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* SUMMARY * FIXED DEPARTURE: CARIBBEAN MULTISPORT ADVENTURE (8 Days / 7 Nights)
A multisport vacation with biking at Arenal, kayaking in Tortuguero, snorkeling in Puerto Viejo and other activities.
NOTE: This group trip does not run in 2009. Please contact us for a custom trip or check out the Costa Rica Multisport or other group trips that are currently operating.

Featuring the Arenal Hanging Bridges walk, a bike ride at the base of the Arenal Volcano, and a rejuvenating soak in a natural hot springs. In Tortuguero, observe turtle hatching and kayak the remote waterways of the National Park. Then head to Puerto Viejo near Limon to snorkel the coral reefs of Cahuita National Park, kayak in a marine refuge, and relax on the beach.

Meal codes = (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner.

Day 1: Arrival Costa Rica (No meals.)
Overnight at Gran Hotel Costa Rica.

Day 2: San Jose / Arenal / Hanging Bridges (B,L,D)
Meet your Multisport Guide and depart for the drive to Arenal Volcano area (3-1/2 hours). Afternoon walk at the Arenal Hanging project. Overnight at Volcano Lodge.

Day 3: Arenal Biking Tour and Hot Springs (B,L,D)
In the morning take a half-day biking tour at the base of Arenal Volcano. The biking tour includes a Marin mountain bike with front suspension (custom fitted to your size), helmet, gloves, water bottle, bilingual guides and mechanics. A choice of different kinds of saddles and pedals, although you are welcome to bring your own. Support vehicle equipped with first aid kits, spare bikes, spare parts and complete tool kits. Picnic stop includes water, fruit and snacks. Late afternoon visit to the Hidalgo Family Hot Springs. Overnight at Volcano Lodge.

Day 4: Arenal / Cano Blanco / Tortuguero (B,L,D)
Drive to the Cano Blanco dock (4 hours), where you will meet your boat for the 1-1/2 hour boat ride to Tortuguero. Upon arrival in Tortuguero you will visit the village and walk on the beach towards the hotel (about 40 mins). Overnight at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens.

Day 5: Tortuguero Turtle Hatching and Kayaking Tour (B,L,D)
Walk the beach in the early morning hours in search of a nest that has begun to hatch. Baby turtles dig their way out of the nest and then make their way to the water. Many predators must be dealt with along the way. Afterward depart for a kayak trip on the inner creeks of the Tortuguero National Park. In the afternoon, explore the creeks of Tortuguero National Park by motorboat with your guide. Overnight at Tortuga Lodge.

Day 6: Tortuguero / Puerto Viejo (B,L,D)
After breakfast take a 1-1/2 hour boat trip to the Atlantic lowlands near Limon. Upon arrival, a Costa Rica Expeditions van and driver will be waiting to take you to Puerto Viejo, located on the southern Caribbean coast (about 4 hours). Overnight at Villas Del Caribe.

Day 7: Puerto Viejo / Cahuita National Park (B,L,D)
After an early morning breakfast, depart for a half-day snorkeling adventure at Cahuita Park, one of the best snorkeling spots in the country. After the snorkeling session and a box lunch, hike trails in the National Park. Overnight at Villas Del Caribe.

Day 8: Puerto Viejo Kayak Tour (B,L,D)
Morning departure for a kayak trip in Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. This protected area is about 20 mins. from Puerto Viejo. Upon arrival, and after an orientation and safety talk, start paddling! This Refuge features a calm ocean that offers good conditions for kayaking. You will be carrying your snorkeling gear with you as we will stop at a coral reef along the coast. Overnight at Villas Del Caribe.

Day 9: Puerto Viejo / San Jose (B,L,D)
After an early lunch, drive back to San Jose (about 4 hours). Evening farewell dinner.  Overnight at Gran Hotel Costa Rica.

Day 10: Departure (B)
Transfer to the International Airport, arriving at least three hours before your flightfs scheduled departure time.

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* DETAILED * FIXED DEPARTURE - CARIBBEAN MULTISPORT ADVENTURE (10 Days/9 Nights)
A multisport vacation with biking at Arenal, kayaking in Tortuguero, snorkeling in Puerto Viejo and other activities.
From US$2,289 per person in double occupancy. Minimum age 12 years. Two participants required.

Featuring the Arenal Hanging Bridges walk, a bike ride at the base of the Arenal Volcano, and a rejuvenating soak in a natural hot springs. In Tortuguero, observe turtle hatching and kayak the remote waterways of the National Park. Then head to Puerto Viejo near Limon to snorkel the coral reefs of Cahuita National Park, kayak in a marine refuge, and relax on the beach.


