Costa Rica Family Travel
Days: 7
From: $1850
Style: Family Travel
 
IN A FEW WORDS
 
Costa Rica has been on the travel radar for years and for good reason! Each year, travellers from all over the world journey to the misty cloudforests in search of wildlife, they fly through the air on ziplines and sunbathe on the white sandy beaches. Those looking for a truly authentic experience may overlook Costa Rica, pinning it as a full-fledged tourist destination. We've accepted the challenge and turned an ordinary Costa Rica trip into a one-of-a-kind journey! The Costa Rica Family trip is perfect for those in search of a unique and authentic experience that's fun and adventurous for all ages. This trip takes you on an adventure to a remote village that is quite literally, beyond the map. Take everything you thought you knew about Costa Rica and throw it out the window- this is the real Costa Rica!    

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WHY THIS TRIP IS UNFORGETTABLE

  • Discover a new home camping in a cave tucked behind a hidden waterfall  

  • Embark on a journey through the jungle and navigate class III-V white water rapids

 

  • Learn traditional Costa Rican recipes and handmade crafts from a local family 

  • Meander through the rainforest in search of sloths, monkeys & other wildlife

  • Uncover the secrets in the underground caverns of Costa Rica

  • Live with a local family on their self-sustained eco-lodge and organic farm 

  • Take the plunge and rappel over a 90 ft cascading waterfalls

  • Hike to a remote village that is only accessible by foot 9 months out of the year

 
ITINERARY:

Day 1: Welcome to Costa Rica


Hola amigos and welcome to Costa Rica! Arrive to Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose where our private transportation and Beyond the Map guides will be waiting for you with snacks in hand. Our journey immediately begins as we point our compass south towards the highest point in the country and over the Cerro de la Muerte, or "The Mountain of Death." Along the way, we will stop at a local soda (equivalent to a diner) for lunch or a snack. Tonight we stay at an eco-lodge and organic farm tucked away in the jungle. Spend the afternoon becoming acquainted with the local trails, soaking in the pool or relaxing in one of the many hammocks. Our first group dinner will be followed with a brief orientation to the adventures ahead! Relax, you've made it! Accommodations: Eco-Lodge




Day 2: Remote Village Trek


Today we veture out in search of a remote village. The journey includes a scenic drive until the road meets a turbulent river. From here, we grab our packs and set off on foot towards a village that is quite literally, beyond any map that we have ever seen. Traverse the river to reach an eco-lodge that is perched high above the river. Spend the afternoon scaling towering trees using a climbing and rope system and then relax in the homemade sauna positioned next to the turquoise river. Spend the evening drifting into relaxtion in one of the many hammocks on the open air, covered deck while listening to the river flowing below. Accommodations: Eco-lodge




Day 3: Costa Rican Lifestyle


Slowly wake up to the symphony of the jungle. After a hearty farm to table breakfast, we will set out to uncover a world hidden beneath our very own feet. Hike, crawl and squeeze your way through an underground cave system where you will be rewarded with secret waterfalls, towering stalactites and fluttering bats. Emerge from this parallel universe and treat yourself to a homemade lunch and beverage. Spend the afternoon conversing with the local families, taking a dip in the crisp river or learning how to cook local dishes. Accommodations: Same as previous night




Day 4: Jungle Rapids


Rain and water are the fuel for life in Costa Rica. Around each corner, waterfalls seep from the Earth and rivers carve their way through the jungle, shaping the valleys and coastal plains of Costa Rica. Today you will hop aboard a raft (or inflatable kayak for the adventurous bunch) and navigate down class III-IV white water rapids. Twist and turn along this remote stretch of river while gaining a true understanding of their importance to the local communities and also their raw power and ever-changing features. Along the way, stop for a lunch with a view and enjoy a refreshing dip beneath a nearby waterfall. Finish the day with a sunset meal at our eco-lodge overlooking the river and nearby banana plantations. Accommodations: Eco-lodge




