Unforgettable Family Holiday 13 days | 12 nights Minimum 2 pax


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A tour through the most popular destinations of the country. Discover Costa Rica with your family, while all learn about wildlife and conservation, and of course, enjoy the beach.

Your Unforgettable Family Holiday in Costa Rica Package includes:

  • Our representative to meet you at the airport
  • 2 nights in Costa Rica Marriott: Standard room
  • 2 nights in Manatus Hotel: Deluxe room
  • 3 nights in Arenal Kioro Hotel: Suite
  • 2 nights in El Establo Hotel: Suite
  • 3 nights at Punta Islita Hotel: Two bedroom Villa with Private Pool
  • All hotel taxes
  • All private transfers according to Itinerary
  • All breakfasts
  • Local flight Islita to San José
  • Entrance fees to national parks and museums
  • Tours and meals as indicated in Day by day.
Not Included: Departure tax (US$29 per person), Tips to tour guides & drivers, optional tours, alcoholic beverages, personal and/or medical expenses, Air Tickets to/from Costa Rica and meals and beverages not mentioned in the program.

Itinerary

Arrival Transfer from the International Airport to Hotel

Lodging in Costa Rica Marriott, Standard room. 

Hotel description:

Set on a splendid 30 acre coffee plantation, this luxurious property with a unique colonial architecture is only ten minutes away from the Juan Santamaria International Airport and 20 minutes from the center of San Jose.

The hotel features 290 rooms and 9 Suites. All rooms are elegantly decorated and equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, two telephones, voice mail, radio, alarm clock, high speed internet for a fee, coffee maker, mini bar, electronic safe deposit box, iron, ironing board, bathtub shower/tub combination, bathrobe and hair dryer. Bedding with plush mattress and designer duvets, linens & pillows. Costa Rica Marriott offers its guests two restaurants, a Lobby Bar & Lounge, a Cafeteria and 24 hour room service.

In addition, the property has two swimming pools (one for adults and one for children), Jacuzzi, fitness center, sauna, spa, three tennis courts, a golf training course, jogging fitness trail, mini?golf, beauty parlor, souvenir boutique, jewelry shop and parking lot. Other services available: wireless internet access in public areas, executive floor, laundry service and business center.

The hotel has a smoke free policy

One-Day Tour: Poás Volcano National Park and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens (B, L)

Lunch is included during the visit to the Peace Lodge. 

Today we will have an early departure, around 07:30 am, towards Poás Volcano National Park. The Poas Volcano is one of the world's largest geysers with an awesome crater, over 1.5 km. wide! The volcano is active, but completely safe for viewing. As we ascend towards the Poás Volcano, we will notice the change in temperature and vegetation; we will see coffee plantations as well as fern, flower and strawberry farms along the way, creating a beautiful landscape.

We will not only admire the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles, but also learn about the different ecosystems in this beautiful national park. The Poas National Park is a 9,884 acre reserve with rich tropical vegetation and animal life. If weather permits, the visit can also include a hike through the surrounding forest that is teeming with typical plant life and exotic birds, finishing at a restful, emerald green, tropical lagoon. 

Located only one hour from San Jose, La Paz Waterfall Gardens is a private reserve of more than 70 acres (28 hectares). It features five waterfalls, safe hiking trails and animal exhibits among other interesting attractions. The property allows visitors to wander through 2 miles of paved trails which take them to some awesome waterfalls. The La Paz Waterfall is the most famous as it can be seen from the road. In the park, guests are afforded views from platforms above, below and in front of the falls for great photo opportunities.

The Hummingbird Garden attracts 26 different species of hummingbirds. In the Butterfly Garden and on site laboratory, visitors will have the opportunity to observe the most colorful species of butterflies while learning about the lifecycle and metamorphosis of these beautiful creatures. The Serpentarium exhibits 30 of the most beautiful and deadly snakes of the country including the Golden Eyelash Viper. In the Ranarium, frogs roam freely throughout a landscaped enclosure taken care by knowledgeable guides. La Casita de la Paz is a farmhouse reproduction that gives a cultural insight into the lives of rural Costa Ricans. The park has also a refuge for wild birds and felines. These birds and wild cats come from a center that lost funding and had to close.

Since the MINAE (the Costa Rican Ministry of the Environment) did not have the resources to care for these animals, they were placed under the care of La Paz Waterfall Gardens. These cats were either very old, injured or had been exposed to humans for too long to be released back into the wild. Many of the birds have been either captured illegally by hunters and confiscated by the government or donated by their owners and lack the basic skills to survive in the wild on their own.
 
