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Itinerary for Rainforest Multisport Adventure in Costa Rica



Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Meals Keys: (B) Breakfast,  (L) Lunch, (S) Snack/Picnic Lunch, (D) Dinner,
Guide Key: (TG) Transfer Guide,  (EG) Equestrian Guide, (LG) Local Cowboy Guide.

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José, where you will be met by one of our representatives at the ramp, assisted and transferred to San Jose Hotel for an overnight stay.
Meals included: none
Overnight at Hotel in San Jose

Day 2: Ride through Gallery Forest
Morning transfer to the ranch and stables, located along the Trinidad river in the Dry Central Pacific Region, the starting point of your riding adventure. On arrival, you will be introduced to your horse, the ranch and its facilities, and the guides. You will get the opportunity to fully acquaint yourself with tack and Costa Rican riding style. After horse assignment, we will head towards Hacienda La Maravilla, riding along rolling hills and meadows into the Gallery Forest, alongside the Cuarros river – an excellent spot for wildlife encounters! We meander across the river following a country lane passing en route farmland, rural homes and finally arriving at the hacienda grounds.
Meals included: B, L, D.
Guiding service included: (BG) (LG)
Overnight at Maravilla or Cerro Lodge


Day 3: Ride to Machuca River basin
Today’s ride will take you to the Machuca River basin, passing Cascajal village. You will ride into the area where this river canyon broadens onto the plains. Heading towards the Jesús María River basin allows for exploration of the plains and forested valleys along the Machuca River Canyon, where the land is very fertile and most commonly used to cultivate melons. We finish the ride at a local hacienda and transfer you back to your accommodation.
Meals included: B, L, D.
Guiding service included: (BG) (LG)
Overnight at Maravilla or Cerro Lodge


Day 4: Crocodile Boat Safari Tour & Rainforest Visit (no riding)
Today, you will have a break from riding and enjoy some of Costa Rica's best tropical adventures including a sightseeing Crocodile Boat Safari tour down the Tarcoles River and a visit to the Rainforest where you will do the Aerial Tram and the Zipline Canopy Tour (see non-riding activities below).  
Meals included: B, L, D. (BG) (LG)
Guiding service included: (BG) (LG)
Overnight at Maravilla or Cerro Lodge


Day 5: Visit of Local Communities (no riding)
Today takes you into the center of rural communities, where you can visit and meet with the people of the communities that have helped hosting you during your week with us. Nothing is ‘staged’ about this event, what occurs is the natural exchange between people. On your way, you will pass through Santa Rita village, then travel along old railroad tracks, now overgrown and returning to nature, finally arriving at La Ceiba town – we will stop at a local venue for a short break and have a drink John Wayne’s style!!
Meals included: B, L, & D.
Guiding service included: (BG) (LG)
Overnight at Maravilla or Cerro Lodge


Day 6: Coastal Ride
Today’s rides take you on a splendid journey (approximately 5 hours riding), following a route which was first used by the Spaniards as they began exploring and settling along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica nearly 500 years ago. Sights to be experienced include rivers, jungles and Gallery Forests. Following a rural road, you will reach Tivives Crag, (which before a landslide into the sea was formerly known as the Port of Landecho). From here, you have unforgettable views of the Pacific. Indeed, from this historic site the Spaniards first started their conquest of the Central Pacific in the late 16th century. 
Meals included: B, S, D.
Guiding service included: (EG & LG) (BG) (LG)
Overnight at Maravilla or Cerro Lodge


Day 7: Kayak & ocean activities (no riding)
Today’s a non-riding day. You will enjoy an Ocean and Kayaking experience on the Central Pacific coast warm waters and will be transferred back to your hotel in San Jose.
Meals: B, L, D.
Guiding service included: (BG) (LG)
Overnight at Hotel in San Jose

Day 8: Departure
Morning at your leisure and transfer to the Airport in time for your flight and our farewells. ($29 dollar departure tax is payable at the airport)
Meals included: B

Important Note: This is a sample ride itinerary, planned several months in advance, the ride can be operated in different order other than as described above. Arrangements (routes or facilities) are subject to variation by the outfitter depending on local conditions. All riding times contained in our itineraries are based upon riding at a slow/moderate pace throughout.

