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Costa Rica Adventure

7 Days / 6 Nights

Post-Cocos Island Tour

 

Costa Rica Macaw

July 6 - 12, 2008

$1599.00 per person, double occupancy


 

July 6  PUNTARENAS – MANUEL ANTONIO                                     

Manuel Antonio Beach

  

Arrival in  Puntarenas dock . Our private guide and transportation will meet us at the
dock and provide transfer to the famous Manuel Antonio National Park.

Manuel Antonio is considered to be Costa Rica’s most beautiful park, with enchanting
white-sand beaches ideal for swimming, and a tropical rainforest forest alive with wildlife. Watch for the monkeys and iguanas who share the park. Our hotel is set high on a hill overlooking the rain forest, endless beaches and the national park.

Overnight at the Hotel  Si Como No, Superior room; breakfast included.

 

July 7   MANUEL ANTONIO

La Playita

  

Day free to relax and enjoy ´´La Playita´´, Manuel Antonio´s exclusive gay beach.

Overnight at the Hotel  Si Como No, Superior room, breakfast included.


Manuel Antonio National Park
  

 July 8  MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK TOUR

 

After breakfast, pick-up at the hotel and guided tour of the Manuel Antonio National Park. The tropical forest is alive with wildlife. After our walk through the park, either relax in the tropical splendor, or further explore the park trails leading to scenic lookouts.
Includes: Transportation, entrance fees and bilingual guide.
Suggested Equipment: Bottle of water, camera, sunscreen, bug spray and binoculars.

Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight at the Hotel  Si Como No, Superior room, breakfast included.

July 9  MANUEL ANTONIO  - CARARA – VILLA CALETAS - ARENAL

Scarlet Macaw

    
After breakfast, we’ll depart for the Arenal Volcano. Along the way we’ll visit the Carara Biological reserve to observe scarlet macaws, rare monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas and dazzling butterflies, all under a canopy of giant trees.

Suggested Equipment: comfortable quick-dry clothing, lightweight breathable walking shoes or Tevas, insect repellent and sun block.

Afterwards, we will stop at Villa Caletas for lunch.

Villa Caletas

  

In the afternoon, we will continue to the Arenal Volcano.

Arenal Volcano

 

 

 

 

 

One of the most active volcanoes in the world, the flawless silhouette of Arenal Volcano, its loud rumblings and frequent explosions of lava and ash should not be missed by any visitor to Costa Rica. But these are by no means the only attractions of this area. Cloud forests, incredibly diverse wildlife, windsurfing, hot springs, waterfalls, hiking and Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge make this a fascinating area to explore.

Overnight at the Tabacon Resort, standard room, breakfast, dinner on our first night and entrance to spa included.

July 10  SKY TRAM & SKY TREK TOUR

Morning at leisure.  Enjoy breakfast, look for monkeys and rainforest birds, or enjoy a spa treatment.

Sky Trek

  



Afternoon tour: From Sky Tram we can enjoy views of the forest, the lake and Arenal volcano. We will be accompanied by knowledgeable guides.
 
The Sky Trek is a system of cables, that allow you to observe the rain forest and its landscape from many different views and positions while offering you total security of its modern technology, the trek has 4.5 miles of cables ranging from 99 to 660 feet in length and 66 to 660 feet above ground which offers a panoramic view of the Arenal lake and the volcano.
Duration: Half day
Includes: bilingual guide, entrance, equipment
Suggested Equipment: comfortable, quick-dry clothing, walking shoes or Tevas, insect repellent and  sun block.     

Overnight at the Tabacon Resort, standard room, breakfast and
entrance to spa included.

July 11   ARENAL – PACUARE RAFTING – SAN JOSE

Pacuare Rafting

 

Souvenirs

   

The Pacuare River is probably Costa Rica’s most exciting and scenic river for rafting. This trip offers us a perfect blend of wilderness exposure and excitement, all in one day.
Pacuare is world famous for its sheer beauty. A true river gorge, it is flanked by steep, green walls. Here you enjoy the feeling of total isolation from urban life and the realness of being connected with nature. You see waterfalls cascade into the river from both sides as colorful, tropical birds fly right over your head. Amazing views of this virgin tropical rainforest area, appear before your eyes as you descend this true exploratory land. Wildlife is abundant, with sloth, toucans, parrots, coatis, morpho butterflies and colorful frogs being common sights.

The white water that is equally exciting. It is not an overly challenging river, but it has a lot of rapids, offering us an adventure filled with lots of fun. The 18-mile one day run includes a total of 52 rapids. Few rivers in the world can offer so many.

Upon arrival to the river we will gear up with a life jacket, helmet and paddle and then be briefed with a full safety orientation talk. Finally, it is time to take off down the rapids!

The first 4 miles consist of fun class II-III rapids which is a perfect time to test our new river skills and gain confidence in our team. Here we will find pockets of extremely beautiful secondary growth forest. After about 40 minutes we will enter the famous Pacuare River Gorge, which is 5 miles of some of the best white water Costa Rica has to offer. The rapids here are "Terciopelo snake", "Double drop", "Upper and Lower Huacas", "Pin ball" to name a few. We will also see the Huacas watefall, a 150 foot dramatic drop into the river.

After the gorge the rivers opens up to a 5 mile stretch on the Valle del Pacuare, where the river has a different character. It is wide open, which gives us the opportunity to rest a bit and take the opportunity to do some wildlife spotting. The main rapids here are "Cimarrones", "The Play Hole", "El Indio" and "Magnetic Rock". The forest remains just as lush, and the rapids just as fun.

We finish in Siquirres, at a private Exploration Center, where you can take a shower, change and enjoy the gardens and terrace while having a beer or two and reliving on the great adventure we just experienced.

Duration: Full day
Includes: Transportation, breakfast and lunch, specialist guide, equipment.
Suggested Equipment: swim suit , shorts, T- Shirt – Tennis shoes, Teva sandals or Aqua Shoes ( or any synthetic fabric T-Shirt ), sun block + 15 and cap. Full set of clothes for changing, towel, plastic bag for wet clothes, cash for souvenirs, pictures and T-Shirts.

Important Note: Our private transportation returns directly from Arenal to San Jose with our luggage to the Hotel Clarion Amon Plaza.

Overnight at the Clarion Amon Plaza, Junior Suite room, breakfast included.

July 12           SAN JOSE – DEPARTURE

We’ll end our fantastic week with a half-day city tour of the highlights of San Jose and a farewell lunch in the city.

Private transfer to San José International Airport. Check-In and payment of the airport tax (USD 26.00 or approx. COL 13800 per person) and departure for home.

Itinerary subject to modification.  Be prepared for daily rain showers as this is the rainforest and “Green Season” in Costa Rica.

Package includes:

  • Ground transportation in a deluxe A/C motor coach throughout the itinerary
  • Bilingual naturalist guide throughout the itinerary
  • 1 night / Amon Plaza Hotel / Junior Suite rooms (double occupancy)
  • 2 nights / Tabacon Resort / standard rooms (double occupancy)
  • 3 nights / Si Como No Hotel / Superior rooms (double occupancy)
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Other meals as described above
  • Entrance fees to Carara Biological Reserve and Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Guided tours at both parks
  • Sky Tram & Sky Trek Tour
  • Pacuare River rafting Tour
  • Services of the local tour operator
  • All taxes and service charges

Not Included: Personal expenses, meals not specified above, beverages, gratuities, and airport departure tax (currently US$ 26 per person).

Deposit: $500.

 
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