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12 Day – Sarapiqui River Float Adventure, Arenal Volcano and Hanging Bridges, Magical Monteverde and the Beaches of Tamarindo F12-001 May 13, 2008

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Costa Rica Vacation

This vacation package will be customized to your needs and availability. Prices based on quadruple occupancy for a family of four:

12 Day Luxury Family Vacation
Starting at $ 10338 per Family
12 Day Value Family Vacation
Starting at $ 5844 per Family
12 Day Budget Family Vacation
Starting at $ 4046 per Family

Itinerary at a glance:

Day 01 Arrival in San Jose Costa Rica
Day 02 Journey to Sarapiqui, Poas Volcano & La Paz Waterfalls
Day 03 Sarapiqui River Float Tropical Rain Forest Excursion

Day 04 Journey to Arenal Volcano Discovery Tour
Day 05 Arenal Volcano, Up Close and Personal
Day 06 Magical Monteverde and the Children’s Eternal Forest
Day 07 Monteverde Canopy Bridge Eco Experience
Day 08 to 10 The Sun Kissed White Sands Beaches of Tamarindo
Day 11 San Jose, Costa Rica’s Vibrant Capital
Day 12 Departure

Day 01 Arrival in San Jose Costa Rica

San Jose Costa RicaArrive by air into San Jose. Upon arrival a representative Eco Interactive will meet you at the gate and provide you all the information for your vacation along with providing you a transfer to your hotel. Transfer to your Hotel for your first night in Costa Rica. Soak up the tropical breezes and relax. You have arrived in Costa Rica.

Breakfast included. (Costa Rican Cuisine)

Day 02 Journey to Sarapiqui, Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Poas Volcano Coata Rica VacationFollowing a hearty Costa Rican breakfast, a representative of Eco Interactive will meet you at the hotel and provide a private transportation for your days adventure. The first stop will be the famous Poas Volcano followed by the amazing La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

As your climb in elevation you will experience the first of the varied micro-climates of Costa Rica. The temperature dips as you enter lush cloud forest of the Poás Volcano. The Poas Crater is stunning in both its magnitude and its appearance. Nearly a mile wide and a thousand feet deep, you will experience the thrill of standing at the abyss of one of natures most powerful vistas.

La Paz Waterfall Costa Rica VacationThe next stop is the amazing La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Nature Park. Here you will encounter one of the most spectacular Butterfly Gardens in all the world. Costa Rica has more species of butterflies than the entire continent of Africa and here you will be amazed at the overwhelming variety. Next you will have an opportunity to explore the spectacular trails of La Paz that will lead you to the magnificent Magia Blanca Falls. Following your explorations of the park, enjoy lunch before continuing on your adventure.

Sarapiqui is one of the most diverse regions in Costa Rica, oferring a mosaic of mountains,plains, volcanoes, lakes, rivers, forests, fruit farms and cattle ranches. Afternoon free to relax in the pool or take advantage of the hiking trails.

Breakfast included.

Day 03 Sarapiqui River Float Tropical Rain Forest Excuretion

Sarapiqui River Costa Rica VacationAfter breakfast, a representative of Eco Interactive will meet you at the hotel and provide a transportation to your Rio Sarapiqui Adventure. Ease into one of the more quiet sections of Río Sarapiquí. Soak up the ambiance of the tropical rain forests of the Caribbean climate. These dense forests are surreal in their lush density as you descend into tropical world unlike any other. Upon arrival to Río Sarapiquí, your river guides will outfit you with life-jackets, paddles, a safety orientation for the river along with a little Costa Rican hospitality Costa Rica Vacationknown as Pura Vida (Pure Living). You will begin rafting where the Class III trip finishes and continue down to Puerto Viejo. In some parts of the river you will pass green pastures and farmland, and delight in the sight of local children frolicking along shore. Rio Sarapiqui winds along the borders of the La Selva Biological Reserve – one of Costa Rica’ most important and diverse habitats.

For lunch, you will enjoy a picnic Costa Rican style in the lush tropical rain forest.

Day 04 Journey to Arenal Volcano Discovery Tour

Arenal Costa Rica VacationYour adventure continues to La Fortuna, home of the Arenal Volcano. Along the way you will take in the sites and sounds of yet another of Costa Rica’ varied and diverse habitats. Arenal is one of the most active volcanoes of the world. Lined with tranquil cloud forests, and adorned by the magnificent Lake Arenal, this is a truly world class experience. A visit to Arenal Volcano is both ominous and sublime, with loud rumblings and frequent explosions of lava and ash. Set against a dizzying array of wildlife, the adventure of the experience will create memories to last a lifetime.

