Arrive and Drive to Sanchiri Hotel (Sanchiri Hotel)
Today we will meet you at the airport and take you to your first hotel. You will be staying with amazing views of the Orosi Valley below. We will have dinner prepared for you and your adventure guide will go over the plans for the week. We will also teach your family, what is ecotourism? Along with the importance of traveling in a sustainable way. (Meals: Dinner)
Ecotourism Positive Impact: Today you will be staying at the Sanchiri Hotel which is a locally owned hotel and on the government list of hotels making an effort to operate in a sustainable manner. Here you will also learn about ecotourism from our guides and the importance of conservation to the tropics.
Bike & Raft Duckies in River Pejibaye (Casa Turire Hotel)
We will leave just after breakfast and make our way through the many coffee plantations. We will be on mountain bikes on easy gravel roads that are mostly down hill. We will be biking for around 6 miles. We will arrive to the Pejibaye river which is one of the cleanest rivers in all of Costa Rica. Here we will have small two man duckies where everyone will have to paddle their own boats to the next hotel. This is a great adventure and a chance to get soaked after a morning of mountain biking. We will arrive to the hotel by paddling. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Ecotourism Positive Impact: Today you will be lowering the impact to the environment by making bikes and rivers your form of transportation. Your meals will be cooked by local Costa Rican's that live near the river. The food is grown in and around the river and has not traveled long distances.
Horseback Ride, Plant Trees to off-set Travel, & Visit Village and Learn Sustainable Living Methods (Village Homestay)
Today is a day where we will saddle up and make our way into the mountains. We will spend the morning on horseback and then make our way up into the beautiful mountains of Turrialba. We will have excellent views of the smoking Turrialba volcano. On our way to the village we will plan on off-setting your air travel by planting trees. It must be noted the importance of planting trees in the tropics and the amount of carbon they can store. When we arrive to the village we will see first hand how people in rural village use methods of living sustainable. We will also learn about the Costa Rican culture and take a peak in how the "masters of sustainability" lived, who are the Native Indians of Costa Rica. In the evening you will be staying in a private home. This home we rent out for our groups and is a simple home in a rural mountain setting. You will have dinner cooked for you by locals from the village and a presentation will be done during your meal of the local dance while you enjoy the local cuisine. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Ecotourism Positive Impact: Today you have your eyes opened up to the sustainable living methods of the Native Indians and also how many rural Costa Rican's live in a simple sustainable manner. All of your food will be from the mountain village. Cost and expenses for todays activities will stay in the village from food expenses, lodging, horseback, and even the shows that are performed. The planting of the trees and off-setting your air travel is very important. This is a great chance for us to explain the importance of how trees in the tropics and the biodiversity that surrounds them.
Hike to and Rappel Waterfall & Travel to Tent Camp on River (Tent Camp)
Today you will breakfast in the village. After breakfast we will take off hiking to a nearby waterfall where we will have the gear set up and ready for the rappel. This is a 100ft waterfall that will get the adrenaline pumping. After the rappel we will make our way to the river camp site. You will be camping along side one of the most beautiful rivers on the planet surrounded by jungle. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Ecotourism Positive Impact: Today we will be eating breakfast in the village which will benefit the local community. We will also have lunch packed for us from food from the local area. Once we arrive to the tent camp there will be a short talk on deforestation in the tropics and it's effects globally.
Hike through the Jungle & Raft to Second Pacuare Tent Camp (Pacuare Tent Camp)
Today the kids will get the full feel of the jungle. We plan on crossing the rivers in rafts and then hiking for around an hour. We feel it is important to make a hike like this completely surrounded by some of the most biodiverse vegetation on the planet which is our tropical rainforest. We will end our hike a little farther down river where the rafts will be waiting for us. On the hike you will have the chance to learn about the different species of plants and animals in the rainforest. When we get to the rafts get ready for some adventure because we will be taking on the famous Pacuare River. National Geographic has this listed as one of their top 5 rivers on the planet. We will raft for around 1 1/2 hours and then stop for lunch. From here we will then make our way to the second Pacuare Tent Camp where you will be sleeping in paradise surrounded by primary rainforest and the beautiful Pacuare River. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Raft Pacuare Canyon & Drive to Caribbean Coast (Caribbean Ecolodge)
Today we will make our way down the Pacuare Canyon. Here you will be challenged by the class IV rapids in the canyon and surrounded by beautiful waterfalls from start to finish. When we take out of the river we will load into our transportation and make our way to the Caribbean Coast.
Ecotourism Positive Impact: You will be helping out the local economy of visiting the Caribbean side. The Caribbean side of Costa Rica is the less visited of the two coast. It happens to be in our opinion the more beautiful in many parts. You will also be staying at an ecolodge that has 5 leaves which is the highest standard for ecolodges in Costa Rica.
Snorkel & Visit the Coral Reefs of the Caribbean (Caribbean Ecolodge)
Today you will be snorkeling on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. This is a great way to educate the kids on protecting our ecosystems. We will see the coral reefs and educate on the reasons for why the Corals are disappearing all over Earth. In the evening you will have time to relax at the Ecolodge and enjoy your last meal which will be made locally. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
Ecotourism Positive Impact: We will be visiting the Coral Reefs which along with much of the tropical rainforest is becoming victim to destruction. By seeing the reefs we hope to ignite interest in the conservation and most importantly sustainable manner of living which in return will benefit all ecosystems.
Travel to San Jose Area for Flight or Hotel (Airport Hotel)
This is the last day of your adventure. If you have an afternoon flight we can make our way to the airport or you can plan on staying in a nearby airport hotel for the evening to catch a flight on Day 9 of this trip. We will be driving past many large plantations on the way back to the airport and we will plan on educating a bit about the negative affects large mono-culture plantations can have. Many use large amounts of pesticides and have not so good effects on countries and workers. We will also mention solutions to this style of farming and things you can do at home to make the food you eat more local. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
Ecotourism Positive Impact: We will be traveling today the the positive impact you will have is that lunch will be at a local place with local food. You will also get educated on the large mono-culture plantations of banana and pineapple and the effects they can have on countries and it's people.