Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Miami Country Day Costa Rica 2011

Day 1 - Jan 30th ----------------------- Arrive and Drive to Turrialba (Turrialba Hotel)


Today we will meet you at the San Jose airport and then make our way to the Turrialba area. We'll be driving through the capital city of San Jose where you will get a history lesson on the Central Valley of Costa Rica and how San Jose was developed into Costa Rica's capital. As we drive out of the Central Valley we will pass the base of Costa Rica's tallest volcano, the Irazu Volcano. Then we'll head around to the Turrialba Volcano which is active as you will see from it's phreatic steam-like eruptions. (Meals: Dinner)

Day 2 - Jan 31st ------------------------ Raft Pacuare River and Drive to Arenal Volcano (Arenal Hotel)

Pacuare River Rafting Adventure
Today we will raft what National Geographic has rated as one of the top five scenic rivers on the planet. This is an amazing three hour rafting trip through a Costa Rican virgin rainforest. This is a great way to begin the week getting on the inside of the rainforest, feeling some adventure, and getting plenty wet! After the rafting we'll make drive to Arenal Volcano which happens to be one of the 10 most active volcanoes in the world. This is something I can assure you that the kids have not seen in Miami nor will ever see. The hotel we are staying at has amazing views of the Arenal Volcano and we will be able to see the top smoking from your rooms and hopefully if it is clear at night some lava. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 - Feb 1st -------------------------- Hanging Bridges, Zipline Adventure, Community Service Project (Arenal Hotel)

Arenal Volcano
Let the education begin as we walk through the rainforest and experience it from a canopy level. This is one of the most educational walks in all the country and our naturalist guide will open your eyes to the many wonders of the rainforest. After the hanging bridges we will spend some more time in the canopy but at a different speed and with a little more adrenaline involved. There are a number of ziplines in the country and this is by far the best there is. Not only will you have views of the active volcano Arenal and the boulders rolling down the side of it but you will be zipping 700ft above the rainforest floor!!! After the zipline we will be giving back for a few hours of community service. The project we will be doing is building recycle bins for a Costa Rican school located in a rural area. This is a great way to show a message that many Costa Rican's need and make a nice donation to a school that could use it.  (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 - Feb 2nd ---------------------- Waterfall Swim, National Park, and Organic Farm (Arenal Hotel)

If you are up to seeing one of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of the tropics then you do not want to miss this day. We will be hiking from the hotel to La Fortuna Falls. It is a bit of a hike but well worth it when we get down to the bottom. The hiking continues as we make our way to the Arenal Volcano National Park. This hike is about as flat as Miami so it is quite different than the hike down to the bottom of the waterfall which is not flat ground. We will get an up close look and learn everything we need to know about volcanoes of Costa Rica. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 5 - Feb 3rd ----------------------- Boat Ride to Monteverde and Night Walk (Monteverde Hotel)

"Hola, Miami Country Day!"
After we wake up and eat breakfast we will go to the Lake Arenal where we will board a boat and head to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. With the many reasons Costa Rica has become famous there might not be none other as important to lovers of nature and educators than the Monteverde Cloud Forest. This is such a unique place that you will experience weather and scenery that has been home to a large number of species of plants and animals so it must be worth checking out if they all found something nice about it. When we arrive we will check into the hotel and then in the evening take part in a night hike. This is a great experience to be able to see all the activity that goes on in the cloud-forest while we are sleeping. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 6 - Feb 4th ----------------------------- Drive to Airport and Fly Home!

Today we'll head back to the airport (SJO) and make the short flight home to Miami.

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