View monkeys, sloths, parrots and crocodiles, hike the cool lava trail on an inactive volcano, paddle a raft down a gentle river with monkeys howling in the trees above, kayak and snorkel in the clear water of a colorful reef full of tropical fish, and relax in natural hot springs.
Enjoy ground travel in private, air-conditioned comfort. Travel with a bi-lingual naturalist travel coordinator. Stay in comfortable eco-lodges and small, family operated guest houses.
Leave the planning to us and enjoy the abundant wildlife, fresh food, friendly people, and tropical January weather. Pura vida!
*This trip is open to ADULTS (some older teens ok).. this includes men, like your spouses, friends, etc... so we are opening this up to not just women on this trip!
Arenal Volcano National Park * Manuel Antonio National Park * La Paz Waterfall Gardens.
Highlight activities include:
Rafting a gentle river * Guided wildlife-viewing walks * Sea Kayaking * Snorkeling.
Relaxing stress-relievers include:
Pools and hot springs, sunsets over the Pacific Ocean, and comfortable seating and hammocks for bird-watching and reading or napping.
Sun Jan 26
Arrive at a small, family run hotel with gardens and private rooms, just a few minutes from the international airport. Rest from travel in the open-air lounge, observe tropical birds and eat a dinner of local Costa Rican specialties.
Monday Jan 27
Travel to the Arenal Volcano. Check into an eco-lodge with views of the volcano, followed by guided hike at the volcano and sunset viewing at the Lake Arenal Dam. We’ll eat dinner at our eco lodge and have time to swim in the pool or soak in the on-site hot springs.
Tues, Jan 28
Paddle in a raft down a gentle river, observing wildlife like basilisk lizards, monkeys, and a wide variety of birds. We’ll make a day of it with a stop to visit a family farm. Enjoy another evening of pool and springs time, or walk the self-guided trails and gardens at the lodge. Massages, zip-line tours, and other options are available at an additional fee and may be arranged, time permitting.
Wed, Jan 29
Depart for coast, traveling the scenic route around Lake Arenal. Stops for photos, lunch, and brief shopping. Arrival in Manuel Antonio in time for exploring the village, shopping, and sunset beach walk. Check into our second eco-lodge, with new on-site trails and gardens to explore.
Thurs, Jan 30
Kayak in the Pacific Ocean with spectacular views of the rocky coast and lush jungle. Stop to snorkel a colorful reef, full of tropical fish and sea creatures. Enjoy sunset over the ocean, a delicious dinner and time for searching for tiny colorful frogs and other nocturnal animals before falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle and sea.
Fri, Jan 31
Tour Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most popular parks in Costa Rica known for its bio-diversity, with a local expert. The endangered squirrel monkey is one of the animals that can be viewed here, as well as parrots, colorful songbirds, sloths, and capuchin monkeys. In the afternoon we will travel away from the coast, to get an early start on the following day’s adventure.
Sat, Feb 1
La Paz Waterfall Gardens has confiscated, rehabilitated Costa Rican animals that are now living in lush exhibits. This provides an opportunity for up-close viewing of jaguars and other cats that are very rare to see in the wild. Birds, monkeys, frogs, and reptiles are also on display. A hummingbird garden attracts dozens of species. An orchid garden and traditional farm house are also included, making for a full day of exploration and photo opportunities. After an abundant buffet lunch, walk the well-maintained trails past the spectacular waterfalls on the property. After this big day, we will return to our first night’s guest house and order a light meal delivered in.
Sun, Feb 2
Early morning farewell breakfast.
This trip is open to adults.
Teens 14-18 traveling with a parent or family member are also welcome.
For more information or to get on the early registration list, please email [masked] or call Kathie at [masked]-3222.
Registration deadline is December 10, 2014. Total package price is $1599, double occupancy.
This price includes all lodging in unique eco-lodges, small group dynamics, private, secure, air-conditioned ground transportation, a bi-lingual trip organizer, local naturalist guides, national parks, pools, hot springs, delicious fresh meals, and kayak, snorkel, and rafting tours.
$200 deposit secures your spot. Monthly payments of $350 may be made, with final balance due December 10, 2013.
Our tours focus on wildlife viewing, supporting hotels and tours that practice sustainable tourism, supporting conservation projects, and experiencing local culture.