Recommended: Comfortable walking shoes (preferably with a thick tread for hiking the trails and hundreds of stairs), shorts or comfortable pants and a lightweight jacket or raincoat.
Important note: The Park ranges in altitude from 5,200 feet to 4,200 feet so it can get chilly when the clouds roll in. 

After the tour you’ll return to the hotel. Lodging in Costa Rica Marriott, Standard room.

San José to Tortuguero

Lodging in Manatus Hotel, Deluxe room. All meals are included in the hotel

Early departure from San Jose across the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park towards Tortuguero. A stop is included in Guápiles for a delicious typical breakfast. The bus ride continues through banana plantations and rural areas to Caño Blanco or Pavona pier. A two hour boat ride through the canals will take you to Manatus Hotel... just in time for lunch. In the afternoon, a guided visit to the picturesque town of Tortugero and to the Sea Turtle Information Center (formerly known as the Caribbean Conservation Corporation) is scheduled The boat ride to the town lasts 2 minutes!. 

During this visit you will discover the ways of life of the local residents of Tortuguero and learn about the efforts made by the Sea Turtle Conservancy in favour of the conservation of endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica since 1959. 

Tortuguero beach is the most important nesting site of the endangered green turtle in the Western Hemishpere. Giant leatherback, hawksbill, and loggerhead turtles also nest here. The green turtle population is believed to have come perilously close to extinction in the 1960s when nearly every female turtle arriving to nest in Tortuguero was taken for the export market for turtle soup.

STC was established in 1959 specifically to study and protect Caribbean green turtles. Working closely with the Costa Rican government, STC helped establish Tortuguero National Park in 1970, a move that offered protection to the turtles and strictly limited the number of turtles that could be taken. STC researchers and volunteers, who are based at STC's John H. Phipps Biological Field Station, continue to monitor nesting trends, growth rates and reproductive success begun by Dr. Archie Carr in the 1950s. This visit lasts according to clients interested, between 1 to 2 hours.
 
Before dinner, free time to enjoy the pool or just relax. Dinner will be served from 7:00 pm

Hotel description:

At only few minutes away from Tortuguero National Park, this hotel is located on a land strip between two canals. The 12 stylish bungalows are surrounded by tropical vegetation and all provide air conditioning, cable TV, mini bar, spacious bathroom and a cozy, private patio with additional outdoor shower.

The hotel offers: restaurant, bar, swimming pool, Spa, internet access, pool table, laundry service, gym and a small art gallery. Guests can enjoy this wonderful area by aquatic bike and kayak or they can go fishing, do canopy or bird watching as well as observing turtles nesting on the beach during season (July through September). 

One-Day Tour: Tortuguero (B, L, D)

Lodging in Manatus Hotel, Deluxe room. All meals are included in the hotel

After breakfast, explore Tortuguero National Park. Depending on weather conditions, we will explore the canals in small, open boats to allow better visibility and even a closer look to the flora and fauna, or we will take a hiking tour to the park.

About Tortuguero:

Tortuguero is a network of navigable lakes, rivers and canals (both natural and man-made) that are used for transportation and are a great place for observing local wildlife. The climate is warm and humid. Daily temperatures average 26 degrees C (79 F) and annual average rainfall is over 5,000 mm (200+ inches). Warm days are tempered by trade winds and cool nights. Abundant wildlife inhabits Tortuguero, including 57 species of amphibians, 111 species of reptiles, and 60 species of mammals.

More than 300 species of birds live in Tortuguero for all or part of the year. Birdwatchers commonly see keel billed toucans, slaty tailed trogons, Montezuma oropendulas and a variety of parrots. Birds common along the canals include green and great blue herons, egrets, belted kingfishers, anhingas, jacanas, sun grebes and several species of hawks and kites.

Other animals commonly seen are fishing bats, three toed sloths, iguanas, basilisk lizards, poison dart frogs, and howler, white-faced and spider monkeys. The tracks of river otters, collared peccaries, and Baird's tapirs are often seen on the banks of rivers and canals. Caiman are commonly observed in the waterways, which also are home to garfish, manatees, crocodiles, crustaceans, and an occasional bullshark. Jaguars, ocelots, and kinkajous inhabit the park, but are rarely seen. 

