Today you will be met outside the airport by your private guide and driver. We will make the 2 1/2 hour drive to the Arenal Volcano. This drive will take us through the cloud-forest and have us in the lowlands of San Carlos for our final destination at the base of the Arenal Volcano. We will be staying in the beautiful Manoa Hotel where you will have private bungalows, views of the volcano, and hotsprings on the hotel grounds. Meal: Dinner
Today the fun and education will begin. The topic of biomimicry is no easier described than in our visit to Don Juan's Farm and we even found a way to relate it to the ziplines.
We will start the day by getting an up-close look at the rainforest as we take you through the canopy on a gondola ride. Here your naturalist guides will discuss the amazing bundance of life found in the canopy of a primary rainforest. We will then arrive to the spot where we will be hooked up and zip along on the cables that hang up to 700ft above the rainforest floor. After this thrilling adventure we will head to the Organic Farm.
At the Don Juan's Farm we will learn the simple principles of sustainability and see first hand how a local farmer has turned his two acres into a self-sustaining operation that can feed over 25 families.
Today we will get started after breakfast and make the drive to the area of Turrialba where we will be visiting the homestays of Sitio de Mata. This is a rural village that sits on the hills above the valley of Turrialba and across from the smoking volcano of Turrialba.
When we arrive we will be greeted by our families and welcomed into the homes as if we were part of the family. This is an amazing experience where the kids will experience the Costa Rican culture and make new lasting friends in Costa Rica. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Today during the morning we will take part in a community service project and then make our way to the Pacuare River after lunch. We will raft for two hours and arrive to the Pacuare Ecolodge. This is an Ecolodge that we like to think boasts of some of the finest views anywhere in Costa Rica. We will have games, bonfire, and excellent meals cooked for you by your CRR guides. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Today is a full day of fun and education as we will split the group up into two groups. Half the group will enjoy our adventurous Tarzan Swing and the other half will go with our guides into the canopy of 100 yr old trees in the rainforest and rappel down. This is an amazing course that's been set up with ziplines and rappels and an unforgettable experience with breath-taking views of the river canyon from start to finish.
In the afternoon we will be teaching the kids how to make chocolate from the many different cacao trees we have on the property. We will also learn about the indigenous reservation which sits directly in front of the lodge and learn a bit about their medicinal uses of different plants in the area. In the evening it is back to the bonfire, games, and fun at the lodge. (Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today we will raft the most scenic part of the Pacuare River. Here we will paddle by numerous waterfalls and through canyon walls that measure 300ft straight up. This is a day where we will keep you wet from start to finish passing through some adventurous rapids.
Your CRR guides will prepare a river lunch for you and get you ready for your trip to the Caribbean. Once we finish rafting we will drive to the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean staying at the luxurious Almonds and Corals Ecolodge. Here you will wake up to the sounds of the howlers and enjoy a splash of luxury to top off your week of adventure and fun. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Today we will be taking a hike into the lowland tropical rainforest where the kids will learn about some of the many different adaptations of the countless number of species we will see. This will be a hands-on experience of biomimicry where the kids can see, feel, and touch the many wonders of the rainforest. In the afternoon we will give you some beach time at the white sandy beaches and a chance to tan up before heading back to CT. In the evening we will have a farewell celebration to go over all we learned and accomplished in one week! (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Today we will make the drive back to the San Jose Airport. (Meals: Breakfast)
Today we will make the transfer to the San Jose Airport and fly home! (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Arrival & Departure from San Jose Airport
After disembarking the plane, you’ll line up with the non-Costa Rican citizens (visitors), & show your Passport. You’ll then proceed to the left to pick up your luggage. You can use one of the airport carts (they are free) to get all the bags to Customs. Go through Customs with luggage and show Customs Form, which you received on the plane.
Meeting us outside the airport
After you are done with the lines at Customs, you will walk out of the airport and come face to face (glass wall in between) with a number of different guides holding up company or client names. The airport carts can’t be taken past the glass wall, so if you can wheel your stuff from there, we’ll take care of it after you get out. We will have a representative holding up our Costa Rican Resource logo and the sign will have your name on it. Just walk around to the outside and stand still till we come in contact with you. If you have one of our stickers on, it will help us find you too.
Costa Rican Resource Contact Information (if a flight is missed or delayed, etc.)
In Costa Rica: 2266-1559; 8719-1656
Vonage line from US phone 352-694-3462
Postal Address for Costa Rican Resource: Apdo#359-3011
Barva, Heredia 40201
*Bags can get lost so wear clothing ready for CR activity and a change of socks and underwear in your carry-on bag. Put any meds in your carry-on bag too.
At the airport, a $29 departure tax per person must be paid before getting in line for airline carrier. Dollars, colones or Visa credit cards are accepted but there is an extra cash advance charge when using the card. Should be at airport at least two hours before departing.
Lots of gift shops while you wait for plane to depart. These gift shops also ship things like Salsa Lizano and Britt candy and coffee (liquids can not be taken on the plane). Stores also have stamps, postcards and a mailbox if you were having too much fun and forgot to send a postcard home.
Since tourism is the #1 industry in Costa Rica now, many Costa Ricans are living off tourism. Minimum wage is $1.40/hr. and most drivers, guides, and waiters are working for around that price or a little more. A day-trip tip for a driver or guide depending on which tour can be $3 - $6 (per person per day in the group). There is a 10% service charge included in almost all restaurant bills so depending on your tipping style at restaurants you already have 10% tip included.
US dollars are pretty much accepted in all tourist areas. However, if you pay in dollars, you will probably receive change in colones (about 500 colones to the dollar). ATM machines are plentiful (you can get either dollars or colones from them) and credit cards are accepted in most places (except small neighborhood shops). Vendors would prefer cash (no $50’s or $100’s) or credit cards to travelers’ checks. NO personal checks.
Things to bring to Costa Rica
- Up-to-date Passport (if US, good for three months from day of arrival)
- EXTREMELY CASUAL... can be hot, cold, sunny and wet all in one day Shorts for hiking and hanging li out
- T-Shirts, polo shirts, or hiking shirts
- Pair of long pants or jeans for hikes
- Bathing suits (good to have 2 because sometimes you need a 2nd before 1st is dry)
- Water shoes with straps for rafting, zip-lining & rappelling
- Flip-flops for shower or getting up at night.
- Light jacket (gets cool in the evening)
- Light rain gear – you will use it daily
- Hats and sunglasses
- Sunscreen – sun is very intense, and then it rains! Insect repellent.
- Camera & charger, small flashlight.
- Toiletry items
- Prescription meds (pack at least 2-day supply in carry-on)
- Dramamine – your new best friend & mine, I like to keep the bus clean!
- Large ziploc or plastic trash bags for traveling from hotel to hotel with wet bathing suits or wet dirty shoes
- Day pack / Back pack
Think about only bringing a carry-on. It’s really possible for a week, especially with quick-dry clothes. Most airlines are charging for checked luggage now. But don’t worry we’ll be handling your luggage when you’re here. This is not a dressy place!See Payment Information