farm. It is a beautiful place to be, and everyone can be involved in different elements of farm life, from roasting coffee beans to working with horses. By traveling further east on day three, you can seek out sloths and monkeys in the Jaguar Rescue Center before settling in to two nights on the Caribbean sand.
Puerto Viejo is the starting point for a cultural jungle adventure, and it will take about 90 minutes to reach the Bribri Indian community on a journey down the Yorkin River in a canoe. Once in the village, you can discover local life, from the art of palm thatching to learning the language and exploring everyday traditions. Part wetland wilderness and part Caribbean coast, Tortuguero will provide a dazzling final destination, where the experiences focus on intimate connections with rare and unique wildlife. A canoe cruise will then showcase one world, and, out on the beaches, you will be searching for sea turtles, including hatchlings that emerge after dark. This is the part of Costa Rica that most are yet to know of, and these seven days will include many new and intriguing experiences.
$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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