Monday, February 20, 2012

Ron & Family Costa Rica Adventure 2012

Arenal Volcano
Day 1 --- Arrive & Drive to Arenal Volcano (Tabacon Resort)

Today we will meet you Ron and your 23 other family members and welcome you into the beautiful country of Costa Rica. You will be met at the airport by your driver and guide who will be with you the entire week. From the San Jose airport we will be making a 2 1/2 hour drive through the cloud-forest to the Arenal Volcano. This is a perfectly cone-shaped volcano and one of the most well known on the planet for it's beauty. You will be staying at the famous Tabacon Resort. The best part about staying here is that you have access to the genuine thermal springs. The Resort, situated at the base of the volcano, is beautiful and a 5-Star setting in every part of the hotel. (Meals: None)

Day 2 --- Zipline Adventure & Danaus Nature Reserve (Tabacon Resort)

Today we plan on getting this trip started with some adventure. There are over 70 different ziplines in the country but the one on the back side of the Arenal Volcano is still the best there is. Not only are the views amazing but you happen to zip 700ft above primary rainforest. The little ones will have to enjoy the gandola ride but we invite everyone else to take part in this great adventure. Our naturalist guides will take the little ones on the gandola ride and then a filled-with-nature hike over some hanging bridges to keep them interested.

Sloth: See you at Danaus!!!
After the zipline adventure we will go down to the town of La Fortuna where we will invite you to lunch in one of our favorite spots. After lunch we will make our way to the Danaus Reserve. This is an easy little nature hike that gives everyone a chance to see almost all of the critters and animals in Costa Rica without having to hike for hours on end. This is a four acre reserve filled with poisonous dart frogs, tree frogs, caimans, birds, SLOTHS!, and much more. In the afternoon it is back to the Tabacon Resort so you can enjoy an evening in the hotsprings. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 3 ---- Canyoneering & Don Juan Organic Farm (Tabacon HotSprings)

Ok Ron, you said you guys were active so I am putting this adventure on the tour. This is the famous canyoneering adventure and everyone can enjoy. For the little ones they will go hooked up to a system that makes it easy for them but for the rest of us you will be rappeling the waterfall. It is a day of fun in a beautiful pristine canyon surrounded by the tropical rainforest. After the day of adventure we will invite you to the house of one of the neatest Costa Rican's you will ever meet. That would be Don Juan, who has a completely organic farm. We will walk around the farm as a group. Here the kids and adults will get  to make their own sugar-cane juice, harvest some yucca that we will be eating for dinner, and even try some of Don Juan's famous sugar-cane white lightning (we suggest just a small sip). After seeing his small two acre farm we will enjoy dinner on a river in a beautiful setting feasting on all the food that has come from his farm. This is probably the best tasting (and best for you) food you will have all week. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 4 --- Drive to Central Pacific (Cuna del Angel)

Last Year 3 Families in the Dominical Area
Today we will be leaving the Arenal area and making our way to the Central Pacific. We will be staying just south of the Manuel Antonio in an area known as Dominical. The hotel you will be staying at is called Cuna del Angel and will work perfectly for your group because you will practically be taking up the entire small boutique hotel. The Cuna del Angel is surrounded by jungle and located around some of the finest beaches on the Pacific. This will be a travel day and you will have time to enjoy much of the coast and landscape of Costa Rica. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 5 --- Raft Savegre River (Cuna del Angel)

Bring on the Grand-kids Ron
We love rivers and we plan to show you an amazing day on the Savegre River. We will start the day by driving up into the hills on some dirt roads that we like to say are your free back massage. Once we get to the put-in, we will get everyone geared up and ready to raft. We operate our own rafting trips and  will be happy to take everyone from the group down the river if we run the lower section.  For those that want a little more adventure they can start farther up the river and we can all meet for lunch at a central point. We take pride in the lunch we prepare for our guests. Being a large family group we will be preparing a beautiful riverside meal for you that will give you time to relax and enjoy the river as we eat lunch on the Savegre.   The Savegre is one of the most picturesque rivers you will find as it is filled with tropical forest canyons and waterfalls we will stop and visit. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Howler Monkey: "Welcome Ron to Costa Rica"
Day 6 ---- Visit Manuel Antonio National Park (Cuna del Angel)

Today we will be going to Manuel Antonio National Park. Although it is touristy the park is a must-see. We like to think there are still more monkeys than people in the park and it is a chance to see plenty of monkeys while we make the easy hike through the park. Your naturalist guide won't let you miss a thing or creature and will fill you in on all the information about the natural history of Costa Rica.  We will make a day out of being in the area, having lunch and giving the ladies a chance to enjoy some of the shops. In the evening we w'll head back to Cuna del Angel where you can enjoy some of finest food in their gourmet restaurant. (Meals: Breakfast)
Last Year's Family Group in Domimical Surf Class

Day 7 ---- Beach Day (Cuna del Angel)

Today is a free day to relax. There are many activities to do in the area and we can organize anything form surf classes, horseback riding, sea-kayak, snorkeling, zipline, waterfall rappeling, and much more. Another option would be to just relax at the hotel and enjoy the pool. (Meals: Breakfast)

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

Today we'll make the 2 1/2 hour drive back to the (SJO) San Jose Airport to catch your flight home! (Meals: Breakfast)

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