Costa Rica Wildlife

Take your family on the trip of a lifetime, when you experience Costa Rica’s rainforests, cloudforests and tropical montane forest areas. You’ll come across exotic-looking birds, loud monkeys, iridescent butterflies and interesting insects. Enjoy a balance of wildlife-oriented activities with some ‘down-time’ by the beach. This sample Costa Rica family holiday ticks all of the boxes.


DAY 1:

Welcome to Costa Rica!

After your arrival flight into San Jose Airport, you will be met and taken by private transfer to your San Jose hotel.

DAY 2:

Travel by road from San Jose to Tortuguero.

Tortuguero is famous as an important nesting site for the Green Sea turtle (season is from July – Sept).

DAY 3:

Enjoy an early-morning wildlife-watching boat trip along Tortuguero’s many canals & rivers. Don’t forget your camera!

DAY 4:

Travel back from Tortuguero to the mainland and on to Sarapiquí, famous for the variety of birds that flock to the region.

DAY 5:

Enjoy a guided nature walk through the rainforest, followed by a hands-on interactive Chocolate Tour – a real treat for Chocoholics of all ages!

DAY 6:

Transfer to the La Fortuna area, famous for Arenal Volcano whcih dominates the skyline for miles around. The peak of the volcano has an almost perfect cone, soaring 5,360 ft into the sky

DAYS 7 & 8:

Enjoy a guided nature hike across the region’s famous hanging bridges, strung out across the top of the tree canopy. Take a guided hike around the base of Arenal Volcano and, after all the activity, luxuriate in the naturally-occurring Hot Springs.

DAY 9:

Travel by road and then by boat across the picturesque Lake Arenal for stunning views of the Volcano. Onwards travel up to the cloudforest area of Monteverde which is well renowned for its biodiversity. Monteverde has 2 National Parks and is situated 4,500 ft above sea level.

DAY 10:

Enjoy a guided hike in the cloudforest and – with luck – you might spot a Quetzal, for which the area is famous. Take a ride on the Monteverde Cloudforest Train or visit the Bat Jungle where you’ll learn all about these fascinating creatures.

DAY 11:

Enjoy a guided boat tour taking you through the rivers and water-ways of this fascinating National Park, with opportunities to spot some of the wide variety of animals which live in and around the water.

DAY 12:

Transfer from the cloudforests of Monteverde over to Manuel Antonio, located  on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast.

DAYS 13 & 14:

Enjoy time on the beach or by the pool. Opportunities for coastal paddle kayaking, or for some whale and dolphin watching.

DAY 15:

Transfer back to San Jose for your final night in Costa Rica.

DAY 16:

Transfer to the international airport in time to check-in for you flight home.

This sample itinerary can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.


Costa Rica has a wide variety of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made holiday.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Costa Rica Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample itinerary are just a selection of what is available in each location. The itinerary can be adjusted to fit what you and your family want to do on your holiday and what you want to see; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your holiday to Costa Rica.

Duration of your Costa Rica Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.


For some of the activities there is a minimum age and/or a minimum weight restrictionfor children. Please ask your Travel Consultant for details for your chosen activity.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your Costa Rica holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the itinerary until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from this holiday in Costa Rica.