Costa Rica Family Adventure
Trip difficulty: 1 2 3 4 5
Sleep Behind a Waterfall
Here is a family adventure trip that is designed to show you what the guide books consider the best of Costa Rica. If you are looking for a traditional trip of seeing the sites that everyone else will be seeing and arriving to areas where you will find shops, restaurants, and be on a bit more of a touristy path, then this is the trip for you and the family. The places you visit are some of the most beautiful spots in Costa Rica and if you are on a budget this could be the perfect trip for you and the family.
Cost: $1595/person (Based on Group of 4)
Day 1 - Arrive and Drive to La Condesa Hotel (La Condesa)
One of the nicer hotels in the mountains of Heredia is La Condesa. You will be met at the airport with your private guide and driver. Today is a long travel day and we will get you to the first hotel with time to relax in the pool. (Meals: None)
Day 2 - Rappel 200ft Waterfall (La Condesa)
Today the adventure will begin and all we ask you to do is walk off a 200ft waterfall. Your guide will be taking you to one of the more beautiful waterfalls in all of Costa Rica and a chance to rappel down. This is an amazing adventure and a chance to get wet and get the adventure trip started. After the day of rappeling you will have some time back at La Condesa hotel. (Meals: Breakfast)
Day 3 - Visit Irazu Volcano Crater and Stay at Casa Turire Hotel (Casa Turire Hotel)
We will leave early in the morning and visit Costa Rica's tallest volcano. This is a chance to see both coast at the same time and get a cloud's view of the entire country of Costa Rica. After we make the short hike to look down into the crater which will have us at an elevation of around 11,000ft., we will end up at Casa Turire Hotel. Over the years Casa Tirire has become one of my favorite hotels in all of Costa Rica. It is small and the setting is absolutely perfect. (Meals: Breakfast)
Day 4 - Raft Pacuare River and Drive to Arenal Volcano (Casa Luna)
Today you will raft the Pacuare River which is listed by a magazine named National Geographic as one of the top five rivers in the world. I have been rafting this river for almost 10 years now and it is still to this day my favorite part about Costa Rica. Don't worry I will do my best to keep the family in the raft. We will be on the river for around three hours and we will even have some pictures of you from a kayak that you can take home as a souvenir. After the river rafting we will head to the Arenal Volcano where you will see one of the ten most active volcanos on the planet. From your room at the hotel of Casa Luna you will have an amazing view of the volcano and a perfect spot to relax until the next adventure. (Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5 - Zipline & Visit La Fortuna Falls (Casa Luna)
If you have not had enough adventure on the waterfall rappel or rafting then maybe zipping across the rainforest at 700ft. will do the trick. I remember when I first moved to Costa Rica in 1998 there were just a few ziplines and now they are everywhere. The one we plan to go to on this itinerary is without a doubt my favorite. It is a beautiful view of the voclano and the lake below and primary rainforest. After the zipline we will take a hike through some more rainforest and visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of the Americas. In the evening back to the hotel to relax in the pool with the volcano watching! (Meals: Breakfast)
Day 6 - Drive to Manuel Antonio (Beach Hotel)
This is a travel day and you will get dropped off at the beach hotel of Espadilla which is a very nice hotel close to Costa Rica's most beautiful National Park of Manuel Antonio. Here you will have the chance to see more monkeys than you can handle and even the endemic squirrel monkey passes through everyday at around 4:30pm. (Meals: Breakfast)
Day 7 - Beach Day (Beach Hotel)
Today is your day to relax and enjoy the ocean. You have the option of going to visit the National Park or Manuel Antonio or you can just enjoy the pool at the hotel. Either way you look at it it will be just another day in paradise. (Meals: Breakfast)
Day 8 - Transfer to San Jose Airport
Today your driver and guide will pick you up at the hotel and drive you back to the San Jose airport. This is not a bad drive as they have built a new highway that makes it very smooth and quick to get back to the San Jose airport from the Central Pacific. (Meals: Breakfast
La Condesa - Located in the mountains just outside of San Jose on the slopes of the Barva Volcano sits the La Condesa Hotel. It is a large luxurious hotel used by foreigners and Costa Rican's alike. It is isolated from the city life and offers you a climate that will have you wanting to stay as the temperature year round is 60 degrees. This is a perfect hotel for your first or last night as it is easy access to and from the airport of San Jose, just 25 minutes away.
Casa Turire - One of our favorite hotels for its small size of 16 rooms, great service, and amazing views the Casa Turire Hotel allows you to enjoy what we consider an amazing area of Costa Rica, Turrialba. The hotel has luxurious rooms and is set up in a colonial style setting on a very large property located with incredible views of the surrounding mountains and lake.
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.
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.