Highlights
  • Kick back on costa rica's pristine beaches
  • Visit a local family to learn to make tortillas
  • Spot nature in a dense cloud forest
  • Enjoy the natural beauty of manuel antonio national park
  • Kayak and paddle-board in la fortuna

Nothing brings learning to life like real-world experience. This week-long trip’s engaging lesson plan gives kids an education in biology and ecology that can never be found in a textbook. Here, spend the days (and nights!) studying the flora and fauna that inhabit the cloud forest and Manuel Antonio National Park. Elsewhere, get in touch with the land by rappelling, rafting, swimming, horseback-riding, and even surfing all over it. Science + gym? You do the math.

Trip Description
Costa Rica Family Experience
 
Travel Theme
Countries
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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I chose G Adventures because I wanted to be able to provide my family with an exciting and culturally interesting vacation, and I wanted to relax and have someone else deal with the planning and logistics. I was anxious about spending the money online until we arrived at the airport in San Jose, and were greeted by G Adventures and courteously and efficiently packed off to the hotel. Every thing from there was taken care of, and we had the just the vacation I had hoped for. Juan Pablo Ortiz was phenomenal. April 2015

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  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
If I were to plan vacation in Costa Rica for my family I would include everything that G Adventures did. Having G Adventure do it took all the stress out of it and let me relax and be on vacation along with my family. Juan Pablo Ortiz was a phenomenal guide: enthusiastic, organized, with a complete knowledge of the local, there when you needed him, anticipated our needs, honorable, personable. He managed the logistics, activities and lodgings and always put us first and first in line. We always felt safe, and in good hands on our trip.
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Totally happy with my G-experiences so far April 2015

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I had a great time with my daughter on GAdventure Trip to Costa Rica. We loved every minute of it. With a lot of animal sighting and activity packed, this trip was a blast.

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Much better experience than other travel styles available such as all-inclusive beach resorts or cruises. These trips help build character in our kids and provide more memorable moments March 2015

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  • Guide 5.0
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  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great time and surprisingly smooth considering the logistics of getting 5 families with children organized and moving at often early hours.

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It's basically what we expected but it exceed those expectations. We liked the relatively small group, that Riccardo did a great job of getting us various places but that we has the opportunity to choose what activities we agreed in. December 2014

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was the experience of a lifetime. We did a lot of very fun things and it was the best vacation we've ever had.

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All of our expectations were met, if not exceeded. December 2014

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  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Outstanding experience. Our entire family had a wonderful time.

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Itinerary

Day 1 San José

Amid the hustle and bustle of this busy capital, San José has beautiful parks, museums and an ornate National Theatre. Start your exploration of the city in the central plaza, a great place to people-watch. A mime, juggler, marimba band, magician, or storyteller may be performing for whatever is collected when the hat is passed. Artisan booths are common, creating a regular arts and crafts fair atmosphere. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 San José/La Fortuna (1B, 1L)

A three-hour van trip brings us to La Fortuna, near the base of the spectacular Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna is a great base for active adventures. Along the way, stop to meet Doña Mara and learn the art of making (and eating!) tortillas. Once we arrive, there's time to relax in the hot springs that are heated by the volcano's lava. During our stay in La Fortuna, there is a wide selection of activities sure to please every member of the family. From river rafting, to rappelling down waterfalls, to floating along the canals of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge in search of caiman, there is no excuse to be bored! Included Activities: Tortilla Making and Local Lunch Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

Day 3 La Fortuna (1B)

Take to the lake for a morning of stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking on Lake Arenal, before a free afternoon. Additional Notes: This morning there is an included kayak/SUP activity on Lake Arenal. Half the group will start by kayaking and switch to SUP mid-way through, and vice versa. Included Activities: Stand Up Paddle (Lesson and Tour) Kayak Lake Arenal

Day 4 La Fortuna/Monteverde (1B)

From La Fortuna, we make our way first by boat, then by van up the rough mountain roads to reach the fresh misty air of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Spend two days exploring the community and nearby forest, truly a bird lover’s paradise. Included Activities: Guided Cloud Forest Night Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (0.25 hour(s)) Boat (0.75 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))

Day 5 Monteverde (1B)

Enjoy a free day in this lush cloud forest region. Opt to fly above the trees on a canopy zipline tour, go horseback riding in the hills or visit the butterfly garden.

