Family Trip to Costa Rica with the Caribbean

Family Trip in Costa Rica with the Caribbean 11 days

In this occasion we present a family trip in Costa Rica that includes the best destinations in the country: Tortuguero, La Fortuna, Monteverde and Manuel Antonio; essential places with excursions that carry the mark of Rutas and are designed for the whole family.
Tour through the Tortuguero canals where you can see a lot of animals, we also have prepared an expedition in search of sloths at La Fortuna and do not miss the wildlife in Manuel Antonio. In the Monteverde area, we prepare an interesting and different excursion for you in Las Juntas de Abangares and we cross the bridges so you can admire and explore the cloud forest which is so characteristic of this mountain village.
An unforgettable adventure for the whole family is waiting for you in Costa Rica and we will be glad to help you organize your trip. We are flexible and we adapt the trip to the tastes and needs of your family.

Trip Highlights:
  • Excursion Cahuita National Park and the Jaguar Rescue Center
  • The best of Monteverde and surroundings
  • The Tortuguero Canals
  • Manuel Antonio National Park
Tour Price
$ 6.250 per family
Private Trip for 4 people

We are flexible with our trips, because we can adapt and customize them to your needs.
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    hotel en San Jose


    Arrival at Juan Santa Maria airport in San Jose and reception by our driver.
    Transfer to the hotel in San Jose.
    Night at Hampton Inn Suites 4****
    (Room with two matrimonial beds)

    El tortuguero tour


    Transfer to the airport with the hotel. About 12:00pm there is a flight to Tortuguero, arrival at 12:30pm. In Tortuguero, our Beach partners are waiting for you for the transfer to the hotel.
    Check in and we leave you the afternoon free, for you can discover the village of Tortuguero.
    In the afternoon - evening we will prepare a tour to see the turtles nesting. (time will be agreed with the guide).
    The tour is not totally private, although our guide will be at your service anytime.
    Night at Tortuguero Beach Resort 2**

    El tortuguero boat tour


    Today, early in the morning, a taxi boat awaits you to take you to the place where the entrance fees to the National Park is already paid. Our guide will also be waiting for you here to start the tour.
    It will be about two and a half hours touring through the Tortuguero National Park canals. Something unique that you will enjoy with a professional guide.
    Return to the hotel.
    Night at Tortuguero Beach 2**

     la fortuna wateralls


    Your flight leaves at 12:45pm, arrival in La Fortuna at 1:10pm.
    Our driver picks you up at El Tanque airport in La Fortuna and takes you to visit the El Rio Fortuna waterfalls.
    There is a good restaurant for lunch. You have enough time to have lunch and then go for a swim in the waterfalls.
    The downhill to the El Rio Fortuna Waterfall consists of 500 steps, through a recently remodeled trail, has rest areas. On your arrival, you will find a spectacular waterfall 70 meters high where you can swim and enjoy (Always with caution)
    Night at El Secreto de La Fortuna 3*** (Room with two matrimonial beds)

    seeing sloths in Costa Rica

    DAY 5: SLOTH TOUR (Breakfast)

    Today, our partners from La Fortuna await you for a wildlife exploration route in the La Fortuna - Arenal area.
    This tour is organized to do it either at 6:00am or at 2:00pm. It is a shared tour with other travelers.
    The Arenal area is well known for its diverse wildlife and also for the 2 species of sloths: the two finger sloths and the three finger sloths. Other species most sought after for their colors, unique characteristics and history are the multicolored toucan and the frog ¨blue Jeans". In search of these three beautiful animals, our expert guide will take you with other travelers, through the beautiful La Fortuna obserbation areas, so you will be a witness of more wildlife. Birds, iguanas, monkeys are some of the animals you can see.
    Night at El Secreto de La Fortuna 3***

    DAY 6. TRANSFER TO MONTEVERDE (Breakfast and lunch)