Day 5: Waterfall Wonderland


Okay, so we don't typically say this but...by far our favorite day of the trip! Today we embark on an adventure of a lifetime! After a short drive, we will arrive at a trailhead that will be the starting point for a 2-3 hour hike that will lead us to our own hidden oasis for the evening. With our overnight bag in hand, we will set out on this nearly vertical climb through the jungle, but not to worry, we have had everyone from the most fit athletes to the older, adventurous souls on this journey! Along the way, search for playful monkeys in the canopy and explore undiscovered taste buds when we stop to try exotic fruits and herbs at the high-altitude garden midway. The final stretch of the trail will guide us to a view that will have you questioning if you are in Costa Rica or the film set for the latest Indiana Jones or Hollywood adventure flick! Continue on behind a series of towering waterfalls and into the cave that we will be calling home for the night. The cave is outfitted with sleeping pads, a kitchen designed for royalty and fully functioning bathrooms. This evening we will watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean from atop a 120 ft waterfall...uh yeah, we know! Finish the evening dining by candlelight, enjoying a campfire overlooking the jungle and falling asleep to the soothing sounds of the waterfall steps away from our sleeping quarters. Accommodations: Cave "glamping"




Day 6: Highland Homestay


This morning we will take a short hike to a series of smaller waterfalls. Take the plunge from the top of a 30 ft waterfall or simply swim beneath the falls. On the way back, we will skip the trail and instead pull on a harness, rope up and step backwards to rappel off the 100 ft waterfall that we slept behind the night before. Before touching the ground, free hang for a few moments to take in the overwhelming beauty of the surrounding area and this seldem seen view. After lunch, we'll pack our belongings and begin the hike back to civilization. We will spend the remainder of the day at a farm perched in the paramo highlands learning the lifestyle of the local family on this farm and relaxing in this unique highland homestay. Reminisce on the adventures from the days gone by, tonight is our final night in Costa Rica. Accommodations: Eco-lodge homestay




Day 7: End of the Journey


Unfortunately all good things must come to an end...or do they! Although we head home today, the unforgettable experiences and new friendships will forever be a part of your life! We will head back to the airport where we began. Along the way, we will stop for lunch and a few obligatory souvenirs for friends and family back home. Accommodations: Your own bed!





 
INCLUSIONS
All inclusive convenience meets Beyond the Map adventure! We've thought of it all so you don't have to once you leave home!      
Accommodations include local homestays, eco-lodges and a night of glamping!

Local, private transportation. No random drivers, no cattle-herding tour buses!

Breakfast, lunch  & dinner each day. Hangry-free guaranteed!

All activities outlined in the itinerary are included in your cost before you ever leave! 

From start to finish, we're with you! Unlike many companies, our expert guides are there 24/7 to provide unique information, answer questions and even deliver the occasional joke! 

Why Travel With Us
Support locals and small businesses 
Skip the tourist trails and get off-the beaten path
Have a small group? Customize the trip for your specific interests 
DATES & PAYMENTS
Costs

Price is based on the final number of travellers

$1850 per person (based on 12-15 travellers)

$2000 per person (based on 7-12 travellers)

$2150 per person (based on 4-6 travellers)

Deposit

$500 non-refundable deposit (unless minimum number of travelers is not reached)

Payment Plan

A monthly payment plan is developed once you sign up for the trip. Monthly invoices are provided with a link to pay from your bank directly online. Please note, credit card payments require an additional service fee.   

Dates

December 3-9, 2018

February 20-27, 2019

May 15-21, 2019

 

Mike Dann

The Costa Rica trip met and exceeded all my expectations. Accommodations, at all levels, were a wonderful experience. Caving, Ziplining, Rafting, Repelling,Wildlife experiences, Local people. What could be better! The trip was well planned in order of easy experiences to more difficult as the trip progressed. Easing us old timers into it. Cody and Lystina were great hosts, guides, traveling companions and very conscientious for each of the team members. 

Steve Blatney

This was hands-down one of the the most exciting, rewarding, and memorable trips I've ever been on! The peace of mind to know that I didn't have to worry about anything was worth every penny. All I had to do was show up. Cody and Lystina took it from there. No stress, no anxiety, no rushing around or wasting time trying to find an activity or a place to eat. I got to sit back, relax, and experience a whole new world that was far beyond my map.

Madisen Gomez

Beyond the map is for sure one of the best travel companies you can go with. Everything they had us do was something I never thought I was capable of! I pushed myself & completed everything & it was just an amazing feeling. The things you see and the people you meet just makes the trip hundred times better! This was my first time in Costa Rica & I don’t think I would’ve had a better experience with anyone else! 

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