1823:Family Adventures in Costa Rica

Date and Time

Monday, July 2, 2018 - Wednesday, July 11, 2018


Costa Rico,
Costa Rica


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).


As an Eco-Wonderland Costa Rica shelters a staggering amount of biodiversity and many unspoiled natural wonders. Known for its progressive conservation policies, Costa Rica provides a vital habitat to thousands of plant and animal species - in fact, the country has an estimated 5% of the world's animal species. Over a quarter of the land in Costa Rica is protected from potential exploitation by national parks, wildlife refuges, marine sanctuaries, national reserves, conservation areas and biological reserves. Verdant rainforests, mangrove swamps, cloud forests, spectacular beaches, volcanoes, waterfalls and coral reefs are just some of the many habitats protected by the national parks and reserves. On this family trip we will explore 3 distinct provinces of Costa Rica, including the inland area of La Fortuna, and Guanacaste and the Osa Peninsula on the Pacific Coast. Activities include a full day hike to the Hule Lagoon at the base of the Cerro Congo Volcano, 6 miles from the famous Poas Volcano. This area is renowned for its excellent trekking trails due to the variety of scenery and terrain, from clay, to dirt, volcanic rock, and grasslands in a rainforest. We will travel to Nosara for 3 nights where we will do some hiking and a canopy tour traversing majestic mountain ridges and valleys, soaring high above multiple ravines, with breathtaking vistas of rivers, waterfalls and the Pacific Ocean. While in Nosara we will also visit a local wildlife refuge to learn about rescued monkey rehabilitation or turtle nesting. We will take a chartered flight to the Osa Peninsula and stay 3 nights in Drakes Bay, at a hotel sumerged in the jungle and accessible only by boat. While in Drakes Bay we will explore Corcovado National Park and snorkel the coral reefs of Cano Isalnd. There will be free time to kayak, explore magrove swamps, take a surfing lesson, relax in a hammock on your porch listening to birds and monkeys, or play at the beach. The cost is ~$3075 per adult, double occupancy, $1855 for children 13-17 and $1430 for children under 12. All activities suitable for 5 and up, but please inquire if your child is younger.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $3,075 member / $3,075 non-member
Youth: $1,855 member / $1,855 non-member
Child: $1,430 member / $1,430 non-member
*See prospectus for details of pricing. includes lodging at a hotel near San Jose, and eco-resorts in Nosara and Drakes Bay, most meals, chartered flight from Nosara to Drakes Bay and then to San Jose, all ground transportation, canopy tour, Hule Lagoon hike, full day in Corcovado National Park, snokeling trip at Cano Island, all guides (and tips), and emergency medical and evacuation insurance. Not included are international airfare and some lunches.

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Stacia Biel has led over 25 adventure travel trips with the AMC, including family trips to the Canadian Rockies, Yellowstone National Park, Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island, and most recently to Iceland. She is the former chair of the AMC Adventure Travel Committee and a member of the Boston Chapter. Stacia is employed by Smith and Wellesley Colleges where she manages the U.S. operations for a joint study abroad program in Cordoba, Spain.


Wyatt is a member of the Boston Chapter of AMC and leads locally and with the AMC Adventure Travel Program. Wyatt's AMC travels have led his participants throughout New England, the American Southwest, the Canadian Rockies, Yosemite National Park, Istanbul and coastal Turkey, and he has led all of the same family trips with Stacia. Wyatt is a family nurse practitioner at a Boston-area hospital. It's always great having a trained medical professional on a trip.