Active Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers rich pickings for families who enjoy the great outdoors amidst the lush setting of a rainforest or a cloud forest, or the warm waters of the Pacific or Caribbean Oceans. Choose from: hiking, white-water rafting, zip-lining, waterfall rappelling, horse-back riding, sailing, surfing, kayaking, mountain biking, quad biking. Your holiday can include as many of these activities as you like!


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 Costa Rica’s north-east, to the Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

2-night stay on a working ranch for an authentic Costa Rican experience.

DAY 3:

Day at leisure in Rincon de la Vieja. Enjoy a variety of activities such as hiking, horseback riding, tubing, volcanic mud-bath & natural hot springs or a canopy tour.

DAY 4:

Travel by road to the cloudforest area of Monteverde. On the way, look out for monkeys in the trees lining the road as you climb towards the clouds.

DAY 5:

Enjoy some of the country’s most exciting zip-lining followed by a guided hike across the famous Hanging Bridges, suspended above the cloudforest tree canopy. Finish the day with a horseride through the forest, ending at sunset.

DAY 6:

Transfer from Monteverde over to the La Fortuna area, crossing Lake Arenal where Arenal Volcano dominates the skyline from miles around. In the afternoon enjoy a relaxing soak in the naturally-occurring Hot Springs.

DAY 7:

Wake up your senses with some waterfall rappelling – a fun activity for all the family. In the afternoon travel over to the Sarapiquí rainforest  area, renowned for its birdlife and the Sarapiquí River.

DAY 8:

White-water rafting on the Sarapiquí River – one of the top rafting rivers in Costa Rica. In the afternoon slow down the pace with a rainforest-based Chocolate Tour – a highly interactive and enjoyable experience!

DAY 9:

Transfer by road and then by river launch to the Tortuguero National Park. In season (July – Sept) with luck you’ll have the opportunity to see Green Sea Turtles nest on Tortuguero’s beaches.

DAY 10:

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 also opportunities for kayaking too.

DAY 11:

Travel back to the mainland before driving south to Puerto Viejo, located on the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica

DAYS 12 & 13:

Relax on the beach or by the pool and take a guided snorkelling trip over the coral reefs in the Cahuita National Park.

DAY 14:

Morning at leisure Puerto Viejo before your afternoon transfer back to San Jose for your final night in Costa Rica.

DAY 15:

Transfer from your San Jose hotel to the 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.