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Crafting Custom Vacations Through Creative Ideas

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Pura Vida Vacations specializes in adventure travel to unique destinations that offer YOU different cultural experiences, nature & wildlife outings as well as promote wellness for your family or group.

I create custom itineraries for families traveling together, groups or individuals because I believe your vacation experience is as unique as you.  I take the stress & worry out of traveling for your dream experiences so you don’t waste time researching trying to find the best deals.  Every detail of your trip is created with a personal touch as if we were designing our own trip.

I develop relationships with in-country partners throughout the world to bring you experiences you never thought possible.

Bring us YOUR ideas and dreams so we can build an exciting vacation itinerary together.

Below you will find a selection of tour packages.

Discover The Wonders Of Central & South America

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Explore Machu Picchu

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EXPLORE MACHU PICCHU TOUR

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco
G Adventures for Good: Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Urubamba
G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay. Arrival transfer. Two-day Sacred Valley tour including Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Pisac ruins and pre-Incan salt pans. Traditional pachamanca-style dinner. Scenic train and guided tour of Machu Picchu. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Meals Included

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Private van, train, plane, walking.

Land only

$2099.00 CAD per person based on double occupancy

Land Only

Based on a minimum of 8 to a maximum of 16

My Own Room (single supplement) CAD 769.00
Maximum number of MOR’s – 2

Please note that if you have booked the “My Own Room” option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops


Prices are subject to change until extra is confirmed

Pre/Post Accommodation (Single): 140 CAD per room per night
Pre/Post Accommodation (Twin/Double): 155 CAD per room per night

1 Day Inca Trail Hike Permit Request: 499 CAD per person
Peru Culinary Bundle: 216 CAD per person *pre night is required when booking this activity

DEPOSIT DUE DATE:  22 June 2019

DEPOSIT AMOUNT: $250 per person
FINAL PAYMENT: 60 days before departure (21 August 2019)
  *If a payment is due on a date that is not a business day, such payment will be due on the business day immediately before the payment due date.
Cancellation Policy
* Cancellation 60 days or more prior to departure = Loss of deposit
* Cancellation between 30 and 59 days prior to departure = 50% loss
* Cancellation within 30 days of departure = 100% loss
It is mandatory for all of our travellers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers for both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD we also strongly recommend purchasing an all inclusive plan that covers cancellation/interruption insurance as well. I am able to send a quote over on request.

Day 1 Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Get ready for a very busy tour exploring the best of Peru in a week. We recommend booking a pre-night in Lima (in particular if your flight arrives into Lima in the evening) to recover from international flights and rest up before the excitement.

Please note that if you booked the Peru Culinary Bundle it does not include extra time in Lima and we highly recommend booking pre-trip accommodation. You will be picked up from your hotel at approx 10:00 am (10:30 from Aug-Dec) and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return to your hotel around 13:00.

Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

Private Vehicle
Jorge Chávez International Airport – Lima45m-1h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

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Optional Activities – Day 1

Lima City Tour
Lima

130-186PEN per person

Discover Lima’s highlights on this half-day guided tour. Visit the San Francisco Church and its impressive catacombs, walk around Plaza de Armas, and get to know some of Lima’s lovely neighbourhoods.

For more information contact Ruben (Best Bite Peru) at +51972584092.

Museum of the Inquisition
Lima

50PEN per person

Visit the Peruvian Inquisition headquarters showcasing somewhat grotesque wax figures in scenes of imprisonment and torture.

Lima Paragliding
Lima

280PEN per person

Glide over Costa Verde, hover over Lima’s city life and see the desert dunes over Pachacamac. Tandem flights are available to those who have never glided.

Lima at Night and Water Circuit
Lima

180-294PEN per person

Get a different perspective of this vibrant city by visiting its highlights at night. Enjoy round-trip transportation and learn about the history at Plaza San Martin while taking in panoramic views, continue on to the iconic Plaza de Armas and soak it all in. End it off with a spectacular water show complete with lights, music, and dozens of fountains at the “Circuito Magico del Agua.”

Contact Ruben (Best Bite Peru) at +51972584092 for further information.

Pachacamac – Lost Inca Citadel
Pachacamac

187-208PEN per person

Visit the Lost Inca Citadel – Pachacamac, a series of pre-Incan adobe structures dedicated to Pachacamac or the “Earth Maker” located about 30km from Lima.

Contact Ruben (Best Bite Peru) at +51972584092 for further information.

Accommodation

The hotel listed below is an example of the hotel you will be staying at. For your departure’s start hotel, please check your voucher.

