Wednesday, December 15, 2010

DeWolfe Sample Itinerary Costa Rica

Day 1 - Arrive and Drive to (Grano de Oro)

Today we will meet you outside of the airport and take you to one of San Jose's finest hotels. The Grano de Oro is small but it has become one of the best hotels in the area. The resturaunt is one of the things that brings it the charm but also having being built from the era of the coffee boom and being preserved to almost perfect standards, it makes for a great spot after a long day of travel. (Meals: None)

Day 2 - Visit Poas Volcano Crater & Drive to the Arenal Volcano (Nayara Resort)

Today we will take you to the Poas Volcano. You will have the chance to visit the crater. We make the drive to the top of the volcano which is at almost 10,000ft and then we hike through the cloud-forest that then opens up to the beautiful crater of Poas. It smells of sulfur up at the top so we will only stay for around 20 mintues; but the views of the active crater are well worth the short visit. After the crater we will make our way to another volcano but this one is a bit different. This is the famous Arenal Volcano and is one of the most active on the planet (happens to be in the top 10 for active voclanos). This perfectly cone-shaped volcano makes for some of the best vistas and you can see it right from your hotel room. The Nayara Resort is another great hotel. If you take a look at Tripadvisor it goes to show that everyone and I mean everyone loves this place. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 3 -  Zipline Adventure & Nature Reserve (Nayara Resort)

Today we will let the adventure begin with the best zipline in all of Costa Rica. This is an amazing adventure through the rainforest of Costa Rica. There are over 100 ziplines here and this without question is the best. Not only is it the fastest, highest, and safest, but you get amazing views of the volcano and the rocks rolling down the side of the volcano. After the zipline adventure we plan on taking a short nature hike that will give you a little taste of the tropical jungle of Costa Rica. This is a private reserve and you will be seeing some sloths, monkeys, and many different species of birds. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 4 -  Canyoneering & HotSprings  (Nayara Resort) 

If Day 3 was not enough adventure then you will love the canyoneering adventure. You will make your way down a canyon in the Costa Rican rainforest and arrive at three different waterfalls where the only way down is to hook on and rappel down. It is an adventure that people of all ages have done. This is a thrill you will surely remember and the kids will love it. After the canyoneering adventure we promise to give you a little bit of a break as you enjoy the thermal waters and an amazing dinner and just your time to relax. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 5 - Drive to the Pacific Beach (Arenas del Mar Resort)

When it comes to Costa Rican beaches there is none other like the Manuel Antonio Beach. It is pristine and picturesque. If I had to pick my favorite place to stay on the coast it would be without question the Arenas del Mar which has stunning views of the Pacific Coast. You hear the waves crashing from the ocean and since it is where the rainforest meets the ocean the canopy keeps you cool during day and night. We will leave the Nayara Resort in the morning and get to the beach just after lunch giving you some time to explore the hotel and some time in the water. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 6 - (Arenas del Mar Resort) 

Today is your day to explore. The area is known for the Manuel Antonio National Park which will give you a nice hike, beautiful beaches, and an endless amount of monkeys if you have not already have had enough. Another option would be just to relax at the beach or enjoy the pool at the hotel. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 7 - (Arenas del Mar)

Today is your day to relax. You can finish the book you are reading or enjoy some of the other optional tours in the area which might include snorkeling, spice tour, ATV's, river rafting, and much more if your up for it. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 8 - Fly Home!

Man, this branch is small...
Today we will meet you at the hotel lobby and be taking you to the San Jose airport. The drive to the airport is around 2 1/2 hours and you will need to arrive around 2 hours before. (Meals: Breakfast)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Susan Benjamin Sample Itin March 2011

Canyoneering Adventure
Day 1 --  19th March --- Arrive and Drive to (Nayara Resort)

Today we will meet you outside the airport and take you to your first hotel. We will make the drive from the airport which is 2 1/2 hours and get to the Nayara Resort which is well worth the long day of travel.  (Meals: None)

Day 2 --------- Canyoneering Adventure (Nayara Resort)

 Today we will do one of the best adventures in the country which is the canyoneering. This is an amazing adventure where you get soaked and rappel 5 different waterfalls. Arenal hotel which is in front of the famous Arenal Volcano, one of the ten most active volcanos on Earth.  (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 3 ----- Zipline & Hike to La Fortuna Falls (Nayara Resort)

If the rafting was not enough adventure then I think today will do the trick. The zipline is eight different cables that hang over 700ft above the rainforest floor. There are many different ziplines in the country and this by far is the best. Not only is it one of the highest and fastest but it has amazing views of the boulders rolling down the side of Arenal. After the zipline we will make our way to La Fortuna Falls, a beautiful waterfall and also a great hike. The swim you can enjoy at the bottom of the waterfall. is worth the hike. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 4 ----- Drive to Pacific Coast (Casa Belmar)


