Friday, October 29, 2010

Costa Rica 8-Day Luxury/Nature

Arenal Volcano is a main destination in Costa ...
Arenal Volcano

 Day 1 ----- Arrive and Drive to Arenal Volcano & Tabacon Resort (Tabacon Resort)

When it comes to luxury and nature the Tabacon Resort has set the standard in Costa Rica. Located in front of the amazing Arenal Volcano the Tabacon Resort will be your first stop. Not a bad place to spend a few nights after a long day of travel. We will meet you outside the airport where you will be presented to your week long private driver and naturalist guide. We will then drive through the San Lorenzo Cloud-Forest where you will get your first lesson on the difference between the various micro-climates in Costa Rica. When you arrive at Tabacon, dinner will be waiting for you. (Meals: Dinner)

Day 2 ---------- Hanging Bridges, Danaus Reserve, &  HotSprings (Tabacon Resort)

Tree Frog
We plan on immersing you in nature from the time you wake up. Not only is Tabacon surrounded by nature and the beauty of the Arenal Volcano but also your first tour will be the perfect taste of rainforest. The hanging bridges is a place where your naturalist guide can walk you through the rainforest at the canopy level and show you many different plants and animals in the area. This is a great first stop and a chance to see and learn so much. After the bridges you will visit Danaus Reserve which is a locally owned reserve and a chance to see a lot more nature in a very small area. After the reserve you will enjoy sitting in the hotsprings with views of the active Volcano Arenal. The Tabacon Resort has it's own hot springs and they happen to be the best and you have access to them all three days. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 3 ----------- Gondola Ride &/or Zipline & La Fortuna Waterfall (Tabacon Resort)

Today you will take a gondola ride and visit a butterfly farm. This is a chance to see some more nature at a bit higher elevation as the guide will take you from the gondola ride to a hike on the floor of the rainforest. For those that want some adventure when you get off the gondola ride you can go on the ziplines but the other option is to go on a nature hike. After the hike you will have the chance to visit a butterfly garden. We will then head into town of La Fortuna which happens to be the town directly infront of the Arenal Volcano. We will eat lunch in La Fortuna and then visit one of Costa Rica's most beautiful waterfalls which is the waterfall of La Fortuna. This is an amazing waterfall and the views are spectacular. If you are up for a swim you can also take a swim at the bottom od the fall. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 4 ----------- Fly Private Charter to Tortuguero Manatus Resort (Manatus Resort)

To make the Tortuguero visit worth while we the option flying in on a private charter. This will allow for the visit to Tabacon because of the dates that is what we have to work with. You will fly in on Nature Air which is a very reputable airline in Costa Rica. You will be staying at the Manatus Resort which is Tortugueros finest place to stay. You will get off the plane and then take a short boat ride to Manatus.  (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 5 ------- Tour the Canals of Tortuguer & Night Hike  (Manatus Resort)

Tortuguero Canals
You will wake up to the sounds of nature and your guide will take you on a boat ride through the 
 canals of Tortuguero. It is good to take out on the boat early in the morning and then you will relax in the area and soak in the nature by the pool of Manatus. After lunch if you want do some more hiking in the area your guide will take you to see some more or the option of kayaks or visiting the beach. Dinner will be included at Manatus Resort.  (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 6 ---- Travel by Boat & drive to Turrialba (Hacienda Tayutic)

Today we will make the  boat ride and drive to Turrialba where you will be staying at Hacienda Tayutic which happens to have amazing views of the smoking Turrialba Volcano.  During the boat and driving today you will have the chance to see some of the banana plantations and even take a short stop at the packing house. After the banana visit we will make our way to Hacienda Tayutic which is located up in the mountains in a beautiful village with some of the finest views of the Turrialba Valley and volcanoes. We can hike around the local mountain village where you are gauaranteed to see a sloth. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 7 ------------- River Raft or Irazu Volcano (Hacienda Tayutic)

Hacienda Tayutic
You will have the chance to river raft today or visit the Irazu Volcano. We can go rafting on the Pacuare River, one of the top five scenic rivers on the planet or we can just go rafting on an easy river. If you are looking for less adventure then we will take you to the Irazu Volcano crater which happens to be Costa Rica's tallest volcano. You will actually drive up to the crater and look into the crater at an elevation over 10,000ft which will give your naturalist guide a chance to show a completely different type of vegetation and species at this elevation. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 8 --------- Fly Home!!!

Drive to the San Jose Airport and fly home!!!
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Price: $2,590/person (Based on group of 5; 2 rooms throughout the trip)
Includes: All private transportation and guide, all meals listed, all lodging, all tours listed, and private charter to Tortuguero

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