Thursday, February 24, 2011

8-Day Science Adventure Costa Rica

Day 1 --------- Arrive and Drive to Orosi Valley (Sanchiri Hotel)

Pacuare River (Could be you Gregory!)
Today we will meet you at the airport and drive you outside of the central valley. This hotel opens up to some amazing views. We will just be one hour from our next stop which will be the famous Pacuare River. (Meals: Dinner)

Day 2 -------- Stop at Village and Enter Pacuare River (Camp Site)

Today we will stop at a nearby village to eat breakfast where we get a taste of the culutre and see how the locals live. After we visit the village we will head to the Pacuare River. Because this is a science trip we will be spending two days on the river. We be at one camp site for two nights where we will have the chance to take nature hikes and go over many different parts of the rainforest. This first day of rafting has some great rapids and we will even stop for a river lunch.  (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 3 -------- Day of Nature Hikes and Education on the rainforest (Camp Site)

We will use today to really give the kids a first hand look at the rainforest. We will be taking nature hikes and even get a chance to cool down in the river as we find some pools to swim in. In the evening we will head back to the campsite where we enjoy another night on the side of the river under the stars in the middle of the jungle. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

River Camping
Day 4 -------- Raft and Drive to Caribbean Side (Beach Hotel)

Today we will raft some of the larger rapids of the river. This is around a 3 hour rafting section today. When we finish we will head to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica which is home to some of the most diverse areas of the country. We stay in an isolated hotel which works great for our student groups and there is much to do in the area. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 5 --------- Sloth Reserve & Beach Time (Beach Hotel)

Today we will start off the morning by visiting a sloth reserve where the kids will have a chance to get an upclose look at the two different types of species of sloths. After we learn about the sloths it will be over to the beach where the kids can try some surf classes or they can just relax in the sand. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 6 ---------- Drive to Arenal Volcano & Chocolate Tour (Arenal Hotel)

Arenal Volcano (Won't see this in Detroit)
Today we will make the drive to the Arenal Volcano. We will get an early start and arrive to the volcano just after lunch. We will make some interesting stops along they way and our most favorite is the Chocolate Tour. This will give everyone an understanding of where chocolate comes from. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 7 ----------- Zipline & Organic Farm (Arenal Hotel)

Today we will do the best zipline in Costa Rica and then make our way over to an Organic Farm. This Organic Farm is a must see in our opinion as you get to experience a completely organic farm and also have one of the best lunches you can find. The zipline is 8 different cables and the highest being 700ft high and the longest being 1km long. An amazing adventure which all the kids love. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 8 ------------- Drive to the airport and Fly Home!

Today we will make our way to the airport which is a 2 1/2 hour drive so if you have an afternoon flight it will work best for this day.

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