Heredia, Corcovado National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, Tortuguero National Park
Dates are customizable for private departures.
Immerse your family in the natural wonders of natural Costa Rica on a 7-night vacation to five incredible national parks. Handcrafted to cultivate diverse wildlife experiences, this itinerary includes sea turtles, monkeys, volcanos, quetzals, untouched jungle, and pristine beaches. It will be an escape into the sounds and sights of a surreal world and a family break that will lead you far from your everyday schedule. Enjoy comfort and luxury in Costa Rica’s incredible natural settings.
Heredia – Searching for Quetzals on an Incredible Active Volcano
After flying to Costa Rica’s largest international airport, you will be transferred to Heredia, which is a charming town nestled beneath volcanic brilliance. After a minute to settle in, your guide will lead you to Poas Volcano National Park. A steep road zigzags up this active volcano, so your family does not need to partake in an exhausting uphill walk. Instead, you can access a rainforest trailhead and follow a short track in search of quetzals. Walking around the crater rim will be an educational experience, and it is accessible to all ages.
Corcovado National Park – Immersed in Central America’s Largest Virgin Rainforest
When you fly south, the landscape begins to change: a mountainous interior will be replaced by a rolling rainforest and views of the Pacific. Corcovado National Park is home to the largest native rainforest in all of Central America. It is another excellent bird watching location, and you can even encounter jaguars, but the primary highlight will be your mixture of family adventure and downtime. This afternoon, you will have a couple of options for wildlife walks. Your guide will explain the options in more depth and can customize a route to suit your interests, such as any particular animal you would like to see.
Corcovado National Park – Family Wildlife Tours in a Stunning National Park
By getting an early start, you can experience Corcovado at its best before returning to the lodge for some lazy hours. Specialist family guides work at the lodge, and they can keep your children occupied during the middle of the day with activities related to wilderness survival and animal identification. Then, by mid-afternoon, you can be back exploring the trails and in search of anteaters and tapirs. Today, you will also have a wide choice of hikes that can focus on educational exploration. Everyone in your family can learn about different animals and how to identify them.
Manuel Antonio National Park – Snorkeling with Sea Turtles and Dolphins
Today, ocean vistas will dominate as you travel above the crashing waves and indigenous forest. Marino Ballena National Park is a convenient stop for a small boat tour on the Pacific. Dolphins may move like ballet dancers in the water with their fins displaying their artistic nature. They often come directly next to the boat, showing off their dorsal fins before diving back to the depths. After a short jaunt, your open ocean guide will lead you to calmer waters for some safe snorkeling. Here, you can swim with sea turtles if you are lucky. Even without turtles, there is a magnificent marine realm to uncover. After your marine excursion, you will continue to Manuel Antonio National Park, where you will spend two nights at a small lodge on the beachfront.
Manuel Antonio National Park – Intimate Experiences with Four Different Monkey Species
By staying in Manuel Antonio National Park, you will have the advantage of an early start, meaning that you will miss most of the crowds and be able to soak up all the natural splendor. A couple of clear trails cross the park, and they are great for children. In the park, you can encounter a large variety of wildlife in just one or two hours. The slower you walk, the more you are likely to find. By mid-morning, you will be back at the lodge with the rest of today at your leisure. With so many sublime beaches and bays, this is a great park that allows you to create your own afternoon adventure.
Tortuguero National Park – Breathtaking Wildlife Canoe Cruise
Tortuguero is a lush, green realm of wetlands, lagoons, jungle rivers, and Caribbean beaches. Thanks to new flight connections, you can connect Manuel Antonio with Tortuguero in just under three hours. This afternoon in Tortuguero, you will explore by water. By moving silently, you can move exceptionally close to the animals around the riverbanks. The best part is that you do not need to paddle constantly. Your guides will also lead, so your children paddle before setting their eyes to the trees in search of monkeys. Tortuguero’s animal population is similar to Manuel Antonio, with monkeys and sloths being the prime attractions.