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Meal codes = (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner.

Day 1: Arrival Costa Rica (No meals.)
Arrive at San Josefs Juan SantamariLa International Airport. After passing through Immigration you will be met by a Costa Rica Expeditionsf representative, who will give you a sticker that will facilitate you clearing customs. When you leave the building, look for a sign that says, "Costa Rica Expeditions," with your name on it. A Costa Rica Expeditionsf guide wearing an orange shirt is holding the sign. He or she will take you to your hotel. Overnight at Gran Hotel Costa Rica.

Day 2: San Jose / Arenal / Hanging Bridges (B,L,D)
This morning you will meet your Multisport Guide and the rest of the group at an early breakfast. This is your opportunity to get to know everyone and resolve any questions you still might have about the trip. Afterward depart for the approximately 3-1/2 hour drive to Arenal Volcano area. Arenal Volcano fulfills the volcano stereotype with its perfectly conical shape emerging from Alajuela's gentle green hills. From time to time, loud explosions are heard and a mushroom cloud of grey, brown, orange or blue smoke billows out of the top. Although the volcano is capable of inspiring fright and awe in visitors, inhabitants of nearby Fortuna de San Carlos and the dairy farms at its base seem to live with relative peace of mind. If you ask, they will tell you with surprising tranquility about the time it erupted.

Afternoon visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a project with eight fixed bridges, ranging in length between 8 and 22 meters, and six hanging bridges | all built with the latest techniques and designed with an eye for both beauty and safety. The hanging bridges are between 48 and 98 meters long. All the bridges are made of galvanized steel and high-strength aluminum. The entire project was designed to blend with the natural environment, leaving the forest virtually intact. The trails, covering a distance of about 3 kms, are right inside the forest. As you walk, you be able to appreciate the great diversity of plants and wildlife that are typical of the rainforest. Overnight at Volcano Lodge.

Day 3: Arenal Biking Tour & Hot Springs (B,L,D)
Morning half-day biking tour in the Arenal area. Easy to moderate riding (flat with a few short hills) on a gravel road at the base of Arenal Volcano. The biking tour includes a Marin mountain bike with front suspension (custom fitted to your size), helmet, gloves, water bottle, bilingual guides and mechanics. A choice of different kinds of saddles and pedals, although you are welcome to bring your own. Support vehicle equipped with first aid kits, spare bikes, spare parts and complete tool kits. Picnic stop includes water, fruit and snacks.

Late afternoon visit to the Hidalgo Family Hot Springs. We first met the Hidalgo Family in 2000 when we were looking for an alternative to the mass tourism over-crowded hot springs in the Arenal area. At that time they were reluctant to open up their family farm to visitors. Finally they agreed to try it on a trial basis, by appointment only. They found, perhaps to their surprise, that they enjoyed having foreign guests on this basis and have now put in changing rooms and a restaurant. Over the years the hot springs have grown in hospitality and the Hidalgos have increased the number of reservations they accept. Now, although they do not provide the private experience that they did at the beginning, the Hidalgo Family Hot springs is still not nearly as crowded as the others in the Arenal Area. The springs consist of five free-flowing pools set in a natural river gorge. Water temperature ranges from 100?F (38?C) to 109?F (43?C) depending on the pool. A Costa Rican home-style meal in the restaurant, modeled after the first house that Don Manuel and Dona Hortesmida Hidalgo built when they settled on the farm in 1940, is included. Overnight at Volcano Lodge.

Day 4: Arenal / Cano Blanco / Tortuguero (B,L,D)
After an early breakfast, drive with your guide to the Cano Blanco dock (5 hours), where you will meet your boat for the 1-1/2 hour boat ride to Tortuguero. The last part of the drive will take you through banana plantations. Until the 19th century, Costa Rica was very poor with an economy based on subsistence agriculture. Then, the introduction of coffee provided a product suitable for export. Coffee was followed by bananas, and both remain two of the country's most important crops. Upon arrival in Tortuguero you will visit the village and walk on the beach towards the hotel (about 40 mins). Overnight at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens.

