Costa Rica Family Adventure

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Dates: Feb-Dec - see all dates

Total Days: 8

Activity Level: 2

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Price:

2014

REI member: $3,399

Non-member: $3,699

2015

REI member: $3,499

Non-member: $3,849

Additional Fees

Holiday supplement: $175

Kids' Discount: $400 discount for kids 8-17 years old at the time of the trip when sharing a room with one or more full paying guests.

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Jun 22–29
  • Jul 6–13
  • Jul 20–27
  • Aug 3–10
  • Aug 17–24
  • Dec 22–29 H
  • Dec 28 – Jan 4 H

H = Mandatory holiday supplement applies.

2015

  • Feb 15–22
  • Mar 22–29
  • Apr 12–19
  • Jun 21–28
  • Jul 5–12
  • Jul 19–26
  • Aug 2–9
  • Aug 16–23
  • Dec 22–29 H
  • Dec 27 – Jan 3 H

H = Mandatory holiday supplement applies.


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Group Size: 4-16

Activity Level: 2

Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Canyoning
  • Zip-lining

Accommodations:

Hotels / lodges, 7 nights

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy an action-packed family tour with ziplines, hiking, paddling, and more
  • Visit farmers, soak in soothing hot springs, and canoe along the wild coast
  • Swim in waterfalls, make tortillas, and search for squirrel monkeys
  • Follow an itinerary designed with the whole family in mind
  • Stay at comfortable lodges that give you a true taste of Pura Vida

Costa Rica is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike—an ideal destination for families wanting to play together in the outdoors. We explore this friendly country through a multitude of activities: rappelling down waterfalls, zipping over rainforest canopy, hiking in deep jungle canyons, visiting with local farmers (even milking a cow!), paddling an outrigger canoe along the wild coast, over-nighting on the flanks of a rumbling volcano, relaxing in soothing hot springs, and spotting rare jungle wildlife.

Along the way, we visit such well-known parks and reserves as Manuel Antonio and Arenal Volcano, while also getting off the beaten path to visit such little known gems as Campesinos Reserve where we swim beneath a beautiful waterfall. Each night we retire to comfortable lodging that is characteristic of the region and full of amenities to please the whole family.

Pack the kids up, leave your worries at home, and join us in a true Pura Vida (Pure Life) immersion!

REI Flash 18 Pack

Kids get an REI day pack — Kids traveling on our Family Adventures will receive an REI day pack for their adventure! Kids age 8-17 will receive the REI Flash 18 Pack (while quantities last, colors may vary). Learn more about REI Family Adventures.

Not traveling with kids under 18? Check out our Costa Rica Jungle & Sea Escape trip.

See more trips in Costa Rica.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Pura Vida! Welcome to San Jose where our adventure begins.
  • Day 2 - Take a zipline rainforest tour and travel to legendary Arenal Volcano.
  • Day 3 - Rappel down a canyon waterfall and enjoy a special family farm visit.
  • Day 4 - Paddle in outrigger canoes and snorkel along the Pacific Coast.
  • Day 5 - Hike, swim, and explore in the community-owned Campesinos Reserve.
  • Day 6 - Walk the jungle trails and white sand beaches of Manuel Antonio Park.
  • Day 7 - Return to San Jose for a farewell celebration
  • Day 8 - Our Costa Rica Family Adventure ends.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Pura Vida! Welcome to San Jose where our adventure begins.

    Your trip begins today in San Jose, Costa Rica. Depart your home city for San Jose, arriving anytime today. A group orientation is held at approximately 6:00 p.m. in the hotel lobby. Meals on your own.

  • Day 2 - Take a zipline rainforest tour and travel to legendary Arenal Volcano.

