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GLOBAL EXPEDITIONS CLUB - Costa Rica: Eco and Adventure Group Tour - 8 Days

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This is a Global Expeditions Travel Club Trip:

DIFFERENT DEPARTURE DATES TO CHOOSE FROM

Two Departure Dates in 2015:
- Jan 17 - 24, 2015
- July 11 - 18, 2015

Get your adventure juices flowing on this exciting and unique 8 Day Global Expeditions Travel Club group tour to Costa Rica.

Join us as we rappel down 200' waterfalls, hike near an active volcano, rest in natural hot springs, zipline across the roof of the jungle, ride a beautiful horse through the stunning countryside, take an optional whitewater rafting ride down Class 3-4 rapids or an ATV tour through a local farm on our free day, see indigenous animals up close, experience nature at its purest and best, but most of all experience this adventure with friends both old and new.

Best of all, we end this trip with a couple of relaxing days on Samara Beach, a charming, off-the-beaten-path beach town that hasn’t been overrun by tourists yet. Here you can choose to relax at a beach side bar, take some surfing lessons, go kayaking, or simply lay on the beach. Do it all or do nothing but relax. Either way, this group tour is action packed and is sure to provide you with incredible memories and lasting friendships. And at this price, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything equal!

NOTE: while this trip is adventurous and action packed, it is a great trip for both beginners and those with some experience. The local guides are experienced and regularly guide those who are rafting, rappelling, horseback riding or zip-lining for the first time. ALL activities can be swapped or removed if they are beyond your comfort zone. Please contact us for details.


Make Friends. Travel the World. The Global Expeditions Club is a unique and exciting social travel club open to anyone interested in traveling to exciting destinations around the world with other like-minded adventurers. Membership is free. Please see The Global Expeditions Club website for more details about the club.


Places Visited:

Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna, Lake Arenal, Lost Canyon, San Jose, Samara Beach


Trip Itinerary:
B: Breakfast | L: Lunch

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in San Jose. Transfer to hotel if purchased.
Day 2: Fun Canyoneering tour. (B, L)
Day 3: Horseback riding adventure. Evening nature hike, volcano viewing and hot springs. (B)
Day 4: Free day. (B)
Optional: ATV tour or Whitewater Rafting.
Day 5: Canopy zipline, transfer to Samara Beach (B)
Day 6: Free day at beach. (B)
Day 7: Morning free at beach. Afternoon transfer to San Jose. (B)
Day 8: Trip ends, transfer to airport if purchased. (B)


Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1
San Jose

Arrive in San Jose and meet at the assigned hotel (details to be provided). If you purchased airport transfers through us, then you are met at the airport and transferred to our nearby hotel. This evening you will have a chance to meet your Trip Leader and your fellow members who you will be traveling with for the week. Today most will be strangers, but by week’s end they will feel like friends for life!


Day 2
La Fortuna (B, L)

Getting an early start, we'll drive a few hours through the mountainous Costa Rican countryside to the beautiful town of La Fortuna. On arrival, we will head out on the ultimate waterfall adventure – we'll strap on a harness and with the help of our guides we will trek through a beautiful jungle canyon and rappel down multiple tropical waterfalls. After the thrill of the descent, we will enjoy a well-deserved typical Costa Rican lunch. The afternoon and evening are free to explore the exciting town of La Fortuna.


Day 3
La Fortuna (B)

Today we will enjoy a scenic horseback ride through the Costa Rican countryside. Riding these beautiful horses will give you the opportunity to see nature and the true beauty of Costa Rica up close. This is a great chance to see the volcano in the distance and to spot toucans, monkeys and many other unique animals along the way.

In the afternoon, we're off on an included group twilight nature hike with a local naturalist near the base of Central America's most active volcano: Arenal Volcano. Following our hike, if nature cooperates and volcano is active, we will drive to a viewing spot where we will be able to witness blazing red, car size chunks of lava roll down the side of the steep volcano slopes in the dark of night. The evening brings the much anticipated chance to soak in the Baldi natural hot springs and recover from the day's adventures.


Day 4
La Fortuna (B)

Today is a free day to spend as you like. Roam the quaint streets and shops of La Fortuna or continue your adventures with an optional ATV tour or Whitewater Rafting.

On the ATV tour, you will join the group on a beautiful ride through a Costa Rican farm, witnessing some of the country's most beautiful scenery and possibly even visiting a waterfall or two.

