9 daysActivity Level
breakfasts, lunches, 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.
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!
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!
Fly to San Jose, Costa Rica
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.
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!
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.
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!
Depart / Arrive home
Dates & Prices
12/22-12/30Call for AvailabilityAdult $3690Teen $3690Child $3490
12/25-01/02Adult $3690Teen $3690Child $3490
03/19-03/26Adult $2990Teen $2990Child $2790
04/16-04/23Adult $2990Teen $2990Child $2790
06/19-06/26Adult $2990Teen $2990Child $2790
07/10-07/17Adult $3190Teen $3190Child $2990
07/24-07/31Adult $3190Teen $3190Child $2990
08/20-08/27Adult $3190Teen $3190Child $2990
12/24-12/31Adult $3790Teen $3790Child $3590
12/26-01/02Adult $3790Teen $3790Child $3590
Additional $790 for single accommodations.
If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We’ve received great feedback about Travel Guard – you can learn more about the benefits of travel insurance there.
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 departures. Surcharge applied to groups smaller than four guests.
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.
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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