    This morning we leave San Jose heading north toward Arenal Volcano. After a typical Costa Rican lunch we spend the afternoon zipping across the canopy of the rainforest, beginning with a 20 minute tram ride to the highest point within the Arenal Reserve from which the views of the volcano and the lake are unsurpassed. Next, it's on with the harnesses and helmets as we get ready to fly above the treetops on a series of cabled zip-lines. All in all, there are roughly 1.7 miles of lines that criss-cross from platform to platform. While the ride is thrilling, it also provides a panoramic view of the marvelous scenery and biodiversity for which Costa Rica is renowned. We continue our drive then to our lodging at Arenal where we spend the next two nights. Arenal is an active volcano that has been regularly spewing lava and smoke plumes since a series of eruptions occurred in 1968 and daily rumblings are not unusual. Enjoy a dip in the pool before dinner. All meals included.

    Sky tram – zip line: 2 hours.

  • Day 3 - Rappel down a canyon waterfall and enjoy a special family farm visit.

    A day of high adventure awaits us! After an early breakfast, we're off to something that is sure to delight the kids and thrill the adults: a morning of "canyoning". We transfer from the hotel to a canyon that lies deep in the tropical rainforest and is best explored through a series of rappels and short hikes. Our hike along these canyon trails lead to some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Costa Rica – ones not frequently visited by the casual traveler. After a thorough introduction to technique and equipment, we rappel down several waterfalls into crystal clear, knee deep pools as we move through the canyon. Helmets on and on-belay! Tropical birds, monkeys and thousands of different plants and colorful flowers abound. This is truly a magical experience for the whole family - it's a kid friendly activity, no experience is required. Next we will visit a local farm where we have the opportunity to learn a bit about the life of the local people. We have the chance to milk a cow and make hot tortillas in the local tradition. Then, we're off to the nearby hot springs for a final relaxing soak. Overnight back at Arenal. All meals included.

    Hiking: 2-3 hours rolling terrain with some elevation gain; Canyoning: 4 hours.

  • Day 4 - Paddle in outrigger canoes and snorkel along the Pacific Coast.

    This morning we leave the volcanic highlands behind for our long drive out to the Pacific Coast (roughly 5 hours). En route we will stop for a fun and unique outrigger canoe excursion on the Central Pacific Coast. Long before Columbus came to Costa Rica the people of Oceania were exploring the Pacific in outrigger canoe. They are stable eight-person boats that have been used for centuries for ocean-going transport. We glide beneath sea cliffs filled with pelicans and frigate birds and, weather permitting, stop to take advantage of some of the best snorkeling on the central coast (weathering and seas permitting).

    Overnight for the next three nights at a lovely hotel perched atop the highest point in Manuel Antonio and well known for its huge view of the Pacific. Settle in or take a dip in one of the pools. Breakfast and lunch included; dinner on your own.

    Canoeing and snorkeling: 2 hours.

    Dec 27-Jan 3 departure only: Overnight for the next three nights in Costa Ballena, in walking distance to the Marino Ballena National Park. Hotel Resort & Spa Cristal Ballena is just south of Dominical and situated in a grand 30-acre private tropical garden, embedded on a hill with majestic views of the Pacific Ocean. All other itinerary activities will remain the same with the exception of last morning where we have the opportunity to visit Marino Ballena National Park instead of returning to Manuel Antonio National Park.

  • Day 5 - Hike, swim, and explore in the community-owned Campesinos Reserve.

    This morning, a 45-minute drive transports us to the small town of Londres where we stop at a local restaurant for breakfast before beginning our hike in the gorgeous Campesinos Reserve. The reserve, located in a picturesque mountain range between the Naranjo and Savegre Rivers, is managed by a local Costa Rican family. Upon reaching Campesinos, we have an opportunity to swim in a natural pool at the base of a spectacular waterfall and explore a former vanilla plantation bordering the reserve. After lunch, we continue hiking toward the Savegre River, where we cross a bridge over the fast-flowing river en route to the end of the trail and our waiting vehicle. Return to our hotel tonight for dinner. Breakfast, lunch included; dinner on your own.

    Hiking: 5 hours.

  • Day 6 - Walk the jungle trails and white sand beaches of Manuel Antonio Park.

    Miles of white sandy beach bordered by lush forest loaded with wildlife is just the barest description of Manuel Antonio National Park. This small park is one of Costa Rica's most popular parks and for good reason.

    Hiking: 2 hours jungle trails.

