Holy cow! Or rather, holy huge millipede! Was that a toucan? Can you spot those monkeys you've been hearing? Swinging through the jungle, Tarzan style. Do some swinging of your own on a zip-line. Or paddle through white-water rapids? Or plunge into a waterfall? It's up to you. With a week of family fun in Costa Rica.
1-2 Hop on a charter flight over Costa Rica's fertile Central Valley and the Talamanca mountain range to San Isidro del General Discover life on a farm and learn how to make sugar at a trapiche (sugarcane mill) Fly through the jungle canopy on a zip-line Bike into a lush landscape as you keep your eyes peeled for aracaris, speckled tanagers and hummingbirds Go for a hike through the countryside or relax poolside at the luxurious Auberge AltaGracia.
3 Tropical forests, pristine beaches and volcanic cliffs provide the backdrop as kids horseback ride and adults hike to a beautiful waterfall A local family invites us into their home for lunch Hike through the rain forest to our remote jungle safari hotel Kick back on your private deck or go for a plunge on the 100-foot long waterslide.
4 Make a splash on a thrilling white-water rafting excursion on Río Savegre Walk through Manuel Antonio National Park with an expert who helps us spot white-faced monkeys, butterflies, sloths and iguanas Enjoy a gorgeous sunset and a dip in the warm Pacific at our beachfront retreat.
5-6 Kids paint their own Boruca masks with an indigenous artist Grown-ups, be as active as you like: beach walk, kayak, horseback ride, surf or relax in a hammock or at the spa Pedal on the beach, then turn inland through a landscape of banana and African palm trees Rejuvenate with a beachfront yoga class or a morning seaside stroll Travel back to San José, stopping along the way to look for crocodiles.