Day 5: Tortuguero Turtle Hatching & Kayaking Tour (B,L,D)
Walk the beach in the early morning hours in search of a nest that has begun to hatch. Baby turtles dig their way out of the nest and then make their way to the water. Many predators must be dealt with along the way. Return to the Lodge for breakfast. Afterward depart for a kayak trip on the inner creeks of the Tortuguero National Park. Your vessel today will be a sit-on-top kayak. Once you have put on your life jacket and received your orientation and safety talk, you will be ready to visit one of the most magical places in this flooded forest. These agile, human-powered vessels will allow you to go where our motorboats cannot and where wildlife is most abundant. Look for Spider and Howler Monkeys overhead, a myriad of colorful birds, and caiman sunning on half-submerged logs along the riverbank. Thick vines and other flora often engulf your path, four-foot iguanas are a common sight and Basilisk Lizards may rest within armfs reach.

Originally intended to protect a major nesting beach of the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle, Tortuguero National Park now protects 51,870 acres, one of the last large areas of tropical rainforest in Central America. Three species of monkeys (Spider, Howler and White-faced), Three-toed Sloths, and River Otters are frequently seen along the natural inland waterways and canals. Caiman, iguanas, river turtles, basilisk lizards, and poison-dart (Dendrobates) frogs inhabit the area along with more than 320 species of birds including all six species of kingfishers found in the new world, three species of toucans, eight species of parrots, and other neotropical species such as the Slaty-tailed Trogon, White-collared Manakin, Purple-throated Fruit crow, and White-fronted Nun Bird. Return to the Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon explore the creeks of Tortuguero National Park by motorboat with your guide. Overnight at Tortuga Lodge.

Day 6: Tortuguero / Puerto Viejo (B,L,D)
After breakfast take a 1-1/2 hour boat trip to the Atlantic lowlands near Limon. Upon arrival, a Costa Rica Expeditions van and driver will be waiting to take you to Puerto Viejo, located on the southern Caribbean coast (about 4 hours). Puerto Viejo, with its relaxed atmosphere and its own unique blend of Latino, Afro-Caribbean and Bribri indigenous cultures, is a beach loverfs paradise. Here amidst the exotic flora and fauna, lies a vibrant seaside town with beaches, crystal clear blue waters, and excellent surfing opportunities. Overnight at Villas Del Caribe.

Day 7: Puerto Viejo / Cahuita National Park (B,L,D)
After an early morning breakfast, depart for a half-day snorkeling adventure at Cahuita Park, one of the best snorkeling spots in the country. This protected area is characterized by its lush vegetation and wildlife, but the most remarkable aspect is the protected coral reefs here. Upon arrival to Cahuita receive the necessary equipment and safety talk to start the snorkeling tour. Then take a boat to the National Park. Arrive at the reef and snorkel in this aquatic world for about 2 1/2 hours.

Cahuita National Park protects 13,104 acres of pristine rainforest and coral reefs. Its main attractions are the white sand beaches fringed with endless coconut trees, a calm sea of transparent waters and the coral reefs just offshore. The most attractive feature for snorkelers is the underwater garden of marine life, including several types of coral, such as the brain and Elkhorn coral, large numbers of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates, like urchins, sea fans, angelfish, blue parrotfish, barracudas and stingrays, amongst others. After the snorkeling session and a box lunch, hike through the trails of the National Park to return back to Cahuita, where the car will be waiting to drive you back to the hotel. Overnight at Villas Del Caribe.

Day 8: Puerto Viejo Kayak Tour (B,L,D)
Morning departure for a kayak trip in Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. This protected area is about 20 mins. from Puerto Viejo. Upon arrival, and after an orientation and safety talk, start paddling! This Refuge features a calm ocean that offers good conditions for kayaking. You will be carrying your snorkeling gear with you. The Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge encompasses some 10,000 acres of marine park, including three square miles of coral reef along the coast. When you arrive at the Manzanillo Beach, swim above the corals and around the edges where you will see some deeper spots, little holes, cracks and caverns. Look for tropical fish like parrot and angel fish, snappers, groupers, grunts, blue tangs, jack fish and others. Also spiny lobster, crabs and other sea creatures. After resting at the beach, paddle back to the starting point. Take a fresh water shower, change clothes and head back to Puerto Viejo for lunch. Afternoon to explore the area with your guide. Overnight at Vil las Del Caribe.

Day 9: Puerto Viejo / San Jose (B,L,D)
Spend the morning on the beach. After an early lunch, drive back to San Jose (about 4 hours). Evening farewell dinner.  Overnight at Gran Hotel Costa Rica.

Day 10: Departure (B)
Transfer to the International Airport, arriving at least three hours before your flightfs scheduled departure time.

FIXED DEPARTURE: CARIBBEAN MULTISPORT ADVENTURE
2009 DATES, HOTELS & PRICES
Prices per person in US$, based on double occupancy. Includes taxes. Children 12 and over only.
Two participants required.

