Discover together. Let your kids see your eyes grow wide for a change as you wander past a waterfall, in a jungle, in the rain forest. It's not often that your entire family witnesses something for the first time together. Explore a Hummingbird Garden. Spot caimans, monkeys, iguanas and river otters. Search for the perfect shell on a vast beach. Learn about the traditions, nature and creatures of Costa Rica from the locals and the experts. Breathe in the pura vida lifestyle of the Tico culture and let it change the way you see the world. You'll bring back memories, photos and an appreciation of Costa Rica, and that "wide-eyed" feeling you had when you were a kid.
Day 1 Active Poás Volcano, one of Costa Rica's most breathtaking natural treasures Kick-start your journey with a visit to a coffee plantation and learn about Costa Rica's java Get acquainted with your new surroundings on a walk to a stunning jungle waterfall Follow our knowledgeable local guide through a cloud forest oasis Visit a nearby farm for perspective on Costa Rica's focus on sustainable farming methods - and to meet the animals!
Days 2-3 Connect with the friendly and welcoming Costa Rican people At La Paz Waterfall Gardens, follow a path past five unique waterfalls to the Butterfly Observatory, where butterflies soar freely while you walk amid their natural habitat Don't miss the Hummingbird Garden, home to more than 24 different hummingbird species The afternoon is yours for the spa, zip-lining or relaxing poolside Tonight, hot springs await!
Days 4-6 Remarkable wildlife viewing on naturalist-led walks Learn about one of Costa Rica's indigenous cultures from our local friend, a member of the Maleku tribe Life is certainly sweet during a tour and tasting at a cacao plantation It's a short scenic flight to Tortuguero, set on a small island off the Caribbean coast There's wildlife to spot - such as caimans, monkeys, iguanas, river otters and an array of birds - during our scenic cruise on the canals of Tortuguero National Park The proprietress of one of the region's best-known restaurants teaches us a few Caribbean culinary secrets Enjoy one last sunrise photo op on the beach before flying back to San José.
- Encounter a thrilling diversity of wildlife, from monkeys and sloths to brilliantly plumed birds
- Stroll through a misty cloud forest while a local naturalist provides insight on this fragile ecosystem
- Savor the tropical waters, from soothing geothermal springs to the spray of spectacular waterfalls
- Our Costa Rican friends introduce you to their country's unique and vibrant spirit
- Experience an exotic warm-weather destination refreshingly close and easy to access!
Xandari Resort & Spa (2 nights): Stretching across a 40-acre former coffee and fruit plantation that has been restored to its original natural state, this comfortable resort features scenic hiking trails and lush gardens. (pool, spa)
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa (1 night): Take in majestic views of Arenal Volcano while soaking in your suite's private whirlpool. (pool, spa)
Tortuga Lodge & Spa (2 nights): View the wildlife of Tortuguero National Park and explore its labyrinthine waterways by boat while staying at this lodge nestled on 146 acres on Costa Rica's northeast Caribbean coast. (pool)
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 12/23-28 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $890 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $290
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Recommended Kids Ages
- Recommended minimum age for the trip: 9 years
General Info on Minimum Ages:We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria:
- 12+ amount of cultural appreciation, difficulty of activities, routes
- 9+ difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions, routes
- 6+ several longer dinners; routes are difficult for pulling a Burley and therefore not appropriate for younger children; difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required. Call us for date availability.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|8 - 9 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $3,198 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $3,498 pp dbl. occ.|
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.
Guest Trip Reviews
Delve deeper into what makes Costa Rica so special: biological diversity! This is the trip if you're looking for a leisurely paced family adventure featuring loads of interactive experiences with local experts and naturalists. You'll explore a variety of Costa Rica's many landscapes, including a cloud forest, tropical forest, an active volcano, a coffee growing area and coastal region. Kids will really love the wildlife viewing opportunities as well as the chance to get to know lots of our longtime Costa Rican friends.- Regional Manager, Latin America