    Goldmine in Costa Rica

    Breakfast at the hotel and departure to the Monteverde area.
    At 8:00am in the morning, you will go to find a shared bus Jeep Boat Jeep and take you to the shores of Arenal Lake. It will be 40 minutes about to get to the other side of the lake where our guide Victor will wait for you.
    Here an experience awaits you and you will learn more about history of the life of the Ticos (Costa Ricans).
    Abangares is known as Costa Rica mining canton. This area has the largest gold mine that Costa Rica has ever had. It was there that Minor Cooper Keith set up his gold processing plant of "Gold Fields of Costa Rica".
    During the Gold Fever "in Costa Rica (1884-1931) many people came to this city in search of fortune, some of them came from Jamaica, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Russia, creating a population of multiracial roots that are not present in other cities of Guanacaste. In fact, this immigration of Costa Ricans and people of other nationalities gave rise to the city of Abangares.
    The mines consisted of a large number of tunnels, narrow passages, and galleries to extract metal located 100 meters deep in the earth. With the mines, fields, factories, pharmacies, police stations, jails, coolers and mills were built. Electricity was generated thanks to the industrial technology of Europe and the United States that served not only to generate electricity, but mainly to extract and process the valuable mineral.
    In 1991, the Abangares Ecomuseo mines was founded in the place where the gold processing plant used to be, on a property of 45 hectares, the rescue of buildings and machinery used at the Gold Fever times. The museum has photographs and models characteristic of mining practices. But this is not where we are going to take you because our friend Marvin is going to teach you everything related to this job. You will see the whole area and he will show you first hand how this mining world still survives and how the gold is worked and extracted from Abangares. 75% of the population of Las Juntas is engaged in mining. Lunch will be ready at home and then we will take you to Monteverde, about one hour away from Las Juntas. (arrival scheduled to Monteverde about 3:30pm)
    Los Pinos Cabañas y Jardines (familiar room)It is a very charming lodge within the Monteverde forest (They do not offer breakfasts) they are dedicated only to accommodation. For breakfast, there is a cafe just in front of the lodge that has everything. On the other hand, the rooms are equipped with kitchen so you can prepare your own breakfast you like.

    trasnfer to monteverde

    DAY 7: MONTEVERDE: BRIDGES (Breakfast)

    In the morning, we will take you to a reserve where a tour of the largest suspension bridges in Latin America awaits you.
    In the afternoon you can go to any of the wonderful reserves of Monteverde and enjoy a nice walk We will send you information about what to do, different trails... etc.
    Los Pinos Cabañas y Jardines (family room)

    crocodile in Tárcoles river


    We leave at 7:30am to get to the tour of the crocodiles at 10:00am You will never have seen them more closely. It will be two and a half hours until Tárcoles and another two hours until arriving in Manuel Antonio. 1.00pm approximately you will be ready to take the route to Manuel Antonio National Park.
    Karahe Manuel Antonio 4**** Hotel // El Faro Hotel Ocean View Room 3***

    Trekking in Manuel antonio

    DAY 9. DISCOVERING MANUEL ANTONIO (Breakfast and lunch)

    First thing in the morning, our guide will pick you up at your hotel to start a tour in the National Park. It is about a two-hour walk that ends at the beach. We will take packed lunch for you to enjoy a beach picnic. We let you enjoy the beach and for the return it is best to take a taxi, so you will be free to return to the hotel whenever you want.
    Karahe Manuel Antonio 4**** Hotel // El Faro Hotel Ocean View Room 3***


    We present different options for you can take advantage of the day.
    Karahe Manuel Antonio 4**** Hotel // El Faro Hotel Ocean View Room 3***

    Option 1. Rafting in Savegre or Naranjo River.
    rafting in Costa RicaA incredibly beauty trip, jungle vegetation and the whitewater explosion. Suitable for beginner adventurers and for experts who seek strong rapids and more adrenaline
    It is a river that, depending on which part you cross, could be class II, III or IV. It also depends on the time you travel. The most spectacular rapids coincide in the rainy season. For beginners, it is possible to go only the area of class II-III, the lower part.
    You can also choose to go through the rapids offered El Rio Naranjo (Something more complicated III and IV class) requires previous experience because water levels rise rapidly especially in the rainy season, on the way it passes through agricultural lands and plantations of African Palm. The upper part of the river is known as El Chorro (Class IV-V). This section is only available in the dry season. It requires previous experience.
    Some of its rapids: Cola del Dragón, Chorro and Asteric and Obelisco.

    Option 2. Kayak in the sea or in the river.
    A Kayak route turns out to be a very unique way to enjoy Manuel Antonio from a different perspective.
    A half-day trip along the Manuel Antonio coast, near islands and inlets that are the refuges of many species of seabirds. We can see the seabirds nesting places. An exciting option to experience the marine and coastal wonders of Costa Rica.
    For those who prefer river kayaking, You can tour the protected estuaries of Damas Island paddling through the exuberant mangroves to see the abundant wildlife that includes many shy birds, mammals and reptiles that live in this tropical habitat known as the mangrove.
    In the mangrove, everything flows harmoniously. The mixture of fresh and salt water, the diversity of the most extraordinary plants and the fauna in all its splendor. This tour will show you incomparable wonders of nature, just 10 minutes from Manuel Antonio.
    Neither of these activities is in the open ocean and the pace of this trip is according to your abilities. Suitable for all.

