Eastern Costa Rica
Camino de las Tortugas - 7-Days / 6-Nights
San José, Tortuguero and Arenal
The Costa Rica family vacation from Adventures by Disney ventures to the capital city of San José before delving into the natural wonders and wildlife of the country's vibrant forests. Enjoy the extremes from zip lining above the rainforest canopy, a tranquil garden fluttering with butterflies to touring ancient forests filled with exotic creatures. It's the world's ultimate eco-adventure destination!
Trip Highlights Include:
- Tortuguero National Park
Explore ancient forests by boat and search for exotic animals including mischievous monkeys, beautiful birds and giant sloths.
- Hidalgo Hot Springs
Get whisked away to Hidalgo Hot Springs and immerse yourself in the soothing mineral water pools.
- Pineapple Plantation Visit
Learn to live off the land at a real working plantation! Discover Costa Rica's spirit of environmental respect and meet the people who live and work the earth every day.
- Sarapiqui White Water Rafting
Shoot down roaring rapids and bob over gushing waters on the Sarapiqui River as you glide past a forest full of exotic creatures. Enjoy a rafting adventure in Class 2 rapids or opt for a serene paddle trip on quieter waters.
- Zip Lining in Eastern Costa Rica
Zip line through treetops and soar across the sky above the rainforest canopy. Our guides help make this the thrill of a lifetime!
- Dec 29–Jan 4, 2013
- Feb 2-Feb 8, 2013: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)
- Mar 30–Apr 5, 2013
Adventure Daily Itinerary
Arrive in San José
After you pass through customs, meet an Adventures by Disney representative who will assist with your luggage. Relax as a driver whisks your family away to the nearby resort.
Hotel Indigo San José
Your stylish modern hotel is located outside of San José in Santa Ana, an upscale area near shopping, entertainment and spas. Unwind and enjoy the hotel's amenities, including a swimming pool, lounge and gymnasium. If you wish to explore the area, your Adventure Guides can make suggestions.
Dinner at the Hotel On Your Own
Tonight, you and your family can enjoy the hotel's excellent restaurant or ask your Adventure Guides to recommend nearby local dining. Get ready—tomorrow you will begin your expedition into beautiful and breathtaking Costa Rica!
Meals Included: None
Welcome Orientation and Breakfast
Kick off your week in the tropics with a festive private breakfast. Meet the other adventurous families that will share your journey though paradise!
Atlantic Aerial Tram Tour
Board a tram and fly above the lush rainforest in an exciting aerial tour that takes you over the tree tops! From your scenic seat, discover the gorgeous hanging gardens and verdant air plants teeming with colorful birds and other fascinating animals. A local guide accompanies your family in each tram "basket," offering insights and answering questions about the stunning scenery.
Lunch at the Selva Tropical Restaurant
Stop at this restaurant en route to Caño Blanco dock for some filling fare at a buffet lunch. Take a moment to step out back and see the butterfly garden complete with tropical flowers.
The Trek to Tortuguero
Take a ride in a luxury coach to Caño Blanco Dock*. Then climb aboard a river boat for an exclusive journey to the remote Laguna Lodge in tropical Tortuguero**, where the green sea turtles nest each year from July to October. "Tortuguero" means "Land of the Turtles," whose hatchlings are the stars of the shores!
Arrive at Laguna Lodge
With its organic architecture and whimsical interiors, the hotel is nestled in the leafy rainforest overlooking a brilliant sapphire lagoon.
After your day of discovery, savor a festive welcome feast at the hotel arranged especially for Adventures by Disney Guests. Get into the groove with a calypso band when they join the festivities.
*The roads to Caño Blanco Dock are at times very uneven.
**Swimming in the ocean waters anywhere in Tortuguero is strictly forbidden, even close to the shores, due to treacherous currents.
Tortuguero National Park Tour
Sea turtles, toucans, sloths, white-headed capuchin monkeys and more inhabit the network of marshy islands that comprise this dazzling national park. Various habitats such as wetlands, canals and beaches weave together to create a vibrant tropical tapestry. With a local expert, take a privately guided boat tour of this remarkable place to explore the flora and fauna.
