Tour overview

It’s no secret that Costa Rica is a destination blessed with lush jungles, volcano vistas and breathtaking beaches. The cornerstone of our Costa Rica tours is to show you what lies beneath the stunning scenery. Costa Rica’s natural playground thrills and delights in a family-friendly adventure made for memories

Made to order

  • Choose from a range of places to stay, from impeccable five-star hotels to equally outstanding boutique ones.
  • Tailor your trip to include a wide variety of activities, from the must-see’s to the lesser-known, local experiences, and even the exclusive ones you may not know about.
  • With no fixed dates or set schedules, you can explore on your terms.
  • Whether you’re celebrating one of life’s big moments or looking to fulfill a personal journey, we always work with you to ensure we’re creating a trip-of-a-lifetime.

Protect your travel

We recommend travel protection. Between missed connections, lost or delayed luggage, or medical emergencies, you want some peace of mind that your travel investment is well protected.

Tour Code: TrafalgarCRF

 

Included

  • 24/7 in-destination support from our local office
  • All accommodation stays, tours and transfers for scheduled activities are covered, unless otherwise listed in the itinerary
  • A private driver for tours and transfers (in some countries our local private guides also act as your driver - your Destination Expert will discuss with you if applicable)
  • Local private guides or shared tours that take you through your itinerary highlights and experiences, your final itinerary will confirm the type of tour
  • A greeting at the airport or at your accommodation from one of our representatives – your expert will confirm your meet and greet location with you
  • Breakfast each morning at your hotel, plus any meals indicated in the itinerary
  • One suitcase and one carry-on per person for trip transfers

Not Included

  • Your international airfare
  • Travel Insurance Protection
  • Visas (unless noted)
  • Tips for services and experiences
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), unless specified in the itinerary
  • Additional sightseeing, activities and experiences outside of your itinerary

Day 1 | SAN Jose to Vara Blanca

Here we Go!

For your added comfort, an English-speaking assistant will be waiting for you outside of customs with personalized signage. Your representative will guide you to your luggage pickup and provide an ID sticker to help you meet with your private driver.

A welcome package with your vouchers, a country map, and any other touristic information that may be useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel.

Enjoy a private transfer from San Jose to your hotel in Vara Blanca. Approximate travel time is one hour and 30 minutes.

Where you’ll be staying
Peace Lodge
Deluxe

Day 2 | Vara Blanca

Chasing Waterfalls
Join one of the lodge's guides in a shared tour through the stunning scenery of the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. While the main La Paz Waterfall is recognized as one of the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, the most stunning falls are nestled above the La Paz along a steep canyon easily accessed by the lodge's hiking trails. The natural beauty of mixed vegetation along the La Paz River makes these five waterfalls the most scenic in the country. Along the way, keep alert for sightings of flowers, butterflies, orchids, hummingbirds, and elusive creatures endemic to the area. Paved trails and steps with hand railings ensure that most ages and abilities can manage this walk.

As night settles on Vara Blanca, set out on a shared group tour to observe the brilliantly hued leaf-frogs of Costa Rica. These tiny, colorful creatures have become the mascots of the tropical rainforest, reflecting what locals consider to be the pure and natural essence of Costa Rica. Evening provides the perfect opportunity to spot this nocturnal amphibians, who provide a symphony of sound within the lush cloud forest. Keep alert for the 6 different species of leaf-frogs, including the Blue Sided Leaf Frog, found only in Costa Rica.

Where you’ll be staying
Peace Lodge
Deluxe

Day 3 | Vara Blanca to Arenal

Creative Cuisine

After breakfast, depart Peace Lodge with your professional driver and private guide for a transfer to Arenal. Enjoy a comfortable ride along the scenic routes of Vara Blanca before heading down the Caribbean slope to reach the lowland rainforest of Sarapiqui. Here, you'll make a stop at La Tirimbina for an enticing treat - an immersive chocolate tour sure to delight the senses. Set out on a guided hike through the property before participating in a hands-on chocolate making session. Learn how to crack open the cocoa fruit, hand grind the beans, and top it off with your favorite ingredients. This fun-for-all-ages experience is peppered with educational and historical tidbits. Savor chocolate samples as you gain insight into this delicious artisan process. La Tirimbina is connected to the Amazilia del Caribe Women’s Association, composed of rural women from Pueblo Nuevo de Guácimo, in Limon Province, which has dedicated itself to the production of hand-made organic chocolates. After your tour, the transfer continues to your accommodations in Arenal.