Note:
Two tours are included this day. Generally the tour to the canals is in the morning and the hiking tour is in the afternoon. However, due to weather conditions, the administration of the Park sometimes closes the trail without previous notice. When this happens, this hike will be replaced by another boat ride to a different section of the Park. 

Lunch and dinner included at the hotel’s restaurant.
 
Optional night tour (not included in the package) from July to September to observe the turtle nesting

Tortuguero to Arenal - Breakfast and lunch included

After breakfast you will depart Tortuguero on boat towards the pier in Caño Blanco or Pavona according to water level. Then share land transfer to Guapiles and lunch. 

Continuation on private ground transportation to La Fortuna de San Carlos, home of the majestic Arenal Volcano. Rest of the day at leisure to relax or enjoy the Arenal Kioro hotel facilities. 

This region has experienced significant economic growth due to agriculture and to the increase of tourism. Rain and clouds are often in this area throughout the year; however, from February to April there is a marked decrease in the amount of rainfall.

San Carlos offers a landscape of exceptional beauty with its forests, lakes, fields, springs, and the most active volcano in Costa Rica: Arenal ... sanctuaries where you can feel peace, purity and the majestic power of nature. Arenal Volcano became active in July 1968 and kept its activity until 2010; nowadays the volcano remains sleep. Tours to the base of the volcano can show old lava emissions.
 
Lodging at Arenal Kioro Hotel: Suite

Hotel description:

At only 10 minutes away from La Fortuna, Arenal Kioro is located on a hill top, right in front of Arenal Volcano offering the most breathtaking views of the valley below and the volcano above. The hotel has 27 acres of undulating land, surrounded by two streams of crystalline waters. It features 53 two terrace suites (11 suites with one King bed and a daybed and 42 suites with two Queen bed and a daybed) equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, telephone, radio alarm clock, free internet access, coffee maker, mini bar, safe deposit box, hair dryer and a great Jacuzzi overlooking the volcano.

Rooms for disabled guests are also available. Neidín Spa offers great variety of facial and body treatments that provides peace and relaxation. There are also seven thermal hot springs of volcanic origin, containing minerals good for the skin. In addition, guests have free access to exclusive Titokú Hot Springs, located off premises, five minutes away from the hotel, and featuring eight hot spring pools with hydromassage of different temperatures.

This luxurious property offers four dining options: Heliconias Restaurant, in the main building, with a panoramic view of the volcano; Orquídeas, a casual restaurant next to the swimming pool; El Pilón, for group reservations and El Higuerón Bar, next to the hot springs.

Arenal Kioro has a well assorted gift shop, a mini gym, ping pong and pool tables, two fully equipped conference rooms and offers also laundry service, room service and a private parking lot. A perfect place for a family retreat or a honeymoon getaway. 

Learning and Discovering the Rainforest - Breakfast and lunch included

Lodging in Arenal Kioro: Suite.

Today you will visit in the morning Arenal Natura and in the afternoon the Arenal Hanging Bridges

At Arenal Natura Ecological Park you will have the opportunity to experience the natural world in a whole new way, where beautiful frogs, birds, reptiles, and their natural habitats will have the starring role. Located in a gorgeous section of the tropical rainforest, at the base of the majestic Arenal Volcano, home to a large quantity of species of flora and fauna which, with the help of our guides, will give you a new way to view and enjoy these impressive, complex worlds. 

We invite you to take a couple of hours to experience this magical place, where you will discover the secrets of the tropical rainforest through various activities along the trails of the ecological park.
 
Tour includes: the Frog Farm, birdwatching, Serpentarium, a reptiles Lagoon and the Heliconia Garden.
Duration: 2:00 hrs
What to bring: Light clothing, closed shoes, repellent, camera, binoculars. 

In the afternoon, guided hike in the Hanging Bridges

Located within the corridor followed by birds migrating between North and South America, the trails and bridges of this project will bring the visitor as close as any person could ever imagine observing the birds, the flowers and the lush vegetation of the primary rainforest. It is a 250 hectares primary forest property, made of paths and bridges built to maintain the utmost harmony between man?made structures and nature. The property has impressive views to Arenal Volcano and to the lake that feeds the largest hydroelectric plant in Costa Rica. 

This walk is a fun and educative option to learn more about the forest and the local environment and enjoy the close contact with nature. Along these three kilometers of trails, visitors will be immersed in the diverse fauna and flora of this rainforest admiring colorful birds and tropical plant species. More than 50 species of birds can be count in this site, one of the most productive bird watching walks of the region. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Recommended for children over 7 years old
 
Included: Transfers, naturalist guide, entrance fee and beverages.
What to bring: Comfortable clothing, long pants, hiking shoes, sweater, raincoat (especially during green season), camera, binoculars, sunscreen and insect repellent. 

