LA AMISTAD" Adventure program provides a unique and high
quality nature and adventure experience by offering the opportunity to take part
in numerous rain forest adventure activities such as rafting, tree climbing
and canopy observation, waterfall rappel, tour on horseback, hiking through
pristine rain forests and strolling on unspoiled beaches of incomparable Caribbean
beauty, sea kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, basking in the
etc. Through your participation in this program you will actively
support watershed, marine, sea turtle, wildlife and tropical rain
in private preserves and National Parks of
Costa Rica and Panama, primarily,
within the frame of
"La Amistad" Biosphere Preserve!
"LA AMISTAD" Adventure provides an alternative, low impact and
sustained activity of great value to the local and regional economies, and shows
this activity to be of relevant importance for improving the livelihood
and living conditions of the inhabitants of these remote rural areas.
"LA AMISTAD" Adventure proclaims that the
effort to conserve has no nationalities and proofs low impact nature
and adventure travel to 'La Amistad' Biosphere Preserve to be an
excellent instrument to provide solutions to the great challenge a
biosphere preserve imposes on its inhabitants: how do the
inhabitants of a biosphere preserve make a living with the use of
the existing natural resources, without destroying, precisely that,
the very fragile natural environment which hosts them, and of which
their well being and quality of life depends, present and future
generations alike !
"LA AMISTAD" Adventure -- 11 days / 10 nights:
spending your first night at a charming B & B in San José, Costa
Rica, early start to meet the rafting challenge of an untamed river, the
world famous Pacuare River, class 3 & 4 ! Discover the mystical Pacuare
Canyon while rafting passed a Cabecar Indian Preserve. Waterfalls and wildlife
will be part of the adventure. At the end of the day, and after paddling
through and surviving some very exciting rapids, you will enjoy a wonderful
dinner in the light of candles at Selva Bananito Lodge & Preserve.
Your next days at Selva Bananito will be filled with daily activities and
physical challenges. Or, 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"
At Selva Bananito you can choose from a number
of exciting adventure activities such as hiking through the
exuberant tropical rain forest of our preserve.
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 forest.
Selva 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
"Limon Watershed Foundation", which we actively support through
our services and activities at Selva Bananito Lodge & Preserve.
While 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
incredible days filled with unforgettable impressions and
experiences, "LA AMISTAD" Adventure, will bring you to the next
natural treasure that Christopher Columbus discovered on his final
trip: the marine area of "La Amistad" Biosphere Preserve, the
archipelago of Bocas del Toro in 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
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.
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 one of the
scenically and naturally most beautiful sea turtle nesting beaches in the
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.
With 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.
During 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.
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 "LA AMISTAD" Adventure.
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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.
Enjoy 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.
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.
your last day of "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
flying back to Limon, or should you prefer, you can
to San José, or even start an extension into Panama.
"LA AMISTAD" Adventure can also be booked in a shorter
and less comprehensive 8 days / 7 nights itinerary or in conjunction with our SEA
TURTLES and VOLCANOES
For more detailed information, or customized travel itineraries of our packages,
please contact CONSELVATUR.
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