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Costa Rica Family Journey: From Rainforest to Coast
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9 days

from $2,499 AUD

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Channel your inner Tarzan as you soar through the jungle canopy on zip lines.
  • Join a naturalist on a night walk through the cloud forest, keeping your ears open for the symphony of hooting owls, croaking frogs, and chirping insects.
  • Test your skills at a cooking class as you whip up delicious Costa Rican dishes.
  • Jump into a natural mud bath, and swim in pools heated by area volcanoes.
Itinerary

Blanketed in pristine rainforest, lined by golden sands, and brimming with curious-looking creatures, Costa Rica is the ultimate family playground. Explore inland jungles and volcanic wonders in every way possible: soaring on a zip line, riding on horseback, and hiking misty trails. Then head for the Gold Coast on the Pacific Ocean for some sun, surf, and adventures out at sea.

Day 1: San José

Arrive in time to meet your fellow travelers for a welcome gathering this evening. Your arrival transfer is included.

Day 2: San José/Monteverde

This morning, travel up into the misty cloud forests of Monteverde, where we’ll visit a working farm and coffee cooperative for an earth-to-table lunch, followed by a property tour. Learn the secrets of Costa Rican cuisine and test your cooking skills at an afternoon class, then attend a coffee-making demonstration. Enjoy some free time to get settled in our hotel. This evening, follow a naturalist into the forest to seek out the fascinating nocturnal creatures that spring to life after the sun goes down, from red-eyed tree frogs to spiny porcupines.

Day 3: Monteverde

Visit the Monteverde Institute, a research and educational organization supported by National Geographic. Hear about reforestation projects spearheaded by the institute, then roll up your sleeves and lend a hand in the tree nursery. The rest of the day is free for poolside relaxation or optional excursions in the clouds, including zip-lining, hiking in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, or a walk through the forest canopy across hanging bridges.

Day 4: Monteverde/Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park

Today we travel into Rincón de la Vieja National Park, an otherworldly land of smoking volcanoes, bubbling mud pots, and thermal hot springs—all shrouded in thick tangles of rainforest. Channel your inner Tarzan as you swing across zip lines strung through the forest canopy; then visit thermal hot springs and mud baths, where playing in the mud isn’t just allowed, it’s encouraged. This evening, visit the local butterfly garden, if you like.

Day 5: Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park

Rise early for a full day of adventure in the national park. Saddle up for a horseback-riding excursion, get introduced to the park’s creatures on a naturalist-guided wildlife hike, and swim beneath the soaring canyons and tumbling waterfalls of the Río Negro. There is also the option to stay back at our hacienda and relax by the pool.

Day 6: Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park/Playa Potrero

Journey toward the Pacific Ocean to Playa Potrero on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica. The afternoon is free to play in the sand and surf; or opt to set sail across the bay and around the Catalina Islands.

Day 7: Playa Potrero

The day is free to do as much or as little as you like. Relax at the pool or on the beach in this tropical paradise. Opt to join a yoga class, take a long walk along the beach, or go horseback riding.

Day 8: Playa Potrero/San José

Leave the beach behind for our return trip to the capital. Stop en route for a jungle boat cruise through Palo Verde National Park. The river is a wildlife-lover’s paradise: crocodiles glide beneath the water’s surface, monkeys swing through the surrounding treetops, and numerous winged wonders wade and fly at the river’s edge—including ospreys, wood storks, and roseate spoonbills. Continue to San José and celebrate our adventure at a farewell dinner.

Day 9: San José

Depart at any time.

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FAMILY JOURNEYS

National Geographic Family Journeys, offered in partnership with G Adventures, are small-group trips designed for adventurous, multigenerational families in search of a meaningful way to discover the world together. Families will enjoy enlightening experiences, the freedom to explore, and quality time together—and return home with a renewed sense of wonder.

Age Requirement: 7+
Family Journeys are designed for groups traveling with children between the ages of 7 and 17. Your group must include a child in order to book, and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

National Geographic Themes

When you travel with Family Journeys, you’ll explore through interactive and hands-on activities inspired by National Geographic’s expertise in topics such as photography, wildlife, history, and more! The following themes are integrated into this trip:

Exploration
National Geographic has a legendary legacy of exploration. Through on-trip activities that encourage in-depth and hands-on discovery, Family Journeys seek to cultivate tomorrow’s explorers—people who are infinitely curious about our planet, committed to understanding it, and passionate about helping make it better.

Photography & Storytelling
Our Family Journeys illuminate the art of photography and storytelling in the great tradition of National Geographic. Customized National Geographic resources for kids and adults sent to you prior to your departure provide inspiration to see the world with new eyes, make real-world connections, and craft compelling travel tales during the trip.

Wildlife & Conservation
National Geographic strives toward a planet in balance. On this trip, wildlife encounters and hands-on conservation experiences will provide information and inspiration for travelers to continue protecting the world and its creatures long after returning home.

History & Culture
National Geographic celebrates the history and diversity of human life on Earth. Family Journeys reveal the richness of local cultures in its many forms and encourage meaningful cultural exchange, whether through language and music, art and architecture, cuisine, clothing, and more.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 14 Mar 2020 - 22 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    Sold Out
  • single occupancy
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    Sold Out
  • child(7 - 12)
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    Sold Out

  • date 21 Mar 2020 - 29 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,879 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,358 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $0 AUD Per Person

  • date 04 Jul 2020 - 12 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,499 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,978 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $0 AUD Per Person

  • date 25 Jul 2020 - 02 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,499 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,978 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $0 AUD Per Person

  • date 01 Aug 2020 - 09 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,499 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,978 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $0 AUD Per Person

  • date 19 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,129 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,608 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $0 AUD Per Person

  • date 26 Dec 2020 - 03 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,129 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,608 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $0 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Feb 2021 - 21 Feb 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,879 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,358 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $0 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Mar 2021 - 21 Mar 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,879 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,358 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $0 AUD Per Person

  • date 27 Mar 2021 - 04 Apr 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,879 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,358 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $0 AUD Per Person

  • date 10 Apr 2021 - 18 Apr 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,499 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,978 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $0 AUD Per Person

  • date 03 Jul 2021 - 11 Jul 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,499 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,978 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $0 AUD Per Person

  • date 31 Jul 2021 - 08 Aug 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,499 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,978 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $0 AUD Per Person

  • date 14 Aug 2021 - 22 Aug 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,499 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,978 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $0 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Nov 2021 - 28 Nov 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,499 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,978 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $0 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 Dec 2021 - 26 Dec 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,129 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,608 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $0 AUD Per Person

  • date 25 Dec 2021 - 02 Jan 2022
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,129 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,608 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $0 AUD Per Person

Prices are based on double occupancy; all other room configurations are on request and cannot be guaranteed. We will accommodate triples/quads whenever possible. Please call for further details.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts)
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transport: Private vehicle, boat, horse
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Life Monteverde Community Lunch, Tour, and Cooking Class, Monteverde
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Monteverde Institute Lecture & Reforestation Project, Monteverde
  • Your G for Good Moment: Life Monteverde Experience, Monteverde
  • Arrival transfer
  • Naturalist guided cloud forest night walk
  • Canyon canopy tour in Rincón de la Vieja National Park
  • Rio Negro Hot Springs and volcanic mud bath
  • Horseback riding and guided hike in Rincón de la Vieja National Park
  • Palo Verde National Park guided boat tour
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

Please Note

Options for family travel insurance are available. Please enquire with your Family Trip Specialist for more information.