Family Active Nature: 10 days/9 nights
A trip for the active family who share a common interest in nature. More than mere recreation it is a learning experience for everyone.
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Family Active Nature: 10 days / 9 nights
San Jose – Tortuguero – Sarapiqui River rafting II-III – Arenal Volcano – horse back riding – Fortuna waterfalls - Manuel Antonio national park
USD$1295 p/ p
Sept 30 to
Nov 30, 2008
Dec 01 to April 30, 2009
July 01 to Aug 31, 2009
Except Dec 24 to Jan 01 and Easter Week
B=breakfast, L=lunch, PL= pic-nic lunch D=dinner
Day 1. San Jose / Arrival
We will be picking you up at the airport to take you to your hotel in San Jose . Here will be forwarded to you a packet with all the necessary information for your trip. Overnight in Hotel Quality Inn & Suites.
Day 2. San Jose / Tortuguero (B, L, D)
Today start your adventure experiencing the tropical rainforest of the north Caribbean side. This morning your guide will be meeting early with you and off you'll start your trip towards Tortuguero. Breakfast on the way, passing by coffee plantations and over the Central Volcanic chain to finally be at the lowlands. Learn also about the growth and harvesting of banana as you travel through plantations. Then, board the boat for a two hour ride to Tortuguero, arriving for a late lunch. This afternoon your guide will be taking you to explore the town of Tortuguero and the lush surroundings of your lodge. Optional tour: the night tour to see turtles nesting is optional and to be paid on site. Turtle nesting season July to October. Overnight in Pachira Lodge.
Day 3 in Tortuguero National Park (B, L, D)
All day to explore Tortuguero, guided boat rides to the National park of Tortuguero with big chances of seeing wildlife. Your naturalist guide will point out at the beauties and the intricate relationships in the tropical lowland rainforest. A true “amazonic” environment that will be revealed to you. Many chances to see wildlife: egrets, herons, parrots, kingfishers, sloths, howler monkeys, caymans, water turtles… Overnight in Pachira Lodge.
Day 4. Tortuguero to Sarapiqui (B, L)
This morning go for an early birding walk on your own before you leave Tortuguero by boat and then bus until lunch. A smaller transport will meet you here to take you to Sarapiqui area. This afternoon explore the lush surroundings of your hotel, a choice of one tour for this day: Pineapple tour or Bat night tour. Overnight in Sarapiqui at Centro Neotropico Sarapiquis.
Day 5. Sarapiqui white water rafting / to Arenal (B, L)
Enjoy an exhilarating 13Km rafting ride along the Sarapiqui River . No previous experience required. First safety instructions at the put-in followed by practice paddling to then run for about two hours on class II and III rapids on the scenic Sarapiqui River with following rapid sequence. All boats used are top brands 14ft, used with 4 to 6 passengers plus river guide. Along with the rafts, safety kayaks always in number related come along. Back to the hotel for lunch and then to continue your trip towards Arenal area. Overnight in Montana de Fuego Hotel.
Day 6. in Arenal / horse back riding to waterfall (B)
A nice horse back riding trip this morning. A beautiful example of the Costa Rican country side will be found along the way, cattle farms and agriculture with the chance of seeing some birds too. After that you have to walk five hundred meters into the forest to get to the waterfall, which is 70m high. At the base of the waterfall there is a ¨natural pool¨ to go swimming if you wish. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.Overnight in Montana de Fuego Hotel.
Day 7. Arenal to Manuel Antonio (B)
It´s time to go to the beach. You will be picked up to go over the mountains and to the Central Pacific region to spend two nights in Quepos and Manuel Antonio area. Enjoy this afternoon at your leisure in Manuel Antonio, considered one of the most beautiful national parks in Costa Rica. Overnight in Hotel Espadilla.
Day 8. in Manuel Antonio (B)
There are plenty of activities and tours to choose from. Manuel Antonio offers nature walks at the park, sport-fishing, sea kayaking and snorkeling among others. Or just relax. Overnight in Hotel Espadilla.
Day 9. San Jose (B)
We will have our transport pick you up at mid morning. You will have plenty time in San Jose to do last minute shopping. Overnight in Hotel Quality Inn & Suites.
Day 10. Departure day. Transfer services to the airport.
If your departure flight is no earlier than 10am our transport services could bring you directly from the beach to the international airport. Otherwise we will have you come to San Jose the night before. Also extend your stay.
--welcome at airport
--airport to/from transfers
--all ground transport described
--boat transport to/from Tortuguero
--2n Hotel Quality Inn/standard (B)
--2n Pachira Lodge (B, L, D)
--1n Centro Neotropico Sarapiqui (B)
--2n Hotel Montaña de Fuego (B)
--2n Hotel Espadilla (B)
--Meals: 8 breakfasts; 4 lunches; 2 dinners
Tours as described:
--guided hike in Tortuguero
--guided boat tour in Tortuguero
--one optional tour in Sarapiqui
(pineapple tour or bat night tour)
--white water rafting Sarapiqui River
--Horse back riding Fortuna waterfall.
--Services of local naturalist guides.
Taxes and fees for all included features