Monday, July 22, 2013

Wooster School Costa Rica Adventure

March 15 - Arrive Liberia (Ostional) 
Journal Reflection Every Morning

Today we will meet you outside of the Liberia Airport where we will make the short but bumpy drive to theOstional area. Here we will be staying in a small hotel just steps from the Ostional Beach. We will be taking part in a Turtle Project in the area where the kids will have hands-on work collecting and counting eggs, monitoring turtles, and working in the nursery.

Our goal is to have you arrive on an early afternoon flight and offer this first night as a night on the beach getting some work done. This is a great little beach town and we plan on having activities available during the day for those that only need a few hours of sleep. Although the kids will be working hard, we do want them to be rested so they can make it through the entire week.

During the month of March the kids will have the chance to work with the Olive Ridely, Green, and LeatherbackSea Turtles.  (Meals: Dinner)
Its Turtle Time!

March 16 - Turtle Project (Ostional)

Today will be a late morning as we will have spent the prior day traveling and working on the beach. After the kids get up we will begin some work in town. We can organize a soccer game with the local kids, visit the school, or have a number of other planned activities to keep us occupied until the evening of working.

In the night hours it is back out to the beach and back to work. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

March 17 - Visit Nosara & Turtle Project (Ostional)
Maybe some Surfing! O we can switch it for Community Service

Today we will travel 30 minutes north to visit the fun surf town of Nosara. This is a great spot filled with hip restaurants and shops and chance for the kids to experience a different vibe for a bit. This is also one of Costa Rica's top beaches for learning how to surf and a great swimming beach. We'll get a few hours in the water and enjoy a great sunset.

In the evening it is back to our last hour of work in the Turtle Project. We will make this a short night for the kids as we want them well rested for the active days ahead. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

March 18 - Travel to Arenal & Dinner at Don Juan's (Arenal Hotel)
Arenal Volcano

Today we will be leaving the beach and saying good-bye to our new friends from the project along with all the turtles we helped. We'll pop our heads out the bus, salute them and wish them the best in their vital role of helping to keep our oceans a major life support to our Blue Marble.

Today is a travel day and we'll be driving through some of Costa Rica's most scenic areas from the Northern NicoyaPeninsula, around the Arenal Lake, until we reach the Arenal Volcano. After a long day of travel we'll have one of the best meals in all of Costa Rica (and one of the most educational) at the Don Juan's Organic Farm.  We will be staying here for two nights (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

March 19 - Rio Celeste (Arenal Hotel)
Rio Celeste

The month of March is the heart of the dry season and allows us to operate one of the most unique nature hikes you can imagine. You won't believe it when you are standing in front of it but the Rio Celeste is a hike through a sky blue river offering a chance to relax in "real" natural hotsprings and see one of the planets most enchanting waterfalls. The river has a neon sky blue look to it due to the different minerals fed by the Volcano Tenorio where the river begins.

This is a 3/4 day trip and the hiking is not rough and everyone will do fine. The thrill is the river and the waterfall. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the area and make a day out of hiking through one of the most scenic spots in all of Costa Rica.  In the evening it is back to the Arenal Volcano to relax in the hotel and enjoy the views of the volcano. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Hola Janet!

March 20 - Zipline & Travel to Sarapiqui (La Tirimbina)

Green Macaw popular at Sarapiqui
Today we will be leaving the Arenal Volcano after we get an adrenaline rush on the zipline. We will be zipping on cables that hang 700ft above the rainforest floor and offer unmatched views of the Lake and Arenal Volcano.

After the zipline we will make our way to the Sarapiqui area and stay in a unique place called La TirimbinaReserve. This area is known for being one of the most biodiverse places in Costa Rica and is home to the Low-land Tropical Rainforest. One of La Tirimbina's specialty is bats and we'll venture out on a night expedition of capturing bats. The kids will feel like real field scientists. During their guided encounters with the bats, they will learn the importance of these amazing mammals and that they are not really all that bad like in the movies. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

March 21 - Enter Pacuare (Pacuare Eco-Lodge)

Today we will get an early start and head to the Pacuare River. The month of March due to the dry season has thePacuare River running low. This is the perfect chance to experience what National
Pacuare Canyon
Geographic has listed as one of their top scenic rivers on the planet. We will spend the first day rafting and hiking to different waterfalls and staying the night at the Pacuare Eco-Lodge which is a brand new Ecolodge built by CRR with absolutely bomber views of the primary rainforest mountains as far as the eye can see. This is truly a special spot and waking up to the sound of the river and nature makes it one of the most peaceful places in Costa Rica.

The night will be spent doing different activities and a night-hike looking for different species found in the area. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

March 22 - Raft Pacuare Canyon & Drive to San Jose (La Condesa)
Rafting Pacuare

Today we'll raft the most scenic part of the Pacuare River where you will see pristine waterfalls falling into the river and passing through a canyon where rock walls ascend 400 ft straight up. After a full day of adventure and fun we will make the drive back to the San Jose area where we'll have a farewell dinner at the hotel. Our hotel is close to the airport for our departure tomorrow. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

March 23 - Fly Home!

Today we will make the short transfer to catch your flight home from the San Jose Airport (SJO). (Meals: Breakfast)

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