Tortuguero National Park – Beaches with Sea Turtle Encounters
Green sea turtles arrive in Tortuguero, usually around May. Loggerheads and leatherbacks typically come later in the year, including 1.5-ton giants that are among the largest sea turtles on the planet. They all come to nest on Tortuguero’s quiet beaches, and the sand is protected by a small team of conservationists. Today’s boat tour will be flexible, and your guide can plan a trip based on local sightings to show you large turtles, nests, and hatchlings. Different beaches become nesting sites throughout the year, and just to see the eggs will prove impressive. Hatching only happens after dark, so you will return to the lodge in the afternoon before setting back out on a nighttime tour, using a flashlight to illuminate young sea turtles and their manic dash for freedom.
San Jose – Departure
After a short transfer by river, you will have a flight to San Jose this morning. This will be a convenient journey that saves on a long overland transfer across the country. After your arrival in San Jose, you will transfer to your outbound flight after a week of incredible wildlife encounters with your family in Costa Rica.
- Search for four different monkey species in Manuel Antonio National Park and enjoy remarkable intimacy with the wild primates
- Explore Central America’s largest virgin rainforest on tailored hikes that allow you to encounter a superb variety of birds
- Cruise along the narrow river channels of Tortuguero National Park for a sublime wildlife experience
- Experience the wonder of an active volcano, from fumaroles and mud pools to a forest inhabited by quetzal
- Snorkel beautiful Pacific waters, where the tropical fish are accompanied by turtles and dolphins
- Customize wildlife hikes in Corcovado National Park with local rangers that can help you seek out tapir, harpy eagles, anteaters, and more
- Immerse yourself in Costa Rican nature with handpicked family lodges that are enveloped by exotic sounds and smells
Costa Rica is dominated by raw nature. National parks cover more than a quarter of the country, and the natural diversity is breathtaking, from sea turtles that hatch on Caribbean beaches to monkeys that swing through the virgin jungle. Such remarkable nature will dominate this family escape, and during these adventurous seven days, you will be guided by exotic smells and sounds in addition to exploring the untrammeled charms of a world so different to home. This is a destination where you can completely escape to bask in nature and enjoy a very unique bonding experience.
This 7-day family tour is handcrafted for active families and visits five distinct national parks. Short flights connect most destinations, and the seven nights will lead you to four different overnight destinations. Activities can be customized to all ages, especially the wildlife hikes. Throughout your journey, you will be on the move, and from the Pacific to the Caribbean, you will experience both coastlines, the jungle, the rainforest, and a volcano.
Expert guides will lead the way throughout because they know where to turn and how to look for different animals. They will lead you closer to animals and make virgin landscapes comfortable, so you do not have to worry about getting lost in the middle of nowhere. Sublime family lodges will mean that you are completely surrounded by nature almost every moment of every day. When Costa Rica’s sounds and smells set the backdrop, your children will find a wonderfully novel playground.
After flying to San Jose, you will transfer to Heredia, which is an enchanting town beneath a volcano. The majority of your first day will be spent in Poas Volcano National Park, exploring its iconic summit and seeking out quetzals. From here, you will fly to Corcovado National Park, where you will have two days of intimate experiences in Central America’s largest virgin rainforest. From tapirs to anteaters and scarlet macaws, this is a destination that hosts surreal encounters and absolute seclusion. You will feel the break from your everyday and quickly appreciate the beauty of exploring nature.
On day four, you will travel by road with a snorkeling and sea life stop in Marino Ballena National Park en route to the monkeys and beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. This delightful park is great for families because there is so much wildlife to experience in a relatively small area. Tortuguero Caribbean National Park, which mixes jungle experiences with sea turtles and beaches, will complete your vacation. Here, you can paddle together on a jungle cruise, spend a day supporting sea turtle conversation, and find hatchlings on the sand after dark. This itinerary features an active seven days, but when nature dominates, you will find a sense of tranquility to accompany your family adventure.
$1,435 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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