Eco Interactive Signature Family Vacation Experience – Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, La Fortuna and Kids Saving the Rainforest May 26, 2008Posted by ecointeractive in 10 Day, La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde.
Tags: Arenal, Beach, Canopy Tour, children's eternal forest, Horseback, Kids Saving the Rainforest, La Fortuna, Mangrove, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, Rainmaker, reforestation, River Safari, Zip Line
This vacation package will be customized to your needs and availability. Prices based on quadruple occupancy for a family of four:
Luxury Vacations Starting at $8151
Value Vacations Starting at $4116
Budget Vacations Staring at $3387
Itinerary at a Glance
Day One – Arrive in Costa Rica
Day Two – Transfer to Manuel Antonio
Day Three – Manuel Antonio Park / KSTR Learning Center
Day Four – Mangrove Tour / Day at the Beach
Day Five – Rainmaker Reserve / Family Reforestation Project (optional)
Day Six – Transfer to Monteverde / Children’s Eternal Forest
Day Seven – Arenal Volcano Discovery / La Fortuna Adventure
Day Eight – Canopy Tour and Horseback Ride
Day Nine – Eco-Cultural Tour / Poas Volcano / La Paz Waterfall Gardens / Artisans of Sarchi / San Jose
Day Ten – Return Home.
Magical Manuel Antonio
The Manuel Antonio Park is the crown jewel of the Costa Rican National Park system and the pinnacle of the Costa Rican eco adventure experience. Eco Tourism was literally invented in Manuel Antonio. Through the Eco Interactive Experience your family will have an opportunity to explore three critical Costa Rican habitats, the Coastal Rainforest on Manuel Antonio Park, Mountain Rainforest of Rainmaker Private Reserve and the Marine Mangrove Swamps of Damas Island.
Day One – Arrival in Costa Rica
Day Two – Transfer to Magical Manuel Antonio
Take the day to explore and relax. Visit the incomparable beaches of Manuel Antonio
Day Three – Manuel Antonio Park Tour / Kids Saving the Rainforest
Manuel Antonio National Park encapsulates the quintessential eco tourism experience: incredible beaches, magnificent offshore islands, and lush rainforest teaming with wildlife. The easy to navigate trails make this an ideal venue for your family to have an intimate encounter with nature. In Manuel Antonio Park you find monkeys (including the endangered Mono Titi), sloths and coatimundis. The experience is truly amazing. Your bi-lingual naturalist guide will open the secrets of the park to you in ways that you would never have thought possible.
Following the tour of the National Park, you will be taken to the Kids Saving the Rainforest Education Center. As part of the Kids Saving the Rainforest Experience, your family will learn about carbon footprint and how to take steps toward a carbon neutral lifestyle. We also provide your family an opportunity to participate in important reforestation projects and to learn the importance of reforestation in fighting the global warming phenomenon.
Day Four – The Exotic Mangrove Swamp Tour
Damas Island, just 30 minutes from your hotel, is an amazing example of mangrove swamp habitat teaming with wildlife. The mangrove swamps filled with crocodiles, monkeys and exotic birds and reptiles.
Within this habitat you will find whiteface monkeys, caymans, boas and on rare occasion the silky anteater. There are recent reports that a troop of endangered Mono Titi Squirrel monkeys have moved into the habitat. This tour can be experienced from the comfort of a canopied powerboat or for a more intimate experience we have a kayak tour available as well. With experienced bilingual guide will share the beauty and natural history of the canals.
Day Five: Rainmaker Canopy Bridge Tour and Conservation Project / Kids Saving the Rainforest / Rainforest Reforestation Program.
Eco Interactive has established a special partnership with the Rainmaker Conservation Project, within which we have incorporated the Kids Saving the Rainforest program.
