9 daysActivity Level
ActiveActive 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.
8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
This Costa Rica family vacation is the perfect way for teens to play hard and share an adventure with their parents. Teens today know all about environmental awareness and that knowledge is greatly appreciated in Costa Rica. Mix that with adventures from hiking to whitewater rafting and canyoning, and this is the family vacation of a lifetime!
Recommended Age: 12+
Whitewater Raft the Pacuare River
The Pacuare River is a stimulating and challenging river that will keep you on your toes, is full of excitement, and will give you a deserved sense of accomplishment back on shore.
Hike Irazú Volcano
Hike among the coffee fields on the slopes of the Irazú Volcano that reaches an elevation of 11,260 feet above the region’s gorgeous landscape.
Go on a Canyoning Adventure in Turrialba
Rappel down a set of waterfalls, zip-line across a jungle canopy, and walk across a hanging bridge stretching further than 100 feet, all in a day’s adventure.
Explore Corcovado National Park
With thousands of different species from mammals and reptiles to birds and butterflies, there is always something to search the jungle for at each twist and turn of every hike.
Snorkel in the Pacific Ocean
Explore the underwater world of the Pacific Ocean and the gorgeous reef off of the coast of Corcovado National Park finding colorful tropical fish and aquamarine plant life.
Fly to San Jose, Costa Rica
Irazu Volcano National Park
Enjoy a scenic drive past quaint farm houses and potato fields toward Irazu Volcano National Park (Parque Nacional Volcán Irazú.), where you’ll experience a spectacular, above-cloud view from the volcano’s 11,260-foot summit.
Turrialba Transfer and Farmer's Market
Take a short drive to the Turrialba region, known as “Little Switzerland” for its lush, mountainous landscape, fertile soil and raging rivers. Get a taste of this agricultural haven by visiting a farmer’s market featuring specialties like Araìbica coffee, sugar cane and “Turrialba” cheese.
Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting
We’ll whitewater raft on the Pacuare River, whose class III and IV rapids take us through some spectacular scenery, like lush canyons where waterfalls cascade into the river and expanses of rainforest!
Cerro de la Muerte
Rappel down waterfalls, zip-line through a jungle canopy, and walk across a hanging bridge that’s over 100 feet long and feel your adrenaline pump through every different moment of this adventure!
Optional Night Hike
We’ll meet our guide for a night hike in the cloud forest after dark to discover the nocturnal creatures. Experience the nighttime chatter of tree frogs and insects in the forest under a starlit sky—an unforgettable adventure. Oh, and don’t forget your flashlights and bug spray!
Snorkel around Caño Island, home to crystalline waters filled with marine life, pristine beaches, magnificent cliffs and pre-Columbian artifacts.
Picnic Lunch, Swimming & Nature Walk
Have some time to truly get to know the wilderness of Costa Rica with a picnic lunch, refreshing swim in the warm waters of the Pacific, and a quiet nature walk.
Full Day Corcovado National Park Excursion
Take an entire day to explore the eco-diverse Corcovado National Park. Hike through lush rainforest trails teeming with unforgettable wildlife including monkeys—howler, spider and white-faced—sloths, coatis and tapirs, and tropical birds!
Zip-line - San Jose de la Montana
We’ll take to the sky for an adrenaline rush while we complete a high-flying zip-line circuit, located north of San Jose in the mountain village of San Jose de la Montaña.
Depart / Arrive home
Dates & Prices
12/23-12/3112 & 13 year olds on boardAdult $4590Teen $4590Internal Air $200
03/16-03/24Sold OutAdult $4290Teen $4290Internal Air $200
06/15-06/23Adult $4240Teen $4240Internal Air $200
12/22-12/3015 year old on boardAdult $4590Teen $4590Internal Air $200
Smart Traveler Advantages
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Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.
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 Insured – 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.
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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Guaranteed DeparturesNo matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.
GuidesBe 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 GroupsWith a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.