 
Hotels
Price (US$)
NO DEPARTURES IN 2009 Gran Hotel Costa Rica
$---
Volcano Lodge
Tortuga Lodge
Villas Del Caribe

- Trips are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of two participants.

*CHILDREN
Children 12 years and older only. This trip does not offer a child discount.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Single supplement is US$350. Single supplement added if single accommodations are requested or forced.

INCLUDED
Accommodations: As featured in the itinerary.
Meals: As indicated in the itinerary: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
Transfers: Included in fixed departure (group) programs, on arrival and departure, when arriving and departing on the first and last scheduled days of the tour. For all other tours, transfers are included as indicated.
Porterage: The handling of two bags per person. Baggage and personal effects are at the owner's risk throughout the tour.
Taxes & entrance fees: Hotel taxes, entrance fees to National Parks, museums and places of interest in effect at the time of booking are included unless otherwise specified. Tax increases or new taxes charged for services that were not taxed in the past will be charged to the client.
Sightseeing: As specified in the itinerary.

NOT INCLUDED
Costs of obtaining passports, visas or tourist cards; excess baggage fees; personal expenses such as room service, beverages and laundry; gratuities for tour escort, guides or driver; personal communications charges; international airfare and airport departure taxes (US$26 per person); tax increases or new taxes charged for services that were not taxed at the time the booking was made; excess mileage carried out at the request of the passenger; sightseeing or meals not specified in the itinerary; personal insurance coverage (strongly recommended).

Note regarding arrival and departure transfers: Transfers are available by previous arrangement through Costa Rica Expeditions for participants not arriving or departing on the stated arrival/ departure dates of the tour. .

 

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

Gran Hotel Costa Rica
Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, this five-story hotel, built in 1930, is adjacent to Culture Square and the National Theater. The hotel features 104 guest rooms and five suites, all of which offer antique reproduction furnishings and neo-classical deLcor, telephone, Satelite TV, mini-bar, coffee maker, classic 1930 bathtub and views of the National Theater and surrounding plazas. There is 24-hour room service and same-day laundry service. Other features include live piano concerts, an art gallery-cafeteria, open-air patio restaurant in front of the National Theater, entertainment room, gym, free Internet facilities, internet access in public areas and rooms, restaurants, coffee shop, conference rooms, business center and gift shops. Temperate climate.

Volcano Lodge
On the road between La Fortuna de San Carlos and Arenal Lake, facing the world famous Arenal Volcano. "This lodge is a collection of duplexes across the road from and facing the volcano. All of the rooms come with two double beds, a private bathroom, two wicker chairs inside, and a small terrace with a couple of wooden rocking chairs for volcano viewing outside. The appointments are simple, but the rooms are spacious and get plenty of light through big picture windows." -Frommers Costa Rica 2006

Tortuga Lodge & Gardens
Named "favorite family resort" in April 2005 by Travel & Leisure Family magazine. Owned and operated by Costa Rica Expeditions. "Situated on 50 acres of private land on Costa Rica's northeast Caribbean coast, Tortuga was our first hotel. It is now our newest hotel. Everything we have learned about designing nature lodges over the last 11 years has gone into the remodelling of Tortuga Lodge. What we learned can be summarized in three words, 'Reflect the place.'" -Michael Kaye

Villas del Caribe Hotel
Located near Cocles Beach, south of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Villas del Caribe offers 12 two-story apartments with sea-view terraces and balconies, barbecues, outdoor showers, fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms with indoor gardens. Each apartment accommodates up to five people. There is no pool or restaurant, but take-out food is available from Lapalapa, 50 meters down the road, and there is a food store on premises for preparing meals in the rooms. Tours and rentals are available for a number of water sports and activities. gThe most luxurious place on Playa Chiquita is Villas del Caribe.h -Lonely Planet Costa Rica. Hot climate.

TESTIMONIAL
Feb. 18, 2007. "One of our best vacations ever..."
Dear Herrol: Back in cold western North Carolina after one of our best vacations ever, we'd like to thank you and all the Costa Rica Expeditions staff for making our Costa Rica vacation a great experience. Each trip component, starting with our arrival at the airport and ending with a drop-off at a car rental agency, included caring CRE staff ensuring that we were in the right place at the right time. Every part of your package was wonderful - the facilities were nice, the food was great, and the staff were outstanding. We'll certainly advise friends to consider Costa Rica Expeditions in their travel plans, and hope that we, too, can again use your services some day.
-Chuck & Tia Ramsey

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