Costa Rica Multi-Activity Family Vacation

12 Day Trip
Per Day Price Level $$$$
Per Day Budget $ 136
Per Day USD ranges:
$$$$ < $250
$$$$ $250-500
$$$$ $500-750
$$$$ $750+
  • Raft down the Pacuare River.
  • Go horseback riding in the beautiful pastures.
  • Visit Costa Rica’s most active volcanos, the Arenal Volcano and Rincón de la Vieja Volcano.
  • Experience the exciting canopy tour that involves rappelling, rock climbing and zip-lining.
  • Relax at the beach and absorb the beauty of landscapes made up of white and golden sands bathed by a blue sea of clear waters.

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 01 : Arrival at San Jose

    Meet and greet at Juan Santamaria International airport and private transfer to your hotel in San José.

     

    Accommodation: Hotel Park Inn, Standard Room

    Meals: Meals Not Included

    Day 02 : Pacuare River Rafting

    This adventure begins rafting down the Pacuare River through breathtaking canyons and luxuriant vegetation.

     

    This exciting adventure begins with an early morning pick-up at the lobby of your hotel in San José to take you to Rios Tropicales Operations Center, in Siquirres, where a typical Costa Rican breakfast will be served. After changing into the rafting gear, you will be driven to the private rafting put-in on the banks of the Pacuare River. A guide will give the necessary instruction on padding and how to enjoy a safety adventure. 

     

    From here, you and your group will launch your raft and begin to paddle 19 miles deep into the heart of one of Costa Rica’s most impressive primary rainforests. You will pass through densely vegetated rainforest gorges, admire cascading waterfalls, relax in serene pools and experience pounding rapids.

     

    Halfway down the river, a stop is made for a tasty, delicious picnic lunch, served on an overturned raft. Arrival to Rios Tropicales Lodge is expected during the early afternoon. This first part of the rafting adventure will take 2 hours approx.

     

    Dinner is included in the lodge.

     

    In spite of its remote location, Rios Tropicales Lodge offers electricity and hot showers thanks to its hydro-powered generator system, a model of ecotourism and sustainable business practices. This beautiful Lodge invites to relax, explore, and enjoy Costa Rica’s natural paradise.

     

    Other available optional tours:

    Horse riding

    Canopy tour

    Hikes

     

    Accommodation: Rios Tropicales Lodge, Deluxe room

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Day 03 : Pacuare to Sarapiquí

    In the morning, you will awaken to the harmonious melody of the rushing river and the sweet songs of tropical birds. After a delicious buffet breakfast, the rafts will be launched again for the final day of this river expedition. Rafting the second part of the Pacuare River is even more thrilling as you experience a mix of class III and class IV rapids like Upper and Lower Huacas, Cimarron and Dos Montañas. This morning ends with the satisfaction of having conquered one of the wildest and most scenic rivers in the world.

     

    The take-out is near Rios Tropicales Operations Center where lunch is included.

     

    Pick up your rented car (4x4 Daihatsu Bego o Hyundai Tucson, manual transmission) at Rios Tropicales Operation Center, where you will have the time to change clothes before driving to Sarapiqui area.

     

    Accommodation: Selva Verda Lodge, River Standard Room

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 04 : Sarapiquí

    After breakfast, drive to Hacienda Pozo Azul where you will enjoy an exciting horse ride.

     

    Lunch is included in Pozo Azul’s restaurant.

     

    For many years, the Quintana family has been raising horses, participating actively in horse events throughout the country. During this ride, you will take the most of their knowledge on one of their well-trained horse. The trails and back roads of the Hacienda are the perfect scenery combining pasture, jungle and rivers for a safe ride, taking into account your previous experience. (Duration: 2 hours)

     

    Rest of the day at leisure to continue exploring the region.

     

    Accommodation: Selva Verda Lodge, River Standard Room

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 05 : Sarapiquí to Arenal

    After breakfast, drive to Arenal area in San Carlos.

     

    San Carlos offers a landscape of exceptional beauty with its forests, lakes, fields of crops, hot springs, and the most active volcano of Costa Rica. Few sites inspire more respect and admiration than Arenal Volcano.

     

    Check-in and then relax in the thermal waters of your hotel.

     

    Accommodation: Arenal Springs Resort & Spa, Junior Suite

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 06 : Arenal Hanging Bridges to Rincón de la Vieja

    After breakfast, drive to the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges for a Natural History Walk.

     

    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. While walking along the trails, the fascinating world of the tropical forest will open to you. 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.

