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Costa Rica: A Family Adventure Through Pure Nature & Pura Vida - 2020

Saturday to Saturday Itinerary: San Jose • Tortuguero National Park • Arenal
  • EMBARK ON A MULTIGENERATIONAL ADVENTURE WHEN YOU TRAVEL WITH YOUR FAMILY TO COSTA RICA
  • FLY OVER THE ARENAL VOLCANO ON AN EXHILARATING ZIP-LINE EXCURSION THAT KIDS AND ADULTS ALIKE WILL LOVE ON A SATURDAY-TO-SATURDAY DEPARTURE PERFECT FOR FAMILIES!
  • EXPERIENCE THE BREADTH OF COSTA RICA'S BIODIVERSITY IN TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK
  • DISCOVER RAINFOREST LIFE HIGH UP IN THE TREES ON ARENAL'S HANGING BRIDGES
  • VISIT A PINEAPPLE PLANTATION, AND TASTE MULTIPLE VARIETIES OF THIS COSTA RICAN STAPLE
  • EXPLORE THE LA PAZ WATERFALL GARDENS, AS WELL AS AN ANIMAL RESCUE CENTER
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Wildlife Viewing


Photography memories to bring home on your Costa Rican adventure

From the country’s Caribbean coast to the Peñas Blancas River to Arenal Volcano, you’ll experience the full breadth of Costa Rican biodiversity as you travel inland from renowned Tortuguero National Park. Abundant wildlife calls this park home, including 57 amphibian species, 111 reptile species, and 60 mammals. More than 300 bird species — including keel-billed toucans, slaty tailed trogons, Montezuma oropendulas, and an array of parrots — reside here too.

Sloths   |   Sea turtles   |   Baird’s tapir   |   Monkeys   |   Caimans   |   Manatees


Sloths

Sloths

It’s not uncommon for travelers to visit Costa Rica for one thing: sloths. These elusive and beloved critters make their home inside Tortuguero National Park, where you’re likely to spot one high up in the branches, munching on leaves and moving at a glacial pace.

Get your camera and GoPro ready: A zoom lens will serve you well for zeroing in on these lovable tree-clinging critters.

turtles

Sea turtles

Tortuguero is one of the most important nesting sites for sea turtles, including the endangered green turtle. You might also spot leatherback, hawksbill, loggerhead and other varieties during your explorations. Sea turtle nesting season runs from March through October, and during this time you may witness sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs in the sand — or even view the hatchlings scampering into the sea!

Baird’s tapir

Baird’s tapir

These boar-like creatures are actually the largest land mammal in Central America! Though primarily nocturnal, you’re likely to view the tapir’s tracks on Tortuguero’s canal banks in the morning, after hours of foraging for fruit and leaves.



Monkeys

Monkeys

Spider, howler, capuchin — oh my! Monkeys are always a highlight, and Tortuguero, Arenal, and the Peñas Blancas River are home to three of Costa Rica’s four native species. Be on the lookout for the mantled howler — you’ll likely hear its barks, grunts, and screeches (hence the name!) before you see it — and with its cream-colored fur, the white-faced capuchin makes a stark sight in the jungle canopies. The spider monkey? Have your GoPro on hand to capture these nimble creatures merrily swinging from branch to branch.

Get your camera and GoPro ready: Monkeys are a delight to watch, as their movements and sounds are fun and spontaneous! Definitely wear your GoPro around them!

caimans

Caimans

Caimans are primarily found throughout Central U.S. and South America and are closely related to alligators and crocodiles. What distinguishes the caiman from these other powerful predators is its smaller stature. Large cats, and even anacondas, are considered predators for the caiman, which can live as many as 40 years.


Manatees

Manatees

Tortuguero hosts a large number of these endangered gentle giants — but they prefer to remain hidden. They’re easily addled by the sounds of boat engines, and you’ll have better luck encountering manatees in a canoe — if they come up for air, that is. Manatees can go as long as 20 minutes before breaching the surface to breathe.

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