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Non-Riding Activities

Crocodile Boat Safari
This two-hour boat ride explores the Tarcoles river, home of one of largest colonies of crocodiles in Costa Rica, with specimens which length range between 10 to 23 feet.
The area where the river merges with Guacalillo estuary, and then both blend into the ocean is one of the best locations to see endangered birds such as the Mangrove Cuckoo, Mangrove Hummingbird, Mangrove Vireo and the Panama Flycatcher, etc. Also commonly encountered are water birds like Pelicans, Boat-billed Herons, Spoon-billed Egrets and Cattle Egrets. *Please note that this activity will be scheduled depending on sea tides (a high tide is required)*
 
Aerial Tram Tour
The Aerial Tram is one of the most unique Costa Rica excursions, featuring 18 gondolas with a capacity of 9 passengers each including one bilingual (English/Spanish) naturalist guide for a tour to the canopy and the rich ecosystem of Costa Rican rain forests. The transitional tropical rainforest is ideal for Costa Rica bird watching. It is home to more than 50 species of native birds which Rainforest Adventures has committed to help save. During this tour visitors are shown all the different layers of the rainforest, from the floor to the treetops. The Costa Rica canopy is home to an enormous amount of flora and fauna; eager to find light and space, many plants have colonized the treetops, turning them into small, independently functioning ecosystems. This tour also includes a visit to the Heliconias Gallery, Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Garden and Snake Exhibition in the middle of the forest.

Canopy Tour
Glide over treetops for a compelling and exciting way to have a clearer view of Costa Rica Pacific Rainforest with our Tranopy Zip Line Tour. This adventure includes 15 platforms and 10 cables – five of them over 200 meters long (656ft.) and covering a total distance of 1503 meters. Take pleasure in the comforting atmosphere of the Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific canopy zip line tour. Glide over treetops for a compelling and exciting way to have a clearer view of Costa Rica Nature and Adventure Together At Last! This new adventure allows you to experience the thrill of a zip-line canopy tour without missing out on the rainforest’s rich wildlife. The innovative Tranopy Tour combines the up-close views of an aerial tram with the excitement of a canopy zip-line tour. A professional naturalist guide will accompany you and pointing out some of the secrets of the rainforest that surrounds you.

Ocean Kayaking & Snorkeling
This tour starts in Punta Agujas located in the Central Pacific area, only 20 minutes from Jaco Beach. After a brief introduction and demonstration, your ocean adventure will start. You will get to paddle and enjoy the sensation of moving on into the ocean under your own power. You will paddle on kayaks or Hawaiian style outrigger canoes past spectacular cliffs filled with frigate birds and pelicans, finally landing on a small barrier island in Playa Limoncito where you will have the opportunity to snorkel and when conditions permit view spectacular sea-life in the warm Pacific waters. The beach is in a sheltered cove and nearby is a coral reef where it is possible to view a wide variety of marine life. Continue exploring by kayak or relax on the beach where you will enjoy a delicious fresh fruit buffet before going back to Playa Agujas. Snorkeling is included (snorkel vests provided) - Please note the water conditions depends on current rainfall so this results in good and bad days when it comes to visibility. We go snorkeling from the beach so if you are new to the sport it is much easier to get comfortable with your feet on the ground rather than jumping out of a boat. Maybe you just want to be a beachcomber!
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Rainforest Multisport Adventure in Costa Rica
Tour Code: IT-CR-HRO10-S
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,695.00
Dates : Available all Year

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2020 01/01 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP except in San... 4 /12 Reserve
B 2020 01/01 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP except in San... 4 /12 Reserve
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Tack: Modified McClellan, some Western
Horses: Costa Rican Criollo, Paso, and mixed b...
Pace: Moderate with trots, canters, and some...

Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)
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