Exploring the Arenal Volcano Region - Breakfast and lunch included. 

Lodging in Arenal Kioro, Suite. 

Breakfast at the hotel. For today we have set a more dynamic activity: a biking tour around the lake and surroundings

This is a relaxing bike ride through tropical forest on a paved road. The ride takes us on an old road connecting the Arenal Dam with the main entrance to Arenal Volcano National Park. From there we go towards the village of El Castillo, biking on a quiet road surrounded by dense forest and cattle farms. Along the ride, we may observe howling monkeys, coatis and birds such as toucans, egrets and king fishers.

The volcano is visible during all of the journey and sometimes we can even hear its roaring. Depending on the bikers’ energy and interests, we can also go across the Arenal Dam and bike on the road along the north side of Arenal Lake. This road has very little traffic and offers great views of the lake and the volcano.
 
Distance: 8 to 16 miles
Altitude: 280 feet to 600 feet
Departure from La Fortuna: 7:00 a.m.
Included: Support vehicle (equipped with first aid kits, rain ponchos, spare parts and complete tool kits), helmet, gloves, bilingual guide and picnic (water, fruits and snacks)
Important note: This tour is recommended for children over 10 years old. 

Arenal to Monteverde

Lodging in El Establo Hotel, Suite. Departure to Monteverde, after breakfast. 

This service, half tour half transfer, is a picturesque and fast way to go to Monteverde from Arenal Volcano area. After a 30 minute ride to the dam, you will board a very comfortable and safe pontoon boat. After crossing the lake, (a 30 to 40 minute boat ride), you will arrive to Río Chiquito, a little town at the other side.

Arenal Lake is the largest and the most important artificial lake in Costa Rica. It was man made in 1974 to provide hydroelectric energy for the country. It is also a place where you can find different kinds of resident and migratory bird; sometimes mammals such as monkeys and sloths can also be seen. In addition, in a clear day, there are great views of the Arenal Volcano. Once at Río Chiquito, a bus will take passengers to selected hotel in Monteverde. 

About Monteverde:

The town of Monteverde, located at the south end of the cloud forest, had its beginnings in the early 1950s with the impetus of a group of Quakers from the United States, a group that came to Costa Rica attracted by its pacific inclinations and disarmament. They established themselves in the region and devoted themselves to produce milk and quality cheeses. Monteverde is located 172 kilometers northeast of San José. The climate is template and humid, with an average of 17ºC (60ºF). The nights are cool and at times cold when the trade winds blow. 

Hotel description:

This property is situated in the heart of the tourist zone of Monteverde between the Santa Elena Rain Forest and the Monteverde Cloud Forest. The amazing location permits an excelent view to the forests. It provides 150 acres located very near to the Reserve of Monteverde.

This hotel offers 115 comfortable rooms in different categories, featuring cable TV, telephone, coffee maker, safety deposit box, bathroom with bathtub and hair dryer, mini refrigerator, and balcony or terrace. It offers an exquisite restaurant with national and international cuisine, bar, spa, discotheque, swimming pool, gym, jacuzzi, casino, large living rooms, golf, basketball and volleyball court, laundry service, internet access, parking and conference room.

The guests can enjoy the many attractions inside this property such as horseback riding, canopy and nature walks. 

One-Day Tour: Selvatura Park

Lodging in El Establo Hotel, Suite. Breakfast included. 

Today is a day full of activities in Selvatura Park!

Selvatura Park is a cloud forest conservation project where a wide variety of tours are hosted. Visitors can glide along the zip lines through the cloud forest on the canopy tour or take the treetop walkways consisting of a 1.9 mile trail and eight different bridges that cruise through the forest.

The park also has a butterfly garden hosting more than 50 different species of butterflies and a hummingbird garden, a treat for photography lovers and a spectacular air show for anyone who loves nature. There is also an Education Center with a large private insect collection, property of world famous entomologist Dr. Richard Whitten and a Reptile and Amphibian Exhibition. The cloud forest history walk teaches visitors about the natural history of Monteverde. Additional services: restaurant, naturalist guides and transportation. 

Selvatura Canopy Tour was built entirely inside the cloud forest. In this tour, visitors will cross through the cloud forest attached to a high weight capacity cable and using the best climbing gear. 