  • Day 7 - Return to San Jose for a farewell celebration

    Sleep in or get in a self-guided walk of Manuel Antonio's trails, perhaps spotting the endangered squirrel monkey. This afternoon we board our minibus for the final drive back to San Jose where we celebrate our week's adventure with our traveling companions and newfound friends. Breakfast and dinner included; lunch on your own.

  • Day 8 - Our Costa Rica Family Adventure ends.

    Morning transfer to the international airport for flights home. Breakfast included.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

All accommodations; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; transportation within Costa Rica as noted; arrival and departure transfers; all gear needed to participate in stated activities, guided canopy and canyoning tour; entrance to national parks and reserves; outrigger canoe excursion and all related gear; local English-speaking guides and entrance fees to parks as indicated.

Not Included

Airfare to Costa Rica; airport departure taxes; 3 dinners and 2 lunches; alcoholic beverages/soft drinks; guide gratuities; snorkel gear; charges for extra activities (i.e. surfing lessons) excess baggage charges or insurance of any kind. 

Qualifications

This trip is rated Easy Active [2] although several components are more Moderate [3]. It contains a variety of activities ranging from day walks to moderate hikes (day of canyoning for example) with some elevation gain (possibility of some scrambling), paddling, swimming and rappelling.

Weather

Costa Rica is unequivocally a tropical country, situated between 8° - 11° north of the equator. It enjoys the advantage of the perfect tropical climate.  The average temperature in the lowlands varies from the low 60s to the high 80s.  Conditions are pleasantly moderate all year long and are often compared to a never-ending spring.  Although summer departures may encounter a slightly higher amount of rainfall, typically the day will begin sunny and pleasant with showers coming later in the afternoon.  All day rain is very unusual.  

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Costa Rica Family Adventure Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering.  To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection.  This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip.  Try to bring only what is necessary, this will help you and the field staff.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Zip line gear
  • Canyoning gear
  • Outrigger paddling gear
Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Airline tickets
Luggage
  • Duffel bag or soft-sided suitcase (wheels and retractable handle are fine) sturdy and large enough to hold clothing and gear
  • Passport security pouch or belt
  • Daypack / fanny pack for water etc
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
Outerwear
  • Waterproof, breathable rain jacket (or poncho) and pants
Footwear
  • Lightweight hiking boots or trail shoes, broken in
  • Wetsuit booties or watershoes for canoeing / canyoning
  • Comfortable walking shoes
Clothing
  • Lightweight, easily washable items for travel/evening wear
  • Windbreaker
  • Lightweight fleece or synthetic top – quick drying
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • Hiking shorts, quick-dry
  • Hiking pants, quick-dry
  • Hiking socks
  • Underwear
  • Swimsuit
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
  • Bandana
  • Sunglasses with retainer strap
Travel Accessories
  • Two 1-quart size water bottles or hydration pack
  • Baby wipes
  • Sunblock and lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Toiletry kit
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Watch with alarm or travel alarm
  • Beach towel
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera & accessories
  • Headlamp/flashlight with extra batteries/bulb
  • Pocket knife or pocket tool
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Small binoculars (recommended)
  • Field guides
  • Laundry soap
  • Ziploc bags for easy storage
  • Favorite energy snacks and drink mixes
  • Paddling gloves
  • Compact travel umbrella
  • Few favorite snacks for the kids

Things to Consider

  • Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, hiking boots, a pair of shorts/shirt/fleece top/sandals and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather.  However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat.  Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene, MTS and Thermax. 
  • Bring clothing that is light in weight and color, which ventilates and protects you from the sun. It is always good to have a lightweight, long-sleeved fleece or synthetic top, especially for the evenings.
  • Always test your layers before a trip.  Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
  • Make sure boots are broken-in.  Bring moleskin for foot treatment.  Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters.  The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton.  Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
  • Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear.  Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.
  • Plastic bags are the key to keeping clothing and gear dry.  Use Ziploc bags to keep wet clothes separate from dry clothes.
  • If you wear prescription glasses, use a safety cord and bring an extra pair if possible.  Contact lens wearers should also bring an extra set, or bring eyeglasses for a backup.
  • Space for luggage is limited.  Pack lightly, fitting all clothing into one duffel bag.  During the day, plan on carrying a small daypack with sunscreen, water bottle/hydration system and camera.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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REI AdventuresCosta Rica Family Adventure
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Group camaraderie (15)
  • Guides (15)
  • Well organized itinerary (15)
  • Exceeded expectations (13)
  • Activity level (12)

