Costa Rica family multi activity holiday
Description of Costa Rica family multi activity holiday
This Costa Rica family holiday is an action packed multi activity break, that will keep kids at all ages and stages busy and buzzing. For 12 days, explore central and northeastern Costa Rica, enjoying the variety of landscapes and wildlife. Cruise the quiet canals of Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean Coast, then send your adrenaline levels rocketing with rafting and waterfall rapelling in Sarapiqui. Check out Arenal Volcano and finish up on the gorgeous central Pacific Coast, with its beaches and clear seas.
There are plenty of ways to explore on this family holiday – guided hikes that reveal the diverse wildlife living here, boat tours, an exciting zip line through the rainforest canopy and a half day of sea kayaking. It’s a well balanced mix of fun and activity, with exploring and enjoying this beautiful country. This holiday is perfect for children aged nine and over , but if your children are younger just let us know, as we can tailor a holiday to suit.
1 Reviews of Costa Rica family multi activity holiday
Reviewed on 04 Sep 2018 by Kathleen Johnson
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Volunteering at the animal sanctuary, Venado caves, white water rafting, all
the guides and their animal spotting skills.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Take cagoules for the regular downpours and torches for frog spotting/ night safaris. Try to pack light as there is a lot of moving around. Use the local laundry to clean and dry clothes after wet activities/ tropical rain storms.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Some parts did. The kids saving the rainforest definely supported conservation. A range of companies, big and small were used to provide the transport, accommodation and activities.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Very good, very well organised, we were always collected as expected, the
itinerary was reasonably accurate and detailed, we were able to do all the activities requested and all but one was what we had hoped for or better than
expected. All the guides/ transfers were very punctual, polite, helpful and
Costa Rica is the birthplace of ecotourism and as such is also the place where this activity has achieved the highest level of success with responsible environmental policies being held by most hotels and tourist businesses .
Advising travellers to reduce impact: In every welcome packet that we give to our clients, we put out brochures with environmental information.
For our tours, our guides after every journey bring a bag with all the recycling to the nearest hotel that has a recycling plan and recycling disposals.
Internally we encourage reusing, recycling and generally doing its best to reduce the overall impact our operation has on the environment.
Our local partners participates in the Certification in Sustainable Tourism (CST) program which rates businesses on the degree to which they comply with a sustainable model of natural, cultural and social resource management. Starting this in 2009 our partners have achieved a 3 leaf score for CST
They are also Rainforest Alliance verified -
Hotels on the itinerary -
Mawamba Lodge - Tortuguero - this lodge is adjacent to one of the most important Green Turtle nesting beaches - to ensure the turtle successfully lays her eggs, we follow strict guidelines regarding noise, torches and cameras and a qualified guide.
Pozo Azul - in 1995 started a reforestation project designed and supervised by FUNDECOR (www.fundecor.org) which has been qualified for the Green Seal under the umbrella certification by the Forest Stewardship Council ( FSC) under SGS Qualifor Certification.
We employ local drivers and local guides from National Parks - we do not use British tour leaders.
Our guides purchase clients groceries from local markets and our clients are encouraged to visit local markets and shops and to use local products and buy souvenirs from ethical sources.
We use accommodations that are also certificated with the Certification for Sustainable Tourism so we guarantee they have same standards and policies.
Family run restaurants and businesses are included in client itineraries
Our local partners actively supports a variety of philanthropic projects including supporting local schools, running its own reforestation project, encouraging and financing small local business ventures as well as other well known programmes run by local foundations.
Timbirina Social Projection: Since 1999 TRC has had a local environmental education program with the purpose of encouraging the local community to appreciate the value of natural resources as a way to improve their quality of life.
The educational activities address various topics regarding ecology and forest conservation, like the importance of incorporating sustainable practices into every day life. The program focuses on inquiry learning where the student discovers and enjoys at the same time, which has proven to be most effective for children. Because of the significance of this program, our guides explain to every visitor why their visit to Tirimbina is important.