Saturday, March 31, 2012

Costa Rica Family Eco-Adventure

Day 1 ------ Arrive (Grano de Oro Hotel)

Active Volcano of Turrialba
Today you will meet your drive and guide outside the San Jose airport (SJO) where you will make the short drive to the Grano de Oro Hotel. This is one of San Jose's finest hotels and you will get a short history lesson on what makes San Jose a great city which not too many people understand. (Meals: None)

Day 2 ------ Visit Irazu Volcano & Travel to Turrialba (Casa Turire Hotel)

Riding Duckies in Pejibaye
Today we will leave after breakfast and make our way south to the tallest volcano in all of Costa Rica. You will get a view of the beautiful landscape of Costa Rica as we drive and hike to the top of the Irazu Volcano. Here you get a chance to look into the crater of the volcano. We'll then head down to the Turrialba area where you will be staying at Casa Turire Hotel with excellent views of nearby Turrialba Volcano. Casa Turire is one of our favorite hotels in all of Costa Rica. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 3 ------ Duckies in Pejibaye River (Casa Turire Hotel)

A Local Experience
After breakfast at Casa Turire we'll drive to the Pejibaye River where your adventure will be running the river in a small raft for just two people. The second person in the duckie will be your guide, making it a perfect adventure for younger children as everyone gets a guide. The thrill of rafting down the Pejibaye keeps everyone wet and excited for all two hours on the river. After our river run we will stop at a local village where you'll enjoy an excellent Tico meal and a  local dance performance in a rural mountain setting. In the evening you will have time to relax back at Casa Turire. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 4 ------ Enter Pacuare River (Pacuare Lodge)

Life is good in Pacuare
National Geographic has the Pacuare River listed as one of the top five scenic rivers on the planet and everyone we take down seems to agree. With our Costa Rican Resource River Operations you will enjoy a day on the upper part of the Pacuare River with your own private tour. Here we will get the chance to hike to different waterfalls and have a unique river lunch prepared for you right on the river. Our final destination will be the Pacuare Lodge which is one of the most picturesque settings you can imagine, here luxury meets the jungle. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Pacuare Canyon
Day 5 ------ Raft Canyon and Drive to Caribbean (Almonds & Corals)

The second day of rafting on Pacuare is the best. Not only is the scenery breath-taking from start to finish but you also get to experience the larger rapids. Most months out of the year we can still run this section with little kids and can assure you safety is first and our guides are some of the finest you will find on Earth. Well, they did place 6th last year in the world rafting championship.  Costa Rican Resource was a proud sponsor of the Costa Rican Team. After we make our way through this beautiful canyon, we will then drive to the Caribbean where you'll be staying in another luxurious setting surrounded by nature at Almonds & Corals Ecolodge. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 6 ------ Snorkel or Waterfall Rappel (Almonds & Corals)

The clear blue water and white sand of the Caribbean is something you will not find on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. It is also the best area for snorkeling with 35 different species of coral and 500 different species of fish. We'll be walking right off the shore and snorkeling in some of Costa Rica's most biodiverse jungles but these just happen to be underwater. After we snorkel we can go to the nearby towns where you and the kids can do some trinket shopping for local crafts. A second option for this afternoon would be to rappel one of the nearby waterfalls. Your CRR guide can set you up for an amazing adventure of rappeling a 70 ft waterfall. (Meals: Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 7 ------ Chocolate Tour, Nature Hike, & Surf Classes (Almonds & Corals)

Costa Rican Resource Sponsor of National Team of Rafting
If you are a fan of chocolate you will be a fan of today as we learn the secrets of the Cacao fruit and where it has come from and the process of making it to the sweet tasting candy we all know and love. This tour is done by the local indigenous tribe and very educational for everyone. After the chocolate tour we'll hit the beach where it will be time to take on some waves and enjoy a surf class with the locals. (Meals: Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 8 ------ Fly Home!

Today we drive back to the San Jose Airport and an afternoon flight would work best as it is a three hour drive from the Caribbean to San Jose (SJO)
Eating Termites on Nature Hike

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Costa Rica Family Adventure

Costa Rican Resource Family Adventure
Day 1 -------- Arrive & Drive to Dominical (Cuna del Angel)

Today your private guide and driver will meet you outside the San Jose airport. We will make the 2 1/2 hour drive to the beach town of Dominical which is home to some of the best surfing in all of Costa Rica. You will be staying at the Cuna del Angel which is just south of the beach town. When we arrive it will be a long day of traveling so you can rest up and get ready for the day 2 of surfing. (Meals: None)

Day 2 -------- Surf Class (Cuna del Angel)

Surf Classes Dominical
Get ready for a full day of surfing. Today we will have the board size of your choice and a chance to ride waves all day. We will visit a few different beaches and make our way up and down the coast exploring some of Costa Rica's most beautiful and untouched beaches along with perfect waves. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 3 -------- Rappel Waterfall & Sleep Behind Waterfall (Sleep Behind Waterfall)

Sleeping in the Cave
Today we will make our way into the area where we will be rappeling down a waterfall and then sleeping behind a waterfall. This is a very intense hike to arrive and we can get a horse if the kids feel they will need one but we have had little ones make it before no problem. When we arrive it will be time to walk down a 150 ft waterfall with a rope. This is the sport of rappeling and it is one of the most adrenaline pumping events of the week. After the rappel we will go watch the sunset on top of Costa Rica's tallest waterfall and then back to our cots where we will spend the night and enjoy the beauty of the jungle and the sound of the water. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 4 -------- Leave Waterfall and Drive to Turrialba (Casa Turire)