The Rainmaker Private Reserve is one of the last remnants of primary rainforest in the Central Pacific. It is home to 60% of all the flora and fauna species found in Costa Rica. During your tour you will cross suspension bridges that transverse the canopy and learn about endangered species that you will find nowhere else on earth. During the tour, your family will explore one of the most important biological habitats in the entire world. The astonishing views of the coastline, mountain streams, waterfalls and the magnificence of it’s rainforest, makes Rainmaker an essential destination for nature lovers.
Following your tour at the Rainmaker Reserve, your family will have an opportunity to participate in their very own reforestation project, supported by Kids Saving the Rainforest. Your mini-reforestation project will not only offset the carbon footprint from your vacation, but also help to establish important habitat for endangered species.
Day Six – Monteverde -The Children’s Eternal Forest
The Children’s Eternal Forest is one of the oldest nature reserves in all of Central America. The diversity and grandeur of this remarkable eco-system is unsurpassed. Following 45 minutes drive by bus, the adventure begins with an enthralling sixty-minute drive in a 4×4 to the scientific station of Pocosol. Accompanied by your bilingual naturalist guide, this excursion circumnavigates a stunning volcanic lake at more than 3000 feet elevation. During your 4-hour experience you will explore the rich diversity of one of the most amazing ecosystem. Along the way you encounter will small volcanic fumaroles and rare and exotic wildlife the likes of which you will find nowhere else.
Day Seven- Arenal Volcano Discovery and La Fortuna Adventure
Against the backdrop of the fiery Arenal Volcano rests an adventure destination unlike any other in the world. In Arenal/La Fortuna you will find exciting adventure tours, hiking, trekking, bird watching, horseback riding, kayaking, and canoeing. Settle into your hotel, relax and prepare for the next days adventure.
Day Eight – The Amazing Canopy Tour and Horseback Ride.
Costa Rica is famous for originating the Canopy Tour and the Canopy Tours in the rain forests of Costa Rica remain unequaled.
Your day’s adventure begins when you arrive at the stables for your safety briefing. After you are fitted up with your equipment, you will mount up, and ride 45 minutes through a pasture and wooded area that is host to monkeys, sloths, toucans, and other birds. (This activity can also be done with or without the horseback portion of the tour)
Your family will dismount as they arrive at the edge of the primary rainforest. Your guide will take you on a short hike to introduce you to another of the regions unique habitats. This forest provides habitat for white faced and howler monkeys, unusual rodents, an amazing variety of birds, along with unique species of orchids and other canopy plant life.
The tree top canopy tour not only offers a great adventure but also an opportunity to observe wildlife high in the canopy that you might not otherwise have an opportunity to experience.
Your family will fly from treetop to treetop along zip lines stretched above the canopy. From each individual platform you family will have an opportunity to observe the forest from different perspectives and to photograph the beautiful landscapes that are otherwise inaccessible. All the platforms are designed for observation of wildlife and are managed to insure there is no damage done to the forest.
Day Nine – Eco-Cultural tour on route to San José.
We leave at 7:30 with course to Varablanca. The first hour of the travel is through the San Carlos plain, a fertile and rich land where we can find plantations of yucca, orange, corn, rice, papaya, sugar cane, coconuts, passion fruit, forest plantations and pastures. This zone bathed by pristine rivers, among them San Carlos River, protects important areas of tropical forest inside national parks and nature preserves.
After passing by Varablanca the ascent toward the central volcanic mountain range starts in which are located some of the more active volcanoes of Costa Rica.
This itinerary will take us for exuberant landscapes with cascades and forests.
At about 9:30 a.m. we will make a stop for around 2 hours in La Paz Waterfall Gardens. A beautiful place which combines the impressive tropical forest with tropical gardens, also we will visit the biggest butterfly garden in the world, and observe hundreds of hummingbirds feeding in the gardens while we follow the path that goes beside the river to observe 5 astonishing waterfalls that give a beautiful show for the view.
After the visit we continue the journey to eat lunch in a restaurant of typical foods. After the lunch us we leave toward Sarchí, well-known city as the cradle of the craft of Costa Rica. Here we will stop for a while so you have the opportunity to buy some memories of their trip.
Day Nine – Departure for Home