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Top Trip Memories

  • Stopping at Terres d’Amanares, and trying zip lining
  • Visiting numerous waterholes in Etosha National Park to spot wildlife and birds
  • Watching the kids participate in scavenger hunts and hands-on lessons
  • Spotting humpback whales at Point Adolphus
  • Visiting Sepilok Orangutan Centre to see Orangutan
  • Swimming and snorkeling in Gocek’s clean waters
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Tour Tips

  • Find a tour that focuses on kid friendly activities. Many guided tours welcome children, but not all focus on activities specifically geared toward them. So finding a kid-centric tour can keep them entertained and engaged. And these tours usually try to craft a balanced itinerary so parents get a fulfilling travel experience as well.
  • Cultural tours with a lot of demonstrations and hands on activities are perfect for kids - they help bring the past to life! 
  • If going on a tour that involves adventure activities, such as river rafting or zip lining, make sure to double check all age requirements. These are in place for everyone’s safety and are important to adhere to.
  • Families often get discounted rates for museums, tours, and landmarks, so be sure to ask about this when booking your trip.
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Family Friendly Travel Reviews & Ratings

4.8 out of 5

99%

recommend

286 Reviews

  • Excellent 227
  • Great 44
  • Average 9
  • Disappointing 0
  • Terrible 1

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.8
  • Guide
    4.8
  • Activities
    4.8
  • Lodging
    4.8
  • Transportation
    4.8
  • Meals
    4.8

Tour Reviews

The Pura Vida trip was an outstanding family vacation

Pura Vida in Costa Rica

5.0
February 2017
Mountain Travel Sobek
Recommend: Yes
With teenage children, we wanted to do something that would satisfy all of us. There was enough fun activities to keep us active and enough down time for us to relax. We were pushed outside our comfort zone, but the outstanding staff was there to encourage us and cheer us on.

Best adventure vacation.

Pura Vida in Costa Rica

5.0
February 2017
Mountain Travel Sobek
Recommend: Yes
Pura Vida in Costa Rica is a vacation is for those who like the water—we were white water rafting, kayaking, rappelling down a waterfall, and even soaking in hot springs. Great food and lodging, interesting birds and animals to see, and excellent guides made this our best adventure vacation yet.

Excellent adventure!

Pura Vida in Costa Rica

5.0
February 2017
Mountain Travel Sobek
Recommend: Yes
I have taken several trips with MTS and each has delivered and excellent adventure, challenging within the ratings listed and also educational

This was a trip of a lifetime.

Pura Vida in Costa Rica

5.0
February 2017
Mountain Travel Sobek
Recommend: Yes
I loved every second of it.

Variety of exciting activities.

Pura Vida in Costa Rica

5.0
February 2017
Mountain Travel Sobek
Recommend: Yes
Mountain Travel Sobek always delivers a wonderful traveling experience. This trip was exciting and there was a variety of activities—something for everyone

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Family Friendly Trips & Tour Advice

Multi-generational travel -- when grandparents, parents and kids all travel together -- is one of the hottest trends in group travel. As every parent knows, to have a successful trip, the first ones you have to please are the kids. But that doesn't mean limiting yourself to beach or theme park vacations. Many tour operators offer special family trips -- including adventurous and grandparent-grandchild trips -- that are specially suited to keeping kids (and everyone else) happy travelers. 

Education Meets Adventure

Cultural tours are a fantastic way to introduce kids to the magic of history and give them exposure to other cultures and customs. Hands on museums, activities, and demonstrations are the perfect way to provide a connection with place and past. For kids, as with adults, the intersection between education and adventure is much smaller when traveling- as they discover the world, they will not even realize how much they are learning.

Endless Wonder

For kids, travel is the whole experience, from the moment you arrive at the airport. Through their eyes, even the stress and annoyance of long lines at security and customs can be enjoyable. And as they discover the world around them, soaking in different cultures, foods, and languages, you will gain a new appreciation as well. 

There is some debate as to the best time to start traveling with kids. Is as a baby too young because they won’t remember? Is as a toddler too difficult? Whatever you choose, know that there are several tour companies that cater specifically to families, and will help provide the support you need, as well as fun and engaging activities for the younger travelers.

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