Costa Rica: Family – Jungles & Rainforests

8 Days



Time of year – Feb – Apr, Jun – Aug, Dec

More than 850 different species of birds make their homes here, from emerald-green parrots, scarlet macaws and bright-billed “flying banana” toucans to purple-throated hummingbirds, orange-bellied trogons, and red and green plumed quetzals. Green turtles and iguanas, red frogs and white-faced monkeys are also a big draw too, as you’ll find out when you explore tropical rainforests and jungles on a rafting trip and a nature hike during overnight stays in riverfront lodges. One of our most popular trips immerses you in the Earth Journeys experience, featuring on-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts plus other select BBC Earth touches. Want to get the ultimate hands-on Costa Rica family vacation experience? Soar on a zip-line adventure through the rainforest, learn all about living along a jungle river, take a pineapple tour, and see – as well as taste – how the cacao fruit is transformed into chocolate. And the best part – share it all with your family on Costa Rica: Jungles & Rainforests.

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On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts plus other select BBC Earth touches.

Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel and lodge accommodations, entertainment, special dinners, land transportation, sightseeing, porterage, and the services of local guides, drivers and the Tauck Director are included. Transportation from Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose to the InterContinental San Jose Hotel is included, regardless of the time you check in to the hotel, provided we have received accurate flight arrival information at least three weeks prior to the tour departure date. Transportation from El Mangroove Hotel in Guanacaste to Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica is also included when check out of the hotel. Transportation to the international airport in Liberia is also included if you choose to spend additional nights at El Mangroove after the tour ends. Transportation to and from airports may be shared with other Tauck guests.

Age Recommendations – Children 8 years of age or older at the time of travel are welcome on this Tauck journey. Based upon our experience with family travelers, we have a minimum recommended age for each journey to encourage comfort and enjoyment for all of our guests. All children must be accompanied on activities by a parent or guardian. At least one guest in the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older in order to make a reservation.

Rates and schedules are not guaranteed until booked and will vary based on departure date.

Tour begins: 6:00 PM, InterContinental Costa Rica. A transfer is included from San José’s Juan Santamaria International Airport to InterContinental Costa Rica in the heart of Costa Rica’s capital city, San José. Meet your fellow eco-adventurers at this evening’s welcome reception followed by dinner at your hotel, where your family enjoys Deluxe Rooms.

Meals – Dinner

A day of fun awaits your family today as you depart the capital, San José, and make your way to Tortuguero National Park, a tropical paradise in the heart of the coastal rainforest and your first taste of Costa Rica’s incredible biodiversity! En route, pay a visit to the Toucan Rescue Center, where you’ll tour the facilities and meet some of the toucans, sloths, monkeys and other wildlife the center’s staff cares for. Next, learn everything you ever wanted to know about one of our favorite food groups – chocolate – at an artisan chocolatier! See the natural process of transforming the cacao fruit into chocolate during a hands-on demonstration, do a little tasting and have lunch. This afternoon, a boat transports you to your rustic rainforest retreat adjacent to Tortuguero National Park – where most travel is by water, toucans and blue morpho butterflies fly all around you, and howler monkeys provide a natural wake-up call! Enjoy a poolside barbecue for dinner tonight.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up today in your rainforest lodge near the entrance to Tortuguero National Park, where 11 different habitats have been identified in the surrounding wilderness – providing homes to 60 kinds of mammals, 57 species of amphibians, 111 varieties of reptiles and more than 309 recorded species of birds! Your day begins with a morning canal cruise, where you’ll do some birding and nature viewing with our local guides, then return to your lodge for lunch. This afternoon, take a boat to explore the village of Tortuguero; learn about the medicinal benefits of coconuts, and the “tree of life” they come from, during a coconut demonstration; and, if you wish, take an optional canal cruise inside Tortuguero National Park, or just relax at your resort. And if you’re traveling with us between July and August, this evening we’ll take an unforgettable nighttime trip to the beach to observe nesting green sea turtles in one of the world’s top nesting grounds for these endangered animals. You’ll have a chance to see them make their way up the beach from the water to dig their nests in the sand, leaving tractor-tread trails behind them!

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning you’ll fly to Arenal before enjoying an exciting river-rafting excursion on the historic Sarapiqui River; a national monument today, the river played an important role in suppressing an armed incursion into Costa Rica in 1856, serving as a highway that transported soldiers, weapons and food. Board a rubber river raft for a Class II rafting trip* through the jungle; try to spot turtles, sloths, monkeys, iguanas and other wildlife along the riverbank that call the Sarapiqui region home. Following your fun rafting adventure, drive to your spa resort, where you’ll enjoy dinner at leisure this evening.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In Costa Rica’s Arenal region, get an extraordinary bird’s-eye view of cone-shaped Arenal Volcano, an actively “restless” volcano, on a thrilling zip-line ride* at Sky Trek Adventure Park, where you’ll soar over and through the canopy of rainforest treetops! (Those not into zip lining can take a nature walk instead.) Following lunch at a local restaurant, join us for a pineapple tour on which you’ll taste pineapples fresh from the field, learn how to choose the best pineapple at the supermarket, and sample some local pineapple treats. Return to your resort for some time at leisure and dinner tonight.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head out from Arenal and across Costa Rica’s interior today to Guanacaste on the Pacific coast, stopping for lunch on the way. Then continue on to your eclectic oceanfront resort, El Mangroove, on the shores of the Pacific in Guanacaste.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging – El Mangroove

Enjoy a full day at your seaside resort today, either relaxing or taking an included dolphin spotting and snorkeling cruise in the morning or afternoon. Continue your personalized adventure today with lunch at the hotel, then join us for a farewell reception and dinner tonight, including traditional Costa Rican music played by a marimba band.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging – El Mangroove

Tour ends: Guanacaste. Fly home anytime. A transfer from El Mangroove to Liberia International Airport is included. You should allow a minimum of three hours for check-in at the airport.

