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Monkeys Jungles and Volcanoes

8 Days 1 Country 1 City

Get up close and personal with turtles, monkeys, butterflies and more on this Family Experience.

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About this trip

The sights and sounds of the jungle are joined by the calm of thermal mineral pools, volcanic walks and white sandy beaches on this family adventure.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... meeting locals who strive to protect the sea turtles that nest in Tortuguero National Park; hearing how the turtles can weigh up to 1,100 pounds and that a female can lay more than 100 eggs in one go. And it's seeing the excitement on your family's faces as they fly between trees on a zipline, adding to the squeals and shrieks of the jungle.

Trip type: Family Experiences i

Trip code: LFCA

7 Nights


15 Meals
  • 7 full breakfasts.

  • 3 lunches.

  • 5 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Monkeys Jungles and Volcanoes

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive San Jose

Pura vida, bienvenidos a Costa Rica. You're going to have more fun than a barrel of monkeys and spot more than a barrel of wildlife on this incredible adventure. A local host will greet you at the airport and arrange your transfer to the hotel. Relax by the pool before meeting your Travel Director and fellow explorers at 6 p.m. for a Kick-off Party.

Kick-Off Party
InterContinental Costa Rica

2. San Jose – Braulio Carrillo National Park – Tortuguero National Park (2 nights)

Rise with the roosters and head east through Braulio Carrillo National Park towards the Caribbean Sea. Board a river boat, gliding through canals, lagoons and lowland rainforest teeming with wildlife. You'll be amazed at how many kinds of animals live here—six species of sea turtles, monkeys, caimans, tons of exotic bird species plus rare and endangered ocelots, river otters and manatees. The afternoon is yours—hang out by the pool or on the beach, or head to Tortuguero Village to meet the local students (when school is in session). Join a Local Specialist from the Sea Turtle Conservancy Foundation to learn about the incredible turtles that nest in Tortuguero. Enjoy a buffet dinner at the resort's open-air restaurant along the Tortuguero lagoon.

Full Breakfast
Laguna Lodge Tortuguero

3. Tortuguero National Park Sightseeing and Free Time

There's nothing like the wake-up call of a troop of howler monkeys to start your day. Set off with your captain and guide to explore the lush canals and waterways of Tortuguero National Park. You may want to start a tally of all the types of wildlife you'll see. Look out for sloths, green iguanas, caiman, crocodiles and colourful toucans. Of course, you'll spot tons of monkeys—agile howler and spider monkeys and white-faced capuchins swinging through the dense rainforest canopy. This afternoon, you can venture back out on the canals to add to your wildlife tally or relax back at the lodge—the choice is yours. If you're visiting during nesting season (Jul-Sep), join an optional night walk with a naturalist guide to witness some of the world's largest turtles laying their eggs, amazing. A buffet dinner is served at your hotel this evening.

Full Breakfast

4. Tortuguero – Sarapiqui – Arenal National Park (2 nights)

Bid adios to the monkeys for now as you boat back to the mainland and travel to Horquetas. Here you'll visit a local Tico family palm plantation to gain a Cultural Insight, all about and taste an exotic vegetable, something you've probably never tried—the delicate heart of palm. Continue travelling to quaint Sarapiqui where you'll visit a wildlife centre for amphibians and reptiles run by a family of biologists rescue and rehabilitate animals that can no longer live in the wild.

Full Breakfast
Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa

5. Arenal Sightseeing and Free Time

Rise and shine as the forest and volcano are calling. Start the day with a guided trek around the quiet side of the volcano at Arenal National Park. Walk through the old lava rocks and learn about the powerful forces behind the volcano's past eruptions. Then head to the Arenal Hanging Bridges where you can walk eye-level within the lush canopy, observe the monkeys, sloths and chattering birds up close, and look out to see the rumbling, steaming Arenal Volcano. Later, relax in the thermal springs or take a swim at the pool back at the hotel. End the day with a delicious dinner with your travelling companions.

Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Arenal Natura Ecological Park

At this wonderful park you will have the opportunity to experience Costa Rica’s wildlife up close and personal where beautiful frogs, birds, reptiles, and their natural habitats will have the starring role. This package includes a frog sanctuary, bird watching, a serpentarium (home to different species of snakes found in Costa Rica), a reptile lagoon (to observe crocodiles) and a heliconia garden. Total duration is approximately 2 hours. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Adult Price: US$38.00

Kayak On Lake Arenal

Arenal Lake is the largest in the country and home to a wide diversity of birds, both resident and migratory, such as flycatchers, kingfishers and great blue herons. Kayaking on Arenal Lake is a great way to take part in an outdoor activity while you enjoy the amazing, one-of-a-kind views of Arenal Volcano. Along the shoreline, watch for howler monkeys enjoying the good life high in the trees. Total duration approximately 4 hours. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Adult Price: US$59.00

6. Arenal National Park – Manuel Antonio National Park (2 nights)

Get ready to have a blast. Imagine yourself soaring high above the jungle floor as you fly along ziplines through the treetops, eye-to-eye with the lush foliage and exotic rainforest creatures. Ziplining through the canopy is sure to be among the most amazing adventures of your lifetime. Later, head south to Manuel Antonio National Park, renowned for its warm blue waters, sparkling white-sand beaches and abundant exotic wildlife. This evening, join the gang for a pizza night.

Full Breakfast
Parador Resort and Spa

7. Manuel Antonio National Park Sightseeing and Free Time

Walking deep into the National Park with your guide, you'll definitely check off a few more creatures on your wildlife list—at last count, there were 109 different animals and 184 species of birds living here. Listen to the whooping bark of howler monkeys and the chattering of mischievous squirrels and white-faced monkeys. Then, it's time to hit the beach. Laze in the warm Pacific or at the resort's pool, or choose one of many incredible optional activities. Will it be a catamaran cruise (available Jan-Apr) to snorkel (and maybe even see dolphins, parrotfish and sea turtles), a surf lesson, mangrove kayak tour, horseback ride or whitewater rafting. This evening, join your fellow explorers to celebrate new friendships and awesome experiences with a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Catamaran And Snorkeling Adventure

Your naturalist guide will provide commentary as you sail by islands, cliffs, and rock formations while watching for bird nesting grounds and marine wildlife. Beverages and snacks are available onboard the catamaran throughout the trip. After exploring the coastline, your captain will drop anchor in a secluded bay where there will be time to snorkel. Be on the lookout for parrotfish, angelfish, starfish and maybe even a friendly dolphin. Total duration is approximately 6 hours. Available late Nov to mid-April.

Adult Price: US$80.00

8. Manuel Antonio – Depart San Jose

Travel back to San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight or extend your stay at the Parador Resort and Spa in Manuel Antonio. 

Full Breakfast

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • Visit Tortuguero National Park, Arenal National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park and a wildlife center for amphibians and reptiles near Sarapiqui

    • Cruise the canals of Tortuguero National Park

    • Scenic drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park

What's Included


    • 7 full breakfasts.

    • 3 lunches.

    • 5 dinners.

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • 7 nights First Class accommodation

    • Trip Notes
      Umbrellas and ponchos provided for your use.

    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

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    Service rating : The service was amazing! The tour directors and hotel employees were extremely kind! Thank you so much for the exceptional service!Product : The tour directors' insights were profound, and the places we visited on this tour were exceptionally beautiful!

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    Service rating : Every detail was attended to. We could not have asked for a better experience.Product : Our tour director, German Rojas, was the best. He made certain that everyone got to do and see what they were most interested in. He was so knowledgeable, kind, and responsive. He made our

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    Please note: For the more remote areas of Costa Rica (such as Tortuguero), we use the best available hotel facilities with comfortable but simple guestrooms and eco-friendly amenities perfectly suited to the natural surroundings.  This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps and sometimes through heavy showers (rain ponchos and umbrellas provided). This journey is best enjoyed by the experienced traveller in good health and who can take such conditions in stride. Crossovers: These departures will operate per the 2015 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking. Subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed in the 2017 brochure.Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.  Festive Departures: We've arranged Christmas or New Year's Eve celebrations for these departures.
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  • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
  • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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