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8 Day Family of 5 Adventure

Trip difficulty: 1 2 3 4 5
Recommended for ages: 8+
Number of days: 8

We desinged family vacation itinerary to really try and show our guests what we consider the highlights of Costa Rica in just 8 days. This is a trip that moves around and has some travel days but well worth every minute if you are looking to see three very different areas of Costa Rica.

The trip starts in the Turrialba area where you will enjoy the layed back lifestyle of Turrialba along with the amazing whitewater rafting adventure on Pacuare River. We then make our way north to the Arenal Volcano as you will be ziplining on the side of an active volcano with some of the best views we can offer. We will finish where the mountain meets the sea down on the Central Pacific Coast.

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Price: $1980/person (Based on 4 people)

Room Type: Casa Turire Hotel 2 Suites, Casa Luna 1 Room, Cuna del Angel 2 Deluxe

Includes: All Private Transportation with driver & guide, all meals listed, all tours and adventures, all lodging

Not Included: International Airfare, $26 Exit Tax

Arrive and Drive to Hacienda Tayutic (Hacienda Tayutic)

Today we will meet you outside the airport. This is one of my favorite places to stay. It is up in a village in the mountains of Turrialba. It is off the touristy path and has amazing views of the smoking Turrialba Volcano. When we bring our guest here they alway say it was the highlight of their trip. We will be staying here for two night. Depending on flight time will depend on the time we arrive but it is a beautiful drive through the country side as we make our way to Hacienda Tayutic. (Meals: None)

Raft Pacuare River (Hacienda Tayutic)

Today we will take off on what National Geographic has as one of their top 5 rivers on the planet. I have to say this is in our opinion the best part of any trip to Costa Rica. You will be on your private raft and we will take our time going down the river stopping along the way and hiking to some waterfalls. We will get some great family shots of everyone at the waterfalls and get the perfect Christmas card for next year. The river trip will take us almost 4 hours and then we will head back to Tayutic where you can relax and watch the sunset over the smoking Turrialba Volcano. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Drive to Arenal Volcano (Casa Luna Lodge)

Today we will make our way to the Arenal Volcano where we will take our time as we drive making some interesting stops along the way. It is a travel day but by the end of the trip you feel like it was a tour because of all the neat stops we make. When we arrive we will be staying in the Casa Luna Lodge which is one the most perfect locations for views of the volcano. This is a very nice place, great pool area, and nice rooms and super comfortable beds. (Meals: Breakfast)

Zipline & Canyoneering Adventure (Casa Luna Lodge)

We are going to do a full day of adventure. First we will be zipping across the rainforest on cables no more than 700ft above ground. This happens to be the best zipline in the Costa Rica. I like the one in your last itinerary but this is actually faster and higher which Im sure the guys wont mind. If this wasnt enough for you we will need you to walk off the side of a waterfall as we take you on a canyoneering adventure. The canyoneering adventure is similar to the rappel but actually you get a little more actino than just one rappel. You will need to make your way down a canyon and rappel 5 different waterfalls as you make your way down. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Drive to Pacific Coast Dominical (Cuna del Angel)

With many of the places on the beach still full for these dates I was happy to get the Cuna del Angel. This is a small hotel, surrounded by jungle, and a nice view of the ocean. We will not be right on the beach but close enough to where you can go anytime you feel the urge. There are many beaches in the area and we plan on using these days to explore the different beaches on the Pacific Coast. Today is a travel day but again we will make some stops along the way to keep it interesting. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day at the Beach (Cuna del Angel)

Today is your day to relax at the beach and enjoy the many different nearby beaches. There are a number of places to get to know and we will give you the full tour of the area. (Meals: Breakfast)

Beach Day &/or Surf Classes (Cuna del Angel)

After a long week of adventure today is your day to relax on the beach. We can explore the many different beaches in the area or if you want some more activities we can organize some surf lessons for you or even sea-kayaking is an option. Whatever it is you decide to do we will make it a fun day full of adventure, relaxation, or a little bit of both. The surf classes or sea kayak is not included in the price. They run around $30 person. (Meals: Breakfast)

Drive to San Jose & Fly Home!!!

Today we make the 3 hour drive back to the San Jose airport where you will catch your flight back home. (Meals: Breakfast)

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Turrialtico Hotel - Located on the hills just outside of the town of Turrialba, the Turrialtico Hotel offers breath-taking views of the Turrialba Volcano and the valley below. The hotel is also located just minutes from our Sitio de Mata Project where our guests can visit to the village and meet the locals.

Other Options Turrialba:

Casa Luna Lodge - Located at the base of the Arenal Volcano, at Casa Luna you will have excellent views of the volcano. A small hotel, with excellent service, it is located with easy access to the La Fortuna Waterfall, town of La Fortuna, and other great attractions. Many of the hotels in the area are a 30 minute drive from the activities but Casa Luna Lodge is the perfect location for getting a lot done.

Other Options Arenal:

Cuna del Angel - Another perfect location is the Cuna del Angel Hotel which is a very small hotel on the Pacific Coast just south of Dominical. Here you will be surrounded by the jungle with views of the Pacific Ocean. The rooms of Cuna del Angel are luxurious with all the finest amenities. One thing that seperates this hotel apart from others is the food! An amazing chef offers you some of the finest meals in all of Costa Rica.

Other Options Dominical:

With a country full of amazing people, a landscape that day after day just blows your mind, and some of the best rivers on the planet, I decided to call Costa Rica home. I made my early career whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River and working as an adventure guide for different companies. With this said, the goal of starting Costa Rican Resource was to get people out into nature to realizing that each and every human on the planet is a part of our natural world.