Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Father/Daugther Costa Rica Adventure March 16th - 23rd 2014

Casa Turire
March 16 ---  Arrive & Drive to Casa Turire (Standard Room Casa Turire)

Today you will be met at the airport by your private guide in a luxurious modern 4x4. We will make the drive to the area of Turrialba. Assuming your flight is on time we will make it through the capital city with no traffic and arrive to the Turrialba area mid-afternoon. This is around a 2 hour drive to the hotel of Casa Turire. The hotel sits in a valley that is surrounded by lush green mountains and is at the base of the Turrialba Volcano which offers excellent views of the smoking volcano. 

We will suggest having dinner the first night in the Casa Turire Hotel which boast of having a very tasty restaurant. (Meals:None)

March 17 ----- Private Rafting Tour Section I & II Class Rapids (Standard Room  Casa Turire) 

Turrialba Volcano
Today you will wake up and have breakfast at the Casa Turire Hotel. After breakfast your guide will be waiting for you in the lobby of the Casa Turire Hotel and transfer you to the area of La Cruz where we start our rafting adventure. This is a 30 minute drive to the area where we put into the river and 10 minutes on 4x4 roads. Once we arrive to the river bank your raft and guides will be waiting for you and we will put on our lifevest and be rafting down easy class II rapids for two hours. We will stop for some hikes to some waterfalls along with a lunch on the river. 

After the morning of rafting we will take out of the river where we will take a 5 minute hike to the car that will be waiting for us. From here we will drive another 10 minutes on a 4x4 road to the main road and 30 minutes back to the hotel from there.

We will be arriving back to the hotel around 3pm where you can relax and enjoy the pool, hot-tub, and hotel grounds. We can take you out for dinner in the evening or you can choose to eat at the hotel for a second night. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
Tabacon Hot Springs

March 18 ----- Drive to Arenal Volcano (4 hour drive) and stay at Tabacon Resort

(Tabacon Suite) 

Today we will travel to the Arenal Volcano. This is one of the most scenic volcanos you will find anywhere. We will spend the morning traveling on some of Costa Rica's less mountainous roads but still have around a total of 40 minutes in the mountains. We will arrive to the Tabacon Resort early afternoon and you will have the chance to enjoy the hotsprings at the Resort which are the finest in the area. (Meals: Breakfast)

March 19 ----- Zipline Adventure (20 minute drive) through rainforest (Tabacon Suite) 

Zipline Adventure
Today is a short 20 minute drive to the zipline adventure. With over 70 different ziplines in the country and I can not say we have done them all (but we are close) this is still by far our favorite. It has the best views of the volcano and lake and is an unforgettable morning.

In the afternoon we can visit some more of the sites in the area or you can have the option of staying and relaxing in the hotsprings. 

For dinner we will be suggesting a reservation at Don Rufino's voted one of the best tasting places in all of Costa Rica. (Meals: Breakfast)

March 20 ----- Flight to Liberia - Private transfer 30 minutes to Hyatt Andaz (Bay View Twin Room) 

Today you will be transfered to the airport in the area and have your private direct flight to the Liberia airport. This is a 40 minute flight and we can depart at the hour or your choice. At the moment we have requested at
Hyatt Andaz
Andaz that they allow us to do an early check-in which make sense for you to fly early.  At the present moment check in is at 2pm which would make for a 12 noon flight. The time before can be spent in the hotsprings but we will wait on the response for the early check-in from the hotel to decide. From the Liberia airport it is another 30-40 minute drive to Hyatt Andaz. (Meals: Breakfast)
(Meals: Breakfast)

March 21  ----- Beach Day Hyatt Andaz  (Bay View Twin Room)

Today is your day to relax at the beach. There are different activities you can do in the area including a number of water sports. (Meals: Breakfast)

March 22 ----- Beach Day Hyatt Andaz (Bay View Twin Room) 

Hyatt Andaz

Another day to relax at the beach and enjoy the resort. (Meals: Breakfast)

March 23 ------ Transfer to Liberia Airport

Today you will be transfered to the Liberia Airport to catch your flight home!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Murray Family Costa Rican Adventure

Casa Ranieri
April 17th 2014 --- Casa Ranieri
Today you will be met at the airport by your private driver/guide and transported to the ever so elegant estate of Casa Ranieri. This is around a 30 minute drive where you will have mind-boggling views of the Central Valley along with a large Italian man named, Don Rafa. (Meals Included: Lunch & Dinner)

April 18th 2014 --- Casa Ranieri (Pacuare Rafting + River Lunch)
Today we will get started after breakfast and head to the Pacuare Ecolodge where you will get a chance to see Tom's stomping ground of where he houses his student groups and then spend the day rafting one of the most scenic rivers on the planet. In the afternoon it will be back to Casa Ranieri for another epic dinner by the world Famous chef "Doña Maria". (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Tabacon Hotsprings