Optional Visit to Sea Turtle Conservancy Group and Tortuguero Village
Travel by boat to the Sea Turtle Conservancy Group where you will learn about the renown naturalist, Archie Carr, and his work with the endangered green turtles. Next, visit Tortuguero Village to see how the locals live. Wander the pathways that wind through this peaceful place—there's not a car or motor bike to be found!
Lunch at the Hotel
A delicious lunch awaits you at the Laguna Lodge in its thatched roof restaurant as you eat with the other hotel guests.
Junior Adventurers Dinner
As junior adventurers enjoy a kid-friendly dinner with a video in the "El Caracol" room at the lodge, grownups share the day's adventures over a satisfying buffet meal in the hotel restaurant.
Junior Adventurers Movie Night and Optional Nature Walk
Junior Adventurers can cuddle up with their families for a private Disney movie presentation at the hotel. Guests can also opt to take a nighttime nature walk with a local expert to search for potential nesting sea turtles on the beach. See if you can spot the green turtles, giant leatherbacks, hawksbill or loggerhead turtles that nest on the nearby beaches.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Journey to Arenal
After your last breakfast at the Laguna Lodge, board the river boat once again to begin your two-hour journey to Caño Blanco Dock, where you will continue by luxury motor coach onto Sarapiqui.
Lunch at Rancho Roberto's Restaurant
Stop in route to Sarapiqui for a delicious lunch with your fellow Adventurers at this landmark restaurant before continuing on to the pineapple plantation.
Pineapple Plantation Tour
Learn to live off the land at a real working plantation! Discover Costa Rica's spirit of environmental respect and meet the people who live and work the earth every day. After the tour, continue onto Arenal!
Arrive at Arenal
Prepare yourself for the powerful sight of the Arenal volcano as its great plumes of smoke stroke the expansive sky and molten lava slithers down the steep slopes. It's a dramatic backdrop to the tranquil Hotel Arenal Manoa in La Fortuna, where your Adventure Guides will check you in upon arrival.
Dinner On Your Own
Once you are settled, explore this popular town's range of dining options. Your Adventure Guides are happy to make suggestions!
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
Sky Trek to Zip Lining
Ride through the rainforest in a luxury coach until you reach the Sky Tram, where you will climb inside a gondola that carefully carries you over the ancient emerald woods. Take in the extraordinary views and observe how the vegetation changes as your gondola rises up the mountain.
Zip Line Adventure*
It's the adrenaline thrill of a lifetime! Strap on a harness, click onto suspended wires, and soar across the sky as you zip line through the rainforest treetops. Adventures by Disney has found the expert guides to make this an awesome adventure to remember.
Maleku Crafts Activity
Learn some traditional crafts from some local artisans. Get the family together and connect with the culture and your creative side -- you may even design a keepsake of your own!
Lunch On Your Own
After your high-speed ride through the wilds, tame your hunger with a hearty meal of Costa Rican cuisine.
Hidalgo Hot Springs
Get whisked away to Hidalgo Hot Springs and immerse yourself in the soothing mineral water pools. These natural springs are heated by the Arenal volcano itself! So find a quiet corner and relax after the adventures of the day.
Dinner at Hidalgo Hot Springs
Sit down for a delicious evening meal of Costa Rican cuisine prepared in a traditional rustic kitchen, right there in the hot springs restaurant.
Meals Included: Breakfast
*To use the zip line, you must be at least eight years old. Size restrictions also apply.
Sarapiqui White Water Rafting / Float Trip
Travel through the rainforest to the river for a wet and wild rafting adventure! Shoot down roaring rapids and bob over gushing waters as you glide by a forest full of exotic creatures. Enjoy a rafting adventure in Class 2-3 rapids or opt for a serene float trip on gentler waters.
Top off your whitewater adventure with an unforgettable picnic on the bank of the river.
Afternoon Activities at Your Leisure
This afternoon is your opportunity to choose from enjoying the amenities at the Hotel Arenal Manoa to shopping in the town of La Fortuna.
Celebrate all the friendships and adventures of your trip over a celebratory dinner accompanied by live music. Toast to all your newfound friends and the family memories you will cherish forever. Salud!
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Breakfast at the Hotel Arenal Manoa
Enjoy an early last breakfast in paradise and say goodbye to your fellow Adventurers.
Motor Coach to San José
Ride back to San José via motor coach to connect with your departing flight and say hasta luego until you return to the tropics again!
Meal Included: Breakfast