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Monkeys, Jungles & Volcanoes

8 Days from $1,665 per person

Style: Family Friendly | Pace: Leisurely

Family Friendly Vacation
This family friendly vacation is designed for the whole family. Glide along the canals of Tortuguero under the watchful eyes of colorful toucans and trek up the slopes of the Arenal Volcano—a family adventure in the Pura Vida playground.

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Family Friendly Vacation
This family friendly vacation is designed for the whole family. Glide along the canals of Tortuguero under the watchful eyes of colorful toucans and trek up the slopes of the Arenal Volcano—a family adventure in the Pura Vida playground.

  1. Bienvenidos a Costa Rica. Leave your gringo boots at the door and embrace the Pura Vida playground of Costa Rica. A local host will greet you at the airport and arrange your transfer to the hotel. Chill at the pool or go walkabout before meeting your Travel Director and fellow adventurers this evening for some fiesta fun at our Kick-Off Party.

    meal(s):Kick-off Party
    hotel:Sheraton San Jose
  2. Rise with the roosters and head east through Braulio Carrillo National Park toward the Caribbean Sea. Board a river boat, gliding through canals, lagoons and lowland rainforest teeming with wildlife. You'll be amazed at how many kinds of animals live here-six species of sea turtles, monkeys, caimans, tons of exotic bird species plus rare and endangered ocelots, river otters and manatees. The afternoon is yours-hang out by the pool or on the beach, or head to Tortuguero Village. Join a Local Specialist from the Sea Turtle Conservancy Foundation to learn about the turtles that nest in Tortuguero. This evening, we enjoy a buffet dinner at the resort's open-air restaurant along the Tortuguero lagoon.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel:Laguna Lodge Tortuguero
  3. There's nothing like the wake-up call of a troop of howler monkeys to start your day. Set off on a cruise through the park's canals with your captain and guide to explore the lush waterways of Tortuguero National Park. You may want to start a tally of all the types of wildlife you'll see. Look out for sloths, green iguanas, caiman, crocodiles and colorful toucans. Of course, you'll spot tons of monkeys-agile howler and spider monkeys and white-faced capuchins swinging through the dense rainforest canopy. This afternoon, venture back out on the canals to add to your wildlife tally or relax back at the lodge, the choice is yours. If you're visiting during nesting season (Jul-Sep), choose to join an optional experience night walk with a naturalist guide to witness some of the world's largest turtles laying their eggs. A buffet dinner is served at your hotel this evening.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Bid adiós to the monkeys for now as you boat back to the mainland and travel to Horquetas. Here you'll Dive into Culture and visit a local Tico family's palm plantation to learn how they grow this exotic vegetable. Taste something you've probably never tried before, the delicate heart of palm. Continue travelling to quaint Sarapiquí where you'll Make a Difference during your visit to the Snake Garden Wildlife Center, which rehabilitates animals that can no longer live in the wild. Meet a local resident leading authority of the leaf cutter ants in Costa Rica. Visit with Leo and his leaf cutter ants to learn of their daily life, where they bring the pieces of leaves and how they service their Queen.This evening, enjoy a pizza party in an open-air kitchen where you can make your own pizza.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel:Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa
  5. Rise and shine as the forest and volcano call you back. Start the day with a guided trek around the quiet side of the volcano at Arenal National Park. Walk through the old lava rocks and learn about the powerful forces behind the volcano's past eruptions. Then, head to the Arenal Hanging Bridges to walk eye-level with the lush canopy, observe the monkeys, sloths and chattering birds up close, and look out to see towering Arenal Volcano. Later, relax in the thermal springs or take a swim in the pool back at the hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Imagine yourself soaring high above the jungle floor as you zipline (Waiver Required) through the treetops, eye-to-eye with the lush foliage and exotic rainforest creatures. Later, head south to Manuel Antonio, renowned for its warm blue waters, beautiful beaches and abundant exotic wildlife.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Parador Resort and Spa
  7. Walking deep into the national park with your guide, you'll definitely check off a few more creatures on your wildlife list-at last count, there were 109 different animals and 184 species of birds living here. Listen to the whooping bark of howler monkeys and the chattering of mischievous squirrel and white-faced monkeys. Then, it's time to hit the beach. Laze in the warm Pacific or choose an optional catamaran cruise with snorkeling where you might see dolphins, parrotfish or sea turtles (available Jan-Apr). This evening, join your fellow explorers to celebrate new friendships over a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  8. Travel back to San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight or consider extending your stay at the Sheraton San Jose.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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9 Nov 19 16 Nov 19 $1,850$1,665pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 17 Request Quote Book Now

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement. As this is a family vacation, single room request must be part of a larger family group reservation.

