Friday, October 29, 2010

Sample Luxury Nature Itinerary

Day 1 --------------------- Arrive and Drive to 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)

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 --------------------- Drive to Silencio Lodge (Silencio Lodge)

We will be leaving the area of Arenal today and heading to another area that is surrounded by nature. When you want to talk about getting away from it all this is the place to go. El Silencio Lodge is a piece of paradise with a small lodge where you will have access to incredible sounds, smells, and feeling of complete peace with nature. Just being here will be one of the highlights of your trip, I can promise you. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 5 --------------------- Nature Hikes & Toro Armaillo Waterfall (Silencio Lodge)

You will wake up to the sounds of nature and your guide will take you on a short easy hike and then you will relax in the area and soak in the nature. After lunch you will head to the nearby 300ft Waterfall of Toro Armarillo. This is another amazing viewing area surrounded by nature. We will head back to El Silencio for dinner. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 6 --------------------- Chocolate Tour & drive to Turrialba (Hacienda Tayutic)

Today we will make the drive to Turrialba where you will be staying at Hacienda Tayutic which happens to have amazing views of the smoking Turrialba Volcano. On the drive to Turrialba we will be stopping at the Chocolate Tour. This is a very interesting tour that is done by the locals. It is the story of the cacao plant and where chocolate comes from. After the tour 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)

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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