Experience the blissful sensation of inviting geothermal waters at The Springs Resort and Spa. A selection of free form, landscaped pools boast stunning views of the volcano while providing soothing respites. With temperatures ranging from 83 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit and environments that vary from raging waterfalls to tranquil forest experiences, you'll be able to take the plunge in the pool of your preference. Opt to explore Las Lagunas Pools, an enchanting labyrinth of hot spring lagoons sprawled across two acres of lush landscaping. Discover the flowing pools of Perdido Springs, home to the thrilling Monkey Slide water flume. Immerse yourself in the crystal-blue waters of the famous Ojo del Agua spring, where you can feel the mineral water and bicarbonate bubbles flowing from the depths of the earth beneath you.

Where you’ll be staying
The Springs Resort & Spa
Two Bedroom Springs Suite

Day 4 | Arenal

Nurtured by Nature

Embark on the ultimate family-friendly adventure in a showcase of Costa Rica's rich culinary culture and unique biodiversity. Meet your professional driver and English-speaking guide to visit a local wildlife center dedicated to the rehabilitiation and protection of the country's beloved animals. Enjoy a comprehensive tour of the facility and learn about the volunteer efforts under way to help rescue and help injured and orphaned animals. Then, roll up your sleeves alongside your guide and an educational manager to help prepare food for the animals, getting up-close and personal as you assist with their lunch time. Later in the day, discover the world of Costa Rican cooking with Dona Mara, a local Chachagua woman. Here you will be warmly greeted with a refreshing tropical drink before learning how to prepare your own delicious homemade tortillas. Dona Mara will demonstrate how to flatten the masa dough into perfect circles to get them ready for cooking. Your entire family will enjoy getting your hands dirty while mixing the corn masa and water to create the dough. These delicious homemade tortillas will then accompany lunch, cooked over a wood-fire stove. After a fond farewell from Dona Mara's ranch, a private transfer whisks you back to your hotel.

Where you’ll be staying
The Springs Resort & Spa
Two Bedroom Springs Suite

Day 5 | Arenal

High in the Sky

Soar through Arenal's skies in a shared zip-lining adventure over the rainforest canopy. In this thrilling family-friendly activity, a series of zip-lines invite you to speed along their labyrinth, soaking in views of stunning scenery beneath your feet. Cruise from one platform to the next, enjoying views that were once reserved exclusively for winged creatures. Divided into three sections, the first circuit features six cables, varying in length from 10 - 360 feet, while the second section offers five cables, varying in length from 130 - 525 feet. At the end of the second section, you'll find the beloved Tarzan Swing, which you can swing from the trees like the fictional jungle-dweller himself. Jump from a platform to a clearing in the forest, flying up to almost 40 meters. This adrenaline-pumping tour invites the whole family to take to the skies for a half-day of incredible aerial delights.

Where you’ll be staying
The Springs Resort & Spa
Two Bedroom Springs Suite

Day 6 | Arenal to Papagayo

A Change of Scenery

Meet your private driver and guide before journeying through the dry forest of Guanacaste to Papagayo. Midway to your destination, stop to visit the spectacular Llanos del Cortez Waterfall, located near to the town of Bagaces. Considered to be one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful waterfalls, Llanos del Cortez descends into a tranquil pond with a white sandy beach - perfect for swimming and sunbathing. After your visit to the waterfall, enjoy time for an included lunch before ending your transfer at Papagayo.

Where you’ll be staying
Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort
Andaz Room

Day 7 | Papagayo

Hidden Gems

Sail Guanacaste's pristine waters aboard an exclusive catamaran charter, observing assorted wildlife and marveling at pure Costa Rican beauty. Take a journey through some of Guanacaste’s most exotic bays, white sand beaches, tropical jungles and the stunning local rainforest. Glide along crystal-clear waters, keeping alert for local marine wildlife, including turtles, dolphins and whales. Throughout the day, enjoy a selection of alcoholic beverages, sodas and juices while onboard. Dive into warm sparkling waters for an hour's swim among the coral reefs. After a light meal prepared by the crew, set sail across the bay to chase the horizon.

Where you’ll be staying
Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort
Andaz Room

Day 8 | Papagayo

Beach Bliss

Spend time at leisure discovering the pura vida lifestyle, courtesy of the amenities at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo. Take a dip in resort's sparkling family-friendly pools, or opt for some added relaxation at the adults-only pool. Four pools and three beaches offer plenty of room to spread out and unwind. Savor casual beach dining in three themed restaurants offering farm-to-table ingredients. Junior vacationers will love the CAMBI Kids Club for ages 4-12 or the exclusive excursions offered by Camp Jaguar for teens. Beyond a 24-hour fitness center, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo offers a natural playground for outdoor adventure and water-based activities for all ages and fitness levels. Complimentary use of kayaks, stand up paddle boards, snorkel gear, walking trails or the electric bike-share program are just some of the activities available.

Where you’ll be staying
Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort
Andaz Room

Day 9 | Papagayo to Liberia

Until Next Time…

Set out with your private driver for a transfer to Liberia Airport. Approximate travel time is 50 minutes.