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Costa Rica Family Experience

8 days,San José to San José

Learn to surf on Costa Rica's pristine beaches, visit a local family to learn to make tortillas, spot nature in dense cloud forest, enjoy the natural beauty of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.


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Nothing brings learning to life like real-world experience. This week-long trip’s engaging lesson plan gives your kids an education in biology and ecology they’ll never get in a textbook. Here, you’ll spend five life-changing days studying the flora and fauna that inhabit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve and Manuel Antonio National Park. Elsewhere, you’ll get in touch with the land by rappelling, rafting, swimming, horseback-riding and even surfing all over it. Science + gym? You do the math.

What's Included

  • Arrival transfer. Kayaking and SUP in La Fortuna. Tortilla making and a typical lunch with a local family. Guided hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve (Monteverde). Surf lesson in Manuel Antonio NP
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch (Allow USD200-250 per person for meals not included.)
  • Comfort hotels (7nts)
  • Private van, boat, surfboard, walking
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 20, avg 10

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Itinerary Notes

This trip is designed for parents and children to enjoy together. You will be travelling as part of a group of families with other children. The itinerary has been designed with the needs of the whole family in mind. We have given this trip a minimum age for this trip to allow you to be sure that you have the right trip for you and your family. Minimum age of 5 years for this trip. Please see the activities for any specific minimum age requirements.

Day 1 San José

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2-3 La Fortuna/Arenal (2B)

Enjoy tortilla making along with a typical lunch with a local family. Included combo of kayaking and stand-up paddle board session on Lake Arenal. Options to go rafting, waterfall rappelling or floating through the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.

Day 4-5 Monteverde (2B)

Guided nature hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Options to visit a butterfly garden, zipline through the canopy or go horseback riding.

Day 6-7 Manuel Antonio National Park (2B)

Included surf lesson. Enjoy a free day for several optional activities or take some time to relax on the beach.

Day 8 San José (B)

Return to San Jose this morning, where the trip ends upon arrival at the airport. Please book ongoing travel after 3pm.