Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Platt Family Costa Rica Adventure

                  Platt Family Costa Rican Adventure
                         February 18th – 26th, 2011

Day 1, Feb 18th ------- Arrive and Stay at Grano de Oro Hotel (Grano de Oro)

Today we will meet you outside the airport and take you to your hotel Grano de Oro. This was a great option to get into town get some rest and exprience one of the finest hotels in the area. (Meals: None)
Day 2, Feb 19th   Drive to Arenal(Nayara Hotel)

We will take our time driving to the Arenal area today making some stops along the way. We like to make driving and travel days a tour in itself. There is so much culture and experience that can be taken in just from making some little stops at local places if your up for it.  When it comes to places to stay this is one of the nicest hotels around. It has been open for two years and I absolutely love sending people here. It is small and has amazing views. When sending people to this place I just tell them to look at tripadvisor it has like 900 million reviews and they are all excellent so there is probably a pretty good chance you will like it. It has the best views of the Arenal Volcano.
(Meals included: None)

Day 3, Feb 20th  ----- Balsa River Rafting & Ecocenter Danaus (Nayara Hotel)
Let’s take the kids rafting. The kids are young and it’s about that time we splashed some white water on them. This is a perfect river nearby for their level of rafting and I know they will love it. We will have time in the afternoon to stop by a locally run private reserve which we can make very educational for the kids giving them a close look at some animals. We won’t bore them but a lot of kids to get excited and it’s a great way to get involved a little with the local community and off the tourist path.
(Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 4, Feb 21st ---- Travel to Monteverde  (El Establo)

 Today we will make our way to MonteVerde where we will take you on an adventure. Today we will do the hanging bridges at Selvatura along with the canopy tour. We will plan on leaving early in the morning to get you to the
(Meals included: Breakfast)

Day 5, Feb 22nd ----------- Monteverde Reserve  (El Establo Hotel)
 Today we will visit one of the most majestic areas on the planet. This is the Monteverde Cloudforest and your naturalist guide will make it an fun hike and very interesting. This is one of the places that has made Costa Rica famous and they have done an amazing job protecting it. Just being in the area of Monteverde is an incredible experience and you truly are surrounded by nature and a feeling of tranquility from the moment you arrive. The area has many little things for the kids, like frog and spider exihibits if the kids wanted to spend the afternoon after the Reserve visiting these places. We are also including the coffee tour as requested. If you wanted to stay fully active this day we can also do a night hike. It would depend on how the little ones feel but a great hike and lots of critters! From our experience you see a bit more here than at the hotel.
(Meals included: Breakfast)

Day 6, Feb 23rd  --------  Drive to Manuel Antonio (Arenas del Mar)

Today you will head south and make your way to Manuel Antonio which in my opinion is Costa Rica’s finest beach. I will say it was suggested by you, Lisa, which I have to give you credit for. We can also do the night hike here if your up for it just thought I would mention the Monteverde.  The hotel I have you staying in is one of my favorites because it has the best view and you don’t feel like you are in the touristy area of Manuel Antonio. It also has lots of monkeys which is a huge plus for the kids. Take a look at a hike with the CRR Guides. 
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 7, Feb 24th - --------- Tour Manual Antonio National Park (Arenas del Mar)

Today you will visit the National Park of Manuel Antonio. This is a beautiful park and home to the rainforest meeting the beach. Your naturalist guide will be able to describe to you the difference between the reserve you saw in the Arenal area, the Monteverde Cloudforest, and the rainforest at Manuel Antonio keeping it interesting and most importantly fun for the kids with all the animals in and around the park.  
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 8, Feb 25th -------------- Beach Day & hike to Biesanz  (Arenas del Mar)
Well this is the official R&R day but first we will get you on the spice tour as requested. You will love this tour as the Spices are incredible and a great place to buy souvenirs. They do an excellent job of operating this tour.  After the tour if the kids want to rent some surf boards or boogie boards the waves in the area are often pretty soft. This is your day to relax and enjoy the sun.

 (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 9, Feb 26th ------------ Drive to Central Valley  and Fly Home!!!

Make the drive to the airport, say your good-byes, and start planning the trip for the class IV rapids of the Pacuare River for when the kids are a little bigger and our rappeling down the waterfall and sleeping behind a cave adventure (Well your kids sound pretty adventurous for their age they might be ready if you just want to delay the flight a few days?).
(Meals: Breakfast)

Total Price: $7,825
Package Includes:  Private transportation with bilingual guide, all lodging, tours, adventures and meals listed.
Private Transportation: if and when you want to go out to eat you just let us know and we pick you up at the hotel and drop you off, wait for you, and return you to the hotel when you finish your meal.

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