Monday, July 25, 2011

Vicki Hodges Panama Off The Grid Costa Rica

Vicki, I think this was your bed
Day 1 ---------- Arrive and Drive to Sitio de Mata (Homestays)

Today we will meet you in the morning and you should know the routine Vicki. This year we will have a show put on for the arrival of the Vicki Hodges and gang at the Juan Santa Maria Airport. We will make the drive to the homestays and if you have the 6am arrival like the year before we can arrive for an early lunch (after about 3 hours of hugging Fressy and Joselyn), take a nap, and then be rested for some afternoon activities. (Meals: Lunch & Dinner)

Day 2 ---------- Homestay Activities & Waterfall Rappel (Homestays)

Today we will fill with some activities in the area. We also do a local rappel and if the kids are ready for some adventure we can do a morning rappel of around 100ft. This is an excellent adventure and we can even send Marci on it first when she is here in August just to prove it is safe. After the rappel which is just a few hundred yards from Sitio de Mata we will do some of the local activities and get ready for the evening activities. We will be doing a party this year that you will not forget. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 ---------- Raft Pacuare & Drive to Finca Educativa (Finca Educativa)

One of my favorite things about today is that we will be leaving for the river at 6am. This will allow us to be on the river before everyone else and it is absolutely beautiful. When we take out of the river we will be driving to the Finca Educativa which is a very very remote area that is located in the Bribri Indian reservation which extends into Panama. This is a simple lodging but a great place to be for one night. The kids will love it and we will have the place to ourselves. Just another night in the jungle of an ancient indian tribe!!!!!!! (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 4 ---------- Enter Bribri Reserve & Paddle Out (Camp on River)

Today we will enter into the heart of the Bribri territory. This is one of my favorite trips Vicki. It is an adventure arriving there as we will make our way across a river and then in the back of a truck which now has benches which it did not in the video. When we arrive we will see how the indians live and here the story of how they have tried to keep their culture alive. It is an interesting lesson on the knowledge of the little kids. After lunch in the reservation we will make our way out by river. We will be camping on the river for the night. This is real camping and no bathrooms although we will have all of the gear and have it set up for you when you arrive. We send out the equipment raft first. These are not rapids this is a larger floating river where we will be riding down in Indian canoes! (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 5 ---------- Paddle out in Morning and Drive to Bocas (Bocas del Toro)

Today we will make our way to the famous islands that Panama has to offer. The area of Bocas del Toro is one of Panama's top spots. We will make our way out to Bocas del Toro by boat and when we arrive you will have some time to relax at the hotel. You will not be disappointed with clear blue water of Bocas as it looks like something out of a movie or better yet it looks like something out of one of Vicki Hodges Trips out of the US! (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Bocas del Toro Panama
Day 6 ---------- Snorkel at Bocas del Toro (Bocas del Toro)

Today you will head out for some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. The area of Bocas is known for having excellent water sports. It will be island life for the two days you are here and a chance just to enjoy the water. In the evening it is back to the hotel and a little last night island party for the land-locked Cedaredge crowd. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 7 ---------- Travel Back to San Jose (Airport Hotel)

Today is a travel day back to the Central Valley of Costa Rica. It is a relatively smooth traveling back other than waiting for Marci at the border after she tries to smuggle cheap medical supplies from Panama. We will stay at a hotel close to the airport and you will be out first thing in the morning. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 8 ---------- Fly Home!

Travel to the airport and fly home!

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