Cons

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        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual adventurer (7), Avid adventurer (5), Casual/ recreational (3)
        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • All the details planned for me (15), I liked the itinerary (14), Active adventures (13), Destination (13), Travel with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts (9)

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Costa Rica - Pura Vida!

      By smootx

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Intrepid Traveller

      Pros

      • Accommodations
      • Activity Level
      • Food
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides
      • Well Organized Itinerary

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about REI Adventures Costa Rica Family Adventure:

          It was great that our guides had super telescopes for wildlife viewing especially since we could take photos through them. However, we were glad to have brought our binoculars with us for our own viewing and for times when the telescopes were in the bus.

          The driver always stayed with the bus, so there was never any worry about leaving our bags when were off on the daily adventure.

          Ask your guides if you can make a stop at a grocery store. This is the best place to get coffee, cookies, candy and other Costa Rican goodies a price lower than tourist shops. The grocery store in La Fortuna was one of our favorite parts of the trip.

          Quick dry clothing is a must especially if you choose to do some hand-washing.

          Laundry facilities at the hotels means using the hotel's laundry service, do-it-yourself coin-op.

          It was good to have a mix of colones and dollars. We found that it was easiest in stores and restaurants to use the currency that the store used for its pricing. Some stores would list colones others would list dollars.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • We had heard many good things about Costa Rica over the years but the mention of ziplining in the description hooked my daughter and got her vote.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • There were a lot of highlights from trip ranging from rapelling down waterfalls to swimming beneath waterfalls to seeing 2 species of sloth, macaws, 3 species of monkeys and so much more!
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • Enjoy the adventure! Be open to eating new foods, and trying new things. And if you don't know something or are curious about anything, ask the guides! They are an AMAZING and fun resource to have on hand.
           
          5.0

          Family Adventure: Great fun had by all!

          By shutterbug mom

          from Palo Alto, CA

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Site Member

          Pros

          • Accommodations
          • Activity Level
          • Exceeded Expectations
          • Food
          • Group Camaraderie
          • Guides
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Quality Equipment Provided
          • Well Organized Itinerary

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about REI Adventures Costa Rica Family Adventure:

              My husband and I traveled with our kids, 11 yr old daughter and 14 yr old son. The places we went for ziplining, canyoning, swimming at the waterfalls and hotsprings were amazing. The companies were extremely professional and made sure the kids of all ages were safe and having fun.
              Although we were so busy, the guides were able to move us along without us making us feel rushed.
              The only thing I would recommended is for families to be located next to eachother, which I think should have been an option when we signed up. A few times, we were quite a few doors down which made it a bit inconvenient to run back and forth to coordinate getting up and also packing.

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • I was bit leery about booking all the different excursions myself being that it was my first time in Costa Rica. From what I read, the itinerary looked like it had just the right amount of activities. Being that we would travel in a group our kids would have other kids to associate with and with the herd mentality, they would be more likely to participate in the activities also.
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • Having fantastic and enthusiastic guides, Vivi and Leo to answer our millions of questions and make our trip worry free. They made a great effort to teach us about their country and their people's mentality and efforts to preserve their resources, wildlife and lands for generations to come. My kid's was learning how to surf, an optional activity the guides helped book for a number of the kids.
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • Don't be put off that the trip occurs in the winter months of summer. We went early July and the weather was perfect. It rained mostly in the evening. Only once did we get rained on during a hike. Because of the heat and humidity, it was very refreshing and reminded that we were in a rainforest. The other advice is to bring lots of mosquito repellent and apply frequently!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best. Vacation. EVER.

