Monday, July 2, 2018 - Wednesday, July 11, 2018
As an Eco-Wonderland Costa Rica shelters a staggering amount of biodiversity and many unspoiled natural wonders. Known for its progressive conservation policies, Costa Rica provides a vital habitat to thousands of plant and animal species - in fact, the country has an estimated 5% of the world's animal species. Over a quarter of the land in Costa Rica is protected from potential exploitation by national parks, wildlife refuges, marine sanctuaries, national reserves, conservation areas and biological reserves. Verdant rainforests, mangrove swamps, cloud forests, spectacular beaches, volcanoes, waterfalls and coral reefs are just some of the many habitats protected by the national parks and reserves. On this family trip we will explore 3 distinct provinces of Costa Rica, including the inland area of La Fortuna, and Guanacaste and the Osa Peninsula on the Pacific Coast. Activities include a full day hike to the Hule Lagoon at the base of the Cerro Congo Volcano, 6 miles from the famous Poas Volcano. This area is renowned for its excellent trekking trails due to the variety of scenery and terrain, from clay, to dirt, volcanic rock, and grasslands in a rainforest. We will travel to Nosara for 3 nights where we will do some hiking and a canopy tour traversing majestic mountain ridges and valleys, soaring high above multiple ravines, with breathtaking vistas of rivers, waterfalls and the Pacific Ocean. While in Nosara we will also visit a local wildlife refuge to learn about rescued monkey rehabilitation or turtle nesting. We will take a chartered flight to the Osa Peninsula and stay 3 nights in Drakes Bay, at a hotel sumerged in the jungle and accessible only by boat. While in Drakes Bay we will explore Corcovado National Park and snorkel the coral reefs of Cano Isalnd. There will be free time to kayak, explore magrove swamps, take a surfing lesson, relax in a hammock on your porch listening to birds and monkeys, or play at the beach. The cost is ~$3075 per adult, double occupancy, $1855 for children 13-17 and $1430 for children under 12. All activities suitable for 5 and up, but please inquire if your child is younger.