     

    What to bring?

    Comfortable clothing, long pants, hiking shoes, sweater, raincoat (especially during green season), camera, binoculars, sunscreen and insect repellent.

     

    After this educational hike, drive to Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.

     

    Dinner is included in the restaurant of the Hacienda.

     

    Accommodation: Hacienda Guachipelin, Standard Room 

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 07 : Rincón de la Vieja

    After breakfast, enjoy a day full of activities.

     

    Canyon Canopy Tour:

    This tour starts with a short walk from the hotel’s Adventure Center to the first canopy platform where this exciting experience into a canyon and over a turbulent river takes place. Several activities are included: rappelling, rock climbing, zip line, Tarzan swings, via ferrata and hanging bridges, all set in the majestic canyon made by the erosion of the Río Blanco during millions of years.

    Duration: 2 hours approx.

     

    Tubing in Río Negro:

    Another fun and exciting adventure tour in Rincón de la Vieja is the Rio Negro Tubing. We will head out from Hacienda Guachipelín by horseback and after riding 45 minutes through the forest, we arrive at changing rooms where we will get ready for the river tubing adventure. We will have a short briefing about safety on the river. Then it is just a short walk to the foot of the Victoria Waterfall, where the tubing adventure begins. You will have the time of your life bouncing down Rio Negro’s crystal clear and fun rapids in your individual rafting “tube”. Guides will be riding down with you to ensure your safety.

     

    Dinner is included in the restaurant of the Hacienda.

     

    Accommodation: Hacienda Guachipelin, Standard Room 

    Meals: Breakfast And Dinner

    Day 08 - 10 : North Pacific Gold Coast, Guanacaste

    Breakfast. Drive to the North Pacific Coast to enjoy a three-day stay relaxing in beautiful Potrero Beach.

     

    Accommodation: Bahia del Sol Beachfront Hotel and Suites, Standard Room

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 11 : Potrero Beach to San José

    After breakfast, drive back to San Jose. Drop off car at the hotel in San José.

     

    Accommodation: Hotel Park Inn, Standard Room

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 12 : Departure from San Jose

    Breakfast. Departure via private transfer to Juan Santamaria International airport.

    Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to flight departure.

     

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Duration
    12 days
    Difficulty
    Easy
    Primary Activities
    Multi Activity
    No. of travellers
    Min. 2
    Other Activities
    None
    Children Allowed
    Yes
  • Comfort
    Learn more
    Super luxury

    Our highest-end category of accommodation, Super Luxury is defined by top quality customer service and premium amenities. Hotels in this exclusive category include the Aman resorts, Oberoi Vilas hotels, and certain independent purveyors.

    Luxury

    Luxury Hotels meet the standards of most well-known 5-star hotel brands around the world, and include premium accommodations and amenities. In some cases our Luxury category overlaps with the "boutique" hotels, many of which are equally luxurious and accommodating.

    Boutique

    Boutique hotels are typically smaller, or independently owned hotels that offer top-end service and amenities equivalent to luxury providers. Boutique hotels often differentiate themselves from bigger hotel brands through their unique character, location, or history.

    Glamping

    Glamping (short for “glamorous camping”) and lodges denotes outdoor-focused accommodations that combine the best of nature with a designer / comfort angle in mind, so customers can get the best of both worlds.

    Camping

    Camping refers to a wide range of tented accommodation, which will most likely apply to outdoor / adventure trips like trekking, hiking, etc.

    Others

  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Dec to Apr $ 1,721 $ 143 per day
    High Season Jul to Aug $ 1,721 $ 143 per day
    Low Season May to Jun $ 1,550 $ 129 per day
    Low Season Sep to Nov $ 1,550 $ 129 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • Professional bilingual guides
  • Rafting equipment
  • Private arrival and departure transfers with English speaking assistance
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meals as specified during stay at Rios Tropicales Ecolodge & Hacienda Guachipelin.
  • 2 nights in Hotel Park Inn
  • 1 night in Rios Tropicales Ecolodge
  • 2 nights in Selva Verde Lodge
  • 1 night in Hotel Arenal Springs
  • 2 nights in Hotel Hacienda Guachipelín
  • 3 nights in Bahía del Sol Beachfront Hotel and Suites
  • Hotel taxes
  • Activities and tours as specified in the above itinerary
  • Car rental (4X4 Daihatsu Bego or Hyundai Tucson, manual transmission
Cost Excludes
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the program
  • Optional tours or ground services not specified in the above itinerary
  • Tips to tour guides & drivers
  • Personal and/or medical expenses
  • Costa Rica departure tax
  • Air tickets to/from Costa Rica
  • Rented car insurance
Day 01 : Arrival at San Jose

Meet and greet at Juan Santamaria International airport and private transfer to your hotel in San José.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Park Inn, Standard Room

Meals not included

Day 02 : Pacuare River Rafting

This adventure begins rafting down the Pacuare River through breathtaking canyons and luxuriant vegetation.

