Family holiday Costa Rica

12 days - from € 5,399 per person

family holiday - active - jungle - wildlife – birds

You are about to make a great journey! Your journey through Costa Rica starts in the capital San José. From San José you will travel to the Pacuare Lodge, deep in nature, where you will go to by raft! Then you will travel to the Guanacaste region where you can actively discover nature. You will end your trip in a beautiful accommodation in the pristine tropical rainforest in the south of the country. Here you can participate in adventurous activities and enjoy a wide variety of flora and fauna.

Day 1: Amsterdam - San José

Your unique journey through Costa Rica starts today. You will depart by intercontinental flight from Amsterdam to San Jose. Once you have arrived at the airport, our staff will welcome you and take you to your accommodation in San José. You will stay at Hotel Grano de Oro. This small boutique hotel is very centrally located in a quiet street with restaurants, theatres and shops around the corner. The hotel is housed in a Victorian style villa and has an attractive tropical garden. 
Overnight stay: Grano de Oro | bed & breakfast

Day 2: San José – Pacuare

Today you will be taken to the Pacuare Jungle Lodge. From San José you will travel to the banks of the Pacuare River, passing through the green surroundings of the Irazú and Turrialba volcanoes. When you arrive at the Pacuare River, take a seat in one of the rubber boats and go rafting to your accommodation. During this trip you will sail through beautiful mountains and you will slowly see the surroundings change into pristine rainforest. You will see beautiful birds or blue butterflies sparkle in the sunlight. In the afternoon you can participate in one of the activities offered by your accommodation such as birdwatching a canopy tour or guided walks.  
Overnight stay: Pacuare Lodge | full board

Day 3 and 4: Pacuare

These days you will enjoy your stay at the Pacuare Lodge. This lodge is a luxurious eco-lodge with only 20 suites and situated on the banks of a beautiful rafting river. The secluded location of this lodge, in the middle of a lively natural park, offers you beautiful views, the ideal location to enjoy a relaxing stay and contact with nature. Take part in one of the excursions offered by the lodge. Think of rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling, bird watching, walks or a visit to a native Cabécar family. In short, there is something for everyone. After a busy morning you can relax on the sun loungers by the pool in the afternoon, order your favourite drink at the bar and be surprised with a delicious dish during dinner.
Overnight stay: Pacuare lodge | full board

Day 5: Pacuare – San José

In the morning, you will say good by to your stay in the Pacuare lodge and depart by raft for whitewater rafting past gorgeous tropical scenery (approximately 3½ hours). This stretch of the Pacuare River flows through canyons and past waterfalls and virgin rainforest. You are likely to catch glimpses of varied birds and other wildlife during the quiet stretches. Lunch will be served on the riverbank en route, and you will have a chance to change into dry clothes at the finish. Then you will be brought to your hotel in San José, where you will arrive at the end of the afternoon. You will stay in Hotel Grano de Oro.
Overnight stay: Grano de Oro | bed & breakfast

Day 6: San José – Bagaces

After breakfast you will be taken to the Guanacaste region where you will stay in Rio Perdido. This accommodation is situated on a 240 hectare reserve. From your accommodation you can undertake various activities for a fee. Think of zip-lining through the Rio Blanco canyon around the accommodation, swinging through the treetops like Tarzan or walking over hanging bridges. Hiking is also possible on the estate, varying in distance from 1 to 10 km long. You will walk through the woods of the reserve to waterfalls, crystal clear streams, thermal springs and viewpoints. The Rio Blanco river, is a natural thermal bath, in the midst of a wonderful environment. You can go mountain biking on routes from 8 to 20 km. After being active for a while it might be time for an active cooling down during a river tubing along the Rio Blanco river, where you slide over small waterfalls.
Overnight stay: Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River | bed & breakfast

Day 7: Bagaces

Start the day with a yoga class and once you're relaxed we recommend zip-lining through the Rio Blanco canyon. The professional guides will help you walk through the 15 platforms, 6 of which are on rocks and 9 are floating on the walls of the gorge. You will walk through the forests of the reserve to waterfalls, crystal clear streams, thermal springs and viewpoints. Furthermore, you have possibilities such as mountain biking, river tubing or just relax at the pool with a nice drink.
Overnight stay: Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River | bed & breakfast

Day 8: Bagaces – Puerto Jimenez

After breakfast you will be taken to San José airport and board your domestic flight to Puerto Jimenez, in the south of Costa Rica. From the airport you will be brought to your accommodation. You will stay in Playa Cativo lodge for the next few days. This Eco Lodge is located near the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce in the pristine rainforest and surrounded by lush grounds, only accessible by boat. From your room you have a beautiful panoramic view. You will stay here on full board basis and you can also use the kayaks, paddle boards and snorkelling equipment.
Overnight stay: Playa Cativo Lodge | full board

Day 9 and 10: Puerto Jimenez

Days off planned. These days you will stay in the middle of the tropical rainforest of the Piedras Blancas national park, which is an extension of the nearby Corcovado national park. It is a biologically very diverse area, estimated to contain 750 species of trees, 140 species of mammals, 367 species of birds (several of which are endemic), 117 species of reptiles and almost 10,000 species of insects. Here you will look your eyes. There are four different species of monkeys (the capuchin monkey, the howler monkey, the spider monkey and squirrel monkey), white-nosed coati, deers, kinkajous, agouties, peccaries and sloths. There are also a number of felines in the area, although these are difficult to spot during the day. As there are no other nearby accommodations in the area, you will enjoy the peace and quiet. 
Overnight stay: Playa Cativo Lodge | full board 

Day 11: Puerto Jimenez – San José – Amsterdam

After breakfast you will be taken to the airport, where you will board your domestic flight to San Jose. Once here you can check in for your return flight to Amsterdam.

Day 12: Amsterdam 

You will arrive in Amsterdam today.

Price: from € 5,399 per person

  • Based on 6 persons traveling together
  • Depending on time of booking, availability of the local flights and accommodations and the period of travel


  • local flights, economy class
  • 4 overnight stays, meals as mentioned
  • 3 overnight stays in Pacuare Lodge on full board basis including offered activities accompanied by professional  guides
  • 3 overnight stays in Playa Cativo on full board basis including offered self guided activities
  • all transfers and excursions as stated
  • our backup 24/7; locally and in The Netherlands
  • extensive travel documents package with small attention

Not included:

  • international flights, if you wish, we reserve these for you
  • early check-in / late check-out, based on availability, this is sometimes provided by the hotel. If you want to be sure that you have this, ask us about the additional cost
  • (Dutch) public tax Travel disaster fund; € 2.50 per booking
  • travel and cancellation insurance

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Would you like to make this journey yourself? We can arrange this itinerary for you, but we are also happy to put together a program based on your wishes and ideas. Do not hesitate to contact us. Send an e-mail to info@sapapanatravel.nlcall us on +31 73 610 62 04 or ask us to plan your trip. We are happy to help.

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