Tour overview

More than 850 different species of birds make their homes here, from emerald-green parrots, scarlet macaws and bright-billed “flying banana” toucans to purple-throated hummingbirds, orange-bellied trogons, and red and green plumed quetzals. Green turtles and iguanas, red frogs and white-faced monkeys are also a big draw too, as you’ll find out when you explore tropical rainforests and jungles on a rafting trip and a nature hike during overnight stays in riverfront lodges. Want to get the ultimate hands-on Costa Rica family vacation experience? Soar on a zip-line adventure through the rainforest, learn all about living along a jungle river, take a pineapple tour, and see – as well as taste – how the cacao fruit is transformed into chocolate. And the best part – share it all with your family on Costa Rica: Jungles & Rainforests.

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MAR 20 Classic $4,390 $4,128 $4,224
APR 10 Classic $4,390 $4,128 $4,224
JUN 12 Classic $3,990 $3,762 $3,865
JUN 19 Classic $3,990 $3,762 $3,865
JUN 26 Classic $5,990 $3,762 $3,865
JUL 03 Classic $3,990 $3,762 $3,865
JUL 10 Classic $3,990 $3,762 $3,865
JUL 24 Classic $3,990 $3,762 $3,865
JUL 31 Classic $3,990 $3,762 $3,865
AUG 07 Classic $3,990 $3,762 $3,865
DEC 21 Classic $4,690 $4,333 $4,417
DEC 23 Classic $4,690 $4,333 $4,417



Tour Code: Tauck/CostaRF


  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure as noted
  • 20 meals; service charges, admission fees taxes, and porterage
  • Gratuities to Tauck Director, drivers & local guides are included
  • On-tour air included (1 flight)
  • Zip line adventure for extraordinary views of Arenal Volcano and the lush rainforest canopy
  • Guided pineapple tour includes tastings of field-fresh pineapples and pineapple treats
  • Hands-on demonstration in making chocolate
  • Exploration of Tortuguero National Park by boat and land with expert naturalists includes a canal cruise

Not Included

  • International Air Fare
  • Travel Insurance Protection

Day 1 | Arrive San José

Tour begins: 6:00 PM, InterContinental Costa Rica.

A transfer is included from San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport to InterContinental Costa Rica in the heart of Costa Rica's capital city, San José. Meet your fellow eco-adventurers at this evening's welcome reception followed by dinner at your hotel, where your family enjoys Deluxe Rooms.


InterContinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall

Day 2 | Toucans, chocolate & on to Tortuguero

A day of fun awaits your family today as you depart the capital, San José, and make your way to Tortuguero National Park, a tropical paradise in the heart of the coastal rainforest and your first taste of Costa Rica's incredible biodiversity! En route, pay a visit to the Toucan Rescue Center, where you'll tour the facilities and meet some of the toucans, sloths, monkeys and other wildlife the center's staff cares for. Next, learn everything you ever wanted to know about one of our favorite food groups – chocolate – at an artisan chocolatier! See the natural process of transforming the cacao fruit into chocolate during a hands-on demonstration, do a little tasting and have lunch. This afternoon, a boat transports you to your rustic rainforest retreat adjacent to Tortuguero National Park – where most travel is by water, toucans and blue morpho butterflies fly all around you, and howler monkeys provide a natural wake-up call! Enjoy dinner at your lodge this evening.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Aninga Lodge

Day 3 | The natural treasures of Tortuguero

Wake up today in your rainforest lodge near the entrance to Tortuguero National Park, where 11 different habitats have been identified in the surrounding wilderness – providing homes to 60 kinds of mammals, 57 species of amphibians, 111 varieties of reptiles and more than 309 recorded species of birds! Your day begins with a morning canal cruise, where you'll do some birding and nature viewing with our local guides, then return to your lodge for lunch. This afternoon, take a boat to explore the village of Tortuguero; learn about the medicinal benefits of coconuts, and the "tree of life" they come from, during a coconut demonstration; and, if you wish, take an optional canal cruise inside Tortuguero National Park, or just relax at your resort. And if you're traveling with us between July and August, this evening we'll take an unforgettable nighttime trip to the beach to observe nesting green sea turtles in one of the world's top nesting grounds for these endangered animals. You'll have a chance to see them make their way up the beach from the water to dig their nests in the sand, leaving tractor-tread trails behind them!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Aninga Lodge

Day 4 | Fly to Arenal & Sarapiqui River rafting trip

This morning you’ll fly to Arenal before enjoying an exciting river-rafting excursion on the historic Sarapiqui River; a national monument today, the river played an important role in suppressing an armed incursion into Costa Rica in 1856, serving as a highway that transported soldiers, weapons and food. Board a rubber river raft for a Class II rafting trip* through the jungle; try to spot turtles, sloths, monkeys, iguanas and other wildlife along the riverbank that call the Sarapiqui region home. Following your fun rafting adventure, drive to your spa resort, where you’ll enjoy dinner at leisure this evening.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Day 5 | Zip lining at Arenal & a pineapple tour

In Costa Rica's Arenal region, get an extraordinary bird's-eye view of cone-shaped Arenal Volcano, an actively "restless" volcano, on a thrilling zip-line ride* at Sky Trek Adventure Park, where you'll soar over and through the canopy of rainforest treetops! (Those not into zip lining can take a nature walk instead.) Following lunch at a local restaurant, join us for a pineapple tour on which you'll taste pineapples fresh from the field, learn how to choose the best pineapple at the supermarket, and sample some local pineapple treats. Return to your resort for some time at leisure and dinner tonight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Day 6 | Across Costa Rica to coastal Guanacaste

Head out from Arenal and across Costa Rica's interior today to Guanacaste on the Pacific coast, stopping for lunch on the way. Then continue on to your eclectic oceanfront resort, El Mangroove, on the shores of the Pacific in Guanacaste.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

El Mangroove

Day 7 | Dolphin spotting, snorkeling & farewell

Enjoy a full day at your seaside resort today, either relaxing or taking an included dolphin spotting and snorkeling cruise in the morning or afternoon. Continue your personalized adventure today with lunch at the hotel, then join us for a farewell reception and dinner tonight, including traditional Costa Rican music played by a marimba band.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

El Mangroove

Day 8 | Adios, Costa Rica!

Tour ends:
Guanacaste. Fly home anytime. A transfer from El Mangroove to Liberia International Airport is included. You should allow a minimum of three hours for check-in at the airport.