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Eco Interactive Signature Family Vacation Experience – Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, La Fortuna and Kids Saving the Rainforest May 26, 2008

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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

Manuel Antonio Family Costa Rica VacationThe 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.

Costa Rica VacationDay One – Arrival in Costa Rica

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Day Two – Transfer to Magical Manuel Antonio
Take the day to explore and relax. Visit the incomparable beaches of Manuel Antonio

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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. Manuel Antonio Costa Rica VacationThe 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 Manuel Antonio Costa Rica Vacationto 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.

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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.

Manuel Antonio Family Costa Rica VacationThe 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. Manuel Antonio Family Costa Rica VacationThe 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

La Fortuna Arenal Costa Rica Family VacationThe 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
Arenal Costa Rica Vacation 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 Family VacationCosta 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. La Fortuna Arenal Costa Rica Family Vacation(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.

La Fortuna Arenal Costa Rica Family VacationThe 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.

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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

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The Ultimate Costa Rican Family Adventure Vacation for Active Families May 26, 2008

Posted by ecointeractive in Cost Rica Vacation Interaries, La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio.
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Family Vaction Rafting Costa Rica Vacation

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 $ 7865
Value Vacations Starting at $ 4216
Budget Vacations Staring at $ 3027

Itinerary at a Glance:

Day One – Arrive Costa Rica & Transfer to La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano
Day Two to Four – La Fortuna Adventure Activities Options

Canopy Tour & Horseback Ride Combo / White Water Rafting / Canyoning
Hiking & Suspension Bridges / Mountain Biking / Windsurfing Lessons
Day Five – Transfer to Magical Manuel Antonio
Day Five to Eight – Manuel Antonio Adventure Activities Options

Ocean Kayaking / Mangrove Tour / Surf Lessons / Mountain Biking
Horseback Riding / Hiking / White Water Rafting / Nature Tours
Day Eight – Transfer to San Jose
Day Nine – Depart for Home.

The Eco Interactive Active Families series was developed for on-the-go families with active teenagers. Costa Rica provides the ultimate in exciting and safe activities for your family. Arenal Costa Rica VacationFeel the rush as you repel down cascading waterfalls, plunge down the whitewater on the Pacuare River, fly through the jungle on a zip line in the treetops, and explore secluded Costa Rican beaches by horseback. The options are almost staggering. We have designed our offering to provide our families with flexibility; the chance for teenagers to enjoy some independence as well as the opportunity for everyone to relax, have fun and try new things together.

La Fortuna and Arenal – The Ultimate Active Family Destination

Days Two to Four

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There is no other destination in the world with such a rich assortment of exciting activities as the area around La Fortuna Costa Rica. Set against the backdrop of the Arenal Volcano, one of the few active volcanoes in the world, this is a destination that has something for everyone. Your only regret will be that you did not have more time to delve into all that this area has to offer.

Canopy Tour / Horseback Riding Combination

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The canopy tour experience is a favorite for families with children of all ages. This is a “not to be missed” experience for the active family. This tour is 100% above the ground. The tour starts with a horseback ride through open lands to the edge of the forest. Your bilingual guide will introduce you to unique features and wildlife that you will encounter along the way.

Upon arrival in the forest, your family will harness up for their treetop adventure. Costa Rica VacationYour safety is guaranteed with dual safety lines at all times, making this among the safest of all activities. With platforms high above the forest floor, you actually feel like you are inside a world all its own. In fact you are! This is an intimate experience with the forest canopy and you will soon forget that you are high above the ground. The canopy is home to many species and there is only one way to experience this unique habitat. After finding your way into the tops of giant trees, you will glide from tree to tree on steel cables from one platform to the next in complete confidence. This is pure adrenaline and thrills, yet an activity safe for all ages.

White Water Rafting

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The Río Toro will excite your family with a series of over 45 continuous class III-IV rapids. This excitement filled adventure will take you through tropical rain forest reaming with wildlife. You will spend more than two and a half hours rafting through unexplored, tropical wilderness on a personalized, small-group tour. The exciting Río Toro is located only 1 hour from La Fortuna.

Canyoning

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Canyoning in Costa Rica is a unique experience. Unlike other destinations, the rainforest setting adds another dimension to this adrenaline packed activity. We offer a series of descents down waterfalls immersed in the crystal waters of remote jungle waterfalls. With a total focus on safety, that includes safety lines and straps, you are harnessed in and descend on ropes down the face of shear rock walls. With an incredible array of wildlife all around you and the rush of the passing river, this is a safe and action packed experience that your family will never forget.

