I will be leaving for Costa Rica on March 6th (the day before my birthday!) at 3AM and driving to Toronto. We then fly to Newark, to Houston,and then to San Jose and arrive at about 10PM. It's going to be a long flight I can tell you that with lots of connecting flights. Once we finally get there though it will be worth it!
I just copied this from the tourism website. x3
Day 1 San José
Flight to Costa Rica Your adventure begins as you board your flight to Costa Rica.
Arrival in San José Touch down in San José, the countrys bustling capital and cultural center. Founded in 1737 as Villa Nueva de la Boca del Monte del Valle de Abra, the citys name was later changed to honor its patron saint, Saint Joseph.
Hotel transfer After clearing customs and immigration, meet your bilingual guide, who will remain with you throughout your stay. A private motorcoach then takes you to your hotel.
Day 2 San José Arenal Region (My birthday!)
Visit to INBioparque Learn about biological diversity as we visit this theme park and research station created by the National Institute of Biodiversity. Get up-close and personal with tarantulas, frogs, bees and butterflies in the permanent exhibits, or walk through the three different ecosystem trails. Explore the plant life in the lagoon before admiring the butterfly garden. Stop by the Ecological Tourism Office on your way out for further information on Costa Ricas protected land areas.
Poás Volcano Continue along a scenic 22-mile drive overlooking the Central Valley as you make your way to the Poás Volcano. This still-active volcano is part of Costa Ricas most developed national park. Here, you can see one of the largest craters in the world (about a mile wide and 300 meters deep), whose hot sulfurous lake changes color with volcanic activity. From a lookout point, see geysers and active fumaroles; in addition, a 20-minute hike uphill rewards you with a view of the jewel-like Botos Lake, which occupies an extinct crater.
Visit to the hot springs Experience the relaxation properties of natural hot springs, filled with water heated by nearby volcanoes and channeled into pools. Its an ideal way to soothe muscles after the days activities! Transfer to Arenal Journey west across the Central Valley to Arenal. This area is one of the worlds major coffee producers.
Day 3 Arenal Region
Kayaking on Lake Arenal Get ready for an adventure to rememberkayaking along Lake Arenal. Picture-perfect scenery surrounds you, including mountains, windmills and the Arenal Volcano, as you navigate the lake. Visit to La Fortuna Waterfall One of Costa Ricas most spectacular waterfalls, La Fortuna is located within the thick jungle of the Arenal Rainforest. Youll pass some impressive scenery (keep your camera ready for wildlife photos) as you walk to the top of the waterfall. You may also have time to make the breathtaking downhill climb to the waterfalls base.
Day 4 Arenal Region Monteverde
Transfer to Monteverde Continue through the mountainous scenery to the Monteverde (Green Mountain) Reserve. The reserve was settled in 1951 by a group of Alabama Quakers; attracted by the countrys pacifist history, they began dairy farming here. In 1972, the area became the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, a private nonprofit reserve with six distinct ecological zones containing a wide range of spectacular flora and fauna.
Optional transfer on horseback to Monteverde Opt to explore Monteverde on horseback!
Your bus will head to La Cruz de Monteverde, where horses and guides will be awaiting your arrival. During your two-and-ahalf- hour trip, you will stop at a local school, where youll interact with Costa Rican students and have the opportunity to sample homemade refreshments. Afterwards, the bus will take you back to your hotel in Monteverde.
Day 5 Monteverde
Half-day at Santa Elena Cloud Forest
Explore the spectacular Santa Elena Cloud Forest, a paradise rich in diverse plant and animal life and situated near the Continental Divide. Warm northeasterly trade winds, filled with moisture, blow in over the Atlantic. As the winds sweep up to the Continental Divide, they cool and condense to form clouds, bathing the forest in a constant soft mist. The cloud forest averages 12 feet of rain annually! Look for bromeliads and orchids as well as brightly colored quetzals among the lush flora. Until recently, the reserve was one of only two places in the world that was home to the now extinct golden toad (sapo dorado). Leave your mark on the Earth when you plant a tree in the EF reservefuture generations will appreciate the oxygen!
Canopy tour On our canopy tour, you will make like the birds and monkeys who call the cloud forest home. Special trails, suspension footbridges and zip lines unveil one of the planets most fascinating ecological systems from a unique perspectivethe tops of the trees. With local expert guides at your side, you can decide which view you preferfrom below or from above!
Day 6 Monteverde Central Pacific Coast
Visit to Carara Reserve Follow the coastline south to the Carara Reserve, a national park that boasts a dazzling population of rare wildlife. Be on the lookout for scarlet macaws, boat-billed herons, motmots and roseate spoonbills among the lush vines and ancient trees that make up the parks dense jungle.
Transfer to the Central Pacific Coast
Transfer to the breathtaking Central Pacific Coast, where sandy beaches, a rocky coastline and lush rainforests act as a magnet for travelers.
Day 7 Central Pacific Coast
Optional excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park Join an optional excursion along the shoreline to Manuel Antonio National Park, known for its lush jungle vegetation and white, sandy beaches. This beautiful 716-acre park is home to both the squirrel monkey and the two-toed sloth.
Day 8 Puntarenas Region San José
Transfer via Sarchí Your full-day transfer toSan José begins via picturesque Sarchí, a town known for the brightly painted designs and colorful wheels that adorn local oxcarts. The complex patterns are passed down from one generation
to the next.
Fiesta Night During our Costa Rican Fiesta Night, learn about the rich cultural traditions of the region as you enjoy a traditional meal, marimba music and entertainment by a local dance troupe.
Day 9 Home
Return home Your tour director assists with the transfer to the airport, where youll check in for your return flight home.
To get home we leave San Jose on March 14 at about 3PM and fly to Houston, and then to Newark. Here is the worst part, we don't get to fly to Toronto until 7AM so we'll be stick in Newark for several hours. -_- At 7 though we fly to Toronto and arrive home at around 9AM on March 15.
My two very good friends are going as well so it's going to be awesome. I think there is like 40 kids all together or something, not completely sure. It's going to be amazing. We are going to be going to the beach and doing some swimming which I am excited for. Of course the thing I'm most excited about it the photography experience! Costa Rica has such a huge variety of animals, plus it's a beautiful place. I'm so excited my heart swells just thinking about it!
I really need to work on submitting my Florida photos.