Trip to Costa Rica as a family for 13 days

Trip to Costa Rica as a family 13 days

We present 13 days of family travel through Costa Rica. A tour full of fun activities designed for both children and adults. Hikes through forests and beaches, exploration of wildlife and flying among the forests … an incredible trip that shows you the best of Costa Rica.
The routes planned are private, as well as transfers. This allows us to be flexible and adapt the trip to the tastes of adults and children.
Always willing to listen to your suggestions and to know more about your tastes and hobbies so we can build together a trip tailored to the whole family.

Trip Highlights:
  • Arenal Volcano and the lazy bears route
  • The canals of Tortuguero with Rutas Style
  • Bridges and Canopy in Monteverde

Tour Price
$ 6.150 per family
Private Trip for 3 people

We are flexible with our trips, because you can adapt and customize them to your needs.
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  • Trip Outline

    hotel in San Jose


    Upon your arrival at the Juan Santa María International Airport, our driver awaits you to deliver the documentation for the transfer to the hotel.
    Night at the Hampton Inn Suites San Jose 4****

    transfer to monteverde


    At 8:30am in the morning, our driver waits for you at the reception for the transfer to Monteverde. It will be about three hours and a half of transfer to get to your Lodge in Monteverde.
    The last stage of this route is quite hard because access to Monteverde has to be done by unpaved road. Once in Monteverde we leave you at the hotel.
    This afternoon we leave you free but we will give you a lot of ideas to spend the afternoon - night in Monteverde.
    Night at the Hotel Ficus Monteverde 3***

    Canopy in Monteverde


    At 8.00am in the morning, we will approach you to Selvatura Park where you can first enjoy a walk (not guided) by the bridges and end with a Canopy adventure and see Monteverde from a bird's eye view.
    Night at the Hotel Ficus Monteverde 3***

    monteverde horse riding


    At 9:30am, we are waiting for you at the reception of your hotel to take you to a place about 20 minutes away where you can enjoy a beautiful route on horseback and finish with a relaxing bath. Then we return to the farm and our colleagues have already prepared lunch. After lunch we will take you back to Monteverde
    Night at the Hotel Ficus Monteverde 3***


    Gold mines in Costa Rica

    At 8:30am in the morning, we will wait for you at the hotel to take the road to La Fortuna, but we will stop at the Juncks of Abangares. Here an experience awaits you through which you will know an important part of the history of the life of the Ticos (Costa Ricans).
    Abangares is known as the 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 time of the gold rush .
    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 your home and then we will transfer you to La Fortuna.
    Night at the Observatory Lodge 3***

    la fortuna waterfalls


    About 10.00am, our partner Raul will pick you up to take you to La Fortuna Waterfalls. The descent to the Rio Fortuna Waterfall consists of 500 steps, through a recently remodeled path and has rest areas. On your arrival, a spectacular waterfall 70 meters high awaits you where you can swim and enjoy (always with caution).
    Night at the Observatory Lodge 3***


    Costa Rica sloths

    Today at 6:00am in the morning, the companions of Callydryas Tours await you for a route of exploration of wildlife in the area of La Fortuna - Arenal.
    The Arenal area is well known for its diverse wildlife and also for the 2 species of sloths: the two-toed sloth and the three-sloth sloth. Other species that are most sought after for their colors, unique characteristics and history are the multicolored toucan and the Blue Jeans frog.
    In search of these three beautiful animals, our expert guide will take you, along with other travelers, through the beautiful observation areas of La Fortuna, to be able to witness more wildlife. Birds, iguanas and monkeys are some of the animals that you can find.
    * Breakfast will be prepared by those in charge of this tour. You will be back at the hotel about 9:00am in the morning.
    You will pick up your things and about 9:30am or 10:00am in the morning, we will take you to Selva Verde Lodge in Sarapiquí. In an hour and a half you will be at the Lodge. They have different activities such as:
    - Guided hike in the Selva Verde Rainforest Reserve
    - Night hike in the Selva Verde Reserve
    - Sarapiquí River Walk
    - Morning walk in the GREEN JUNGLE Birdwatching
    If you feel like booking one of these excursions You will be able to talk with the people of the Reception.
    Night at the Selvaverde Lodge 3***

