Costa Rica Family Program

Duration:
9 Days, December 26, 2022 - January 3, 2023

Price:
From San José, Costa Rica
Adult $5,790 (lower for youth and children)

Tour Operator:
Royal Adventures

We invite you and your family to join us on a natural history adventure just after the Christmas holidays in beautiful Costa Rica. A democracy for over 100 years, Costa Rica is a friendly and peaceful destination that will appeal to all ages. With over 25 percent of its land set aside for reserves, this small nation is famous for its biodiversity, with 850 species of birds, hundreds of waterfalls, pristine beaches, tropical rainforest, and cloud forests along with an astonishing array of wildlife.  Working with our favorite Latin American tour operator, we have designed this trip to include expert naturalist guides, three distinctive hotel properties, and a number of options that will appeal to a broad range of ages and interests. 

Our tour begins in San José, Costa Rica’s capital, with a visit to a coffee plantation, where we’ll learn about the cultivation, harvest, production, and roasting of coffee. We’ll also visit the immense crater of Poás Volcano, one of the few active volcanoes in the continent, and La Paz Waterfall Gardens, whose natural wonders include five majestic waterfalls, hummingbird, and butterfly gardens. Our journey continues to the town of La Fortuna home to the majestic Arenal Volcano, where we’ll enjoy options for horseback riding, bathing in hot springs, walks over suspended hanging bridges, and zip-lining through the forest. On our way to the scenic Pacific coast, we’ll pause at the Tarcoles River and board a safari touring boat to search for crocodiles and a brilliant variety of aquatic birds. Our hotel on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast is adjacent to a wildlife reserve featuring whiteface monkeys, spider monkeys, sloths, coatis, and armadillos. From here we’ll explore two famous national parks: Carara and Manuel Antonio National Park. During our excursions here, we’ll look for the endangered scarlet macaw, navigate on boats through the mangrove canals of Damas Island and swim in the warm Pacific Ocean waters. Later, we’ll board a catamaran to snorkel and search for dolphins, migrating humpback whales, sea turtles, and manta rays.

Each day will feature unforgettable wonders with expert guidance. We’ve taken care of all of the planning and logistics.  We want you to be able to relax and enjoy your time with your family and the stunning natural beauty and remarkable wildlife of Costa Rica.

Contact Us

Office of Lifelong Learning
Washington and Lee University
204 W Washington Street
Lexington, Virginia 24450