San Agustin Exclusive Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Day 2 Lima/Urubamba

Board an early flight to Cusco then on to the Sacred Valley to explore the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras and tour the Maras and Moray ruins. Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal of local specialties.

There are some very early morning starts on this trip to make the best use of our time and see as much as we can of Peru in a week.

Plane
Lima – Cusco1h-1h30m

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

Private transfer to the Lima airport to catch a flight to Cusco.

Private Vehicle
Cusco – Urubamba6h-8h95km

Times includes all stops and visits enroute through the Sacred Valley.

Moray Ruins Guided Tour
Moray

Explore the ancient site of Moray, which archeologists believe was used to conduct agricultural experiments. Climb down to the bottom of the great circular depressions and notice how the temperature shifts with the depth – sometimes as much as 15°C (27°F)!

Las Salineras Pre-Incan Salt Pans Guided Tour
Urubamba

Visit the pre-Incan salt pans of Las Salineras – still in use today. Marvel at the terraced pools set amongst the beauty of the Sacred Valley.

Traditional Pachamanca Dinner
Urubamba

The thousand year-old tradition of Pachamanca involves baking an assortment of meat and vegetables in an oven of hot stones, earth, and grass. Meat is usually seasoned with local spices and wrapped in a banana leaf before it’s placed on the hot stones and can include lamb, pork, chicken or guinea pig. Savour this traditional meal prepared by an experienced chef.

Accommodation

Hotel San Agustin Urubamba (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3  Urubamba

Continue exploring the Sacred Valley with a visit to the “Parque de la Papa” (“Potato Park”). Exclusive to Journeys travellers and part of G Adventures for Good – walk through this rural community with a local guide to learn about potato cultivation, weaving, and the importance of both to Andean culture. Also, explore the Ollantaytambo and Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo.

Private Vehicle
Urubamba7h-8h

Times includes all stops and visits enroute through the Sacred Valley.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Andean Experience

In Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Inca, six communities of approximately 6000 indigenous people are working together to preserve over 700 species of potato – a cornerstone of life here. As part of an experience exclusive to National Geographic Journeys travellers – and part of our G Adventures for Good program – visit this area, named “Parque de la Papa” (“Potato Park”), to learn about life in an Andean agricultural community. Walk through the park here with a local guide, dropping by the seed bank (which has direct ties to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway) and then head out to the fields to watch the planting or harvesting process, depending on the season. After, enjoy some of the delicious varieties of potato and visit the small stone hut where traditional weaving takes place. Learn about the natural dyeing process and witness alpaca wool strands being transformed into beautiful textiles through a centuries-old backstrap weaving style. Your visit to this special community means this local enterprise can continue earning an income that supports their development and conservation goals.

G Adventures for Good: Parque de la Papa (Potato Park)

Parque de la Papa (meaning “Potato Park”) serves two important purposes for the community of Pampallacta: the preservation of agricultural biodiversity and economic opportunity. National Geographic Journeys travellers visit the park to learn about life in a rural agricultural Andean community and take a tour of the seed conservation program, which is preserving heritage potato species. They also learn about traditional planting, harvesting and indigenous weaving practices. With G Adventures’ support, the community is able to create jobs in the area and invest in local businesses, which helps the community preserve their culture.

Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
Pisac

Tour the fascinating hilltop citadel of Pisac, an Incan ruin with plunging gorges, a ceremonial centre, and winding agriculture terracing that’s still in use today. Be captivated by this truly amazing site sitting amid sweeping green valleys and mountain peaks. Explore the back of the site to see a pocketed cliff across Kitamayo Gorge, which once contained hundreds of Inca tombs.

G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley

Contribute to sustainable tourism in Huchuy Qosqo, a small village of 65 families in the Sacred Valley, by eating at the Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.

Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour
Ollantaytambo

Tour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site; it still shows signs of its former glory, including agricultural terraces, a Temple Hill, and storehouses. Learn how the area, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, was an important stronghold during warfare between the Spanish and Incas.

Accommodation

Hotel San Agustin Urubamba (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4 Urubamba/Aguas Calientes

Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes with option to visit the market.

For serious archaeology buffs, there is time for an optional independent visit to Machu Picchu before the guided tour the following morning.

Please bear in mind that the town has several amenities, but is also geographically remote meaning services are sometimes more basic than one would assume. As the only option for travellers visiting Machu Picchu, the development of infrastructure has happened quite quickly, much without proper planning, and the focus on providing quality service may not be up to the standards experienced in other parts of the country.