    Puerto Viejo


    At 9:00am in the morning, we will take you to Puerto Viejo. It will be 3 hours and a half. On your arrival our colleague Olga will welcome you to the Caribbean and recommended you about some restaurants and places to visit in Puerto Viejo.
    Night at the Hotel Boutique Indalo 3***

    DAY 9. PUNTA UVA SNORKEL AND KAYAK (Breakfast and light lunch)

    Punta Uva kayaking

    The morning begins with a scenic tour to the southern end of the bay where kayaking begins in the Caribbean Sea. If we are lucky we can also see the sea turtles that usually appear in this area. After a brief kayak tour of Punta Uva, we approach the mouth of the Punta Uva river. This is where wildlife becomes more intense. They usually see howler monkeys and sloth families in the treetops. After the kayak, there will be a break to enjoy delicious fresh fruits, and you can take a dip in the Caribbean before embarking on the trek. The hiking trails traverse the mountain range that surrounds Punta Uva and lead to an impressive view of the bay. The tour is not difficult and it is a day tour that has Kayak and hike.
    Night at the Hotel Boutique Indalo 3***


    rafting in Pacuare river

    We leave you the day off so you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Caribbean. Among other things, this day you can take the opportunity to take a walk through the Cahuita National Park; If for example you are rafting lovers, we can organize a rafting route along the Pacuare River; If you like the animal world, in Puerto Viejo you can visit the Jaguar Rescue Center and if you like to know the cuisine of the country you visit, we will be happy to organize a fun Caribbean cooking class.
    Night at the Hotel Boutique Indalo 3***

    El tortuguero tour


    Today we are going to take you back near Limon, to Moin. Our partner will accompany you so that you take the boat that will take you to Tortuguero. The transfer by car to Moin is about an hour, and from Moin to Tortuguero the boat takes three and a half hours. Departure at 10:00am, arrival in Tortuguero approx. 1:30pm. At night we wait for you in the hotel to go to see the turtles' nest. The pick-up time will be around 7:30pm.
    Night at the Miss Junies Hotel 2**+


    El tortuguero boat tour

    Today at the first hour of the morning, our guide awaits you for a tour by boat through the Tortuguero National Park. We will use a paddle canoe that will allow us to delve a little deeper into the channels. First we will go to the place where the tickets to the National Park are paid and from there we will embark on a nice and peaceful adventure through nature. It will be about two and a half hours touring the Tortuguero National Park channels. Something unique that you will enjoy with a specialist guide. You will have free time until your transfer to the Tortuguero airport. There is a flight that departs at 3.55pm, arrival in San Jose at 4:25pm. We are going to leave the Miss Junies until the transfer time that will be around 3:10pm. In San Jose we ae going to take you to the Hampton Inn Suites for the night.
    Night at the Hampton Inn Suites San Jose 4****

    Trip to Costa Rica


    Transfer to the airport to take the international flight.
    Transfer made by the hotel.

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  • The price of this 13-day trip to Costa Rica

    Private Trip for 2 adults & 1 child $ 6.150
    Private Trip for 2 adults & 2 children $ 8.065


    • Certified guide for excursions in Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde and Puerto Viejo
    • All transfers in private except the transfer to Moin will also be in a shared public boat
    • The tours will be private except the tour of the exploration of the sloths in the Arenal
    • Hotels mentioned. For a family of 3, it would be a double room with an extra bed. For a family of 4 it would be a quadruple room, and in some hotel two double rooms
    • The indicated meals. We will advise you on restaurants.
    • Tickets to all National Parks
    • Tickets for activities Horseback, Canopy, Bridges, Thermal …
    • Domestic flight Tortuguero – San Jose
    • International Travel Insurance with cancellation See coverage


    • International flights
    • Meals not indicated and drinks

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Travel to Costa Rica with RUTAS

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.

We are absolutely sure that there is always a possibility to explore a country in another way, even if it is as popular and well-known as Costa Rica. To plan yours, you will need to tell us about your preferences, ideas, and your budget. We will adapt to these factors and design a personalized trip to Costa Rica that you will never forget. You will return home with the unforgettable memories of traveling the beautiful land of the Ticos and your stay there.

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