              By Bret Lowery

              from Delray Beach, FL

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Pros

              • Accommodations
              • Activity Level
              • Exceeded Expectations
              • Food
              • Group Camaraderie
              • Guides
              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
              • Quality Equipment Provided
              • Well Organized Itinerary

              Cons

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                  Comments about REI Adventures Costa Rica Family Adventure:

                  Ziplining, canyoning, rapelling, monkeys, crocs, macaws, amazing.

                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                  • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                  • My ten-year-old daughter picked Costa Rica, AND REI. Costa Rica for the volcano and monkeys, and REI because "we always buy from REI".
                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                  • The guides. Rocio and Carlos had an infective passion and knowledge of their country.
                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                  • Take warm clothes! Surprisingly cold.
                   
                  5.0

                  One of our best vacations ever!

                  By Craftybiker

                  from Madison, WI

                  About Me Casual Adventurer

                  Pros

                  • Accommodations
                  • Activity Level
                  • Exceeded Expectations
                  • Food
                  • Group Camaraderie
                  • Guides
                  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                  • Well Organized Itinerary

                  Cons

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                      Comments about REI Adventures Costa Rica Family Adventure:

                      This trip was amazing. We kept saying each day that this was one of the best vacations ever. There was little downtime which we prefer. Everything was so well organized that we would have never been able to do as much on our own. Our guides were incredible. They were so knowledgable about the culture, flora, fauna and animals. Even while driving between locations, they would point out sights and tell us more about the location and history. They were always willing to answer our questions. We learned so much. The other families were wonderful as well. We all shared similar interests and an adventurous spirit. It was definitely more fun to have other families to talk with on the bus, at dinner and to share the activities with us.

                      Before the trip we were unsure of what types of food we would be eating. We were hoping to experience some of the local food and we were pleased that we did. Our guides gave us options for some meals and we all leaned toward the local home made food. It was incredible. There are lots of options though and familiar foods, so even the picky eaters won't starve.

                      The accomodations were comfortable and clean. Best of all they were in amazing locations. The bird watching and volcano view at the hotel in Arenal was fabulous and the views and pool area at Manuel Antonio was breathtaking. We heard howler monkeys in the morning at both.

                      Lastly, having a driver was so so helpful. He watched our things on the bus while we did activities. The roads are narrow and busy and we were so glad to leave the driving to him.

                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                      • We had always wanted to visit Costa Rica but since we don't speak Spanish we were nervous about going on our own. This trip included all the sights we wanted to see and had the level of activity that we like on vacations. We also liked that since it was a family adventure there would be other kids.
                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                      • We all really liked the canyoning. Our daughter liked the zip lining best. All the activities were top notch.
                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                      • Bring an extra swimsuit. We used our suits almost every day and in the humidity they dont' always dry. Also bring lots of sunscreen. We didn't need much bug spray.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Fantastic!

                      By DaveB001

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Casual Adventurer

                      Site Member

                      Pros

                      • Accommodations
                      • Activity Level
                      • Exceeded Expectations
                      • Food
                      • Group Camaraderie
                      • Guides

                      Cons

                      • Cost

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                        Comments about REI Adventures Costa Rica Family Adventure:

                        Our guides (Alex and Jackie) were fantastic, really. Very personably, superbly knowledgeable and very well-organized. We asked them about the flora and fauna, history and economy and family. I cannot say enough about how wonderful they were and how that made the trip a pleasure every day. And our driver was awesome -- safe, really nice, and excellent at spotting fauna.

                        We really enjoyed the many activities -- ziplining, canyoning, hiking, swimming -- and saw many sloths, coatis, crocs and birds. We also really liked how REI finds and supports local businesses, such as the organic farm we visited (the best meal of the trip!) and the hike/lunch/waterfall-swim with Coop Campesinos. And we really enjoyed meeting our fellow travelers. What a great trip!

                        I would highly recommend this trip!

