Exotic Volcano & Tropical Jungle Escape - 9 days / 8 nights
Nov 30 / 2013
|Children (3-11 yrs)||$1,187.00|
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Day 1: ARRIVE - San Jose Airport meet & greet and transfer to hotel. Overnight in San Jose at Hotel Grano de Oro or similar. (L)
Day 2: COCORA GARDENS - ARENAL VOLCANO - Your journey will begin by traveling northwest along the Interamerican Highway to head north through the town of San Ramon. Here you will take a short break and visit the community's agriculture town market. This market offers a variety of tropical fruits and vegetables, including some that are rarely seen outside the tropics.
You will continue on with a visit to the Cocora Private hummingbird and butterfly gardens. Cocora is located in the cloud forest belt at 3000 feet elevation and offers the visitor attractive tropical plants and colorful butterflies and hummingbirds.
After a traditional lunch at Doña Mara´s house, you will continue on to your Arenal area hotel, travelling in the north central lowlands of Costa Rica among farmlands of tropical crops and cattle ranches. (L). Overnight in Arenal at Arenal Observatory Lodge (2 nights) or similar. (2B)
Day 3: LA FORTUNA WATERFALLS, DANAUS ECOLOGICAL CENTER - In the morning you will visit the beautiful 200 foot-tall Fortuna Waterfalls.The fees collected are used for important community projects such as supporting area schools, buying books, and helping cover some of the expenses for the town orphanage. Later you will have lunch at a local organic farm in the town of La Fortuna. With your guide, you will learn about many of the crops and the challenges and benefits of farming organically in the tropics.
After lunch you will have a natural history walk at the Danaus Ecological Center. Slow-moving sloths live here, and along the main trail visitors may see a number of the 154 bird species recorded. (L)
Day 4: ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES; TRANSFER TO MANUEL ANTONIO - Today you will visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges. This is a complex of suspended bridges and trails through a beautiful rain forest. As you walk through the forest, you may encounter a variety of the forest wildlife, including toucans, motmots, trogons, poison dart frogs, howling monkeys, spider monkeys and white-faced capuchin monkeys.
After your rainforest bridges walk you will be taken overland to Manuel Antonio National Park. Manuel Antonio consists of several beautiful beaches on the Pacific coast, a forest growing to the beach's edge, easy walking trails and abundant wildlife. In the afternoon your guide goes back to San Jose. You will stay at a Manuel Antonio Hotel hotel like Costa Verde (2 nights) or similar. (3B)
Day 5: MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK VISIT - Today hike with a naturalist guide through the park's forest. Visitors frequently have up-close views of white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkeys, sluggish sloths, raccoons, agoutis, colorful black & scarlet land crabs, and black iguanas. Some birds possible to see in the park are Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Baird´s Trogon, Violaceous Trogon, Golden-naped Woodpecker, White Hawk, King Vulture, Roadside Hawk, Orange-collared Manakin, Chesnut-backed Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Black-hooded Antshrike, Fiery-billed Aracari, Chesnut-mandibled Toucan.
Among the many optional activities available in Manuel Antonio are rafting, sea kayaking, surfing lessons and horseback riding.
Today your guide goes back to SJ. You must re-pack your clothes and leave the extra luggage with your guide.
Day 6 - 7 & 8: DRAKE BAY & CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK - This morning you will fly to the South Pacific Coast where Drake Bay is located. Here you will venture into the crown jewel of Costa Rica's protected areas: Corcovado National Park, described as "the most biologically intense place on earth" by National Geographic. This coastal wilderness park is home to shy and elusive jaguars (you may see their tracks on forest trails!), tapirs, all four of Costa Rica´s monkey species, white-lipped peccaries, stunning scarlet macaws, several species of parrots, toucans and an incredible number of other bird and wildlife species. You will find plenty to keep you busy during your stay, from a number of optional tours such as sea kayaking, visit to Caño Island, horseback riding, or simply relaxing in this exhuberent wilderness environment.
Overnight at Casa Corcovado (3 nights) or similar. (3B, 3L, 3D)
Day 9: DEPARTURE - Today you will fly back to San Jose and then transfer to the International Airport to check in 3 hours before your scheduled flight home.
Trip Includes: As specified in the above itinerary, lodging, transportation within Costa Rica, airport/hotel transfers on scheduled arrival/departure dates, meals [B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner], national park entrance fees, guide services, ground operator support within Costa Rica and taxes.
Not Included: International airfare, airport departure taxes, meals not specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages, personal equipment, extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service), gratuities, or costs associated with changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control.