 

This exciting adventure begins with an early morning pick-up at the lobby of your hotel in San José to take you to Rios Tropicales Operations Center, in Siquirres, where a typical Costa Rican breakfast will be served. After changing into the rafting gear, you will be driven to the private rafting put-in on the banks of the Pacuare River. A guide will give the necessary instruction on padding and how to enjoy a safety adventure. 

 

From here, you and your group will launch your raft and begin to paddle 19 miles deep into the heart of one of Costa Rica’s most impressive primary rainforests. You will pass through densely vegetated rainforest gorges, admire cascading waterfalls, relax in serene pools and experience pounding rapids.

 

Halfway down the river, a stop is made for a tasty, delicious picnic lunch, served on an overturned raft. Arrival to Rios Tropicales Lodge is expected during the early afternoon. This first part of the rafting adventure will take 2 hours approx.

 

Dinner is included in the lodge.

 

In spite of its remote location, Rios Tropicales Lodge offers electricity and hot showers thanks to its hydro-powered generator system, a model of ecotourism and sustainable business practices. This beautiful Lodge invites to relax, explore, and enjoy Costa Rica’s natural paradise.

 

Other available optional tours:

Horse riding

Canopy tour

Hikes

 

Accommodation: Rios Tropicales Lodge, Deluxe room

All meals included

Day 03 : Pacuare to Sarapiquí

In the morning, you will awaken to the harmonious melody of the rushing river and the sweet songs of tropical birds. After a delicious buffet breakfast, the rafts will be launched again for the final day of this river expedition. Rafting the second part of the Pacuare River is even more thrilling as you experience a mix of class III and class IV rapids like Upper and Lower Huacas, Cimarron and Dos Montañas. This morning ends with the satisfaction of having conquered one of the wildest and most scenic rivers in the world.

 

The take-out is near Rios Tropicales Operations Center where lunch is included.

 

Pick up your rented car (4x4 Daihatsu Bego o Hyundai Tucson, manual transmission) at Rios Tropicales Operation Center, where you will have the time to change clothes before driving to Sarapiqui area.

 

Accommodation: Selva Verda Lodge, River Standard Room

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 04 : Sarapiquí

After breakfast, drive to Hacienda Pozo Azul where you will enjoy an exciting horse ride.

 

Lunch is included in Pozo Azul’s restaurant.

 

For many years, the Quintana family has been raising horses, participating actively in horse events throughout the country. During this ride, you will take the most of their knowledge on one of their well-trained horse. The trails and back roads of the Hacienda are the perfect scenery combining pasture, jungle and rivers for a safe ride, taking into account your previous experience. (Duration: 2 hours)

 

Rest of the day at leisure to continue exploring the region.

 

Accommodation: Selva Verda Lodge, River Standard Room

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 05 : Sarapiquí to Arenal

After breakfast, drive to Arenal area in San Carlos.

 

San Carlos offers a landscape of exceptional beauty with its forests, lakes, fields of crops, hot springs, and the most active volcano of Costa Rica. Few sites inspire more respect and admiration than Arenal Volcano.

 

Check-in and then relax in the thermal waters of your hotel.

 

Accommodation: Arenal Springs Resort & Spa, Junior Suite

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 06 : Arenal Hanging Bridges to Rincón de la Vieja

After breakfast, drive to the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges for a Natural History Walk.

 

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. While walking along the trails, the fascinating world of the tropical forest will open to you. 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.

 

What to bring?

Comfortable clothing, long pants, hiking shoes, sweater, raincoat (especially during green season), camera, binoculars, sunscreen and insect repellent.

 

After this educational hike, drive to Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.

 

Dinner is included in the restaurant of the Hacienda.

 

Accommodation: Hacienda Guachipelin, Standard Room 

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 07 : Rincón de la Vieja

After breakfast, enjoy a day full of activities.

 

Canyon Canopy Tour:

This tour starts with a short walk from the hotel’s Adventure Center to the first canopy platform where this exciting experience into a canyon and over a turbulent river takes place. Several activities are included: rappelling, rock climbing, zip line, Tarzan swings, via ferrata and hanging bridges, all set in the majestic canyon made by the erosion of the Río Blanco during millions of years.

