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.

Costa Rica Hanging Bridge

Costa Rica Wildlife - a sample holiday itinerary for families

Day 1

Private transfer from San Jose airport to your San Jose hotel.

Day 2

Depart early by road then by river launch to Tortuguero, famous as the most important nesting site in the Western half of the Caribbean 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; time to go out again in the afternoon if you wish.

Day 4

Travel back to the mainland, to Sarapiquí, famous for the variety of birds that come to the region.

Day 5

Enjoy a guided nature walk in the rainforest along with a hands-on interactive Chocolate Tour - learn about the myriad of steps involved in producing your favourite treat. A treat for Chocoholics of all ages!

Day 6

Transfer to the La Fortuna area, famous for Arenal Volcano, visible from miles around.

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 by boat across Lake Arenal to the cloudforest area of Monteverde.

Day 10

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

Day 11

Take a guided boat tour of the rivers and water-ways of this National Park, to spot the wide variety of animals which live in or by the water. There are opportunities for kayaking too.

Day 11

Transfer to Manuel Antonio on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast.

Days 12-13

Enjoy time on the beach or by the pool. Options for a guided tour of the National Park, coastal paddle kayaking, or to do some whale- and dolphin-watching.

Day 14

Transfer to San Jose for your final night.

Day 15

Transfer to the international airport in time to check in for your 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.