Meals – Breakfast

What's Included

  • Gratuities to Tauck Director, drivers & local guides are included
  • Zip line adventure for extraordinary views of Arenal Volcano and the lush rainforest canopy
  • Jungle river-rafting adventure with an expert wildlife guide
  • Guided pineapple tour includes tastings of field-fresh pineapples and pineapple treats
  • Hands-on demonstration in making chocolate
  • Exploration of Tortuguero National Park by boat and land with expert naturalists includes a canal cruise Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 20 meals; admission fees, taxes, porterage and service charges

Night 1
San José, Costa Rica

InterContinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall

Set in the elite San José suburb of Escazú, the InterContinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall is the epitome of modern, understated elegance. The hotel is located within Multiplaza, the city’s most important mall, where you will find a variety of stores, bars and restaurants. Spacious guest rooms feature soundproof windows, soft bedding with 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and feather pillows, individually controlled air conditioning, iron / ironing board, 37-inch LCD TV with cable and satellite stations, a multimedia connector, a spacious work desk, radio with CD player, coffee maker, minibar, bathrobes, hair dryer and a scale. There’s a cool outdoor swimming pool complex surrounded by tropical gardens, tennis court, the largest Urban Spa of Central America, and a fully equipped, state-of-the-art Health & Fitness Centre. You’ll find three trendy concept restaurants from which to choose – Factory, Alfredo Trattoria Italiana, and The Market. And if you’re in the mood for an exotic aperitif, sample one of the 50 sake cocktails at the Nau Bar.

Tauck Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

Nights 2-3
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Aninga Lodge

Aninga Lodge is strategically located only five minutes away from Costa Rica’s extraordinary Tortuguero National Park, and right across the main “canal” facing the town of Tortuguero. Surrounded by a network of very scenic canals, this is considered one of the most exotic regions of the world, characterized by its rich flora and fauna. Comfortable guest rooms, featuring a

private bathroom, hot water, ceiling fans and more, provide a pleasant oasis nestled amidst the wilderness of Costa Rica’s tropical rainforest, just minutes away from the entrance to Tortuguero National Park, considered the most important place in the western Caribbean for the nesting and study of the green sea turtle. The spa at Aninga Lodge has been a pioneer in Tortuguero area, providing innovative and relaxing techniques for the body, spirit and soul, and offering a full range of spa packages from Swedish and deep-tissue massage to shiatsu, teiki and more.
Nights 4-5
La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort offers the unique combination of the energy of the Arenal Volcano, the heat of the Tabacon Hot Springs and the purity of the surrounding rainforest, blended into what many have described as “paradise” or “the eighth wonder of the world”. The four elements of nature are present in this unique luxury hotel and resort, featuring the heat of the volcano, the flowing waters of the hot springs, the pure air of the rainforest and the fertile earth of the of the Fortuna de San Carlos Region.

Located at the base of the Arenal Volcano, this luxury resort is recognized as a member of The Leading Hotels and The Leading Spas of the World. Guest rooms are all beautifully appointed with rich handicrafts and furnishings made by Costa Rican artisans, and feature cable television, DVD, personal safes, minibars and coffeemakers. Guest bathrooms include luxurious bathrobes, deluxe bath toiletries, hair dryers and bathtubs. The hotel’s restaurants and bars afford an opportunity to try local and international flavors in cuisine and beverages, featuring menus that are continually updated with exciting dishes, both traditional and innovative. Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort’s award-winning Grand Spa joined the Leading Spas of the World in 2007, quickly rising to the top of spa rankings worldwide and named one of the “best mineral spas” and “eco-spas” on Earth.

Nights 6-7
Guanacaste, Costa Rica

El Mangroove

Where man and mangrove meet with laid-back inspiration, El Mangroove sets a new standard for “hot and hip” in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Spanning 17 acres and embracing 150 meters of beachfront in Bahia Papagayo, the resort offers bohemian-chic suites nestled among mangrove and oceanfront forest. Perfect mixes of wood and water alongside contemporary linear architecture, natural furnishings and subtle splashes of color reflect the concept that true indulgence is actually found in simplicity. Each roomy suite is equipped with a 42” flat screen TV, wireless and video-calling telephone, ceiling fan, A/C system, working station, iPad / iPhone docking station & alarm clock, iron & ironing board, hair dryer, vanity magnifying mirror, walk-in closet, safety deposit box and minibar. Sustainable comfort food with farm-to-table or ocean-to-table menus and a mix of ambiances and flavors reflects El Mangroove’s culinary philosophy, expressed in the resort’s two signature restaurants, Makoko and Matiss.

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Costa Rica: Family – Jungles & Rainforests