Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Costa Rica Sample Itin April 1st - 9th 2012

April 1st - 9th Science based Adventure Trip w/Community Service Costa Rica

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Day 1 ---- Arrive and stay in the Central Valley (Central Valley Hotel)

Today we will meet you at the airport and take you to your first hotel. We will have an orientation going over some key things for the week and everyone will get an outline and a booklet of what to expect, times of departure, and rules for the week to keep everything going smoothly. The first night we plan on staying in the central valley which will not be far from the airport and a chance to rest up after a long day of traveling from the New York area. (Meals: Dinner)

Day 2 ---- Visit Girls Orphanage and Travel to Central Pacific (Beach Hotel)

This is one of our favorite stops. We visit a girls orphanage where the girls range in ages from 13 - 18 and if you don't speak Spanish it does not matter. It is one of the best community service projects we offer and it gives a chance to spend time and socialize with the girls which is the best gift they can receive. We plan a few games for the morning and then we are on our way to the Central Pacific. Here you will have a chance to give those east coast feet a dip in the Pacific ocean. We will learn today the difference between the tropical moist forest and the tropical dry forest as we travel south along the coast. When we arrive to the beach the kids will get their first lesson on plate tectonics and the formation of Costa Rica 3 million years ago along with the volcanic activity and the reason for the darker sand. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 3 ---- Hike to Cavern, Rappel Waterfall, & Sleep Behind Waterfall (Cavern)

Let the fun begin and we hope you take the kids to the Empire State building a few weeks before to train for this. We take a number of student groups here a year so it is nothing too hard but it is quite the hike. We will have our first nature hike here where you will have the chance to learn about the many different species of plants and animals of the rainforest. We will also touch on the topic of biomimicry as we visit a permaculture garden. When we arrive to the cavern you will experience one of the most beautiful places in all of Costa Rica and also one of the least tourist places. We will rappel a 150ft waterfall and then be sleeping behind three large waterfalls. This is a true rainforest experience and one all of our guest never forget. It is one of the best night sleeps you will have with no bugs and just the ultimate dream machine. This is sleeping in the jungle but it is not rough at all. There are beautiful bathrooms and showers and the beds are very comfortable. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 4 ---- Hike to Pools & Diamante Waterfall (Turrialba Hotel)

Today we will hike to some pools in the area where the kids can have the chance to jump off a 15 ft waterfall into a pool. This is a great day in the jungle and a chance for kids to be kids with safety first of course. We will then visit the tallest waterfall in Costa Rica completely hidden in the jungle called Diamante Falls. We will make our way to the top of the falls where we will have a chance to look out over the edge and see the horizon of the Pacific ocean from over 600ft high waterfall and 1200ft above sea-level. After the morning of adventure we will have our last meal in the cavern and make our way to the next hotel. We will drive through the Paramo which will give the kids another lesson on a different part of the tropics they might not have been familiar with. The next hotel has great views of the nearby volcanos of Irazu and Turrialba where you can see the Turrialba volcano smoking from its main crater.  (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 5 ---- Travel to Rural Village and do Community Service Project (Homestay)

Today we will make our way into one of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica. This is a mountain village called Sitio de Mata and it is where we have developed our rural tourism project. Here you will see the most beautiful species in all of Costa Rica and that is the people. We will have two days of events and a some community service planned. You get treated here better than any 5-star hotel could ever treat you. The stay is always the top pick of our student groups. Everyone home in the village has breathtaking views of the smoking Turrialba volcano and we are just on the other side of the famous Pacuare River which is one of National Geographics top 3 rivers on the planet for whitewater rafting. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 6 ---- Community Activities and Community Service (Homestay)

Today we will take part in some community service activities. We will first be planting some trees as we do with most of our groups. Here we plan to educate the kids on the importance of reforestation. In the afternoon we will have more community activities planned and then in the evening a full blown party where the village will perform local dance, local food, and amazing fun for all as we celebrate our last night with our new friends. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 7 ---- Enter Pacuare River for 2-Day Rafting Adventure (Pacuare River Tent Camp)

It just keeps getting better and better. This is a bit different than the Hudson River and I can promise you that everyone will love this adventure. The Pacuare River is one of those special places that you can visit every single day and it will never get old. That is why we always try and spend two days on the river when groups are up for it. This is an overnight camping trip on one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. It is not roughing it by any means. Everything is set up for you. There is a dinning area, a lounging area, and even the tents are above ground with bathrooms and showers luxuriously made from bambu. We will have a nature hike going into more detail about the rianforest and trying to give examples to the kids about the what nature can do for us. Not just learning about nature but what we can learn from nature. We often touch the subject of biomimicry during many of our tours because we find the kids seem to get interested learning about this. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 8 ---- Raft Pacuare Canyon and drive to Central Valley (La Condesa Hotel)

Pacuare River Camp Lodge
Today we will raft the famous class IV rapids of the Pacuare Canyon. This is a great day of getting soaked from start to finish. The adventure is non-stop and the scenery is like non other with waterfalls, canyons, and virgin rainforest from start to finish. We will take out of the Pacuare River and make our way back to the Central Valley where you will stay in La Condesa hotel to celebrate your final night. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 9 ---- Fly Home! 

Here we will be just minutes from the airport and we will catch your flight back to NY and start planning next years adventure!

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