Phone: (607) 756-8676
Our Experience, Your Discoveries
We want to show you the world, and to have you truly inspired by it - exploring its breathtaking diversity. Our enthusiasm is stronger than ever to reach out and expand your horizons.
We hope you accept this invitation and join us on one of our journeys so that our experience becomes one of your many discoveries.
Costa Rica Family Adventure
For your family program we have chosen lodges that work best for families. All have flexible menus that adapt to kid's tastes; all provide kid friendly environments and ample common areas, where kids can explore the grounds safely. Additionally, three of the four lodges have pools and other kid-friendly amenities such as volleyball or board games.
All properties are close to area attractions, which makes moving around within a destination as easy as possible. In general, the logistics of the program are designed to make the most of the time you have in the country, without rushing from one place to another.
Day 1: Home - San Jose
A guide will greet you at the airport for a private transfer to a comfortable mid-sized hotel in the coffee hills just above capital city San Jose. Hotel Bougainvillea is known for its lovely gardens, rooms with a view, and ample grounds with pool, tennis courts and paved walking trails.
Days 2 - 3: Monteverde
After breakfast take a private transfer to the cloud forest of Monteverde. Be as active as you want this afternoon, opting to explore Monteverde's charming restaurants and galleries, or its renowned Serpentarium. Check in to a relaxing retreat, close to the Monteverde Reserve. Boasting verdant views of a densely forested valley, charming hospitality, superb food and large, comfortable rooms.
In the morning, visit Monteverde Reserve, where easily negotiable trails lead past majestic dew-dripped trees laden with bromeliads, orchids, mosses and ferns. This cool forest is home of the legendary Resplendent Quetzal, as well as other cloud forest denizens. In the afternoon, tour the fascinating Butterfly Garden and nature center, featuring 4 screened gardens, a 500-square-meter netted flyway, 3 greenhouses, a gift shop and botanic gardens. These gardens have more butterfly species than any other in the country. (B both days)
Days 4 - 6: Tamarindo Beach
Start the day on top of the world on an adventure into the cloud forest canopy. Sky Walk's suspension bridges run high above the forest floor and offer a unique perspective for wildlife viewing. After lunch, transfer to Costa Rica's northern Pacific coast. Shaded by huge tropical trees, the hotel and its lush gardens are only a few steps from the warm waters that wash this dramatic coastline. Enjoy the pool and and other forms of family entertainment including beachside ping-pong and volleyball.
Today is free for strolls along the wide beach to a mangrove estuary, where you can take a boat tour to see birds and other wildlife. A walk in the other direction leads to a rocky point, where tide pools give refuge to colorful tropical fish. In town, shop for whimsical souvenirs, batik fabrics and exquisite hand crafted wares by local artists. Stop for seafood at one of many restaurants on Tamarindo's beach boulevard.
Your last day, sit by the pool, stroll along the beaches or opt for a day trip to Palo Verde National Park or other nearby attractions. The day is yours. (B each day)
Day 7: San Jose
Enjoy a scenic drive back to the hills in Heredia and take the afternoon to prepare for tomorrow's cruise through the rainforest jungles of Tortuguero. (B)
Days 8 - 9: Tortuguero
Depart for the mesmerizing jungle canals of Tortuguero, and embark on an expedition to spot monkeys, sloth and vibrant Tropical birds on Costa Rica's northern Caribbean coast. En route, have breakfast aboard a private bus while enjoying spectacular mountain vistas of Braulio Carrillo National Park. The 3-hour road trip ends in Matina, where pontoon boats offer transport to your lodge. Set on a forested isthmus between the Caribbean coast and jungle-lined waterways of Tortuguero. For an energetic break from nature observation, guests might want to team up for a game of beach volleyball. Meals are served family style in their comfortable restaurant.
Watch animals awaken on a morning excursion through Tortuguero's canals and stop in town to get to know the locals. Later, find out why conserving Tortuguero is crucial to saving the endangered Green Sea Turtle, as well as how to adopt one of the gentle giants through the non-profit Caribbean Conservation Corporation.(B,L,D both days)
Day 10: Poas Volcano National Park - San Jose
Fly back to San Jose and transfer to Poas Volcano National Park; peer into its steaming crater with a turquoise lagoon at its center and explore surrounding mountain trails along its slopes. Continue on to scenic La Paz Waterfall Gardens for lunch. Reach out and touch 5 magnificent cascades from trails that hug cool forested hills. Visitors to this manicured nature park can also delight in hummingbirds zooming through a surprise garden. (B)
Day 11: San Jose - Home
Private transfer to the airport. (B)
Tour land cost: $0 US Dollars based upon minimum of paying participants. All our program prices are based on double occupancy unless noted in exceptions.
Single room supplement: Please contact us for more details about the single room supplement. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.
Note: The land costs on international tours is based upon current exchange rates. Although the rate has been relatively stable, should it change, there may need to be an adjustment in the land cost.
Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds
A deposit of $750 ($500 on domestic programs) per person is required. Specific tours may require an additional deposit due to accommodation bookings or transportation requirements. If applicable these will be noted on your invoice. Payment in full is required when bookings are made less than 120 days before the departure date. Space is subject to cancellation by Strabo if payment is not received when due.
Group transportation for tour events in the tour van.
Domestic or International air fare; other airfare if noted in exceptions; air fare tax; airport departure tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not traveling with the group; excess baggage charges; meals not included in itinerary; activities listed as optional, or those taken on your own; passport/visa expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature, such as room service, laundry, beverages not included with meals, medical expenses, film or processing, any activities not specified in tour itinerary or listed as optional, or any items not listed in what is included; upon the completion of your trip, modest gratuities to the local guides and the drivers are customary; tips for meals not included in itinerary.
Please note on your trip application form if you would like us to assist you with your airfare needs, a charge is added for this service. If making your own arrangements, it is important to discuss flight times with Strabo Tours before booking any airline tickets. This will avoid you having to pay airline cancellation penalties.
Please contact Strabo Tours for destination airfare estimates, specific flight time arrivals, and departures.
Fitness and Health
If you have any special needs or any physical condition that you feel might prevent you from fully participating, please contact Strabo Tours with your concerns (607-756-8676).
You should also be aware that medical services or facilities might not be readily available during all or part of your trip. This could include emergency medical care, presence of physicians, or adequate medication.
Each participant must be covered by medical insurance that is valid overseas.
Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut your trip short for medical or any other reasons.
There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, please read carefully the enclosed pamphlet, which outlines their program of trip cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance. Trained agents are available to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to call the toll free number in their brochure. It is to your advantage to apply for insurance at the earliest possible time, so don’t delay in making a decision.
Subject to Change
This itinerary has been carefully constructed to assure participants the best this destination has to offer; however, should events arise that are beyond our control, activities and hotel arrangements are subject to change without notice. Above is a summary of typical areas you will explore. Since there is no possible way to visit all of them, your guides will plan each day considering the interests of the group and the weather at hand. Be assured that we will make substitutions that are as similar in quality and interest as possible.