In the afternoon you will have time to relax and appreciate the symmetrical silhouette of the Arenal Volcano at sunset.

Breakfast included.

Day 05 Arenal Volcano, Up Close and Personal

Arenal Costa Rica VacationFollowing a hearty Costa Rican breakfast, your guide will take you to the Hanging Bridges of Arenal. There,you will enjoy 15 bridges from 5 to 100 meters long, friendly design along 3 km rain forest circuit of interpretive trails built with paving blocks to prevent slipping. Designed by structural engineers with the most demanding safety margins in the world, you can be assured of a safe adventure for children ages 1 to 99.

Your naturalist guide will unlock the secrets of the rain forest. Set against the imposing vistas of the Volcano, your journey along the hanging bridges over the forest will open new world of insights to the many facets of Costa Rica.

Breakfast included.


Day 06 Magical Monteverde and the Children’s Eternal Forest

Monteverde Costa Rica VacationThe next leg of your adventure will circumnavigate Arenal Lake and take you to the magical region known as Monteverde. Monteverde was founded in the 1960s by a group of Quakers that were looking for a place to start a new life. Monteverde is set in a pristine cloud forest reserve and is world famous for it diversity and beauty. This is truly one of Costa Rica’s most prized destinations.

Opportunities for bird watching abound. The rare Quetzal is often sighted in Monteverde as are a multitude of other rare and exotic species.

Monteverde Costa Rica VacationThe afternoon will take you to the Children Eternal Rainforest. Children’s Eternal Rain Forest of Costa Rica (Bosque Nuboso de Los Ninos), is in a transition zone from pre-mountain wet forest to pre-mountain moist forest. Because of its location on the Pacific slope, elevation and humidity, Bajo del Tigre is a very different
habitat from other rain forest reserves in the area. Thirty of the tree species in Bajo del Tigre are among those in the area that have recently been identified as new to science.

As part of your experience at Jaguar Canyon, you will be sharing the home of the sloth, Monteverde Costa Rica Vacationwhite-faced monkey, agouti, coatimundi, kinkajou, margays, porcupine, hog-nosed skunk, fox, coyote, armadillo, and bats, plus a world of insects, butterflies, spiders, reptiles,frogs, snakes, and great bird watching.

In the Children’s Eternal Rain Forest (Bosque Nuboso Eterno de Los Ninos), which contains over 50.000 acres; the largest private reserve in Central America some organizations carry out various projects related to research, education, protection, habitat rehabilitation and volunteering. Its mission is to conserve, preserve and rehabilitate tropical ecosystems and their biodiversity.

No meals included.

Day 07 Monteverde Canopy Bridge Eco Experience, Hummingbirds and Butterflies

These Tree Top Walkways are the best system of suspension bridges that exist in Costa Rica. The bridge system is located along a 1 .7 mile trail designed to be walked by people of all ages and consists of 8 suspension bridges going 90% through primary cloud forest. In the Insect Museum, you can observe more than 50 species of butterflies from different altitudes and climates on a guided tour. In the Hummingbird Garden the visitor can observe more than 14 species of hummingbirds surrounded by waterfalls and natural floral arrangements.
No meals included

Day 08 to 10 The Sun Kissed White Sands Beaches of Tamarindo

Tamarindo Costa Rica VacationAfter breakfast, you will be driven to Tamarindo beach.
Both nature and beach lovers will find plenty here to fill their days. Tamarindo is famous for its stunning beaches, its marine national park and wildlife refuge. This area encompasses beaches that attract one of the largest leatherback turtle populations in
the world. Peak nesting seasons in the area are October through March. Due to its constant waves, it is also one of the favorite places for surfers.

Breakfast included
Two nights at the Hotel Tamarindo Diria, Tropical pool rooms, Breakfast included

Day 11 San Jose, Costa Rica’s Vibrant Capital City

After lunch, you will be transferred back to San Jose.
Overnight at the El Rodeo Hotel, standard room. Breakfast included.

Day 12 Departure

Transfer will be provided for your flight home.
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10 Day – Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio Vacation #F10-001 April 20, 2008

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Costa Rica Vacation

This vacation package will be customized to your needs and availability. Prices based on quadruple occupancy for a family of four:

10 Day Luxury Vacation: Starting at $8071
10 Day Value Vacation: Starting at $4271
10 Day Budget Vacation: Starting at $3542
10 Day Luxury Villa Vacations also Available

Day 1 – Arrival to Costa Rica and travel to Arenal Volcano area.

