Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Jodi Costa Rica Adventure Aug 8th - Aug 13th

Day 1 --- Arrive & Drive to Central Pacific (Cuna del Angel or La Cusinga)

Today you will arrive and be met by your private bilingual guide and driver. We will make the drive to the Central Pacific where you will be staying in one of two places.  A unique style of lodging for this area in an ecolodge, called La Cusinga. This hotel has without question what we know as the best views in all of Costa Rica but it is anecolodge which means no A/C, no TV's, but still a splash of luxury and you hardly miss the A/C as the evenings are cooler.

The other option is the Cuna del Angel which is a small luxurious boutique hotel which offers some of the best meals you will find anywhere. Both of these places are located at the coast but we will be doing activities that are not beach related while staying here. (Meals: None)

Day 2 --- Zipline & Sunset Horseback (Cuna del Angel)
Cuna del Angel

Today we will be ziplining through the rainforest. The zipline in the southern Pacific region is home to some of the most breath taking views you will find as you can see the entire Pacific coastline of Costa Rica while zipping through the canopy. We also like this zipline and we're sure your boys will too, because it offers a tree rappel and aTarzan swing which is a little extra adrenaline rush.

Rappel at the Cave
In the afternoon we will take you to one of our favorite little swim holes where you will have the chance to swing on a rope swing and drop into the pool. 

Before dinner we'll do a sunset horseback ride. This ride starts in a small reserve and then we make our way out to a completely deserted beach to take in the sunset with just our group and the horses! (Meals: Breakfast)

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

Today we will do one of our top adventures. We'll make the one hour hike up to one of the most unique and beautiful spots on Earth. This hike  is tough but we take our time and it is well worth it as we make our way to the land of the waterfalls.

When we reach the top we will gear everyone up and rappel a 120ft waterfall.

After the rappel we will do a short hike to watch the sunset on top of Costa Rica's tallest waterfall. This is the Diamante Falls. Here you will watch the sun drop over the Pacific while being surrounded by waterfalls and lushrainforest.

Casa Turire - See you there Jodi!
Everything is provided in the cavern for meals, sleeping, and there's private baths & showers. You are literally sleeping behind three waterfalls with a natural sleeping machine for a most restful night! (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 4 --- Travel to Turrialba (Casa Turire)

Today we will hike to the top and splash around different pools. The kids can even jump off a 15ft waterfall into a pool before we make our way back to the transportation where we will drive on one of the most scenic roads in all of Central America. This ride literally divides Costa Rica and cruises along at it's highest point of 10,000ft offering a chance to see the Pacific and Caribbean on both sides.

We will arrive to the Casa Turire Hotel which is one of our favorites and you will have great views of the TurrialbaVolcano and it's smokin' top. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Raft Pacuare
Day 5 --- Raft Pacuare (Casa Turire)

Today we will raft what National Geographic has listed as one of the top most scenic rivers in the world. This is a great day of rafting as we make our way down on a private trip at our own pace hiking to different waterfalls and enjoying the canyons and the lush scenery from start to finish. Your river guides will turn into river chefs and prepare a lunch for you right on the banks of the Pacuare

When we finish we will head back to the Casa Turire to spend your last night reminiscing about an amazing CostaRican Adventure! (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 6 --- Fly Home!

Today we will leave Casa Turire after breakfast to catch your flight home! (Meals: Breakfast)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Jodi Boone Costa Rica Adventure August 8th - 13th 2013

Day 1 -- Arrive and Travel to first hotel (Casa Turire Hotel)
Casa Turire

Today we will meet you at the airport and take you to your first hotel. You will be met by your private driver and adventure guide. You will be staying in the luxurious and beautiful Casa Turire Hotel. This is small boutique hotel of only 16 rooms and probably our favorite in all of Costa Rica. It sits on a lake and has excellent views of the smoking Turrialba Volcano.  (Meals: None)

Day 2 -- Duckies upper pacuare y camping at Secret Spot (The Spot)
Duckie Adventure!

Today we are going to get an early early start leaving the hotel around 6:30am. We will be traveling to one of the most off the beaten path unique spots in all of Costa Rica. We will hop into 4x4 transportation where we will deep into the indigenous reserve on the upper section of the Pacuare River. This is a chance to venture where no other tourist goes allowing us to explore a section of the river that will have us being the only ones for miles.

This is a great day of rafting and doing one of our favorite adventures of riding the duckies. We will give everyone a chance to ride in the duckies as we make our way down great class III & IV rapids. After we finished the day of rafting we will make a short drive back in the 4x4 to a spot that we argue is the most awe-
The Spot!
inspiring/draw dropping view you will find in all of Costa Rica. This is our secret little spot and we will have camp set up when you arrive and have dinner prepared for you as we camp at the top of the Pacuare Canyon with 360 degree views all around. Here we will have a campfire and a chance to enjoy one of our favorite spots in a night of camping.

Pacuare Lodge
Day 3 -- Raft to Pacuare Lodge (Pacuare Lodge)

We will wake up as the clouds peal off the mountains opening up to the lush greenery. We will make the short drive or we can bike down to the put in of the section of Pacuare River where we will continue rafting. This is another great day of rafting where we will hike to waterfalls and enjoy another river lunch surrounded by lush tropical mountains.

Rafting Pacuare
Your final destination today will be the Pacuare Lodge. The night before we had you in tents and tonight you will be staying at one of the most luxurious of all ecolodges found anywhere in Costa Rica. Here you will experience this enchanting lodge while staying on the banks of the river. All your meals upon arrival will be in the world class restaurant and a chance to enjoy the grounds of the Lodge. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 4 -- Raft Pacuare Canyon & Travel to Arenal Volcano (Tabacon Resort)

Hike to the Waterfalls!
Today is your final run yet the most adventurous and without question the most scenic section of the river. This is what National Geographic has listed as one of the top 5 most scenic rivers on the planet. We will enjoy 200 ft waterfalls falling into the river and canyon walls that rise 300 ft straight up.

After our morning of rafting the adventurous and scenic class IV section we will make the drive to the Arenal Volcano. We will make some stops along the way trying some of the funkiest looking tropical fruits you will find anywhere. 

When we arrive to the Arenal Volcano you will be staying at the Tabacon Resort at the Arenal Volcano which after 3 days of adventurous rafting and duckies you will deserve another few nights of luxury. Here you will also have the chance to enjoy the hotsprings that sit at the base of the active volcano of Arenal. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Arenal Volcano

Day 5 -- Zipline & Canyoneering (Tabacon Resort)

If you have not had enough adventure we still have two of our favorites left.
Today we will be ziplining on different cables that hang 700 ft above the rainforest floor. We will be zipping alongside the active volcano of Arenal with bomber views of the lake Arenal.

After ziplining we will make our way to a nearby tropical canyon that is filled with waterfalls. We will start at the top and make our way down by way of rappel. We will hike and jump as we make our way down the canyon and when we arrive to the different waterfalls we will harnass up and rappel down them. Some of the falls measure up to 150ft! (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 6 --  Fly home!

Today we will transfer you back to the San Jose (SJO) airport where you will catch your flight home. This a 2 1/2 hour drive back to the airport. (Meals: Breakfast)

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)