April 19th 2014 --- Travel to Arenal Volcano (Lodging at Tabacon Resort)
Today we will travel to the Arenal Volcano where you will be staying at the beautiful Tabacon Resort. This resort is located at the base of the volcano and is home to the best hotsprings in all of Costa Rica. (Meals: Breakfast)

April 20th 2014 --- Happy Easter, Zipline Sky Trek & La Fortuna waterfall (Tabacon Resort)
Get ready for some adventure as we will be ziplining through the rainforest. We will be
Zipline Adventure
zipping along on cables a mere 700ft above the rainforest floor. After ziplining it will be time to visit one of the most scenic waterfalls in Costa Rica with a hike to La Fortuna Falls. (Meals: Breakfast)

April 21st 2014 --- Travel to Manuel Antonio (Si Como No)
Today is a travel day to the Central Pacific coast area of Manuel Antonio. This is one of the best beaches in all of Costa Rica and filled with monkeys so Kathryn can take some really cool selfies with a monkey photo-bombing it. (Meals: Breakfast)

April 22nd 2014 --- Day off in Manuel Antonio (Lodging at Si Como No, Superior Room)
Manuel Antonio
Today is a relax day at the beach or we can venture into the park to look for some wildlife. (Meals: Breakfast)

April 23rd --- Travel to Casa Ranieri

April 24th --- Travel to San José - Fly Home
Today we can visit colleges in Costa Rica for Kathryn or you can catch your flight home! (Meals: Breakfast)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Community School of Davidson 2014 Costa Rica Adventure

July 10 ---- Arrive & Drive to Sitio de Mata (Homestays)

Today we will meet you outside of the airport and transfer you to the village of Sitio de Mata. Here you will be be re-united with all your friends and we will have a welcome dinner to get all the kids feeling at home right from the start. (Meals: Dinner)

July 11 ---- Community Service, Sitio de Mata (Homestays)

Hanging with the Homestays!
Today we will start the community service projects. The town council is meeting this week (Fe. 6th) to discuss different projects. The main one this year seems to be help with the community center which sits right next to the soccer field. There are a number of things that need to be done with it including, painting, laying tile, kitchen fix-up, and a garden around the outside. A few other projects that have come up are individual homes. The town council might suggest a few homes with elderly members that might need a ramp but can not afford it or different things that can be done. The school is also going to give a list of things that are needed.
 (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

July 12 ---- Community Service, Sitio de Mata (Homestays)

Pacuare Ecolodge
Today is another full day of giving back to the community which will consist of the different projects around the community. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

July 13 ---- Community Service, Sitio de Mata (Homestays)

Today we will apply some cream on the blisters and get back to work! We will plan on breaking up the work with soccer games, tortillas classes, and different activities with the community. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

July 14 ---- Community Service, Sitio de Mata (Homestays)
Raft Pacuare

Today is the final day of community service. We will have things wrapping up around early afternoon CSD! (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
to get us ready for the farewell festivities which are always a huge hit with

July 15 ---- Enter Pacuare River (Pacuare Ecolodge)

Today we will say good-bye to our friends and make our way to the Pacuare River. This will be a half day of rafting and fun as we make our way to the Pacuare Ecolodge. This is a beautiful spot with fabulous views of the Pacuare River Canyon. We will stop for lunch on the river and then continue rafting until we arrive to the lodge.

In the evening we will have a bonfire and enjoy the night in the jungle. This is not roughing it too bad as each cabin has their private bathroom and shower. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
La Fortuna Falls

July 16 ---- Community Service, local village (Pacuare Ecolodge)

Today we will be staying an entire day at the Pacuare Ecolodge. We will take a short hike through the jungle to a nearby village. Here we will have the chance to give back to a local village that never gets any visitors and will be a great way to cap off our days of Community Service. We will spend the morning painting the school and visiting with the kids of the village and then back to the lodge where we will swim in the river and get ready for another night in the rainforest. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Arenal Volcano

July 17 ---- Raft Pacuare & Travel to Arenal (Los Lagos)

Today we will head down the most scenic and adventurous part of the Pacuare River. Here the kids will spend the day rafting past beautiful waterfalls and canyons. When we take out of the river we will then travel to the famous Arenal Volcano. The kids will love getting to the Los Lagos Resort with marvelous views of the volcano and a well deserved chance to relax in the hotsprings after their community service work. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

July 18 ---- Zipline & La Fortuna Falls (Los Lagos)
Zipline Adventure

Today we will mix some adventure with some sightseeing as we hop on what we consider the best zipline in Costa Rica. Not only does SkyTrek offer incredible views of the Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake but it also gives everyone an adrenaline rush on cables that run from mountain to top mountain top.

In the afternoon we will have our swim suites on as we hike to the La Fortuna Waterfall. Here the kids can swim in the pools and get pictures of one of Costa Rica's most scenic waterfalls.

