Start off your New Year with an Adventure to Costa Rica! Travel with Team Green Adventures to sunny Costa Rica, soaking in volcanic hot springs, soaring through the trees on a canopy zip tour, whitewater rafting the rainforest rivers, mountain biking through exotic orchards, and relaxing on the beaches of Costa Rica's coastline. We'll spend an extra couple days just lounging on the beach awaiting a rare opportunity to help baby sea turtles, surfing and snorkeling.
Does your company offer "Volunteer Days?" If so, you can use one of your Volunteer Days, rather than a vacation day, while we are volunteering with the Leatherback Sea Turtles. This means you'll only use up 4 vacation days on this 8 day adventure!
Check out photos from Costa Rica 2010 and Costa Rica 2009!
When: February 12-19th (Valentine's Week)
Where: Costa Rica
Cost: $1600 Members (Deposit $600. Sign in using member number)
$1695 Non-Members (Deposit $695. Regular Retail Price: $1995)
Register (Deposit) Deadline November 1st
Total Balance Deadline: $1000 balance due by December 13th
Difficulty: Open to all ability levels. All activities guided by professionals. All gear included.
Children Policy: This is an 18 and up event
Dog Policy: Dogs are not permitted on this trip.
Refund Policy: This event is subject to a $50 cancellation fee. There are no refunds after November 1st.
Airfare: Book your airfare NOW as prices will rise the longer you wait! Your departure should be from Nashville (NBA) or Atlanta (ATL) to San Juan International (SJO). You will need to arrive in SJO on February 12th before 3pm. Your return flight home can be from either Liberia Airpot (LIR) in the morning or from San Juan (SJO) after 1pm on February 19th for complimentary shuttle to the airport.
Current Airfare Predictions (as of June 2010): $675 including taxes and fees, making your roundtrip Costa Rica Adventure with all lodging, meals, and activities included, a grand total of $2200-$2500 if you book airfare now!
Trip Itinerary is subject to change
Day 1 (February 12th): Arrival
Arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica before 3pm. Our trip guides will meet us by the Baggage Claim area for international flights. We will board a Coaster Bus to the small city of Turrialba. In route, we will stop at the most famous cathedral in Costa Rica, the Basilica de Los Angeles. This site of a famous miracle is a good introduction to the Cultural base of the country.
Day 2 (February 13th): CATIE & Bike Tour
In the morning, we visit CATIE (Centro Agronomo Tropical de Investigation) one of the world's leading tropical agricultural research stations. The focus of CATIE is sustainable agriculture and research with over 300 varieties of tropical plants. CATIE is one of the primary facilities working to develop a Central American tropical wildlife migratory corridor. Part of the process is to re-establish forest in regions where the land has been denuded. After learning about the importance of wildlife migration and the work of CATIE, we will take a bike tour of CATIE's projects in the area. If time allows, we will visit the Guayabo National Park and see the ruins of an ancient indigenous settlement or enjoy an afternoon of casual bike riding.
Days 3 & 4 (February 14th & 15th- Valentine's): Wildlife Boat Ride & Rain Forest Hike
We will take a boat ride to see wildlife in the morning on the Sarapiqui River in La Selva and enjoy the afternoon on a rain forest guided hike where we can view wildlife and the old growth forest.Travel to Arenal Volcano. The Arenal Volcano is the most active volcano in the Western Hemisphere and hopefully we will get to view small eruptions as the volcano spews lava boulders that tumble down the mountainside. We will visit La Fortuna Waterfall as a nice way to enjoy the forest and the rivers. At the base of the waterfall there is a "natural pool" where we can swim in the fresh water of La Fortuna River. Today is also your time to see the forest from the top! We will enjoy a canop tour which is a series of zip lines extending from tree top to tree top through the forest. It's such a beautiful way to view the layers of the rain forest and the inhabitants within. Look carefully, often people can see toucans, monkeys, and orchids along the way, flying over 300 feet from platform to platform. After the Canopy experience we will ride horses on our way down from the mountain. Once in town we will have time for shopping, mixing and mingling with the locals. When it's time to check in at your Hotel, relax at the Hot Springs or the hot spring wet bar overlooking the active volcano.