brings you in close contact with the primordial geological creation
power of the most spectacular active volcanoes in Costa Rica. Look
into one of the world's most active geyser craters with over ½ a
mile in diameter, come face to face with lava eruptions, take a dip
in natural thermal waters of volcanic origin and cool off in a
turquoise jungle waterfall pool!
After spending your first night at a charming B &
B in San José, Costa Rica, early start to visit Poas Volcano
National Park. Enjoy the magnificent sight of one of the largest
geyser craters in the world and hike through the fascinating
miniature cloud forest to an extinct crater lagoon at over 8000 feet
above sea level. Before lunch you will continue with your own driver
and guide to the Arenal Volcano area, in the northern region of
Costa Rica. Base for our 2 day volcanic exploration and adventure
will be 'Montanas de Fuego Inn', facing the northern slope of Arenal
the comfort of your veranda at 'Montana de Fuego Inn' and maybe
enjoying a good wine, you will be witness to the most impressive
incandescent lava eruptions in form of the most primordial creation
power: eruptive volcanic activity! The younger mountain ranges of
Costa Rica, with an estimated 3 ½ -- 4 million years of age have
been to great extend shaped by tectonic eruptive activity which is
magnificently exemplified by the youngest and most active Arenal
Another highlight awaits the next day for you to be discovered hidden in the
eastern slope of the Tenorio Volcano. Named after a fierce Indian chief which
ruled this isolated, yet extraordinarily beautiful part of Costa Rica, the Tenorio
Volcano National Park hides and protects a very unknown
well kept secret natural treasure! 'Malecu' Indian tradition, the Indian
tribe living today in this
region, and which can be traced back to the great Indian Cacique, Tenorio,
tells of religious ceremonies that took place Rio Celeste Waterfall area.
ACTIVE VOLCANOES brings you exclusively to this
very special and unique area of Costa Rica. Observe the turquoise
tainting and coloring of the Celeste River. Dip into an absolutely
natural thermal water, apply a 'rejuvenating' skin cleansing
volcanic mud mask that you will than rinse off in the fresh and
turquoise colored waters of one the most beautiful waterfalls in
Costa Rica! We can guarantee, that you will share the thermal water
pool with nobody else but yourself.
VOLCANO differs from the above program in that it will
include scheduled transfers from one point to the other, thus not allowing the
visit to Poas and Tenorio Volcanoes. The only volcanic area visited
during the ACTIVE VOLCANO program will be the Arenal Volcano. However,
and instead of the Rio Celeste tour, it includes a very interesting
and rewarding boat tour to the 'Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge'
a wet - and flood- land river basin which is of world
importance for many species of migratory birds, and is home to many
reptiles, mammal and fish species! The 'Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge'
tour is a highlight for every nature lover that is interested in
seeing a high concentration of wildlife in an unforgettable setting
After your two night stay at 'Montana de
Fuego Inn' you will start the more active segment of either of both
ACTIVE VOLCANOES programs. On the way to 'La Amistad' Biosphere Preserve
you will experience a thrilling white water tour rafting the
Sarapiqui River, class 3. After this 'wet' challenge you will head
south, towards the Caribbean ocean, passing through the Caribbean
lowlands and finally heading to the foot hills of the great
Talamanca Mountain Range and enjoying a wonderful dinner at Selva
Bananito Lodge & Preserve.
Your next days at Selva Bananito will be filled with daily activities and physical
if you prefer, you
can 'kick back' and forget about daily city life stress and observe
the harmonious surroundings. Fill your ears with many different
bird songs and even sleep a well deserved 'siesta' in your hammock
on your ample veranda overseeing the beauty of Reserva Selva
Bananito and "La Amistad" International Park.
Now you will understand why Christopher
Columbus, on his fourth and last voyage to the Americas, named our
country Costa Rica, which means rich coast. When he discovered our
rich coast, he did not find material treasures, but countless
natural treasures hidden in what today is "La Amistad" Biosphere
Selva Bananito you can choose from a number of exciting adventure activities
such as hiking through the exuberant tropical rain forest of our preserve.
At Selva Bananito Preserve you will find trees, over 200 feet tall, that
you can climb using our special tree climbing gear and canopy exploration
technique. From our canopy platform you will be overwhelmed by the wild
and rich diversity in-, and absolute serene beauty of- our primary rain
Bananito Preserve invites you to explore waterfalls and to rappel down one
or several of them. How would you feel about a free descend, rappelling
down a 130 feet high vertical drop on a wall created by tectonic activity
during the last great earthquake of 1991? Learn about the history and the
importance of the Bananito River watershed and our watershed conservation,
a task taken up by- and channeled through "Lim?n Watershed Foundation",
which we actively support through our services and activities at Selva Bananito
Lodge & Preserve.
having and enjoying a fantastic time during our horseback tour through the
farm you will learn about the regions history and low impact tropical agriculture.