Single Room Supplement: $595.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Triple Room Discount $150 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $85 per person.

Luggage: For the two night excursion to Tortuguero National Park guests are permitted to bring a maximum of 25 lbs of luggage. Your primary suitcase will be transferred and securely stored at your Arenal hotel.

Please note: For the more remote areas of Costa Rica (such as Tortuguero), we use the best available hotel facilities with comfortable but simple guestrooms and eco-friendly amenities perfectly suited to the natural surroundings. This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps and sometimes through heavy showers (rain ponchos provided). This journey is best enjoyed by the experienced traveler in good health who can take such conditions in stride.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners.

Included Highlights

Dive into Culture

  • Visit a local Tico family's palm plantation to learn about and taste the delicate heart of palm.

Family Fun

  • Cruise through Tortuguero’s canals and lagoons seeking out incredible tropical wildlife species.
  • Visit a wildlife center in Sarapiquí and interact with the resident reptiles and amphibians.
  • Walk along the Arenal Hanging Bridges and go ziplining on the slopes of Arenal Volcano.

Local Specialist

  • Learn about some of Tortuguero's most famous residents, its nesting sea turtles.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit Tortuguero National Park, a wildlife center near Sarapiquí, Areanal National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Cruise the canals of Tortuguero National Park
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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Reviews

Friday, March 2, 2018
Cynthia Selby
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : This is my 12th time travelling with Grand European Travel. All my previous trips have been with adults. I was surprised that there were so many families with children on this trip. This particular departure date was not my first choice and the travel agent did not mention that this trip would have lots of families. I would have selected a different departure date without children if I would have known. The itinerary, hotels and tour guide were excellent. And 3 of the families were fine - there were unfortunately 2 families with very loud and obnoxious kids (and adults that spent most of their time at the bar drinking). I'll be sure to ask about families on my next trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear that you were caught by surprise by the mix of guests on this trip.  Since this trip is operated by our partner Trafalgar Tours, there are many different booking offices involved, not just GET.  But we will be sure to find a better fit for you on your next trip.  Thank you for your continued business.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Vacation : Great itinerary, hotels and tour guide.
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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Costa Rica must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Costa Rica.

  • The currency in Costa Rica is the colón.  You’ll usually find the best exchange rates in your destination and can pay with your debit or credit card in many places.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Costa Rica. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. In Costa Rica food mild and simple with many dishes centered on rice, beans, vegetables and meat.  Try the local ceviche prepared with octopus, shrimp, tilapia and seabass cured with lemon juice and spices. You’ll find an abundance of fresh produce to enjoy including plantains, coconut, papaya and mango. Costa Rican coffee is strong and rich; try it black or order it with milk (café con leche).

  • Costa Rica has an enjoyable climate with sunshine throughout the year. We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellant and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle.  For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Restaurants in Costa Rica are required by law to add 13 percent tax and 10 percent gratuity to the bill. For this reason Costa Ricans do not tip. If you would like to leave an additional tip to reward good service, it’s appropriate to leave 5-10 percent for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Arenal

Arenal Natura Ecological Park

Adult Price: $42.00 | Child Price: $29.00

At this wonderful park you will have the opportunity to experience Costa Rica’s wildlife up close and personal where beautiful frogs, birds, reptiles, and their natural habitats will have the starring role. This package includes a frog sanctuary, bird watching, a serpentarium (home to different species of snakes found in Costa Rica), a reptile lagoon (to observe crocodiles) and a heliconia garden. Total duration is approximately 2 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Arenal

Kayak On Lake Arenal

Adult Price: $63.00 | Child Price: $34.00

Arenal Lake is the largest in the country and home to a wide diversity of birds, both resident and migratory, such as flycatchers, kingfishers and great blue herons. Kayaking on Arenal Lake is a great way to take part in an outdoor activity while you enjoy the amazing, one-of-a-kind views of Arenal Volcano. Along the shoreline, watch for howler monkeys enjoying the good life high in the trees. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Manuel Antonio

Catamaran And Snorkeling Adventure

Adult Price: $89.00 | Child Price: $89.00

Your naturalist guide will provide commentary as you sail by islands, cliffs, and rock formations while watching for bird nesting grounds and marine wildlife. Beverages and snacks are available onboard the catamaran throughout the trip. After exploring the coastline, your captain will drop anchor in a secluded bay where there will be time to snorkel. Be on the lookout for parrotfish, angelfish, starfish and maybe even a friendly dolphin. Total duration is approximately 6 hours. Available late Nov to mid-April.

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