TYPES OF TOURS:
Service Programs / Volunteer Vacations
Educational / Cultural Tours
   
2006/2007 DESTINATIONS:
Africa
Australia
Asia
Mexico
Central & South America
Caribbean
North America
   
GROUP DEPARTURES:
Galapagos Enchanted Isles: June 24 - July 4**
Best of Costa Rica: July 12 -24**
South Africa Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Vacation: September 25 - October 6 **
   
Other Programs:
Women's Expedition to Aconcaugua
Musician's Cultural Workshop in Ecuador
   
** These programs are available for credit through the Colorado School of Mines Teacher Enhancement Program.
   

COSTA RICA : FAMILY ED VENTURE

INTRODUCTION:
This classic family itinerary will keep kids and parents well entertained without too much running around. Explore the fun and educational butterfly gardens and refreshing waterfalls of La Paz , en route to the steamy lowland rainforests of Arenal Volcano. Enjoy the views of the volcano (weather permitting) and hike along trails and suspension bridges offering a birds-eye view of the rainforest. Cross Lake Arenal by boat en route to the quaint mountain town of Monteverde , famous for its cool, cloud forest reserve and Quaker community. Visit Monteverde's frog pond, and find out how these tiny creatures help us keep an eye on the state of our conservation areas. Spend a few days at the Pacific beaches of Manuel Antonio, where your likely to see monkeys and sloths on the visit to the popular national park. Opt in to a multi-sport trip of your choice on the way back to capital city San Jose , for a free afternoon to get ready for your return trip home the following day

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY:
Day 1 Arrival/San Jose Hills

Welcome to Costa Rica ! Enjoy a private airport transfer from the bustling Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose to the hotel. Spend your first night in the hills above the capital city. Overnight at Bougainvilla or similar.

Day 2 La Paz/Arenal Volcano
Your private guide-driver will pick you up after breakfast for the private transfer to La Paz Waterfalls, Hummingbird Gardens and Butterfly Observatory. After lunch at the gardens, continue on to the northern plains and rainforests of Arenal Volcano. Overnight at Volcano.

Day 3 Rainforest Trails and Suspension Bridges
After breakfast, you will be picked up at the hotel and transferred to the Arenal Hanging Bridges Project where you will enjoy a guided walk through the spectacular lowland rainforest. After the tour, transportation back to the hotel. Take the afternoon to explore the local town or for optional activities (additional cost). Overnight at Volcano.

Day 4 Lake Arenal & Monteverde Frog Pond
This morning you will embark on a pleasant boat ride across Lake Arenal , en route to the Monteverde area. Monteverde is peaceful mountain town well known for its conservation efforts and small Quaker community. Early afternoon you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the frog pond, for a look at these fascinating creatures. After the visit, transfer back to the hotel. Overnight at Fonda Vela.

Day 5 Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Early morning you will be transferred to Monteverde Biological Reserve, where you will join one of the half-day regular guided walks offered by the reserve. After the tour, return transportation will bring you bac to the hotel. Free afternoon to enjoy the optional activities (at additional cost) or explore the local town. Overnight at Fonda Vela.

Day 6 La Cruz Community Visit & Manuel Antonio Beach
In the morning you will visit the small local community of La Cruz where you will take a peak at how local Costa Rican's live. After the tour, continue on to Manuel Antonio, on Costa Rica 's Central Pacific Coast . Early afternoon private transfer to Manuel Antonio, Quepos. Overnight at Tulemar.

Day 7: Manuel Antonio National Park
In the morning you will be picked up at the hotel for the half-day guided group tour to Manuel Antonio National Park . After the tour you will have the option of returning to the hotel or remaining in the park, for exploring or beachcombing on your own. Overnight at Tulemar.

Day 8: Free Day at the beach
Free day to explore the local town of Quepos or for optional adventure activities (at additional cost). Overnight at Tulemar.

Day 9: Sea Kayaking or Canopy Tour (Your Choice)
After breakfast, take the last day for an exhilarating canopy zipline tour or a sea kayak/outrigger canoe adventure (age restrictions apply). En route to the San Jose hills. Overnight at Bougainvilla.

Day 10 Travel Home
Today we take you to the Juan Santamaría International Airport , where you catch your flight home. End of services.

DETAILS:
Dates: Dates are set by the group and are available throughout most of the year.

Price: Pricing is from $1395 per adult and $795 per child sharing accommodations with parent. Final pricing depends on dates, components of your itinerary, and number in group. Please contact us for a customized tour for your family.

Please call Pam at 720-746-0748 or email her at pam@kindredspiritstourandtravel

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