This tour not only combines the thrill of adventure, but also provides a unique view point of the cloud forest canopy. The tour starts up at the main dressing room where our visitors will get geared up and will be taken to the instruction platform, for guidelines and instructions. It covers a total of 2 miles of cable length and has 15 cables, 18 platforms and one Tarzan Swing. 

After the tour you’ll be taken back to the hotel.

Monteverde to Punta Islita

Lodging in Punta Islita Hotel, Two bedroom Villa. Breakfast included.
 
After breakfast, departure towards Guanacaste province, to Punta Islita Hotel, by private land transfer. 

Hotel description:

Developed in full synergy with its neighboring communities, Hotel Punta Islita is a premium beachfront getaway featuring the charm, culture, and bewildering natural biodiversity of Costa Rica and its Guanacaste province. Perfect for family vacations, romantic getaway, honeymoons, and relaxation escapes. Tropical dry forest surrounds the hotel property and treats visitors with its unique flora and fauna. The weather is warm year round with a dry season running from December through April and a green season from May through November.
 
Hotel Punta Islita's tiered layout grants spectacular ocean views. This luxury Costa Rica beachfront resort offers world/class facilities for fine dining, relaxation, spa treatments, eco adventures and beach activities. 

It features 32 guestrooms and 22 Villas of different categories: 16 Deluxe rooms, 8 Suites, 8 Casitas, 11 two bedroom Villas, 10 three bedroom Villas and one four bedroom Villa. All accomodations have a private terrace, air conditioning, cable TV, telephone, coffee maker, mini bar, bathroom with a bathtub and hair dryer. In addition villas are completely equipped and have a private swimming pool. Local fresh ingredients are the signature elements of Hotel Punta Islita's dining options.

Featuring distinct ambiances, its restaurants entice guests with exciting tropical flavors served with Costa Rican flair.

The infinity edge pool sits at the pinnacle of property and it seems to merge with the ocean horizon. Trimmed by a deck and shaded lounging areas, it is also the perfect place for reading and relaxing under the sun. Exhilarating mountain and beach cove views will inspire a great workout! Hotel Punta Islita's air conditioned Exercise Room features a treadmill, a stepper, a spinning bike, free weights, and a multi exercise station. Set at ocean level, the Borrancho Beach Club features fun and sun for the entire family.

Facilities include a large swimming pool, landscaped gardens, easy beach access, a children's playground, and a casual restaurant and swim up bar. Complimentary on call guest shuttle service is provided. Hotel Punta Islita provides complimentary wireless internet

Punta Islita’s Beach Stay

Lodging in Punta Islita Hotel, Two bedroom Villa. Breakfast included. 

Days at leisure to enjoy the beach, the sun and the sand, and also for relaxing in your Villa with private pool. Optional tours are available at the hotel if you are in the mood for more activities

Punta Islita’s Beach Stay

Lodging in Punta Islita Hotel, Two bedroom Villa. Breakfast included. 

Days at leisure to enjoy the beach, the sun and the sand, and also for relaxing in your Villa with private pool. Optional tours are available at the hotel if you are in the mood for more activities

Punta Islita to San Jose then Departure

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today you will depart in private transfer towards Puerto Jimenez airstrip. Time is set according the departure of your international flight. Then you’ll have a share flight to San José. A private transfer will be provided from the local airport to the international airport.

NOTE: For your internal flight from Puta Islita to San José

BAGGAGE INFORMATION

All passengers have the right to check one bag with a maximum weight of 40 pounds/18 kilos and a maximum size not exceeding 50 linear inches / 127 cm (length + width + height). Any luggage exceeding weight allowance and/or size will be subject to space availability and charged according to the excess luggage fees. Over-sized luggage or bags exceeding 60 pounds will be charged as cargo and will be subject to space availability.

Excess luggage must be paid for at the airport, before flying. The following fees apply:

1-5 pounds $7 / 6-15 pounds $20 / 16-30 pounds $40 / 31-60 pounds $60

Sporting equipment such as surfboards are subject to space and have an extra charge of $40 per flight.

Carry on baggage

All passengers may bring one piece of carry-on luggage as long as it does not exceed the 10 lbs weight limit and a maximum size not exceeding 33 linear inches/84 cm (lenght + height + width). Any carry-on luggage exceeding the maximum weight and/or size will be considered and charged as excess luggage.

For your international departure flight you must check in at airline counter three hours prior to departure. 

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