Like wildlife and outdoor adventure? You and your family will love Costa Rica, where monkeys enliven the canopy and iguanas bask in the sun. Jungle hikes, bike rides, white-water rafting and sea-kayaking immerse you in extraordinary biodiversity, from Arenal Volcano to tropical rain forest and beaches of the Pacific coast. Get set to have fun, relax and discover your own pura vida!
1 Bike rolling paved roads flanked by plantations of papaya, sugarcane and yucca to La Fortuna, nestled near the foot of Arenal Volcano Befriend furry and feathery critters at a wildlife rescue center Indulge in a chocolate tour and tasting Commune with nature at the tranquil Arenal Kioro hotel.
2 Ride around Lake Arenal, listening for the call of howler monkeys Enjoy scenic views on a boat cruise across the water Soak in a geothermal hot springs and gaze at majestic volcanoes Opt to fly through the treetops on a zip-line, indulge in a massage or simply relax by the pool.
3-4 Trek across a lava field near Arenal Volcano National Park Our private charter plane whisks us to the white-sand beaches of Quepos Sit down to a home-cooked casado (traditional local meal) with a local family Hike through the pristine Savegre Valley Kick back at our secluded hotel on your private deck or zoom down the 100-foot waterslide—look out below! Make a splash on a thrilling white-water rafting excursion on Río Savegre In Manuel Antonio National Park, discover white-faced monkeys swinging in the branches and prehistoric-looking iguanas slithering up tree trunks.
5-6 Spot a wealth of wildlife on a coastal rain forest trail Swim in the ocean or walk out to a viewpoint and take it all in Enjoy an afternoon soaking up the sun, getting a surf lesson or watching the waves of the Pacific From a secluded beach, sea-kayak on calm crystalline waters Check out families of crocodiles in the Tarcoles River on our way back to San José.