In the evening it is back to Los Lagos to relax in  the hotsprings before we take you out for a meal in the town of La Fortuna where you can walk around and souvenir shop after dinner. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Rio Celeste

July 19 ---- Hike to Rio Celeste (Los Lagos)

Today we will visit a less touristy spot of the area and experience one of the most unique places you will find anywhere in the world. We will hike to the Rio Celeste River, hotsprings, and waterfall. This is a great day of easy hiking through the rainforest ultimately arriving at a sky-blue looking river. We'll have a local lunch before heading back to the hotel to get us ready for our final night in Costa Rica! (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

July 20 ---- Fly Home!

Today we will make the trip back to the San Jose Airport. (Meals: Breakfast)

Sisler Costa Rica Sample Adventure Wildlife/River/Camping

Observatory Lodge
Day 1 --- Arrive and Drive to Arenal Volcano (Observatory Lodge)

Today we will meet you outside of the San Jose Airport and we'll drive to the Arenal Volcano. Because of your interest in wildlife and biodiversity we decided on the Observatory Lodge. This offers a true jungle feel next to the Arenal National Park and excellent views of the volcano. (Meals: None)

Day 2 --- Zipline & Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge  (Observatory Lodge) 

Zipline Adventure
This is a day of adventure and wildlife. You will have time to rest and enjoy breakfast with the views of the volcano. We will then head to the nearby zipline adventure. With over 70 ziplines in Costa Rica now, this is still by far one of our favorites. The cables are high and fast, the veiws are spectacular, and the operation and safety is second to none.

After the morning of zipping through the rainforest we'll have lunch in the town of La Fortuna where you can walk the streets and visit some of the local shops. We'll then head to north to the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge where we promise you a dense population of birds, monkeys, and sloths. This is a great afternoon of floating around on our private boat as your naturalist guide teaches you the many wonders of the tropical rainforest. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 3 --- Danaus Reserve & Travel to Mollejones Camp (Camp Mollejones)

Mollejones Campsite
Today our final destination will be a spot where we camp at the top of the Pacuare River canyon. We happen to think this is one of the best camp spots in Costa Rica where the views are astonishing of the entire Pacuare River Canyon. As we are leaving the Arenal Volcano area we will first stop at a small reserve where you will get an up close look at the smaller species of the rainforest. Here your naturalist will take you on a short walk to see poisonous dart frogs, butterflies, and more species of birds. This is a great hike to see a lot in a small area.

We will arrive to the campsite around 3pm where we will spend the afternoon getting ready for the evening, preparing food, getting the fire started, and enjoying the views of the smoking Turrialba volcano in the distance. (Meals: Breakfast & Dinner)

Pacuare River
Day 4 --- Raft Pacuare & Kayak class II & III (Pacuare Ecolodge)

Today we will be just minutes away from the put in of the Pacuare River where we can have kayaks for you to spend the first half of the day kayaking class II & III rapids. We will arrive to our private Ecolodge on the river where we will be spending the night with some of the finest views on the river (we are big on views in case you haven't noticed). This will be another night in the jungle but what we consider the best stop of the week and yes, we are a little bias because it is our own Ecolodge. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Day 5 --- Raft Pacuare Canyon & Drive to Almonds & Corals (Almonds & Corals)

Today we will have breakfast at the lodge and then make our way down the Pacuare Canyon class IV in rafts. This is a great three hour run and the most scenic part of the river considered by National Geographic as one of the top five most scenic on the planet.

We will take out of the river after lunch and then make the drive to the Caribbean coast where you'll be staying at the luxurious ecolodge, Almonds & Corals. This is one of our favorite ecolodges anywhere in Costa Rica completely immersed in the rainforest and only steps away from white sandy beaches. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Costa Rican Resource Pacuare Ecolodge

Day 6 --- Lowland Tropical Rainforest Hike (Almonds & Corals)

Today we are going to take a hike with a local naturalist from the Caribbean side. Here you are going to learn a bit about local customs, animals, plants and life of the Afro-Caribbean culture found in the area.On this hike you'll see a lot of wildlife with vast views of the the beautiful white sandy beaches and clear blue waters of the Caribbean. 

In the afternoon you can relax at the beach or maybe we can try some surf classes. (Meals: Breakfast)

Cahuita National Park

Day 7 --- Cahuita National Park & Drive to San Jose (Grano de Oro)

Today we will head back to the San Jose area and our final destination will be one of our favorite hotels, Grano de Oro. A small luxurious boutique hotel with one of the best restaurants in the country. 

We will first stop for a visit to the Cahuita National Park where you will walk barefoot through the park, see more wildlife, and experience more beautiful beaches. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 8 --- Fly Home!

Today we'll transfer you to the San Jose Airport for your flight home. (Meals: Breakfast)