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Costa Rica’s motto is “Pura Vida”, or Pure Life, and the main tourism draw is their natural surrounds. The country’s enormous effort in conservation has paid off with tourists coming from all over the world to explore this natural paradise. And in an effort to accommodate the tourists Costa Rica has created all sorts of exciting ways to immerse in nature. So, families are sure to have fun.  Costa Rica is divided down the center by the Continental Divide, making its two sides, the Pacific and the Caribbean, very different. The Pacific is the more traveled side with the famous Monte Verde Cloud Forest and the surfing beaches of the north. The Caribbean is a bit more off-the- path, but is starting to see real growth in independent and eco-travel.  Eco-travel actually defines most of the travel experience in Costa Rica. From guesthouses facing oozing volcanoes to beach retreats focusing on yoga and healing to activities based on enjoying nature while having an authentic adventure…hiking, biking, surfing, horseback riding and, our kids’ favorite, zip lining, Costa Rica exemplifies green travel.

More information on Costa Rica with Kids
http://www.travelwithkids.tv/destinations/costa-rica/

TWK Costa Rica: Jungles and Beaches
Group Departure: May 24 – June 1, 2018 (Other departure dates available. Trip can be customized as private departure as well)

With its lush rainforests, active volcanoes and rivers, Costa Rica offers an easy dip into adventure travel, while its beach-lined coast still offers plenty of time for relaxation! Immerse in Costa Rica’s amazing nature through adventure activities like white water rafting, zip lining, surfing and more in this jungle to beach vacation in paradise.

Day 1:
Arrive Costa Rica and board a private transfer to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast.

Overnight ocean view condo in Jaco

Day 2:

After breakfast, board your transfer into the jungle for a high-flying adventure. Costa Rica is famous for its monkeys, which like to swing through the trees. In this tree-top adventure, don a harness and swing like the monkeys as you fly down 14 zip lines taking in amazing views of the lush vegetation, the coastline, and the Pacific Ocean!

Spend the afternoon at leisure relaxing on the beach, engaging in some beach activities or exploring Jaco town.

Overnight ocean view condo in Jaco (Condo stocked with basic breakfast foods for the first day)

Day 3:

Depart early to catch the wildlife in action on this guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park. The forests, mangroves, and lagoons in this park house more than 100 mammal species and almost 200 types of birds. Our expert naturalist will look for monkeys, sloths, frogs and more and engage the whole family in learning about Costa Rica’s natural surrounds.

Spend the afternoon at leisure relaxing on the beach, engaging in some beach activities or exploring Jaco town.

Overnight ocean view condo in Jaco.

Day 4:

Enjoy a relaxing morning before hitting the waves midday. The Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is known for its surfing, and today the experts will show you how it’s done. Playa Hermosa’s ultra rideable waves make a great place to learn while its shore breaks provide plenty of excitement for the more experienced.

In the evening, it’s time to explore the jungle…by torchlight! Don a headlamp and discover the rainforest creatures that are active at night. Your guide at NeoFauna Wildlife Reserve will look for nocturnal animals on this adventure tour where kids learn about creatures big and “bugger” that call the jungle home!

DAY 5:
Time to bid the coast goodbye as we head into the interior of Costa Rica and the famous Arenal Volcano area. This active volcano has been resting since 2010. During its last active phase, small eruptions occurred 3 – 5 times per day and lava could be seen glowing in the night, something you don’t get to witness very often. When will it begin its next active phase? Yet to be determined, but its geological reminders…with strange rock formations and lush forests in the surrounding national park…can be seen throughout the area.  En route to the interior, stop for a boat trip looking for crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas, basilisk lizards and more!

Spend an evening at leisure in Arenal area.

Overnight Hotel Arenal Manoa or similar.

Day 6:

Kick the adventure into high gear today on a waterfall canyoneering tour. Climb through canyons and up small rock faces, rappel down waterfalls and hop across streams all along the way keeping an eye out for the forest’s many inhabitants like sloths, monkeys and more! Enjoy lunch in the forest along the way.

This evening, we visit a local farm to learn about the region’s agriculture and learn to cook some traditional Costa Rican cuisine. After learning the tricks of the trade, feast on your creations!

Overnight Hotel Arenal Manoa or similar. (B, L, D)

Day 7:

Spend a full day exploring the rainforests of Central Costa Rica on a whitewater rafting trip. Your expert guides will instruct you in the art of paddling and point out amazing wildlife along the way. Enjoy lunch along the river.

Overnight Hotel Arenal Manoa or similar. (B, L)

Day 8:

Spend a half-day volunteering at a wildlife conservation center before heading back to San Jose. Get nose to whisker with some of Costa Rica’s coolest animals as you learn about them and the rehabilitation process at the center. After some time volunteering, help prepare food for the rescued animals and help feed them.

In San Jose, visit the Gold Museum and the National Theatre.

Overnight Hotel Grano de Oro or similar. (B)

Day 9:

Transfer to airport for return flight home.

 

White Water Rafting
Costa Rica’s jungles are alive with wildlife, much of which calls the river banks its home. Board an inflatable boat for an adventure safari looking for animals like sloths, monkeys, bats, basilisk lizards and more! The rafting trip can be on Class II – IV waters depending on the group and time of year.

Costa Rica Cooking Class
During this class, you will learn about Costa Rican traditional foods and styles of cooking and visit a local home to learn the art of making tortillas, banana leaf plates and more!

After we are done cooking, we feast on an authentic Costa Rican meal!

Canyon and Waterfall Rappelling Tour

The mountainous area in Central Costa Rica is punctuated by, depending on the time of the year and place, frothing white water rivers. On this tour, we will explore the rivers hiking through canyons, climbing up small cliffs, rappelling down waterfalls and more. Can be adjusted based on age and physicality of participants.

Zip Line Adventure
Many of Costa Rica’s animals call the tree tops their home, so on this tour we will join them. Climb up into the canopy for a bird’s eye (or monkey’s eye) view of the jungle surrounds. Then, fly through the trees along a series of zip lines looking for wildlife all along the way.

Manuel Antonio Tour

Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica’s most fantastic park and that’s saying a lot for a country that is focused on conservation and eco-tourism. In this tour an expert naturalist hikes through the paths of the jungles with you identifying plants and animals and teaching you about animal behaviors. The forests, mangroves, and lagoons in this park house more than 100 mammal species and almost 200 types of birds. Species to look for include monkeys, sloths, frogs, lizards and more.

Surfing
Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is known for its surfing culture. On this half-day tour, we will learn the art of surfing from experts in the area. Then, we will board our surfboards and ride the waves. Lesson includes equipment, instruction and time to practice your new found skills.

NeoFauna Wildlife Reserve

The jungle as night is a totally different animal…so to speak and at NeoFauna, you will get a better understanding of the creatures that come out at night. Don a headlamp and head out along jungle paths. You expert naturalist will teach you about the plants and animals and behaviors you might not see during the day.

Crocodile River Tour
The rivers off Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast are framed with lush vegetation and amazing vistas, but they also have some interesting inhabitants. In this tour, take a boat up the river looking for one of the areas most famed residents the crocodile. Other species to look for include: monkeys, iguanas, basilisk lizards and more!

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