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • Our family likes adventures, but our teen & pre-teen don't want 10 miles hiking a day. This was the perfect level and 3 of the 4 of us had never been to CR.
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • My daughter: ziplining. My son: canyoning. My wife and I: all of the above + swimming under a waterfall, visiting the organic farm, seeing the sloths and birds.
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • The trip is not strenuous, but requires some physical activity, which feels great. They keep you busy with great activities the entire time. No sleeping in.
                         
                        5.0

                        Trip completely exceeded expectations

                        By montana mom

                        from Billings, MT

                        About Me Casual Adventurer

                        Site Member

                        Pros

                        • Activity Level
                        • Amazing and healthy food
                        • Awesome Guides
                        • Exceeded Expectations
                        • Group Camaraderie
                        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                        • Quality Equipment Provided
                        • Stunning accomadations
                        • Well Organized Itinerary

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about REI Adventures Costa Rica Family Adventure:

                            We got to experience many different aspects of Costa Rica from the adventures everyone hears about to interacting with local communities which was really a gift. Our guides were enthusiastic and knowledgeable. My boys are 10 and 12 and I am sure will always remember this trip. REI had this trip well organized from the information received ahead of time to the end of the trip. REI also focuses on safety. I never had any concerns while on our adventures!

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                            • Had promised my kids to go to Costa Rica.
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • The knowledge I gained from the guides about Costa Rica
                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                            • This is the best way to see Costa Rica if have limited time. We had an excellent experience. My boys learned so much. You may get rained on, but this does not diminish the experience.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Loved Life in Costa Rica!!

                            By lemurs r cool

                            from Annapolis, MD

                            About Me Casual Adventurer

                            Pros

                            • Exceeded Expectations
                            • Food
                            • Guides
                            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                            • Well Organized Itinerary

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about REI Adventures Costa Rica Family Adventure:

                                We traveled with our 2 children (ages 9 & 11) and all 4 of us just loved the trip. We learned so much about Costa Rica and really enjoyed meeting the locals and eating at small local places. We never would have found the beautiful trails and waterfalls if we had done this trip on our own nor would we have met wo many wonderful people. Pura Vida!

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • We have always liked vacations where we are active all day and then can sit down (exhausted) to a nice dinner. The REI trips seemed like our type of trips. We had never been to Costa Rica and heard it was beautiful...we were not disappointed!
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • We would have to say that our guides, Tex and Vivi, made the trip! They made every hike and adventure so interesting and exciting and they were wonderful with the kids (they actually learned a lot on vacation!) It was so hard to say goodbye to them. If we had to pick one activity that was the highlight we'd say ziplining....absolutely amazing (and pretty terrifying)!
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • We had some travel problems on the way down and arrived late on the first day. We will definitely plan to arrive a day early on our next REI trip! Also, you will constantly be wet in Costa Rica....pack plenty of quick dry clothing.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Fantastic Family Experience

                                By kj

                                from Seattle

                                About Me Avid Adventurer

                                Site Member

                                Pros

                                • Activity Level
                                • Exceeded Expectations
                                • Food
                                • Group Camaraderie
                                • Guides
                                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                • Quality Equipment Provided
                                • Well Organized Itinerary

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about REI Adventures Costa Rica Family Adventure:

                                    Great time! Wonderful memories!
                                    Thank you Jackie and Humberto!

                                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                    • We were interested in learning about the rainforest and Costa Rica. We also wanted to get out of the cold rainy weather in Seattle!
                                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                    • Zip lines and rappelling were pretty exciting. The organic farm and paddle in the ocean were fantastic. However, equally important was all the information Humberto and Jackie provided. They were amazing! I think they provided a semester worth of information on Costa Rica natural history, wildlife and culture! The soccer game with the locals was pretty cool as well!
                                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                    • Travel light. You need very few cloths. I brought hiking books but hardly needed them (trail shows would have been fine.) Lots of opportunity to be wet so quick dry clothing is important. A really nice bonus is that the driver stays with your stuff in the bus. So you can bring a good camera and not worry about needing to carry it all the time. There is so much to photograph!

