Off the Beaten Track

Enjoy the lesser-visited areas of Costa Rica – the cloud forest in San Gerardo de Dota, the rainforest of Sarapiquí, the amazing biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula. Choose from a variety of activities suitable for all the family – hiking, rafting, river floating, bird-watching, snorkelling or diving, kayaking.


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:

Transfer to Sarapiquí, one of Costa Rica’s prime bird-watching areas.

En route stop at the Poas Volcano National Park for a view over the stunning caldera.

DAY 3:

Bird-watching in Sarapiquí, with potential to see hummingbirds, toucans, heron & egrets, kites & hawks, parakeets & parrots, trogons, motmots & fly catchers amongst others.

Afternoon visit to the La Tirimbina Reserve for a fascinating hands-on tour about how chocolate is traditionally made.

DAY 4:

Wake up this morning to enjoy some exhilarating family-fun whilst white-water rafting on the Sarapiquí River – one of the best places in the whole of Costa Rica to go rafting.

After, travel north to the Maquenque Wildlife Reserve – one of few remaining nesting sites of the endangered great green macaw.

DAYS 5 & 6:

Days at leisure in Maquenque to enjoy wildlife-spotting, river floating, horseback riding and hiking in the rainforest.

DAY 7:

Transfer to the cloudforest area of San Gerardo de Dota, an ideal place for birdwatchers and nature lovers.

DAY 8:

Day at leisure. Some of the activities whilst here on offer include bird watching, nature walks, waterfall tour and horseback riding.

DAY 9:

Travel south, down from San Gerardo de Dota to Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, one of the country’s most biodiverse areas.

DAY 10:

Enjoy a snorkelling trip out to Caño Island – one of the best places in Costa Rica for snorkelling & diving.

DAY 11:

Take a hike through the Corcovado National Park – look out for sloths, toucans, monkeys and insects galore!

DAYS 12-14:

Travel back to the mainland and up the coast to the beach-side town of Manuel Antonio for a final couple of days relaxing in the pool or on the beach.

DAY 15:

Your Costa Rica family holiday draws to a close with a transfer from Manuel Antonio back to San Jose international airport in time to check in for your flight home – farewell Costa Rica!

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 restriction for 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.