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Costa Rica October 10 to 18, 2008


Daylos suenos beach club 1 - Friday, October 10: Atlanta / San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly from Atlanta at 10am to San Jose, Costa Rica, arriving at noon. After los suenos beach club nightpassing through immigration and customs you are met by your driver for your transfer to Los Suenos Resort, near Herradura on the Pacific coast. After arrival at your condo the rest of the afternoon is free to settle in. As this is a fully contained condo, it is suggested that you have your driver stop in San Jose to pick ups some supplies for you time there. Later in the week you can resupply as required.         (*M)

Day 2 – Saturday, October 11: Bijagual Waterfall
bijagual waterfall costa rica You are picked up this morning at 7.30am and taken to the Bijagual waterfall, horse riding bijagual waterfallplunging from cliffs deep down in the jungle. Your drive from the main road, along a country gravel road provides breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. After this scenic drive you continue on horseback along a jungle trail will lead you to within a few hundred yards of the waterfall. A short, but physically challenging trail, will lead you down to the waterfalls. Enjoy a refreshing plunge into the pristine pools at its base. Along the way you hear and see birds including, with luck, the brilliant Scarlet Macaw, perhaps colorful frogs, most likely monkeys. After spending time in this jungle waterfall return to Los Suenos about 12.30 to 1pm. The rest of the afternoon is free.

tortuga island boat costa ricaDay 3 – Sunday, October 12: Tortuga Island
Depart from the hotel at 7.30am for a scenic 1 hour drive north to the port city of Puntarenas. Here you are welcomed aboard the catamaran and meet thescarlet macaw tortuga island captain and the crew who will pamper you on the cruise. Enjoy a welcome cocktail as the boat heads for open sea. You will make landfall at Tortuga Island where a Calypso Band will welcomes you. Most of the day is free to explore , sun bathe, swim and snorkel. At lunchtime enjoy a delicious meal prepared on an outdoor barbecue. Eventually the day ends and you return to Puntarenas, and are transferred Los Suenos hotel arriving at about 6.30pm.      (L)

Day 4 – Monday, October 13: Taracoles River
crocodile tarcoles river costa rica You can sleep in this morning – your pickup is not until 7.45am. This morning’s tour takes you along the Guacalillo Estuary and man and crocodile tarcoles riverthe mouth of the Tarcoles River by boat to enter into the habitat of enormous crocodiles. Witness close up what remains of the species that some call the last of the living dinosaurs. The area also offers incredible bird watching opportunities due to a large number of species that make their home here (look especially to the sky on the way out for Scarlet Macaws flying to their feeding areas in Carara). The boat cruises into the estuary through the complex mangrove eco-system. Snacks, fruit and drinks are provided and available on board. You return to Los Suenos about 11.30am, and the rest of the day is free.       (S)

Day 5 – Tuesday, October 14: Turubariblue buttefly on heliconia
turubari aerial tram Another 7.45am pick up to travel back along inland to Turubari Tropical Park, about half an hour away. Turubari is nearly 600 acres of rainforest with waterfalls, zip lines, aerial tram and a botanical garden with a large collection of orchids, heliconias, bamboos, bromeliads and many others. There’s also a butterfly garden, attracting many large and bright tropical butterflies. There are about 8 miles of walking trails. Included in your day is entry to the Park entry which includes nature walks in the botanical gardens, riding the aeri al tram, and visiting the iguana breedinturubari zipline platformg zoo and crocodile pond. You’re also going to enjoy zip lining along the Turubari’s 3,280 feet of aerial zip lines. There are 12 platforms joining 7 cables, the longest of turubari ziplinewhich is about 2000ft. Not included, but available, is a visit to Finca Campesina, where you can learn how the Costa Ricans used to live, its culture and pre-Columbian traditions. You can also buy lunch here. After spending most of the day here you leave the park about 3pm to return to Los Suenos.    (S)

Day 6 – Wednesday, October 15: Los Suenos
Today is free to relax at the resort.


Day 7 – Thursday, October 16: Manuel Antonio National Parksloth
An even lomanuel antonio beachnger sleep in – your pickup this morning is not until 8am. Considered to be Costa Rica's most beautiful park, Manuel Antonio National Park has excellent white-sand beaches ideal for swimming, and tropical forest alive with wildlife. Watch for the monkeys and iguanas who share the park with you as you and your guide walks the trails. Although not as obvious as the parrots and monkeys, sloths can also be seen here, oftenwhitefaced capuchin looking like a lichen-covered lump on a branch. If you do have a family of Capuchin monkeys above you, don’t stand directly underneath, at least without a raincoat. They are also adept at throwing sticks down, often with amazing accuracy. Tamanduas, one of the anteaters are also possible, as are the black tayras, more often heard scampering away than seen. There’s also free time to explore on your own. After the park a visit to the town of Quepos for a good lunch, then return to Los Suenos about 1.30pm, as the day heats up.      (L)

Day 8 – Friday, October 17: Los Suenos / Arenalarenal volcano lava
pools at tabacon You leave your beachside resort at 8am and head back to central Costa Rica, and the Arenal volcano. This is about a 4 to 5 hour drive, depending on road and traffic conditions. However, the bumps will disappear a little while after you arrive, as you afternoon and evening is spent at famous Tabacon Hot Springs. In addition to the thermal ppols there is also a well-regarded spa here. After dinner at the springs you are transferred to your hotel, with the best views of any volcanic activity.      (D)

Day 9 – Saturday, October 18: Arenal / San Jose / Atlanta
Sadly your last day in Costa Rica. You are picked up at 7am for the transfer to San Jose airport. Here you take your 1pm flight to Atlanta, arriving at 7.03pm.      (B,*M)

(B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner; M: meal; S: snack; * in flight meal)