Day 6 Monteverde/Manuel Antonio (1B)

The white sand beaches and warm Pacific waters are the ideal atmosphere to relax at the end of your adventure. Manuel Antonio NP offers excellent hiking, spectacular views, and abundant wildlife viewing. An included hike goes deep into the park, to explore everything that can be found here. Enjoy the beautiful white sand beaches and discover why the warm turquoise water is ideal for swimming, fishing, kayaking, boogie boarding, sailing or surfing - the perfect finale to an exciting family adventure! Overnight in Manuel Antonio. Included Activities: Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 267km)

Day 7 Manuel Antonio (1B)

Enjoy a free day for several optional activities like mangrove kayaking, surf lessons, a sunset catamaran tour, or take some time to relax on the beach.

Day 8 Manuel Antonio/San José (1B)

After one final morning to soak up the sun on the beach in Manuel Antonio, we return to San José, and have time to enjoy one final evening together with our group. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 190km)

Day 9 San José (1B)

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Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,449

Price Per Day:

$ 161 per day
 
Start DateFinish DateBase PriceDeparture GuaranteedAvailability 
Dec-22-2018Dec-30-2018$ 1,599Yes11 spots left Reserve
Dec-24-2018Jan-01-2019$ 1,599YesSold Out Reserve
Dec-27-2018Jan-04-2019$ 1,599YesSold Out Reserve
Feb-16-2019Feb-24-2019$ 1,449YesSold Out Reserve
Mar-09-2019Mar-17-2019$ 1,449Yes20 spots left Reserve
Mar-16-2019Mar-24-2019$ 1,599Yes20 spots left Reserve
Mar-16-2019Mar-24-2019$ 1,449Yes20 spots left Reserve
Mar-17-2019Mar-25-2019$ 1,449Yes20 spots left Reserve
Mar-23-2019Mar-31-2019$ 1,599Yes5 spots left Reserve
Mar-30-2019Apr-07-2019$ 1,599Yes20 spots left Reserve
Jun-08-2019Jun-16-2019$ 1,449Yes20 spots left Reserve
Jul-06-2019Jul-14-2019$ 1,449Yes20 spots left Reserve
Jul-20-2019Jul-28-2019$ 1,449Yes9 spots left Reserve
Aug-03-2019Aug-11-2019$ 1,449Yes6 spots left Reserve
Aug-10-2019Aug-18-2019$ 1,449Yes20 spots left Reserve
Aug-24-2019Sep-01-2019$ 1,449Yes20 spots left Reserve
Dec-21-2019Dec-29-2019$ 1,599Yes11 spots left Reserve
Feb-15-2020Feb-23-2020$ 1,449Yes20 spots left Reserve
Feb-29-2020Mar-08-2020$ 1,449Yes20 spots left Reserve
Mar-07-2020Mar-15-2020$ 1,599Yes20 spots left Reserve
Mar-14-2020Mar-22-2020$ 1,449Yes20 spots left Reserve
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Costa Rica airport exit tax: $29USD
Details
Trip Includes
  • Local Living: Tortilla Making and Local Lunch
  • La Fortuna Hands-on: Stand Up Paddle (Lesson and Tour)
  • Arenal Hands-on: Kayak Lake Arenal
  • La Fortuna Carte Blanche: Monteverde Carte Blanche: Manuel Antonio
  • Arrival transfer
  • Kayaking and paddle-boarding in La Fortuna
  • Guided cloud forest night walk (Monteverde)
  • Guided hike in Manuel Antonio NP
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate vehicle, boat, walking
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 20, avg 10

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels (8 nts).
Accommodation for family trips has been chosen to give the best location and facilities for your family. They may vary depending on the location and destination, but designed to give the most comfortable experience while travelling. You and your family will generally be sharing rooms on a twin or triple share basis. These rooms will be either adjoining or located at close proximity to each other. Families will be roomed together and not with other families everywhere we stay. If you have any special hotel requests at the time of booking, let us know and we will do what we can to accommodate them.
Start City
San José
End City
San José
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: Minimum age of 6 years for this trip.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

Costa Rica will not be allowing anyone to enter the country without proof of a departure ticket (bus, airplane, boat, etc.). If you are travelling through a few countries in Central America, you will need to show proof of your itinerary and a departure ticket from your last destination. Please print the itinerary and voucher and bring it with you. Be prepared for rain and lower temperatures during the winter season (June-November), especially in Costa Rica's central valley.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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