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Costa Rica Family Adventure

Monteverde cloud forest boasts incredible biodiversity with 400 species of birds, 2500 species of plants, 120 species of amphibians and 100 species of mammals. With almost 3 kms of treetop walkways through primary cloud forest and 8 suspension bridges, our 2 days in the cloud forest is exhilarating. Walking n the treetop walkways of Monteverde is a truly unique way to view the forest and its inhabitants. We take a boat trip across the picturesque Lake Arenal as well as a guided trek to the base of the volcano, arriving at the observation point in time for sunset.

Inclusions

8 breakfasts and 1 dinner
Good quality accommodation
Transportation in private vehicles
Airport transfers on Days 1 and 9
Experienced bilingual local guides for each activity (NB - there is no guide throughout)
Medical Kit
Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed in the itinerary
Hightlights
Suspension bridge treetop walk in Monteverde Cloud Forest
Guided walk to Arenal Volcano and boat crossing of Lake Arenal
Fun activities for the entire family
Exotic Wildlife
Caribbean beaches
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
9
Price From
AUD $2,450
Start Location
San Jose, Costa Rica
End Location
Costa Rica
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
4 to 16
Tour Style
Original
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
01 Jul 201809 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,450
05 Aug 201813 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,450
09 Sep 201817 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,450
07 Oct 201815 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,450
04 Nov 201812 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,450
02 Dec 201810 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $2,450
27 Jan 201904 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $2,450
03 Mar 201911 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $2,450
07 Apr 201915 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,450
05 May 201913 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,450
02 Jun 201910 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,450
30 Jun 201908 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,450
04 Aug 201912 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,450
08 Sep 201916 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,450
06 Oct 201914 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,450
03 Nov 201911 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,450
01 Dec 201909 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,450
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Upon arrival, we will be met at the airport and transferred to the group hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 2
The adventure begins with a scenic drive along the Pan-American Highway to the town of Santa Elena, located in the Monteverde cloud forest - one of the last remaining cloud forests in the world. This peaceful town is a perfect destination to experience nature as Monteverde has six different eco-zones, with elevations from 1,300 to 1,800 meters. It enjoys temperatures that produce an enviable and incredible biodiversity with 400 species of birds, including the shining Quetzal, 2,500 species of plants, 120 species of amphibians, and 100 species of mammals. An afternoon guided hike on 1.7 miles of Treetop Walkways through primary cloud forest and 8 suspension bridges on Costa Rica's best suspension system completes the first day's activities.
Day 3
Travelling from platform to platform through the canopy on a combination of natural trails and cables allows observation of the forest from the ground and high in the treetops. In the afternoon, take the chance to explore the cloud forest or choose from a variety of optional activities available, including: guided or solo hike through Monteverde or Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, walk around the galleries and coffee houses of Santa Elena, Don Juan Coffee Tour, ATV's, visit to a local cheese factory.
Day 4
The first part of the journey to Arenal is to Rio Chiquito from where it is a 30 minute boat ride across the picturesque Lake Arenal to the dam on the north side of the Lake. From here it is a short transfer by road to La Fortuna, the closest town to the Arenal Volcano. In the afternoon a guide will hike with you to the base of the volcano, where a naturalist guide will take you through rainforest trails for a gentle hike to spot a variety of diverse flora and fauna; such as monkeys, toucans, wild turkeys, sloths, numerous types of birds, and possibly, snakes. Arriving at the observation point in time for sunset means a fantastic view of this majestic volcano against the backdrop of the setting sun. We continue our way down to one of the nearby natural Hot Springs for a relaxing bathe. Thanks to Arenal Volcano's geothermal activity, there is a number of natural hot springs throughout the area. They are designed to be very much in tune with their natural environment and offer a fantastic way to relax in the warm and soothing mineral waters while enjoying spectacular scenery in close proximity.
Day 5
This morning journey by road to La Fortuna's Waterfall. This afternoon and evening is free to explore the area on your own. Optional activities include: mountain biking, caning tours, kayak in Lake Arenal, bungee jumping, caving, ATV's, visit a Maleku indigenous villa.
Day 6
Today you will be transferred to the small beach town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the Caribbean Coast. The afternoon might be spent exploring the surroundings.
Day 7
Free time to enjoy the crystal clear, blue water lining the coast. Puerto Viejo is also famous as a surfing destination. It has a relaxed atmosphere with a mix of Latino, Afro-Caribbean and Bribri indigenous cultures. Locals usually speak their own language called Patois (pronounced "patua") which is a mix of Afro-Caribbean English, Spanish and French. Puerto Viejo is a lively place for tourists to have a fun and relaxing experience. This area offers a lot of attractions and activities. Optional activities include: scuba diving, snorkeling, visit to Cahuita National Park or the Kekoldi Indian Reserve & waterfalls.
Day 8
The morning is free to spend a few more hours enjoying the beach. After lunch, you will be transferred to San Jose. The evening may be spent taking in the sights and sounds of San Jose.
Day 9
After breakfast we will be transferred to the airport where our trip concludes.