If you liked our farm tour on horseback, why don't you dare galloping along
open areas of our farm and than venture off into the primary forest
in order to be swallowed up by its secrets and to blend into its magic!
After your stay at Selva Bananito Lodge & Preserve it is now time to
either return to your B & B in
San José or continue an extension to the archipelago of Bocas del
Toro, Panama for the
VOLCANOES and "LA AMISTAD".program.
ACTIVE VOLCANOES and "LA AMISTAD" 13 days / 12
nights: You can start out this package with any of the above
itineraries and continue to Bocas del Toro, Panama.
scenic charter flight will take you in 1/2 an hour to the most
beautiful Caribbean islands and coral keys imaginable.
After immigration procedures at Bocas del Toro airport, we will take a gorgeous
boat transfer to 'Punta Vieja' on Bastimentos Island.
Your base for the exploration of "Bastimentos Marine National Park"
and our beach activities will be 'Al Natural' Eco Resort. Here you will
stay two nights in midst of the most important protected marine area of
Bocas del Toro.
'Al Natural' is built in a very open and natural Caribbean style and offers
a very personal atmosphere. 'Al Natural' blends in harmoniously with the
tropical forest of its own private preserve, and offers kilometers of golden
beaches to walk on.
'Al Natural' faces directly the two most beautiful Caribbean coral islands
in the "Bastimentos Marine National Park", which we have included
in our program. The ' Zapatillas Keys' are located just a short boat ride
s away from "Al Natural". You can snorkel, kayak, windsurf, sunbathe,
swim and relax
during your stay at 'Al
Natural' and your excursion to 'Cayo Zapatillas' during our first
day in this area.
The second day at 'Al Natural' you will hike
through the jungle of 'Old Point'. The purpose of this tour is to
visit 'Playa Larga', a well preserved golden beach facing the open
Caribbean Sea. 'Playa Larga' is of great importance to the "Marine
National Park of Bastimentos", as a very important nesting site for
the Leather Back and Green Sea Turtles. Your presence on the beach
of 'Playa Larga' has a rather benevolent task.
During your stay at this
very special and 'sacred' beach, you will spend
part of our time
picking up trash washed ashore by high tides and ocean
'Playa Larga' is, if not the most beautiful beach, assuredly
of the scenically and naturally most beautiful sea turtle
It has been an important nesting site for
thousands of generations of these very endangered sea turtles. Sea
turtle nesting has been going on for millions of years before humans
started to destroy and to litter the surface of our planet. Sea
turtle nesting, which we wish to help conserve, should not take
place on a 'sacred' beach impacted by human trash.
a little sacrifice on your behalf, and with special and exclusive agreement
with ANAM, National Authority of the Environment, Panama, guests that come
with our package "LA AMISTAD" Adventure, will have the privilege
to experience this magical place in exchange for reducing, at least symbolically,
the burden placed on this nesting site by human litter.
the off - sea turtle - nesting season beach clean up is the 'noble' activity
for the second day of stay at 'Al Natural'. If you prefer to stay in a hammock
or relax on the beach you are welcome to do so as well.
During sea turtle
nesting season, 'Playa Larga' will only be accessed by special
agreement with ANAM, during our Turtles and "LA AMISTAD"
conservation program and will not be included in ACTIVE VOLCANOES
Adventure. For more details click on
After lunch we depart for Hotel 'Punta
Caracol', located on Colon Island. This is the largest and main
island of the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Our last two nights we
will enjoy 'Punta Caracol'. This very romantic and exclusive lodge,
which has been built on top of reefs, with a minimum of impact on
the habitat it sets out to protect, is the perfect romantic
Caribbean hide out for your last days in "La Amistad" Biosphere
Preseve. You will fall in love with this very unique hotel built on
stilts above a tranquil ocean lagoon.
romantic and delicious dinners in the light of candles, swim in the calm
waters of the 'Almirante Bay', snorkel in crystal clear tides or try kayaking
in a traditional dugout exploring the close by mangroves, a very diverse
and important habitat to many marine, wildlife and bird species.
At last, after all the activity, all the adrenaline and all the magnificent
experiences, you deserve to rest, relax, and to feel satisfied . However,
should you feel the need for more activity, a tour of 'Bird Island' will
take you by boat to this interesting rock-island, with many endemic sea
bird species living, mating and nesting on it.
On your last day of ACTIVE VOLCANOES and "LA AMISTAD" adventure program
you will return to Limon by plane and take a transfer back to your B &
B in San José. You can book a ½ hour scenic flight around
Bocas del Toro flying back to Limon, or should you prefer, you can optionally
fly directly back to San José, or even start an extension into Panama.
For more detailed information, or customized travel itineraries of our packages,
please contact CONSELVATUR.
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