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Costa Rica’s motto is “Pura Vida”, or Pure Life, and the main tourism draw is their natural surrounds. The country’s enormous effort in conservation has paid off with tourists coming from all over the world to explore this natural paradise. And in an effort to accommodate the tourists Costa Rica has created all sorts of exciting ways to immerse in nature. So, families are sure to have fun.  Costa Rica is divided down the center by the Continental Divide, making its two sides, the Pacific and the Caribbean, very different. The Pacific is the more traveled side with the famous Monte Verde Cloud Forest and the surfing beaches of the north. The Caribbean is a bit more off-the- path, but is starting to see real growth in independent and eco-travel.  Eco-travel actually defines most of the travel experience in Costa Rica. From guesthouses facing oozing volcanoes to beach retreats focusing on yoga and healing to activities based on enjoying nature while having an authentic adventure…hiking, biking, surfing, horseback riding and, our kids’ favorite, zip lining, Costa Rica exemplifies green travel.

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TWK Costa Rica: Jungles and Beaches
Group Departure: June 5 – June 13, 2018 (Other departure dates available. Trip can be customized as private departure as well)

With its lush rainforests, active volcanoes and rivers, Costa Rica offers an easy dip into adventure travel, while its beach-lined coast still offers plenty of time for relaxation! Immerse in Costa Rica’s amazing nature through adventure activities like white water rafting, zip lining, surfing and more in this jungle to beach vacation in paradise.

 

Day 1:

Arrive San Jose. Relax by the pool or take a tour of the city at leisure.

Overnight Country Inn & Suites or similar.

Day 2:
Board a private transfer to Arenal Volcano area.

This active volcano has been resting since 2010. During its last active phase, small eruptions occurred 3 – 5 times per day and lava could be seen glowing in the night, something you don’t get to witness very often. When will it begin its next active phase? Yet to be determined, but its geological reminders…with strange rock formations and lush forests in the surrounding national park…can be seen throughout the area. 

En route, visit Poas and La Paz, lunch at the Red Eyed Frog and visit Meso American Rescue Center.

Spend an evening at leisure in Arenal area.

Overnight Hotel Arenal Paraiso or similar.

Day 3:

Today is all about adventure! Head out into the jungles surrounding Arenal Volcano to explore. You’ll rappel down giant waterfalls, jump into pools, zip down guided rappels, downclimb the canyon walls and river boulders and more!

Overnight Hotel Arenal Paraiso or similar.

Day 4:

Culture is often about cuisine and while Costa Rica is well known for its rice and beans, don’t underestimate the intricacies of Costa Rican cuisine. Today, visit a local farm and learn about the fruits, vegetables and herbs used in Costa Rican cuisine and how they are grown. In the evening you will learn to cook Costa Rican food and then dine on your creation in the delightful atmosphere on a local farm.

Overnight Hotel Arenal Paraiso or similar.

Day 5:

Today, we head from the jungle to the coast. En route, it’s time for some more heart-pumping adventure as we white water raft down the Rio Balsa on the way to Manuel Antonio.

Overnight Hotel San Bada or similar.

Day 6:
Get out on that water via catamaran searching for spotted dolphins and whales, Then, jump in to explore below the surface where you will see colorful tropical fish and other creatures.

Overnight Hotel San Bada or similar.

Day 7:

Enjoy a free day to relax on the beach or perhaps take a Stand Up Paddle or Kayak tour.

Overnight Hotel San Bada or similar.

Day 8:

Transfer to San Jose.

Overnight Country Inn & Suites or similar.

Day 9:

Depart San Jose.

White Water Rafting
Costa Rica’s jungles are alive with wildlife, much of which calls the river banks its home. Board an inflatable boat for an adventure safari looking for animals like sloths, monkeys, bats, basilisk lizards and more! The rafting trip can be on Class II – IV waters depending on the group and time of year.

Costa Rica Cooking Class
During this class, you will learn about Costa Rican traditional foods and styles of cooking and visit a local home to learn the art of making tortillas, banana leaf plates and more!

After we are done cooking, we feast on an authentic Costa Rican meal!

Canyon and Waterfall Rappelling Tour

The mountainous area in Central Costa Rica is punctuated by, depending on the time of the year and place, frothing white water rivers. On this tour, we will explore the rivers hiking through canyons, climbing up small cliffs, rappelling down waterfalls and more. Can be adjusted based on age and physicality of participants.

Zip Line Adventure
Many of Costa Rica’s animals call the tree tops their home, so on this tour we will join them. Climb up into the canopy for a bird’s eye (or monkey’s eye) view of the jungle surrounds. Then, fly through the trees along a series of zip lines looking for wildlife all along the way.

Manuel Antonio Tour

Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica’s most fantastic park and that’s saying a lot for a country that is focused on conservation and eco-tourism. In this tour an expert naturalist hikes through the paths of the jungles with you identifying plants and animals and teaching you about animal behaviors. The forests, mangroves, and lagoons in this park house more than 100 mammal species and almost 200 types of birds. Species to look for include monkeys, sloths, frogs, lizards and more.

Surfing
Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is known for its surfing culture. On this half-day tour, we will learn the art of surfing from experts in the area. Then, we will board our surfboards and ride the waves. Lesson includes equipment, instruction and time to practice your new found skills.

NeoFauna Wildlife Reserve

The jungle as night is a totally different animal…so to speak and at NeoFauna, you will get a better understanding of the creatures that come out at night. Don a headlamp and head out along jungle paths. You expert naturalist will teach you about the plants and animals and behaviors you might not see during the day.

Crocodile River Tour
The rivers off Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast are framed with lush vegetation and amazing vistas, but they also have some interesting inhabitants. In this tour, take a boat up the river looking for one of the areas most famed residents the crocodile. Other species to look for include: monkeys, iguanas, basilisk lizards and more!

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