Arenal Volcano
 Today is a travel day and we will make some stops along the way. If you want you have the option to fly which is just a way of cutting down the drive time but either way it is not a bad day of traveling.  It is almost a five hour drive but the landscape is beautiful and we promise to keep it interesting. We'll plan on leaving early and our destination will be where the mountains meet the sea on the southern Pacific coast.  (Meals: Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 5 ----- Raft Savegre & Beach in Afternoon (Casa Belmar)

Today before you bum around on the beach I think we should go rafting on the Savegre River. This is a beautiful river surrounded rainforest from start to finish.  This will only take a half day and you will have the afternoon to enjoy the warm water of the Pacific. We will eat lunch at the top of the waterfall. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 6 --------- Beach Day (Casa Belmar)

Day to relax on the beach if you want to look for some adventure no worries we will make it happen. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 7 --------- Beach Day (Casa Belmar)

Pacific Coast
Today is your day to relax. There are so many beaches in the area so it is fun to explore different beaches if you are up for it. It is a short drive to different beaches and just the chance to relax, read a book, or if the kids want to try surfing we can have some boards for them to give it a try. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 8, 26th March --------- Fly Home!

Today we will make the drive to the airport. It is a two hour forty minute drive to the airport and we want to be there two hours early so afternoon flights would work best.  (Meals: Breakfast)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Gregory & Marisol Sample Itin

Feb 5th ----------- Arrive (Grano de Oro Hotel)

Today you will arrive and we will take you to the Grano de Oro Hotel. This happens to be one of the best hotels in all of the Central Valley. It is a great place to rest after a day of travel. It is located 15 minutes from the airport. (Meals: None)

Feb 6th ----------- Visit Irazu Volcano Crater (Casa Turire Hotel)

Today we will make our way to the Irazu Volcano. This is the highest volcano in all of Costa Rica and opens itself to some of the best views. We will be over 10,000ft. This is a short hike when we get to the top and a chance to look into the crater. After the visit to the volcano we will then make our way to the valley of Turrialba where you will be staying at the Casa Turire Hotel. This also is one of my favorite hotels in the country. The hotel is located on a lake and you will have a view of the active volcano of Turrialba. We stay here for the night to put us in position for rafting the Pacaure River. (Meals: Breakfast)

Feb 7th --------- Raft Pacuare River & Drive to Arenal Volcano (Casa Luna Lodge)

Don't Fall Out Gregory!!!
National Geographic has this river listed as one of the top 5 rivers to raft on the planet. You will have your own private raft and go at our pace allowing us to make stops along the way as we make our way down the rainforest on the three hour river run. After the river we will then make the drive to one of the ten most active volcanoes on Earth and that is the Arenal Volcano. We will be staying at Casa Luna Lodge which is located just infront of the Arenal Volcano and you will have amazing views of the volcano day and night. On this evening you will have a very nice dinner at the hotel. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Feb 8th ---------- Zipline & La Fortuna Falls (Casa Luna Lodge)

Arenal Volcano
If rafting was not enough for you then hanging from a cable that is strung 700ft above the rainforest floor with perfect views of the boulders rolling down the side of the volcano. This is one of those activities that you cant believe you did after you did it. Heck your boss Joe Brecko did it and we plan on making him the poster guy of this tour for 2011. After the zipline we will head to town where you can souvenir shop or I will take you to some of the interesting local spots if you are in the mood and also visit one of them most beautiful waterfalls in all the tropics, La Fortuna Falls. (Meals: Breakfast)

Feb 9th ----------- Canyoneering & HotSprings (Casa Luna Lodge)

(Marisol is gonna get wet!)
Today is canyoneering which is another amazing adventure. You will make your way down a canyon that is located in the middle of the rainforest and is home to 3 different waterfalls 2 of which are over 160ft. When you make it to these waterfalls you will have to rappel to make your way down. In the afternoon we will take you to one of the most relaxing places you can imagine which is the thermal waters from the volcano. You will also enjoy another very nice dinner here. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Feb 10th ---------- Drive to Manuel Antonio (Espadilla)

Today is a travel day but we will leave after breakfast so you have time to enjoy the beach after lunch. We will be taking you to the Pacific Coast of the Manuel Antonio area which I consider the nicest beach in the country because it is where the jungle meets the ocean. (Meals: Breakfast)

Feb 11th ----------- Tour National Park (Espadilla)

La Fortuna Falls
(Great for a Pic of Gregory & Marisol)
One of the most amazing parks in the country and guaranteed all the monkeys you can handle. The hotel we have you at is located near the park and walking distance to the beach and the best part is at 4pm the squirrel monkeys make there way to the park through the hotel grounds. This species is absolutely adorable and people come to Costa Rica just to see it because this is the only area on the planet where you can find it. What many people dont know is that they pass through Espadilla everyday. The will be a great experience with one of our naturalist guides giving you a private walk through the park. The afternoon you can enjoy on the beach. (Meals: Breakfast)

Feb 12th ----------- Fly Home!