Those who have chosen the option in advance to hike the “1-day Inca Trail” will disembark the train at km 104 to begin the trek. The trail rises steeply up into the mountains and will take hikers past the archaeological sites of Wiñay Wayna and Inti Pata, where the local guide will provide insights into the fascinating culture of the Incas en route to the trek’s culmination at the Sun Gate. Enjoy a packed lunch along the way and reach the Sun Gate in the late afternoon with a chance for a preliminary exploration of Machu Picchu before the guided tour on Day 5. Transfer by bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes to rejoin the group and spend the night in a hotel. If time permits, take an optional visit to the nearby hot springs to soak your sore muscles.
1-day Inca Trail option:
Approximate Distance: 11 km
Estimated hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Private Vehicle
Urubamba – Ollantaytambo1h-2h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Train
Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes1h30m

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

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Optional Activities – Day 4

Hot Springs Visit
Aguas Calientes

Soak sore muscles in local hot springs for which the town, Aguas Calientes, was originally named.

Machu Picchu Visit
Machu Picchu

75-120USD per person

Just can’t wait to be awestruck? Opt for an independent visit to Machu Picchu before your group tour.

*The cost of this activity will depend on the group size*

Butterfly House Visit
Aguas Calientes

Learn about the four stages of a butterfly’s life at this learning centre and breeding project. Observe varied species of butterflies, some unique to the area.

Mandor Gardens Visit
Aguas Calientes

This botanical garden boasts a beautiful waterfall, varied wildlife and lush scenery. Walk along one of the trails and admire the many orchids.

1-day Inca Trail Hike
Inca Trail5h-6h 11km

Traverse cloud forests while enjoying spectacular views on this ‘1-day Inca Trail’ trek. Start by disembarking the train at km 104. Follow the local guide as the trail rises steeply up into the mountains and winds past the archaeological sites of Wiñay Wayna and Inti Pata. Gain insight into the fascinating culture of the Incas en route to the trek’s culmination at the Sun Gate. Enjoy a packed lunch along the way, and reach the Sun Gate in the late afternoon. Enjoy free time to explore a bit of Machu Picchu before the guided tour with the group the following day.

After, take one of the blue buses from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes to rejoin the group and spend the night in a hotel in town. Opt to visit nearby hot springs to soak sore muscles, if time permits.

Accommodation

Hotel Taypikala Machupicchu (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5 Aguas Calientes/Cusco

Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Free time to explore on your own or take an optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train.

Local bus
Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu15m

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Machu Picchu Guided Tour
Machu Picchu

Rise and shine – the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach’ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).

Train
Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo2h-3h118km

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Private Vehicle
Ollantaytambo – Cusco2h-2h30m Evening95km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

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Optional Activities – Day 5

Inca Bridge Visit
Machu Picchu

Use any leftover energy from your Machu Picchu hike to visit the Inca Bridge site nearby (thought by some to be a secret back entrance to Machu Picchu). Trek up to the bridge that’s cleaving to a 579m (1,900 ft) cliff, and soak in amazing views of cloud forest along the way.

Accommodation

Taypikala Hotel Cusco (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6 Cusco

Explore historic Cusco with options to visit museums or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. This evening, look to the night sky for a different view at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Inca relationship with the cosmos. Check out the on-site museum and use the telescopes to admire the stars.

Please remember that star gazing is completely weather dependent and sometimes there can be cloudy skies.

Please note that if you pre-book the Peru Culinary Bundle, on day 6 you will be picked up from your hotel at approx 12:30 and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to your hotel around 16:00.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Cusco Planetarium

Look to the night sky for a different view of the city. Explore the Cusco Planetarium surrounded by the serene nature of the Llaullipata Ecological Reserve. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Incas’ relationship with the cosmos. Check out the on-site museum and use the telescopes to admire the stars (weather-permitting).

Carte Blanche
Cusco Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Cusco, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting Museo Inka, Museo de Historia Regional, and whitewater rafting. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

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Optional Activities – Day 6

Cusco City Tour
Cusco

45PEN per person

Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco’s main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world’s most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

Horseback Riding
Cusco

150PEN per person

Hop in the saddle and explore Cusco’s archaeological sites by horseback on a 3.5 hr tour – no previous experience needed. Dress for the weather, and bring sunblock and a hat, just in case.

Inka Museum
Cusco

10PEN per person

Get ready to explore the artifacts from the Inca Empire, including mummies, jewelry, skulls, and ceramics at this museum of archaeology.

Whitewater Rafting Urubamba
Urubamba

165PEN per person

Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don’t forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

Accommodation

Taypikala Hotel Cusco (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7 Cusco/Lima

Fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Peru’s bustling capital.

Plane
Cusco – Lima1h30m-2h572km

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

Private transfer to the Cusco airport to catch a flight to Lima. Private transfer to the Lima hotel.