    rafting in Costa Rica

    Option 3. Zip Line and Rappel through the National Park.
    We take you to the Adventure Park which is located in the heart of the San Antonio de Damas forest, just 30 minutes from the Manuel Antonio National Park. The best place for an unforgettable adventure through the jungle of Costa Rica! Vegetation, waterfalls and wildlife. All in one.
    In San Antonio de Damas, you can choose between moving in a Hummer or riding a horse through a river canyon. Then there will be a 10 minute walk through nature trails before arriving at the main station. Here the guide will give you all the special equipment and instructions.
    We started walking along the via ferrata, along the banks of the canyon on special ropes. While going through the Damitas River canyon, you can experience the Tarzan swing a couple of times, then, we find the first rappel, a 13-meter rappel. From here we continue and fly over a waterfall of 35 meters. The next flight crosses a waterfall and ends in a free waterfall to a pond of crystal clear water! From here another climb, which leads to a new zipline and a staircase with an ascent of around 6 meters that will take you to "La Galería" the natural platform from where a mixture of Rappel and ZIPLINE will be waiting for you from the top of a waterfall (about 60 meters). We assure you an unforgettable adventure. Includes: equipment, guide and lunch.

    Option 4. Visit to Nauyaca Waterfalls.
    It consists of a horse ride where a 12-kilometer route with three stops is made to rest. The horseback excursion lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour until you reach the house of Don Lulo. After breakfast and observing animals in the family mini-zoo, the trip continues for 25 minutes to reach the waterfalls. Here you can swim in the natural pools of the waterfalls that have formed. On the way back, one more time at Don Lulo's house to enjoy a delicious and typical Costa Rican lunch. After a well-deserved rest in the hammocks and a delicious cup of coffee, the trip back to the starting point begins.

    Option 5. Visit to the Los Campesinos Reserve.
    It consists of a walk through trails of between 100 - 600 meters, access to natural pools, water springs "Los Chorros", suspension bridge of 127m in length and 40m in height and waterfalls. Lunch included

    Trip to Costa Rica


    After check out, we take you to San Jose, about 3h and a half.
    Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast we wait for you to take yo to San Jose
    This transfer will depends on the time of the international flight. For this day we have the Hampton Inn Suites. 4****

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  • The Price for this 11-days Family Trip to Costa Rica

    Private Trip for 2 adults with 2 children. Rooms for 4 people
    $ 6.250 in total


    • Certified guide for excursions in Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, Puerto Viejo and Manuel Antonio
    • All private transfers except the Jeep Boat Jeep transfer to Moin.
    • Indicated meals. We will recommend you some restaurants
    • Entrances fees for all National Parks
    • Entrances fees for activities Horseback, Canopy, Bridges, Thermal…
    • Domestic flight San Jose – Limon and Tortuguero – La Fortuna
    • International travel and cancellation insurance Consult coverages


    • International flights
    • Meals and drinks are not indicated before
    • Domestic flight rates (between 2 y 7 usd /person)

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At Rutas Costa Rica, we try to include the best quality-price ratio to accommodate your trip and budget. Not only do we appreciate the proximity of the hotel as well as the flexibility and kindness of their staff, but also that the establishment can be a part of the total trip experience, either by the privileged location or by the particularity of your hosts.

On the other hand, private trips allow us to personalize our tours and choose our own routes. Because of this, we are not bound to fixed schedules so we can adjust them according to the preferences of each traveler.

Traveling in Costa Rica usually takes time as not all roads are asphalted and their maximum allowed speed is usually 80 km/h. From San Jose to Tortuguero, the trip can take about 5-6 hours between car and boat and the same amount of time is needed to go from Tortuguero to La Fortuna. The same is the case with traveling from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Limon in the Caribbean area of Costa Rica. It usually takes 4-5 hours if we are lucky and don’t find any accident or other problem on the road. We keep such factors in mind in order to make the most of the days and reduce the traveling time as much as possible. Sometimes, we use domestic flights as well as other private transport that allow us to organize the trip and stops just the way we want it.

When there is no choice than to spend a few more hours on the road, we try to make that time pass in the utmost comfort and privacy we can provide. For such journeys, we recommend that you be patient and don’t stop looking through the window as the magnificent green views of the Tico’s landscape might surprise you.

The relationship created with the guide in a private trip is much stronger and enriching than the guide in a group tour. In most of our trips, you will cross national parks, volcanoes, and rivers together with your guide, an expert eco-guide who will tell you many stories about the country.

Our trips include tickets to national parks as well as domestic flights with allowed luggage and international travel insurance.

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