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)

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