The Whitewater Rafting tour is located in the beautiful rolling hills about an hour from La Fortuna. Here you'll ride down Class 3-4 rapids and feel the exhilaration of over 45 crazy, continuous rapids in a secluded, picturesque canyon.

Regardless of how you spend your free day, join your fellow club members for another fun night out for dinner and drinks in the town of La Fortuna.


Day 5
La Fortuna to Samara Beach (B)

Morning is our chance to play "Indiana Jones meets Tarzan" by flying through the jungle treetops on an exhilarating canopy zipline course. In the afternoon, we travel to Samara Beach, a charming, off-the-beaten-path beach town that hasn’t quite been discovered by tourists yet. In the evening, sit for hours at one of the beachside bars, grab a bite to eat, enjoy a cold drink, have a laugh with your fellow GEC members, reminisce about our recent adventures, listen to the waves crash, and watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. Does life get any better?


Day 6
Free Day at Beach (B)

Today is a free day at the beach. Rent a surfboard and take a lesson for a couple of bucks, join a sea kayaking tour, or simply relax at the beach. Regardless, life is good!


Day 7
Free Morning at Beach & Afternoon Transfer to San Jose/Alajuela (B)

Today we have the morning free to spend at the beach. In the afternoon we travel to Alajuela in the capital city of San Jose where we'll enjoy one last night of fun with our new found friends before catching our flights home the following morning.


Day 8
Trip Ends (B)

Trip ends after breakfast. If you purchased airport transfers through us, you are picked up at the hotel and transferred to the airport to catch your flight home.


Important Information

Please DO NOT purchase your airfare or any personal travel requirements until you receive a written confirmation of guaranteed departure from the Global Expeditions Club.

NOTE: while this trip is adventurous and action packed, it is a great trip for both beginners and those with some experience. The local guides are experienced and regularly guide those who are rafting, rappelling, horseback riding or zip-lining for the first time. ALL activities can be swapped or removed if they are beyond your comfort zone. Please contact us for details.


Trip ID: CA1098
PRICING
Departure Dates:

Optional Add-Ons
 
OPTIONAL: ATV Tour or Whitewater Rafting on Free Day (day 4)
$84.00
OPTIONAL: Single Room (choose only if you want your own hotel room-where available)
$589.00
OPTIONAL: Round Trip Airport/Hotel Transfers
$19.00

Trip Highlights
  • Expert English and Spanish speaking guides and naturalists
  • Trip Leader from start to finish
  • Views of an active volcano
  • Canyoneering trip
  • Guided nature walk with a local Naturalist
  • Rest and relaxation in natural, volcano heated hot springs
  • Scenic and relaxed horseback ride
  • High-wire canopy ride along the roof of the jungle
  • 3d/2n at Samara Beach
  • OPTIONAL: ATV tour or Class 3-4 whitewater rafting
Price Includes
  • Private transportation between cities
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Canyoneering and rappelling down 4 waterfalls
  • Guided volcano base walk and entrance to the Baldi Natural hot springs
  • Horseback riding
  • Canopy zipline rides across the roof of the jungle
  • 8 Days, 7 Nights accommodations at excellent locally-owned mid-range hotels & lodges
Price Does Not Include
  • International airfare
  • Airport & departure taxes
  • Airport transfer
  • Meals not indicated
  • Beverages
  • OPTIONAL: ATV tour or Class 3-4 whitewater rafting
  • Optional activities
  • Travel medical insurance (details)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Visa and Passport fees & expenses (if required)
Minimum Group Size
  • 4
Typical Group Size
  • 18
Group Leader
  • Local guides and naturalists
  • Trip Leader from start to finish
Number of Days
  • 8 Days, 7 Nights
Accomodation Included
  • 8 Days, 7 Nights accommodations at excellent locally-owned mid-range hotels
Transportation Included
  • Private shuttles
Budget
  • $200 - $300 per person for meals, beverages and personal expenses or depending on spending habit
Seasonal Info
  • Costa Rica's weather changes with the altitude. The lower altitude of the pacific coast is drier while the low altitude of the Atlantic coast sees the highest amount rainfall (approximately 300 days per year). Temperatures in the higher altitude of San Jose range from a high of 80F (27C) to a low of 57F (14C). The coasts and the jungle areas of La Fortuna tend to be warmer. Afternoon rainfalls can be seen anytime of the year. March and April are typically the warmest months.


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