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Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 - Saturday, Feb 19, 2011
White water rafting, canopy zip line tours, surfing, snorkeling, lounging on the beach, baby sea turtles, volcanic hot springs. Warm weather! Who could ask for a better winter vacation!

Member: $1600 (Sign In!)
Non-Member: $1695
 
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Member Deposit: $600. Non-Member: $695


EVENT DETAILS

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

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.

Day 6 (February 16th): White Water Rafting
Today's rafting is on the awesomely beautiful Pacuare River. The Rio Pacuare is truly one of the premier jungle river runs in the world, ranking in the top 10 most beautiful rivers. This river has it all--big open rapids, waterfalls that tumble from hundreds of feet above the river, and spectacular scenery and whildlife, toucans and butterflies. Watch for your first monkey sighting! After the day of long river rafting, we will travel to the Sarapiqui region.


Days 7 & 8 (February 17th & 18th): Surfing & Leatherback Sea Turtles
Travel to Nicoya Peninsula and the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and on the way we will experience a transition from the rain forest to the dry forest of the Northwestern Guanacaste Province. Play with, learn, and experience one of nature's most incredible wonders, the giant Leatherback Turtles of Junquillal. Junquillal beach is a nesting place for the Leatherbacks and the World Wildlife Fund critical preservation area. If the timing is right, the group will have the opportunity to participate in the release of hundreds of tiny hatchlings into the sea. While at the beach we will also have some time to learn to surf or snorkel!


Day 8 (February 19th): Departure
You can choose to fly out of Liberia Airport, which is a 2 hour drive from Junquillal or drive back to San Juan and catch an afternoon flight.

RESERVATIONS

To reserve your spot on this trip, you will need to place a deposit. $600 Members, $695 Non-Members. Deadline for Registration is November 1st. Final balance of $1000 is due November 1st. Particpiants may pay the final balance all at once or may pay in installments directly to Ocoee Adventure Travel.

Your Trip Cost Includes:

  • All Ground Transportation while in Costa Rica
  • Lodging from Night 1 through Night 7 (additional nights at your own expense)
    Rooms are Double Occupancy. If you register as a couple you may receive your own room. Please email your Trip Leader to secure your own room.
  • Guides and fees for all activities planned during the trip
  • All Meals while in Costa Rica (except while at the airport)

      Your Trip DOES NOT Include:

      • Airfare to and from Costa Rica (Airfare can range from $550 to $1000 round trip- BOOK EARLY!)
      • Souveneirs or alcoholic beverages
      • Exit Fee at customs (~$30)
      • Activities outside the planned itinerary
      • Tips for our tour guide and bus driver
      • Tips for our activity guides (such as rafting and zip tours)