After breakfast we will hike out of the area we will be staying and then make the drive over Costa Rica tallest mountain range. This is a beautiful drive with a chance to see both coast at the same time. Our final destination will be the Casa Turire Hotel located in Turrialba with beautiful views of the erupting Turrialba Volcano. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Walter & Martha in the Duckies
Day 5 -------- Raft in Duckies on Pejibaye (Casa Turire)

Probably our favorite adventure with families is our duckie adventure in the Pejibaye River. Here everyone gets their own duckie and their own guide to get them through the rapids of the Pejibaye River. This is a great day on the river and the best part is that this adventure ends at the Casa Turire Hotel where we park our duckies and you can then go relax in the pool. In the evening we can take you into a local nearby village for a meal and some Costa Rican flavor. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Rafting Pacuare
Day 6 -------- Raft Pacuare & Drive to Arenal (The Springs)

Voted as one of the top 5 rivers on the planet this is a must do in Costa Rica if you are looking for fun in adventure. Because the water will be running low and all of our tours are run privately with the top river guides we will have no problem taking the little ones on this amazing adventure. No doubt the most scenic spot in all of Costa Rica. In the evening we will drive to The Springs where the kids can enjoy the fastest waterslide in Costa Rica. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 7 -------- Zipline & Hotsprings (The Springs)

With over 70 different ziplines in the country this is for sure the best. It is the highest, fastest, & safest zipline with cables that hang 700ft above the rainforest floor along with spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano and Lake below. After spending the day of adventure on the ziplines you will have sometime to relax in the Hotsprings and just enjoy the view and the slide. (Meals: Breakfast)

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

Today we will take you back to the San Jose airport. (Meals: Breakfast)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sample 8 Day Adventure Itin

Day 1 ----- Arrive & Drive to Turrialba (Casa Turire)

Today your guide and driver will meet you outside the San Jose Airport and you'll drive through the capital city of San Jose and then through rural Costa Rica as you make your way to the area of Turrialba. Here you will be staying in the beautiful Casa Turire Hotel  which is located on a lake with excellent views of the smoking Turrialba Volcano. Depending on your flight arrival we can take you into a local mountain village for dinner and a chance for the kids to interact with some of our local friends.  (Meals: None)

Day 2 ----- Raft Pacuare (Pacuare Lodge)

Pacuare Lodge
National Geographic has this river listed as one of the top five rivers on the planet and the scenery is absolutely jaw-dropping. After breakfast in the hotel we will make our way to the area of La Cruz where we will begin our adventure on the Pacuare. We will spend half of the day rafting, visiting waterfalls, and having a river lunch as we raft our way to the Pacuare Lodge. The Pacuare Lodge is one of a kind on the Pacuare River and a perfect blend of ecolodge and luxury. Your time at the lodge will be spent completely surrounded by nature and the nearby river. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Nayara Hotel & Spa
Day 3 ----- Raft Canyon & Drive to Arenal (Nayara Hotel)

Today we will take on more rafting as we visit the Pacuare Canyon which is home to the larger class IV rapids of the Pacuare and the most picturesque area of the river. The rafting today will be intense and we will be rafting as a team enjoying some of the finest scenery on Earth along with some very adventurous rapids. When we take out of the river in the town of Siquirres we will drive north to the Arenal Volcano. Here we will be staying in the luxurious Nayara Hotel which is considered one of the finest in all of Costa Rica. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 4 ----- Zipline & Nature Reserve (Nayara Hotel)

Let the adventure continue as we drive to the other side of the volcano where it opens up to some of the best views of the Arenal Lake and the volcano. Here we will be doing the zipline. With over 77 different ziplines in the country this stands as still my favorite and best operated. The zipping will take us on 8 cables that hang almost 1km long and up to 700ft high. This is an adventure you will not want to miss! After the ziplining we'll make go to the Nature Reserve of Danaus where you will get a chance to learn about and see all the different critters in the rainforest. After the nature reserve you will have time to relax in the beautiful suites of Nayara. If you're up for it we will take you out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in the area. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Can you Handle this Itinerary?
Day 5 ----- Drive to Pacific Coast (Arenas del Mar)

Today we'll drive to the Central Pacific to an area known as Manuel Antonio. You will be staying at Arenas del Mar which is a perfectly located small hotel with a private beach. The views are breath-taking and this is one of our favorite places in all of Costa Rica. The drive is long and will take around 4 1/2 hours but very scenic. You do have the option of flying from the Arenal area down to Quepos if you do not want to spend your day in a car. We will arrive to Arenas del Mar Resort just after lunch so you'll have time to check in and spend the rest of the day relaxing. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 6 ----- Surf Lessons & Relax (Arenas del Mar)

Surf Classes

Well the kids are back at it with some adventure and you are welcome to join in the surf classes. Costa Rica is known for having some of the best waves in the world. Don't worry we know the perfect beaches for learning and you will spend the day getting lessons and learning how to surf from some of Costa Rica's experts. In the afternoon after a day of fun in the sun you can relax at the Arenas del Mar Resort and we can take you out to eat in the evening if you would like.

Day 7 ----- Rappel Waterfall (Arenas del Mar)

Waterfall Rappel
Today we will make the 1 hour drive south only because it is completely worth it. This is very unique experience and one of the most exciting adventures we offer. We'll be rappeling down a canyon with 5 different waterfalls. Between each waterfall we'll be swimming through pools to get to the next waterfall. The adrenaline will be pumping and it is a great way to spend your last day in Costa Rica. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 8 ------ Fly Home!

Today we will drive you to the San Jose Airport to catch your flight home and start planning your return trip to Costa Rica! (Meals: Breakfast)