Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Klein Nature-Adventure 2011

Day 1 ----------- Arrive and Drive to Manuel Antonio Area (Arenas del Mar Resort)

Manuel Antonio
It helps you will be flying in from Central Florida so you should not arrive on a very late flight. If you can the earlier the better but whatever works. Today your guide will meet you outside the airport and you will be driven to your first hotel. The hotel is located in the Manuel Antonio area which is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the country but even better the National Park. The drive is just over 2 hours and the hotel is amazing. You will be where the mountain meets the sea with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. (Meals: None)

Day 2 ----------- Tour National Park Manuel Antonio (Arenas del Mar Resort)

Today you will get the chance to tour the National Park Manuel Antonio. Here your guide will show you monkeys, sloths, and many more exciting plants and animals. This is an easy hike that is flat and if you are up for a little more hiking you can walk to the look out points. After the morning hike of the park you will have the afternoon to just enjoy the beach or relax at the hotel. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 3 ------------ Morning at the Beach &Travel to Central Valley (Grano de Oro Hotel)

Today you will spend the morning in the beach and then in the afternoon make the drive to the Central Valley. This drive will take you to the hotel of Grano de Oro which is one of our favorites and also has the best restaraunt in all of Costa Rica. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 4 ----------- Visit Irazu Volcano Crater & Drive to Hacienda Tayutic (Hacienda Tayutic)

Today you will visit and make a short hike to the tallest volcano in all of Costa Rica. The Irazu volcano is just over 11,000ft and it is a chance to see both coast from the top. You actually get to look down into the center of the crater. After the volcnao you will make your way to the Hacienda Tayutic which (I know Ive said this before) is the best place you will stay. This hotel is authentic and luxurious making for an amazing mix of off the touristy path and complete rest and relaxation. You will arrive in early afternoon and have a chance to relax in paradise with a view of the valley, rivers, and smoking Turrialba volcano. (Meals: Breakfast)

Raft Pacuare River
Day 5 ----------- Raft Pacuare River (Hacienda Tayutic)

Today you will raft the famous Pacuare River which National Geographic has listed as one of the top 5 scenic rivers on the planet. You will be on your private raft and not a larger commercially rafting trip. You can stop and go as you wish and we have some amazing waterfall hikes planned for you. The river is filled with beautiful waterfalls and canyons and will be running low this time of year but makes for quite the scenic run as the river is crystal clear. After the river we will head back to the Hacienda Tayutic for some rest and relaxation. If you are in the mood we can plan a dinner at a local nearby village where you can see some of the local customs of food and dance or dinner at the hotel. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

View from Nayara 
Day 6 ------------ Drive to Arenal Volcano & Chocolate Tour (Nayara Resort)

Here you will have the chance to enjoy some traveling but we will break the ride up with a Chocolate Tour. The Chocolate Tour is actually a tour of a Cacao plantation and where the good tasty stuff actually comes from. After the tour of your choice we will head to the Nayara Resort which is voted by TripAdvisor as one of their favorites in all of the Americas. We are doing the itinerary the way it is because these were the only two days Nayara was available. You will have great views of the Arenal Volcano. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 7 -------------- Zipline, Nature Hike, & HotSprings (Nayara Resort)

This is by far the best zipline in Costa Rica. Not only is it the highest, fastest, and yes the safest but it has the most perfect view of the volcano. You will be on 8 different cables and the highest being 750ft above the ground as you go from mountain top to mountain top through the rainforest. After the zipline you will take a nature hike but I promise it is one that you will never forget. A small little private reserve called Danaus is actually one of the best spots we have. Your guide Jheudy will take you on the many wonders of the rainforest which include different species of poisonous dart frogs, butterflies, many different species of colorful birds and much more. In the evening you will get the chance to relax in the hotsprings and enjoy the thermal waters. The best part about this for the kids is not the excellent meal that is included but the slide that does not look like much but is super fast. (Meals: Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 8 --------------- Drive to Airport and Fly Home

Today depending on your flight time we will head back to the San Jose airport. This is around a 2 1/2 hour drive. It is actually a beautiful drive through the cloud-forest of San Lorenzo. An afternoon flight would work best for this day. (Meals: Breakfast)

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