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Family Costa Rica Adventure

A Fully Guided, Family-Focused Rain Forest Adventure of Fun and Discovery!
Costa Rica’s mountains, beaches, cloud forests and tropical rain forests offer families a matchless natural destination for adventure. Wedged between two oceans and two continents, Costa Rica is home to some of the greatest biodiversity on earth: gigantic ferns, orchids, neon-billed toucans, three-toed sloths, monkeys, peccaries, crocodiles, iguanas and frogs, for starters. We encounter it from a variety of exciting approaches: rafting a lazy river, riding horseback through the jungle, flying through the forest on a zip line and exploring on foot in the rainforest. Nature has never been so impressive, and your family has never had so much fun!

Trip Highlights

  • Travel with top Expedition Leaders and discover Costa Rica on a wide range of family-friendly active adventures
  • Raft the Sarapiqui River and explore the rainforest in search of monkeys, sloths, frogs and tropical birds
  • Experience fascinating geothermal wonders and hike atop a lava flow as we visit the country's most famous volcano
Our Custom-Crafted Family Itinerary Stands Alone!
When other tour operators say they offer “family trips,” what they often mean is that on certain departures, children are allowed. With Nat Hab, “family trip” means so much more! Our Family Costa Rica Adventure is specifically designed to engage people of all ages in shared activities that are gratifying to all. From zip lining and night walks to hands-on research and a rainforest chocolate tour, you won’t find a better collection of authentic encounters with Costa Rica’s nature and culture that will build lasting bonds across generations. 

  1. With Our Small Groups, Kids are Front and Center 
    Small groups are one of Nat Hab's most important hallmarks. On this trip, your group won’t exceed 14. With such small numbers, children get the individual attention they deserve, and they'll be guided to focus on the sounds and sights in one of the most biodiverse set of habitats in the world. Parents and grandparents, too, have plenty of personalized interaction with our Expedition Leaders, who are dedicated to making sure each and every family member has a fantastic experience, tailored to their individual needs and interests.
  2. We Don’t Just Observe, We Learn—at Fun, Hands-On Research Sites
    Unlike most tour operators, we don’t just show you the rainforest—we put you alongside active scientists and conservationists for an unparalleled learning experience. Spend time at La Selva and La Tirimbina, research centers that offer hands-on activities for children and educational opportunities for adults. You’ll learn about global efforts to conserve rainforests. On a night walk, you’ll get a close-up view of bat “mist nets.” And you’ll see how the cacao bean is transformed into locally made, organic fair-trade chocolates on an enticing “chocolate tour”!
  3. Engaging Guides Who Enrich Your Experience and Truly Care About Kids
    NHA’s Expedition Leaders average 20 years’ of experience and are the only guides in Costa Rica who receive additional training from WWF’s world-class scientists. You won’t find more competent, knowledgeable naturalist guides who will make the wonders of Costa Rica come alive for all ages. And, with a minimum of six adults on your trip, we add a dedicated Youth Coordinator who is adept at conveying complex and exciting concepts of natural history to children. See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  4. Enjoy a Private Float Trip
    Absorb the jungle’s sensory stimuli as our small group travels together down the Río Peñas Blancas on a raft, delighting in spotting crocodiles, frogs, iguanas, monkeys, parrots, toucans, turtles and “Jesus Christ lizards” (they walk on water!) along the riverbanks. There's no comparison versus noisy large-group trips in multiple boats.
  5. Our Luxury Lodgings Are Authentic, Educational and Inspiring
    Costa Rica is no longer an undiscovered destination for ecotourism. There are plenty of standardized hotels and resorts available, and many tour companies use them. We are not one of those. Rather than select generic hotels close to transportation hubs, we choose our first-class lodgings for their local ambience, proximity to nature and ecological commitment—enhancing your adventure immeasurably.
  6. Deluxe Vehicles Provide a Comfortable, Safe Ride 
    You won't find a better vehicle for exploring Costa Rica than those we use. Our high-end minibuses are ultra-spacious, with high ceilings, large windows, a wide aisle and ample space between well-cushioned seats. With long, tapered rear leaf springs and an independent front suspension with double wishbones and upper torsion bar, your family will enjoy the most stable — and safe — ride over Costa Rica’s sometimes-rugged roads in natural areas. 
  7. Choose from Three Exciting Extension Options 
    While our Family Costa Rica Adventure is remarkably all-encompassing, your family may wish to extend your time in this enticing country. We make it easy, by offering three varied extensions—choose what appeals to you, and leave all the details to us! Whether you’re drawn to beaches or dense jungles, we have an extension tailored to your family’s preferences. Spend some extra time kayaking, snorkeling, surfing or swimming in tranquil ocean waters, or choose a two-night trip to Tortuguero National Park, where you’ll cruise by private boat along natural canals that wind through lush jungles, in the company of monkeys, tropical birds, sea turtles and more.
  8. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Special Family Vacation
    With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee that clearly states that we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
  9. Feel Good About the Way You Travel
    We all care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset. Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, a feature that is significant when considering that Costa Rica’s natural ecosystems are under substantial threat from our planet’s warming temperatures.
  10. Natural Habitat Adventures Is World Wildlife Fund’s Travel Partner
    Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat its worldwide travel partner — a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
Reading List
Longitude Books has created a custom comprehensive listing of Family Costa Rica travel books for this trip.

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