Thursday, May 1, 2014

Gersh Academy Costa Rica Family Adventure - "We Change Lives"

Day 1 ---- Arrive & Drive to Caribbean Coast (Almonds & Corals)

Today you will be met by your Gersh Academy representative in Costa Rica. In your private modern luxurious motor coach you'll be transported to the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean Coast. The drive will be filled with views of the country-side of Costa Rica, a drive through the National Park of Braulio Carrillo, and plenty of history lessons and education from your personal naturalist bilingual guide you will have throughout the entire week.

Our final destination will be the Almonds and Corals Ecolodge which is the perfect blend of luxurious accommodations completely immersed in the rainforest. (Meals: Dinner)

Day 2 ---- Surf Classes & Beach Bar-B-Que (Almonds & Corals)
Surf Classes

Today we will wake up to the sound of howler monkeys. We'll have a hearty breakfast before making our way to the beach for surf classes. Here your guides will be teaching you the basics of surfing and have you an expert by lunch time. We will spend the entire morning catching waves and hopefully by afternoon we will be signing contracts with Quicksilver and Billabong.

In the afternoon parents can relax at a quaint spot by the beach, enjoy some food and drink while the kids continue to play in the sand and water with supervision from our certified lifeguards.

In the evening it is back to the hotel to enjoy an excellent meal and another night in the jungle. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

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

After breakfast today we will make our way to what National Geographic has listed as one of the top five most scenic rivers on the planet. This is the Pacuare River and it is completely surrounded by tropical rainforest, filled with enchanting views of waterfalls up to 200ft, and canyon walls over 300ft. We will raft for three hours before reaching the beautiful Pacuare Ecolodge where we will have the entire place reserved for yhe Gersh Academy group. Your guides will make tasty meals for you and have games for the kids.

At night we will have the bonfire going and make it another unforgettable night for everyone! (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner0

Day 4 ----  Tree Rappels, & Tarzan Swing (Pacuare Ecolodge)
Tree Rappel

This is one of our favorite days. We will spend the entire day at the Ecolodge with two different courses planned. Half the group will enjoy the adventurous Tarzan Swing where you will have the chance to swing out over the river and feel the adrenaline pumping. The second half of the group will take two small ziplines to the top of two different trees where we have platforms allowing you to rappel down from a platform in a tree that is over 120ft high in the rainforest canopy. We will then switch the groups after lunch and get back to having fun!

In the evening we will have more games planned and another bonfire setting the scene to spend another night under the amazing night sky filled with stars in this pristine part of the world. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 5 ---- Raft Pacuare Canyon and Drive to Arenal Volcano (Los Lagos Resort)

Today is a day to remember. This is the most scenic part of the Pacuare River and we will be making the three hour raft trip past some of our planet's most majestic spots filled with lush tropical rainforest and waterfalls from start to finish. We also plan to keep everyone wet as we will be enjoying some adventurous rapids making it one of the most fun days of the trip.

After the rafting we'll drive to the Arenal Volcano which is a perfectly cone-shaped volcano and one of
Family Rafting
the most picturesque you will find anywhere. Our final destination will be the Los Lagos Resort which offers an amazing pool and relaxing hotsprings for everyone to enjoy after your day of rafting. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 6 ---- Zipline & Visit to Waterfall (Los Lagos Resort)

Today we will take you ziplining through the rainforest on 10 different cables that measure hundreds of feet off the ground. You will also have up-close views of the Arenal Volcano as you zip across different canyons.

After the zipline we will make the drive to the La Fortuna Waterfall. This waterfall has a hike of 500 steps but is well worth it making it a great spot to take a swim and a perfect photo op (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 7 ---- Visit CaƱo Negro Wildlife Refuge Boat Float (Los Lagos Resort)

La Fortuna Falls
We plan to offer you this a day a chance to make sure you get to see all the wildlife your heart desires. This is an easy boat float for the last day filled with many different species of monkeys, sloths, toucans, and many other up-close encounters, keeping kids and adults engaged.

In the evening we will be having a farewell party to celebrate our amazing adventure and bid farewell to our new friends and campanions in adventure and fun!

Day 8 ---- Fly Home!

We will transfer you to the airport at San Jose where you will board the plan and see the world in an entire new light and Pura Vida. (Meals: Breakfast)