A Eco Interactive Tours representative will welcome you at the airport and give you an introduction to your trip in Costa Rica.
Your private transportation will take you to Arenal where you will sleep in a family-owned hotel at the edge of the town by the most famous volcano in Costa Rica.

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Day 2 – Arenal Volcano

You will start your vacation with an afternoon hike on the slopes of the Arenal Volcano – observing wildlife such as monkeys and toucans. On a clear day you may see red hot lava rocks tumble down the side of the volcano.
You will have the early afternoon to relax and get to know the secrets of the local town.

At night, you’ll be treated to a visit to the ecological hot springs. Here you’ll have the chance to soak in many different pools heated by volcanic activity in beautifully landscaped tropical gardens. You will also enjoy a wonderful typical dinner in the restaurant of the hot springs (included in price). (Breakfast and Dinner included)

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Day 3 – Arenal Volcano

Today you will visit a nearby indigenous community where you will learn about medicinal plants, visit tombs and petroglyphs, and watch an indigenous ceremony with traditional dress. You will also hear your indigenous hosts speak among themselves in their native language and hear an explanation of traditional art such as bow & arrow, masks, and drums. Includes a delicious local lunch.
(Breakfast and Lunch included)

Costa Rica VacationDay 4 – Arenal to Monteverde

Morning transportation across Lake Arenal – this experience is an amazing tour by itself as it combines land and water transportation in a fast and fun way to get to Monteverde. Your transport will pick you up at your hotel in Arenal and take you all the way to front door of your hotel in Monteverde.

After your arrival to your beautiful cloud forest lodge near the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, you will have time for lunch at the hotel or a nearby restaurant. In the afternoon you will tour a working farm that transport you back in time to the Costa Rica of the early 20th century. This tour will show you how the coffee and sugar cane plantations worked in the past and at the same time you will be introduced to the traditions and cuisine of the country. (Breakfast included)

Costa Rica VacationDay 5 – Monteverde

This day starts very early in the morning with a guided hike in the Cloud Forest Reserve with an experienced naturalist guide who will teach you about this unique ecosystem while helping you spot birds and other wildlife.

Take this afternoon to relax and explore the towns in the area.  At dusk you will be picked up for your Twilight Walk, a unique opportunity to observe and learn about the nocturnal habits of the flora and fauna of the cloud forest.
(Breakfast included)

Costa Rica VacationDay 6 – Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

You will take a private shuttle to one of the most beautiful Central Pacific beaches right next to Manuel Antonio National Park, the icon of eco-tourism in Costa Rica.

You will stay in a lovely hotel a few minutes from the beach (easy access with a quick bus or taxi ride). You will also have your semi-private pool at the hotel in case you just want to relax and cool off. (Breakfast included)

Costa Rica VacationDay 7 – Manuel Antonio National Park

Today you will visit one of the most important and beautiful national parks in Costa Rica. This park provides a habitat to countless species of flora and fauna – some of them endemic to the zone and others in extreme danger of extinction. The Manuel Antonio park is a sanctuary to the preservation efforts of neighbors and international institutions. A naturalist guide will help you discover the jewels of this park that are like no other in the world.
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After the tour you will have the opportunity to bathe at the beaches of the park. This is a protected bay that is safe for swimming and playing. Eco Interactive Tours is proud to be part of the international efforts to preserve this magnificent natural environment and to expand its area. (Continental breakfast included)

Day 8 – Manuel Antonio and the Rio Seco

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You will enjoy a river walk and canopy bridge tour. Your day begins with a walk along the Rio Seco’s edge. Hand rails, easy to follow footpaths and observation platforms allow you to observe waterfalls and capture the rich biodiversity this unique site has to offer with photographs. Continuing up the trails you will come to a system of suspension bridges which gives you the opportunity to explore the majesty of the forest canopy from a bird’s eye view. After enjoying the trails and hanging bridges you will be treated to a typical lunch. (Continental breakfast and Lunch included)

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Day 9 – Manuel Antonio to Central Valley

Enjoy the beach this morning or just relax next to your swimming pool.
In the afternoon your private shuttle will take you to your family-owned and operated hotel near the airport.
(Continental breakfast included)

Day 10 – Departure for Home

(Breakfast included)