Thursday, April 28, 2016

Travel creates Happy Families

Summer is almost here and with it the season for 
Nowadays Family Travel is more valuable than ever due to the time-starved parents. That is why at
IL VIAGGIO TRAVEL we want to make life easier. We have special products and services where parents, children, single parents, grandparents and so multi-generation families enjoy our beautiful country.

With our Family Trips around Costa Rica you will reconnect,  "be a good parent" in combination with fun, cultural, educational activities.

IL VIAGGIO TRAVEL is a family business and as such we visit all our suppliers to check them out and be able to recommend them.

If my kids haven't loved something, we will not recommend it to others.

Based on this idea IL VIAGGIO TRAVEL has created a list of hotels, tours and services in the country that best fits families.

For example talking about hotels we check for:
  1. location, location
  2. rooms that can accommodate two parents with two, three or four kids (hotels who offer family rooms or connecting rooms where we can accommodate the family)
  3. we look for family rates where connecting or not connecting rooms have a special deal
  4. something at check in for kids like colored pencils, coloring books, beach balls, beach toys... some added values
  5. list of kid friendly nearby activities
  6. big spacious rooms preferably with a fridge and microwave
  7. kid friendly pool and hot tub
  8. kids club with no extra charges
  9. green areas where kids can play different outdoor games and some playgrounds
  10. healthy kids menu and room service
  11. easy, inexpensive laundry option
  12. kid-friendly vibe which means staff treat kids like valued guests
  13. cleanliness all around
  14. entertainment for kids and adults
We hope this requirements fit your families expectations.
Let us help you make the best Family Vacation come true!

Friday, April 15, 2016

La Fortuna - Arenal Volcano: perfect place for an exciting adventure

Last weekend I visited La Fortuna, a small city located in San Carlos, Alajuela.

The town is an entrance point for the main road connecting the Arenal National Park, Arenal Lake, Monteverde and the road towards Guanacaste. When I arrived, my first impression was really great. The view from La Fortuna to the volcano Arenal is stunning.

You can enjoy good food in one of the nice restaurants along the main road while having this great view. Almost everything can be done by
foot in La Fortuna, because the distances are very short and flat. In the evening you will find a lot of families sitting in the Central Park (“parque central”) enjoying the time together.

The next day I joined a guided tour named “Two Volcano Tour”. After a 20 minute drive to the starting point, we were hiking up the little volcano  called “Cerro Chato” that is located next to the volcano Arenal. It took us about 4 hours and to be honest, sometimes it is a bit rough. But still, if your children are 12 or older it is definitely worth it because it offers a great view from the top. To refresh ourselves, we could take a nice bath in the Lagoon that is located in the middle of “Cerro Chato”. The lagoon is the old crater of the volcano that because it has been exctint for so long its now full of refreshing water.
When we continued our walk, we were able to see interesting birds and hear the loud sound of some monkeys. Suddenly,
we arrived at a wonderful waterfall – next stop for having a great bath - 

Last but not least we visited one of the famous natural hot springs in La Fortuna. This is one of the things you definitely have to do when you are here. It is also a perfect chance to relax from the hike.

All in all, the whole day was a fun-filled adventure.

If you have younger children or want to join a less adventorous tour there are more easy tours and plenty of other activities you can do like: walk at the arenal national park instead of cerro chato, or do a horseback riding to la fortuna waterfall, a safari river float tour or white waterrafting, canopy tours and much, much more..

So, I can only say: 

Pack your bags and enjoy your family adventure in La Fortuna with IL VIAGGIO TRAVEL!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Manuel Antonio a great spot for families

Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park are great places for families who are interested in relaxing, nature and adventure.
Quepos is a nice small port city right before the mountain where Manuel Antonio is located.
In Quepos are lots of grocery stores and small boutiques. There are also very good budget restaurants, so you will definitely find a great spot  for your family to eat.
You can decide, if you want to stay in Quepos or in Manuel Antonio.
If you want to relax, its the perfect idea to visit one of the nice beaches in Manuel Antonio. Those beaches are one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen, especially in the National Park.
If you are travelling with a car, there are a lot of parking areas offered. Otherwise you can take the bus that takes you from Quepos up to Manuel Antonio every 20 minutes. The ride only takes 10-15
minutes. In Manuel Antonio are also great restaurants, for example „el avión“ or „el wagon“. Your kids will love it.

If you want to experience some nature with your family the Manuel Antonio Naional Park is really great. Your children will be able to see monkeys, racoons, crocodiles, sloths and other animals while playing in the sand of a beautiful beach. The National Park is not one of the biggest in Costa Rica, which is very good if you have smaller children.

If you are interested in something more adventurous Manuel Antonio also offers one day tours like: snorkeling, horseback riding, rafting, ziplining and much more.
As you can see, Quepos and Manuel Antonio have a lot to offer for families. Whether you want to relax at the beach, experience some nature or do some adventurous activities, in Manuel Antonio you can find everything for a Family Trip.