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Optional Activities – Day 7

Lima City Tour
Lima

130-186PEN per person

Discover Lima’s highlights on this half-day guided tour. Visit the San Francisco Church and its impressive catacombs, walk around Plaza de Armas, and get to know some of Lima’s lovely neighbourhoods.

For more information contact Ruben (Best Bite Peru) at +51972584092.

Lima Paragliding
Lima

280PEN per person

Glide over Costa Verde, hover over Lima’s city life and see the desert dunes over Pachacamac. Tandem flights are available to those who have never glided.

Museum of the Inquisition
Lima

50PEN per person

Visit the Peruvian Inquisition headquarters showcasing somewhat grotesque wax figures in scenes of imprisonment and torture.

Accommodation

San Agustin Exclusive Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8 Lima

Depart at any time.

Your CEO can help arrange an optional transfer to the airport.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

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Optional Activities – Day 8

Lima at Night and Water Circuit
Lima

180-294PEN per person

Get a different perspective of this vibrant city by visiting its highlights at night. Enjoy round-trip transportation and learn about the history at Plaza San Martin while taking in panoramic views, continue on to the iconic Plaza de Armas and soak it all in. End it off with a spectacular water show complete with lights, music, and dozens of fountains at the “Circuito Magico del Agua.”

Contact Ruben (Best Bite Peru) at +51972584092 for further information.

Lima Paragliding
Lima

280PEN per person

Glide over Costa Verde, hover over Lima’s city life and see the desert dunes over Pachacamac. Tandem flights are available to those who have never glided.

Pachacamac – Lost Inca Citadel
Pachacamac

187-208PEN per person

Visit the Lost Inca Citadel – Pachacamac, a series of pre-Incan adobe structures dedicated to Pachacamac or the “Earth Maker” located about 30km from Lima.

Contact Ruben (Best Bite Peru) at +51972584092 for further information.

Lima City Tour
Lima

130-186PEN per person

Discover Lima’s highlights on this half-day guided tour. Visit the San Francisco Church and its impressive catacombs, walk around Plaza de Armas, and get to know some of Lima’s lovely neighbourhoods.

For more information contact Ruben (Best Bite Peru) at +51972584092.

Museum of the Inquisition
Lima

50PEN per person

Visit the Peruvian Inquisition headquarters showcasing somewhat grotesque wax figures in scenes of imprisonment and torture.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Map of locations

8 Days Costa Rica Spirit of Adventure

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EXPLORE MACHU PICCHU TOUR

Begin your adventure in La Fortuna, home of the popular Arenal Volcano listed as one of the 10 most active volcanoes in the world.
For an adrenaline pumping experience, zip line high up in the forest observing the beautiful Fortuna Waterfall. Don’t forget to keep your eyes open! Your next adventure is on Peñas Blanca’s river on a safari float perfect for wildlife observation.
After enjoying the Northern Plains of Costa Rica, head to the tropical sunny beaches of the Northern Pacific, where sea temperatures are always 70-86 degrees.
Tamarindo beach offers a paradisiacal and perfect spot for those wishing to live in harmony with nature and enjoy the many activities the town has to offer like surfing, diving, rafting, kayaking, and more.

– Private transportation International Airport in San José – Hotel in Arenal
– 3 nights in Arenal at the Magic Mountain Hotel, standard room (B&B)
– Canopy Tour (zip line)
– Floating tour on the Peñas Blancas River
– Shuttle transportation Arenal – Pacific Coast
– 3 nights in Guanacaste at the Wyndham Esplendor Tamarindo Hotel, ocean view room (B&B)
– Shuttle transportation Pacific Coast– San Jose
– 1 night in San Jose at the Holiday Inn Express Forum, standard room (B&B)
– Private transportation Hotel in San Jose – International Airport in San Jose
– 7 breakfasts
– Welcome airport greeting
– 24/7 in country travel assistance

Price per Person:

Low Season 2019
From May 1st to June 30th, 2019
From August 1st to November 30th, 2019
(Except during Tamarindo’s Marathon)

$ 1001.- USD per person in double occupancy
$ 883.- USD per person in triple occupancy
$ 299.- USD per children 9 years old or under
$ 1474.- USD per person in single occupancy

High Season 2019
From January 2nd to March 22nd, 2019
From April 1st to 30th, 2019
From July 1st to 31st, 2019

$ 1155.- USD per person in double occupancy
$ 1006.- USD per person in triple occupancy
$ 301.- USD per children 9 years old or under
$ 1744.- USD per person in single occupancy

Program does NOT include

– Additional activities not mentioned in the program
– Meals not mentioned in the program
– Beverages during meals. Sodas or alcohol
– International airfare is not included but optional upon request
– Personal expenses
– Gratuities for tour guides and drivers

Notes

– Prices valid for a minimum of 2 passengers.
– Transportation rates are based on arrivals and departures of all passengers on the same flight
– Reservations and confirmations would depend on hotel and services availability at the moment of the confirmation request.

