Bragging rights for kids and parents after a family vacation to Costa Rica.
Howler monkeys, creepy bugs, poison dart frogs, mind-boggling birds and following puma and jaguar tracks in the thick of a tropical rain forest. If we were kids, we would love a vacation like that. Add some surfing lessons, swimming in a waterfall and dolphin watching and you have the basis for the best, ” what I did on my summer vacation,” report in the class.
Even more so, you have happy parents that feel that besides giving their kids a great learning experience, quality time outdoors and an appreciation for wildlife and ecosystems, they feel good about the experience as it has been executed at the highest level of sustainable practices. Where is such a vacation possible?
At the Cayuga Collection flagship eco lodge, Lapa Rios in the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.
It is very easy to spot howler, spider, white-faced, and squirrel monkeys right around the lodge. Eagle-eyed kids can stay on the lookout for all four species, especially the more reclusive and small-sized squirrel monkey. And after the popularity of both Rio and sequel Rio 2, bird watching has taken on a whole new level of popularity among kids. The Osa Peninsula is home to more than 319 species of birds, including macaws, parrots, parakeets, black hawks, toucans and herons.
For those who love the thrill of the dark, and interested in nocturnal creatures, the night walk allows families to experience the magic of the rainforest at night. Led by a guide, with a flashlight per person, guests have the chance to witness nocturnal creatures, like the elusive but very popular three-toe sloth and their habitats, along with frogs, spiders, snakes, insects, kinkajous and other wonders of this hidden, nocturnal world.
Lapa Rios Eco Resort in the summer is truly a wild life explorer’s paradise. All experiences are fully escorted by local guides so kids not only learn about different species of wildlife and rainforest plants, they also learn about conservation efforts and how they can travel leaving a small footprint. But there is also plenty of opportunity for some down time next to the chlorine-free pool or the hammocks in the cabins. Many of the parents have commented how they enjoyed see their kids put the iPods and iPads aside and engaged in nature activities and outdoor fun.
In case Lapa Rios is booked already for the vacation time, check out Arenas del Mar Rainforest and Beachfront Resort in Manuel Antonio, Latitude 10 Resort in Santa Teresa or the Harmony Hotel in Nosara for great family vacations that bring include classroom bragging rights.
Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality develops and manages hotels, lodges and other tourism related projects in Central America that are committed to the four Ps of sustainability ““ people, planet, profit and place. It offers solutions and expertise to tourism operators looking to enhance their performance in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. As well, Cayuga provides expert responsible travel advice, including full itinerary suggestions for families.