Mountain Biking Tours

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For those that want to push themselves a little, there is nothing like the experience of mountain biking through a tropical jungle. We offer a number of mountain biking options to offer that adrenaline rush to those of all levels.

Hiking

Costa Rica VacationHike La Fortuna Waterfall. After breakfast we will transfer to the La Fortuna Waterfall for our morning hike. This slightly challenging hike will take us down the slopes of the La Fortuna Canyon to the base of this breathtaking waterfall. After our descent, we will relax or even take a swim in the pool at the base of the falls.

Windsurfing Lessons

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Set against the backdrop of the majestic Arenal Volcano, the balmy waters of Lake Arenal are among the worlds’, finest for windsurfing. In fact, Lake Arenal is ranked as one of the top windsurfing destinations in the world. Windsurfing lessons are available for all skill levels or you can rent your own equipment and head out on your own.

Manuel Antonio – Sand, Sea, Rainforests and Wildlife

Days Five to Eight

Manuel Antonio Family Costa Rica Vacation

Manuel Antonio is the jewel of the Pacific. Set against the backdrop of pristine beaches, lush rainforest and exotic wildlife, Manuel Antonio has something for everyone. Along with the assortment of adventure activities, Manuel Antonio offers a range of fine restaurants, wonderful resorts and a vibrant nightlife.

Suggested Active Family Options for Manuel Antonio:

Ocean Kayaking

Manuel Antonio Family Costa Rica Vacation

Quietly gliding through water is one of the best ways to engage with wildlife. On our challenging half-day journey along the coastline of Manuel Antonio you will explore remote and uninhabited islands and inlets that provide habitats for many species of marine wildlife. Sea kayaking provides an intimate encounter with life above and below the ocean’s surface. On this tour you may encounter dolphins, sea turtles, or flying fish.

Mangrove Kayaking

Manuel Antonio Family Costa Rica Vacation

For a tamer kayaking experience, your family may choose to explore the protected estuaries of Damas Island, just 10 minutes from Manuel Antonio. As you safely navigate the maze of lush mangroves you are guaranteed an up-close and personal encounter with the amazing wildlife in this unique habitat. Within the Mangrove you will find an unsurpassed variety of creatures, including white-faced monkeys, exotic birds, and unusual reptiles. Among the most interesting is the famous Jesus Lizard, known for its unique ability to walk across water. Some of these lizards approach three feet in length. The mazes of mangrove canals create a feeling of anticipation, as you never know what you will find around each and every corner.

Surf Lessons

Manuel Antonio Family Costa Rica Vacation

Whether you are seven years old or seventy, beginner or experienced, we offer an exciting and safe surfing experience.

For those that have never surfed, we will have you up on a board and surfing in no time. Before getting into the water our bilingual instructors will give you a safety talk and demonstrate the basic surfing techniques. When you are ready, an instructor will accompany you into the waves so you can try the real thing!

For those of you that already know how to surf, we organize expeditions to world-class surfing beaches like Playa Hermosa, Playa del Rey, Dominical as well as our very own Manuel Antonio Beach.

Mountain Biking

Manuel Antonio Family Costa Rica Vacation

The surrounding mountains and jungles of Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park provide a perfect setting for every mountain bike riding level. Guided tours are available to explore hidden waterfalls, traverse steamy jungle paths and thrill at glorious coastal vistas from the mountains above. Your bilingual tour guides are both expert cyclists and naturalists. During this tour your family will enjoy the mist-filled jungles, hidden waterfalls and unworldly views that await you in these adrenaline-charged adventures. In addition to the regularly offered mountain bike tours, we can customize an adventure to perfectly suit your family’s needs and experience level.

Horseback Riding

Your family will enjoy our guided horseback riding excursions that will take you through the jungles and hills to nearby waterfalls, including the famous Los Tucanes waterfall. We also offer a unique horseback tour of the exotic Damas Island estuary. You will uncover the secrets of the forest by learning about medicinal and curative plants. Find toucans in our exotic primary forest. Enjoy a relaxing stay at waterfalls and natural pristine pools. After the ride, visit the waterfalls where you can swim and relax or walk the rainforest trails.

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Wave Runner tour
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