Land only tour

Tour code:  CR Dream Adventures

Day 1 – Arrival to Costa Rica

At the pre-arranged time personnel from Costa Rica Dream Travel Corporation will be at the International Airport in San José to welcome your passengers and transfer them to the Hotel in Arenal. After check in time at leisure to relax and enjoy the services of the hotel.

Day includes: Meet and greeting at the international airport, private transportation, lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Magic Mountain at standard room – www.hotelmagicmountain.com
Transfer duration: 3 1/2 hours approximately.

Day 2 – Canopy adventure at the Rain forest of Arenal!

After the breakfast at the hotel you will enjoy one of the most popular tours in the area: The Canopy Tour!
This canopy is at the foot of the mountain range where Arenal volcano is located. The view of the volcano from within this rain and very humid forest is spectacular. The tree top canopy has twelve platforms and ten zip lines. The platforms are at an elevation of 150 feet. The shortest cable is 195 ft. and the longest is 1200 ft. It makes the adventure more exciting and high adrenaline.
After this amazing experience, you will return to the hotel.

Day includes: Breakfast, Canopy Tour, English speaking tour guide, equipment transportation, lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Magic Mountain at standard room – www.hotelmagicmountain.com
Transfer duration: 4 hours approximately.

Day 3 – Floating tour at Peñas Blancas river!

After the breakfast at the hotel your English speaking tour guide will meet you at the lobby in order to take you to enjoy a nice floating tour at the Peñas Blancas river.
Enjoy the abundant wildlife and undeniable beauty surrounding the Peñas Blancas River as you drift down stream for an enchanting and unforgettable experience. Our expert naturalist guides will do the rowing leaving you relaxed and eyes wide open examining the lush rainforest canopy in search of monkeys, sloths, reptiles and other species.
You’ll be hands free to take pictures of the nearby iguanas sunning themselves on the passing branches or grab your binoculars to catch a closer look of a tropical bird. Upon exiting the river we’ll visit “The Hidalgo Family Home” where you will have the opportunity to experience and appreciate a piece of Costa Rican culture and get a taste of a traditional Costa Rican snack. After the tour, return to the hotel to relax and enjoy the services of the hotel.

Day includes: Breakfast, Floating tour at Peñas Blancas river, English speaking tour guide, equipment, transportation, lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Magic Mountain at standard room – www.hotelmagicmountain.com
Transfer duration: 4 hours approximately.

Day 4 – From Arenal to the Pacific Coast

After breakfast at the hotel, your transportation will be ready in order to transfer you to the great beach of Tamarindo.

Day includes: Breakfast, shuttle transportation from Arenal to Tamarindo beach, lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Wyndham Tamarindo, ocean view room – www.wyndhamtamarindo.com
Transfer duration: 3 hours approximately.

Day 5 & 6 – Enjoy the Pacific!

The beach has been made to enjoy. Relax at the beach or enjoy an optional tour in the area. This amazing region of Costa Rica owns some of the most beautiful beaches of the country, and the nice and relaxing atmosphere of the hotel will inspire you while you refresh yourself with natural sunbaths at the beach.

Day includes: Breakfast, Lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Wyndham Tamarindo, ocean view room – www.wyndhamtamarindo.com

Day 7 – Back to San Jose

After breakfast at the hotel, your shuttle bus transportation will be ready to take you back to San Jose. Once at the hotel, time for leisure to explore the city.

Day includes: Breakfast, shuttle bus transportation from Tamarindo to San Jose Lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Holiday Inn Express Forum at standard room – www.ihg.com

Day 8 – Goodbye Costa Rica

At the pre-arranged time, and according to the international flight schedule, you will be transferred from the hotel to the International Airport in San Jose to take the international flight back.

Day includes: Breakfast and private transportation
Transfer Duration: 10 minutes approximately

International Airport Authorities and Airlines recommend all passengers arrive at the airport 3 hours before scheduled flight departure.

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We used Pura Vida Vacations to book tours for us while on a cruise in January.  Laurie Johnson did a fantastic job in arranging our transportation to and from our ship as well as arranging private tours for us in Costa Rica and Panama.  The people she arranged for us were fantastic in their knowledge and did great work.  The private tours she arranged were actually less expensive than the ship tours with only 4 of us.  I would highly recommend Laurie’s services.

David

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