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                                    5.0

                                    Fantastic Trip

                                    By Daadree

                                    from Moraga, CA

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                                    Pros

                                    • Accommodations
                                    • Activity Level
                                    • Exceeded Expectations
                                    • Group Camaraderie
                                    • Guides
                                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about REI Adventures Costa Rica Family Adventure:

                                        We just returned from our trip to Costa Rica and had a spectacular experience. The country was beautiful, the people were friendly and the food was fantastic. The zip lining was more thrilling than anyplace we've gone in the past, the repelling a great adventure for the all, and the rope bridge crossings quite daring. We swam in pools at the base of magnificent waterfalls and enjoyed the very warm waters of the Pacific at scenic tropical beaches that left us planning our next trip to Costa Rica.

                                        All three hotels were excellent; two in particular had beautiful pools and stunning views. Don't expect to spend too much downtime at these hotels however, as each day, particularly the first three, are packed with activities. Not at a thing we would take out though.

                                        The two other families we traveled with were wonderful and within a day or so, all the children had become good friends, laughing and talking together.

                                        The trip was everything we had hoped for, both an adventure and educational experience. So much of the credit goes to our wonderful guides, Humberto and Jackie, and driver Henry. Humberto is the epitome of a guide in looks and knowledge of animals, plants and history. His enthusiasm was infectious and he wowed everyone, particularly the children with his bird calls, ability to spot animals and magic tricks ("applause for the magician"). Jackie was the perfect complement to Humberto, also incredibly knowledgeable and particularly skilled at spotting monkeys and sloths. She was also incredibly sweet. Together they were a great team who our children adored. We also have to give thanks for our skilled driver, "Don" Henry, who got us around the lengthy drives and narrow two lane roads expertly.

                                        While we might have tried this trip on our own, our conclusion was that traveling with the guides enabled us to see far more animals, which can be difficult to spot, and learn much more about the country than had we gone without them. They also made the trip so easy and fun, that we'll definitely be looking to REI again for future adventures.

                                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                        • Always wanted to visit Costa Rica, thought it would be a great adventure and learning experience for the kids. The children thought the description of the trip looked exciting.
                                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                        • Multiple highlights. The best and most intense zip lining we ever done; learning to repel; the farm; crossing a 300+ yard long rope bridge!
                                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                        • Taking a trip with expert and fun guides as is the case with REI can truly add to your vacation. I think we saw and learned more about Costa Rica than if we had done this trip on our own.
                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Excellent Family experience

                                        By Colin

                                        from San Diego CA

                                        About Me Casual Adventurer

                                        Site Member

                                        Pros

                                        • Accommodations
                                        • Exceeded Expectations
                                        • Food
                                        • Group Camaraderie
                                        • Guides
                                        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                        • Well Organized Itinerary

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about REI Adventures Costa Rica Family Adventure:

                                            Our guides were absolutely excellent - Humberto and Jackie entertained the entire group during the drive time, spotted birds and animals in abundance, and made sure all the kids were entertained. We went home knowing a lot more about Costa Rica, as well as wanting to visit again.

                                            All of the accommodations were extremely nice, clean and comfortable, with great views. At every one we saw interesting wildlife, monkeys off the balcony, turkeys and coatimundi, hummingbirds, frogs on the grounds. Plenty of side hikes available, although not much time in the schedule for it.

                                            Our driver (Henry) stayed with our gear on the bus whenever we weren't with it, security was never an issue. He was excellent at spotting wildlife as well as keeping us all safe.

                                            The activities were all well run, safe and organized. Food was very good with no complaints from any of the adults (or kids) in the group.

                                            Our fellow travelers were a delight. The kids meshed very well and the group dynamics were extremely positive. We will definitely be looking at other REI trips.

                                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                            • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                            • We had wanted to go to Costa Rica for a long time, this trip looked like a good fit for our family in terms of activity level.
                                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                            • There were so many great moments, for me I think I most enjoyed seeing the dart frogs between rappels during the canyoneering. Having the kids happily get along with the other kids in the tour was a huge win for us. Monkeys, bugs and birds, birds birds.
                                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                            • Bring quick drying clothes, water shoes, lightweight boots. No need to change money - dollars and credit cards work everywhere the tour goes, we never needed colones.

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