Duration: 2 hours approx.

 

Tubing in Río Negro:

Another fun and exciting adventure tour in Rincón de la Vieja is the Rio Negro Tubing. We will head out from Hacienda Guachipelín by horseback and after riding 45 minutes through the forest, we arrive at changing rooms where we will get ready for the river tubing adventure. We will have a short briefing about safety on the river. Then it is just a short walk to the foot of the Victoria Waterfall, where the tubing adventure begins. You will have the time of your life bouncing down Rio Negro’s crystal clear and fun rapids in your individual rafting “tube”. Guides will be riding down with you to ensure your safety.

 

Dinner is included in the restaurant of the Hacienda.

 

Accommodation: Hacienda Guachipelin, Standard Room 

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 08 - 10 : North Pacific Gold Coast, Guanacaste

Breakfast. Drive to the North Pacific Coast to enjoy a three-day stay relaxing in beautiful Potrero Beach.

 

Accommodation: Bahia del Sol Beachfront Hotel and Suites, Standard Room

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 : Potrero Beach to San José

After breakfast, drive back to San Jose. Drop off car at the hotel in San José.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Park Inn, Standard Room

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 : Departure from San Jose

Breakfast. Departure via private transfer to Juan Santamaria International airport.

Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to flight departure.

 

Meals included: Breakfast

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Dec to Apr $ 1,721 $ 143 per day
High Season Jul to Aug $ 1,721 $ 143 per day
Low Season May to Jun$ 1,550 $ 129 per day
Low Season Sep to Nov$ 1,550 $ 129 per day
Cost Includes
  • Professional bilingual guides
  • Rafting equipment
  • Private arrival and departure transfers with English speaking assistance
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meals as specified during stay at Rios Tropicales Ecolodge & Hacienda Guachipelin.
  • 2 nights in Hotel Park Inn
  • 1 night in Rios Tropicales Ecolodge
  • 2 nights in Selva Verde Lodge
  • 1 night in Hotel Arenal Springs
  • 2 nights in Hotel Hacienda Guachipelín
  • 3 nights in Bahía del Sol Beachfront Hotel and Suites
  • Hotel taxes
  • Activities and tours as specified in the above itinerary
  • Car rental (4X4 Daihatsu Bego or Hyundai Tucson, manual transmission
Cost Excludes
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the program
  • Optional tours or ground services not specified in the above itinerary
  • Tips to tour guides & drivers
  • Personal and/or medical expenses
  • Costa Rica departure tax
  • Air tickets to/from Costa Rica
  • Rented car insurance
Climate

Costa Rica’s climate is marked by two distinct seasons: dry season (Dec.-April) and the wet season (May-Nov.). The average daily temperatures range between 70 and 80 degrees.

 

It is home to vast array of plants and trees, every species highly adapted to the ecosystems within which they reside. The foliage is accented by brightly colored flowers and lush green trees.

 

Costa Rica boasts a profusion of zoological riches, and rightfully so. The National Institute of Biodiversity, in an attempt to identify every plant, animal and insect species, has approximated that within the borders of this small isthmus at least one million species exist.

Visas, Travel Documents and Special Permits

Please note that you are responsible for checking your destination country's visa requirements and then getting the visa accordingly.

 

Further, most countries require travellers to have a passport that is valid from at least 6 months from the day of entry into the country, so please confirm that you satisfy your destination country or countries passport, visa and medical (if any) requirements well in advance of your trip.

Immunizations / Medical Requirements

  • Please carry all personal medication
  • Please check with your physician before departing for this trip

Recommended Packing List
  • Long pants
  • Tennis shoes or boots
  • Sun lotion
  • Insect repellent
  • Raincoat
  • Camera
Meals provided

Other useful tips

  • Please be advised that space on the raft is limited. Therefore, it is important not to bring anything extra. We recommend passengers to bring one medium sized piece of luggage per couple or one backpack per person. We kindly request to reorganizing luggage the day prior to the trip by separating all items that you will be taking with you in the lodge. The additional luggage will be left at the Operations Center’s Storage room in Siquirres.
  • Maximum luggage permitted - weight: 25 lbs/11.5 kg. height: 55 cm/22 in. width: 40 cm/16 in.
  • Luggage should fit inside the dry bags used to transport all food and supplies in and out the Lodge.
  • **Note: Prices may vary drastically over Christmas, New Years and Easter.

Operator ID

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Operator Profile

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