Costa Rica

Costa Rica Multi-Sport Adventure

  • Overview
    Starts at

    $2790

    Duration

    8 days

    Activity Level

    Active

    Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.
    Minimum Age

    6

    Ideal Age

    8+

    Meals

    7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

    If your family seeks action and thrills on a family vacation, you’ll love this adventurous journey through Costa Rica. Discover stunning wildlife, lush lowland rainforests and pristine beaches while canoeing, zip-lining, hiking, and rafting. Every day is WOW!

    Friends Across Borders

    Your kids can get to know and exchange pen pal letters with a Costa Rican child — and then meet them during a local school visit.

    Explore Tortuguero National Park

    Traverse canals by canoe and jungle boat through wildlife rich mangrove forests in one of the most biologically diverse places in the country. It’s an endless stream of wildlife — monkeys, crocs, sloths and more!

    Sarapiqui Whitewater Rafting

    Have a blast on a super fun Class II/III rafting trip down a river of alternating crystalline pools and churning rapids. Then cross that same river – twice – on an exhilarating zip line.

    Corso Lecheria

    Step into the life of a working Costa Rican farm; you’ll learn to milk a cow, harvest strawberries and chat with chickens. Learn how they make delicious cheeses and ice cream – and maybe try some too!

    Puntarenas

    Enjoy the beaches of the Pacific coast with a stay at the all-inclusive resort the Ticos themselves favor most. There is tons to do – or time to do nothing, it’s your choice!

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to San Jose, Costa Rica


    Days 2-3

    Tortuguero

    Wildlife by Canoe

    Head out into the narrower canals by canoe with your naturalist in tow. In the quiet of the forest raise your paddle and listen for the rustling of monkeys and birds in the trees, the plop of turtles sliding off a log. Watch for the peering eyes of crocs and caiman, slithery river otters, tall herons and bright egrets, parrots and toucans. It’s an amazing symphony of nature!

    Casa Cecropia Chocolate Tour

    Visit Casa Cecropia (by canoe of course!) for a hands-on explanation about the importance of chocolate. Hint: Chocolate was so important in pre-Columbian times, it was used as currency! Sample your own home-made chocolate and even get a (temporary) tattoo, made with vegetable ink in the ancient tradition of the indigenous people in the area.

    Jungle Boat Expedition

    Venture into Tortuguero National Park for a jungle boat expedition along the winding river system. Eleven different habitats are found here including three toed sloths, three kinds of monkeys and 320 species of birds.

    Friends Across Borders Meeting (Pen Pals)

    Get a chance to meet your new Costa Rican pen pals, bonding over activities and games like soccer or hacky sack.


    Days 4-5

    Sarapiqui

    Whitewater Rafting

    Today you’ll enjoy the fun and thrill of an easy Class II/III whitewater rafting adventure through lowland rainforest where exotic birds like the keel billed toucan and the endangered great green macaw can be spotted. With calm, crystalline pools following each run of rapids, you’ll travel 7.5 miles from La Virgen de Sarapiqui to Chilamate, with a stop for swimming and snacking along the way. Minimum age is 6 years old. Closed-toe shoes required; no flip flops!

    Zip-line

    Join expert guides using specialized equipment for a safety briefing before embarking on this thrilling two hour adventure. There are 14 lines that take off from platforms, the cables passing over fields of lush ornamental plants, soaring over tropical rainforest, and twice crossing the Sarapiqui River. The final run is a full 700 meters.


    Days 6-7

    Puntarenas

    Corso Lecheria Farm

    Visit a local working farm where you can learn to milk a cow, pick fresh delicious strawberries, and play with some farm animals.

    Half Day Ocean Expedition

    At Playa Agujas you can choose between an outrigger canoe, stand up paddle board or ocean kayak. Enjoy the coastline with local experts as you gliding past serene beaches and stunning cliffs; watch for frigate birds and pelicans!

    Taste a Churchill

    While in Puntarenas one must try a Churchill, a delicious mixture of shaved ice, Kola syrup, powdered milk, condensed milk and ice-cream. Mmmmm!


    Day 8

    Depart / Arrive home


  • Dates & Prices

    2019 Dates


    12/22-12/29

    Adult $3390
    Teen $3390
    Child $3190

    12/25-01/01

    Adult $3390
    Teen $3390
    Child $3190


    2020 Dates


    03/21-03/28

    Adult $2790
    Teen $2790
    Child $2590

    04/18-04/25

    Adult $2790
    Teen $2790
    Child $2590

    06/20-06/27

    Adult $2790
    Teen $2790
    Child $2590

    07/11-07/18

    Adult $2790
    Teen $2790
    Child $2590

    08/08-08/15

    Adult $2790
    Teen $2790
    Child $2590

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages
    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get a free GoPro and Travel Protection!

    Triple Discount
    $300 discount for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

    Single Supplement

    Additional $790 for single accommodations

    Large Group Discount
    Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.

    Alumni Discount
    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Travel Insurance
    We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We’ve received great feedback about Travel Insured – you can learn more about the benefits of travel insurance there.

    Price Includes
    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.

    Guaranteed departure. Surcharge applied to groups smaller than 4 guests.

  • Hotels

    Hilton Garden Inn

    The Hilton Garden Inn is a great place to stay while in San José. The hotel is clean and the rooms are spacious, giving your family a great space to relax. There is also a pool, a fitness room, and free Wi-Fi and internet access throughout the hotel. The lobby features a 24 hour snack service and it is centrally located to nearby restaurants, markets and a drugstore.

    Aninga Lodge

    Set on the edge of the main canal and surrounded by lush rainforest and howler monkeys, Aninga has 33 bungalows all with comfortable beds and ceiling fans. The bungalows, restaurant and walking trails are all set on stilts about 5 feet from the ground to bring you into the canopy of trees and to protect the wildlife’s natural habitat. Enjoy the pool and spa!

    La Quinta de Sarapiqui

    A simple eco-lodge in the heart of Costa Rica’s best adventures, La Quinta has earned Costa Rica’s highest 5 leaves in its qualification for Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST). The 28 rooms set in bungalows each have A/C and ceiling fans, hairdryer, safety deposit box, and a porch with hammock and rocking chair overlooking gardens of heliconias, gingers, palms and flowering trees. Enjoy the spa and 10 acres of walking trails, along with a pool.

    Fiesta Resort

    An all-inclusive resort, Fiesta has 408 bright and airy rooms, all with Wi-Fi, A/C and private balconies overlooking the ocean, pool, or gardens. Surrounded by tropical gardens there are 4 pools to enjoy, plus tennis courts and soccer and volleyball on the beach. Enjoy endless snacking and juices, the spa, 4 restaurants and nightly entertainment – there is something for everyone!

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Why Thomson

    Friends Across Borders

    Your child will have a cultural connection like no other by meeting kids the same age from the country you’re traveling by playing games, throwing a Frisbee, kicking a ball around, or just chatting. Ask us about our pen pal program.

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book your trip 9 months in advance and get access to all of the advantages that come with being a smart traveler; from Travel Protection to a brand new GoPro.

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.

    Guides

    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

What Travelers are Saying

I was able to be fearless because I didn’t have to be in charge. The guides and staff at Thomson Family Adventures took care of everything!

The Turk Family

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Starts at

$4590

Duration

9 days

Activity Level

Active

Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.
Starts at

$3330

Duration

7 days

Activity Level

Active

Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.
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